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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3882)
    Performance
    (3412)
    Story
    (3412)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "What a Hoot! You have done Piper proud."
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    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Jack Holloway's somewhat caustic and sarcastic sense of humor. Will Wheaton played the part to a tee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters played off of each other extremely well. Protagonists and antagonists both were well written and represented by the narrator. Just a real laugh and very enjoyable presentation. Well done!


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first narriation by Mr. Wheaton I hves heard. I hope it will not be the last.


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

    I can't say but what a great movie it would make!


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  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Planet Earth saved again...by the Vampires"
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    Would you listen to Out of the Dark again? Why?

    Yes. It was a great story with plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Dark?

    The opening chapter with the King of England battling in France all the while the aliens were watching....


    Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

    Vlad


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

    Yes, but as usual life tends to interfere with such. But when I had time it was well worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    David Weber did well with this one and Charles Keating is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (713)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Up all night with one!"
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    Would you listen to Off Armageddon Reef again? Why?

    I would and have. This is really a gripping story line with an expansive and complex set of characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    OWL. It is just funny that as a computer with all the answers Merlin has to pry the answers out of him. The interchange between the two and Merlin's exasperation reminds me of dealing with teenagers. I just have to laugh.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The death of the King and his defense by an extremely young midshipman Hector Aplin during the battle.


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

    No extreme reaction except great enjoyment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    David Weber is one of my favorite authors with his Honor Harrington Series. The Safehold Series has quickly become another favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3827)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2304)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "A classic Science Fiction Read."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mote in God's Eye to be better than the print version?

    I believe the print version was better that the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Midshipman Potter was my favorite. Unpretentious and unassuming in manner. I think he was a nice counter personality to some of the others.


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

    When Captain Blaine had to admit he has lost his ship.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (600)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Disturbing..."
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    Would you listen to Under the Banner of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, even though it delved deeply into a cult that is blindly accepted by society it was an eye opener.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The history leading up to the murder.


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

    The entire book was compelling


    Any additional comments?

    The follow on book by Krakauer is just as telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Schism Rent Asunder: Safehold Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (520)

    The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.

    B. Bozeman says: "Thought Provoked"
    "The depth and expanse of this series is impressive"
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    What made the experience of listening to By Schism Rent Asunder the most enjoyable?

    I have enjoyed the storyline from the beginning. I especially like the authors attempt to balance the technology and stay one step a head.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this is one of the narrators better presentations.Much better that Kevin Collins.


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

    No, it is much too detailed and in-depth for a single sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Charon: Hunted Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Roger MacBride Allen
    • Narrated By John Haag
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The first book in the Hunted Earth series, published to tie in with the hardcover publication of its sequel, The Shattered Sphere. The Earth has disappeared, but was it destroyed by an unauthorized gravity experiment, or was the planet kidnapped by an alien race? Humanity must discover the answer before it's too late.

    Andre L. Gray says: "Good Book"
    "Hoping book two gets the ball rolling..."
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    Would you try another book from Roger MacBride Allen and/or John Haag?

    I hate to start a series and not finish it, but this may be a first. The storyline just doesn't quite grab your attention. I kept waiting for things to become interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Roger MacBride Allen again?

    I would be willing to give them another try.


    Could you see The Ring of Charon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shattered Sphere: Hunted Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Roger MacBride Allen
    • Narrated By John Haag
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Humans face two enemies - the implacably powerful Charonians who kidnapped the Earth, and the mysterious Adversary, before whom the Charonians quake in fear. Can an unlikely combination of scientists, corpses, dictators, and professional troublemakers withstand both threats and return the Earth to its proper place in the Solar System? The sequel to The Ring of Charon.

    Jim says: "Well,I started the series, so I have to finish it."
    "Well,I started the series, so I have to finish it."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Any book is time well spent. I just think I could have spent it on a better book. It just drags. I can't say it was one of those stories that grabs you and holds you attention. This one just kept me hoping something would come along and start the ball rolling. At times there was a glimmer. But......it just never got there.


    If you’ve listened to books by Roger MacBride Allen before, how does this one compare?

    This is the second. I'll give him" A" for imagination.


    What three words best describe John Haag’s voice?

    Steady, unwavering, uninterested


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

    No. It would be as disappointing as "Starship Trooper".


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Book 3 makes up for the short comings of the other two. I will most likely finish the series out just because I have to. Would not recommend this series to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By Heresies Distressed: Safehold Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (442)

    Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.

    James says: "I want Oliver Wyman back"
    "Didn't want to take off my headphones..."
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    Where does By Heresies Distressed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as one of my favorite audiobooks.


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

    I think his delivery is excellent and he carries the characters much better by virtue of his grasp of the Queens English..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2083)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1456)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "GREAT PERFORMANCE"
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    If you could sum up Live Free or Die in three words, what would they be?

    Quite the ride.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyler Vernon


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    It was all very good


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

    When Tyler figured out Maple Syrup was a bit hit with the aliens


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't much on Ringo's other stories but this one is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3310)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2856)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "A laugh every step of the way"
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    What did you love best about Agent to the Stars?

    Another example of Scalzi's great and wicked sense of humor and his not too serious observation of the human character. Kept me laughing throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just enjoyed the story as a whole.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Mr. Wheatons performance of "Redshirts" which was excellent, and enjoyed this one just as much. His performance is great! I suspect he has the same wicked sense of humor as the author and carries the intent and feeling of the story to it's fullest effect.
    Once while driving, I was laughing so hard I had to pull off the highway so I did'nt cause an accident. Keep the good work! Think about doing"Old Mans War and "The Last Colony". I can just hear John and the old farts now...


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

    Yes and I did. On a road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    These two, author and narrator are a stellar match. Cant's wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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