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Nicholas D. Neumann

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  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (455)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "Do you love the Dresden Files? You'll like this."
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    Overall this is an easy listen with a great reader/author combination. The second story drags at points (hence the star taken away from story and overall) but the first story carries it magnificently. Highly recommended if you liked the Dresden Files.

    In Depth:

    The author is a fan of the Dresden Files, and it shows in his writing. He translates the same quick wit, heavy action, and light mystery of the Dresden Files across the Atlantic to a tech geek in England. The magic has a comp sci/math twist that adds a whole new level of geekiness. Gideon Emery's amazing performance rivals James Marsters' performance of the Dresden Files. Get it and thank me later.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34688)
    Performance
    (25785)
    Story
    (26151)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Despite everything, this is a great book"
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    --> No Spoilers <--

    Remember Twilight? How about Lightning Thief? Both movies from horrible books. I don't trust Hollywood's taste in books. Then there was Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander which was an extremely painful listen for many reasons.

    And yet... this book is awesome! The series is fantastic! Seriously, take the time to add this near the top of your book queue. It took me about an hour to get into it, but once I did I tore through the series in 2 weeks.

    It's about a post-apocalyptic society split into a capital and many cities. Once a year, the cities provide children to fight in an arena. Hunger Games follows a child Katniss as she tries to keep her family safe during these times.

    It's an easy, smooth listen which reminds me a bit of Kim Mae Guests' reading of How I Live Now.

    I have yet to see the movie, but it's in my list now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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