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Andrew

I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

FAIR OAKS, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • In Conquest Born

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (41)

    In Conquest Born is the monumental science fiction epic that received unprecedented acclaim - and launched C.S. Friedman's phenomenal career. A sweeping story of two interstellar civilizations locked in endless war, it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award.

    Kat Hooper says: "Impressive world building"
    "Impressively Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that like irrational love stories and very slow almost non exeistant plots.


    Has In Conquest Born turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Conquest Born?

    At least half them, there was so must stuff in here that seemed completely random and pointless.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions - until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself - first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it - stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani.

    Ryan says: "Fantasy spy thriller, some world-building issues"
    "Fun but Flawed"
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    This book was fun, but had too many flaws, I thought.

    It is pretty slow for the first half. It felt like a political thriller set in a fantasy world. And I did like the politics and religions in the book.

    But I just felt that the Barbarian character was ridiculously powerful and the final battle scene was just too predictable and hokey. The last part of the story where she lays out her plans for the future was more interesting than anything else that occurred in the whole book, and I rather read about that.

    However I did get some enjoyment out of it, so it's a 3 star for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (355)

    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    André says: "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
    "A lot of Great Info"
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    This was quite good. It was very well researched and really opened my eyes the fact that the U.S. education system has pretty much degenerated into mediocrity. Which I can support with own experiences in high school.

    Highly recommended to anyone that cares about the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thirst for Vengeance: The Ashes Saga, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Edward M. Knight
    • Narrated By David Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    My name is Dagan. There are few alive with more blood on their hands than me. I have lived a life of degeneracy. I have studied the teachings of the dark mage Helosis and walked the path of the dead. I have been to the shadowrealm and emerged with my soul enact. I have challenged the Black Brotherhood and ridden with the Knights of Valamor as a brother-in-arms. I have spoken to Xune. I've killed indiscriminately - for money, for fame. For vengeance.

    Alton J Henley says: "Great Story, but OMG the reader"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I have to admit that I was expecting this to be pretty bad going in. But this book pleasantly surprised me, it was actually a decently written entertaining story. While not the best thing I've ever read in the Genre, it is a good debut novel, and I think any fan of fantasy will find it a fun read. And it only cost me $2, so it was worst the price without a doubt.

    I give it about 3.5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewel of Dantenos: The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Filled with confidence and no small measure of arrogance, young Lee Starfinder, along with Millet Gristall, set off on their very first adventure. Lee quickly discovers that life beyond Hazrah can be far deadlier than he could have ever imagined. And soon he must learn that muscle and steel cannot replace loyalty, bravery and friendship.

    Andrew says: "Short and Fun"
    "Short and Fun"
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    Not sure if this is supposed to be YA or not, but I will assume it is, since it seemed that way. It's a decent fun short fantasy story, that is free.

    So enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (893)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "In Between Story"
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    I have a hard time rating short stories sometimes, because they are just so short. This one was extremely short and if you blinked it was over. But a it was a decent story about what happened after the first book in the series and before the start of the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Playground

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    "The Playground" was part of the first hardcover edition of Ray Bradbury's legendary work Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. In the story, Charles Underhill is a widower who will do anything to protect his young son Jim from the horrors of the playground - a playground which he and the boy pass by daily and the tumult of which, the activity, brings back to Charles the anguish of his own childhood.

    Nothing really matters says: "Something more than just a creepy short story."
    "Haunting"
    Overall
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    I have to admit I am not a fan of Bradbury at all. I thought Fahrenheit 451 was a weak watered down version of 1984 with cardboard cutout characters. And I felt the Martian story collection was just boring.

    But this story is haunting and evocative. I guess will have to give Bradbury another chance.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (74)

    This favorite book for children, based on the author's own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as a chaplain during the Civil War. The story explores their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family's income, their friendship with the neighboring Laurence family, and their later love affairs and destinies as women.

    Kenneth says: "A very good reading of a classic"
    "YA for the 1800s"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a Young Adult book written way back in 1886, which at the time had radical feminist ideas in it. Although by modern standards it may seem anti-feminist, it was pushing the envelope at the time.

    It is about the lives of several sisters and what they go through in their mid to late teens and about how they grow up, during the civil war era. Somewhat similar to the Wonder Years.

    There is some moralizing in the book, but what really strikes me is the comparison of this book to modern young adult books. I'm sure most modern young adults would find this book boring. But I'm sure the young adults of the 1800s would find modern books in that genre bloody minded, violent and in many cases poorly written.

    There where parts that where quite good and parts that a found to be very slow, but overall it was an education read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2568)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Classic in Every Sense of the Word"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    What can one say about one of the most influential books of all time? A book that one feels one has read due to the great amount it's been copied in one way or another by various authors, movies, radio shows etc. One can't accuse it of using over used plot devices that the book itself invented.

    Honestly this book was very well written and would have felt completely modern if there had been a touch more action and a slight change to some of the dialogue. In fact the I felt if the final conflict with Dracula would have been much better with at least a little bit of fighting, but alas books written in the 1800's just didn't have the same amount of fighting that we are accustomed to today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (639)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "Not a Kids Story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I had always thought this was a kids story. This is not, it's a political satire that kids would not get, and apparently many adults didn't get either, if they thought it was a kids story.

    All should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1289)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Short, but Interesting"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting book, that , but a bit short. It features the utter cruelness of the white colonials in Africa, where they felt they where better than the "savages", because they were the truly savage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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