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Edward

Vancouver, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4885)
    Performance
    (2864)
    Story
    (2880)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "pitiful"
    Overall

    The premise is so broad as to make it impossible to suspend disbelief. The characters are one dimensional and generic.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Wild Thing better?

    Get rid of the Scooby Doo plot and overt political opinions. The violent, morally ambivalent Pietro from Beat the Reaper was way more interesting than the main character (allegedly the same guy) of this book. The rural setting was wrong. Pietro is an urban hero.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Them or Us by David Moody


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff and Stephanie Wolfe ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The banter was occasionally amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully just a poor sophomore attempt.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Orbus: The Spatterjay Series: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    This is a follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus – a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists - to a planetary wasteland called The Graveyard lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom. An ancient war drone by the name of Sniper has stowed away aboard his spaceship, and the purpose of the journey is not entirely what the captain expected. Also heading in the same direction is the Prador king and the Prador Vrell.

    Edward says: "More Neal Asher Please!"
    "More Neal Asher Please!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Orbus the most enjoyable?

    Straight ahead, crisp storytelling. It was filled with creative mayhem, imaginative tech and cool characters. Even the bad guys were awesome and interesting.


    What other book might you compare Orbus to and why?

    Asher's characters are a lot like the warrior characters in Williams Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy. Nobody will ever be as cool as Molly Millions, but a lot of characters in this book come close. In particular a certain war drone AI named sniper.


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

    Clean narration. Doesn't go overboard creating voices


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

    My thought on finishing this book was that was,


    Any additional comments?

    More Neal Asher, Please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2600)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Lazy writing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Tom Stechschulte?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Give up on creating female voices. I would have given five stars for the performance had he not done so poorly with the female voices.


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

    Disappointed. I was looking for something like The Stand. I wasn't looking for a lot of originality, but the writing was so sloppy as to spoil my experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Plotting was poor. Obvious foreshadowing was frequently not followed up by the author. Based on the frequent descriptions in the book it appears that the author believes 90 percent of the people in the world have blue eyes. The other 10 percent have

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (906)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Stretches too far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had a very hard time suspending disbelief while listening to this story. Believe it or, not it was the Clanker tech that disappointed. Really, the Germans thought a walker was more efficient than a wheeled or tracked vehicle. I'd have bought it if they had WWII messershmitts and and panzers 40 years early.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slave Safari: The Destroyer, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
    • Narrated By Gray Gleason
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    There is a secret only Chiun knows. America has committed a sin against him he cannot pardon - and he will not even share it with Remo Williams, the Destroyer, whom he has taught all his skills and loves as a son. Deep in Africa, countless feuds that have blazed for many centuries are quickly being resolved by death and massacre. A massive conspiracy is unearthed surrounding the centuries-old slave trade, and only Remo can unravel it.

    Lowly customer says: "We need more Destroyer books!"
    "Classic satire"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this as a young adult. The satire still holds up. As does the unique action. Hopefully a new generation will discover Remo Williams.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1523)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Dies at the End was a fun read. Wry. I enjoyed the way Wong twisted all the horror and action tropes. I actually laughed a couple of times.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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