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tomas

if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!

phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Gears of War: Aspho Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    As kids, the three of them were inseparable; as soldiers, they were torn apart. Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago fought alongside Dom's elder brother Carlos at Aspho Fields in the epic battle that changed the course of the Pendulum Wars. There's a new war to fight now, a war for mankind's very survival. But while the last human stronghold on Sera braces itself for another onslaught from the Locust Horde, ghosts come back to haunt Marcus and Dom.

    tomas says: "LOTS OF DEPTH FOR GEARHEADS"
    "LOTS OF DEPTH FOR GEARHEADS"
    Overall

    obviously this book advances the story. but what it does even better is gives much needed background for the characters. finding out about dom's brother and the bond that marcus had/has with the brothers, seeing dom is as loyal as can possibly be.. hoffman, baird and cole! cole is a beast! good stuff all over this book. the only drawback is the reader doesn't capture is as well as he could've. a lil too monotone sometimes, not enough emphasis.......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18832)
    Performance
    (17027)
    Story
    (17170)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "soft story is too unbelievable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like listening to stories, no matter how far-fetched they are. in the end its a quick listen that I could have done without.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a friend tells me book two gets much better. but instead I might get into book 2 of the passage trilogy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narration did well. some bad writing in parts made her reading awkward. (badly written sentences)


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    no...


    Any additional comments?

    its hard to look past the broad strokes this story painted over all the how's and why's for this society's becoming. basis human tendencies don't allow this type of thing to happen and make it very hard to believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "SLOW DELIVERY, SLOW STORY, GOOD END."
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    Where does The Passage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    to me, the narrator plays a huge role in how I think of the book. I listened to it at 2x speed (that's how slow he was reading) to keep my interest piqued. ive got about 50 different audio books and I'd say its around 25.


    What did you like best about this story?

    once all the ground work was laid out (nearly 5/8th of the story, don't quote me on that) it finally began to progress nicely! the sequence of events that was the break out was it for me though.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I plan on listening to the entire trilogy! my hopes are that with all the back-ground info already given, the rest of the story will have a better pace.


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

    there were no 'knee-jerk' reactions in this story. slight twists, good obstacles to overcome, but never really felt the peril was that great. I blame the reader though..


    Any additional comments?

    this review probably looks like a deterrent on the book, but its more of a warning. endure the reader and the slow pace of the story and get a worth while ending to it all that bridges nicely into the second installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6909)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5357)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "GREAT. ENTERTAINING. INTERESTING. ENOUGH SAID."
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    If you could sum up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    SORROW. LOVE. VENGENCE.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A LOT OF ACTUAL HISTORY IN THE BOOK. REALLY WELL DONE!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    WHEN HIS TWO FRIENDS WRITE TO HIM ABOUT A MISSION HE GAVE THEM ABOUT A PROFESSOR AND HIS LAB!!


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

    NO... I'VE GOT A LIFE!!! KIDS, A JOB, FRIENDS!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brotherhood: Assassin's Creed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Rome, once mighty, lies in ruins. The city swarms with suffering and degradation, her citizens living in the shadow of the ruthless Borgia family. Only one man can free the people from the Borgia tyranny - Ezio Auditore, the master assassin.

    Ezio's quest will test him to his limits. Cesare Borgia, a man more villainous and dangerous than his father, the Pope, will not rest until he has conquered Italy. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere - even within the ranks of the Brotherhood itself.

    Jeffery T. Harris says: "Driven by the Narrator"
    "IS IT THAT OBVIOUS ITS A VIDEO GAME?"
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    Would you try another book from Oliver Bowden and/or Gildart Jackson?

    I ALREADY HAVE! ALL THE OTHER AC BOOKS.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    WITH AN OBVIOUS 'HAPPILY EVER AFTER WITH WORK STILL YET TO BE DONE', I ENJOYED IT. LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    THE NARRATION MADE THE PACE OF THIS STORY WHICH WAS A BAD THING. HE'S GOT TO PICK UP HIS PACE IN THE ACTION SEQUENCES TO MATCH THE WRITING.


    Do you think Brotherhood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    IT ALREADY HAS ONE...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revelations: Assassin's Creed, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    The library holds not only hidden knowledge but also the most unsettling secret the world has ever known, a secret the Templars hope to use to control humankind's destiny. Five keys are needed to access the library-to find them, Ezio must travel to the troubled city of Constantinople, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the Ottoman Empire.Walking in the footsteps of his predecessor, Altaïr, Ezio must defeat the Templars for the final time. The stakes have never been higher, and what started as a pilgrimage has become a race against time.

