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Richard Stufflebeam

Phx. AZ United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7149)
    Performance
    (4170)
    Story
    (4201)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Real world techno-thriller"
    Overall

    I got this book after hearing an interview of the author.

    In the interview he said that all on the tech in the novel does now exist, and could (if used by the right people) do exactly what is laid out in the novel.

    Listen to the story, and let the fact that it may come true keep you up at night.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2951)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2757)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Excellent conclusion of the trilogy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the whole series to a friend without reservation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So hard to pick. All the main characters are great.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    The way he did the voices of all the different characters made it so easy to know who was saying what.


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

    Indeed, it did. I listened to it every minute I could until it was done.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll want to listen to Hard Magic, and Spellbound before you listen to this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • EVE: Templar One

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tony Gonzales
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives. The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever.

    Stan says: "Very good reading"
    "Hard to follow if not a lore fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tony Gonzales and/or Sean Runnette?

    Probably not.


    What character would you cut from EVE: Templar One?

    None, not a one of them was able to get me to give a darn what happened to them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've not been very carefully following the lore & political storyline of the EVE online game, you'll be completely lost as far as the plot of the story. By

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Revolution: A Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    In The Revolution, Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has exposed the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the real reasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

    Sierra Bravo says: "Worth your time"
    "Compelling Agruments"
    Overall

    I was one of the many folks who 2 - 3 years ago thought that Ron Paul was just a complete nut case durring the last election cycle.

    The events of the last year or so opened my mind to the point that I was willing to buy this audiobook, and give his aurguments a fair hearing.

    I found my self convinced of about 80% of his points.

    I don't think that withdrawing our millitary forces suddenly from the globe would be as clean and bloodless as he aurgues, nor that the world would suddenly come to love us after we tell the monsters of the world to "Have at it. we'll just stand on the sideline and watch."

    He did convince me that, becoming neutral like Switerland should be the goal we should be moving our national policy to.

    If you want to hear political positions and proposed solutions that nobody else is taking, get this audiobook. You may not agree with his positions, but you'll at least have heard his argument, and the reasons behind them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (330)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "Poorly read"
    Overall

    The Narrator speaks in a plodding, pause between each word, way. It was so bad it was difficult to get into the story.

    I stopped listening 4 chapters into the story. Why? The awful narration coupled with the start of the story being the "Conservative Fascist" took over the USA, and the Air Force captain and his crew saves the Universe by stealing the only starship after they had replaced the original passengers with the good (oppressed liberals) people.

    If you believe Conservatives are Nazis going to take over the USA and don’t mind a 1st grader reading the story to you, buy this audio book.

    25 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (751)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Know it all's Bane"
    Overall

    A great listen. The 13 things are well explained. Each one is explained as to how they were found, why they don't make sense, and some of the theories that are being considered to explain the problems.

    Expanded my grasp of reality and really got me thinking.

    The perfect gift for someone who thinks they know it all.

    37 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

    Chris says: "Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)"
    "Couldn't get off planet"
    Overall

    I stopped listening to this one just a few chapters into it. I just couldn't get past the massive dose of Eco-Doom Global Warming propaganda enough to even start enjoying the story.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • In the Courts of the Crimson Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Jeremy Wainman is an archaeologist who has achieved a lifelong dream: to travel to Mars and explore the dead cities of the Deep Beyond.

    Teyud Zha-Zhalt is the Martian mercenary the Terrans hire as guide and captain of the landship Intrepid Traveller. A secret links her to the deadly intrigues of Dvor il-Adazar, the City That Is a Mountain, where the last aging descendant of the Tollamune Emperors clings to the remnants of his power.

    Pie says: "Comic book time"
    "Martian political thriller"
    Overall

    Taking place in the same alternate history setting as the novel The Sky People, but 12 years latter and on Mars, I found the story to be very entertaining.

    While the theme of the series (research into the Lords of Creation) was carried over from the first book, there was also an emphasis on the Marian political system and the "Game of Thrones" intrigues.

    A prior review mentioned that they found the narration irritating. I personally did not have any problem with the narrators voice, or the characterizations. I had little difficulty telling which character said which line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mainspring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis to fulfill the commandment of his God.

    Richard Stufflebeam says: "Journy well started, but unfullfiled"
    "Journy well started, but unfullfiled"
    Overall

    This book was very enjoyable for the first half; the second half became a bit tedious. The Audio was well done, the story could have been better written.

    The world the author creates on the northern hemisphere is vivid, imaginative, and full of intrigue. Earth is an enormous clockwork machine, part of a gigantic clockwork solar system, with a miles high wall running around the equator. The USA is still a part of the British Empire. It is a world full of zeppelins, horse drawn carts, and British troops.

    The adventures of the main hero after an angel appears to him are interesting. Political, religious and social intrigues move the hero along his journey.

    Until the Hero crosses over the Equatorial wall, then the author changes the style of the book. It changes from a quasi adventure story, to a man against nature survival story, and ends up a hero discovers he can do magic story.

    For me, the tedious part was the authors repeated dialog about a scripture verse that is given to the Hero as He crosses the Equatorial wall. Over and over again the verse is repeated as the Hero trudges toward the South Pole, and the super clockwork spring that he’s trying to repair.

    The conclusion was marginally satisfying, though I am still unsure of the main villain’s role in the wrap up.

    The potential of the first half was not carried through to the end.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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