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Hieng

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Invasion: China: Invasion America, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    A disturbingly realistic vision of war several decades into the future. Invasion: China is as ambitious as it is powerful. Using advanced technologies in military science, the world's superpowers battle on land, sea, air, and space for global supremacy. This controversial tale will keep you sleepless at night as America challenges the new colossus in the East: Greater China and her Pan-Asian allies. Hard-hitting. Vast in scope. And all too possibly real.

    rich says: ""Down Goes China! Down Goes China!""
    "Absurd and fun."
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    What made the experience of listening to Invasion: China the most enjoyable?

    Heppner isn't too serious and they story goes all out in absurdity and entertainment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The black Muslim submarine captain who had to get killed off...


    Any additional comments?

    In every book in the series there is always a dude who is in a critical situation but is more focused on a belly ache, sore back, venereal disease...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: California: Invasion America, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    The invasion of California has begun, threatening to trigger World War III.

    Greater China and its South American allies control Mexico, and their armies are poised on the Rio Grande, ready for the next phase of the North American conquest. It is 2039. The Chinese are launching their secret weapon against the American border fortifications. At the same time, an amphibious fleet steams toward San Francisco. The Chinese have formed the Pan Asian Alliance and signed a war-pact with the South American Federation. Glacial cooling has brought the Earth to the brink of starvation. Now, U.S. soil is the most valuable commodity in the world....

    Pablo says: "Another good book and I can't wait for the 3rd."
    "Absurd but awesomely fun."
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    Would you listen to Invasion: California again? Why?

    Perhaps, but not anytime soon.


    What other book might you compare Invasion: California to and why?

    Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, although that series is about Humanity up against Aliens.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    General Nung charging to dead horse. Hes a dumbass but cool.


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

    I finished it quite fast but definitely not in a single sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is absurd, ridiculous and extremely far fetched. Fun though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (706)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Karen says: "Not really a self-help book, but a great listen"
    "This is actually quite good."
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    Would you listen to 10% Happier again? Why?

    Maybe a few years from now, its an easy listen but there are so many books to get through.


    What other book might you compare 10% Happier to and why?

    Jack Kornfield had a book titles something along the lines of "Buddhist psychology". That book is also quite good but is actually a series of lectures recorded at his retreat. His voice can be off putting and he looks nothing like how he sounds.


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I particularly liked the section on his experience at the 10 day Buddhist retreat. Ive actually signed myself on to one here in Sydney after listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, easy listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Dragons: The Rain Wild Chronicles 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon’s poet Selden Vestrit.

    Mari says: "Good story, terrible narrator"
    "Surprisingly poor."
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    What did you like best about Blood of Dragons? What did you like least?

    Blood of Dragons finished the Rain Wild series in a most mediocre fashion. Dragons vs Chalced , hmm let me see whos gonna win...
    Hess degenerated into a borderline retarded caricature of the character in the first book while all the reject keepers become cardboard placeholders.

    Im sorry to give a Robin Hobb book such a poor score but this one is quite half arsed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was actually looking forward to see Thymara's fathers agricultural experiment in the trees but the author seems to have forgotten about the dude altogether.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This performance is bad! How can four books be narrated by 3 different people? Saskia Butler did best, the other 2 not so well. Changing narrators brings about different pronunciation of names which ruins continuity.
    Chalcedean
    Kalcedian
    Chalcidian


    Could you see Blood of Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Er no.
    Maybe a comedy adaption so bad its good?


    Any additional comments?

    It hurts me to be so harsh on an author I grew up with. This series started off good but degenerated into half arsery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Haven: The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Jacqui Crago
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

    M. Froisland says: "A love stor where every woman is unbelievabl naive"
    "Change of narrator is difficult to get accustomed"
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    Where does Dragon Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Id say in the top 25 percentile. Great book from an awesome author.


    What other book might you compare Dragon Haven to and why?

    The clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel comes to mind, both books featuring strong young female characters growing up in adverse environments and harsh settings.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration isn't bad and the readers voice grow on you after a while. The change of narrators between books is always difficult to get accustomed to with some varying discrepancy in pronunciation, especially in names.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Greff is a dickhead but I also felt sorry for him. No satisfaction for me in his end.


    Any additional comments?

    Peace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (342)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "FIRST!"
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    What did you love best about Pandemic?

    Final book in the series! Where the fcuk is Perry?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perry Dawsey...


    Any additional comments?

    Just when I was getting tired of audible, along comes this book out of nowhere. Sigler is one of my favourites next to Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie and Pat Rothfuss.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (265)

    Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

    valarie says: "Another AMAZING story"
    "AWESOME"
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    Would you listen to Nocturnal: A Novel again? Why?

    I actually listened to Nocturnal a few years back when it was a free podcast. I then discovered it on audible and added it because its that awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Never a dull moment.


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

    Back when the author read the book in podcast I imagined the characters a little different. Phil's take on the characters is refreshing but he kinda lacks that over the top performance by the author. Great nonetheless.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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