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Justin

quebec, QC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 292 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2640)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1504)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "solid"
    Overall

    I won't get into the details because you can read those in other reviews. This is a good story. Dated but enjoyable. Lloyd James does a poor russian accent which is distracting at times but if you don't let yourself dwell on it you will enjoy his work. I recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "New favourite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Highly recommend this book. Interesting enough that I brought the premise up in conversation a bunch of times and it always sparked interest. The story is well read. There is a good amount of humour in it however, it also has a serious darkness throughout. It is the type of book that I wish I could find more of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Machine Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon. A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.

    Ken says: "Better living through engineering?"
    "Couldn't make it past the first few chapters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Found the story to be rediculous. Nothing interesting about main character or story. Got so irritated had to stop listening. Hoping to get back credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (331)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "first story is ok others are lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the first story to be fun but the two others were not very good in my opinion. Not worth the credit for 1 hour of material.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Five by Five

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson, Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Five short novels by five masters of military science fiction. It’s a war out there. In these pulse-pounding tales, the best (or worst) soldiers in the galaxy are pitted against powerful aliens on distant battlefields. Never-before-published stories about monsters, deadly combat tech, treachery, and honor.

    Flavius says: "Lock & Load!"
    "weak"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Found the reader monotonous. Ruined the stories for me. The reading made everything seem boring and the characters bored. However I only made it through the first 2 so perhaps the others are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1214)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "bad boring bla"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I only made it through 3 chapters. I thought that maybe it would improve but I found it so bad that I couldn't make myself suffer through it. Well read at least. At times I felt embarrassed for the reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prison Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. He serves the first three weeks of his sentence in a high-prison that houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. Archer contemplates suicide; he is allowed out and followed by 100 reporters on the day of his mother's funeral; he's moved to the Lifer's wing because of the security; and he becomes a trusted confidant for fellow convicts. A Prison Diary is Archer's account of these events.

    Jeffrey says: "A Worthwhile Listen"
    "big mistake dont rent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think you must have to be interested in this person's life to enjoy this. I found it extremely boring and uninformative. They make it sound like it will give you dark insight into prison life - it does not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God Engines

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this — and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given....

    L. A. Loman says: "I love Scalzi's writing but not this book"
    "very good - recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scalzi at his best. Very well read. Excellent sci-fi short. I would have liked more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4880)
    Performance
    (4507)
    Story
    (4499)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "hmmmm"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tricked to be better than the print version?

    did not read the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Atticus


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

    sound


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this book but "journey", seriously???
    Also, they hate oil company executives but they are driving around in an SUV.
    However, I am looking forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6011)
    Performance
    (5443)
    Story
    (5444)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "good fun, light, entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Hammered?

    It was better than I expected. Actually enjoyed it very much. There's seems to be a lot of fake reviews posted on this site but I agree with most of the reviews I read of this book. I was concerned that it might be for the teenage crowd and not adults but I found it to be pretty entertaining. I listened to all three in a row, which I can rarely do with out getting bored with a series. It helps that these books are short. Don't expect too much. It is not a deep book and when I started to analyze it too much it loss some appeal. To believe that someone who has lived so long thinks like a 20 year old is hard to swallow. However, I do recommend it to people who like fantasy. I am looking forward to listening to the fourth in the series when it comes out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    when the main character is killed ;)


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    The main character. Yes the dog was good and funny but sometimes he sounded a little too scooby doo.


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

    I would have someone with a dark and twisted side make it because it could easily be ruined. Perhaps David Lynch or Lars von Trier. I wouldn't have a tag line because this imaginary version of myself takes himself much too seriously as an artist and refuses to play along with the commercialized, soulless state of American movies that have tag lines.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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