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UncleHammy

UncleHammy

Towanda, KS United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Jim Abbott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In Imperfect, Jim Abbot retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. By 21, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels....

    Brady says: "For Love of the Game - Part II"
    "Great story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Imperfect the most enjoyable?

    The author read the book himself. It gave the book a more peronal feel.


    What aspect of Jim Abbott’s performance would you have changed?

    Not being a professional reader Jim Abbott's performace was little more than simply reading the book. Having said that, being his personal story Abbott's reading the story make is seem much more personal and emotional.


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

    Personal an inspirational


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empty Throne: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (305)

    Britain, early 10th century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred. Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader - but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler?

    Jean says: "Cracking good historical fiction"
    "Utred is getting old"
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    This is an interesting story, well narrated but it is not as good as the first 3 or 4 books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (874)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    David says: "Evocation of landscape"
    "Real story all the good and all the bad"
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    Empire of the Summer Moon is different than most of the books in the "opening of the west" genre. It doesn't glorify either side.

    The Indians and the whites as well as he Mexicans/Spanish all get equal treatment. The book describes all of the bad things that the different factions did to each other. It also describes the mistakes, misunderstanding and unfortunate consequences of a war that lasted from 17th century Spanish settlement to the early 1900's.

    It is a fantastic book from a historical point of view. The author tries to explain the politics and customs that led to conflict without ever pointing a blaming finger.

    The narrator did a great job making the serious tone of the book entertaining and moving.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21177)
    Performance
    (15081)
    Story
    (14984)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Softcore Porn in 18th century Scotland. No story"
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    Reading the reviews for this I thought it would be a good book. It is more or less a romance novel. If that is what you are looking for than it is probably good. That is not what I was looking for.

    I thought it was actually going to be a story about, Oh I don't know maybe time travel, 18th centruy Scotland, something other than sex scenes.

    I gave this book a fair chance, I listened to 18 hours of this (bad word), but after all of that time there is still no story other than the romanc novel junk about "he is such a beautiful brute, I just can't help but love him even though I am married to someone else in another time... blah blah blah... "

    For all of you fans who love this stuff I am sorry to disrespect your story but it is definately not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3149)
    Performance
    (2909)
    Story
    (2919)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Finally we learn about Franks."
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    Monster Hunter Nemesis is my favorite book of this series so far.

    In this installment, like Alpha, Z, Julie, et. al. are largely ignored, and the story rather focuses on the enigmatic Franks, and the shadowy Stricken.

    It is a great story, well preformed.

    Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8031)
    Performance
    (7111)
    Story
    (7104)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Good story, well read. Good listen."
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    Monster Hunter International starts a little slow but it picks up steam pretty well. It is an entertaining fantasy set in the modern time in the southern US states. It is well performed with each character with a distinct voicing and good tone and rythm.

    MHI is a little cliche but it is a fun little romp through ledgends with lots of shooting and gore to keep things interesting.

    MHI was the most entertaining listen I have had in a long time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ubik

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (339)

    Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else dead? Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed.

    Darwin8u says: "Safe when read as directed!"
    "Weird"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, if they just wanted a light silly read. The story doesn't have a lot of depth but it is interesting, but a bit weird.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end seemed like the author didn't quite know how to end the story so he just kind of made a convient resolution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found the scenes about the regression well written.


    Was Ubik worth the listening time?

    It was just OK. It was a nice book for some background noise but it is not one I would put on my top 10 list.


    0 of 1 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
    (6042)
    Performance
    (5435)
    Story
    (5464)

    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"
    "Great story, great performance"
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    I was born in Wisconsin and spent every summer there until I was about 16. Many of the roadside attractions were favorite stops on the way up or on the way back home to Kansas. I vividly remember the House on the Rock on one such visit.

    Growing up in Kansas the "geographical center" of the USA in Smith County was another familiar day trip.

    From Chicago to Mt. Rushmore I have visited most of the places in the book and that made the story more interesting.

    The premise of the story is original and compelling, a nice mix of mythology and magic from all around the world. It is the classic American melting pot told from a different point of view.

    The production of the story and voice actors are excellent, making for an extremely entertaining listen.

    I would highly recommend this audiobook for any listener, except possibly the children under 14..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Lord: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (467)

    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

    G.Monie says: "Great Book, BUT, Not The End! Grrrr.. LOL"
    "Decent next installment in the Saxon series"
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    What did you like best about The Pagan Lord? What did you like least?

    Most liked - Cornwell is a master at writing action scenes. All of the action scenes are excellent.
    Least liked - This installment didn't really move the overall story ahead very much.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a little disappointed in the ending, after such a good action scene it was a little bit of a let down.


    What three words best describe Matt Bates’s voice?

    Good reader


    Was The Pagan Lord worth the listening time?

    I enjoyed The Pagan Lord but not as well as some of the earlier books in this series. Mostly because it did not more the story ahead much. Still worth a listen/read.


    Any additional comments?

    The Pagan Lord is a decent book and as a standalone story it would be good. It just isn't quite as good as some of the other books in this series. But still worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (360)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

    Guillermo says: "Missed the Mark"
    "Humans Bad Neanderthal Good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first book was better. This book the author decided the political statement was more important than the story. Thus everything Neanderthal is good and everything Human is bad. We ruined the planet, we are violent and constantly at war while the Neanderthal has done away with violence and war. Of course they have no privacy because their every move and even thought is recorded and stored in the alibi archive for the government to use against the Neanderthal if something happens.

    So take you pick our over crowded, violent, dirty world with no mamoths and free will and privacy, or theirs in which everyone is in tune with nature, resources are plentify, violence has been bred out of the population and your every move is monitored by the government.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It is clear that the author intended to write another book. The ending is left hanging.


    Do you think Humans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Obviously it needs one to close up all the loose ends.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4768)
    Performance
    (3217)
    Story
    (3250)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Interesting Sci Fi/Fantasy combo"
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    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a pretty good story. Kind of a modern retelling of Canterbury tales (sort of).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Broun Lamia


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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