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Gunnermike53

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  • 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
    (364)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (324)

    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
  • The Becoming: Ground Zero: The Becoming, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jessica Meigs
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    One year after the Michaluk Virus decimated the southeast, Ethan Bennett and his six companions have become as close as family while facing the trials of living in a drastically changed world. Then a mysterious woman arrives at their safe house in Alabama, pleading for assistance in getting into Atlanta. Despite their suspicions that the woman is hiding important information, Ethan and his friends agree to help. But when they’re suddenly forced to flee from the infected, the cohesion the group cultivated is shattered.

    Mike Naka says: "the ending made up for the rest of the story"
    "I'm out."
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    What would have made The Becoming: Ground Zero better?

    The bickering. The douchiness of Ethan. It was all too much.


    What character would you cut from The Becoming: Ground Zero?

    Ethan. He is a douche bag. It is really hard to listen to a book when you want to shoot the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't even make it through 2 hours. I had to stop. If I could return this book I would. Is this supposed to be a trashy soap opera? Because that's what it felt like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Becoming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jessica Meigs
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    In the heart of Atlanta, the Michaluk virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people – Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines – band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

    Mike Naka says: "some annoyances but i enjoyed it"
    "Eh...."
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    What did you like best about The Becoming? What did you like least?

    The book is a typical zombie story. The main character, Ethan, is a douche bag. If the zombie apocalypse actually happened, his companions would shoot him. The author did very little research on things she is writing about. For instance, she mentioned having a gun registered several times. They live in Tennessee, there is no gun registry in Tennessee.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He did a fantastic job with the characters. Christian Rummel is a top notch narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this book was just ok. It was basically a guy being a douche bag to people while running form zombies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (910)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Eh. It's ok. Childish."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teens would enjoy it more than adults.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept of the series I find interesting. I think it is poorly developed. The only reason I listened to the last book is because I suffered through the others. I suppose it's not THAT bad, not Twilight bad.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performances?

    The narrators were not the worst ever, but not by any means good. It sounds like they are both 12. Very little attempt was made to differentiate between characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. I am so sock of gay being crammed down out throats. I knew there a couple of gay characters but this time she really turned up the gay. The relationships in this book were all very complicated and crossed all the lines of the culture Clare created, she did not need to throw gay on top of all the other complications. It was just too much. Its as if authors society, TV, music and science fiction authors are trying to force everyone to be "OK with gay". I'm just sick of.


    Any additional comments?

    I wont read another book by Clare. Not just because of the force fed gay, but because she just isn't that good of an author.

    0 of 1 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    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, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    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.

    averageconsumer says: "Great Story/Deadly 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
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    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
    (1079)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1028)

    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.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "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
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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
  • 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
    (76)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    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

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