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CJinMD

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  • The Best American Erotica 2001 (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Susie Bright, Todd Belton, Marge Piercy
    • Narrated By Susie Bright, Kathe Mazur, Stephen Hoye, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In The Best American Erotica 2001, Marge Piercy introduces us to the nerd kid sex club, Nathan Englander explores the addictive power of a peep show, Jerry Stahl relates a dare from an extremely demanding girlfriend, and Dani Shapiro proves the difference between the fantasy and the reality of losing your virginity.

    CJinMD says: "I guess erotica is not my thing."
    "I guess erotica is not my thing."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys being bludgeoned by story after story about people's sexual fetishes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    It depends on if they branched out into different genres.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Most of the narration was good it was the stories that were lacking.


    What character would you cut from The Best American Erotica 2001 (Unabridged Selections)?

    The characters weren't the issue.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first erotica reading and I thought I would check it out. I found that it's not for me but others may enjoy it if it's your thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (369)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Nathan says: "Awesome!"
    "Fantastic idea for a book! Technically lacking."
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    What did you like best about Origin? What did you like least?

    The concept was great and the tie in with historic events entertaining.


    Would you recommend Origin to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure. Just don't go into it thinking it's a blockbuster.


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

    I don't think a follow up would be quite as interesting as the novel first idea.


    Any additional comments?

    People this intelligent would have done things somewhat differently in my opinion. If they're the best in their fields, more experimentation would have been conducted to ascertain the demon's weaknesses. It's not like they had decades to figure it out. Wait, they did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5245)
    Performance
    (4767)
    Story
    (4822)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Each main character came met their potential"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Memory of Light the most enjoyable?

    The closure. It was nice to see the all of the parts fitting into the last battle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favorite character in this series as the characters don't really think their way through anything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part was where Rand didn't die after all and came back with the power of the pattern.


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

    No. If it could be listened to in one sitting, it would be too short.


    Any additional comments?

    Brandon Sanderson added more intellect and depth to the characters which I thought was SORELY needed. I believe if he hadn't stepped in to finish the books, I would not have been interested in listening to the last ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3363)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1579)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Don't expect it to wait for you to catch up."
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    Where does Altered Carbon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Altered Carbon is different than most of the books I've listened to so far combining a futuristic view of humanity while still maintaining the age old faults and vices. For me it was a nice listen for three main reasons: 1. I couldn't always predict where the story was leading 2. when you were introduced with something that seemed insubstantial, it would rear it's head later being an integral part of the story and 3. despite it's grimy beginning, Takeshi Kovacs seemed to have some redeeming qualities after all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one character (Kovacs) to really appreciate here as a favorite while other characters were interesting in their detail.


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

    I've listened to Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. Todd's narration spoiled me for when I listened to the third book, Woken Furies, it was hard to stay interested in the story missing the narrator from the previous two books.


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

    No extreme reaction just a continued level of interest throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen in my opinion but be warned, some of the sex scenes are very graphic but still didn't take away from the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2173)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Brandon Sanderson is on a roll!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to others. Brandon writes another refreshing world and fills it with life and color.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new angle on light being the basis of power.


    Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

    Lightsong, of course.


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

    Heroes come from the most unlikely places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (630)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "An entertaining story of a possible future."
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    Where does METAtropolis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    METAtropolis ranks in the upper percent of the audio books that I've purchased from Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although many of the characters were well written and filled out, I believe my favorite amongst them was Reggie Stratton. Reggie was near to giving up on the state of the world and was awakened to a new purpose and a new fight in a world he thought was beyond him really caring about.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Many of the narrators were very good in their performance although the first narrator was very difficult to listen to due to his gravelly voice.


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

    Due to the limitations on my time, I cannot listen to any book in one sitting. Hence my turning to audio books. They allow me to still immerse myself in a story yet not be held in one place and limited to one activity while I'm experiencing the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked METAtroplis and if you did, try METAtroplis: Cascadia.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5945)
    Performance
    (5539)
    Story
    (5538)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Decent story with good narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    Will Wheaton's narration really reflected the character's emotions and gave you a feel for each situation the author had the characters in. Truthfully, I didn't know he was that good and was pleasantly surprised.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Someone finally wrote a good story about the plight of the red shirts.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Most of the main characters were done well but I like the interaction between the characters in the science lab!


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

    I think 'Redshirts' says it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen. Wil should branch out in the audiobook narrations. He does a good job in Metatropolis also.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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