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R. Sumner

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  • Geronimo Stilton: Books 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Geronimo Stilton
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Who is Geronimo Stilton? That's me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing adventure stories. Here in New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island, my books are all best sellers! My stories are funny, fa-mouse-ly funny. They are whisker-licking-good tales, and that's a promise.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "Great bed time ritual"
    "good book, terrible reader"
    Overall

    I got this collection because my daughters love the stories. However, after listening to the reader, I'm sorry I got them. The characters are portrayed as intelligent, but the accents and voices that are given to them is the complete opposite; screechy, whiney, and completely annoying. My daughters went from loving the books to not wanting to listen to them at all, not to mention the fact that I can't stand listening to this reader in the car with them. The author is great, the only reason I can give this book more than a 1 star, easy to read and the stories are fun to read. If someone else did the narration these would easily be 4-5 stars in my opinion, but not with this reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Control Point: Shadow Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Myke Cole
    • Narrated By Corey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    Myke Cole is an expert at ratcheting up suspense and delivering pulse-pounding adventure that leaves audiences breathless. In Shadow Ops: Control Point, the world has seemingly gone mad. People are waking up with magical powers, such as the ability to raise the dead or call forth storms. The only thing staving off a plunge into chaos is the Supernatural Operations Corps, headed by Oscar Britton. But when Oscar exhibits a power of his own, the hunter becomes the hunted.

    Eugene says: "get on with it"
    "How about a little cheese to go with the whine"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a better author who actual understood the military.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the basis idea, magic being used as a weapon and controlled by the military, a shadow group using magic that is considered illegal in this world... the ideas were good, but the execution was terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    It was obvious from the first chapter that this author had no clue about the military structure, or how/why it functions. At first I was willing to overlook some of that due to the basic story idea, but listening to the main character constantly whine about everything really wore on me. I kept hoping that it would get better, the main character would put on his big boy pants and stop whining. I eventually stopped listening with 2 hours 14 minutes left. Just where you can tell the big battle is about to start, I couldn't take the self pity and whining any longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hallowed Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Niall Wilson, Steven Savile
    • Narrated By Joe Geoffrey
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    When a man known only as The Deacon set up camp outside Rookwood, a murder of crows took to unnatural, moonlit flight. The crows came to Rookwood; trouble soon to follow. Things were already strange in that God-forsaken town, but no one could have predicted the forces and fates about to meet in a dust-bowl clearing in the desert. A Preacher. A Demon. An Angel. A Gunslinger.

    James says: "Oh No!! Not another Raven or is it a Crow?"
    "I will give it an Interesting"
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    Would you try another book from David Niall Wilson and Steven Savile and/or Joe Geoffrey?

    Since this book seemed to be the first of a series, I would give another a shot. This one wasn't bad at all, had some really good parts, but really seemed to be the start of something, not a complete book in it's own right.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    either made the book longer to develope the characters further, added some more meat to the plot (wasn't really lacking, but more would have been better), or have a second book to keep the story going.


    Any additional comments?

    While interesting, and pretty a pretty good concept, the story seemed to be lacking something, either some more material, longer story... something to make this seem more than a short story that got away from the authors. Still, I am not sad that I listened, it was pretty good, but not as good as it could have been in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (3088)
    Story
    (3093)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Yes, another please!!!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Legion?

    I liked how the main bad guy in this one operated, feeding on everyones fears and turning them into reality, that's what sticks in my mind


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

    Yes, yes I have. he seems to have changed Earl's voice a little bit between this book and the previous ones, but this one is still really good.


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

    yes and no, yes because the story was that good and the way the Mr. Wyman reads; is awesome. No in the fact that I wanted it last much longer than it did, there just seemed like the alp could have done so much more to frustrate and frighten the characters, that it did seem a little short to me.


