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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 2014

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  • Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card: The Audible Interview

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (291)

    Acclaimed science-fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Ben Bova, along with their shared audiobook producer and occasional narrator Stefan Rudnicki, discuss audiobooks and their works in a joint interview. The authors touch on their thoughts on audiobooks vs. print editions, the effect of technology on literature, religion, science, and many other fascinating topics sure to intrigue both Card and Bova fans, as well as all audiobook enthusiasts.

    Todd says: "Fun"
    "Absolution of Audio"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card the most enjoyable?

    I love hearing Mr. Card speak whenever I can and hearing speak openly with the man who records his books and gave him his first writing job was a profound experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Selfishly, mr. Card says that listening to a book counts the same if not more than reading it. Makes me feel better about all the books I've


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This presentation did not have scenes and the whole of it was enjoyable.


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

    Yes and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • So Long, Lollipops: The Free Until The End of the World Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (378)

    Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

    Debbie Petersen says: "Surprisingly excellent and captivating ."
    "Brainless zombie writing"
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    Boring, unconvincing, poorly thought out all jump to mind. I cant tell if the references are product placement advertisements or examples of "Oh no writers block. Whats on my kitchen table? Ill put that in the story." What a waste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (543)

    Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

    Katherine says: "Hooked"
    "Three hours gone."
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    Absolutely terrible. One or two of these story lines might be interesting. Trying to pull me in by writing like a toddler? Blech. Do not bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24032)
    Performance
    (22080)
    Story
    (22088)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Stranded but not alone"
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    A great space survivor adventure tale. This is why math matters kiddos! Lots of language but a good humanizing of the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (817)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Mel says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "Magic in Prose"
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    If you could sum up The Bone Clocks in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing Interweaving Sweeping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a hard one. All of the characters were pretty solid. I will have to say that the youngest brother is the best. Most of the mystery comes form here.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was really captivated by the opening adventures of Holly. the temple was great as well and Baghdad was intense.


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

    The ending was pretty heart wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was absolutely epic. Must read folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slimy Underbelly: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    There's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten - even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys - former pets flushed down the toilet - Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets.

    twinsmom says: "Phil Gigante is genius in this series"
    "The Afterlife Goes On"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would still recommend this book as these characters are great fun. While this isn't the best installment in the series it continues to amuse and entertain and what more can you ask than that.


    What other book might you compare Slimy Underbelly to and why?

    I have heard it compared to the Jim Butcher Novels but cannot speak to that myself. In my experience it is somewhat similar to the Xanth novels in its tongue and cheek take on magic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene with Achooloo and his parents is just hilarious...and disturbing...and weird...and great!


    If you could rename Slimy Underbelly, what would you call it?

    The Tentacles Awaken


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2413)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "A Classic Done Well"
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    Where does Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle to lower half.


    What other book might you compare Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to and why?

    This compares to most of the classics. Mostly a "picture in time" view of Colonial America.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Mison – was your favorite?

    The story does not have dialogue or allow for a performance of the characters.


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

    No not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    Good free update of a readily available story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Dawn: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (729)

    For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

    ira says: "Fantastic"
    "A New Era Begins (Spoilers)"
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    What made the experience of listening to A New Dawn: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    Great job as always giving each character a unique voice...especially aliens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Jackson Miller does a great job making this story interesting without relying too heavily on the same tropes as always. Kanaan reaching for his saber and never igniting it was brilliant.


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

    Great job as always giving each character a unique voice...especially aliens.


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

    Yes. Good flow and great sequences.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice beginning to the new cannon of Star Wars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Old Ironsides: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The USS Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, having been launched in 1797. The Adventures of Old Ironsides dramatizes two of her most exciting adventures. In "The Barbary Pirates" - the year is 1805, and Constitution battles Tripolitan Pirates to free the crew of the captured USS Philadelphia. In "Escape To The Wind", Constitution finds herself in the War of 1812, chased by a squadron of five British Warships.

    John says: "Consign this to the Briny Deep"
    "Consign this to the Briny Deep"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys poor radio performances.


    Would you recommend The Adventures of Old Ironsides to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope. It is a good review of the story of the constitution but this is an example of poor radio performances gone worse.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Well, you would think an audio medium would use...oh, I don't know SOUND to tell a story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Adventures of Old Ironsides?

    The early stages with the ambassador and the new captain on board. BORING!


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid at all costs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1938)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "Sample of the Best"
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    Where does Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it I the upper half if not the upper 25%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The various narrators provided great takes on different and sometimes the same characters.


    Have you listened to any of An All-Star Cast’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ridiculous question as "All Star Cast" is not a person.


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

    Drizzt meeting the "good" goblin was profound as far these stories go.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun collection of cast members are just as exciting as the stories themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3756)
    Performance
    (3437)
    Story
    (3455)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Spooktacular!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    The readers provide a most excellent rendition of each character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The ending as read by Tim Curry was intense!


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

    Excellent accents and viewpoints. Alan Cumming and Tim Curry alone would have made it spectacular.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula [Audible Edition] and why?

    Van Helsing, especially when Tim Curry was able to voice him.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect edition of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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