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Steven

north hollywood, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (462)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "slow start to a good story"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mongoliad to be better than the print version?

    especially while driving or walking the dog!


    What other book might you compare The Mongoliad to and why?

    Lian Hearn's "Across the Nightingale Floor", or Tom Reiss's "The Black Count"


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

    easy to listen to .good character definetion,,,you forget there is narration going on and get to be absorbed by the story.


    If you could take any character from The Mongoliad out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Leeann.. is my obvious choice....but Gonsook would be very enterteining if dinner were done in the field with food gathered by us...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5592)
    Performance
    (3902)
    Story
    (3924)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "bodice ripper gone bad"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Halfway to the Grave?

    stupid sexual stuff and a bad english accent


    Has Halfway to the Grave turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no but will be wary of sex vs story


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    diana gabaldon


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Halfway to the Grave?

    all of the gratuitous sex..ruined a descent story


    Any additional comments?

    please... stop with the pandering to sexualy frustrtated people...ms. frost had a good story ,sadly ruined with stupid sex///if i want sex i'll google free porn

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Time: A Discworld Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    The construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, Time, as we know it, will stop. And then the trouble will really begin. Subtle, sly, thought-provoking, and hilarious, Thief of Time is Terry Pratchett at his best. "This delightful production keeps the listener spellbound," says AudioFile.

    GoryDetails says: "Good story, but multiple readers were distracting"
    "horrible boring narration ruins this listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Thief of Time again? Why?

    no...horrible narration, i missed nigel planer and stephen briggs1


    What didn???t you like about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ???s performance?

    boring and monotonous especialy rudnicki


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

    the narration made me want to cry


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Very Bad Deaths

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Russell Walker retreats from the shock of his wife's death by becoming a hermit in the woods of British Columbia. There he finds himself thrust into a precarious role as intermediary between a telepath called Smelly, so sensitive he can't stand to be near most people, and Constable Hilda, a skeptical police officer who needs Smelly's insight to track down a monstrous serial killer.

    Native Texan says: "It's a good listen BUT..."
    "too bad"
    Overall

    as great a writer/story teller as spider is /he is a bad narrator. i missed barrett whittner's delivery of this geneus' lines...can i ask for a redo...by barrett? amazing what a voice can do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Callahan Chronicals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (251)

    This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

    Charles says: "Great listen"
    "disconnected ...but fun!"
    Overall

    this is my second book by spider ...reading out of order ...but it gives great background and a feeling of wonder ...why do people search for the "real"callahans.....i would if i thought i could find it...makes you want to open a bar my self!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan's Con

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    In the discreet little Key West bar that Jake Stonebender established, Fast Eddie Costigan learned to curse back at parrots as he played the house piano; the Reverend Tom Hauptman learned to tend bar bare-chested, and Long-Drink McGonnigle discovered the margarita. Nobody even noticed them save the universe.

    David says: "Cheers with a Wormhole"
    "callahans con"
    Overall

    got this on a whim....and after listening to part of it ,i have all of spiders callahans books in my shopping cart....in the same realm as tim robbins ( fierce invalids home from hot climates) christopher moore (stupidest angel)totaly enjoyable!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7084)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1871)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "worth listening to ...several times!"
    Overall

    the reader is superb and easy to listen to.as far as the story...excellent twists and turns,with so much historicle acuracy that i find my self wanting to research to see where fiction begins and ends...well worth it at several times the cost

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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