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Jason

PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States | Listener Since 2009

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  • Halo: Evolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tobias Buckell, Kevin Grace, Jonathan Goff, and others
    • Narrated By Steve Downes, Holter Graham, Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend.

    Sean says: "Remember Reach"
    "Yes, Halo sells, and I feel abused."
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who collect Halo memorabilia, and collectors of noir genre material.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something less depressing.


    What didn???t you like about the narrators???s performance?

    The narrators were not bad. The stories were too damned depressing!


    What character would you cut from Halo?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Look. I like Halo. I have all the books, games and so on. But this sucked. Every story I read AND I will ADMIT it I couldn't finish it, everybody dies! It's a never-ending barrage of stories of people who died. No hope. No glory. Just death. That is not worth the time reading. It would have been nice if they could have interjected some positive stories but they didn't. I understand that it is what makes John 117 so great, that so many people failed and he did not but if that's the case why bother telling these stories? He did have support somewhere didn't he? Overall, stay away if you can. I pre-ordered this too! It's too bad.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (857)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Melissa says: "Great addition to the story"
    "Magic Stalls"
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    What did you love best about Magic Rises?

    I honestly don''t know...I'm confused.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Rises?

    I don't want to spoil anything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Currn takes on Hugh Di Embre (It's an audiobook, I don't know the spelling)


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

    Yeah it made me scream NOOOOOOO!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. It is written by a husband and wife team. You can tell because the love scenes are overly nasty. The action is fast and fun. The reason I called it "Magic Stalls" is because I am disappointed in the progression of the main character, Kate Daniels. She learns bits and pieces of her magic power in each story but it's always fast and never fully explored for the readers enjoyment. I dislike this very much. I understand in the context there is no time because it's usually spontaneous but COME ON! She's gonna get these tid-bits of magic and seemingly throw them together at the last moment to become ALL POWERFUL just at the time she needs it most? Um, no.

    Most readers won't care because it is action packed and emotionally charged but I feel left out somehow. The books make me feel like I'm listening through a closed door but not allowed to see in the window or take part. It's getting frustrating.

    If you read this series you will love this book. I highly recommend that if you haven't, you start from the beginning of this series.

    I love Renee Raudman's portrayal of the characters. She is flawless as always.

    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
    Overall
    (21473)
    Performance
    (12950)
    Story
    (13080)

    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"
    "Space Classic"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Absolutely, and I have. The story is quick, concise, and extremely enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    When Ender kills Bonzo in the shower, out of self defense.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    Well I have never heard them before and I didn't know who is who but the overall performance was fantastic. There are actually 5 or 6 people narrating at different times and it gives fantastic depth to the story. I normally don't care for ensemble casts but this was great.


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

    In the final battle Ender and his fleet are massively outnumbered and one of his commanders jokingly says "the enemies gate is down" which is a theme Ender starts at battle school. In that moment of tension I laughed so hard, it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read the original story. I was skeptical having listened to the preview. BUT I ultimately figured anything having lasted in the minds of sci-fi fans for twenty years HAS to be good. It was. Nothing is superfluous and the story is straight forward. It's over before you know it.

    The only issue I had is that the pacing is fast. Years and events are skipped which is highly understandable. However, it is a fun ride that ends before you have the chance to fully enjoy it. I read it in two days, two very short days. If you love sci-fi there's no way you don't read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6524)
    Performance
    (5733)
    Story
    (5733)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Lil sticky through here"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    still iffy.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?

    Any kind of fantasy book that has weird creatures in it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was one hell of a Christmas party!


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

    MHI wants you! We just can't tell you!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it. It had action, creatures, a little comedy, and it kept moving. There are many different types of events that lead so fast to the main event that you won't believe it's a 15+ hr book.The narrator was consistent, well paced and consistent.The down side is the gore. I just pushed through it but there is A LOT. However, I didn't just stop listening to it like I have with other similar types of books. The other part is the gun fascination. I got bored with the authors need to describe every gun and knife with precise detail. I'm more of a "see monster, kill monster" kind of reader. I don't care about the existential's.Overall, It's a solid well written, well narrated book. If you can handle the existential's, give it a shot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5376)
    Performance
    (5013)
    Story
    (5008)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "So, I'm a geek! Now I know for sure."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ABSOLUTELY. I hang with a bunch of redshirts myself.


    What other book might you compare Redshirts to and why?

