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Allen

bedford, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Star Wars: Millennium Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    Two years have passed since Jason Solo, seduced by the dark side and re-anointed as the brutal Sith Lord Darth Cadeus, died at the hands of his twin sister, Jaina, Sword of the Jedi. For a grieving Han and Leia, the shadow of their son's tragic downfall still looms large. But Jacen's own bright and loving daughter, Allana, offers a ray of hope for the future as she thrives in her grandparents' care.

    Mark says: "Thank you - finally - for unabridged versions"
    "The Falcon"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    Probably wouldn't listen again just because it's not that kind of book. It provides a lot of history of the ship and makes it fun to see her history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

    I got a real feeling early on the author was trying to make the previous owners be as eclectic as possible to show that it wasn't just a scoundrel's ship.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    From the moment the book was built and how you knew something was different about that particular ship made it seem more realistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1150)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "I thought this book was going to be...."
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    I had high hopes for this book, it had a clever way to introduce characters into the story. I was really not impressed with most of the book, just disappointed in the final few chapters. I know more of the series exist, I just wasn't sold enough with what I thought was going to be an epic story of super heroes fighting zombies. Just didn't seem to live up to my hype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1037)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Not what I expected"
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    With each Star force book I always look forward to where B.V. Larson takes the journey. This book did not disappoint, and was a solid end to the main line story that I have greatly enjoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
    "Fun Classic"
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    Where does Treasure Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've chosen to listen again because it's one of my favorite books that has continued to make me laugh and dream over and over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard not to like Long John Silver just because you constantly have to ask yourself whose side he is on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Tye
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

    Eddie says: "A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
    "the hero we thought we knew"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found it fascinating how the creators managed to survive the depression and wars but in the end lost their rights to the man of steel but begged for money from the current owners because they felt entitled.


    Do you think Superman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Once you've heard the history you don't really need to question it, so no I don't think a follow up book is in order.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1225)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Felt a little insane"
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Heller and/or Jay O. Sanders?

    I'm always interested in other titles to see what is offered by authors and narrators just to see how diverse they can be.


    Would you recommend Catch-22 to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book isn't for everyone but it does help provide insight into a different time in history.


    What three words best describe Jay O. Sanders’s voice?

    Enthusiastic, Energetic, Passionate


    Do you think Catch-22 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up needed because it portrays a period in time and doesn't really have anything to keep you wanting more in a future read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (618)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "The long road of a man going insane"
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    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why?

    It had more philosophy about the art of quality and I wasn't really impressed with the fact that it didn't have much to do with motorcycle maintenance.


    What could Robert M. Pirsig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Very heart felt but it is a little weird to hear someone give themselves an alter ego that they refer to in the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    I 'm not sure this book should have been brought to audio because it was written to be more on philosophy and it's easy to loose focus when listening. Probably a much better read so that it can be easily reviewed to ponder deep thinking.


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

    No I had to take several breaks so I could ponder the philosophy mentioned in order to attempt to grasp the quality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5536)
    Performance
    (3788)
    Story
    (3798)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "interviews with the war survivers"
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    Where does World War Z rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, easily a fun and interesting way to look into the zombie wars and how humanity survived.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was based on a global perspective and not just limited to one country.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The interviews were staged well with several celebrities involved which makes it a lot of fun to listen too.


    If you could rename World War Z, what would you call it?

    I like the title but I would probably say "how we survived the zombie war"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (444)

    "Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do? I have. At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, 'I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.'"

    Mike says: "It passed the time, but lacked what I was seeking"
    "don't quit"
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    Would you listen to Quitter again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again, helps me keep me in check before I leap too far and lose everything.


    What other book might you compare Quitter to and why?

    It helps you keep perspective on how solid your "dream job" is, was it a whim and gives you several steps to make sure you understand who becomes your boss.


    What about Jon Acuff’s performance did you like?

    He writes just like he talks and easily allows his passion to go into his voice.


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

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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