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Todd

Madison, WI, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8501)
    Performance
    (4931)
    Story
    (4988)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "A brilliant book"
    Overall

    I listened to Enders Game and really loved it. Orson Scott Card is a fabulous writer. So when it came time to download a new book, I got Speaker for the Dead. And again I loved the book.

    The author manages to create a completely new society and social structure of another species on a far away world. The interaction between the humans and this other species makes you question your own assumptions about people of other cultures. How much of our current world tension is a result of true incompatibility and how much is due to just misunderstanding the other culture?

    So the book has that whole deep "hmmm" thing going on and it's just entertaining. It's got enough mystery to keep you guessing about how situations will turn out. A sentient computer "program" named Jane adds another element of interest.

    As with Enders Game, this audiobook used multiple narrators. They all did an excellent job with the exception of a way overly dramatic female. I found I couldn't wait 'til we moved on to another narrator. Sorry lady. Turn down the acting knob a little. Even with Little Miss Drama, this book is well worth listening to.

    28 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1141)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Flat performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really found this to be a flat performance. Very monotone and under-acted. I found myself being so critical of the narrator while listening I sometimes missed the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Bobb?

    This book might have really rocked with someone like George Guidall narrating.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Moloch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Jeremy Lowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (282)

    By the end of Glenn Beck’s number-one best-selling political thriller The Overton Window, a young rebel named Molly Ross had torn aside the curtain to reveal a shadow war being waged for the future of America. In the six months since then, her fight for freedom hasn’t gone well. Marked as traitors and hunted by ruthless government-sanctioned mercenaries using the most advanced surveillance technologies ever created, Ross and her "Founders' Keepers" find themselves cornered and standing alone. but the fight is far from over.

    Laura says: "Didn't want it to end"
    "Political spew"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was way too much of a libertarian rant. I'm "antifederalist" but I listen and read books to be entertained. I detest books that use fiction as a platform to spew rhetoric


    Has The Eye of Moloch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Disappointment that all it had to offer was a political rant.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand politics enter into books and make stories interesting and exciting. But such an obvious rant from democrat, libertarian, republican is just annoying and not at all entertaining.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (755)

    From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

    Aser Tolentino says: "At Last, This Colorful War Story is on Audible"
    "Entertaining."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes. It was well written and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was well written and entertaining.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Straightforward. Not overacted.


    Was Semper Fi worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect it to be set so far in the past. Still it was well done and entertaining. Obviously meant to be a series so it kind of leaves things hanging.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (220)

    Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker.

    Joanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Deaver has done much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about XO? What did you like least?

    There was some good suspense in the book. But I thought there were too many plot twists. I kept thinking, really, again? I'm willing to suspend reality, but this bordered on the absurd. I felt like at least one of the plot twists was so that the author could express political views. We're bombarded enough with political views and I don't find it entertaining.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    One or two less plot twists. Also, having read Deaver books, the lists of forensic details come across well in print, but tend to really drag on in audiobook. Perhaps find a way not to read the lists multiple times and still remain true to the unabridged story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marin Ireland’s performances?

    I wasn't a fan. No.


    Was XO worth the listening time?

    I'll give this an unenthusiastic, I guess.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (167)

    Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah. Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan is imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides.

    Virginia McCaslin says: "good, but with reservations"
    "Good story, sometimes hard to keep straight"
    Overall

    A decent drama. It's sometime difficult to keep track of who's who and what family the belong to and yada yada. But ultimately you catch on and its an exciting story with good characters. I don't get hung up on the fact that Brian Herbert is not Frank Herbert. Too different people with different styles.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evil, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Glenn Kaplan
    • Narrated By Glenn Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Ken Olson's world is shattered by a corporate crime which his company must cover up at any cost. Stripped of everything but his passion for justice, Olson discovers the dark and dangerous world behind the corporate jets, the hired killers who secretly do the corporation's dirtiest work, the clandestine offshore bank accounts, and the greedy machinations of the lucky few at the top.

    Brenda says: "Should be 10 Stars !"
    "Poor dialog"
    Overall

    The plot of this book might have been OK if I could get past the really lousy dialog and poor narration. The dialog was simple, uninspiring and way off the mark for the realities of corporate America. Most of the characters talked like idiots and wouldn't have gotten out of the mail room, much less run a division of a major corporation. At first I thought that perhaps the poor dialog was a result of the narrator's poor interpretation of the authors work. Then I realized that the author and the narrator are one in the same and that the narrator was indeed reading it as the author intended. Not only was the dialog bad, but it was read in a style that made me feel as if he was talking to an imbecile. My advice to the author would be to hire a real narrator. Short of that, at least take some acting lessons.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (346)

    Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

    Eric says: "The Battle for Corrin"
    "A great 3rd installment"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed all three of these Dune prequel books. Along the same genre as Star Wars. While this 3rd installment could stand on its own, I recommend listening to the first and second installments before listening to this one. A lot of the character introductions and character development is done in those books. Narrators make or break an audio book. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and a great choice for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1082)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Fun and Funny"
    Overall

    This is a fabulous book. It was a very entertaining fantasy with a fabulous narrator. Nigel Planer, the narrator does the voices of the characters with great accents and he gives you a real feel for the personality of the character. Each character is distinct and easy to pick out. I drone on about Nigel, but the book is extremely well written with a great balance between humor and fantasy/adventure.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1821)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Very well written"
    Overall

    I really like Orson Scott Card. All of the books are really well written. I thought this one was more dramatic than others. I certainly recommend listening to Enders Game before listening to this one. Based on Enders Game, I expected Peter to be a little bit more vicious than he was, but overall, very entertaining. Very political.

    I've decided that I like one narrator for a book. This switching off doesn't impress me. A good narrator can carry the whole book. I don't need a female to read female parts. I don't need a male to read male parts. A good narrator can change their tone and be male or female.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2209)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (734)

    Stephen King and Peter Straub reintroduce you to Jack Sawyer of The Talisman, once a precocious boy traversing the Territories to save his mother and her "twinner," now a retired homicide detective drawn back to his past.

    Jennifer says: "Magnificent Sequel -- Riveting"
    "Took a while but I got into it"
    Overall

    I've never read or listened to Stephen King before. I'm not that into the supernatural thing. But I figured I'd give it a shot since this one sounded more like a parallel universe than supernatural. Be willing to let your mind bend a bit. It took me a few hours to really get into this book, but ultimately, I was quite entertained. Twists and turns. I thought the end was a great piece of work. Narration was very well done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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