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Alan

st george, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (913)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Different"
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    This novel was not at all what I expected. Terry Goodkind's writing style has really matured with this novel, and it is extremely evident. The story line starts in an entirely different direction than where I thought it would and travels a path I didn't expect. While it is clearly a fresh start on a new series I am extremely hopeful as to where it will go from here.

    39 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Josh says: "Great book that up till recently was Kindle only"
    "must listen"
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    this is a must listen. The inspiration of Enders Game is evident. I have read several ripoffs of enders game and they don't stack up. This however does justice to the child warrior saga.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cycler

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lauren McLaughlin
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick, Melissa Strom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    As far as anyone at her high school knows, Jill McTeague is an average smart girl trying to get her dream date to ask her to the prom. But what no one knows, except for Jill's mom and dad, is that for the four days Jill is out of school each month, she is not Jill at all. She is Jack, a genuine boy - complete with all the parts - who lives his four days of the cycle in the solitude of Jill's room. But Jack's personality has been building over the years since the cycling began. He is growing less and less content with his confinement and his cycles are more frequent.

    Carlos O. Arellano Mendez says: "Nice novel, important literary flaws, read it anyw"
    "Great story and amazingly funny."
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    This is one of those books where you see it and go... Holy crap that could be a great story. Like all such books with great plots potential it runs the real risk of being total crap.

    I was really worried when I got the book that it was going to be one of those crap books, to my pleasure it turned out even better than I thought it could be. I finished the book in about two hours and forty five minutes (yay! triple speed) and couldn't stop laughing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (177)

    When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

    Rory says: "Where it all started ..."
    "Great read"
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    This is Heinlein's best Juvenile fiction. If you like Survival fiction this is one for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Damon Vickers
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    We are at a crossroads of immense proportions. Nationally, internationally, and globally, we areliving in a manner that is absolutely, unconditionally, irrevocably unsustainable. Our global economic stability is in jeopardy, our planet’s ecosystems are under attack, and our health is deteriorating. Huge changes are coming whether or not we want them, whether or not we are ready for them. How can we lead the charge to introduce innovations and solutions to meet the inevitable challenges of new kinds of economic forces?

    TX Home Cook says: "Not What It Seems"
    "Fact and Fantasy"
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    The Author does an excellent job laying out many of the reasons we are in the current mess. His solutions however leave a bad taste in your mouth and asking the question "You want to do what?". The solution is a CG (Central Government) on a global scale. After berating the incompetence of governments around the world, after pointing out their numerous short comings, their corruptions, their weakness's, he seriously suggests that the way to fix things is to add yet another centralized political body on top of the currently existing ones. Only this body will somehow be wiser than all the others.

    It is beyond me how someone as intelligent as Damon Vickers can suggest that the best way to decentralize power is to centralize it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Limitless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Glynn
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food.

    Alan says: "I was skeptical"
    "I was skeptical"
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    I was skeptical about watching the movie. We all know the story, great preview, sucks when you see it. After watching the movie however I thought "Wow, not that bad." then I thought hey wonder if there is a book. And you know the rest. Like most books its better than the movie and has a different ending.

    The performance by Fred Berman is excellent and he really makes Glynn's story pop.

    In short. Get it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will McIntosh
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle-class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

    Linda B says: "Misleading! JUST a story about a guy's dating life"
    "I have had better"
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    While the idea was great the execution was (Being kind here) moderate. While the book could have been awesome even as a Soft Apocalypse this book should be retitled bore me.

    I spent several months going back and forth about getting this book. I love Apocalypse and post apocalyptic stories, this was one that I could have done without.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (666)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "like the story line"
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    While one second after is non-christian friendly the same can not be said for Survivors. The story is good the performance of the book is good, but i have to give the overall a three star rating because of the blatant and over the top christian propaganda.

    While some may say the book would be better if JW Rawles went back and deleted all christian references to the book, I would say that the quality of the book would be doubled or tripled if he removed half the reference to Christianity. Frankly as a non-christian it is insulting to have the subtext of the book be "If your not a christian your not a good person and cannot be a good person.". The author would be much better served to follow the C.S. Lewis approach to writing and be more subtle about his flag waving for Christianity.

    In comparison One Second after while it has a great story is heavy on trivial facts, and is much more subtly Christian so that it can be read without you feeling the author is trying to shove Christ down your throat. While Survivor has a lot of great practical knowledge a good story but is constantly shoving Christianity in your face. It would be nice if these two authors could find a middle ground.

    44 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Starfist: First to Fight

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By David Sherman, Dan Cragg
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Stranded in a hellish alien desert, stripped of their strategic systems, quick reaction force and supporting arms, and carrying only a day's water ration, Marine Staff Sergeant Charlie Bass and his seven-man team faced a grim future 75 light-years from home.

    Kenenth D. Rupkalvis says: "Future Marines"
    "I hate when I do that"
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    Any additional comments?

    I despise abridged books i wish I would have seen that before i got it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exiled: Clan of the Claw, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove, S. M. Stirling, Michael Z. Williamson, and others
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    After the extinction asteroid doesn't strike Earth, the dinosaurs keep evolving... but so do the mammals. We mammals have achieved human-like shapes, but now it's cold-blooded, magic-using reptiles against the hot-blooded, hot-tempered descendants of cats.

    matthew says: "Stirling and Ringo one book"
    "ummm... no"
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    What would have made Exiled better?

    What would have made Exile better? Anything. While I love Ringo and Stirling is okay this book was a disaster from the first word.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5184)
    Performance
    (3183)
    Story
    (3210)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Good Read"
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    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe Barret does as always a very good job with the reading of this book. While I don't think I would like the print version as much his performance makes the book pop.


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

    That said... Alright I will admit there were a few tear jerker spots in the book. While there are some who seem to think that the book is conservative propaganda there is actually very little if any politics in the book. The only "political bashing" in the book is directed at both conservatives and liberals for the complete lack of preparation of an EMP attack. I personally do not see how some can label this book as politically "right wing" unless they are offended by the fact that some of the characters are Christians. As an Atheist I personally think the author did a very tasteful job of recognizing the fact that people (if I agree or not) will fall back on religion as a safe haven, and further that there will be nut balls proclaiming this is the end times yatta yatta...

    While I am not sure if the author of the book is a Luddite it is clear beyond any reasonable doubt that he grasps exactly what such an attack on America would mean. I personally love technology and am always looking forward to its advances. However I personally have had this fear since I first understood the implication of EMP at fifteen (eleven years ago). While I hope (i wont say pray because i dont pray) this never happens I would much rather some kind of emergency plan exist and not need it than we need it and it not exist.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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