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Gunnermike53

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  • The Grail: Area 51, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte has paid his dues in battle and in blood. Now assigned to Area 51, he fights the toughest enemy of his career: the alien race who arrived on Earth millennia ago and have returned to claim the planet. Mike has dodged bullets and faced weapons of mass destruction to give humanity another day of reprieve. But when his lover, scientist Lisa Duncan, falls into evil hands, Mike must decide which prize means the most to him - the woman he loves or the legendary Grail.

    John Fernandes says: "Martin Gollery (Narrator) should be avoided!"
    "worst narrator EVER!!"
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    What did you like best about The Grail? What did you like least?

    Its a good story. Through out the series Bob Mayer makes several technical mistakes, ie. F-16's cant take off from an aircraft carrier, the Pave Low is an MH-53, not an HH-53, there were many others, you would think a guy who used to be a green beret would know these kind of things. However this is something I can live with, its still a good story. I don't like how the author seems to minimize religion.

    Those are only the MINOR issues over come by a good story line. You remember the robot voice from the '90's answering machine, I would rather have that thing read the book. This guy has to be the worst narrator EVER!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Contact: The Seeds of Orion: Contact Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kenneth E. Ingle
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Second Contact, The Seeds of Orion is the second book of a series that sets out the spread of mankind and Orion’s descendants into the galaxy. It takes the listener on a journey of the human race to new worlds. From populating one planet to expanding into the universe and, as it has for thousands of years, doing what it had to do to survive.

    Gunnermike53 says: "Is this a space opera or spy novel?"
    "Is this a space opera or spy novel?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I don't know. About two thirds the way threw it went from space opera to spy novel, and a boring spy novel at that.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kenneth E. Ingle again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of Gene Engene’s performance would you have changed?

    The story just doesn't flow. Huge things happen that get very little explanation and really little things happen that last entire chapters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Contact: Escape to 55 Cancri

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth E. Ingle
    • Narrated By Gene Eugene
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    When a lab experiment results in a group of scientists gaining extremely long life, they realize that if they stay on Earth, they'll soon become lab specimens. To escape this, they decide to travel to the stars. Unfortunately, the stars are already occupied.

    J. Parkes says: "interesting concept"
    "I think the nararator was pooping..."
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    What didn’t you like about Gene Eugene’s performance?

    He would pause at odd times and he sounded like he was taking a dump, he had to push the words out. It was really weird.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an interesting idea, poorly executed though and very unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Laura A Azevedo says: "Great Story, Poor Narration"
    "Excelent story poor performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Koban the most enjoyable?

    The story is a good one. It is very well thought out and written.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Freeman?

    Pretty much anyone else could have done better. He isn't the worst I've heard but he's pretty close. He pauses in the middle of sentences and sometimes words. His pronunciation of some words is down right irritating. For instance, he pronounces "again" as "a-gAne" with a long "A" who does that? My personal pet peeve is "nuclear", he pronounces it as "nu-ku-ler", like George Bush. There's only ONE "U"!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Its an excellent story poorly narrated, but not so poorly that I wouldn't endure him to hear the second and third books.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms - Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia - are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . .

    Jennifer Akers says: "Can't wait for the next book!"
    "Getting really tired of the good guys loosing..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I like this story. It has such great potential. It would be so much better if the good guys would get a W everyonce in a while. Also I'm getting really tired of every author now feeling the need to insert homosexual propaganda.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Morgan Rhodes? Why or why not?

    Yes. I will give the series one more chance when the next book comes out. It is a really good story with great potential. But only ONE more. If all the good guys die again and the homosexual propaganda is too much i will stop. The second book only had one short scene, if thats all then i will let it go.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Fred Berman is a fantastic performer. You could tell who the characters were by his varrying voices. He is among the best i have heard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rebel Spring?

    I would have cut the homosexual make out session.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (712)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Naomi says: "I'm afraid to say it..."
    "Another Cliff Hanger! Another Great Book!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Mark continues to deliver great action packed with humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There a few scenes where Mike and BT demonstrate their bond of friendship forged with laughter and blood. Great friends complete family, Mark does a fantastic job illustrating this.


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

    The most frustrating part of the book is the end, the end of the book could have easily been the end of a chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark continues to deliver a great story, with lots of action and lots of humor. Each chapter leaves you eager to hear what comes next just as the end of the book leaves you mad as hell at Mark and searching the internet for rumored book 8 release dates!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis: Devil's Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    What if the Shadow that destroyed Atlantis 10,000 years ago, comes back to threaten our present world? A war beyond time. An enemy beyond space. A thriller beyond your wildest dreams. Three areas on the Earth's surface defy explanation: the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea of Japan, and a small region of Cambodia. Inside these realms, planes have disappeared, ships have vanished, and, in Cambodia, an entire civilization has been lost leaving behind Angkor Wat....

    AZGUNFAN says: "What happened from one book to the next?"
    "OK story, AWEFUL performance"
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    Would you try another book from Bob Mayer and Robert Doherty and/or Martin Gollery?

    Martin Gollery should NEVER narrate, ever. How the heck did the robot voice from the answering machines from the '90 get the longest book in the series?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bob Mayer and Robert Doherty ? Why or why not?

    I like the story line, I really do. I don't like Mayer's tendency to explain away God and religion. I would say this is the most frustrating thing about all his stories. That being said, it is otherwise a good story. So, yes.


    What didn’t you like about Martin Gollery’s performance?

    All of it. He is a terrible narrator, the worst I have ever heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: Star Force, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (991)

    Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

    Professor says: "EMPIRE OR COLONY?"
    "another good one"
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    What did you love best about Empire?

    action packed!!


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he brings the book to life


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the books were longer and he released them quicker.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (265)

    When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled - and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The Druid order is threatened.

    Paul says: "Call It A Comeback!"
    "Fantastic!!"
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    What did you love best about Wards of Faerie?

    Terry Brooks is an amazing author. The Shanara series is one of my favorites, I'm glad he is continuing it. This is a story i have wanted him to write for a ling time.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    Rosalyn is not a very good narration. Her voice is high pitched and annoying. i almost stopped listening and ordered the Kindle version. I hope the next book some one like Dick Hill or Scott Brick or Kate Reading is chosen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2690)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Keeps getting better and better"
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    What about Oliver Wyman???s performance did you like?

    Oliver does a great job as usual


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem with this book is book 5 isnt out yet!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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