    Akira says: "surprised"
    "COULDVE BEEN GREAT"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, ONLY IF THE FIRST 3 WERE READ ALREADY. IT TIES IN ALL THE LOOSE ENDS WELL ENOUGH FOR A WELL ROUNDED PICTURE OF EZIO'S WORLD.


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

    SPOILER ALERT.... I WOULDVE STRETCHED OUT EZIO'S TWILIGHT YEARS WITH HIS BOOK WRITING OR AT THE VERY LEAST WOULDVE SHOWED HIM AS A REAL MENTOR INSTEAD OF JUST BEING CALLED A MENTOR.


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

    EASILY HIS BEST PERFORMANCE. HE FINALLY FIGURED HE HAD TO ADD A LITTLE *UMF* WHILE READING THE ACTION SEQUENCES!


    Any additional comments?

    IF YOU'VE GONE THIS FAR INTO THE SERIES, KEEP IT GOING.. IT BEATS PLAYING THE GAMES TO CATCH UP..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Crusade: Assassin's Creed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Altaïr embarks on a formidable mission - one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin's Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altaïr must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader Robert de Sablé. Here, for the first time, Niccolò Polo, father of Marco, shares Altaïr's remarkable story: his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; the betrayal of an old friend; and a journey that will ultimately change the course of history.

    Beth P. says: "Better than its predecessors"
    "felt like 'the moral of the story is....'"
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    What did you like best about The Secret Crusade? What did you like least?

    the book goes into the history of the Assassins Creed story. tells all about Altair, atleast for the most part. i didn't care to hear of how disgraced he was but it was necesary.


    Would you recommend The Secret Crusade to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes, i've recomended all 3 of the first 4 books. only 3 because thats all i've got for now.


    What aspect of Gildart Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    he could use more enthusiasm.. not exactly monotone, but very close to it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    i plan on it..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2548)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2395)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "TOO BORING TO GET THROUGH THE FIRST 2.5"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    I currently own mor sk audiobooks than anything else, but the reader absolutely sucked!


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    i'm not sure it was SK, rather, it was the reader... too monotone.


    How could the performance have been better?

    a different reader that understands its also a performance, not just a reading.


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

    anger that i wasted a credit.


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Renaissance: Assassin's Creed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio Auditore embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honor, he will learn the art of the Assassins. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of such great minds as Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli, knowing that survival is bound to the skills by which he must live.To his allies, he will become a force for change in his fight for freedom and justice.

    Jason says: "Great story, Great Narration."
    "Good story with constant action."
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    What did you love best about Renaissance?

    what i liked best was the usage of actual places and people of the time. from divinci to alexander iv! it has a Divinci Code feel to it and still kept an eye on the ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Renaissance?

    there was nothing that really stood out above all else. instead, the story stayed consistant thoughout. from training, to action, to secret codex pages... a real treat to listen to, wondering where the next turn goes!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narrator was good. his accent matched everything well. a bit monotone throughout the entire story, which was a bit of a drag at times. he didn't do a good job in the action sequences, instead, he trodded along in the same tone as if something mundane was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    i knew little about the ASSASSINS CREED franchise. i never played the games but the little that i seen and heard were interesting enough to me. now, i'm the proud owner of the first 2 books in audio format! GREAT STORY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27244)
    Performance
    (20986)
    Story
    (21067)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "the reader absolutely sucks."
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    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    a better reader could've greatly improved this audiobook. every character sounded the same and his accent, while trying to make it all sound authentic, made listening difficult.


    What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

    all of the characters get cut!!! lol!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7447)
    Performance
    (3827)
    Story
    (3885)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "the journey began for me by chance..."
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    Where does The Gunslinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the story itself ranks among my favs, twas my first SK book i read. the reading by GG is great also. TOP 10 for sentimental reasons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    roland begins in this book as a cold and calculating killer, he's what every guy thinks he is to themselves and yet what no man can be in real life. tunnel vision to the max!


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

    excellent! his read the DT series is awesome!!!


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

    yes, i probly could have too!


    Any additional comments?

    reading/listening to this book isn't gonna be enough. fact is, once done with it-your hooked to the DT series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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