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mike

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  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (673)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    Mark says: "Not anywhere near as good as the zombie series"
    "Okay, but I'm still waiting to be amazed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a bit far fetched, the action was repetitive and predictable to a point but still entertains. The humble hero that wins every encounter because of some convenient dumb luck got old after several chapters, I have followed the ZF series and understand that the main character is not meant to be taken overly seriously, but its almost like the author is trying to make him to be a fool on the one hand and a superhero on the other... It was pulled off relatively well in the ZF series but the Mike Talbot was more of a sarcastic irreverent character where as in this series he wins his battles in almost a slapstick three stooges way... It was a fun read overall and I'll wait for the next two books to have my hair blown back but, even if I am not counting the days till the next release like I was with ZF I will make sure to get around to the next two books in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Tufo? Why or why not?

    of course, he has a very good talent for writing and I see why he uses the same character in so many books, Mike Talbot is an everyman that he brings to life very well and the author writes a good story without going overboard on interpersonal side stories that can bog down an adventure story.


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

    He is my second favorite narrator and can really bring out a main character.


    Did Indian Hill inspire you to do anything?

    yes upon finishing this book I raised my right hand and enlisted in the earth defense marine corp


    Any additional comments?

    not his best work but there are 2 more books to go... Not a bad read either just haven't had the same warm fuzzy as with some of his other books.

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  • No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Cook
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (206)

    Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.

    Amanda says: "Not bad, Not unique, but well written!"
    "good series..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Hope to be better than the print version?

    This series so far has done a great job by not "jumping the shark" they keep the focus on the main characters and the daily struggle to survive. They keep it interesting without putting so much of the filler that I've noticed a lot of the novels today are doing. Surviving the dead is what I would consider a great example of a survivor horror story. The zombies are there in ample but they don't saturate the plot, which many books tend to do. If you're a fan of undead apocalypse style stories I highly recommend these books, they are well written and the author has certainly done his technical research.... Enjoy.


    What other book might you compare No Easy Hope to and why?

    I'd compare this with the first book by the late Z.A Recht.


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

    He was a good narrator, and doesn't overdo it I like it.


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

    it's too long of a book to listen to all at once but its certainly interesting enough that I didn't just put it in when I wanted some white noise while I did something else. You do want to pay attention and enjoy the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Greta Christina
    • Narrated By Greta Christina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (235)

    Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry - and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism.

    Erik says: "I didn't need to listen to this book"
    "religious rhetoric...same old song and dance"
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    Would you try another book from Greta Christina and/or Greta Christina?

    No. If you want a good book on the subject read Penn jillette's God No.


    Has Why Are You Atheists So Angry? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just her writings


    What didn’t you like about Greta Christina’s performance?

    She is spinning her politics into a religious manifesto where if you don't agree with her your wrong. She and many others (bill maher comes to mind) are trying to turn atheism from an unaffiliated lack of faith, into a collective that have the same doctrine and sheep their way through life. the very thing that turned me away from any faith, which is an us vs them outlook on life, is the object of this book.

    She is condescending to the reader throughout much of the book, talking down to you because you are not nearly as enlightened as she is, and just like the forces she is writing against, she lets you know, if you don't share her ideas you are not only wrong, but stupid. She is also condescending by saying things like " I don't hate people that think differently than be, BUT...." and then uses a vast vocabulary to tell you she hates people that don't share her doctrine.

    And keep in mind I am a free thinker and agree with her statements about how atheists should be taken seriously, and 2000 year old sheep herder's campfire stories should not dictate our national policies. But I don't think that someone with a different opinion is somehow a lesser person or inferior.

    Its the same BS the the religious right has been feeding us for centuries just wrapped up with an angry leftist vibe, repackaged think like us and sold back to you.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    I would remove the author as the narrator. The woman was unable to hide her contempt for others in her voice. She would say something that she thought was bullet proof or a huge insult on "the other side" and then make a small smug laugh and she did it throughout the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a saying. "Try not to argue with someone that shares the same opinion with you." Man, this book really makes that hard.

    16 of 32 people found this review helpful

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