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John

Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

Fort Morgan, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1342)

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

    Janice says: "You have chosen wisely"
    "Missed the Punch Line"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not. As a short story the plot pays off at the end. The begging however is quite consuming and literally just drops you into the action. More work on the front end would have made it more enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really sure who the characters were. We didn't get a lot of introduction or insight into them.


    Did Tim Gerard Reynolds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. The voices were all pretty similar, especially the two "Main" characters.


    Was FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) worth the listening time?

    Not really, outside of earning time on the audible app.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad it was free.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Free Excerpt: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Behind the Scenes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn, Betsy Mitchell (editor)
    • Narrated By Timothy Zahn, Betsy Mitchell
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (382)

    Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: Behind the Scenes is a special recording that features new commentary by author Timothy Zahn and editor Betsy Mitchell, written for the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire, read by Zahn and Mitchell. Included here is audio from that new unabridged recording to enhance their comments.

    Asta says: "When a Sample Works"
    "Thanks for the tease"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As a preview copy I would not.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free Excerpt: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Behind the Scenes?

    Cool insights from the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is only one scene in the preview version.


    Could you see Free Excerpt: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Behind the Scenes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Very cool excerpt. really entices you to get the full version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (515)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "I have a GOOD feeling about this."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    John Jackson Miller initially wrote this as a comic book story, an area where he excels. Jedi, isolated from the universe. The decision was then made to turn the script into a novel, and it delivers. This is a great look at Kenobi at his finest, balanced between being a warrior, diplomat, and trickster. Another fun thing is that Miller does tie all of the threads together. AS a reader of Star Wars novels and comics you will be screaming for the characters to put two and two together. Fantastic outing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kenobi was great, but "Plug Eye" was fantastic.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    His performance as the Hutt accountant was really unique.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Hooded Stranger


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: "Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun"
    "Unleash the Dark Side"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: Maul in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, dark, action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth Maul of course takes the cake. This story really brings out the wide array of talents he possesses and really drives home why he is the most dangerous being in the galaxy.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    An excellent performance. He really evokes the dark nature of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of Schreiber's story are very...disturbing. He really evokes fear and darkness.


    Any additional comments?

    Schreiber's stories are what I would expect from the EU. Something fun to read without feeling like this is the main story and where does it fit into cannon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16561)
    Performance
    (14989)
    Story
    (15105)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Choose to read these books"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Divergent audio presentation sits about in the middle of performances. A good ready, no effects.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The choosing ceremony and the aftermath resonate with everyone who has had to make choices in their life.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Divergent, the Choice is Yours


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent start. Can't wait to read the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1109)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "The Height of Comedy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance the most enjoyable?

    This story is so funny. Getting to hear it for free from such a high quality troup was awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bunbury. the freedom of "Bunburrying" would be refreshing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two fiances meet each other and go back and forth. Please! I was rolling on the floor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again the scene above just made me laugh so hard. Tea service for two? Yes please!


    Any additional comments?

    Hilarious play, and it is free to boot. Thank you audible, and Mr. Wilde.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26816)
    Performance
    (20680)
    Story
    (20879)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Can we get the real end to the story please?"
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    What disappointed you about Mockingjay?

    All of the characters regressed to a point below where they had been at any point in the story. Then as if it makes things better all of the main plot points are given to us as updates since the main character is unconcious.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Continue the natural progression of the characters. Resolve the story.


    Did Carolyn McCormick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. She does a good job giving them their own voice and cadence.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very very dissapointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Best to stop at Catching Fire and write your own ending. I got the distinct impression the author has some personal issues that are unresolved and so could not have the characters resolve them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34568)
    Performance
    (25684)
    Story
    (26043)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Hungry for More"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    This is a book that I didn't want to put down and didn't have to with the audio format.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    This book contains elements of several other stories comined in unique ways. Pieces of "V For Vendetta" and "1984" combine with classic romance stories for a unique experience.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her presentation of the younger charachters and the boys were ok, but her presentation as the main character was lacking significantly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It draws you in and doesn't let you go.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3892)
    Performance
    (3351)
    Story
    (3327)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "A Queit Voice Heard Through the Crowd"
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    Would you listen to Quiet again? Why?

    I loved this book. As someone who self identifies as an Intorvert this book was liberating and full of "Aha" moments. Excellent suggestions on how to achieve sucess without pretending to be someone I am not.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quiet?

    Embarassingly enough the moment where she discusses that Introverts are prone to sweating more was one of those "Aha" moments.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought a sense of personality to a book that could have turned into a repetive excercise.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel liberated. As if who I feel that I am is ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book. If you are an introvert it will liberate you. If you are an extrovert it will help you to understand us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Reeves
    • Narrated By Michael Cumpsty
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt a traitor down. But he is too late. Sidious' secret plan has already been passed to information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him at the top of Darth Maul's hit list. Now the future of the Republic depends on Lorn and Darsha, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her knighthood. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?

    Katheryn says: "Maul story good, sound effects horrible."
    "Out of the Shadows"
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    What did you love best about Star Wars?

    This is an excellent lead in to the events of the Phantom Menace. It is an action packed look behind Darth Maul and shows how driven his character really is.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars to and why?

    This book is very much in the vein of other Star Wars novels especially movie lead in's.


    What does Michael Cumpsty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He truly brings out hte unique inflection of each of the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fury Unleashed!


    Any additional comments?

    A good book for fans of the Star Wars Saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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