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Brian

Flushing, MI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Undead Haze: Undead, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    The apocalypse just got worse. When remorse drives Cyrus to abandon his hidden compound he doesn't realize what new dangers lurk in the undead world. He knows he must wade through the vilest remains of humanity and hordes of zombies to settle scores and find the one person who might understand him. But this time, it won't be so easy. Zombies and unpleasant survivors aren't the only thing Cyrus has to worry about. Not anymore.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "It has been worth the wait"
    "A pretty good encore for the first book."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Undead Haze the most enjoyable?

    I like this narrator a lot. He did the first book in the series and it was one of the highlights. If you liked the first book than this one won't disappoint.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undead Haze?

    When (Gabe) the girl that was abandoned in the first book came back into this story. It was a surprise that she wasn't dead or a zombie.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of the best parts of the book.


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

    I did listen to this book over the course of about 24 hours. I liked the first book and the zombie genre in general.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like zombie books than this is a good series to listen to. Make sure you read the first book before this one. This book takes place a couple month after the first one, and you are definitely missing something if you skip it. The entire plot is about saving a character he met in the first book, and the main character keeps reminiscing about prior events that happened in the first story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29767)
    Performance
    (22897)
    Story
    (23067)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "A disappointment compared to the first book."
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    If you’ve listened to books by Suzanne Collins before, how does this one compare?

    Nowhere near as good as the first book in this series. I thought the story was weak at best. Catniss was so wishy washy in this book when it came to her love triangle.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the first book was better than decent, but this was a disappointing end. The story and characters were lame in my opinion. It is basically a love story about a girl that can't make up her mind between two boys for the entire story. It didn't have nearly the action of the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3621)
    Performance
    (3171)
    Story
    (3187)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "A pretty good read."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is a good book if you like political thrillers. It is very realistic and Clancy always gets the details right.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Threat Vector?

    The ending was not very predictable, and it didn't end like I thought it would.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but he does an excellent job with this book. His narration is borderline spectacular. He could do audiobooks for a living. He has a very even voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is as good as "Rainbow Six" which is the only other Clancy book I have read, and that book was well above average. He makes the story and characters realistic. He did an excellent job of realistically portraying China and Americas military strengths and weaknesses. I'm tired of reading these books that make China of the future out to be some military power that can't be beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Shot: The Inside Story of Man's Greatest Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Parry
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    ‘It didn’t matter that they were now three miles beyond their target site, that communications were dropping out and that they were running low on fuel. All that mattered to Neil as he searched for a safe spot to land was that boulders littered the surface below. “Thirty seconds,” called mission control. In truth, the flight controllers were now no more than spectators, just like everybody else. No more needed to be said. It was down to Armstrong

    Jean says: "Fascinating"
    "A detailed look into the Apollo missions."
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    Any additional comments?

    I learned a lot about the Apollo missions that I never knew. This is a must read for any person that is a fan of space flight. It breaks down in detail all the problems and hurdles that America had to overcome to land a man on the moon. It's very comprehensive. The book does get a little dry when dealing with the personal lives of the astronauts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4535)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1899)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "A must read for an Atheist or someone on the fence"
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    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Facts, Facts, Facts


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author make a solid argument for the belief no god exists. It won't change a religious persons mind, but open minded people should get something out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Any religious person won't get past the first two chapters before they call it rubbish, and shut the audiobook off. It is based on facts, science, and logical arguments. It should give most atheists more ammo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22399)
    Performance
    (13790)
    Story
    (13934)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "The best audiobook I have ever listened to."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Never read the printed version.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only audiobook I have ever given 5 stars. It is a classic. I never heard of this book until the movie trailers came out. This book is solid from beginning to end. My only knock would be the final two chapters slow down a bit compared to the rest of the book. This is a must have audiobook. I still can't believe I had never heard of this book until this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (357)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    TEDDET says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "One of the better Patterson Novels."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you like Patterson books. His books are hit or miss with me, and this was a solid hit. Not as good as "Kiss the Girls" or "Jack & Jill", but pretty close.


