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Scott

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 49 reviews
  • 196 ratings
  • 540 titles in library
  • 69 purchased in 2014
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  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (757)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Informative"
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    This book was pretty good. It follows the transformation of a decent man into an evil emotionless hollow man whose goals are totally warped by the dark side of the force. I think this book was interesting to learn how the Star Wars universe converted from many sith to only two. It explains it more completely and for me that was reason enough to get it to understand why their are only two sith in the movies.

    That said I won't be getting book 2 or 3 because this was the only portion of the story that is at all relevant to the larger story of star wars and the 2 books just tell about later portions of Banes life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (265)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Yu-Chin says: "Offers excellent objective perspective!"
    "Informative"
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    Would you listen to The Fall and Rise of China again? Why?

    Yes, especially if I had someone to discuss it with. There is a lot information covering the last few centuries of China. too much for one go. I learned a lot that I only knew about from vague rumors and vague news before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Song of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Claire Christie, Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Brutal imprisonment has broken Aidan McAllister. His music is destroyed, and with it the visions he once gave a kingdom ravaged by dragon war. Now, he risks his hard-bought freedom to uncover the truth behind his incarceration - and to meet his enemy face-to-face....

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "Dragons rock!"
    "Good book,"
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    What made the experience of listening to Song of the Beast the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, he managed to make each voice different and clear.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It went in different but good directions instead of treading the stereotypical path of most heroic journey stories.


    Have you listened to any of Claire Christie and Jeremy Arthur ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Suffer in Silence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.

    Sean Dustman says: "One of my favorite Fantasy Series"
    "Older, but still interesting series"
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    Would you try another book from Dave Duncan and/or Mil Nicholson?

    In this series yes, it is a slow starter, but it is interesting slowly learning the unique magic system of the Man of His Word world. The characters are also deaper than our shallow first impressions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magic system, it is different than any other series in how it works and propagates. The second would be the suprise about the motivation for the main villain for book one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance could have been a little better with something to make the different male and female voices more unique, but I still like the narrator I just wish there had been a second male narrator for male characters.


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

    Yes because it would be easier to understand some of the images described and it woudl be faster paced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2608)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2405)

    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.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "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
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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
    (991)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (924)

    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.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "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
    (327)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (306)

    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.

    Teresa says: "We have now entered the Twilight Zone."
    "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
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1603)

    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
    (7267)
    Performance
    (6901)
    Story
    (6921)

    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
    (412)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    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

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