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Patrick Flynn

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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1621)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "The Heroes of Olympus still going strong"
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    Would you listen to The Mark of Athena again? Why?

    No, I don't re-listen very often, and Riordan does a good job of making the marking events memorable especially as you read next entries into the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great historical tie-ins and doesn't give us the "lite" versions of mythology. The characters get to shine in seperate moments, allowing more of their personality to be revealed. I just wish I knew more about Jason!


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    He keeps things moving and engaging, He has fun with the voices, even if they aren't all that dynamic (you can always tell it's Swanson, you never get the feeling he "transforms" into his characters) He make distinct differences between his characters (with maybe the exception of the giants, but that is understandable) Swanson also handles all the difficult names and locations which could easily get butchered.


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

    Simply because the book is relatively short, yes I would listen in one sitting. But the book isn't so engaging or edge-of-the-seat that I felt like I "couldn't put it down".


    Any additional comments?

    As a series, the Heroes of Olympus is not as good as the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but is fun, and continues the stories of the main characters, and the story is good enough, you want to know what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card (editor)
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, Janis Ian, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic. In Ender’s World almost two dozen writers offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war.

    Matt Z says: "Just let Stefan Rudnicki read... Seriously."
    "Now what I was hoping for"
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    As a huge fan of the Ender's Game books, I was interested in hearing analytical and outside takes on the book and its influences.
    Although some entries were interesting and informative, not all were.
    I do think the the bridge from print to audiobook may have lost its intention. I think if you are interested in this book for obvious reasons, check out the print version instead. A bit disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1371)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "More of the story of the first Formic wars"
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    If you have enjoyed the previous books in this mini-series within a series this will not disappoint. Telling the story of the soldiers, industrialists and civilians caught up in a world event.
    Great writing and story of what you would expect from Card and now Johnston.
    Can't wait for the next book!

    I was a bit disappointed that there was no "Bonus Material" interview with Card at the end, but alas, I'm sure there is a reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23006)
    Performance
    (14352)
    Story
    (14501)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "My favorite book and audio recording ever!"
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    I did not read Ender's Game when I was younger, I remember my classmates reading and giving reports on the book, but I never thought it sounded interesting, but I have since discovered that most 11 or 12 year olds (or those who did not truly understand the impact of what happened in the book) didn't "get it".
    The premise is this, in a not too distant future, aliens have attacked twice, some 60+ years before. An international military conglomerate had been formed to fight off any additional attacks (called the International Fleet or IF), but the IF also knew they did not have the type of military leaders it would take to completely defeat their enemies. In order to find this leader, the IF monitors all children with a small implant.
    The story follows Andrew "Ender" Wiggin from when he is six years old to his recruitment into "Battle School" with the IF and beyond. Ender is subject to ridicule, teasing, bullying, and abuse, it is hard to go through everything with him, but it helps tell the story and leads up to the climax.
    This is my favorite book because of the emotional investment we have in Ender and the things he goes through. The lessons to learn from this book regarding ethics, leadership, politics, war, fear and more are HUGE! And, it is an entertaining story to boot, stay with it, the first half may seem slow, and you may find yourself asking "What exactly is going on?" it will all make sense by the end.
    The audio recording is great, done by an ensemble with a main voice for each character's perspective. When the chapter is focused on Ender's perspective, one man reads all of the parts. When told from Ender's sister Valentine's perspective, a female character read most (if not all) parts, and so on. I love this method of recording and each of the voice actors are fantastic.

    I fully recommend this book even if you are not a big sci-fi fan, or if you are just a fan of quality storytelling and great audiobooks, this is definitely worth your money or credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8056)
    Performance
    (3210)
    Story
    (3271)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Not the most original story, but good for YR"
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    Would you try another book from Christopher Paolini and/or Gerard Doyle?

    I will only to see what the continuing books have in store.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Paolini before, how does this one compare?

    No


    What aspect of Gerard Doyle’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, I think if the dialogue were more orginal and rich, he would have been able to run with it a little more.


    Did Eragon inspire you to do anything?

    Get my son into more sci-fi and fantasy stories, instead of pulp YA books, but real, invovled and challenging stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep in mind, Paolini was VERY young when this was written, he borrowed a lot of pieces from his favorite stories, so in a way this book is a homage to Lord of the Rings, Wheel or Time, etc. So for those who are young adults and looking for a entry into fantasy, this is a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5142)
    Performance
    (4618)
    Story
    (4643)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Gritty mythological noir"
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    Where does American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, although not in my "Top favoorite" simply because it wasn't the type of story I love. But the book is very good and and recording performance is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    By far Shadow was, but I was very intrigued by Chernobog as well. I found myself researching the mytholgy of all the characters from ancient and old civilizations the stories come from.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ***SPOILERS*** From a character and cinematic perspective (I envision all the books I "read" from a movie standpoint) the scene following Wednesday's death, and the interaction of all the old gods and the new. And the mythological connotations of how his wake is handled.


