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Fred

Tucker, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2107)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Great book, great cast performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    This was a very good book and having a cast of voice actors reading each section of the book was a good choice. I did not find the time jumps confusing, but I knew they would happen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1182)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Great performance, pretty good book"
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    I'm a fan of Scott Lynch's setting and story. I have some issues with plot choice. I'd prefer more scam and less piracy. The performance is great.

    0 of 0 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
    (2479)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2221)

    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.

    Don says: "A great read if you like heroes or zombies!"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
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    The only thing that saves this audio book is a good performance by the narrators. The material itself is just awful. Full of inconsistencies, bad dialogue and illogical character decisions, Ex Heroes wrecks what could have been a cool world. I really, really enjoyed Peter Clines's "14". Ex Heroes is not up to par.
    Here's an example of bad writing that stuck with me: I'm paraphrasing here, but it went something like, "The monster punched him into the air, but only for a minute.' A minute? He hit him so hard he was airborne for 60 seconds? Is he halfway to San Francisco when he lands? That's just poor word choice, but there are many more instances like that through the book.
    The poor character logic is probably the worst part. One guy has the power of a small star at his command, but doesn't like to burn zombies because it's "icky." WTF? Get out there and light them up! Why are you not burning zombies 24/7?
    Anyway, it is what it is and it's terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5918)
    Performance
    (5175)
    Story
    (5176)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "This is book is "not very good.""
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    I feel bad for Oliver Wyman having to perform this book. He did a good job with some truly bad material. The characters are cliche, the story is predictable. It's gun porn and the most banal action hero nonsense. The main character describes himself as perfectly normal... and then you find out he's an underground pit fighter, bouncer, marksmen with a fetish for guns. You know, like everyone else. Also, he's the latest in a long line of the "chosen ones" from every book since Odyssues. I was fooled by the rave reviews, but this book is terrible.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.

    Ethan M. says: "Culture meets Hitchhiker's Guide & Da Vinca Code"
    "Not the best Culture book, but not bad."
    Overall
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    Not the best Culture book, but Peter Kenney continues to deliver. If you are a fan of the Culture series, you will enjoy this book, but it's not the best of the series. The audio performance is as good as ever by Peter Lenney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (627)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Pretty boring. Illogical story. Decent performance"
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    Pretty boring. Illogical story. Decent performance. I don't see how this book is rated so highly either in SF circles or Audible. I had trouble finishing it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Use of Weapons

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks, and military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him toward his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause.

    Ken says: "Tips on how to listen to this novel - NO SPOILERS"
    "Great book, great perfomance"
    Overall
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    I love the Culture series by Iain Banks and I love Peter Kenny's performance. Banks's world is interesting, fun and a little scary. Peter Kenny does a masterful job voicing a wide range of characters. The twin story lines, one unfolding in reverse, is a little confusing at times via audiobook and I wonder if it would have been easier to read. Despite that, I really enjoyed the story and the delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9956)
    Performance
    (5279)
    Story
    (5300)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A good solid listen"
    Overall
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    A good solid listen. Its a little gory at times and a bit confusing in others, but I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9762)
    Performance
    (6730)
    Story
    (6739)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Meh."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book and then some sound remastering.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Butcher’s story?

    This book did not live up to the hype. The writing is filled with clichés and the story is predictable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by James Marsters?

    Sure.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Storm Front?

    Most of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

    Sarah says: "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    "Peter Kenny is the master!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Peter Kenny gives a brilliant performance of a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good. Its a good for SF in general and a good Culture series book. I find, however, that's its actually narrator that keeps me riveted. There are points where I felt the words were not as good as the delivery. Great job, Peter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1440)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    R. Huskey says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "Enjoyable, but characters do some duuuumb stuff"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoy this series both because the characters occasionally do smart things AND because they often do very dumb things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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