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modok

Post-nuclear, semi-lucid, disenfranchised, freelance pop culture expert and part time social media commentator with anti-social tendencies.

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  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (329)

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    aaron says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "worth your time"
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    Decent followup to first book. Performance was solid. Story was good, but it felt like in the final chapters, the writer came up against a deadline and just ended the book as quick as possible. It left me with many questions about things that happened in the first book. Not "maybe there will be a third book", kind of questions, but "well, that makes no sense" kind of questions. The old multiple timeline/timeline paradox thing is kind of tired and I thought the writer used a variation of that theme to explain away some of the characters motivations and actions that should have been explained by good storytelling. Still, I enjoyed the premise of the books and found them both worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Hunter: Flynn Carroll, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    A young wife disappears in the night, never to be seen again. There is no evidence of kidnapping - in fact, everything indicates that she left on purpose. Her husband, a brilliant police detective, cannot believe this - but he also can't find her. Flynn Carroll’s lost love becomes his obsession. He begins amassing a file of similar cases nationwide.

    Bill says: "Good performance, bad book"
    "Don't waste time or credit"
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    What disappointed you about Alien Hunter?

    The story starts bad and goes downhill from there.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Whitley Strieber again?

    Not his fiction


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?

    I think Rummel did the best with what he had to work with. He is a great narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    OK, lets get this out of the way, Strieber's claim to fame is he was abducted by aliens. His book " Contact" was made into a major motion picture yada ,yada, yada. With that being said, I have listened to his weird radio show (which is similar to Coast to Coast) and thought that he was intelligent, entertaining and had interesting guests, so I took a chance on this book. Writing fiction is not easy, Lord knows I have tried, but I would not wish this book upon my worst enemy.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracies of the Ancient World: The Secret Knowledge of Modern Rulers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Bauval, Philip Gardiner
    • Narrated By Robert Bauval, Philip Gardiner
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    There are many mysteries in the world, from Bigfoot to Aliens, but some run deeper than we can imagine and are older than time itself. This comprehensive program contains decades of intense research from some of the world’s leading authors on ancient mysteries. International best-selling author, Robert Bauval reveals his amazing research into the hidden legacy of ancient Egypt. Philip Gardiner, a leading authority on serpent worship, exposes the biggest religious cover-up in history.

    Albert says: "WARNING - Painful Ear Splitting Head Banger Music"
    "Unrelated content and weird prodution values"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Where do I start? For one thing, this is not a book co written by both the authors mentioned, as I mistakenly believed. This is for the most part an "interview style" recording. Bauval relates his Egyptian discoveries and personal anecdotes and opinions to an interviewer who is mostly silent. Semi-interesting, but no really new info, if you are into the "lost history of human civilization" kind of thing as I am. The second part of this recording by Gardiner is much more interesting but really has nothing to do with Bauval's work. It is as if the production company had two unrelated recordings around and combined them with the "conspiracy" label to try to make a buck. I was, however, fascinated with Gardiners knowledge and conclusions concerning ancient serpent worship. The information he provides is marred by the horribly done production. The first three quarters of the Gardiner segment is again "interview style", which consists of a badly overdubbed "interviewer" asking questions that are obviously post production, with horribly clunky and obvious edits and an overloud new age background music thing playing in the background. The last part of the Gardiner segment is a strange kind of New Age/Death rock music infused historical dissertation on what he believes the wisdom of the ancient snake cult has discovered and hidden in metaphor for the purpose of teaching humanity the true goal of being human. It is like listening to a bad youtube video, although the information is interesting. If you are a very religious person (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc.), you may be uncomfortable with his opinions on the serpent worship basis of all faiths. Be warned.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Bauval and Philip Gardiner ? Why or why not?

    I like Bauval's work. Gardiner's work is interesting. I really do not know how they could collaborate.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Please...... Read above.


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

    It would be two movies and I would have to be either extremely bored, or extremely high.


    Any additional comments?

    If this comes on special for like $4.95, and you are into the lost history of man thing, you might find it interesting enough to overlook the production faults. But don't waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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