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Sao Paulo, Brazil | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 98 ratings
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  • 4 purchased in 2014

  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "Horrible book"

    A warning for people not to waste their time on this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Robinson Crusoe in Mars"

    This is a fun book. It gets you smiling all the time and sometimes outright laughing. I definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Too much setup, too much waiting."

    First I would like to comment on the narrator. I didn't think John Lee was bad in the fourth book, as I have liked his reading from other books very much. That said, I did miss Roy Dotrice's very recognizable characters from the first three books. It is not in error that Roy Dotrice was recognized with a Guiness Record for his work on The Game of Thrones. I was at first very happy that he would be returning for the fifth book. I would like to point out that I started listening to these books just a few months ago and listened to all in quick succession. Therefore I am can very well say that the quality of the last books narration was underpar for Mr.Dotrice. Very familiar character voices were not familiar, male or female. Although Daenarys' voice for example is an oft remarked example of a voice that suffered.
    Now for the story itself. I guess it was ok, but not on its own merits. It carries forward mainly because of the weight of all the previous books, especially, the first trilogy of books, so masterfully written. And although Martin's prose is unmatched, it just seemed like he got lost in this book, or maybe there was a lack of editorial control. No one would say Martin is shy to kill off his characters, but maybe he was when it would be time to kill off a few chapters in this book. In summary, the book is ok, but only because we want so badly to see what happens to the characters we connected to in the first books.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Distinctions: Prologue to Towers of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, May let fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. In the Prologue to Towers of Midnight, book thirteen of The Wheel of Time, Lan Mandragoran rides on toward death; Perrin Aybara, Lord Goldeneyes, has a disturbing dream; Galad leads the Whitecloaks into harm’s way; one who has left humanity behind creeps through the Blight; and the Blight border faces invasion.

    robert says: "Gahhh!"
    "Thanks audible"

    Thanks Audible for the bonus balance which allowed me to get this prologue. This prologue is amazing. Only Chapter 1 available at tor is even more amazing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "OK book, sticky narration"

    First of all, the narrator's not the same as the other two books, and after hearing 30+ hours of the first two books' narration, you get used to it, and associate the protagonist with the Todd McLaren (who does a very good narration). Second, on the first book, there is a whole section on how his name is pronounced one way and not the other, and how it's a big deal to the protagonist. Now, the new narrator didn't check that, nor anyone else who proofed him. The result is the protagonist calling himself exactly the way he doesn't like to be called. Other planets are similarly spoken with a different pronunciation.
    Third, this new narrator put various sound effects into the audiobook. Now, I don't mind a well done sound effect that adds to the story, much as some very nice stories from here in the sofa. But on this narration of Woken Furies, during the sound effects, the quality is bad, you can't understand what he's saying, it's annoying, and when you think you free of it, it comes back to haunt you again.
    Last, I'm stuck through it to find out how the story ends. The author built a lot of expectation in the readers with various unexplained things in his books. Some things are finally resolved, some are left mysterious, which isn't bad. It's the mythos of the series. I guess my greatest single complaint from books 2 and 3 is the way the protagonist attaches to other characters. Sometimes it doesn't seem very believable why he allies with one group and not the other. This fact, makes the believability of the character less. You get he is a hard to relate with person, but it's strange how all of a sudden he's attached to somebody like it was his brother/sister or something. You don't see that coming, so it seems artificial. If you want to stick to one book, stick to the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Exotic and wonderful"

    To get a feeling for this book, Mr. Bacigalupi has released various short fiction stories on the web (calorie man, yellow card man). This is a fantastic book. Its about an uncertain time in the future where corporate greed and unconcerned use of resources by everyone has led to a partial reversion of civilization. There is a bit of getting use to listening to foreign names and words, but beyond that the story is very well laid out. There are branching stories intricately woven together. There are no cop-outs, sticky situations aren't magically resolved, and the ending is fitting with the feeling of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Well concluded!"

    Sanderson's final book is masterful. I was absolutely addicted to listening to it and couldn't set my ipod down. It's very well written, never feeling contrived. I felt sometimes there were a little bit too many explanations intended for somebody who started at the third book and didn't read the others which would drag on a bit, but this didn't take away from the book. Most, if not all loose ends feel tied up. The magic system he created is almost entirely disclosed and his revealing it bit by bit is well done and keeps you interested. Character development is supreme and watching them grow through their struggles is very entertaining. I highly recommend this book and the ones leading up to it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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