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Brewster, MA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 156 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Deep Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

    Sandra says: "Sad to see the story end."
    "Great Science Fiction you don't want to end"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was fitting and wrapped up the series very well. I hope Patrick Lee isn't done with Science Fiction. He has a lot of great ideas and this series proves it.

    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurne – was your favorite?

    The lead of course.

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

    As if written by Phillip K. Dick but directed by John McTiernan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Reg E. Cathey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for 20 years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose. Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil.

    JunkyardMessiah says: "Perfect marriage between writer and narrator"
    "Great Pulp Writing with a Twist of History"
    Where does Gun Machine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to many, many audiobooks (I finish two to three audiobooks a month) and this was incredibly well done. I'd put this in the top 25 I've listened to.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the interesting history that's expressed on Manhattan. The actual Gun Machine is pretty neat too.

    What does Reg E. Cathey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the gritty style he brings to the book. He may not have a huge difference in voices, but that's not the case with every audiobook narrator anyway. Great voice acting.

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

    A detective lost his partner and now fights through reams of history to solve hundreds of cases that may have been done by one man.

    Any additional comments?

    If you like detective novels with a twist (such as the Dresden Files) this is right up your ally.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Breach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States.

    Tim Valenta says: "Unspeakably surprised; No regrets"
    "Good but with problems"

    This is a good page turner/book to read on a vacation. Basically put it's not the brightest of novels. The science fiction, while sound in the reality, is a little vague in terms of the why's and what's. But if you suspend your disbelief enough it all comes together in a nice wash of dumb euphoria.

    There are 2 problems I had with the book:
    1. the "good guys" speak and deduct like genius' that really only serve the plot which is slightly annoying. Some of their reasoning skills come down to the reader thinking, "really? because that's infering quite a bit and there are many more solutions that counter that. On top of their genius there are HUGE mistakes made that seem illogical for them to make. I won't spoil anything here but keep in mind, if you understand how a technology works why would you allow it to basicially work in the enemies favor?

    2. The book, while trying to keep the female lead strong and intelligent fails to due so in most respects in order to keep the male lead the main protagonist. She says smart things and we are told she's smart, but then we have this male protagonist with zero experience in the things he's dealing with deducting for her and otherwise making her look dumb. He's always telling her what is happening and she's always dumbly following and saying, "I don't know, what do you think?" It comes across as chauvinistic in my opinion, and I'm male.

    I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a quick fun read, but don't expect to remember this one as it's poor character development makes it forgettable.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jesse Bullington
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1364. Hungry creatures stalk the dark woods of medieval Europe, and both sea and sky teem with unspeakable horrors. There is no foulness, however, no witch nor demon, to rival the grave-robbing twins Hegel and Manfried Grossbart. This is their tale, sad but true.

    Ambrose says: "Best Listen Since Eco's Baudolino"
    "A good dark humored fantasy"

    A lot of reviewers found this book distasteful but I have to disagree. That's precisely why it's good. The book has a very dark humor to it with intense gore and illogical thinking. If you like dark fairy tales or stories that take you into the gloom you'll love this book. In fact some of the stories seem to be bizarre takes on classic fairy tales.

    The narration is also incredibly good. The voices add depth to the characters and you'll never hear a witches scream the same again. There really are moments where a simple dumb laugh adds a new level to a character done in this book.

    Quite an enjoyable listen capped off with a very animated and imaginative narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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