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Dan

SF Bay Area, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (436)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "Great Trilogy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Start at the 2nd ship and then progress to end. It's REALLY worth the money. The story is very original, complex, and well thought out. The author creates situations that should only be presented to adults, without sinking into un-necessary details (one doesn't have to smell the excrement to know that it stinks). Why don't other authors do that?
    I'll definitely look for other titles by this author.

    Also, the Narrator does a great job. I hope the publisher doesn't do something stupid like using a different narrator to save money.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matter: Culture, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

    Dan says: "Lot's of good content but not knitted toghther"
    "Lot's of good content but not knitted toghther"
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    Would you try another book from Iain M. Banks and/or Toby Longworth?

    I'm a fan of Ian Banks Culture series, but I think this one needed some more editing. The author clearly had the story well laid out in his head, but often speeds away from the listener.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire's End: Sten, 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Sten embarks on the ultimate treasure hunt: the search for the source of the Eternal Emperor's power. But his quest uncovers the dark secret of the emperor's past - and Sten finds himself questioning his loyalties - and whether the only way to save the human race is to destroy the Empire he vowed to protect.

    Dan says: "Excellent Set-up to Book 8"
    "Excellent Set-up to Book 8"
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    If you could sum up Empire's End in three words, what would they be?

    Let me put it this way - you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vortex: Sten, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Eternal Emperor was back and ready to save his Empire from collapse. Only Sten guessed that something was rotten at the core. The Empire is in chaos. The once great Imperial Navy has been shattered in battle and lies burning in space, driven by a civil war that threatens to engulf humanity’s future. For the revered Eternal Emperor is not the man his subjects thought him to be — and may not even be human at all. And it is Sten who now leads humanity’s fight for survival.

    Dan says: "Excellent Set-up to Series Finale"
    "Excellent Set-up to Series Finale"
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    What did you love best about Vortex?

    Let me put it this way' you might as well buy book eight now because if you've listened to all 7 books, there is no way in Hell that you aren't listening to Book 8. That said, book 7 is really good. It just that you (like STEN) is left feeling a little empty. Let's just hope that Book 8 will give us all the strength to endure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of All Things

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andreas Eschbach, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor. When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics.

    Dan says: "Turkey Sushi & Bar-B-Q"
    "Turkey Sushi & Bar-B-Q"
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    What did you love best about Lord of All Things?

    The Story, Writing, and Presentation certainly bought deserve a 5 star rating; but the book has just too many good stories packed into one book. I counted at least three separate story lines that could have been worked up into a stand-alone novel.

    1)“What on Earth Are People For”
    2) “The Black Angel of the Caucasuses ”
    3)“The adventures of Terri –Terri –Terri the Witch”

    The author does come full circle with the 1st one, but leaves the other two incomplete. It’s why buffets never measure up to a set meal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (850)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Good Book for a Youthful Listener"
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    Would you listen to Influx again? Why?

    My first impression was fairly negative and I stopped listening ½way through in a 'huff';, to let my feelings be known in a blistering review. But, because of a "System Interruption", I couldn't post my review. So I thought," What the hell, I'll listen to some more", and it got better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very original and the subject is extremely important.


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

    The narrator does a great job.


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

    I did have an extreme negative reaction to the book. But, after I gave it some thought I decided that the problem was likely because of the lack of "real" world experience of the author. The characters' reactions were those of young adults ( a little annoying to someone who isn't). If the author is aiming for the movie-going demographic, I have only one final comment:..................BULLSEYE!!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (442)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Excellent Series Finale"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very satisfying series finale. Would definitely recommend the series. I wish we would have gotten more information about what Marvin really is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Sun?

    The author has create a viable alternate universe. I can't believe he's just going to walk away from it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1636: The Devil's Opera

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, David Carrico
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath.

    Dan says: "Useless Edition to the Series"
    "Useless Edition to the Series"
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    Would you try another book from Eric Flint and David Carrico and/or George Guidall?

    I don't know why this was even considered a relevant edition to the series. It had almost none of the past/future stress of 1st two books. Guidall does a great job as always, but I was frankly waiting for this to end.


    Has 1636: The Devil's Opera turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If the subsequent books are like this, I won't be listening anymore (I gave the 1st two books 5 stars).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did like the description of the explosion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4665)
    Performance
    (4322)
    Story
    (4332)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I think I've outgrown King"
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    What did you like best about Doctor Sleep? What did you like least?

    It was like re-hashing old themes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was happy it ended and think I actually zoned-out during the climax; but, I was able to infer what happened so I didn't bother with the re-play.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakers: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

    Janie says: "Left me wanting more....."
    "Excellent Book 1"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakers to be better than the print version?

    Audio Books are ALWAYS better than print version. Audio books improve both listening and comprehension skills. Audio books also allow the listener to become a better observer/judge of an actual or hypothetical situation. It's like the listener becomes a jurist hearing testimony versus reading a court transcript. Anyhow, I can reed and right an has nuffin to pruve.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great anti-hero character; always underestimated; always prevails.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was interesting that the aliens were so loving to one another yet brutal to people. People, on the other hand, were depicted as brutal to everybody. I couldn't help thinking that the aliens would live happy, loving, lives after they killed all the people. It makes you think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crux

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

    Robert says: "Awsome listen about the birth of post humanity"
    "Great Potential Buried in Brutality"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The theme of this book is very relevant. We are rapidly approaching a time when technology will penetrate our physical defenses. You actually see stories in the news now about sending thoughts across country via the internet. Well this book rightly points out the downside potential. Namely, the id (as in the movie Forbidden Planet). But the author get's so wrapped up in describing act of cruelty, that I couldn't recommend this book. For as I'm concerned, he wasted a good opportunity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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