    This is sci-fy comedy. I don't have anything else like this.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wheaton was awesome, I even really forgot it was him. til it was over.


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

    Yes, and I did TWICE in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    My geek/nerd card has officially been stamped! I never really thought about it until I figured the plot-line out before I got halfway through the book. No, it's not B.S.I was also laughing my butt off the whole time and subsequently lost 20 lbs doing so. Okay, that's B.S. However, I was laughing A LOT!

    This book is really for the wanna be star trek extras (everyone alive ever!).

    Alternatively, I usually don't like famous, OKAY somewhat famous, actors reading my books, it puts a face to the main character and I get irritated by someone taking my imagination away from me. Wheaton did an amazing job though and I was thoroughly surprised that it did not affect how I interpreted the characters at all. He was great.

    The most amazing part of Scalzi's book, to me, is his awesome way of skipping over that embarrassing moment you wish you weren't "there for" or listening to. Every book I've ever read always has that one point I could miss the second time around and not care. This book did not, it was fun the whole time.

    My only tiny gripe, and this was probably some kind of inside joke for the author, was the constant use of the "he said" or "she said" after almost every dialogue. It was kinda funny and annoying at the same time. Like is this really how he writes? I can't hack on him cuz he IS published right?

    Anyway, the book is fantastic and worth the time and credit. If you want a good-time ride this is definitely it!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1465)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    AudioAddict says: "The cover is a little misleading"
    "The Final Countdown? Or maybe not."
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    What made the experience of listening to Into the Storm the most enjoyable?

    The narration was excellent.


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

    Most: Sailors out of their element for a long period of time.
    Least: Planet of the Apes aspect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a point where the "modern" WWII sailors have to board an 18th century ship.


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

    Complete bewilderment.


    Any additional comments?

    There was an 80's movie with Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen called "The Final Countdown" when a modern aircraft carrier goes through a weird water vortex and ends up fighting in the battle of Pearl Harbor. This chaffed me from the beginning, the similarity of sailors and time travel I mean. In fact it still does right NOW.
    The book starts out as the destroyer men are fighting a vicious battle against the Japanese in a retreat during WWII. They go through a strange squall and.....

    The similarity definitely stops there!

    The WWII sailors are suddenly in a place that is more like "The Planet of The Cat people" and "The Land Before Time". It turns out to be a parallel universe in which these cat/monkey/people are fighting a war against an evil enemy that are like walking human/raptor dinosaurs.

    Yeah, I'm just as confused as you are.....

    Nevertheless, the sailors befriend the cat/monkey people and decide that they will help fight the evil human/dinosaurs. What choice do they have with no other resources and the human/dinosaurs eat everyone/thing.

    The narration was excellent. There are numerous (at least 12) characters and the narrator does an amazing job of making them different and distinct. With so much happening that is crucial.

    Despite the narration, these are my major issues.

    First: this is slow reading. I can usually read one of these books in 3-4 days. It took me over a week and a half just because I couldn't bring myself to continue.

    Second: I don't care for, or rarely EVER sympathize with non human characters.

    Third: Most of the character flaws and personalities are cliche (to me) Ie. The captain is drawn to the head nurse/doctor, it's a "burden of command" similarity that I am sick of. And the issue of so many sailors with NO women in port BUT womanlike creatures with breasts?

    Anyway, the book leads into the next one, so I will probably venture the next book just to test the waters further. If it gets into the question of bestiality I am definitely NOT reading the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunmetal Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (951)

    After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano-the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover-die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate.

    Kelly says: "Enjoyable"
    "Must read for Magic series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has points that intersect with the main series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gunmetal Magic?

    When Andrea covers ALL of the interior of Raphael's house in purple carpet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Enubis explains fractals.


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

    When Andrea describes her youth to Asconio.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that I am partial to the main series and have had problems getting into some of the short stories that include the other "Alphas". While this book does not necessarily change that fact, it definitely hurt my normal arguments.

    First, it is longer and more complex. Grab your Almanac of Mythical Beasts and brush up on your ancient mythologies cause it's on now. Pretty soon their going to have to publish their own version just so you can keep it straight. I found myself researching these creatures just so I could follow better (yes, I have too much free time).

