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Provo, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 458 titles in library
  • 66 purchased in 2014

  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "Did not perform as advertised"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a hardcore Zombie fan, this may be the book for you.

    What was most disappointing about Mira Grant’s story?

    She appeared to do NO research in medical fields, technology, or vehicles, and was VERY bad at hiding it.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ?

    Someone who can pronounce words. Jesse Bernstein was OK, but Paula had issues.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend this to almost anyone. I bought this after my wife saw Mira Grant at the 2011 Reno worldcon hugo awards, and was impressed by her. We bought the trilogy to listen to on the drive from Utah to Chicago for the 2012 worldcon, and were incredibly dissapointed. The charicters are not self consistant, and you are left wanting to simply shoot the male lead and be done with it. The "twist" ending was just nerve grating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

    Mike Naka says: "INTENSE thrill ride"
    "The best survival horror I have ever read- Zombies"
    What made the experience of listening to The Colony: Genesis the most enjoyable?

    The action. The tense, intense, action. I was raked over the coals, and then back, and now I want the next book.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I began reading it expecting a typical survival horror book- unintelligent characters, poorly thought out monsters, and a plot that involves more screaming and running around than anything. None of those thoughts where correct, and I am so glad of it. The monsters make sense (to a certain extent- you can only do so much to make zombies that make sense), but these are actually scary, worrysome, I-would-be-scared-as-all-get-out Zombies that actually makes as much sense as any I have ever seen, and they actually got my heart to beating whenever I listened to them (or about them) in the story.

    Which character – as performed by John Alexander Brancy – was your favorite?

    The non hipster (Aaron). Read the book and find out.

    Any additional comments?

    I do not read survival horror as a rule. Most of it isn't very well done. This was recommended, and I'm glad I read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "H. Beam Piper would find this interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    It was a faithful adaptation of H. Beam Pipers "Little Fuzzy". In the forward, Scalzi talks about how he was trying to re-write Little fuzzy with more modern sensibilities. He succeeded. And in many ways, I expect this version to stand the test of time as well as the original. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    The dog. Without ruining anything, the dog.

    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    He (Wil Wheaton) brought life into the characters, even to the point that there was no doubt who was speaking as who. His voice as the narrator was fantastic, and that of the main character was good enough to make you sympathise with him.

    Any additional comments?

    Well done John Scalzi. I am not a fan of most work put out in a universe from a dead creator, (Sorry Brandon), but this was done well. It does not attempt to be the original story, but reuses so many of the same elements is such a different way that still pays tribute. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted an introduction to Scalzi and his work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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