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Brad

I like science, sci-fi, history, and biographies. Audible has made my long commutes so much less boring!

Middle River, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19781)
    Performance
    (17818)
    Story
    (17974)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Only ok"
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    I had just finished The Hunger Games trilogy, and my wife had read this book and recommended it to me since it was along the same lines. I just could not get into this book. I would have been satisfied to just read the Wikipedia synopsis rather than spend a credit on it. I found myself forcing myself to get through it to tell my wife that I had finished it.

    Just not my cup of tea. Maybe if the author had gone more into why Chicago was like it was, I may have been more into it, but it just left too much lacking in my opinion.

    Personally, I could tell that the author is young. It seemed to me that it came out in her writing style. I know that this is the first book in a trilogy and more plot will be revealed as the series goes on, but I don't see myself spending another credit to listen to a book that I may not enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (829)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Great story, horrible narrator"
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    This is a great book, but the story deserves a better narrator. It seems to me that the recording lost something in the editing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7497)
    Performance
    (6659)
    Story
    (6721)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Better than I remember"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Grover Gardner really made the characters come alive. This performance was even better than the mini-series.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    Zombie Fallout is similar to it in a small way.


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

    The voices of the characters really seemed to come out much better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tom Cullen rescued Stu and took care of him.


    Any additional comments?

    Epic book. A horror/fantasy masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Brown
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (249)

    The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

    Rickapolis says: "Informative and fun"
    "Science with some real life thrown in."
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    Alternate title: Planetary Science and Fatherhood.

    This book had a good mix of interesting astronomy and real life of the author mixed in. Enjoyable book. The astronomy in the book was not too complex that it was hard to understand for non-scientist type folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12738)
    Performance
    (11852)
    Story
    (11860)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Pretty Geeky, but I couldn't stop listening"
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    I'm a child of the 80s. Born in 1980. I'm still nostalgic for stuff from that decade. Movies, music, video games, TV shows, etc. This book was a fun revistitation for me. Fun story, good characters, and lots of pop culture stuff thrown in. Even if you are not much of a gamer, you will enjoy this book. It's a bit like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory combined with the Matrix.

    Will Wheaton provides excellent narration of the book.

    My only complaint was that I was sad when it was over. You will not want to stop listening to it.

    Highly, highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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