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Nicholas Souris

Michigan | Member Since 2011

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  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (815)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "Riddled with stupid technical mistakes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably, its a pretty good story, but the terrible editing take away from it alot


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga before, how does this one compare?

    I have not


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

    NA


    Was The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor worth the listening time?

    Yes, but barely


    Any additional comments?

    Tons of really stupid technical mistakes. Not just the annoying little stuff that fanboys love to point out, but stuff that a lot of everyday people would pick up on. For examples, Ford doesn't make the S-10 pickup, Chevy does and The Delta Force is not part of the Marine Corps. These are just two GLARING examples. There's a lot more subtle stuff two, things that any 5th grader with an internet connection could have check on and corrected. One or two of these is understandable, but this book is LOUSY with them! It really takes away from the experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jaye Wells
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (231)

    The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch. The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Solid start to a new series..."
    "Great Concept/Poor Execution"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dirty Magic? What did you like least?

    The concept of the story is pretty good, and the characters are fairly interesting if a little trope. Unfortunately, the dialog reads like it was written by a bored, Midwestern housewife who learned to write "tough street talk" while watching old episodes of "Dragnet." In one scene, the hardboiled special agent actually says "Come on team, weve got crimes to solve" I mean COME ON! Who talks like that?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jaye Wells? Why or why not?

    Probably not, her juvenile writing style makes it almost impossible to enjoy her fairly good plot.


    What aspect of Morgan Hallett’s performance would you have changed?

    She did really well considering what she had to work with


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

    I might, if the person who wrote the screenplay changes enough of the dialog around it might make a decent movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I only read this book because I'm such a big fan a Kevin Hearne and it showed up as a book he was currently reading. Im hoping that was just some marketing ploy by Audible to move "Dirty Magic" I have a hard time believing the guy who wrote the Iron Druid series actually liked this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1275)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "THIS is the book I hear so much about? Awful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Catch-22? What did you like least?

    What I liked best is that the book isn't any needlessly longer then it already is

    What I liked least is its sanctimonious preaching about how the entire world is insane but only an enlightened few can perceive it and rise above.


    Has Catch-22 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gets all the whiny voices down perfectly.


    Did Catch-22 inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, delete the book from my library.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of book that self-anointed intellectuals read and pretend to enjoy because it makes them feel superior. The basic premise is that the whole world is insane but everyone is too stupid, deranged, or absorbed in their petty squabbles to notice or to care. Only our sulking, vapid and narcissistic hero has the intellectual clarity to understand how pointless life is and yet clings to it fiercely because its all he has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1905)
    Story
    (1949)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Glad I didnt pay for it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made METAtropolis better?

    The book reeks of bad social commentary. Dont get me wrong, most book do have some kind of social message to deliver or point to make, but this book goes way too far, too fast, and is just plain heavy handed about it. Its reads like a collaboration between the unibomber, Michael Moore, and Hugo Chavez.


    Has METAtropolis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will definitely NOT read any other books in this series or written by this author.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He tries, but the book is so poorly written that he clearly struggles with it. Its like the author is trying too hard to show the reader how smart he is by gobbing on the sub-references and techno speech. The narrator comes off sounding like comedian Dennis Miller trying to give one of his famous rants on an excessive dose of Prozac.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the book and relief that I didn't spend a single penny of my money on it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am in my mid forties and I can only recall 3 books in my life that I started but didn't finish because they were just so bad that they weren't worth the continued effort. Usually I will struggle though and give the author the benefit of the doubt and hope the book improves as I keep reading. This book will likely become the fourth. Its just too bad to merit any more of my time and attention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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