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Steve

SUNRISE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "Those krazy kids!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It is highly entertaining. There are also some nice technical aspects thrown in for those interested in tech stories.


    What other book might you compare Immune to and why?

    Only compares to The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book One, so far.


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

    The Rho Agenda Book 1. He is easy to listed to.


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

    Some if it was a bit gory and/or intense at times, but I did not laugh or cry that I can remember.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to The Wormhole, Book 3, but I need to read something else first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4084)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1589)

    "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
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (845)

    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
    (141)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    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
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (3101)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1334)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (705)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (632)

    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"
    Overall
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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
  • Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Druga
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Without warning the United States is invaded and attacked. The result: World War III. In the sanctity of her shelter, Joanna Collins reconciles her life on the pages of a notebook. In doing so, she gains the determination to discover what has become of those she loves in a world that has turned to dust.

    Robert says: "Painfully Amateurish"
    "Dust - A basement saga"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dust the most enjoyable?

    That it was over. No, not really. I enjoyed the book and the story, but not so much on the narrator's performance.


    What other book might you compare Dust to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    What didn’t you like about Jacqueline Druga’s performance?

    Her voice just doesn't sound good for audio books. The banter between characters was almost unbearable. She has a good voice for nagging, but I don't like nagging.


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

    Dust - A basement saga


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the story was good. It dealt mainly with people living together under tough circumstances in small quarters. A couple of the scenes really got my attention due to being a twist I wasn't expecting or the one tough scene in the garage with Tammy. The story was good, but the narration was a bit hard to listen to. Overall I would recommend it as a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Different rendition but still a good story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Logan's Run in three words, what would they be?

    Run Logan Run


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan. He had all of the best parts of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Traveling through the maze and visiting the Florida Keys.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book was okay. I have seen the movie a couple of times, years ago. I figured I should "read" the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

    Holly says: "Worth it, but the weakest in the series"
    "Watch out for the flares!"
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    Where does The Kill Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alec - Tough guy


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    Alec


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

    Don't lose your trans-vice


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the complete series of books. I am glad they made the prequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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