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Wil

Richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 378 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2015
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  • An Accidental Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (154)

    James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. He’s channeled the intensity of his soul into twin passions - success as a screenwriter and marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste. In the midst of filming his latest script, starring Regina and leading man Johnny Bergs, James receives a video of his wife caught in the most compromising of situations.

    Sheba says: "A Great Story and a Great Read!"
    "One dimentional"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about An Accidental Affair?

    How weak and unplausable the characters and plot was.


    What could Eric Jerome Dickey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Based the story in a more realistic plot. Not make us want to sympathise with characters that are richer and more beautiful than his readers. Not make us want to feel anything for a murderer, a narcicist, a (un-fleshed out) rich antagonist. make a stronger case for bring "driver and Panter" into the story.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He gave each character personality even though the characters, as written, had no depth.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Accidental Affair?

    It was the cutting that destroyed the novel. There was not enough back story and motivation to drive each character to the extreme behavior they exibited.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the Gidion series I was waiting and dying for book 5, Not any more if he is just going to phone it in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1467)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A wonderful blend of old and new a story that could support it's own but is a wonderful connection to his previous work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3830)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2584)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Black hole"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series will completely suck you in. The Sturgis detailed and rich in science for foundation of it's science fiction. the reader was skilled and wonderful. I immediately purchased every book available and look forward to a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5069)
    Performance
    (3296)
    Story
    (3330)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Ingwe says: "Give it a chance"
    "Get hooked"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr. Hamilton creates an entire galaxy for your imagination. very well written, performed and complete. It is SiCk with an emphasis on science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1997)
    Story
    (2002)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "The "S" in Sifi is for science."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This author obviously has no grasp on science or the vastness of space. The ship, the settings, and the characters were one dimensional and absurd. I found it difficult to finish this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1351)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "Glossed over"
    Overall

    The story was too vague, the characters undefined, the settings not even bothered to be visualized. All in all, rushed and amateurish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

    Amanda says: "Remarkable."
    "Flashback"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1?

    The storyline was very unique and entertaining. The story shifted perspectives to different characters and the events of the story and the interaction of the characters with each other was very entertaining, I hope the author continues this with the next book in which I am waiting for anxiously. The science in this science-fiction was completely plausible. The amount of technical detail and scientific jargon was a little soft but only a little so it was still worth 4 stars.
    Having so many narrators gave one a sense of the uniqueness of the many characters within the story and provided a sense of depth that I have not gotten from many previous audio books. The performance is a five star, If anyone knows of a better performed novel I would like to know.
    Overall, one of the best books for me to date, one that I could go back and listen to more than a couple of times. While not having any sex or intimacy (graphic or otherwise) there is a strong emotional narrative that some may find “adult”. I recommend “Ready player one” for another great story told well.


    What other book might you compare The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1 to and why?

    Ready Player One, for a good storyline and entertainment


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

    No but I will be looking for books with this many narrators from here on out.


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

    Not extreme, but the childhood narrative was a bit of a hair raiser.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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