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allan

I am a writer and a photographer, I enjoy playing the drums and exercising in my off hours.

Cedar Rapids, IA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11706)
    Performance
    (10138)
    Story
    (10114)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Hard to put down"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book on Steve Jobs is as close as anyone is ever going to get to the actual person. There is a lot of hype on Steve and many people who profess to know him, but this book makes you feel like you lived around the man.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    I loved the stories of Steve and Woz. Having listened to iWoz as well I was fascinated to hear both sides of the same stories.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He had the attitude of Jobs in this book, very realistic.


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

    No it was a good book to take in over a longer period of many sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1701)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Good listening story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pushing Ice the most enjoyable?

    The story is really well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I just am not too fond of his readings, he makes everthing sound like an old time Shakespheare play. Not that there is anything wrong with that but it just does not fit with all stories. He is well versed but his voice just does not work for me with these science fiction stories.


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

    No it was a solid book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Berserker Kill: Berserker, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Long, long ago, two alien races fought a war of extinction. All that is left of either of them are the berserkers: vast, thinking, spacefaring, killer machines whose sole purpose is to destroy all living things. For the first time in all of their history, they have met a life form that has a chance of stopping them. In the cold reaches of space, the berserkers seize a floating laboratory full of human germ-plasm being stored for retrieval and growth in a future colonization project. The ship contains millions of human lives - but why are they not destroying them?

    allan says: "Excellent Read"
    "Excellent Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Berserker Kill the most enjoyable?

    The story is amazing as is the series. The reader did a good job with it and made it fun to listen to. I have read this series years ago.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of action and interesting dialogue between the characters


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with all of the characters.


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

    Who is stealing the human race and what do they want with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9345)
    Performance
    (8401)
    Story
    (8547)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Excellent prestentation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio book more than the presentations because of the way the narrator used different voices for the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is a classic, there is nothing not to like here.


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

    No


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

    The Hobbit.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 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
    (5993)
    Performance
    (5583)
    Story
    (5583)

    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"
    "Amazing Book"
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    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    The thing I loved best about Redshirts is how it takes the story of the most killed characters in the science fiction genera and brings them to life. This is the story of the characters you never hear about but see in every episode. The narration is excellent and I loved the comedic parts of the story overall.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters, I felt really attached to them, they were really believable in the way that they acted in the story.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil does an amazing job of not just reading, but putting the emotions into what he reads. He is able to convey the emotions of each character and it is easy to tell what character is speaking based solely upon the way that he portrays each of them.


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

    I think the ending was the best, in the way that it tied the entire story together in three parts.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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