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Richard A. Bamberg

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  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (315)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Brian says: "Refreshing!"
    "Child's Play"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I first read Gould's Jumper when it came out in pb more than 20 years ago. It was a great story and well executed. I found out he had a sequel after the movie "Jumper" came out. The sequel was okay, not as good as Jumper, but well done except for the change in the "Jumper" universe to match that of Griffin and the movie. The change was not for the better.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Gould’s story?

    I did not listen to the reviewer who complained that this was a child's (young adult) story, after all, I read the first Harry Potter and it was aimed at a similar age. However, this book comes across as a 14 year old girl's pov (I know Cent is 16). If I had really wanted to read a book on teenage angst and the perils of high school gym... well, I wouldn't want to read that story. Unfortunately, after four hours of listening, I don't know that I can go on with it. There's just nothing happening.

    I may update this review if I manage to finish the book, but it isn't looking good. For someone who wrote Jumper, this is a total departure.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Emily Rankin?

    Yes.


    Could you see Impulse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't know, a couple of teenie boppers?


    Any additional comments?

    In the future, pay more attention to the listener reviews.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1175)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Masterfully written; masterfully told."
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    Any additional comments?

    Another fantastic story of the fantastic by one of the best 21st century writers. The story is great and only made greater by the again perfect narration of Oliver Wyman. Even though I buy the print copies, I have to listen to Oliver's rendition of the voices that I've come to know and love. This novel, like "Alpha" does not follow Pitt and instead follows the exploits of the undefeatable Agent Franks. This is a must have novel for fans of the series and if you haven't listened to any of them yet, start with the first one and listen to all of them. You will not be disappointed; I guarantee you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (361)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "Great redition of a classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any Heinlein fan would find this novel enjoyable. While his only fantasy, most of the technology in this book was explained as science and not magic. The character creation and word play is vintage Heinlein.


    Any additional comments?

    The only complaint I have on the reader is that the volume on the primary female character, Star, drops off considerably from the other characters. When you're listening in a convertible, it means cranking up the volume.

    Heinlein first published this book 50 years ago this year and it's been 40 since I first read it. While some people feel that the interplay between the sexes has changed so much in the intervening decades, I note them and enjoy seeing how much has changed. Surprisingly, these distracters never criticize Dickens, Wells, Dumas, or Bronte for their writing in their own milieus.

    Heinlein is known for his strong feminine characters (based loosely on his wife Victoria). The hero in this novel, like many of Heinlein's, could not succeed without the assistant of the primary female character.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper: Griffin's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Ted Barker
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (171)

    Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been. He knows that the men who killed his parents were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin has only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way.

    T. Holyoak says: "Definitely NOT for kids"
    "Does not follow the jumper universe."
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    Where does Jumper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Griffin's story is great as a stand-alone book. I first read Jumper in paperback about 20 years ago, but listened to it on Audible after it came out. I picked up Griffin's Story when the movie came out and was surprised by the abandonment of the Jumper Universe. If there's a flaw in Griffin Story, it's in Steven's adapting his Jumper universe to match the movie (Jumper). This novel is not consistant in many details with the universe that appeared in Jumper and Reflex, both excellent books.


    Would you recommend Jumper to your friends? Why or why not?

    I recommend this book as a stand-alone novel to anyone who hasn't read Jumper.


    What about Ted Barker’s performance did you like?

    Good delivery, good voice, no complaints.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3585)
    Performance
    (3137)
    Story
    (3171)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Best Read in the Last Decade"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is by far the best novel I've listened to in the last decade of premium membership with Audible. The story is as good or better than Neal's "Snow Crash" and reminds me a little of the 80's and 90's works of Dean Koontz (before his preachy phase). I would heartily recommend this to anyone, although it falls into the thriller genre as much as anything. I was amazed that someone I thought of as a cyber-punk author could twist a modern epic as well as this. Some people think he relied too much on coincidence to bring about a stunning climax, but others believe that Fate will have out. This novel is a good example of the concept that events shape the man. For here, incredible events do shape the man and more so the woman.
    Terrific!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of characters and the depth of plot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A single misstep marks the trek of a lifetime.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (101)

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "Mystery of the Year?"
    Overall

    I must say that the "Salvo Mystery Winner of the Year" caught my attention and got me to listen to this book. The sample was okay and the narration was good. The writing, however, could have used a good editor, a fact checker, and a plot that didn't have a wheelchair bound child being the only person on earth who could defeat the alien menace. How clich?d.

    Really, except for constantly foreshadowing every event, every death, every plot point with author intrusion. It wasn't too bad.

    Unless you think about the improbability of an alien menace needed to wait a billion years for man to develop nuclear energy to perform a mission which it could have just as easily done by drawing energy from the local star.

    Okay to listen to if you are bored and can't find anything to prick your interest, but don't look for a great story.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (217)

    Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend's tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash. "Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she's gone."

    Dawn says: "Dawn"
    "Not Bad but not Dean's Best"
    Overall

    I've been reading Dean's novels since 1968. This is not one of my favorites, even though it has some really good moments and Dean's normal attention to detail that shows his research into the background of his characters. The main villain is similar to the DROTH villain, but with enough uniqueness to make him stand out. The protagonist is typical of Dean and likens to those in The Good Husband, DROTH, and Life Expectancy.
    The female lead was interested although some of her background seemed torn from another of Dean's books.
    Overall I liked the book and found the ending justified the body.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    Very entertaining. The best spy book I've listened to in the past 4 years of listening to audible.com.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3522)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1759)

    Anthony Award-winning author Charlaine Harris has earned a devoted fan base with her USA Today and New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. All Together Dead features more dark but frequently hilarious adventures of buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie, who prefers the company of vampires to that of the living.

    SLee says: "Sookie Stackhouse"
    "Another Great Read"
    Overall

    The latest in the "southern vampire" series is typical Charlaine Harris. Her characters are warm and well fleshed. This episode continues to follow Sooky with her misadventures? with the "supe" community of vamps, weres, fairys, demons, and the others.
    The only detriment to this recording, I like the printed version slightly better. But there's nothing wrong with the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up in Honey's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring and gives shelter to escaped German POWs. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand; it's time for a divorce.

    Pat C says: "Funny"
    "Typical Elmore"
    Overall

    As always, Elmore's characters take on a life of their own. The plot may not be anything to write home about, but the uniqueness of his characters are always a treat to behold. This period piece set in the closing days of WWII in Chicago is filled with witty dialogue and the feeling that Elmore must have known each one in real life.
    A must read for Elmore fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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