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I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.

little york, new york United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1071)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "A jarring start, but it quickly gathered pace!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At first this book did not seem to match up with it's predecessor, which despite the well written material made it a little difficult to relate. This initial disorientation was quickly put aside as it became clear how the books in this series meshed together. As this book moved forward i found myself becoming increasingly absorbed into the lives of the principle characters and the world that was being created/recreated. I was especially struck by the scenes revolving around the entry into the silos. As the the story progressed i was impressed by the intricacy with which Hugh Howey had woven seemingly minor details into the grand plots and intrigues that continued to run through the narrative until the last minutes of the story.
    As for the performance i generally preferred it over that of the previous book and felt that the performance was solid overall. I did find moments of confusion when some characters were not as well differentiated from other but overall found the narration easy to follow.
    This book sets up and interesting third book and ultimately did a great job filling in some of the spaces in the previous book, that on first listen this writer did not realize were there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1408)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "An intriguing world with some loose ends."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was initially struck by the confined nature of the world being introduced in this novel, but as i continued to listen the world became infinitely more complex and vast. The broad array characters within this story were each believable and well developed in their various roles regardless of the length of their contributions to the story. I enjoyed the range of perspectives offered beyond those of the main characters and felt that each of these added extra nuance and perspective to the overall story.
    I felt there were some loose ends that were inadequately addressed over the course of the story. I was especially intrigued by the radio contact with other silos that was not addressed at the end of the story and hope this thread gets picked up in the next installment.
    Finally, the narration in this book something of a disappointment at times i found the narration to be screechy and at others whiny neither of which made for easy listening. That being said the narrator did try and differentiate between the characters and this helped with the various characters who were introduced in the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mole: The Cold War Memoir of Winston Bates

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Warner
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Recruited by a foreign power in postwar Paris and sent to Washington, Winston Bates is without training or talent. He might be a walking definition of the anti-spy. Yet he makes his way onto the staff of the powerful Senator Richard Russell, head of the Armed Services Committee. From that perch, Bates has extensive and revealing contacts with the Dulles brothers, Richard Bissell, Richard Helms, Lyndon Johnson, Joe Alsop, Walter Lippman, Roy Cohn, and even Ollie North - to name but a few of the historical players in the American experience Winston befriends - and haplessly betrays for a quarter century.

    Anne says: "An excellent read (listen)"
    "I kept waiting for the finale."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This books was full of great detail and historical interest but I was ultimately left feeling that it lacked any sense of purpose. Perhaps this was intended on the part of the author as a reflection of the characters seeming drift into obscurity but the general lack of suspense or climax made it difficult to maintain interest.
    The narration was solid although here again the mood remained flat and struggled to lift the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (951)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Melinda says: "Heavy Load"
    "Haunting and timely"
    Overall
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    Story

    I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, but found it to be both life affirming and haunting. There were parts of this story that I found to be lighthearted and easy going but just as I started to settle into these sections there were sharp turns that left me pondering bigger questions. There were sections also which given their bleak content proved to be very life affirming and served to highlight the many things that we have to be grateful for in life.
    Perhaps the most troubling part of this audio book was the essay after the book itself, which was read by Tim O'Brien. I this essay O'Brien discusses his ongoing thoughts of suicide and difficulty readjusting to the US after the war. Beyond this though he highlights a very timely theme concerning how we treat veterans and how we may be better able to ease this transition. This essay was written in 1994 but foreshadows many of the difficulties our current veterans are having as they return from wars in Iraq a d Afghanistan.

    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
    (5569)
    Performance
    (5195)
    Story
    (5190)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "So what does happen when the cameras stop?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this book expecting a star trek parody but was pleased to find that it was so much more than that. Although this book focused on a group of "red shirts" and appears for a while to be a simple parody it quickly moves beyond that and in acknowledging its erstwhile source material offers a much more interesting perspective on science fiction television.
    I expected there to be a villain in this story for the first third but as the story unfolded it became rich with interesting detail that built into a much more complicated scenario involving time travel and other machinations that I will not reveal. Needless to say, an apparently simple solution proves much more complex in this well crafted tale.
    There were times when I got a little confused with some of the characters, in part because of the brief role some played, but overall this was well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2822)
    Performance
    (2613)
    Story
    (2620)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "A very festive story ;)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this story in December and over Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed the twist on a festive theme. The characters in the book were vivid and suffered real consequences despite the fantasy theme of the book. I enjoy Kate Mulgrew's narration of this story and felt that she did a nice job differentiating the characters from one another. Her slightly gravely tone offered an a nice touch to the antagonists character.
    I let the story itself did a nice job of raising questions of morality despite it's seemingly obvious good guy/ bad guy premise. There were times when listening to this story when I found myself sympathizing with one of the "bad guys", but when it came to the conclusion I was left in no doubt as to the malevolence of that same character.
    The world created in this story was well crafted and I found myself wondering if there would be more stories from this world as I felt it was rich ground for further exploration.
    At times though the story did slow and I found myself wanting it to pick up the pace. That being said I enjoyed the conclusion and felt the pace picked up enough at the end to not only keep my interest but left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1515)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jeremiah says: "Better Than The Second Joe Ledger"
    "Another solid ledger outing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story which despite some cliches managed to avoid the pitfall of the last book in this series. I felt that Roy Porter continued to do a great job portraying ledger's voice as well as his attitude. Porter also did well presenting the few accents that were required from some of the supporting characters as the story went on.
    The premise of the story saw the return of an old character and and intertwined well with the previous two stories. I was concerned about the introduction of a new female character and was pleased that this element of the story took some interesting twists of it own and did not end up in the bedroom of the hero.
    I felt that the religious theme of this book also added an extra dimension to the typical action thriller premise and gave this book additional intrigue that, when combined with the secret society idea may not be the most original but was developed well so as to leave plenty of room for expansion in later books.
    Overall this was a solid action thriller that kept me wanting more and gave further insight into the world of the DMS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (730)

    Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

    Ben says: "Good. But could have been so much better"
    "A good finale with a few holes"
    Overall
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    So this was the final book of the series and i have to say it was a pretty good ending overall. I enjoyed the story and felt the characters, although woefully underdeveloped carried the story. however, toward the end of the story two of the characters turned and the cause of this was not very clear. both characters dies after being shot but came back as Zombies. I found this somewhat disjointed. Additionally, had the author spent more time expanding some of the alluded elements of his story's world this could have been a much richer story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Ashes: The Morningstar Strain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (873)

    Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.

    Scott says: "The strain continues, for now."
    "Predictable follow up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Thunder and Ashes again? Why?

    This was an enjoyable, but predictable story that failed to fully explore many of the characters and develop all the plot lines fully.


    If you’ve listened to books by Z. A. Recht before, how does this one compare?

    This was a fair follow up to the first book, but had the same flaws as the first book also. The characters were poorly developed and some plot lines seemed to be dead ends or lacked subtlety that may have offered a more complex story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the battle in Lincoln Kansas as it was the onyl significant Zombie action in the book.


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

    I found the moment where the captain remained with his ship to be poignant.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3028)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1209)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "some interesting twists, but formulaic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Camel Club again? Why?

    I would probably not listen to this book again as i found it, despite some interesting twists, to be fairly standard genre fair.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Davis did a good job narrating this story but the frequent musical interludes offered nothing to the overall production.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall not a bad story, but many of the characters and plot points have been seen before. The reaction of the government at the end of the story was, at least I hope, overly dramatic and seemed out of proportion to the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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