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

    Yes. It was hard to tell where the story was going, or guess what is going to happen next. Classic James Patterson plot. You didn't realize why something was happening until after a plot line was revealed. I also thought the "bad guys" in this story were some of his best since his earlier works.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bad guy escape from the church. I didn't see how they were going to escape until it happened. The entire time I was trying to guess how, but I didn't get it right.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Like most of Patterson series the first book is almost always the best, and I would say that about this book. I wouldn't call it a classic but it was a solid book. I haven't read any other books in this series but I might down the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: California: Invasion America, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    The invasion of California has begun, threatening to trigger World War III.

    Greater China and its South American allies control Mexico, and their armies are poised on the Rio Grande, ready for the next phase of the North American conquest. It is 2039. The Chinese are launching their secret weapon against the American border fortifications. At the same time, an amphibious fleet steams toward San Francisco. The Chinese have formed the Pan Asian Alliance and signed a war-pact with the South American Federation. Glacial cooling has brought the Earth to the brink of starvation. Now, U.S. soil is the most valuable commodity in the world....

    Pablo says: "Another good book and I can't wait for the 3rd."
    "Invasion Alaska 2.0"
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    What did you like best about Invasion: California? What did you like least?

    I like the future war genre, and that is what this is.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think this story is very far fetched. Basically the Chinese have bullet proof war technology that is light years ahead of the USA. It is the same plot as Invasion Alaska where the Chinese only get tripped up by bad luck. It gets a little lame that Chinese technology is better in every aspect than the USA. This story starts out where the USA has virtually no Navy because China has destroyed it, and the Chinese control Siberia, Hawaii, some of Alaska, and our allied with every important country. The USA is on their own with literally NO ALLIES. Once again, it's really far fetched to think the USA Navy which is larger than the rest of the world combined is virtually destroyed by the 2030's.
    Also China is now the largest oil producer, and the USA has no oil. In reality the USA is projected to produce 9 million barrels of oil per day by 2015. That is just some of the discrepancies.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think the general story about a future war between China and the USA is a good fiction piece, but the author goes way overboard on Chinas rise and the USAs fall. Every move China has made over the next 20 years is a home run, and the USA hasn't done anything right.
    Another thing I really disliked is how it ended with an unfinished war that was a stalemate just like the last book, but even worse. He wrote this book with an ending that left everything in limbo for another book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the first book than you will like this one. If you didn't like the first book than you won't like this one. It's basically the same characters, circumstances, plots, and outcome. I bought it to see how it finished after reading the first book. I really didn't liked the general theme of the series but thought it was ridiculous how one sided the power balance was towards China.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27329)
    Performance
    (21149)
    Story
    (21355)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is ridiculous how ditzy they made Katniss in these books. One second she loves Peter and the next she loves Gayle. It goes on like that for the entire length of the last two books. She changes her mind every time something bad happens to one of the boys. Katniss came off as shallow to me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The general outline of the story is good. The Hunger Games is an original idea. I just think the character are all shallow.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She did a decent job. Not the best narrator, but not the worst. It's a good book if you liked the movie/


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: Alaska: Invasion America, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (297)

    In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China. The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE AMERICANS ARE NOT SIBERIANS"
    "Unrealistic."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It was just to far fetched for me.


    Would you recommend Invasion: Alaska to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. This author came off as a closet China lover. It's about 30 years in the future and the Chinese military has multiplied its military by 10 fold while the USA has a military straight out of 1980. It's basically a scenario where every Chinese military technology is optimistically better than can be imagined right now, and the American military had devolved to the point where it couldn't beat Iraq. The Chinese have their way with the USA via laser cannons, anti satellite missiles, drones, tanks, and fighter planes. A perfect example is in 30 years China has went from no aircraft carriers to 8 that are better than any of the USA's aircraft carriers. Basically the USA got STOMPED for the entire book and the only thing that stopped China was bad luck.


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

    I though the narrator did an outstanding job. He read the story well and brought the characters to life. I would have no problem buying another story that he narrated.


    Was Invasion: Alaska worth the listening time?

    No. My statements above give my reasons. The story is based on China doing everything to perfection over the next 30 years, and the USA having nothing go right over the same time period.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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