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  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1928)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "A snoozefest"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher books ... but man, is this one boring or what. Virtually nothing happens for the majority of the book. Anyone giving this a 5 star must be a relative of Mr. Child, or must work for the publisher. Or perhaps they just like the Reacher series enough to forgive so a slow book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    I would only because I like the Reacher books. But come on, Mr. Child, don't dial in the next one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Reacher has a broken nose ... so much of the narration sounds like it done with the narrator holding his nose.


    What character would you cut from A Wanted Man?

    Seriously? You could cut out most of them and it wouldn't make any difference. Slow, slow, slow.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible.

    26 of 28 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
    Overall
    (6146)
    Performance
    (5844)
    Story
    (5853)

    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 plain old "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"
    "a nice surprise"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was only one major character ... Watney


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one particular scene ... loved all the different scenes that focused on how to survive on Mars.


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

    When the people at NASA realized Watney was still alive ...


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but found it totally captivating. It was so creative.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1325)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Teddy says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "suspend disbelief"
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    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout 5 again? Why?

    Yes ... it is captivating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BT ... but they all are good. And the characters you are supposed to dislike, you REALLY don't like.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to. He sounds like "Mike" now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hmmm


    Any additional comments?

    This is a bit different ... not our normal zombie story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 3.5: Dr. Hugh Mann

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (543)

    Before there were zombies.... There was the virus that started it all. In this Zombie Fallout prequel, Mark Tufo tells the story of how it all began.

    Mike says: "Asking yourself... "Is 2.75 hrs worth a credit?""
    "Don't necessary for the story"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    I love the series from Mark, and Sean does a great job of telling the story ... but it is extremely disappointing that the author would put on a 2.5 short story that only vaguely has anything to do with the larger story of Zombie Fallout and try to sell it for so much. This whole story wasn't necessary, and it didn't do a very good job of setting up the story about Mike and the others.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give it away from free ... or this could have been condensed into a prologue. It was wasn't worth the effort.


    What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s voice?

    Easy on ears.


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

    Disappointment. A waste. Not necessary. There are only about 5 minutes in the whole thing that really seem to have much to do with the other books. And the premise of how the Spanish Flood was started is just stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    I would advise readers to ignore this. Find someone that will tell you .... in 2 or 3 sentences ... they parts that related to the book series. (Hint ... Tommy ...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2897)
    Performance
    (2708)
    Story
    (2718)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "I am hooked"
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    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Zombies in the Neighborhood. I like it that this is about normal people dealing with an abnormal situation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It isn't the normal "dumb zombie masses" story.


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

    Very witty, dry sense of humor.


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

    Hmmm ... there are some breaks, so you can stop and pick up where you left off.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started this series, I wasn't sure how much I liked it. I thought it was entertaining and different, so I kept listening. I am not on book 5 ... what does that tell you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beethoven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Biss
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (447)

    The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

    Carol C. Buchalter says: "An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation"
    "For musicians only"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I just couldn't relate to this. To be honest, the whole thing seemed to be a bit self-indulgent. I am not a musician and don't know a lot about the details of classical movie ... perhaps this book was not meant for anyone without that level of knowledge.


    What could Jonathan Biss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It just seemed Mr. Biss wrote the book for himself and a handful of friends. I can't see him being able to make this more enjoyable, and I don't get the feeling that makes a lot of difference to him.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Woodman?

    This is the first time I have listened to Jeff Woodman ... hard to tell if the problem was the narration or the story. I am not sure if any narrator could have made this more accessible.


    What character would you cut from Beethoven's Shadow?

    Mr. Biss.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a daughter who has a master's degree in music. I think she may like this. I did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1096)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "I was expecting more."
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    What did you like best about Earth Afire? What did you like least?

    After reading Ender's Game, I loved the idea of going back and reading what happened at the start of the whole Buggers War. I didn't realize there were so many books in this series. I listened to this one and the one before it, but didn't find it interesting enough to continue.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston ? Why or why not?

    I think not.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    I thought the narration was good.


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

    This is one of a number of other books, and I just can't see people staying with the whole series.


    Any additional comments?

    There were several times where I thought, "good lord, if the Earth was under attack by an alien civilization and they seemed determined to kill us all, would I really care about these piddly complaints some are making!" I mean, seriously. Would we really be having these petty squabbles about politics, saving face, denying access, cost gouging, etc.?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7854)
    Performance
    (4347)
    Story
    (4401)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Better than I expected"
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    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Better than expected.

    I loved Enders Game. For some reason, I never read the book and really didn't know much about it, so the whole think was a great surprise. I couldn't see how this book would be as good as Enders Game, and it is not ... but it was more interesting and thought-provoking than I expected. All in all, I was satisfied with the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough one ... I didn't find Ender nearly as interesting in this book. He was a bit too smug and too "know-it-all" at times


    Have you listened to any of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure ... I thought the narration was good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    To be honest, I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading these two books, I don't seem to be terribly interested in reading any of the other "Enders" books. I listened to one of the books that happened during the first buggers war, and I didn't find it to be very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9556)
    Performance
    (7892)
    Story
    (7963)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Great story-telling"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wise Man's Fear the most enjoyable?

    I can't tell you how much fun this book and The Name of the Wind has been to read. Exceptional story-telling that paints a vivid picture of a different time and place. The characters are rich and "real."


    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear to and why?

    Reminds me a little bit of Game of Thrones, but to be honest I think this is better. I mention the two because the strongest parts of Game involve strong characters and great stories. Rothfuss seems to be more focused and consistent than George RR.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many great scenes. I have to admit I loved the scene where they go out to capture bandits in the woods. Exciting. Scary. Nice pace.


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

    I think more than anything else it filled me with wonder. In this day and age, where there are so many bad books out there, and "self-publishing" means anyone that can type can claim to be a "writer," it is a real pleasure to find someone who can create pictures in the air with words. Superb writing.


    Any additional comments?

    There had BETTER be a third book in this series when I get down with this one, or we will be talking, Mr. Rothfuss!!!!!!!

    Superb. Just superb. The only book I have enjoyed as much is Ready Player One.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (874)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Elizabeth says: "Keeps you guessing till the very end!"
    "a decent ending"
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    Would you listen to The Death Cure again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't, although I did enjoy the book. I thought it did a good job of ending the trilogy, but it wasn't captivating enough to want to read a second time


    Would you recommend The Death Cure to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only if you read the first two "Maze Runner" books. Otherwise this just doesn't make any sense.


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

    I think this is a silly question. It was a very interesting book, and you wanted to know how it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a bit predictable, unlike the first book, "Maze Runner."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11426)
    Performance
    (9120)
    Story
    (9227)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Great read"
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Absolutely. Great character definition, and the overall story is interesting and compelling. I loved this book ... but actually find I am liking the second book even better. Great dialogue and story-telling in both books.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    Reminds me of some of the books by Brandon Sanderson.


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

    He did a good job of making each person sound a little different. And what I really appreciated is that he could do a woman's voice without them all sounding like old guys in drag.


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

    Not a chance, because it is too long. Definitely need a break at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Superb. (I am an ordinary reader ... not one of those shills hired by publishers, or members of the author's family!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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