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Houston, TX | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Pale Horseman: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover

    Uhtred is a Saxon, cheated of his inheritance and adrift in a world of fire, sword, and treachery. He has to make a choice: whether to fight for the Vikings, who raised him, or for King Alfred the Great of Wessex, who dislikes him.

    Michele says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Terribly Poor Value"

    While the story and performance were excellent, I rate this audio book well below average because of the editing. There is an unabridged version, and I would recommend getting it or reading the book, but not buying this audio version. (For some reason auible doesn't sell it, likely not because they don't want to).
    The editing left in all the bits of the book for people who didn't read the first book. While both of those people were likely happy, the rest of us end up with so little new content it's not worth the price.
    For future editors, series like these are now mostly enjoyed as a full series. Update your methods, please.
    For possible buyer, please vote with your wallet, and refuse to pay for this version.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Richard says: "Well Developed Story Line, Well Developed World!"
    "Great story..."

    A good narrator, but not really well matched to the book. Author's dialog needs to improve to level of plot and creativity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Useless if you won't go Vegan"

    The diet he pushes is Vegan. Nicely, he ditches the politics, but if you can't go that route, which the true believers just don't get everyone cannot do (soy is just terrible on many systems), it's not gonna work for you. He attributes his success almost exclusively to his diet. Which leaves the story.
    The publishers should really consider editing down the alcoholism part which is depressing, and way out of proportion to its value to the story. Yes, he abused himself, he is an addict, we get it. Now he is addicted to endurance sports...Surprise!
    Normally I hate abridged versions, but editing this down to a short sports adventure bio for would be Vegans would lead to better reviews.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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