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Todd

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Into the Void: Star Wars: SW: Dawn of the Jedi

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tim Lebbon
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (355)

    On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

    Pasqual says: "Good but not great."
    "Only if you are a die hard fan!"
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    What would have made Into the Void: Star Wars better?

    Let's just take alot of the main things you love about Star Wars and delete them. Light Sabers? Gone. Light and Dark sides of the Force? Gone. Jedis? Gone. They take much of what you know and go back in time. Before there was Sith Lords or Jedi Counsel. They replace it with the Ja'dii (sp?). A wish wash of balancing light and dark. Resulting in the equivlent of angsty teenage Ja'dii. You follow the equivlent of a cop on a fairly boring journey. There are some good parts... but over all it barley is a Star Wars novel.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Lebbon? Why or why not?

    Not set in this time period.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The range of the performer's voice is limited. The characters sounds alike. This is a major step down from Troy Denning's performance in the "Fate of the Jedi" series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Into the Void: Star Wars?

    It's an interesting concept going this far back in the mythos but it leads the reader with more questions then answers. In an obvious ploy to further the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1808)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Same Protagonist new ZOMBIES!"
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    Would you listen to A Plague Upon Your Family again? Why?

    No, while its a good book it relies a lot on suspense and "what will we do now" moments. Once those are revealed it loses some of its replay-ability.


    What other book might you compare A Plague Upon Your Family to and why?

    I really do not know? It's a survivalist post apocalyptic book with zombies....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I know the character is from New England but his accent becomes distracting when it comes from most characters. You can tell he's exaggerating the times he's trying to cover it up.


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

    No..... there are some lulls . .. . Also a lot of flashes to different places, times, or thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    I hear the 3rd book is the best... This one was better than the first... but I am not hooked yet. They get one last shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1292)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Back Stories better than series?"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Nemesis again? Why?

    I would, but likely it won't be until closer to the next release of the main story. There are alot of Easter Eggs that show up later on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Nemesis?

    The ending... I know it's very trite to say.... But the last chapter really is great.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Franks.... Duh...


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

    There is a great bit of stockholme syndrome that I did not see coming!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this book out of order. TOO MANY SPOILERS!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4653)
    Performance
    (3443)
    Story
    (3459)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "White Night is Pretty Good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book does further the series but isn't it's best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Night?

    The way Harry gets himself out of the final conflict great and unexpected.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He has embodied the characters wonderfully.


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

    Wizard action amazement!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12125)
    Performance
    (10585)
    Story
    (10627)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "SO MUCH BLEH!?"
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    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    George RR MARTIN does further the story with this installment. Much like his other books some stories are AWESOME! Others are just plain boring.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was an ending? IT had no impact on me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dragons are finally becoming more prominent.


    Did A Dance with Dragons inspire you to do anything?

    It made me rethink how I spent the last 40 + hours of my life.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to deal with this series. IT is very very descriptive. . . which is fine... but some of the side stories just are BORING.... I am usually a fan of unabridged not here.... The TV series is doing a better job at trimming the fat then the audio books. Listen if you have time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2775)
    Story
    (2785)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "A Lot of Side Notes?"
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting take on zombies...


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the acknowledgement of zombies being in our culture before the invasion.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

    Probably not. . He doesn't do a bad job, but the east coast accent kills me.


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

    I listened to half the book in one day while painting my deck. . . I was able to put it down easily. There are too many asides in this novel. It is a bit like listening to an episode of "Family Guy". One thing will happen then you'll have two minutes of irrelevant exposition.


    Any additional comments?

    I will give this series one more novel before I quit. The zombies are interesting. The writing style isn't great for me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4572)
    Performance
    (3409)
    Story
    (3414)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "Death Mask's Logical Sequel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Small Favor to be better than the print version?

    I am an auditory learner. . . This is my third favorite in the series! It starts add to the "Death Masks" legend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Favor?

    I never get tierd of Bob the Skull. His changing fancies are always amusing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A request for a doughnut.


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

    I'm not very emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5193)
    Performance
    (3910)
    Story
    (3905)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Like Zombies and Wizards? Try this!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've been hooked on this series since a friend recommended it. This is one of my favorites from the series thus far. Each of these stories can be read as stand alone, but are better appreciated when you listen to the series. (I started on book 3 and was fine.) This story has is one where Harry is put against necromancers.... It also has a lot of Bob the Skull (my favorite character.) Definitely worth a listen. . ..


    What other book might you compare Dead Beat to and why?

    This book is Harry potter meets, 40's detective story, meets evil dead.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Bob the Skull.... James is very convincing as a performer for both men and women... But with Bob he uses his own accent and gets to be completely inappropriate. It always is a laugh.


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

    Towards the end a method of transportation is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    IF you're new to the series, I've been told book 3 is where to start... SO I started there... and may go back to 1 and 2 later on... CHECK IT OUT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (462)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really have been trying to listen to books that are considered must reads. This book just moved so slowly that it bored me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I already knew the premise of this book so the ending was no surprise.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration like the story wasn't anything special. I think I have been spoiled by narrations that incorporate sound effects. Or maybe its the readings that sound like they actually are enthusiastic about the material past just reading it.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to several books from this period, they are just not for me. If you like this style of writing then enjoy! I found the story to be really dull with an odd emphasis on details of things that didn't add to the overall story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15594)
    Performance
    (12116)
    Story
    (12182)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "A long haul but worth it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Game of Thrones is an epic in every sense of the word. This world is so broad and immersive. You can tell that the author really spent a lot of time working out this story before he penned it. BUT this is almost to a fault, these books are so immersive you really do have a hard time trying to keep all the story lines straight. The overall story is worth the time, but if you commit to this series you're looking at around 160+ hours of audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subplot of John Snow is my favorite part of the story.


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

    There is no way you could do this even if you wanted to. At best I could do about 5 hours of it at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I like G.o.T. and now having watched it on TV and hearing the books, I can say this fills in a lot. TheTV show really is great at picking out interesting parts of the story line, but they miss out on much the books fill in. If you enjoy the TV series and have A LOT of time to kill then these will make the universe more immersive. The Narrator does a great job at making voices for each of the characters. There are some story lines that are amazing and interesting. There are other ones that are long drawn out and at point dull. So you can take the good with the bad and decide for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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