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Gaius Marius

Marius

Rome | Member Since 2009

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  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1632)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "Not great, but pretty good."
    Overall

    Never great, but I thought the performance was fantastic and the book will be good entertainment for any zombie lover. Recommended for zombie aficionados...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1397)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Aliens come with proof that God exists..."
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    Would you listen to Calculating God again? Why?

    Maybe. I don't re-read many books.


    What other book might you compare Calculating God to and why?

    The "Gateway" novels by Poul Anderson. At their heart they are the same books, just different styles and eras, and address somewhat different arrays of scientific theories in their search for a greater power monkeying with the Universe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The friendship of Thomas and Hollus (the alien) was what made this novel special. I won't say what my favorite scene was as it would be a major spoiler.


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

    This is a beautiful and thought provoking book, but it will make you cry if anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't compare this to "Gateway" lightly. That book wove together scientific fact and theory into an incredible search for "superior" beings who manipulate the entire Universe to their own ends. This book is much more thought provoking and poetic in it's arguments and intentions, but equally brilliant in making you think about the world we know (and think we know). Sawyer carefully argues both sides of many issues...Is science as dogmatic and flawed as religion? What qualities does "God" possess, even if he does exist? I especially loved the way the aliens deal with the politics of humanity, and neutralize the inevitable shady government characters. All in all a book that deserves a place among the classics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Necroscope: The Plague-Bearer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brian Lumley
    • Narrated By Nick Santa Maria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Harry Keogh is moving on. Though the search for his missing wife and child continues, his heart now lies in Edinburgh with Bonnie Jean - a beautiful Scottish werewolf whose friendly pack and flourishing pub have given him a place he can almost call home. But from the rocky heights of Sicily, the diabolical Francezci brothers plot the wolf-pack's destruction; and down in the terrible Pit beneath Le Manse Madonie, an ancient evil schemes. The vampires conspire. They reach a decision. They choose a vector. Mafia thug Mike Milazzo is no good to anyone, anytime, anywhere…which makes him perfect. Disposable.

    Typhas says: "Finally!!!!!!"
    "Not a full novel, not even close to lumleys best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone craving the necroscope will be seriously disappointed. This is not even a complete short story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I'm a huge fan of the necroscope books and this little tidbit just makes me depressed.


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the rest of them? The vampire world trilogy now please! :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Richard Burton
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Richard Burton and Ralph Richardson join together in this unqiue musical production of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". The superb delivery of both these actors is augmented by an original soundtrack composed by David Moore.

    Daniel says: "Can not hear over music!"
    "Do not buy. Worst production ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This poem is haunting and beautiful, but you cannot enjoy it here. Terrible music drowns out the narrator. The narrator's voice has so much echo you can't hear him. Simply awful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (588)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Note to Authors: Stick to writing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jeff Lindsay and/or Jeff Lindsay?

    Yes, if read by the original actor (who was great).


    What other book might you compare Dexter Is Delicious to and why?

    I don't think you can compare Dexter books to anything but other Dexter books. If you enjoy one you will probably enjoy them all to varying degrees.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Authors should not read their own stories unless they happen to be professional actors as well. Unfortunately Jeff's amateur performance ruined this book, I would recommend avoiding this audio book completely.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I couldn't get past the terrible performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep these Author's giant ego's in check and tell them they are not qualified to read their own books. We pay money for these audiobooks and deserve a professional quality performance, not some egomaniac author who doesn't care if his fans get their money's worth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3898)
    Performance
    (3246)
    Story
    (3239)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Podcast flashback"
    Overall

    The book and the performance are both amateur podcast quality. Really the first time I've felt ripped off by Audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4664)
    Performance
    (3393)
    Story
    (3417)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "1st time I felt a need to review an audio book"
    Overall

    Steven Weber is so good you forget it's an audio book and just fall in. Brought back all of the magic of reading this book for the first time. I didn't think a long book could translate so well to this medium. Highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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