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David

Lakeville, MN, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (503)

    The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors band together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future - and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

    Mark says: "Great End to a Great Series"
    "A Satisfying End to a Series"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the Frankenstein series by Koontz, this book provided a good way to finish the story. After reading book 4 I was on the edge of my seat for book 5. I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed and some of the plot lines did not intersect as I would have expected they would Some interesting characters could have met and interacted. Overall this was a character driven story and the author does an excellent job describing them and you feel that you know them. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1528)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Good Concept - Bad Execution"
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    This book was suggested to me as "others have purchased" after completing the Remaining series- which is a great series I highly recommend if you like the Zombie Apocalypse genre. Back to reviewing Going Home, first off I like the concept an EMP boots the US back to the 19th century and our protagonist needs to get home and hilarity ensues, well more like a homicidal post-Apocalypse road trip. My main problems with this book are terrible editing and mind numbing detail of the gear this guy has in his car or acquires along the way. Parts of this book read like a Cabela's catalog getting up almost to the point of describing the double ply biodegradable quilted Eco-Wipe bung wipe this guy uses. I am assuming the author was compensated for product placement, if not they should go looking for their check. The editing is terrible, the book goes on for 2/3 the story told in the first person then with no warning swaps to several other character's points of view. The transition is jarring and interrupts the flow of the story, there isn't even a "meanwhile on Hwy I 4 our other character... ". My other criticism of the editor is the level of detail that is paid to mundane actions of the day, the same level of detail is paid to preparing a meal or making camp as an action sequence. Simply stating that the character prepared a MRE for dinner is sufficient I do not have to hear about where in the pack he keeps his camp stove or his feelings for the cheese spread.
    To wrap up I am not sure I will get the next book in this series, hopefully they hired an editor with a black highlighter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3753)
    Performance
    (3283)
    Story
    (3302)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Another great chapter of the Jack Ryan (jr) story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you are a fan of the Jack Ryan storyline then this is another must read. I saw this book on display at Barns and Nobel at the mall,I downloaded it and was enjoying it on audible on my ride home. This book looks to China as the Threat this time giving the various Middle Eastern boogy men a break. Well written and thought out. Also without giving anything away there are some great John Clark (my favorite character) moments of an old guy kicking some butt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5000)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2783)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Classic Clancy"
    Overall

    I am a longtime fan of his Jack Ryan series and anyone else who is will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (555)

    Is it possible to Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? Yes, and much more.

    Neal says: "Buy the Book - not Abridged"
    "Good Book --- Abridgment ?!! More like Redaction!"
    Overall

    This was my first Tim Feriss book, and it seems interesting I will know more when my hard copy arrives from Amazon. The author has a good conversational writing style and the narrator was great, his voice fit the prose well. The person who abridged the text must have a history working with the CIA in document redaction. Every detail concerning the implementation of his protocols and diets was removed. There was very little continuity to the abridgment; in one place the subject jumps from using cold therapy to increase calories burned to the technique for clitoral stimulation. The book has some very intriguing premises and protocols for body transformation and performance enhancement but the abridgment completely wrecked any continuity or usefulness of the book. Overall do not waste your credit on this book and buy a hard copy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1357)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Read Before Downloading"
    Overall

    First off this is a well written book, I will give the author her due. Good character development and interesting interactions set in the rich backdrop of WWII Briton. That being said I would not recommend this book it is only part 1 of 2 of a novel, I do not agree with the publisher's description that it is a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers set up situations for immediate resolution in the next part, this book just ends. It is as if the publisher was knocking at Ms Willis' door looking for their advance back and she gave them what she had for a manuscript and said "aah yes righ-to is a "Cliffhanger" part 1 of two I will get the second book out in the fall". In addition, this is not really a sci-fi book, the time travel is more of a plot device to write about the past and not the main focus of the book. I really wanted to like this book but ... (to be contimued in another review in the fall)

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (365)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Glad to see the next 3 books on Audible"
    Overall

    I listened to the first 3 books in this series last fall and was a bit disappointed to find that those were the only ones available on Audible. I was very glad to see the next three available now. I have just started this volume and am disappointed to hear that the original narrator (George Guidall) has been replaced with another (David Colacci), usually not a big deal but the new guy pronounces most of the main characters names differently. What is the deal here, didn't they give the guy a copy of the previous work so he could at least keep some continuity in the series. Otherwise I am very excited to continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Read this, then most likely not the book"
    Overall

    According to my hard drive based music player designed by a major computer manufacturer that I have cleverly sandblasted the logo off of, I have only experienced 19:52 of this book. In that time I have swapped back to Krakatoa by Simon Winchester several times cause I was so bored and annoyed with the blase pretention of the main character. I will rephrase that last sentance, I found a British guy explaining plate tectonics more riviting than the "simple prose" of this book. Beyond the slow continental drift of the plot and nerotic attention to describing every detail of everything in every scene, this book offers very little in the way action. If you are trying to decide to d/l this book, first read at least two pages of the reviews and see who you identify with most. If you are looking for bleading edge cyberdrama this is not it, more like cyberpunk for AOLers. One high point I did enjoy so far is the way the main character gets hives from seeing Tommy Hilfinger products.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3400)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1614)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Great Detective Story Couldn't Put Down"
    Overall

    Altered Carbon is hard to put down once you start listening. The premise of the story is creative, the author introduces lots of interesting plot conventions with the DHS (Digitized Huiman Storage) concepts. The story moves quickly and at the end I found that there is a sequel Fallen Angles.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5626)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2986)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "The Future Is Bleak But Entertaining"
    Overall

    I almost overlooked this book when it was a recommended in popular sci-fi but I am very glad that I decided to give it a listen. The book had me from the first chapter. The plot eventually materializes out of a quite humorous description of the future like the golden arches out of a "franchise ghetto". One of the many amusing terms that the author coins in his narriative of the future urban landscape. I recommend this title it is worth a listen espacially in the unabridged version.

    PS I have never thought a book could make a 15 minute lecture on TP distribution entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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