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M. Grant

Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 66 ratings
  • 274 titles in library
  • 76 purchased in 2014
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  • A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?

    Amazon Customer says: "Can Narration Kill a Good Story?: Yes."
    "Amateur Hour"
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    Amateur hour… in every respect. Very simplistic, completely lacking in detail or character development. Authors possess only the basic understanding of writing.

    The narrator is tolerable. However, every sentence is delivered in exactly the same way. Flat and monotone. Merely reads the story instead of creating an experience.

    The story is weak. Almost non-existent. Hardly any action. It takes the entire book just to visit a few places.

    This recording also utilizes additional voices for the supporting characters. God awful. Nasal, monotone, no acting ability whatsoever. Hey you, water delivery guy and/or relative… step into the sound booth.

    And the SFX. Used often at the beginning. Then someone just got tired of sticking them in and took a nap. Woke up occasionally to add token birds, a growl or two and some shooting. Then back to sleep.

    I will definitely steer clear of any sequels. As well as the publisher responsible for this truly atrocious production.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Landing: Freedom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    It's the dawning of a new age for mankind when the Catteni descend to Earth and easily overcome the Earth's population. Thousands are herded onto slave ships headed for the intergalactic auction block. Kris Bjornsen is captured in Denver on her way to her college classes and wakes up on the primitive planet Barevi.

    Carolyn says: "Mixed bag."
    "For Me, Last Book in a Series"
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    You see the first two paragraphs of the Publisher's Summary? That's about the length and effort devoted to setting up the premise in the actual book. It felt as if I had accidentally picked up the second or third book in a series. Extremely off-putting.

    In addition, for the audio version, whenever the main character thinks to herself, the production adds a hollow, echo effect to her words. Extremely irritating.

    As for the story, it quickly becomes Jane meets Tarzan. I had to check again thinking I had picked up the second or third book in a Harlequin romance series.

    Keep in mind, I didn't get very far. Though it probably wouldn't have improved, for me, considering the established style, tone and direction.

    As a guy, I strike out with a lot of female authors. But every once in awhile there's a surprise. Such as "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey. Loved it. Cried at the end. So you see, I'm not some macho dumbhead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1012)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Welcome to the New America"
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    Here in America, the Department of Homeland Security possesses an unprecedented level of power. But what if -- they wanted all the power? Find out in the second book of this exciting series.

    Now, I'm on to the third one…

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1547)
    Story
    (1556)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Think Jack Reacher…"
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    Think Jack Reacher with a 60-pound pack of survival gear.

    This is the first book in a series. I purchased the second even before finishing the first. I've been listening non-stop.

    The story starts small and local. Then grows into a national conspiracy. From "how do I get home?" to "how do I save the country?" Anchored by an ex-military man who does what he has to do in order to survive the unthinkable and get back to his family. Five hours by car, a month on foot.

    For fans of:
    - Lee Child's Jack Reacher
    - Post-apocalyptic stories
    - True American patriots (the author is "A. American")
    - Name-brand survival and camping gear

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7456)
    Performance
    (6596)
    Story
    (6590)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Exciting Premise. Extraordinarily Boring Writing."
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    Really? 2,394 5-star reviews?

    I was very disappointed with this. In my opinion, a competent 2-star book. Nothing terrible, nothing special. Pretty hard to do with such an interesting and exciting premise.

    What could have been a great read has been reduced to dry and ordinary by the author's complete lack of a sense of humor and wit. It doesn't help that the author possesses zero writing style. Completely utilitarian. He did this, he went there, he said that. Using the most basic of words and structure.

    The total lack of wit and style also makes every character sound the same. What's more, the narrator injects the same amount of enthusiasm into the subject matter. Dry, dusty and incredibly boring.

    Not much effort is made regarding research either. No geek info on weapons or the organization. No monster history. No interesting back stories on any of the characters.

    Overall, it just feels like little effort was made. Either that or this guy is just an incredibly boring writer. This is my kind of subject matter, yet it's so easy to put down. And hard to pick up.

    The most telling sign of a boring book -- this is the first time I ever sped up the narration. That, and I won't be finishing it. I guess I'll keep "hunting."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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