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

    NO! The story is far too intense in spots, and very long, but I did find myself listening very intently much longer than I would have under normal circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    Great recording and voice acting, makes the story very cohesive and provides great context. This is a very intense book, much like how Pulp Fiction was upon first viewing. I hope Gaimain follows through and makes a sequel at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1546)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Filling in the gaps by an expert craftsman"
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    I have read everything in the Ender and Shadow series, and to be fair, I haven't totally loved all of it. I do love the setting and the arching story. I have come to appreciate Card's storytelling, while not simple, and not for everyone, I love the way he does it.
    This story does not have a lot of action even though there is much going on, discoveries being made, and pieces of a chess board being moved into place by Card and Johnston.
    For fans on the Ender stories, this is a great book, for those not initiated with Ender and the Formic Wars, I suggest starting with Ender's Game, and go from there. I don't think this story would make much sense unless you knew what happens in Ender's Game, like a good prequel should be. Keep in mind, the book ends in a somewhat abrupt manner (although not as bad as some people have made it out to be) but it sets ups the next book nicely (due in June 2013).
    The narration is once again wonderful. Using Card and Jonston's text, Rudnicki and cast use a different approach than most audio recordings and it breathes wonderful life and perspective into the story. The narrators take turns reading the chapters or sections to give a unique voice to the perspective of whomever the focus character is for that section, it works well and I wish more audio books did this, but it may take a special literary approach to make it work in the first place (Card writes with performance in mind).

    Once again as an extra bonus, Orson Scott Card has a short interview at the end of the book. I love these "Bonus features" and honestly wish there were more!

    Great book/story, great performances, and a great setup for a trilogy filling in some gaps in one of my favorite book series of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1512)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Excellent addition to the "Enderverse""
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    Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

    Yes, it is chock full of nuances, information and mysteries that I love about this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows in Flight?

    The discovery of the mystery ship, and the processes Bean and the kids go through to determine what they should do.


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

    The narrators are the same as previous Shadow and Ender books, and I love that they have kept it consistent over the years. I also love that the author has personal involvement in the production of the audiobooks.
    Seperate voices for each character helps distinguish each point of view (since they are often so different) is great, the personality each voice lends to the characters is important, and a great decision made by the producers.


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

    The end, I wont spoil it, but I shed a couple tears.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a short novel, according to Card, he felt he had to tell this story before telling another story (coming soon I presume) and the length is just right. If you have listened to and enjoyed previous Shadow or Ender stories, you will love this one, and I think it is as good as the best of these series. Even though it is shorter than most novels of Cards, I did not feel cheated or that the length was not worth my purchase, I might suggest just paying the purchase price, rather than your monthly credit, if you want to maximize your value.
    I love the fact that Orson Scott Card has little "commentaries" at the end of his books, its like getting a short "Bonus feature" like you get on DVD's. I wish more authors did this (I think Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter did this as well). This bonus adds even more value to my purchase, thank you Mr. Card!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9609)
    Performance
    (8635)
    Story
    (8790)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Great to have a classic in my audio library"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, even if you have read The Hobbit, Inglis' performance is spot on, excellent pacing, he brings Tolkien's songs to life.
    Those who have seen the Peter Jackson movies may be a bit put off by the difference in accents of the characters (although I feel Bilbo is coincidentally similar to Freeman and Holm's voices) especially the dwarves and elves. But if one keeps in mind that this recording was done before the movies were made, people will get over it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    In regards to the audio recording specifically is the scene in the mountain when Bilbo meets up with Gollum, the writing and dialog is very rich, and performed very well, and for those who have read all of the Lord of the Rings books, the weight of future events is hinted at slightly in these scenes.


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

    A wonderful voice and performance. Was able to pull off all of the various characters, although almost all of the dwarves sounded the same, but Tolkien usually lets us know who is talking.
    Inglis has a regal voice, being noble when it is needed, very common when called for. His baritone singing voice does great justice to Tolkien's songs, even though he is not a professional singer, it sounds as if Thorin and the group were standing in my dining room singing!


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

    13 dwarves, a wizard, and a Hobbit, what could go wrong?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (537)

    After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

    Kir Kanos TN says: "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"
    "Okay Star Wars book."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unless it pays off in later books, the Lando/Kessel storyline didn't interest me much.


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

    I would have lost the Kessel story arc, unless it pays off in later books, it was only a device to keep Han and Leia in the book.


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

    No I haven't listened to him before that I know of.


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

    Only because it was Star Wars, yes, but otherwise, I would wait until DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    From what I have read, the Fate of the Jedi series gets very good, but this is only a mediocre outing. I honestly got bored at a few points. I do like the production that goes into the Star Wars books, and Thompson's performance was good, along with certain elements of the storyline (Luke and Ben's "investigation") so that alone is worth the cost if you are a Star Wars fan and want to start off from the beginning of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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