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Daniel

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  • Rip-Off!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (348)

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    carmen says: "not just for sci-fi fans"
    "Not a total rip off...."
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    What did you like best about Rip-Off!? What did you like least?

    The same thing... That it is a compilation of several short stories by different authors.. It turns out to be both good and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the short stories are really great and some, well, not so much. The same thing can be said about the performances. It's definitely worth the credit to listen to the different authors. I am definitely planning a couple purchases based on this book..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.

    Phil says: "if you carry a gun - you must listen to this"
    "A solid read. Very informative and rivreting."
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    Where does On Combat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5 of my non-fiction list. Very informative.. I don't agree with all the author's conclusions, but it's a definite must read for people who want to understand how stress affects performance. If you are a first responder of any branch or want to understand the types of stress they encounter, this should be on your reading list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Combat?

    Stories from police and military people.. Riveting.


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

    No. But, a friend just gave me On Killing in paperback.. I am planning to start reading it soon.


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

    No one particular moment.. There were many poignant moments in the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5284)
    Performance
    (4781)
    Story
    (4795)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Sometimes a gamble pays off."
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    Surprisingly, Bronson Pinchot did an outstanding job of narrating this book. I mean, I was expecting Serg from Beverly Hills Cop, but he was really good. The characters were really interesting as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3373)
    Performance
    (2947)
    Story
    (2927)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Almost lost me... But, got me back."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The beginning of this novel almost lost me. Rapp was too simple, single faceted. He was flat and just not as interesting as he was in American Assassin. But, then something happens about a third of the way through that changes it. Turned out to be a very good book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    2 or 3 of them stand out. Ironically, it's not Rapp.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    GG makes them all great. He is perfect for this type of Novel.


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

    The attempt on Rapp.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10610)
    Performance
    (9630)
    Story
    (9650)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Really got me going."
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Not sure. It's a mix of some of the odder Steven King stuff and a little bit of Koontz. Different though.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Can't decide. The nice thing about this book is all the characters attract attention.


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

    Very eager to finish it. I kept getting upset when someone would interrupt me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10076)
    Performance
    (9378)
    Story
    (9380)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Sheldon Cooper will hate me, but..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very entertaining story. It is especially fun for people like me, mid-40s who grew up with computers, sci-fi movies and TV shows, sci-fi/fantasy games and just good old fashioned dorkiness.... The story is fun, fast, futuristic and still very human and nostalgic all at the same time.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He really captured the feeling of this book. I know Sheldon Cooper will hate me for saying this: But Wil Wheaton rocks.


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

    Not your Daddy's VR.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is fun and fast. Yet, at the end, it makes a few good points about balancing real life with technology. And it manages to do it in a subtle way that doesn't sound like someone preaching to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End Has Come and Gone: Zombie Fallout, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1305)

    So continues Mike's journey. Will he give up all that he is in a desperate bid to save his family and friends? Eliza is coming: can anyone be prepared?

    Teddy says: "What a twisted web we weave...."
    "Weak link in an otherwise strong series."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Can't put my finger on it.


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

    Dull, cheap cliff hanger with mixed in sound bites.


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

    The narrator saves the book. He does a great job.


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

    Yes to the series, no to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Start with Book 1. If you like the series, this book is kind of obligatory.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Opening the Door of Your Heart: And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ajahn Brahm
    • Narrated By Francis Greenslade
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    During his wanderings and work over the last 30 years as a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. While traditional Buddhist philosophy is at the heart of this collection, these thoughtful stories are written like playful parables, which are used to launch into a deeper exploration of subjects such as mindfulness, suffering, forgiveness, hope, wisdom, and unconditional love.

    Joanna says: "Listen and change your perspective"
    "Fun stories with some good lessons."
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    Where does Opening the Door of Your Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Entertaining, although not outstanding.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ajahn Brahm? Why or why not?

    Maybe


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

    No. Not extreme. I laughed at places and learned new ways to look a couple concepts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2899)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2720)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Funny, suspenseful and horrific."
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Avoid Flu Shots!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    All of the main character's introspection. No one scene captures it.
    The basement scene was haunting, and disgusting.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Tommy?? Well, he is one of the most under-toned yet intriguing characters.


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

    Laughed and cringed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the sci-fi style of John Scalzi in books like "Red Shirts", AND you like zombies, AND you like suspense, you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1659)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "The peanut butter cup of sci-fi / fantasy."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Patriots to be better than the print version?

    NA, didn't read the print version.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Yes. Maybe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several good scenes.


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

    Zombies and Superheroes, like peanut butter and chocolate.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun adventure story that does an ok job of mixing the Zombie and Superhero genres together in one book. Not great, but a lot of fun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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