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Somerset, NJ, USA

  • 7 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 258 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

    R. Reed says: "Dante done in the 70's"

    I first read this book on a jersey shore beach vacation in the mid 80's when I was a teenager and from that point I was hooked by the authors and this form of fiction.I have since read all of Niven and Pournelle's work and listened to the few available audiobooks offered by the authors and Inferno is still my favorite book after all these years! To describe Inferno wont do it justice, you just have to jump in. I will say, however that the authors have turned the much feared revelations version of hell into an adventure. I'm not sure Dante would have approved but I am sure he would be amused.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "finally a true gem"

    There are two parts to this book, the beginning or backstory which tries to squeeze in as much as possible so we understand Pi. Possibly too much info is given and the story gets a little murky with detail. At this point I actually considered dropping the story and starting something else but I stuck to it and Im thankful I did. The second part starts with Pi and his family boarding a ship to travel to Canada. I wont go into anymore detail so not to spoil a beautiful story but this is a case were there are 2 stories going on at once and you don't spot this until the end. Pi's time in the raft may be one of the best crafted stories I have ever read/listened to. I strongly recommend Life Of Pi as you wont find a better read anywhere on Audible, ENJOY!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "light on science fiction, heavy on....umm.."

    Spin IS enjoyable and Im not exactly sure why. We don't really get any SIFI until the last 20 mins. of Spin. How it won the Hugo Im not sure but it did have a good enough story to hold this listener to the end.I did find myself invested in the clearly formed characters and decent plot but I couldn't help think this novel belonged in the fiction category. Scott Brick did his usual great job so I would recommend Spin but if hard core SIFI is what you're after this may not be worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Zombies!!! Yum!.."

    The problem with zombie books, for me, is there aren't enough of them! Z.A. does a great job here crafting an epic zombie apocalypse. The military aspect was key to the stories success and the narrator did a great job as well. Keep it up Z.A. I will be expecting more zombies...Stat!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Deb says: "GREAT BOOK !!!"

    There are few audiobooks that are so good that you feel compelled to listen again after you finish but Replay was that book for me. I didn't re-listen because I missed anything, but because I simply enjoyed it that much. The great question Replay leaves you with is what would you do differently given the chance to relive a portion of your life? It keeps you thinking and that alone is worth a good review, then throw in well crafted characters in the script and you have a classic!! enjoy the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hater

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Moody
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied killers. Christened "Haters" by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes, afraid that at any moment their friends or family could turn on them. In the face of this mindless terror, Danny McCoyne must secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart. "Attack first, ask questions later" becomes the order of the day.

    Lesley says: "Terrifying! In the spirit of King or Koontz"
    "not bad.."

    I enjoy good apocalyptic/plague books but have been pulled in by bad novels one too many times. I was pleasantly surprised with Hater. It delivers on all levels and the true to life pessimistic attitude the narrator brings just makes the listen that much better. Great job by David Moody!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City at the End of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett

    In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward.

    Kenton says: "Not buying it."

    I am 11 hours into listening to this turkey and have no idea what it is about. I am not even sure who the main character is. I have read Bear before and enjoyed his work but he must have been tired writing this lame tale. Mr Bear, I want my money back! Have Blood Music recorded into audio form so people can appreciate your better work. For anyone considering this purchase,trust me.. stay away.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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