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Mark

Westminster, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (522)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Very funny but in small doses."
    Overall

    Stephen Colbert is very funny. But as with most comedic writers I can only take it in small doses. If you like nonsensical humor grab a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starswarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

    L. says: "Genius"
    "I would read It again, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good story and is good Sci-Fi. You could say the science is dated but heck, we were supposed to have flying cars by now too!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jerry Pournelle? Why or why not?

    Love Pournelle! He knows his Sci-Fi. Don't listen to people that say he pushes his politics in his stories. Everyone who has EVER told a story includes their own opinions.


    Did Lloyd James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't like this narrator. Lloyd James reads well but every character sounds the same.


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

    Good story but I could wait until the next day to start listening again.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes I would recommend it but with warnings. I hate a story that takes me through 250 pages just to wrap up in 5. Don't take 10hrs to tell a story just to wrap up in the last 15 minutes.

    A quick ending just leaves me with the feeling that author asked his teacher

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3324)
    Performance
    (1951)
    Story
    (1969)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Classic Sci-Fi Built on Hard Science"
    Overall

    Don't pay attention to the reviews talking about "dated" technology. If that was a point to separate a good story from bad anything over three years old would be a "bad" story.

    This story was written 35 years ago. Of course technology has advanced! When a character has a "pocket computer" it's not a smart phone it's a scientific calculator!

    The voice talent is not spectacular but good enough.

    This is a classic sci-fi story built on solid science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (738)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Colin says: "Existential leavings"
    "No daisies here"
    Overall

    Cormac McCarthy is an awesome story teller. Richard Poe is absolutely wonderful as the narrator.

    Some authors are predictable in that you KNOW certain characters will not end. I cringe (in a good way) when I read McCarthy because he will end any character, anytime. Sometime in the most unthinkable way possible. Other times, nice and neat.

    Dark, depressing, and violent. Not for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsiders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (326)

    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    A User says: "The Outsiders"
    "Great "classic" story"
    Overall

    What a great story. Stories should be told and passed down through generations. This is one of those that every human in any country in any language can relate to. Hinton tells this story very well. It's about growing up and dealing with some of the problems we all had.
    This book should be on the "must read" list for every young person in our country.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5984)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2608)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Trust me, listen to this story!"
    Overall

    If you only had one credit left use it on this story.

    Cormac McCarthy is NOT your typical writer. The Road is NOT your typical 3 act play. It is gloomy, depressing, and will leave you flat. But it will make you think.

    What would happen if...? How far would mankind fall? How bad would things have to get before we gave up.

    Don't start this this story thinking there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and you'll "be OK."

    The reader, Tom Stechschulte, is very good. He's read other Cormac McCarthy stories to us and in his own slightly peculiar fashion adds buckets of feeling and intensity.

    I sat in my truck, in my driveway for 20 minutes after my drive home just to finish this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (1371)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (812)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "A great listen."
    Overall

    If your looking for a fast paced, "slice and dice", "shoot out at the last planet in the universe" story look else where.

    This story, however, is chock full of "the more things change the more they stay the same" predictions.

    The reason for The Forever War was somewhat predictable but Haldeman's guesses about how things may change in the years to come are plausible.

    The narrator added much to the story. He paced it very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7294)
    Performance
    (4308)
    Story
    (4340)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Wow! Talk about a page turner!"
    Overall

    What a super story! Put this selection on your Wish List!

    If you're a geek you'll like the tech. If you're not a geek but you can spell PC you'll appreciate the tech and like the rest.

    The action is really well done. The characters are believable. The government bureaucracy is typical.

    Jeff Gurner (narrator) is really very good. Some of his character voices sound a little fake (cartoonish) but still very good. He's a narrator I'll look for in further selections.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (337)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Interesting but not very compelling"
    Overall

    Crichton writes topical stories that try to make you think about where we (mankind) are going. I really love most of his stories but this one left me a little bored. I kept waiting for the "now that's really cool" kicker but it just never came.

    The narrator (Dylan Baker) was uninspired. Every young person character had a "Valley Girl" twang. After a while I couldn't tell them apart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Writer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

    Jim says: "What a HUGE Surprise!"
    "It was OK"
    Overall

    For the most part, this was a good story. Some parts moved slow while other times it just clicked right along.

    Most of the plot lines seemed obvious but a couple were "didn't see that coming!"

    Other reviewers said they couldn't finish it. By no means would I agree.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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