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Will

West Jordan, UT, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (770)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Narrator-Fantastic, Writing Style-Great, Story-Eh"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely worth my time. Just like Stephen King's books I love the "ride" of Hill's stories. His writing style is much like his father's and there is something great about listening to their stories. I love how this story is presented with all the flashbacks to the past.


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

    For some reason although I liked how the story was written I didn't care for some the story itself. I think it had a lot to do with how the antagonist was creepy. I think I've just seen too much of people like him either in the news or on the TV cop shows that I hate. I think this this just a personal thing and I do believe others would enjoy it more than I did.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    His performance made the book come alive for me. I never once felt like I was listening to a narrator, but rather just heard each of the characters play their part.


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

    I'd watch the movie, even a miniseries. If they made a TV show I wouldn't be interested. It would probably be a disappointment just like Under the Dome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dame

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    The vast road network of Honce, completed a decade before, had brought great optimism to the people of the land. Commerce could travel more freely and so could armies, and those armies, it was hoped, would rid the land at long last of the vicious, bloody cap dwarfs and goblins. For the first time, the many individual kingdoms, the holdings of Honce, would be brought closer together, perhaps even united.

    William says: "Really enjoyed"
    "Tough to listen to but decent story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For some reason I found this book difficult to listen to. I'm not sure if it was the reader or the story. I listen while working and with this book I had to listen to the first hour 3 times before really "hearing" it. The third time I sat down and "actively" listened while doing nothing else and finally the story caught and I became interested. Once I got into the story I really enjoyed it. I did feel like the ending was kind of rushed and I came away a little unsatisfied. I hope there is a second book coming soon so I can get the continuation. For some reason I felt I should enjoy this book which is why I gave it a second and third listening after not "hearing" it the first few hours of listening, and I was right. The story is really good.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I have a problem "hearing" some readers, I think some voices are just difficult for me. But once I got into the story I thought the reader did a good job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "Great Story. Very fun listen"
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    If you could sum up Sixth Column in three words, what would they be?

    Classy Heinlein Story


    Any additional comments?

    This is the Heinlein I love. A great story written well with no preaching. After listening to Glory Road, which was not much more than another extremely preachy Heinlein book, I almost deleted this book without listening to it, but I'm so glad I didn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (363)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "Way to Preachy"
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    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall listening to other Bronson Pinchot performances, but he is one of the greats. He is very easy to listen to.


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

    Disappointment. I really like Heinlein's stories and kept listening to this book so I could finish the end of the story, but about one third of the book is Heinlein preaching his rather strange ideas of how the world should be. Listening to this book, like many others he has written, gives me the impression that he was just one of those nerds who sat in a room playing role playing games all his life fantasizing about hanging out with hordes of naked women all the time mostly because he thought he had no chance at having a real woman in his life.

    "Heinlein, you are a great writer with some amazing creativity and you can put together fantastic sci-fi stories. Why do you have to ruin so many books by being so preachy and making all of your female characters such hussies."


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (259)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "Never heard the story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I rated the story at one star only because it has to be rated to write this review. I actually have no idea if the story is good or not since the narration was so bad I never heard the story. I will re-rate after reading it in print.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Absolutely, Asimov is awesome, it's the narrator that ruined this one for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick did such a fantastic narration of most of the Foundation series, why didn't he do all of them? Those narrated by McKeever are so bad that it is as if static is playing in the background. Even after listening to the first two hours 3 different times I have no idea what happened in the story. I finally gave up. I guess this is the book I need to get for my new tablet reader so I can actually enjoy the story.


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

    Disappointment. Before giving up I wasted a good 6 hours and have no idea what happened in the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (2748)
    Story
    (2770)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Best book I've listened to in a long time"
    Overall

    This is the most entertaining book I've listened too since I finished all of Cathryn Asaro's books. The author's use of humor had me laughing out loud and the story was fun and exciting all the way through. I can't wait for more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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