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Erik

Oakland, CA, United States

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  • The Moon Maze Game: A Dream Park Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    The Year: 2085. Humanity has spread throughout the solar system. A stable lunar colony is agitating for independence. Lunar tourism is on the rise.... Against this background, professional Close Protection specialist Scotty Griffin, fresh off a disastrous assignment, is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to shepherd the teenaged heir to the Republic of Kikaya on a fabulous vacation.

    Beverly says: "Good read, quick read, glad I did"
    "Had high hopes, but were not met..."
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    I'm a big fan of the Dream Park series, so I was ecstatic when I heard a new one was coming out. Unfortunately I felt let down this book. There wasn't as much 'Dream Park' action as I hoped there would be & the fictional backdrop of the 'game' was not very intriguing. There were some interesting scenes, but overall I was bored in places. The narrator's performance was also not too inspiring. Glad I listened to it instead of reading, but was hoping for more after my long wait for another "Dream Park" novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • League of Somebodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Samuel Sattin
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Lenard Sikophsky’s father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn’t make his life any easier.

    Erik says: "Great Commentary on Machismo Myth"
    "Great Commentary on Machismo Myth"
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    Samuel Sattin's League of Somebodies starts off as what appears to be a superhero origin story of the first true superhero. But what unfolds is a multi-layered analysis of the male machismo and tearing down the commonly held myths of what it means to be macho. Sattin's uses three pivotal characters to deconstruct these myths to redefine what it means to be brave, strong, and fearless. John Keating's narration could have been better as he seems to think all Jews sound like they're from Brooklyn and he does a poor job of accentuating pivotal moments in the book. However, Sattin's story overcomes this minor shortcoming and delivers a subversive story that at first seems like your standard superhero story, but ends up turning commonly held ideals on its ear. Great first novel from Samuel Sattin!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23160)
    Performance
    (9795)
    Story
    (9866)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Great characters & riveting story!"
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    Much better than I thought it was going to be. I was led to believe that it was very dark, gory, and creepy, but I didn't find those qualities at all. I truly enjoyed learning about Blomquist & Salander and can't wait to read the other books in the trilogy and see the original Swedish films. Simon Vance's narration was superb as well, truly capturing the different characters personalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2663)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1940)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "I was hoping for so much more..."
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    Just not a big fan of this book. Kept hoping it would get better but I was unfortunately disappoointed. Keeps feeling like an adult Harry Potter without the fantastical world and great dialog. Was more like Harry Potter meets Wicked and I felt the same way about Wicked. Most of the book was narrator exposition with little actual dialog and when there was, it was boring and lacked dramatic tension. The protagonist, Quentin, was annoying at best, and there was nothing sympathetic about him to care about.

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10437)
    Performance
    (9722)
    Story
    (9722)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Top 10 Favorite Book of all Time!!!"
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    Quickly one of my favorite books of all time. Listened to the audiobook version w/ Wil Wheaton narrating (appropriate choice for the demographic/subject matter), who surprisingly gave a great performance. Loved all the contextual use of 70s/80s pop cultural references; even found myself guessing references as they were hinted at. In some ways it felt like Snow Crash...more mainstream but the writing was not nearly as weighty. I'm just bummed the book is over already. May come back to this one again soon to read instead of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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