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John

TEGA CAY, SC, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8417)
    Performance
    (4857)
    Story
    (4911)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Slow Start but a good book"
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    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, captivating, enlightening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaker for the Dead?

    When Ender spoke for the dead. Very moving.


    Which character – as performed by David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Both did a great job. Of course Ender is a favorite, but the piggies were easy to enjoy as well.


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

    Humanities attempt for redemption.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no Ideas of the second book in this series, I started it kind of blind. The book took a while to take hold for me but came together very well. I will move on to the 3rd book for sure. Very worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (818)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "A good read"
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    What did you love best about The Forever War?

    Time travel has always been a fascination of mine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William Mandella of course


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job not being mono toned, kept it interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It could have been, you really didn't need a break.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good SiFi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (3230)
    Story
    (3259)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Good Firsthand account"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Good, Fast & Concise


    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    Seal Target Geronimo , same story but I different Perspective.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    It was just a good clean reading, he kept it interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written firsthand account, interesting from beginning to end, and I can see why the Whitehouse didn’t want it to get out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Not at all like the movie."
    Overall
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I enjoyed the book, not at all like the movie. The Narrator did a decent job. I did listen to this in one sitting while driving and it held my interest throughout the book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I like book to movie comparisons


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The book was a little less descriptive than I would have thought, seeing the movie helped a bit with the descriptions of places.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator did a good job


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

    A User says: "Band of Brothers"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Band of Brothers?

    I’ve seen the HBO series and was curious about the book, the book was more direct on the battle scenes but was descriptive enough to hold your interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Cotter Smith’s performance did you like?

    Cotter Smith did a great !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened while on a long drive in one sitting, captivating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2093)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Classic"
    Overall

    Elijah Woods did a great job with the reading. This is the second classic I have done in the last 6 months and Elijah made it very enjoyable. I would recommend it to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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