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Steve

SUNRISE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3566)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3292)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "He can never have any peace and quiet or be alone"
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    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Maybe.


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

    Never listened to before. His voice is plesant enough.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    No. Too short for a movie


    Any additional comments?

    It was okay and entertaining enough. Length was about right.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1652)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1533)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Taking the long way home"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Going Home to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Did not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Home?

    I enjoyed the trip through the Florida towns since I live in South Florida. I was learning about cities I never heard of before. Of course the sci-fi was pretty good. I like the idea that they didn't fall for many schemes. Definitely a lot of survivor jargon and article names I did not recognize. It took me a while to figure out what NVGs were.


    Have you listened to any of Duke Fontaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listener.


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

    Florida - See it like a native of the 1500s


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed there is actually a Wal-Mart in Perry, Florida. It was fun to have a map handy to see where the characters were. Their attention to detail was amazing and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

    Michael says: "Make sure you skip the first chapter"
    "The book is better than the movie of the same name"
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    If you could sum up The Running Man in three words, what would they be?

    The Running Man


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Running Man. A strong willed character.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have.


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

    No. But come to think of it, the end where he walks around. It grossed me out quite a bit. I cannot say any more.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book more than the movie. Although the movie was good, the book delivered the story better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Michael Bybee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    From New York Times best-selling author and award-winning reporter Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail tells eye-opening, behind-the-scenes stories from Secret Service agents about presidents and their families.

    Eva Rose says: "This was very, very interesting!"
    "Interesting to see first families off camera"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It is quite an interesting look at how the first families behave when the camera is turned off. There are plenty of the good and bad stories about the man and his family that holds the highest office in the land.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Family Detail?

    To learn how power hungry Hilary Clinton is and what a not-so-nice person she is to work for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure. It was amazing that Joe wants to appear like average Joe on his weekly trips to Delaware and not have the football within easy reach. A dangerous man.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Besides accounts of first family life, there is a lot of information about the Secret Service itself. Due to recent events, it was an interesting book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (397)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Lauren says: "Great adventure - couldn't put it down!"
    "Different but interesting and enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.


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

    Parallel time zones.


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

    Exuded emotions.


    Did All Our Yesterdays inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the End

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin, Graham Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war.

    Lauren says: "I enjoyed listening to it."
    "She left the Village"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was an okay read.


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

    Don't know.


    What does Emily Rankin and Graham Hamilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Individual voices were nice and broke up the story well.


    Do you think After the End needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Seems like that was where the ending ended.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an okay book. Nothing gained nothing lost.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (972)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "How English became English"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they enjoy etymology. If so, yes I would recommend this book. I did enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The origins of language. Also the narrator presented the information in a pleasant manner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Do not recall.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book if you are interested in etymology, not to be confused with entomology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6288)
    Performance
    (3072)
    Story
    (3094)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Wot an odd journey"
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    If you could sum up Neverwhere in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining fantasy adventure


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    None other.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Loved the various British accents.


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

    A journey to another world beneath your feat.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I am not interested in fantasy stories, but this was a nice diversion from the gloom-and-doom books I usually enjoy. I found the characters well rounded and quite interesting. I really enjoyed how the narrator brought the characters to life.

    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
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    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."
    Overall
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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
    (1064)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (713)

    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
    (1041)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (926)

    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

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