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Daniel

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  • Balance of Trade: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking young man who knew a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade ship; something about trade, finance, and risk-taking; and a little bit about Liadens. It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's fortune, and his own, too. In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find out a lot more about Liadens... like how far they might go to protect their name and reputation.

    Charlie says: "Outstanding! Early Liaden Trader Tale"
    "Loving the Liaden Universe"
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    If you could sum up Balance of Trade in three words, what would they be?

    engaging, delightful, brilliant


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a breathe of fresh air. I am now a huge fan of Kevin T Collins narration and the Liaden Universe. I have read the the books as Audible as listed them and have been fascinated by the universe, the characters and absolutely loved the narration.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Every characters voice is remembered perfectly, I felt he had a extremely strong attention to detail. As a vision impaired person who cannot read paper books and even struggles with a Kindle or iPad on maximum font settings I rely on audio books for my only access point into this great universe. At first I found the pacing quite rapid, but it took maybe 10 minutes to adjust, as it does when starting any new series and I was immediately captivated and held engaged the entire time.

    I was impressed by scenes that involved multiple people and how smoothly he switched voices. Fantastic.


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

    Lets just say there where nights I only got 2 or 3 hours sleep because I couldn't stop listening. Normally if I do this with a book I find I fall asleep, but this never happened with these books.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait for the Trade Secrets book to be put on Audible which is the sequel to this one (Balance of Trade). Hope Kevin T Collins is able to read it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands.

    Jan says: "So I liked it, in a random sorta way..."
    "Very enjoyable concept, couldn't put it down."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, just a good fun read. It is nice to see someone with a 'super power' that has serious draw backs, where the small details and details are considered.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

    Matt was the most developed, I look forward to hearing the others if the sequel comes to Audible!


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

    I pretty much did. Until it reached 5am and I just had to go to sleep. Finished it today though!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, I hope more of Michael's books come to Audible so I can listen to them all. I am interested to see if the characters in both his different series 'feel the same' or if they really do feel separate.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (271)

    The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

    Andrew Stone says: "Loved this book!"
    "A gem out of nowhere!"
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    Would you listen to Elseerian again? Why?

    Yes. I hope the next two book are as good.


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

    Fantastic narrator. Very very impressed. I especially enjoyed his pacing - some narrators are slightly too slow or too fast. He gives the main characters thought processes a decisive and methodical approach which reflected the main character well.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent action but WITHOUT loads of gore and shock and awe. Sometimes I felt the main character was a little too crazy awesome, but every time I started to think this, a vulnerability to his character would appear. Cannot wait for the next two books - already pre-ordered both!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2182)
    Performance
    (2053)
    Story
    (2044)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Best Narrator I've ever heard."
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    Any additional comments?

    This was the best narration, with sooo many distinct voices that stayed perfect throughout all three books. I love Monster Hunter series but this is leaps and bounds above those books, totally out of the ballpark by comparison.

    The premise had me a bit iffy, but I've fallen in love with it and hope there is another trilogy in the same universe, maybe some prequels or something.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1195)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Great Performance, Great Pace, Great Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Plague of the Dead the most enjoyable?

    The pacing was excellent, the characters where well detailed, in appearance and how they felt about things as well as their thoughts. The whole way through you are never sure who is going to make it through an encounter - it didn't feel predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kruger, unsure of spelling as its an audiobook!


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    His voices, how he remembered and kept them for every book in the Series. Very impressed.


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

    I laughed in quite a few scenes. No tears, there isn't a lot of grief in these books, more determination to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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