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aaron

I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

Clearfield, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cross Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt.

    aaron says: "Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed"
    "Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only would I but before I even got through a quarter of this book i was almost begging my mother in law to read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So many...sooo many! My mind immediately jumps to Grandmother. Yet I'd have to say my favorite is Maggie! Great sense of humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The tomb! Thats all I'm gonna say. Powerful and emotional.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cross Roads and why?

    Tony, I can some what relate to him.


    Any additional comments?

    What a world shaker! The foundation of my life has shifted because of this book. I cannot thank the author and the narrator enough for allowing me to be a part of Tonys world. I am a melody!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • After Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (264)

    After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of planet Earth by a rogue planet.

    Colby says: "LOVED IT!! Exactly what I needed in the sequel!"
    "Fantastic listen and worth every cent."
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    What made the experience of listening to After Worlds Collide the most enjoyable?

    I like absorbing other peoples imaginings of another world. I never get tired of hearing their descriptions of what flora Bronson Beta supported and how similar or dissimilar it is or was from Earths. I never got tired of hearing about how the peoples of that world looked in comparison to the human beings who came from Earth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the last book it was Ducane as I described in my review of that book. This time however I would have to go with Tony. I've never got to read about a character of man who so closely resembled me. Get passed over for promotion for a job that he didn't want in the first place made him want the job in the end and grow envious of the man who received it instead. I've had those feeling before and it made me enjoy the realistic description of Tony.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, overall I loved Ganim in this book as well. Overall! Yet there is one thing that made me cringe. Ducane in the books is a French physicist. In the first book he had a pronounced French accent. In this book the first time Ducane said something he had a German accent. I didn't go back to find out if it was Ducane or the German scientist whose name I forget. I swear though throughout this book Ducanes accent fluctuates from French to German every time he talks and for a moment there I swear every other sentence switched accents. This above any mistake a narrator can make frustrates me the most.


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

    Oh yes, very much so. In fact I finsihed this book over a two day period at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a third book to explain the unbearably hot summer that they are going to have to endure. I would read that for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (402)

    A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

    Cynthia L. Walker says: "Still as good as I remember!"
    "90 year old story and still strong"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When Worlds Collide to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version. Yet I know from experience print is always better. But being a man with 3 kids who works opposite shifts from my wife, I don't have time for reading. I listen to books while I'm at work. That being said, I enjoyed the audio version a lot. Very descriptive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Ducane the French physicist. Even though he didn't make his appearance until well after half the book was read I like him a lot. He was very animated with his words and Peter Ganim made him very animated in the tone of his voice which made me imagine him being very animated with his arms and posture. He is entertaining to say the least.


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim’s performance?

    Somber, animated and natural


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself laughing several times out loud at the way Ducane talked. Ganim did a fantastic job of voicing him and giving Ducane a jovial inflection.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took a long time getting to the meat of the story which was everything after and including their departure. It just seemed like a lot of filler that was used to pass time. I kept asking myself when are they going to get to it. I'm guessing though that this was the style of writing in the early 1900s. On a different subject altogether I found myself reflecting on stories that I've read by another author of the science fiction genre, Larry Niven. If you're interested in more books of this nature, check him out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (716)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Not again!"
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    Where does Surviving Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Solidly somewhere in the middle. Allow me though to follow that up with the fact that I've listened to a lot of books. Now, if I were to judge this book against the other dystopian themed books I would have to say this easily ranks high. I was thoroughly engrossed in the book from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a guy who loves gritty stories. Raw and real, thats what I like. Unlike the first book, this one went from a man who'd do anything to protect his family to a man who was on the edge of loosing his very sanity. If you want to know what I really liked about this book...I love the pigs. I swear I was actually there and very few books can do that to me. Not for the faint of heart.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    What did I like? I like Dukes vocal tones. Also the way Duke can give each character their own distinctive cadence. He is very good at that. What didn't I like? I read and reviewed the first book. In my review I talked about how in the second half of the book Duke somehow turns five hours into one long paragraph. In book two, it begins that way. He goes from Morgan to Sarge to Thad consistantly without giving a pause. There are times when one chapter ends but in between I had a regular fight trying to keep track of who was doing what. Also, Duke in this book had a very annoying habit of talking but giving a pause like a comma in the middle of a sentence that wasn't meant to be broken up. This in no way lowers my overall opinion of the book simply because thus far in the series I am truly impressed and I am sure for the survivalists out there, you will to.


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

    What do you do when surviving home is harder than it was going home?


    Any additional comments?

    I got a lot of usefull information from this book. Pay attention!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1251)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Judy says: "Creepy in a bad way"
    "There is no way this book should be a give away!"
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    Would you listen to Free: Whodunnit? again? Why?

