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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
    (604)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (562)

    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
  • Predator One: A Joe Ledger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (799)

    On opening day of the new baseball season, a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it's a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.

    Emily says: "The best Ledger so far...by far. "
    "Hello, my name"
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    Would you listen to Predator One again? Why?

    is Lone and I am a Ledgerhead.

    I have all the books and will listen to them again and again


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Did not want to take a break, almost wept when the batteries in the mp3 went down at work and no place to charge them.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ray is the best, I couldn't imagine listening to this series without Ray's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this isn't the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warspite: Ark Royal, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    The First Interstellar War is over, but the Royal Navy still has plenty of work to do. As Earth struggles to recover from the bombardment, Captain John Naiser is placed in command of HMS Warspite - an experimental heavy cruiser - and ordered to escort a squadron of colony ships to a star system of immense strategic importance. But as the crew struggle to survive hundreds of light years from Earth, they find themselves dealing with the legacy of the war.

    Jean says: "absorbing"
    "The Saga continues"
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    Would you listen to Warspite again? Why?

    Yes, in fact plan on listening to all 4 books again


    What did you like best about this story?

    The blend of science, military action and future look into humanity


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, outstanding as always


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

    Not Star Wars!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sector 64: Ambush

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dean M. Cole
    • Narrated By Mike Ortego
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    What happens to present-day Earth if friendly aliens take humanity under their wing? What happens when their enemy becomes ours? X-Files meet Independence Day when incredible events thrust Air Force Captains Jake Giard and Sandra Fitzpatrick into a decades-long global conspiracy to integrate humanity into a galactic government. However, as Jake finishes indoctrination into the program, it renders present-day Earth a disposable pawn in a galactic civil war. Unknown aliens with a dark secret raid the planet. Within and even below Washington DC, Jake fights through a post-apocalyptic hell, struggling to comprehend the enigmatic aftermath of the first attack. On the West Coast, Sandra's squadron smashes against the invading aliens. Thrown to ground, Sandy wades through blazing infernos and demented looters in a desperate attempt to save her family. Finally, with the fate of the world in the balance, both captains must take the battle to the enemy--humanity's very survival hanging on their success.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "highly imaginative action packed apocalyptic..."
    "Action Packed, Science Fiction Drama at it's best"
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    What did you love best about Sector 64?

    It's totally believable, a well blended story based on today's reality and technology and how we could meet the future and it can hurt and help.


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

    The entire story is gripping, I couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure hope this is going to be a series!

    1 of 1 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
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1984)

    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
    (7012)
    Performance
    (6529)
    Story
    (6514)

    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
    (433)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (385)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (4817)
    Performance
    (4258)
    Story
    (4258)

    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
    (13366)
    Performance
    (12138)
    Story
    (12169)

    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.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "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
    (8525)
    Performance
    (7562)
    Story
    (7622)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (713)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (674)

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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