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Kyle

a very sad man

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Field of Dishonor: Honor Harrington, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (812)

    The People's Republic of Haven's sneak attack on the Kingdom of Manticore has failed. The Peeps are in disarray, their leaders fighting for power in bloody revolution, and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands victorious.

    AudioAddict says: "Slightly different from the first three books"
    "new territory for the series."
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    What did you love best about Field of Dishonor?

    it took a break from the naval action of the previous books in the series. it was a change of pace that keeps the formula from getting stale.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1949)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1838)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "this many books in, you know what you're getting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure. if you need to pass time, and you'd like to be entertained, but you absolutely can't stand the idea of reading something helps you grow as a person or presents an insight worth pondering on any subject whatsoever... why would you read anything else?


    What did you like best about this story?

    i like that we got to follow franks around, instead of MHI or Harbinger. not only did i get the correia fix i so badly needed, but i got to mix it up a bit, and play for one of the other teams for a while.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    what's not to like? it was adequate. in fact, it was better than adequate. it was adequate plus 7 percent.


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

    no. are you serious?


    Any additional comments?

    break stuff!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

    Connor says: "Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
    "good book but the narration is problematic"
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    If you could sum up Hard Luck Hank in three words, what would they be?

    I don't know why i see this being classified as cyberpunk in places. It seems to be missing most of the requisite elements. If that's what you're looking for, this probably won't fit the bill. Still, if you aren't dead set on cyberpunk, you'll probably enjoy it. It's not cerebral at all but the humor has a darker tone beyond the superficial running gags and the hard boiled noiresque nature of the protagonist and the regular sprinkling of action would probably carry you through even if you don't get the jokes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's entertaining enough that the fact that it's not terribly cerebral is irrelevant.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Liam Owen’s performances?

    I can't fault Liam Owen's narration, itself, but the audio seems a bit rushed. The delivery of some lines comes off as if it were recorded off the cuff, on the first read through, without much attention to how they would be spoken, in context, in a real life conversation. In addition, at numerous points, clear mispronunciations were left in, rather than given a second take (contaminant pronounced as containment, for example, or an instance where a word - judiciously, maybe?- lost a syllable or two in the middle). Such instances were frequent enough that they began to take me out of the story for a moment, each time. The gaps between chapters were also so long that I was often checking my devices to see if they'd crashed. There's nothing wrong with Liam Owen, but the whole thing could have used some more production attention.


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

    I didn't learn anything from this book. I did not move me in any way. It did, however, keep me happily entertained from beginning to end. It was well worth the price of admission.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Buckley
    • Narrated By Jon Cross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    From the Bahamas to Heathrow airport, to the rain soaked streets of London the dead have ceased dying. This is inconvenient for a number of reasons but what's the real reason behind the chaos? In London we find Nigel Reinhardt, a disgraced, confused, and gifted London police constable who owns a prophetic goldfish. In Ireland the Angel of Death questions the value and position of his current employment. At Majestic Technologies Celina McMannis works diligently on a top secret project.

    Kimberly says: "My Advice, Read the Book"
    "a conglomeration of enjoyable styles"
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    Any additional comments?

    imagine if you could squish a robert rankin, a terry pratchett, and a douglas adams book together and squeeze out the juices. that's what this is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (554)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Great story, sub par performance"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the first 2 books and glad to see that, once again, we were tackling a different kind of story with the same protagonist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Woken Furies?

    It was nice to get to explore Harlan's World and to have Virginia as a full character, rather than just a memory.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    There were some moments, especially with neo-quellist surfers, where I thought to myself "really? that's the read you went with on this line?" It, quite possibly, isn't Dufris fault. Who knows what direction he was getting. Initially the audio effects annoyed me but once I was used to them I thought they were tolerable. There were a lot of moments where I had to stop, go back, and listen again to see if he seriously pronounced a word "that way." Not just for proper names, either. There was a voice about halfway through the 2nd file reminding me to change discs. Throughout the entire novel Dufris pronounces Kovacs with a cks instead of a ch at the end. After how the pronunciation point was made in the first two books that was really grating.


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

    I wish this whole series were movies, so long as michael bay doesn't direct.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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