    Yes and yes and yes! Besides its always fun to go back and try to find the missed clues and hints. I would listen to this book again because it was just a fantastic book. Everything about it including the actor, were just amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides the butler and his dry sense of humor, something I can relate to. I liked the cop. I forget his name but he is a real world example of what happens when under extreme pressure and stress.


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

    No, I have not. But I will tell you. When his voice came through and I heard it the first time, I fully expected the English accent to be used throughout. Not so, he has very tight control over this own voice. Loved his performance.


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

    Yeah, there was a part in the book that was an obvious distraction. I was screaming in my head, "Stop looking at ***** and pay attention to your surroundings." Very frustrating but in a good way.


    Any additional comments?

    I still can't believe this book is free.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Katherine says: "Lot's of fun"
    "So much better than the movie!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jumper the most enjoyable?

    I watched the movie when it came out. I began listening to the book with the preconceived expectancy that the book would sort of mirror the movie. I couldn't have been more wrong. This was an amazing book and it all flowed so well. The character did a lot of the same things I would have done had I been in his shoes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jumper?

    Because of the movie I expected his mom to be someone she wasn't. So everything about his mom was such a nice brand new experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the funeral scene. So many problems to deal with but unable to deal with everything all at once.


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

    The scene in which the people who've hurt him are all on the island together and he is just contemplating what he needs vs what he wants to do.


    Any additional comments?

    The actor did a great job of voicing this book. Accents and even reproduced the sounds of talking with a runny nose. Emotions were spot on! Epic performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5870)
    Performance
    (5483)
    Story
    (5501)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Instant Immersion"
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    Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

    Yes, I certainly will. Besides that fact that I reread or relisten to all the book I read and listen to? I liked this story. I would like to do it again so I can see what parts I missed that gave clues to the ending. Very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The weapons shop, very nail biting.


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

    I like the actors that aren't just flat pancake performances. Accents and expressing some sort of emotion so that I can hear it win big points with me. Andrews really made that happen in this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I can't point to any particular moment in the book but I remember laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am interested in the sequel to this book. I will definitely be spending money on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (929)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "Not perfect but perfect for me."
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen in three words, what would they be?

    Hungry For More!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen?

    The described horror on Deno's face when...well I'll let you figure that one out for yourselves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dump truck and the helicopter.


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

    It was a big big shock when I realized that Mikes world, past and present were colliding. You'll only realize this if you've read Tufo's past books.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the 8th book if there ever is an 8th book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1173)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Had a hard time shutting it off!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Going Home the most enjoyable?

    It was the degradation of society. The world seemed to revert back to its baser instincts. I found that highly interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interaction of all the characters. Felt natural, not forced.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not so much and this is where I have a problem with this audio book. The first half was awesome. Nothing wrong with it at all. The second half was so irritating. Duke didn't give a moments pause before switching characters. One moment he is voice Morgan, and I'm listening but somehow I missed the spot where he stops voicing Morgan and now is voicing a different character who is in a completely different situation and then does this once more with a different character who also is in a completly different situation. Plus its not like it happen one or twice, no the whole 5 hours of the second half was just one long chapter. No pause, no indication. Still...the book was great.


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

    I don't know, I'm not very good as making tag lines or one liners.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (601)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "Solid Zombie Story!"
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    Would you listen to The Beginning of the End again? Why?

    Actually, today is 10-23-13 and I just finished it for the fourth time. Additionally I will listen to it again, maybe in a year. Why? Despite the fact that this book was originally written in Spanish and translated into English, the Apocalypse Z is a genuinely good book. 99.9% of the book is relateable even through the culture gap.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is written in journal form from the prespective of the main protagonist. So much of the story is monologue. The dialog that does exist between other characters is often interrupted and cut short. What I'm saying is that you don't have a choice but to get really cozy with...I can't even think of his name...the antagonist calls him Mr. Lawyer.


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

    Actually I am currently listening to this books sequel. Other than that...no. So I can't give you a comparison.


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

    Yes, this book was engaging to me. I found myself wishing I didn't have to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This book translated really well but you'll have to forgive Manel, he tells several jokes that just didn't make sense to me. I blame cultural barriers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "I was completely taken by this story."
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    If you could sum up Joshua in three words, what would they be?

    Innocent, curious and resilient.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Man. Even though he wasn't given a name, and The Man was repeated over and over and over.He's a true to nature kind of guy. Honorable, protective, nurturing, pleasant and caring. The kind of man I aspire to be. Despite the precarious situations he found himself in, "just" about everything he did was done with Joshua's needs in mind.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Yen – was your favorite?

    The Man, the vocals are very well acted. I don't remember any parts that I felt were over dramatized. Very even and consistent.


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

    There is a moment in the story when The Man did put himself before Joshua and tragedy happens. Very sad and heartwarming at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Try not to be discouraged by the constant referencing of "The Man" it is just a moniker after all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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