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The Lone Mopper

Ken Galo

Brookfield, WI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (454)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "Sigler at his best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pandemic the most enjoyable?

    exciting story, great narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Murray--always the rock, no BS, straight shooter


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Cooper


    If you could rename Pandemic, what would you call it?

    Pandemic


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't heard the first two--you need to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1574)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Destined to be a classic!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ark Royal to be better than the print version?

    Buy both, I did


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Ralph does an awesome job with all the different characters, a solid performance


    Any additional comments?

    All three of these books will be must read classic's someday. They are ScFi. Space wars with aliens, love/lust, intrigue, a variety of characters with issues, problems and resolutions without the overkill in science or militarism minutiae that ruins too many stories lately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6189)
    Performance
    (5800)
    Story
    (5787)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Wow, just finished all 15 1/2 books"
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    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    yes and the other 14 1/2 books, this is a compelling series from book 1.


    What other book might you compare Skin Game to and why?

    You can't compare the Dresden Files to other books, they are unique and highly entertaining


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    I checked the authors website and see that he is now working on book #16.
    I wish we could pre-order it now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strands of Sorrow: Black Tide Rising, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (277)

    A hardened group of survivors fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization. With the world consumed by a devastating plague that drives humans violently insane, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on a dark Atlantic ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, the only hope for the salvation of the human race.

    Christopher J Bayne says: "Good ending to the series."
    "Fantastic Finish"
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    What made the experience of listening to Strands of Sorrow the most enjoyable?

    The first three books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have a tendency to bond with the supporting characters so, Decker and Anna


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Saving the (nah, I'm not going to spoil it for anyone)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and was waiting for it to come out.


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (4568)
    Performance
    (4035)
    Story
    (4035)

    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."
    "Hilarious!"
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    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Overall a witty, satirical and satisfying listen


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

    all of them. ( I don't do plot spoilers in my reviews--don't read them either)


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having read the original years ago, yeah I'm old, the intro let me know this was something updated


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    still chuckling


    Any additional comments?

    Good investment of credits or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12557)
    Performance
    (11407)
    Story
    (11434)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "What a great story"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up at the top, it was not what I expected and that's a good thing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected plot twists and unusual development


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers, just follow Tim's character and watch it grow


    Any additional comments?

    excellent book and fantastic narration, strongly recommend

    0 of 0 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
    (7873)
    Performance
    (6994)
    Story
    (7056)

    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!"
    "Classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    They are both equally good but nothing beats working and listening to a great novel


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

    a couple of books by Robert Mc Gammon come to mind


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Stu


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    roller coaster of emotions, just like a good book should


    Any additional comments?

    This is a novel written by Stephen King at his best, Grover Gardner does it justice. I will listen to this one again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (568)

    A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

    Karen says: "More Madigan's Malcontents!"
    "The Dirty Dozen, with swords, magic & steampunk"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, I highly recommend this book, it has it all, intrigue, battles, fallen heroes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hard to say without giving away too much, let's say there are too many


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

    I was undecided about buying this audiobook until I saw it was Ray as the narrator, made my decision for me. Ray is a highly talented and skilled narrator


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

    There should be a film of this book!
    See my title for tag line


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is a good investment, I hope this is volume one of 20

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Champion: Galactic Football League, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Seven centuries in the future, the sport of American football has never been bigger, never been faster, never been more lethal. Trillions of fans from all over the galaxy watch six unique races battle in contests so violent that deaths are part of the stat sheet. Star quarterback Quentin Barnes has led his beloved Ionath Krakens to glory on the gridiron and become the most-recognized individual in history, but it is off the field where his world crumbles around him.

    Ryan Nap says: "GFL Junkies, it's another winner!"
    "Touchdown!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Champion to be better than the print version?

    Yes, although I am an avid reader, I spend more time at work where I can listen to books.
    Scott is multi-talented--writer and narrator


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

    First 4 books in the GFL series, you just want to hear them again and again


    What about Scott Sigler’s performance did you like?

    Scott is awesome, if you didn't know, you wouldn't know that all the voices were him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a book I have been waiting for, for a long time


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this Audiobook, right after you buy the first 4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1087)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Great Space SciFi"
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    What did you love best about Terms of Enlistment?

    well blended story, takes the reader/listener from an Earth that is a clear glimpse of a possible future Earth for us to the Moon to Outer Space, planets and aliens. Absolutely what Science Fiction is meant to be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The build up in background on the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but it took 2 nights of work


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent SciFi, can wait to start the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tilian Cure: Book Three of The Pandemic Sequence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Calen
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The virus spread quicker than anyone could have imagined. Within days, over half the world's population became infected. Now a small band of survivors, led by high school teacher Mike Allard, must learn to live in a world ravaged by the deadly victims of the Tilian Virus. Weaving together two separate time frames, The Tilian Cure is a tale of humankind's most dire hour. Faced with imminent elimination, humanity's last glimmers struggle to break through the darkness of a pandemic the world has never before experienced.

    Mike Naka says: "good end to the series"
    "Great closing"
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    If you could sum up The Tilian Cure in three words, what would they be?

    great way to end


    Which character – as performed by Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

    Paul


    Any additional comments?

    After a rough start, in listening, to book 1 this final book closes the story out really well. I would definitely recommend listening to the first 2 books before starting this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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