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Brian

Kissimmee FL | Member Since 2011

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  • Plague Year

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Debut novelist Jeff Carlson has published his short fiction to much acclaim in Asimov's Strange Horizons and Fantastic Stories. In Plague Year, a nanotechnology virus that was designed to cure cancer instead ravages all of humanity. But the plague has a weakness - it cannot survive above 10,000 feet.

    Terrence says: "Great start to the end of the world"
    "Well written but fell flat at the end"
    Overall

    I enjoyed how the story began but as it went on it felt like he author ran out of ideas. I wanted to like the book but the way it turned toward the end left disappointed. I think I could have been so much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "Parrot Head"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is just the kind of escape that I would expect from Jimmy Buffett. I enjoyed the story line and the way it was written in first person. When you are ready to escape and hear a story about a lifestyle many of us can only dream about then read (listen) to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphans of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (186)

    The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

    Noe says: "Our world is a spaceship."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is easy to listen to and keeps your attention. I felt that the author did a great job keeping the story up even though the location was so confined. It really breaks down how the human race acts when confined for long periods of time. I enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (375)

    Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie.

    JasonK says: "Not bad, but not great"
    "I just couldn't do it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tried. I really did to listen to this one but it just drug on and on with the god of this and the god of that being prayed to. Basically the character Juniper McKenzie ruined this one for me. I really wish SM Stirling had not put so much emphasis on this character and her role in this new world. If I could just edit her out I would give this one four stars. So no, I couldn't finish this one. As much as I tried and wanted to I just couldn't do it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3837)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2821)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "You will enjoy this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book very much. The narrator did a great job and the story was well told. I can see why this book is on so many reading lists for high school literature classes. This is a modern classic, that is for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (721)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    Natasha says: "Maybe!"
    "A good listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book. I thought it had a good flow to it and the plot was well thought out. The only time it would lose my attention was when it would carry on and on about all the different gods that they would pray to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8603)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3089)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable but dark"
    Overall

    It's a dark tale and you cannot help but really feel sorry for the plights of the characters. The tale captivated me because its so well written and since I loved Pillars of the Earth I knew I would enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12401)
    Performance
    (4806)
    Story
    (4840)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "So good I listened to it twice!"
    Overall

    The author did a great job of letting you know the characters and building this story. The clincher was how well he brought it all together in the end. Yes it has it's dark moments but they only add to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3049)
    Performance
    (1704)
    Story
    (1722)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "A real classic"
    Overall

    This one has it all. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (683)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    The title and publishers summary about this book are completely wrong. It's more a story about two bloggers who are grown up and still live with Mommy and Daddy. The zombies are just something that is going on. I really wish I had not listened to this one because it was more fun to think about he idea of the story than to listen to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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