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Rick

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Digging Leviathan: Narbondo, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James P Blaylock
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Southern California - sunny days, blue skies, neighbours on flying bicycles ... ghostly submarines ... mermen off the Catalina coast ... and a vast underground sea stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Inland Empire where Chinese junks ply an illicit trade and enormous creatures from ages past still survive. It is a place of wonder... and dark conspiracies. A place rife with adventure - if one knows where to look for it. Two such seekers are the teenagers Jim Hastings and his friend, Giles Peach.

    Rowan W. Smith says: "Blaylock is a marvel"
    "Waisted money."
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    What disappointed you about The Digging Leviathan?

    The story was convoluted and seemed to wander without seeming to go anywhere. The narration was like listening to a bad old gangster movie. Don't wait your money.


    What didn’t you like about Chris Ragland’s performance?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I stopped listening to any book I have purchased. I just couldn't stand listening to the narration any longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Song of the Dragon: The Annals of Drakis: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Once Humans had a magical alliance with Dragons. Now they and the other races have been enslaved by the Rhonas Empire – the elves – and can’t even remember the world the way it used to be. But thanks to the intervention of one determined dwarf and the human slave warrior known as Drakis, all of that is about to change.

    Cheryl says: "Unique plot line and great read"
    "Difficult to understand."
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    Would you try another book from Tracy Hickman and/or Phil Gigante?

    I have read a few books by Tracy Hickman and this was the hardest book to listen to that he has written. While I won't give up on Tracy, this one didn't work at all. The narration didn't help either.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one that I would like a refund for. I hate thinking that I've waisted a credit on something this bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wreck of The River of Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael F. Flynn
    • Narrated By Dave Giorgio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In the days of the great sailing ships in the mid-21st century, when magnetic sails drew cargo and passengers alike to every corner of the Solar System, sailors had the highest status of all spacemen, and the crew of the luxury liner The River of Stars, the highest among all sailors. But development of the Farnsworth fusion drive doomed the sailing ships and now The River of Stars operates in the late years of the century as a mere tramp freighter among the outer planets, and her crew is a motley group of misfits.

    Randal says: "Well crafted & Poignant"
    "Painful to listen to."
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    What disappointed you about The Wreck of The River of Stars?

    The story failed to capture my imagination and the narration did nothing to invoke any emotional response. It was so difficult to listen to I turned it off after I gave it a little over 3 hours to pull me in. I don't like to give bad reviews of any of the audio books that I've listened to and I have always finished the entire book before I decide wether I liked it or not. Not this time. I do not think I will purchase another audio book by this author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian War: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Alien Invasion as Reported by Mr. H. G. Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H.G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

    Amazon Customer says: "A treat for all H. G. Wells fans."
    "A different slant on a very good story."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first. The characters were well developed and the pace of the story was ok. I have read other Kevin J. Anderson book and sometimes he really hits the mark and other times he misses it. This book fall in between a hit and a miss. I did like the Victorian style of thinking about science. The images put forth in the book harkened back to the silent films of the turn of the century. I though the narration was good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hammer and the Blade: A Tale of Egil and Nix

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    So here’s the plan: Kill the demon, steal the treasure, and retire to a life of luxury! It sounds easy when put like that. However, most unfortunately for warrior-priest Egil and sneak thief Nix, when the demon they kill turns out to have worshippers in high places, retirement is not an option. A wonderfully fast-paced fantasy adventure redolent of the classic tales of swords and sorcery, from New York Times best-selling author Paul S. Kemp.

    Adnan says: "4 stars standard sword and sorcery fantasy"
    "Great adventure"
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    If you could sum up The Hammer and the Blade in three words, what would they be?

    I had never heard of this author or the narrator. What a pleasant surprise this book was. As with any new story it took me a few minutes to figure out what was happening. The action started and I was hooked. The narrator did a great job with the different character and I didn't have any problem knowing who was talking. The overall story was very good and the author kept things moving. I look forward to the next adventure.


    0 of 1 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
    (5926)
    Performance
    (5522)
    Story
    (5521)

    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"
    "Great"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Redshirts to be better than the print version?

    I could not wait for this book to come out. For anyone that is a fan of Star Trek the original series this book is for you. It's not connected with that great show, but it's easy to see where the ideas came from. It was a lot of fun. Best of all, it went in a completely different direction that I anticipated. I was not disappointed at all. If you listen to this book, place you tongue firmly in your cheek.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Witch: Three Novellas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Stephen Coonts weaves three unforgettable tales of men and women at war with the sort of dramatic military action and undercover technology for which he is known. This novella collection gathers these three evocative tales from New York Times best-selling author Stephen Coonts into one cohesive audiobook. Here is Coonts doing what he does best.

    Jean says: "Three airplane stories"
    "Good not great"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea Witch to be better than the print version?

    I have read most of what Stephen Coonts has written. I was looking forward to this when I first heard about it. While it's not the best he has written but it was not bad. The narrator was very good. The stories were different from Stephen's past efforts. I was hoping for more. Still I would recommend this book to any of Coonts fans.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By David Niall Wilson
    • Narrated By Aaron Shook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Leon flies a crop duster. He also drinks a bit, and so he figures he'd better find a place outside of town to take off and land, just to avoid investigations. He stumbles across an abandoned government airfield deep in the Great Dismal Swamp, not far from Old Mill, North Carolina. He also discovers a lot of barrels filled with something - and being the paranoid type - eventually he starts to worry they'll find him with those barrels, and it will be trouble. He decides to get rid of it by "dusting" it over the local fields. Who will know?

    Rick says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    What would have made 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky better?

    I enjoy short stories. I did not really enjoy this one. I'm just glad I didn't spend much for it. The story went nowhere and then didn't pay off in the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1066)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Well worth the cost"
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    Would you listen to American on Purpose again? Why?

    This is a amazing story of a journey taken by my favorite late nite talk show host. It was made even better since Craig Ferguson read it himself. I am recommending this book to my friends.


    What about Craig Ferguson???s performance did you like?

    He was great. This book would not have been as much fun to read if it had been read by anyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnought

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure, but that's just the beginning.

    Eivind says: "Mercy Lynch: nurse extraordinaire"
    "Love big steam engines?"
    Overall

    If you are a fan of steam engines, strange mechanical devises also powered by steam and a rip roaring adventure, then this book is for you. Don't care much for those things, then this book is still great fun. The story moves ahead like a runaway steam engine. Hang on for a great time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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