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Ethosian

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Earthquake Zone, California | Member Since 2013

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3505)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2948)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Baldacci is great, but the performance is so so"
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    I would recommend this story, yes. It's entertaining pulp fiction with the requisite twists and turns for an action / suspense story. Baldacci is sufficiently skeptical of the status quo that this isn't just another formulaic crusade against evil Arab terrorists and I appreciate that. His characters also seem caught in the throes of our current economic miasma which a lot of readers (listeners) can probably relate to.

    I found Ron McLarty's narration kind of dull - although he did manage to provide some differentiation between characters, most of his narrative sentences end in a down inflection, especially at the beginning of the book, and it quickly becomes distracting. I think this is a lack of adequate direction - someone should have given him more guidance on his presentation.

    Oragh Cassidy was better, especially in how well she differentiated the various female characters. I didn't care for the petulance she read into the girl protagonist, but that's more of a directorial problem similar to the one mentioned above.

    Direction/production weak link with inexplicable music swelling up at odd occasions and upstaging the narration.

    I've only started listening to audio books recently but already I'm wondering why are British audio books seem so much better than American ones?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1285)

    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"
    "Strikes me as drivel"
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    Boring beyond belief.

    I don't understand all the positive reviews - you read them and think this story might be worth while, but I could only handle about 37 minutes before deciding I want my money back.

    This is another one of those pulp sci-fi books whose only creativity seems to be in inventing creatures rather than in telling a good story. If you enjoy casual dismemberment after casual dismemberment and hearing about endless variations on daemons, leviathans, and ectoplasm creatures, etc., then this book might be for you.

    I do hate to be harsh, but this really reminds me of the simplistic stories my son used to write when he was in middle school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5033)
    Performance
    (3005)
    Story
    (3020)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Thought-provoking & Engrossing, Superb Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Continuing where DAEMON left off, this book really succeeds on several levels.

    It's full of action and keeps you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.

    It offers a critique of modern civilization where greedy elites manipulate and control the majority and treat them like cattle.

    It posits a popular internet revolution that creates the seeds for a more democratic, more ecological, and more just world, but it adds this element without beating you over the head with a message.

    This isn't just science fiction, it is the type of science fiction that is grounded in a thorough understanding of the way the world works and then builds an innovative antithesis that makes you ask yourself critical questions about how our world could be improved, and Daniel Suarez does all this in a fun, action-packed novel that you almost can't put down.

    Production values on this audiobook are top drawer. You could easily distinguish who was saying what and even minor characters were fully differentiated (accents, regional speech patterns, etc). Really superb narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7007)
    Performance
    (4037)
    Story
    (4065)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Excellent story and well read - engrossing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This one really makes you think.

    Evil genius internet game-maker creates an AI (Artificial Intelligence) version of himself that takes over the internet. The daemon immediately proves to be a ruthless, remorseless mass murderer.

    It harnesses the energies of really evil people and gives them god-like power to destroy the daemon's enemies, enslaving people and major corporations. Then in an apparent contradiction the daemon almost seems like a benevolent dictator (as long as you do what he says).

    The best, brightest, and bravest humans fight to defeat the daemon. While government action is hobbled by pusillanimous bureaucrats, dedicated public servants are determined to fight to the end.

    Overall, it's a really fun and frightening story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guild of the Cowry Catchers: A Story of Pirates and Panamindorah, Complete 5-Book Series

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Abigail Hilton
    • Narrated By Abigail Hilton, Full Cast
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Those with paws eat those with hooves. This is what the wyvern gods of Wefrivain teach. The fauns of the islands are the slaves and food animals of their paw-footed counterparts, and the wyverns maintain the hierarchy. In return, wyverns are fed and worshiped. These days, however, faun pirates are spreading new ideas. Their charismatic leader, Gwain, has taught them to kill wyverns, and they are effectively killing off Temple Police. Gwain's pirates are starting to worry Morchella, the Priestess of the wyvern cult.

    Michael says: "Buy this right now."
    "Not super bad, but definitely not a 5"
    Overall
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    The story failed to pull me in. I gave it the old college try, but only made it about 1/3 of the way through and had to pull the plug.

    Creating a lot of creatures is not the same as creating an interesting story. Produced, directed and narrated by the author - I wonder if it would have benefited from sharing a little more creative control.

    Hilton did a pretty good job as the narrator, but some of the other characters seemed lifeless and amateurish.

    I will be getting a refund on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dealer and the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In a Croatian village near Vukovar, no one who survived will ever forget the night they waited for the weapons they needed to make a last-ditch fight against the advancing Serbs. The promised delivery never came, and the village was overrun. Eighteen years later, a body is unearthed from a field, and with it the identity of the arms dealer who betrayed them. Now the villagers can plot their revenge. In leafy England, arms dealer Harvey Gillott regards himself as a man of his word. There is only one blemish on his record, and that was long ago.

    Ethosian says: "Characters I don't care about"
    "Characters I don't care about"
    Overall
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    Peopled with characters that I am never made to care about, this story becomes more of an endurance contest than something I'm engaged with and need to know the outcome of. I stopped listening about 2/3 of the way through it.

    I will be requesting a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    William Penny says: "What an age we live in"
    "Too much detail for an audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did give it a good try, but:

    1) this book assumes you know a lot about European history and geography, including Roman names for all the places mentioned

    2) when you are reading a paper book and you get to a section you don't follow, you can underline and look things up in ways you cannot do with an audiobook.

    3) there must be maps and reference materials in the printed version that you don't get with the audiobook

    I will be getting a refund on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (372)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Elizabeth Warren for President!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A compelling telling of Warren's struggles as a mother and working woman, of how she became a professor studying bankruptcy law, and how the facts raised her consciousness about how powerful special interests bend Congress to do their will. It was not dry or polemical the way you might think, but actually very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (398)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "One of my favorite books and excellent narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have nothing bad to say. Storytelling excellence and the narration is fantastic. I'm a big Clavell fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gai-Jin: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    A sequel to Tai-pan, this is the sixth novel in Clavell's Asian saga and takes place in 1862. The gai-jin (foreigners) have arrived, intent on doing business with the Japanese. With laws against the use of the wheel in carriages or carts, the Japanese, their tradition-bound Emperor, and competing warlords detest the foreigners, who have ruined the Chinese with the Opium Wars.

    Caleb says: "Good, just not as good as the rest of Clavell"
    "Superb story and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This may not be the best book to "read" via audio, because some of the names became confusing - although that may be because I often have to multitask and don't always give the story my full attention.

    50 hours of a great novel and worth listening to again. Clavell is amazing in the way he gets inside the heads of his characters regardless which side of the drama they are on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (652)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "Horrible narration ruins a great book."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Every sentence ends in a down inflection as if the narrator were bored out of his mind as he read this. Really it's too bad, because this is one of my favorite books. I have the paperback on my bookshelf, so I'll read it myself, but I'm getting my money back on this terrible audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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