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Lakewood, CO, United States | Listener Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 243 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Doesn't deserve the high ratings."

    Book contains tons of geek references, all of which are easily picked up and understood for any geek of my generation - Rush 2112, Blade Runner (& Unicorn scene), Captain Crunch (2600Hz), Pac man 256 levels, Transformers, Monty Python, etc.

    The book gets 1 star for these, as there is a lot of knowledge and effort here and that can't be easy to assemble.

    Narrator gets fantastic marks. It is WW, after all.

    The rest of the book was one entire Mary Sue and Deus ex Machina fest. Protagonist rarely entered any real danger, no deep story line or character development.

    It is simply a bunch of random, geek knowledge glued together with a weak words. I found the book very dissatisfying and would never recommend it to anyone but geek simpletons.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "I'm not huge into star wars"

    I've definitely seen it a few times, and I do like my sci-fi, but I'm not one to buy the book or the fanguides or browse the forums.

    That said, I bought this book because Audible rated it high and the reviews were good. I have to agree, this book is stellar (heh). The voices, sounds and music were excellent. The story itself is quite good. I only wish I could hear part 2 & 3 in this form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"

    This is my first fantasty audio book and my first fantasy book in a _long_ time. I found it to be well written and never too boring. I picked it up on a whim back when it was on sale for 1 credit and found it well worth the credit. Because I listened so much, and went back and forth a few times to get refreshers, I even unlocked a bunch of great badges on my Audible app!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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