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Nathaniel

BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Halo: Contact Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Staten
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Jennifer Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (341)

    It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground, strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

    WT Wizard says: "READ ORDER"
    "Awesome origin story for Sgt. Johnson"
    Overall

    This is a great story of Sgt. Johnson's life before Halo. Also very current events with the insurrection that he's fighting. No Spartans in this one, but it doesn't suffer for that.

    PARENTAL WARNING! You may want to edit out the last five minutes of this story. There's a sex scene at the end. While not very graphic and not unbelievable it's still very obvious what's going on. If you miss it and this is your kid's first introduction to sex, it's not bad either. They actually care about each other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (658)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"
    "Not the hard sci-fi I was hopoing for"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    ** spoiler alert ** I had been hoping for a hard sci-fi book when I started reading this, but didn't really get that. It has a combination of hard and soft sci-fi that didn't really work for me. I also find that I don't really like Rated R sex. It always seems like it's trying to be PG while really wanting to be XXX and so the love/sex scenes were really annoying. I would have been much happier with either PG or XXX. Also the time frame of the stories is hard to get as the characters have unnatural life spans, so even though about a hundred years have passed it really doesn't feel like that since most of the original characters are still around. I'm going to finish the series but only because I have it on audio. I really don't understand the hype that this series got.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (847)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Amber Benson was awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was somewhat underwhelmed by the story and really wish the fact that Unlocked was part of it was much more prominent, but really liked Amber Benson and will have to seek out more books read by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1047)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "Wish it were longer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Felt almost like it was abridged. Many sections that I wish had more detail. Still enjoyed it a lot, but don't know if I'll return.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III may be the son of the brave leader of the mighty Viking tribe the Hairy Hooligans, but he certainly doesn’t feel very heroic. When Hiccup and the other boys his age are challenged to pick baby dragons from the dragon nursery, Hiccup actually manages to catch a small one. But now how will he train his stubborn new pet?

    Susan says: "Not the same as the movie"
    "Watch the movie instead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rarely does the movie exceed the book, but in this case the the movie far exceeds the book. In fact skip the book and just watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4937)
    Performance
    (3712)
    Story
    (3723)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Start reading this one first!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love short story anthologies, but I am bummed that I came to this one after reading 12 Dresden books. These stories take place before book one though book 12, so I would have rather have read these in the proper places among the other books. The start of each book tells you where it should be read, so you have a guide built in, use it! I wish I had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Richard Lustig
    • Narrated By Burke Allen
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    In his book, Richard discusses the ins and outs and dos and don'ts of buying lottery tickets to increase your chances of winning. He has created a method that he and members of his family use that has enabled them to WIN several lottery game GRAND prizes. This is a very easy to use method and will work with any type lottery games (scratch tickets or number games) in any state or country.

    Wendy says: "13 minutes' worth of lottery tips"
    "Half good math, half bogus pseodo math."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All of these methods require an investment to see any possible results. I do really like how the writer emphasizes doing research and that are no guarantees in games of chance. It is also nice to hear the constant warning to not spend more than one can afford, especially with the needed investment to follow the recommendations. What I have problems with is the math. For the scratch tickets, it's sound as all the tickets are printed before anyone buys them so buying in a series will increase your odds and could lead to winning some real prizes. However when he says "Just ask any math professor" about his theories on numbers games, he's flat out wrong and any math professor will tell you that (also his theory doesn't explain even a single winner let alone multiple winners of the same prize). However it is as good a method of choosing numbers as any other, but it won't endow any special advantage over random. Some of his later ideas will increase one's odds a small bit, but not to the levels he proposes. In short the scratch advice seems solid while the numbers has some real and easily discovered problems.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1481)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Loved the book, frustrated by Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    I love post-apocalyptic stories and this was was very good. It slowly unwound, showing us some things that one would expect, but the characters wouldn't know and some really nice twists.


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

    I thought the reader was really good. Nice voices, especially her little kid ones.


    Any additional comments?

    The thing that frustrated has nothing to do with the book, but rather how Audible lists it. I didn't realize there was a trilogy until I did some poking around on the author. I see there is another edition of approximately the same length, but I would have really liked to know about the other two books from this edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Question

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Here is a story that goes beyond space and time. Isaac Asimov takes on a jouney that explores the ultimate fate of the universe, along with the question, what will become of the human race? So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

    Derek says: "I prefer to be read to"
    "Awesome Story, but not actually an hour"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Question the most enjoyable?

    I really wonder if Asimov was an atheist or a deeply religious scientist using writing to explore god & religion. His stories like this one make me think he's very much one way or the other.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Question?

    Really the last line is well built up to and rather perfect.


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

    Well, it was short, only about 35min


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't an hour & eight minutes, it's really just about 35 min.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.

    Ablazah says: "Orgasmic!"
    "Good Book, but perhaps not suited for Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Halo: Silentium?

    Really cool to read what lead up to the firing of the Halos the first time. Also great background on the Didact and the Librarian and another of Halo's iconic characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing to complain about is this book did not really suit itself for audio. I think it would have been even better in print.

    1 of 2 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
    (7030)
    Performance
    (6534)
    Story
    (6535)

    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"
    "Definitely a must for any Star Trek Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far one of the best books I've heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    Keep away from the narrative!


    Did Wil Wheaton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I really like Wil Wheaton, but I had real trouble following at times as he didn't really differentiate between characters and had no voice for women.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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