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Joel

Cedar Rapids, IA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Rise of Nine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Marisol Ramirez
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (630)

    Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others.... I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others - including John. But so are they....

    Christopher says: "Entertaining Story"
    "Every book gets more childish"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A 12 year old who hasn't yet had their parents explain to them how people or reality really interact.


    What was most disappointing about Pittacus Lore’s story?

    I liked the first book. Because of the potential. But instead of utilizing that potential it seems that with every next step the bar is lowered.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Very doubtful. I'm not sure if she harmed the story with her performance, or because she was put in a position of having nothing to work with... but this just gets more awful. Not many books do I find that every time I push pause to do something else do I wish I had that time back.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Waste of time and potential.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Geekomancy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael R. Underwood
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter. When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side.

    Tracey says: "Only geeks need apply!"
    "Narrators voice made me grit my teeth"
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    What did you love best about Geekomancy?

    The story, it's a good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ree. Obviously she's the primary character...but she's fun, witty, sexy, sweet, and something that every nerd wishes the girls he built up the courage to talk to would turn out to be.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Farhat?

    Anyone. Her pitch was just at that level that felt like nails on a chalkboard


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (787)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Olwyn says: "Gasp! Freeze! Repeat. Gasp! Freeze! Repeat."
    "Teen angst with 400 extra services of self doubt"
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    Would you try another book from Tahereh Mafi and/or Kate Simses?

    Probably not, at least not until I hear that her style has matured


    What could Tahereh Mafi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it


    What three words best describe Kate Simses’s voice?

    Young, capable, sophomoric


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One of very few books I couldn't even finish


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The AdSense Code 2nd Edition: The Definitive Guide to Making Money with AdSense

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joel Comm
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Hidden on the Internet, scattered among billions of Web pages, are the clues to an incredible secret. For those who know the secret, the result is untold wealth. Each month, a small group of people put their knowledge of Google AdSense to use and receive four and five-figure checks from Google

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Guide to AdSense"
    "VERY outdated"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Entire chapters of this book are on topics that no longer exist.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Nope


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, but since most is not relevant...


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing at all


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Update the book or stop selling it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (494)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "Needs some adult warnings"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book would help validate the existence of some in-bread back woods militia people.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Ringo again?

    Absolutely, some of his other books are great


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Arthur – was your favorite?

    Mike, the character, is great. The story itself isn't bad, it's just not the type of character I can really relate to


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    When it comes down to the general views of dealing with underworld antagonist, I agree and would do much the same, but when it comes to raping 15 year old girls, etc., I really just was more turned off and thought "this is the kind of guy I'd have no problem putting a bullet hole in myself"


    Any additional comments?

    For adults only

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Figure Second Income: How to Start and Grow a Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jonathan Rozek, David Lindahl
    • Narrated By David Lindahl, Jonathan Rozek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Here are proven methods for building an online income stream. Maybe you dream of making money with an online business, but haven’t tried so far because you’d have to quit your current job and enter the risky world of Internet startups. Or because you think you need lots of capital and way too much time. If these reasons sound familiar, Dave Lindahl and Jon Rozek beg to differ.

    Katrina says: "not quite second income"
    "A bit dated maybe"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    useful info, but got a bit dated (even if just by a few years). still very useful tips and ideas. worth the listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    uh, it ended.


    Which character – as performed by David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek – was your favorite?

    no characters, not a story


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Six Figure Second Income?

    "can do" people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4886)
    Performance
    (4478)
    Story
    (4503)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Story and narration, both awesome"
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    Would you listen to Trapped again? Why?

    I don't usually listen to fiction more than one, so doubtful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Inflection, pacing, character vocalization, all spot on...


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

    Would, but never can...


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (278)

    After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of planet Earth by a rogue planet.

    Colby says: "LOVED IT!! Exactly what I needed in the sequel!"
    "Much better than the prequel"
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    For a book written when it was, this book is astounding with what they did. The book is from the 1930s, written before MUCH of the items "imagined" by the author(s) were in existence. Because of that fact, and with that in mind it's easy to forgive the 'mis-steps,' and see the story for what it is. Though brought back to reality, and occasionally torn from the 'suspension of disbelief' mindset that most of us are good at placing ourselves in when listening to a science-fiction story, it is surprising how easily they are able to keep you in that consciousness. Granted words now considered "taboo" crop up and surprise you, and concepts, even "items" (like a box that cooks food in mere minutes!!!!!!) now thought of as "everyday" are remarked upon occasionally, these just go to cement how "ahead of their time these authors were. Kudos!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17929)
    Performance
    (16222)
    Story
    (16348)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "For the "Hunger Games" crowd..."
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    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Young, predictable, limited


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    Mom showing up


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

    "If you liked the hunger games, you'll probably like this...should be more to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't bad...but it's missing some of the meat that would take this from "tween reader" to "adult reader"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (429)

    A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

    Cynthia L. Walker says: "Still as good as I remember!"
    "Stunning to realize this was written in the 1930's"
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    If you could sum up When Worlds Collide in three words, what would they be?

    So, the problem is two fold: 1) that you continually want to call


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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