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Daniel

Tacoma, WA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (293)

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Not for the faint of heart....."
    Overall

    A deep introspective of a brilliant writer. Dick causes confusion, induces humor and grips you with truth. Paul Giamatti does an admirable job, but I get the feeling he didn't read the book before performing it. Although some of the characters sound the same, he still does a worthwhile job. Dick though, hit everything right on the spot, take out the bell bottom references and this easily could be present day. But, the book can be so strange at times, that I really don't know who to recommend it to. So, as the title states, it is very dark. At times it can almost satire like too. I guess it's a dark, trippy, mystery satire.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5541)
    Performance
    (3792)
    Story
    (3803)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Should not be missed!"
    Overall

    A few words sum this book up. Engaging, scary, fun, thought provoking. While some of the voice acting is questionable, the overall sum/story makes this a great read. I am a true believer in the unabridged, and I really wanted to keep hearing more. I have listened to this 4 times!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9673)
    Performance
    (5708)
    Story
    (5755)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Worth the time!"
    Overall

    I was a little apprehensive at first. I tried to block out of my mind the Tolkien comparisons and that was hard at first. The beginning was very rough for me, as the narrator takes time getting used to. He is very bland and monotone at first (at first I stress). But, by the middle, you can feel the characters being fleshed out. And, as the book moved along and more characters started getting developed, I really started to enjoy it. The well written book has details in spades to its characters and landscape. Some might think it's too much, but I think exactly the opposite. The way the story is told really draws you in and makes you feel as if you were there (that's nerdy, but true). All in all, very well done, however the climax was a little meh for me.

    *** for the first 1/3
    ***** for the last 2/3

    Bottom line, give this book a chance and don't judge it by the first couple chapters. You won't regret it!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5383)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2262)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Good God!"
    Overall

    I only knew Neil Gaiman from his work in The Sandman comics, and even then my knowledge was pretty limited. However, knowing the acclaim he has gotten for his work, I decided to give American Gods a read. It's weird and it's strange, but it's also very engaging. The characters and scenes came to life very easily and that could be attributed to the reading of George Guidall. He is one of the best I have heard so far and he was able to convince me that every character that I heard was very different indeed. I give the book itself a ****, but I add another * for the excellent reading. If there's one Neil Gaiman book you buy, start here.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23197)
    Performance
    (14530)
    Story
    (14681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "One of the best!"
    Overall

    Ender's Game is one heck of a ride. Brilliantly told and very well narrated. There's not much more to say as to not spoil it. This is definitely an essential must have for any type of reader. You won't regret it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus' encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.

    Melissa Phillips says: "Good British Sound"
    "Only So So....."
    Overall

    I had high hopes going into this. I didn't remember reading this in High School and Greek mythology interests me. Honestly, I ended up being somewhat disappointed. While it was great in some parts with a lot of interest, there were large parts of what I can only term as fluff. The beginning and end really hampered the story for me, while the middle was truly enjoyable. I could be wrong and this is a good translation of an interesting myth and I just don't know how to appreciate it. In truth, it's probably best to seek out an abridged version as that will keep your interest piqued.

    On another note, the narrator is more than admirable. The comparison to Sean Connery is there and he reads with very well pronounced words and feeling behind him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7212)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3007)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Encore!"
    Overall

    All I can say is this. I WANT MORE! Simply incredibly engrossing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1878)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "20 hours was not enough...."
    Overall

    Absolutely great. There were so many details that history did not seem to detail well enough, but look no further than here. You don't need to know physics to enjoy this book, but you can learn. What an incredible journey of one of the greatest minds in history.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "The narrative makes the book sublime"
    Overall

    Very interest plot and references stood out when I was browsing the audios. And, for good reason. The narrator, Scott Brick, does an excellent job of keeping you tuned into the works of Brad Meltzer. Brick was really the key to making this work.

    Although I enjoyed the audio and it did make me stop and ponder at times, there were still some plot holes and even the end...... Let me just say, it should have ended before California.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious - the cunning Sith Lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done.

    Alex says: "Audiobook Unleashed"
    "Good, but still many holes"
    Overall

    It's a good listen and the narrator does an admirable job. I only had 1 issue with the voice acting and that was of Juno. Obviously a male trying to sound timid and feminine doesn't work well. I almost cringed every time Juno had dialog.

    The story had a lot of potential. Yes it abridged and I have not read the book, so maybe there's more to it. Obviously after Episode III and before Episode IV, there's a whole lot missing. This book tries to bridge it and succeeds in some places and fails in others. The premise and story probably should have been a Trilogy itself to sort out the missing pieces and questions between III & IV. But, as is, The Force Unleashed is a decent listen and and intriguing view from the dark side and other Jedi Knights.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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