    Any additional comments?

    if you're looking for a good series that will keep you laughing with some of the one liners, and still delivers a killer plot line, try this one. Thank you Mr Correia for writing these:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3843)
    Performance
    (3474)
    Story
    (3492)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Great addition to the series"
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    Where does Monster Hunter Alpha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say, this one is really good, but comparing this to The Wheel of Time just isn't fair to either series. That said, I love this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Alpha?

    The second Alpha werewolf and Heather becoming a werewolf. The battles between Harbingener and Petrov were great.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this series, the characters are likeable, in a smart mouthed fashion, and the story is slightly plausible; slightly...
    It's just a really fun read (listen) that doesn't stop at the end of the book. Being a retired Infantry soldier, I like guns and this series doesn't dissipoint with descriptions of guns and the use of guns in all their forms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2855)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2574)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Interesting, I will give it that"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    I am undecided at this point, I ended up not disliking this book, but I can't say I liked it enough to try another


    Would you recommend Ex-Heroes to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends on who I would be recommending this to. I have some friends that love zombie apocalypse, and they would really like this one, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. Just too many plot holes in my opinion.


    Do you think Ex-Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Hard to say, I know there is one, and I am still very undecided about it. kinda dissipointing when you get to the finish, but there are still questions that could be answered in another book.


    Any additional comments?

    unless you are a fan of zombies, and superheroes, might want to think twice about this one. If you like reading about zombies, and superheroes, then by all means this book is pretty good; when you get past the confusion of jumping around in time to tell the story. Might have been better if one time arc was stuck to, instead of telling the characters backstories in fits and starts interspersed with action in the 'present' against zombies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5265)
    Performance
    (4763)
    Story
    (4776)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Magic in the Great Depression???"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    I will admit that I was looking for a Steampunk novel, and this caught my attention because of the mix of magic and technology. I was more than surprised at how good the book was. while not Steampunk in a traditional sense, this was absolutle amazing


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

    The final battal was likely the most memorable, with the heroes jumping around dirigibles while swords are flashing and guns blazing with a storm in the background


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He really brought the characters to life, I will admit I was initially annoyed by how he portrayed the hero as slow and dim witted in speech; until you realize that the main character does that on purpose (descriped later in the book) to make others underestimate him. Turned out to be right on target


    Any additional comments?

    This book is more than worth the time to read, the performance is great and the story is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3302)
    Story
    (3298)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Wow!!! really looking forward to the rest"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to others.
    the book is really well written and the story is really well thought out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say I really liked the main character, Jake... he has just the right combination of smart mouth attitude and ability to be likeable without being a pain


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

    I listen to these books while in the gym, just to let my mind wander while abusing my body, this one was taken to work and finished in too short a time


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great series, great author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Faire: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    Hell's Faire continues Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, this time pitting Major Mike O'Neal against a Posleen overlord with impressive technology looking to conquer human territories.

    Colin says: "Last book, but its not over! 8 more to go"
    "One word... Awesome"
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    If you could sum up Hell's Faire in three words, what would they be?

    absolutely awesome book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are a number to choose from... but I would have to say my favorite would be Bun-Bun the Shiva tank...


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

    the voices and emotion that Marc brought to the story, along with helpfuly correct names for the Posleen and aliens... wouldn't have had any clue how to say those myself


    Any additional comments?

    This is Military SciFi at it's best... I started reading these when I was getting ready to deploy to Iraq, and these books caught the oldest of military games, and terminology and attitude... just seemed to capture a small slice of what the Military is about

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    A User says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "Interesting... I will give it that."
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    What did you love best about The Coldest War?

    This picked up well from the last book, the connection was well thought out, but the story seemed to be lacking some of the energy from the first book. All in all, this was a good book, a little bit of a let down compared to the first book in my opinion though.


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

    the whole story was pretty good, the characters were familar and well played with their estabilished personality quirks. The story did take a few very interesting turns, but not all of them seemed to go in the right direction.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the book, and will certainly look for the next in the series, hopefully the energy is back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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