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Scott

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Last Guardian: Artemis Fowl, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (571)

    Artemis Fowl’s archenemy Opal Koboi has masterminded a way to simultaneously secure her release from prison and bring the human and fairy worlds to their knees. And, unless Artemis can stop her, the evil pixie’s next move will destroy all human life on Earth. Ground zero is the Fowl Estate, where Opal has reanimated fairy warriors who were buried there thousands of years ago. Their spirits have possessed any vessels they can find - corpses, Artemis’s little brothers, assorted wildlife - and they are bound to obey Opal’s every command. Defeating the motley troops and their diabolical leader will require all of Artemis’s cleverness.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable, though Indulgent"
    "A good last book, nice character resolution"
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    What did you love best about The Last Guardian?

    I liked the character resolution for Artemis and some of the reveals about history that the series kept for this last book.


    What other book might you compare The Last Guardian to and why?

    I might comparet to the Young Wizard series by Diane Duane or Terry Pratchets Discworld series. The humor is cleaner though. Both sereis deal with characters dealing with the supernatural with a mizture of humor and wonder.


    Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

    Artemis was my favorite of coarse.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    While this was a great book in the series it was less than I expected for the final book of the series. I thought there would be more of a final big revelation or change for the final book. But if you liked the series go and buy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1819)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Good techno thriller"
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    Would you listen to Influx again? Why?

    I might listen to it again with a friend because while I like the book its good book to read once, but listen to it a second time with someone else to experience through their experience for the first time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Suarez before, how does this one compare?

    this is my first book.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    I like how his voice action mad each character sound different, how he made what the character was saying and doing be reflected in their voices like when someone falls away in the distance the sound fades out. Also they went an extra step and all artificial voices like radio and robots all sound like they are coming through some kind of artificial sound source. They even added music to certain moments in the book to add emotion. I thought that was really an improvement. I wish all books did that.


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

    Yes, but I can't mention it without spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    While I understand others reviews about this book being negative especially the science parts, I feel their a little unjust since this isn't really science fiction as much as a science thriller acting in the guise of science fiction. So I can forgive the lapse in science to tell a good story. Others also rage about the stereotyped characters, but stereotypes exist for a reason and I found that a lot of those characters are very believable for our world and government developing the way it did and dose even to this day. So I personally had no problem with them. Give this book a try. Its at least as good as a once watch summer blockbuster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Damned Busters: To Hell and Back, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Matthew Hughes
    • Narrated By Tom Lawrence
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul…which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world – and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing. There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal – sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire.

    Scott says: "Funny like a fantasy Red Dwarf"
    "Funny like a fantasy Red Dwarf"
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    What did you love best about The Damned Busters?

    The demon with a 1920's Prohibition gangster accent,


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the other characters more fleshed out. The other characters were a little shallow, but most of it was so fun and we were so focused on the hero and his demon sidekick who are both entertaining that I didn't notice the other characters much.


    What three words best describe Tom Lawrence’s performance?

    Dry and witty.


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

    No, but I certainly felt sympathy from my own experience at his social awkwardness with other people. His doctors medical description was like a bit of deja vu since I had a similar diagnosis when I was kid. I really related to the protagonist.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (851)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Book is deeper than the movie"
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    If you could sum up Warm Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    Cherish Life


    What other book might you compare Warm Bodies to and why?

    None. I've never run into a book about zombies from the zombies perspective that wasn't someone turning into a zombie and losing their mind and humanity. This is opposite. very Cerebral. Pun not intended.


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

    He brings the voice of R. He make are, for lack of a better term, come alive and be a distinct voice instead of a boring narration.


    Who was the most memorable character of Warm Bodies and why?

    R of course . Gives us a really idea of what it might be like to exist as a zombie and if capable of thought why they don't just die.


    Any additional comments?

    I biased because I liked the movie and saw it first, but I ended up liking the book more in a lot of ways since it discussed things we didn't have time to delve into in the movie. Also the ending is a little less happy ending and more uncertain, but still ... sorry no spoilers. Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illusion: Chronicles of Nick, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (214)

    Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else. But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    Hassan says: "I'm Loving This Series More And More!!!"
    "Premise so intersting I wanted another book"
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    What did you love best about Illusion?

    I loved the alternate universe. I don't know where the cover come in "Illusion" but the new universe had such an interesting back story I immediately wanted another book just about this alternate universe. Ash alternte married Artemis, I mean how did that happen?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Illusion?

    The first appearence of young ash


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    This book it would have to be the Adarian Malachi and the closure we got with his character. Also Zhavien


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

    I felt a little sad for Zhavien and Adarien and how their lives couldn't have been happier.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1369)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Good"
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    What did you love best about The Undead Pool?

    Learning more about the history of the goddess entity and how it all works.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have dropped the Trent romance line. I know a lot of people love this pairing, but I still remember how he was introduced as a drug running murderer and while he had his reasons to keep his secrets, the secret of the survival of the elven race he in my mind is still a murdering scumbag.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Jenks


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

    mostly


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the final books answers more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5470)
    Performance
    (5221)
    Story
    (5230)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Dosen't dissapoint. Great Sequel"
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    If you could sum up Words of Radiance in three words, what would they be?

    Fall then Rise


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suprises at the begining and and end of the book that caught me off guard. I also liked how the book answered questions from the last book partly and expanded on the world and gave us more questions.


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    The switch between their voices for male and female viewpoints was great, they really know their characters voices, though kate could practice male shouts of pain and horror a bit more.


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

    Yes, unfortunately I couldn't take the time off and stay up for 2 days straight.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Misfortune

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (319)

    Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.

    Amazon Customer says: "Office Space rewritten by Disney"
    "Good fantasy humor, like Discworld"
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    What did you like best about Divine Misfortune? What did you like least?

    I liked the mix of modern earth life and the casual acceptance of gods and their favor in everyday modern earth life. I disliked that there was no serious discussion of an afterlife in all of that.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. Lee Martinez before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't but I might look them up in the future.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I thought Fred did a good job of narrating. Didn't make any mistakes that I heard and he did manage to make the characters mostly distinct from each other.


    Did Divine Misfortune inspire you to do anything?

    Laugh


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5769)
    Performance
    (5383)
    Story
    (5404)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Great start to a new series."
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    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    I loved the insight into the people and the psychological effects of superpowers on the empowered and the normal people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Professor was adequtly mysterious and intriguing. I also liked the main point of view character but it was the others that kept me listining.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He's good. I'm not used to hearing him for Brandon Sanderson's books, and I am used to listening to him from the Sandman Slim series, so I kept expecting a lot more cursing. But he did a really good job. Very good at putting emotion and living speech into his narration.


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

    It did make me joyous at the moment of epiphany for the main character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (855)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Very informative and a litlle shocking."
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    This was a great and informative book. It both shocked me about how much we don't know about the food we eat each day and how much the companies don't care that they are killing its citizens. We really are addicted to processed food.
    I would share this book with my friends and relatives.
    The narrator was good, but it felt more like a story narrator and not someone who should share knowledge.
    Great and informative, eye opening. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Swordsman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true?

    Joe says: "An enjoyable listen"
    "OK, but it could be better"
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    Would you try another book from Dave Duncan and/or Donald Corren?

    I'd only get another if I heard good things, read a good book in that series. But I'd only get another book in this series if it was on special discount.


    What could Dave Duncan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually have the adventure begin. The whole first book is the action I would expect in the first act of any adventure book. The whole thing was all about the hero preparing to leave and ended with him finally leaving.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was actually pretty good, I just don't think this particular book was good enough material.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if they combined it with the other books inn the series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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