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MJP_MD

Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

Chicago, IL | Member Since 2007

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  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (901)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Probably best to read on paper/kindle"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gardens of the Moon to be better than the print version?

    No I doubt it. It's a VERY complex book and I am someone who listens to my ABs while jogging, lifting, doing housework, driving etc. There are so many characters in here and so many factions it's easy to get confused. I love GOTM but I wish I had a non-spoiler crib sheet that would have told me who was who and who was aligned with who.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gardens of the Moon?

    Fall of Pale.
    Interactions between Wiskeyjack and his team.
    Rake fighting the hounds.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    It was great.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic epic fantasy book, but it is so complex that sometimes the audio format makes you lose track of what is going on.

    Probably the biggest problem for me was that I couldn't even keep track of which way the factions were aligned.

    The magic is incredible.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (608)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "Story gets deeper and deeper"
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    What did you love best about The Remaining: Fractured?

    Harper, Larouche (sp?), and Jim are really believable as they develop. All are trying to do their best and aspects of who they were in their past lives are in tension with who they have to be now. It's actually really excellent character development. Most readers will probably find themselves identifying strongly with one or the other. They are all sort of neither good nor bad exactly, just surviving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have to say Larouche's story.


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

    #whereiscaptainhardin?


    Any additional comments?

    These books are REALLY violent. Like down to the level of what anatomy is getting severed/destroyed/crushed. Doesn't really bother me but if you are someone who gets queasy some of the fight scenes will turn you off.

    I like the way that the strike teams don't automatically become special forces. We are constantly reminded that they are not trained, are disorganized etc.

    The fact that the Camp Ryder citizens become like a chorus in a Greek drama starts to strain believability. They almost behave like a part of zombie video game where you have to make sure your camp is fed, watered, satisfied etc.

    Jerry is not a very compelling character. The author clearly doesn't like politicians but the idea that Jerry could take over just by modulating his voice and playing to the crowd is kind of thin, see above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4644)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2465)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Thrilling and better than the older ones"
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    What did you love best about Dead or Alive?

    It doesn't have the same old Clancy super powers where every single step is pitch perfect and Clark/Ryan/Chavez always figure things out on the first try.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead or Alive?

    Rangers in the cave.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rangers in the cave.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (772)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Hassan says: "Surprising Start!!!"
    "Better than the first."
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    Where does The Remaining: Aftermath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    middle 1/3


    What did you like best about this story?

    Combat scenes and still the search for resources.


    Any additional comments?

    Just really fun reads. Lead character is becoming more compelling. The dynamic between Lee, Bus, and Harper is really believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1221)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Solid, never really disappoints"
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    Where does The Remaining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle 1/3


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

    Lots of post-apocalypse books. Lots of military books. One interesting thing is that the zombies are quite a bit smarter in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    There's really only one major character...


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

    I think the author does any amazing job of using place and resources in this book. It's not really a spoiler to say that Lee encounters some obstacles along the way. The author really makes you feel the times of relative safety and security, even something as simple as being in a locked car with gas in the tank. When resources are low, my heart rate defniitely went up.


    Any additional comments?

    This reads almost like a military thriller in parts. The first action sequence is so incredibly satisfying that you're smiling as you read it. Mild but predictable spoiler: bad guys who meet Lee don't always do so hot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (393)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "About what you would expect"
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    Would you listen to Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War again? Why?

    No of course not. Why would you listen to a memoir a second time?


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

    No way, way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    A few insights. Somewhat tedious in stretches. Treatment of Bush and Obama seems pretty even-handed. I did get tired of listening to a Republican acted shocked and appalled over and over that a Democratic administration had different policies than the one before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2107)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Extremely high production values and great story"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Great for fans.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    Kashyyk, no question.


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

    No, but very few do


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book is like watching a movie with the video turned off, there are tons of effects, every voice is by a different actor. I've never heard an AB quite like this but really enjoyed the change. Will listen to the whole series now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (308)

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
    "Great sequel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they were way into politics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the narrative. Take the soundbites you heard in 2012 and this will go about 400% deeper.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved this first one this one is just as good. I basically listened to it nonstop until I was done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (3993)
    Performance
    (2742)
    Story
    (2755)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Very Long But Pretty Good"
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    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richie, he's very funny and sort of indomitable.


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

    No, but he does a good job. The one thing is that a lot of his narration is in a sort of "crazy" voice which can start to grate after awhile.


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

    Ha, they have made several films of this book. I'll leave that up to the producers. Maybe, "Evil has no Name?"


    Any additional comments?

    This is a project to get through, you may find you have some credits stack up while you plow through this. It's good but REALLY messed up. A lot of King's stuff ends up being pretty simple in the end. Under the Dome has a pretty simple conclusion. Salem's Lot is about vampires that pretty much act like vampires. The Stand sort of has the Devil vs Good but it's not a complex struggle. There are scenes in this book that you almost can't finish and that make you want to stop reading. Their is an undercurrent of prepubescent sexuality that some (me) will find very disturbing as well. The character development is on par with any trilogy. Each person is basically a novella unto themselves. It's so long that you may find yourself dropping it for awhile and then coming back to it. It's clearly his magnum opus though and incredibly creative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (391)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Solid King story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Salem's Lot to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as Under the Dome, not nearly as large in scale.


    Who was the most memorable character of Salem's Lot and why?

    Probably Straker. Seems so creepy and the main bad guy is "on screen" so relatively rarely.


    Any additional comments?

    If I have anything bad to say about this book it's that the beginning is a bit long and it's almost like he rushed the middle and the end. It seems like just when the action is getting going the book is finishing up. King tends to write pretty long books so I was a bit surprised to be in the thick of it and notice only about 2 hours left of play time. Others have noted that there are parts of this book that are downright terrifying and I will wholeheartedly agree with them. When Matt is "alone" in his house I almost had to stop listening as I was walking into my dark apartment alone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2483)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2225)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Don says: "A great read if you like heroes or zombies!"
    "Much like a comic book, ?corrupted file"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Heroes to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, never read any Clines in print


    What other book might you compare Ex-Heroes to and why?

    Hard to say, other people have compared to X-men which I think is spot on.


    What about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance did you like?

    Jay>>Khristine


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

    World War Z + X-men


    Any additional comments?

    Really fun book, kind of jumps into the action. Interesting characters (esp Gorgon and St. George). Like others have said this really is a lot like X-men (in a good way) and a lot like a comic book. There isn't a ton of moody dialogue or needless backstory. For example you understand that St. George is really heroic but Clines doesn't go off on a 45 min explanation of why that is and really that is just fine. If anything annoyed me a little bit it was the endless description of individual kills. I get it, you kill zombies with a headshot, I don't need to hear about 200 individual headshots. I emailed audible b/c I think the file is corrupted at the end, it seems to skip over some parts in the final scenes. I can't imagine Clines wrote it the way it is spoken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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