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Doug

Golden, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3725)
    Performance
    (3259)
    Story
    (3296)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Too long; disjointed story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A hunt for the source of a computer virus that infects a computer game (and a game that has somehow achieved Facebook popularity?) merging into an international terrorist plot-without-a-target via a circuit breaker? Come on...


    What could Neal Stephenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stuck with one plot.


    What character would you cut from Reamde?

    Jones


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3620)
    Story
    (3585)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Excess detail and poor narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 1Q84?

    This story dragged on and on, with little tiny detail after little tiny detail; yet the author is always talking about the "little people" with no rationale follow-through of what the little people are.

    Also, Allison Hiroto's reading is spoken in an excess attempt to pronounce every vowel and consonant of every word in precise English, and gives the listener the experience that she is reading to a child.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything not read by Allison Hiroto


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (698)

    It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

    Clint says: "Up, Up, Josephine..."
    "Sorry but just can't listen to the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    I hate to say this, but the tone, inflections, and/or better-than-thou-attitude (or whatever words would best describe what I'm trying to say) of the narrator Scott Brick make it impossible for me to listen to a book he reads. His reading style seems to have changed around 2009-2010 and is just too difficult for me to listen to anymore.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overton Window

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (427)

    A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed. There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

    Ray says: "It Could Happen Soon"
    "Terrible - I actually quit reading in the middle"
    Overall

    I hate leaving negative reviews, but I felt compelled to here; this book now makes 3 books in my life I have quit reading in the middle. I could care a less how Beck tries to end it. It should have ended at the preface, maybe I should better say I should have quit at the preface when he states that the book is going to change my views on the world and make me rush to the internet, library, etc. to research his diatribes more thoroughly.

    The Overton Window is a weak attempt at creating a novel based around Beck's philosophical views. Most of the book is comprised of Beck's narratives assigned to one of the many unrealistic characters, and then he somehow tries to weave a story around these characters and their viewpoints. I tried listening to as much as I could but finally had enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (243)

    Joshua Jordan’s new weapons defense system will secure America against an array of new enemies, including a nuclear strike on New York City by North Korea. But global forces are mounting and corrupt government leaders will go to any extreme to prevent an impending economic catastrophe. As world events begin setting the stage for the “end of days” foretold in Revelation, Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves.

    Paul says: "Edge of Your Seat"
    "Religion & Spirituality Book-NOT Fiction"
    Overall

    This is a Christian publication hidden behind a fiction title; unless you have strong Christian beliefs, and want to listen to an end-of-times self-proclaimed prophet, don't bother with this book. It has just too many unbelievable and often-times irrelevant situations.

    In addition, the author(s) constant reference to an "All-Phone" instead of what the rest of the world refers to a "cell-phone" is just strange, especially for a book released in the last few years. Cell-phones currently play videos, allow for reading news, etc., and we aren't en-masse changing what we call them.

    Finally, the narrator has (or was told to put in) nerve-racking, totally silent pauses between chapters, causing constant checking to see if my IPOD had stopped or shut off.

    The story had promise, but instead of reading what started out as a decent novel I instead felt like I was listening to one sermon after another.

    14 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Contagious

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (179)

    Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

    Tracey says: "A Great Set of Books"
    "Could use better narration"
    Overall

    I had a tough time listening to this book simply because of the effects (eg attempts to simulate intercom speaking in a bio-hazard suit) and female intonations from the male narrator. Just READ the BOOK!!!

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5097)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1787)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "King is back as on of my favorites after Duma Key"
    Overall

    I'm back now as a fan of Stephen King after listening to Duma Key.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (362)

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Maura Smith-Mitsky says: "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"
    "Not one of my favorites"
    Overall

    The story-line would be ok possibly as a TV sit-com screenplay, but NOT as a reputable novel worth listening to, particularly with a grovelly narrator attempting female voices. Sandford may have other good books, but this experience being my first "listening" of his tales, will also be the LAST I listen to any of his books. Sorry...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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