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Steve

SUNRISE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Time and Time Again

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By H Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Henry Beam Piper was an American science fiction author who wrote many classic short stories and several novels during the "Golden Age" of science fiction in the USA. In this story, a soldier of the future, wounded badly in battle during World War III, loses consciousness. When he opens his eyes again he findsthat he is back in his boyhood past but with all the memories of his adult life intact!

    Joe says: "Good story"
    "Nice read on the way to work"
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    Would you listen to Time and Time Again again? Why?

    No. I don't like re-runs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Time Again?

    Waking up as yourself but at a different time in your life.


    What about Jim Roberts’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


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

    I wouldn't. It is too short of a subject.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: Pure Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The fate of the world is more fragile than ever as Pures battle Wretches and former allies become potential enemies. Inside the Dome Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His intent had been to bring down the Dome from the inside with the help of the secret resistance force led by Partridge's former teacher Glassings. But from his new position of power, things don't seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father had been right.

    MM says: "Lazy ending"
    "Be happy with yourself the way you are."
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    What did you love best about Burn?

    The many different characters and their interaction.


    What other book might you compare Burn to and why?

    From what I read alone, maybe the Maze Runner. Because of the goals each had in common.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many different scenes. Too many to mention.


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

    Pure - Change the world but not yourself


    Any additional comments?

    All three books were an enjoyable read. I like Sci-Fi and this was that and more. In many ways, it was quite different from what I am used to reading. It is an unusual story with an unusual ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (591)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Interesting attempts to change the future"
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    What did you love best about Replay?

    How the ending of the story resolved the big questions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to see how they try to alter the past and what becomes of the future.


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

    He draws out or exhibits the feelings associated with such an often stressful and emotional story.


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

    No. I don't get moved often.


    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining. In the middle of the story, I was getting tired of the repeated events. But when Jeff met Pamela, it re-ignited my interest in the story. I enjoy Ground Hog Day type stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (823)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "A nice book on the Living Differently"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Raising Stony Mayhall to be better than the print version?

    No idea. This is the first time I experienced it through audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stony. He is the main character.


    Which character – as performed by David Marantz – was your favorite?

    Same as above, although Mr. Blunt came in second.


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

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fun read in between the big stories. Better than I expected for a Daily Deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
    "Sounded like an old radio drama"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting - Killing Caesar. The least - the story that followed


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was okay but the differentiation between the characters was weak.


    Do you think Julius Caesar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He's dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I just read this book to remember what I read in school and it was cheap and I needed to kill some time before I get my next credit. It was an okay read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4315)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1811)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Doubt if I will continue in the series..."
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    What did you like best about Odd Thomas? What did you like least?

    Best - That it was over. Least - the constant ramble about nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but not in this series. It was an okay read but found myself not interested.


    Did David Aaron Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good enough


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

    Definitely wouldn't pay to see it. Maybe for free I would watch it on TV.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an okay read. Friends referred this book since they liked it. I was not interested and became bored.

    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
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1804)

    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"
    "The reason why we never got flying cars"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to my "technical" friends. Sometimes the story gets deep in technical details. There is plenty of action and the story is very good. Character individuality is well defined. The narrator does an excellent job delivering the story.


    What other book might you compare Influx to and why?

    I cannot think of any similar book. It is not like anything I read so far.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    Jon or Alexa.


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

    Saving technology for a later time for your protection.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an enjoyable listen. I am glad everything was wrapped up in one book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuse

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the Earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back. At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined.

    Karen says: "ichi - ni - san - shi - go"
    "Part Two: Returning to the dome"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fuse the most enjoyable?

    The different characters and how they fit into the story.


    What other book might you compare Fuse to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The four narrators do an excellent job giving individuality to each character in the story.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting read. I enjoyed this book after taking a break from reading Pure. Someone said this was just a connection piece of work that tied books 1 and 3 together. I think Book 2 can stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Victor Gischler
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Edgar Award nominee Victor Gischler “specializes in morbid humor, dark sarcasm, and comic noir, complete with violence and mayhem” (Library Journal). Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse picks up 10 years after the end of the world. Former insurance salesman Mortimer Tate leaves his secluded cabin and discovers a desolate landscape complete with cowboys, bandits, and cannibals, where the only traces of civilization are found at Joey Armageddon’s Sassy-a-Go-Go club.

    Michelle says: "Post-apocalypse with a touch of old west thrown in"
    "Hillbilly Apocalypse"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they were looking for something light and different to read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprising turn of events and finding there is life after the apocalypse. I did like the references to places and locations in the Southeast US.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

    I am not sure. Most of the characters sounded like they were on Green Acres or Hee Haw.


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

    It was funny in many places.


    Any additional comments?

    It definitely wasn't a masterpiece but it was a nice light, enjoyable read between serious books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3232)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1457)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "A sci-fi Columbo Detective Series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard K. Morgan? Why or why not?

    Maybe. This was an okay read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where he was saying goodbye to himself.


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

    Probably would wait for it to appear on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an okay story. I seemed to get lost at times but quickly caught up later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (782)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "Some comedy ages poorly"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At first I wrote "no" in this box, but after further consideration; I thought that it would be nice to have a toned down version that family could listen to without the colorful language.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Carlin again?

    Probably not. This was plenty of Carlin to last me a lifetime. The bitching and moaning really tired me out. Listening to extensive foul language was boring. I was in the U.S. Navy and heard it all before but this was too infused with stuff I didn't care to hear, repeatedly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it was over.


    Do you think George Carlin Reads to You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He covered enough topics. I think he is dead.


    Any additional comments?

    Some things should be left to memories of youth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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