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Patrick

Lansing, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Talulla Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret. The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over - until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.

    ZenMuppet says: "Worst. Narration. Ever."
    "A Must Read for the Wolf-fan!!!"
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    What did you love best about Talulla Rising?

    After reading The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan and having a hard time getting into the story at first, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!!!

    I have always loved werewolf stories, but of late, they seem to only be in romance novel disguised at horror or silly teenage heart-throb tales with shiny vampires... Though there is plenty of romance, this is not a PG-13 tale of teenage longing. It is a visceral, violent adult story with true horror, lust, sex and gore.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Following the main character's (Talulla) development as she expands her acceptance of what and who she is, while reluctantly embracing motherhood is a fascinating joyride into a beloved genre that is often abused and given little depth. Instead of lip-service, Duncan dives headlong into the tough questions of morality, love, and parental torment as he bring the raw being of his characters to the reader in full spectrum. His unblinking glimpses their reality are sometimes unpleasant, unclean and unrelenting but by the end you find your appetite ready for more...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4699)
    Performance
    (3216)
    Story
    (3251)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Sci-fi with real physics"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Fleet: Dauntless in three words, what would they be?

    Real space combat


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    The fleet combat scene of the novel is one of my favorites. Many sci-fi works ignore the laws and affects of physics or get so wrapped up in them that they kill the story. This book makes full use of them to bring the story to life. The whole reason the Alliance fleet is in such tatters is because they do not plan for the long game and only fight in a "bare-knuckle smash our ships against their's until no one is left" manner. And Black Jack is bringing strategy and tactics back from the grave... Planning his battles like a chess game, anticipating, adapting and bringing each of his fleets assets to bear with full might and advantage. You cannot help becoming fully immersed in the action and suspense of the war as the fleet goes to battle.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is a nuance to Black Jack brought by the voice acting that adds depth. I think a straight read of this novel may not bring that out in your head...there is life breathed into this story by hearing it performed.


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

    Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander in space...


    Any additional comments?

    This novel takes a very nicely balanced approach to how things would work using physics as we know it and spicing it up with some well thought out imagination. You get a very real sense of massive war ships facing off against one another like the old 18th and 19th century ships, but with the edgy feel only possible in science fiction. Campbell has provided a character that you want to relate to and invest in with Capt. Geary. His old fashioned sense of honor and pride clashes nicely in opposition to the desperate actions of the new warriors he is faced with when he wakes from his long slumber... Campbell does a masterful job of weaving the emotional wear of a one-hundred year war into the fiber of every character such that there is a warmth and feeling that is tangible to the reader/listener without beating them over the head with it. He takes the intelligence of the reader in to account rather than for granted. I am looking forward to what this series has to offer. A wonderful story leaving you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2954)
    Performance
    (2760)
    Story
    (2770)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Zombie story for the Zombie Lover..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The performance of Sean Runnette was excellent and allowed my to fall deeply into the story. The main character's rye since of humor is masterfully portrayed by Sean with true skill and talent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are enjoyable and real...


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

    There those who read stories and those who tell stories...the difference is when a story is told the teller disappears and the story become your reality for the moment. Sean Runnette is a true story teller...


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

    These aren't your dad's zombies...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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