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Roger

I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "Boston under siege by madman!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. This is a great example of historical fiction that immerses into a time period and location so completely it's like being transported. I'm a huge fan of Matthew Pearl after his breathtaking THE DANTE CLUB. But here THE TECHNOLOGISTS throws the reader into a perfectly rendered Boston circa 1866, just after the Civil War. Some madman manipulates science to attack the city of Boston in elaborate spectacles of masterfully planned chaos and death.


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

    Well, The Dante's Club, of course because here too Pearl takes an era and owns it!


    What three words best describe Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    Proper, competent, ivy-league


    Was The Technologists worth the listening time?

    Yes, absolutely.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1877)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1699)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Strange, Unique situation develops Intrigue"
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    One of the more original modern-day explanation of how a government would deal with fantastical creatures and phenoms (like X-files, Men in Black, etc.). A woman wakes up in a body/situation that she has no memory of and must fake being a government agent for a clandestine agency that investigates and responds to supernatural events. She must also find out who in the agency tried to kill her and why. The details are compelling (like most agents have unique supernatural powers themselves and are assigned a position in the 'court' as a chess rank: Bishop, Rook, Pawn, etc.) and I found myself listening as often as I could to uncover the layers of mystery and threat. Fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3382)
    Performance
    (3029)
    Story
    (3057)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Interesting and Compelling subject-Telling Less So"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps detail or cover other Navy Seal missions to get a broader context. The author does this a bit, but it still seems to be very narrow view of experience.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Detail the entire US Military's search for UBM (Osama Bin Laden), and other missions were called off before they got a green light.


    What aspect of Holter Graham’s performance would you have changed?

    Reader could have used more tension in his telling...


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely enjoyed this audiobook, but the experience left me wanting...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "Another psycho twisty mystery"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like mysteries, absolutely check out the unique voice and the encrypted mystery/events at the heart of this chilling detective story.


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

    Yes, it kept unfolding into new areas of discovery, so you could never predict the direction of the next surprise.


    What three words best describe Mark Bramhall’s voice?

    steady, raspy, quality


    Could you see The Hypnotist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure about this...


    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
    (9818)
    Performance
    (9136)
    Story
    (9136)

    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.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "A Total Blast!"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    Just finished listening to "READY PLAYER ONE" by Ernest Cline and am still enjoying the vibe of such an awesome read/listen. I may listen again someday when I want a pulse-driving thriller that takes me back to my own childhood growing up in the 80's. What a fantastic, virtual thrill ride! Anyone who grew up in the 1980s (and/or sci-fi) will dig this all-encompassing tribute. I haven't ever listened to an audiobook this fast. It's a total geek funfest (especially if you love 80's movies, music, videogames, TV...)Wil Wheaton is superb, a joy to listen to as he weaves the story through his clear, invested and quite well-ranging voice. (He's even mentioned in the book!-so sweet!)This book is masterful storytelling through the canvas of the 1980 pop culture plus a sci-fi future that's only 25 years in our future, a future that's both grim, escapist and . . . epic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt. He's a great underdog to root for and he's done his homework, so he deserves his progress through the contest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final climax with MecaGodzila! Hands down epic clash of the titans


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

    Your Game Will Begin In Three . . . Two . . .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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