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Hilton

lenexa, KS, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Vanna Bonta
    • Narrated By Vanna Bonta
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Mendle Orion is a writer who lives at the intersection of fiction and reality. He idealizes love and cynically rails against a world that wastes his dreams. The man's life is forever changed the day he meets a mysterious young woman with intense blue eyes and total amnesia who looks at urban life as though she's seeing it for the first time.

    FRANCISCO says: "Up There With Great Forever Books"
    "bad"
    Overall

    Vanna Bonta is not a good writer in my opinion. Most of the positive reviews you will find on Amazon or elsewhere are praising the concepts preached in the story… and that’s one problem I had.. it really seemed to me that I was being preached too. Several times in the story the two main characters go off on long conversations that don’t move the plot in any way. I won’t go into detail on the concepts and ideas presented that people seem to like so much. For me they were far too lightweight to justify the drudge of reading the novel.

    One Big issue that made it difficult to impossible to enjoy was at least one writing habit the author could not control. It seems that no one in other reviews I read bothered to assess the authors writing style. I kept wondering if she had gone to and “adverb and adjective sale” before writing this book. If you have any understanding of the concept “don’t use two words where one will do,” this book will drive you insane at moments. Worse yet, some of the “big” words she used weren’t a good fit; the simpler option would have been much more precise.

    Here are a few quotes: .

    ”… her craft was obliterated into disintegration.”
    “Then, a silent howl rose from here, mutely shrieking of a wound she could not comprehend. Beseeching, imploring for someone to….”
    “… somehow evicting the terrible torment….”

    Obliterated where? What kind of torment?

    Probably most significant: The story line didn’t grab me at all.

    11 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict: The Gap Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (167)

    Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

    Cody says: "The Real Story"
    "Recording issues"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've actually read the whole series, years ago. It is EXCELLENT. Wanted to listen again. And you may think my rating is unfair, but trying to get audible's attention.. the recording is painful.. perhaps I am too sensitive to high-pitch hiss, but they "s"'s in every word, every sentence "sizzle" at both high frequency and volume. This is an audio recording or transfer problem that is know in the industry, although I forget the term. If you listen in high noise environments like me (for example my car) you have to play fairly loud to hear the softer words.. at a reasonable volume, this makes every "s" uttered in almost every word hiss and almost hurt... listen to the sample.. play a bit loud if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to (especially with earphones)....

    I'm hoping audible could do some post processing and fix this?!?! I'd really like to listen, but don't think I will.. will probably ask for my money back. Also, the next book in the series is similar :(


    Any additional comments?

    Audible..Please fix this recording!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2810)
    Story
    (2821)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "wow.. I didn't read the same book most of you did"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Ex-Heroes better?

    Better story, a character or two that wasn't two-dimensional


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    Just wasn't very original.. a hodge-podge mix of ideas


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance?

    Maybe I should have ranked it 3 out of 5.. but not great.


    Any additional comments?

    Every character seemed like a superficial collection of reused ideas.. couldn't' find myself really caring about any of them.. all very 2-dimensional. About as interesting as one of the late night films you see on sci-fi..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3176)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Slow book, slow narrator, slooooow. The narrator's style was good, great for the sections where the main character was being contemplative, but not the rest.

    The next book I listened to had more interesting events in the first 2 hours than this book! Again, not that the story was bad, just too little of it.. and this is the first audible book I listened through with my player set to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon: The Beginning of the End

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jerry Jenkins
    • Narrated By Steve Sever
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In the aftermath of World War III, world leaders resolve as never before to eliminate war. The global conflict killed millions and wiped out entire countries. All nations agree to eradicate the most serious threat to world peace: religion.

    Carol says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Not interesting"
    Overall

    The narrator was kinda... stiff.. or too formal? Not terrible, The story was too, and not very imaginative.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hawk: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!

    Stuart says: "Reader in a bit of a hurry"
    "Hmmmm.. just not much value"
    Overall

    Plot: Not bad.
    Sci-Fi like concepts: Not bad

    Okay, maybe this is very personal to me, but I just found the narrator’s attempt at male voices terrible. Picture a Saturday Night Live skit where a female character is pretending to be male, attempting a low voice, but doing so with a “wink wink” attitude that we all now she female, lets just make a silly low voice and call it male. It sounds as stupid as most male narrators would trying to do a 6 year old girls voice. If you don’t have a gift for imitations, just read… please. I was surprised at the frequency I found this distracting. The character was a huge muscled fighting man/machine jagernaut. Every time he spoke, he sounded like my 13 year old baby sitter imitating a “big strong man” talking. Ahhh!

    Kelric, the aforementioned jagernaut, was the main character. His character was difficult to believe. Although he fought the “slavery” he was put into somewhat, he was far too accepting. Again, a cybernetically enhanced Jagernaut warrior and member of the Skolian Empire's ruling family didn’t put up enough resistance. Sure he had problems with his “systems,” but he’s a jag.. right? Look at his background, his family…

    It seemed that his character was an attempt to be the perfect sensitive /macho /caring /killer /genious /partner /compassionate /warrior /mate /leader. I couldn’t buy it. Many of the other characters just didn’t become 3-d to me either.

    I can’t specify large other specific items, but there are many smaller ones and I don’t feel motivated to go into them. No aspect of the story line gripped me. No character captured my attention and interest much. Overall, the negatives distracted me from the positives. I can’t recommend this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4554)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2533)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "The series picks up steam"
    Overall

    This one is a notch above the last. 3 and 4 I couldn't put down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7342)
    Performance
    (3729)
    Story
    (3786)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Slow start, but only the start"
    Overall

    I can't agree with everyone about this being a good book. It is okay. However, I am about to start the 5th in the series and 2,3, and 4 were excellent. This is short.. read it, listen to it, so you can get to the rest.

    I've read/listened to about 6 Stephen King books.. I can't say I really liked or disliked any. Howerver, THIS series is shaping up to be one of my favorit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16823)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13330)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "excellent story, excellet narrator"
    Overall

    that's all

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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