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Matt

Clinton, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (296)

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    James says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    "Bored"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about A World Out of Time?

    The narrator was mono-toned and the story was boring. The characters change names and come to crazy conclusions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (435)

    "Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure.

    Leesa says: "Oh Boy! A new series discovered!"
    "Circle dialog but neat concept"
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    What disappointed you about Mark of the Demon?

    The dialog goes in circles to where five minutes are the same two people saying the same thing over and over again. Like this:
    "I need to know.
    But you already know.
    I don't understand
    Yes, you do.
    Can you just tell me?
    I don't need to."


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

    The bad guy was who I thought it was just because they put a lot of random facts about him without him being part of the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less dialog that went in circles.


    What character would you cut from Mark of the Demon?

    None. I think the characters did what they were supposed to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4054)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3765)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Hey you made it to the last book, lucky you. NOT!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I was so-so on the first two books and this one just killed any hopes of a good or even mediocre ending.


    Has Allegiant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I will try again.


    What about Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance did you like?

    The narration was good.


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

    No, the first one is being made into a movie and I most likely will not be seeing it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LYCCYX Episode 1: The Declaration

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Brian Barber
    • Narrated By Mike Paine
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The year is 2065. Earth is overpopulated and our resources, spent. Our last hope is to colonize the moon. Called the Haven Project - an experiment designed to transform the lunar grit into a rich oasis. Unfortunately, in our haste to create a new world we created our worst enemy - LYCCYX.

    Matt says: "Wow, just wow."
    "Wow, just wow."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about LYCCYX Episode 1: The Declaration?

    There are many things about this book that are just bad.
    1) The narrator seems to be on a speaker phone held up to a microphone.
    2) The main character of the book blacked out a few times to wake up in a safe and other people fill him in on what happened. Once he was in the office of the main bad guy and passed out only to wake up in the hospital because he was rescued without the bad guy knowing.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Barber’s story?

    Pretty much all of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The way it was recorded. I could hear papers or other background noise.


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

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11363)
    Performance
    (10238)
    Story
    (10302)

    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."
    "OK book but doesn't make sense"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio book because I don't have time to read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Veronica Roth? Why or why not?

    I'm going to try the second book


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    None


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

    I was in the middle of the road the whole time. I think Beatrice / Trice was too. Horrible things happen in front of her but does not show much emotion, even when she is shot.

    One thing I don't understand is why being Divergent has a bad stigma in the book. Everyone who finds out shes Divergent tell her not to let anyone know because its dangerous and other Divergent people have disappeared. Why? It's never explained why Divergent people are so special. They can tell when they are in a simulation but that's only dangerous to the secret bad guys. No one should care but them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Germline: The Subterrene War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. C. McCarthy
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    One hundred years from now, Russia and the United States are at odds again. This time the war has gone hot. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the icy, mineral-rich mountains of Kazakhstan. War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for the Stars and Stripes, he has the only one-way ticket to the front lines. The front smells of blood and fire and death—it smells like a Pulitzer.

    Surf City Swami says: "Great Story Marred by Poor Performance"
    "Boring"
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    What disappointed you about Germline?

    This book was just random. It's like going to a Old Folks Home and listening to the rants of a half crazy veteran. There seems to be no point to the book and I was nodding off every time I pressed play.


    What was most disappointing about T. C. McCarthy’s story?

    No point, while it had science fiction points, it wasn't what I would call science fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from Germline?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Boring

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8815)
    Performance
    (8199)
    Story
    (8196)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Boring with no real point"
    Overall
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    What would have made Ready Player One better?

    A better story. Some how the majority of the population is poor but game money can be used to buy real products. The game they describe in the book is cool but they charge for random things and they are fighting so the rates don't go up. Also the death of their friends and family don't seem to phase the characters. There is so much advanced technology and still there is mass poverty. It just doesn't make sense.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

    The villain is a corporation wants to make money.


    What aspect of Wil Wheaton’s performance would you have changed?

    He was okay.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (2155)
    Story
    (2188)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Way to long for nothing."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story(ies) had no real point that I could find. With in this audiobook is at least 4 different stories. Some come together near the end while others never fit into the story line. Also the narrator off on the the way the story described how the characters of speaking. He would bellow out a line then follow it with a


    What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Simplify the story. This one book could have been better if he took the time to explain each story. Maybe have written a whole series of book instead of cramming it into one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    I might listen to one of John's performances.


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

    Disappointed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2529)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1984)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Michael says: "More Please!"
    "Slow Slow Slow"
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    I couldn't wait for this story to be over. It was slow and was 90% talking, 5% lets run away from these aliens, and 5% more made up simple politics.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1953)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Slow Slow Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Had some interesting parts but jumped around a lot. Not one person except for the aliens lasted more than a few chapters. Not because of action or battles but because massive amount of time has past.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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