    Second, If you have read the "Magic" series and like the characters this becomes a must read. As in all of the shorts Ilona Andrews has published, it will all blend into the main series in one way or another ( ee Magic Gifts released last Christmas on her blog site only). Andrea and Raphael are major characters in the "Magic" series so... it is kind of important that you know how their relationship gets healed and how it came to fruition so in the next "Magic" book you don't get confused.

    There are several laugh out loud moments I found in this book but for the most part it is a straight forward magic detective story. There are a lot of instances where Andrea's past comes to light and you get to hear the whole story of how she got so messed up. She has a very good excuse. I usually dislike graphic descriptions of violence, I am blind and have an impossibly good imagination, but Ilona and Gordon keep it moving and before you know it, it's over!

    My only major gripe is that I wish the "Magic" books were as long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bioshock: Rapture: Bioshock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Shirley
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

    Jason says: "YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?"
    "YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for those who played the game it is essentially the prequel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bioshock: Rapture?

    Unfortunately, the ending. I don't do spoilers.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    solid and consistent.


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

    No, it is vast, deep and sometimes cumbersome. The characters and happenings are so vast that there may be times you want to shut it off to try to absorb it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have waited for this book for years, since the first game came out. This is not a direct translation of the game. It is entirely the prequel. It describes the origins of Rapture and all of the major players.

    It left me feeling empty. I can't see to play the game and I was hoping it was the direct game translation and would bring some of that excitement, it wasn't and really didn't. That is not to say it wasn't good. For those who played the game it will add depth and explanation. For those that won't play it, it is a foray into strange political intrigue.

    The main character Andrew Ryan is obsessed with building a "utopian" world underwater to escape the dangers of living on the land post WWII. Once this is done, hIs failed leadership decisions turn the world into chaos and destruction worse than anything happening on land. A power struggle ensues and between Ryan and his two antagonists, Dr. Lamb and Fontaine, they provide an all-encompassing view of three types of societal living without regulation. Capitalism, Communism, and Anarchy are explored and it turns into an underwater hell that threatens to kill them all slowly.

    In many ways this could be taken more like critical literature than just an entertaining novel about a video game story. Don't be fooled by the game or the title this subject matter is deep, no pun intended. If you are into political theory, sociology, psychology or just want to know how Bioshcok began, this is a very interesting read and you MUST read it to fully understand it.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Brotherhood: Assassin's Creed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Rome, once mighty, lies in ruins. The city swarms with suffering and degradation, her citizens living in the shadow of the ruthless Borgia family. Only one man can free the people from the Borgia tyranny - Ezio Auditore, the master assassin.

    Ezio's quest will test him to his limits. Cesare Borgia, a man more villainous and dangerous than his father, the Pope, will not rest until he has conquered Italy. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere - even within the ranks of the Brotherhood itself.

    Jason says: "Great, but . . ."
    "Great, but . . ."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a solid continuation of the story line began in the first book.


    What other book might you compare Brotherhood to and why?

    Historical fiction books. Some characters have real names and places but circumstances are not real.


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

    As in the first, his performance is excellent. Character vocalizations are consistent and help bring the story depth and life.


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

    I don't get overly emotional. sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book from the video game series. As in my first review, this book is also excellent. The action is virtually non stop. Oliver Bowden does an excellent job of moving from one scene to another without missing a beat.

    Gildert Jackson, the narrator, continues his excellent portrayal of all characters with consistency.

    I honestly do not know how closely it mimics the games actions but it does not matter in the least. If you love adventure and action it is well worth the credit. If there are any issues that I found it has to be the seemingly cliche ending of books or movies of these time periods. Nevertheless, it will not ruin the ride. If you liked the first, the second book will not disappoint.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (580)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "I needed this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Needful Things the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King having read it so I didn't have to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leland Gaunt? (I am blind I'm guessing at the spelling).


    Which character ??? as performed by Stephen King ??? was your favorite?

    I like the depth of characters, King's performance isn't spectacular but I can forgive that.


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

    They did with Ed Harris and Max Von Sydow. I loved it too!


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this to be one of King's best works EVER. The magical weaver of words defines people, places, and actions with an ease that's mesmerizing at times. However, this book, like some of his others can get explicit and gory at times which may drive some away. Nevertheless, the characters and message of this book are truly fascinating and the way it is told is absolutely captivating.

    Stephen King reading this book is more of a treat than a performance to me. I love to hear authors read their own works. It's kind of like getting a personal insight as to how they would hear their own characters voices and attitudes.

    Overall, buy this book. It's a true classic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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