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Joseph

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  • 6 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Janissaries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. They were cut off in hostile territory, with local troops and their Cuban “advisors” rapidly closing in - and then the alien spaceship landed. Rescued from certain death, they now must fight another world’s war.

    Joseph says: "Superb book now with superb presentation."
    "Superb book now with superb presentation."
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    If you could sum up Janissaries in three words, what would they be?

    Thanks much to Jerry and his Janissaries series. It has been a favorite of mine for decades. I was stunned to see it available on Audible, as Jerry was normally a 'non ebook' hold out. Very few of his works went to ebook format and abook format. So I snapped it up immediately when I saw it available on Audible. Keith Szarabajka's could NOT be topped. He rules in his presentation and reading. Not just a reader, he emotes (I mean that in a good way!) the characters in the book with great skill. I hope Keith will be able to keep on this series, along with the mysterious 4th sequel Mamelukes (Janissaries IV: Mamelukes (work in progress for fifteen years as of 2012).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reluctant Captain Rick Galloway reminds me of our founding father George Washington. Recognizing the truth in developing a society with a know world shattering threat building at the border.


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    Superb!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Swamp Monster Massacre

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Hunter Shea
    • Narrated By Michael Ray Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Deep in the overgrown swamps of Florida, where humans rarely dare to enter, lives a race of creatures long thought to be only the stuff of legend. They walk upright but are stronger, taller and more brutal than any man. And when a small boat of tourists, held captive by a fleeing criminal, accidentally kills one of the swamp dwellers’ young, the creatures are filled with a terrifyingly human emotion - a merciless lust for vengeance that will paint the trees red with blood.

    Kim Venatries says: "Better Than The Title Implies...Give it A Listen"
    "Perfect match of awesome story and narration."
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    Michael has the perfect voice for the main character Rooster. Plenty of action, bodies, and monsters to keep this story going full speed the entire book. Easily one of those 'needs a sequel' books. Would easily rate this on the same ground as Peter Clines 14.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evil Eternal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hunter Shea
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Only one priest can battle the ultimate evil!

    An evil as ancient as time itself has arisen and taken root in New York City. Father Michael, the mysterious undead defender of the Church, answers the call to action from the Vatican, while Cain, a malevolent wraith that feeds on fear and blood, has taken the life and form of the city's mayor and readies a demonic army to ignite the apocalypse.

    Joseph says: "Can't handle narrator! I tried, seriously tried."
    "Can't handle narrator! I tried, seriously tried."
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    Well, can't really say much about the story, as I couldn't handle the narrator. Seriously Hunter, you signed off on that guy? So I gave it a 3/5. The only other thing I can say about Seth is.. "Give me back my milk bottle!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Situation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (355)

    When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath. Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.

    Robert says: "Unique Zombie Tale"
    "Average 'zombie book', nothing special."
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    This is more of a story of a guy who's life changes in a zombie world. Not a zombie book, as no special focus on zombies was uncovered. Just average zombie interaction with a couple explicit-to-shock gross, but silly, scenes. So what's the focus of this story? The plot? It's about the transition of a so-called sociopath into an empathetic survivor who suffers thru the change. Our main characters sociopathic behavior never really proves itself except thru his own words and confessions. Never really proved he was, just eluded he was. Killing a couple of kids, before you graduate high school, doesn't really swing the sociopath stamp-of-approval. Given the opportunity to prove him a sociopath, the author doesn't show it, he just tell us he is. Or rather, Knapp tells us by having Cyrus tell us that he is a mental deviant. Poor story telling.

    The main catch of The Undead Situation, a sociopath in an undead world, runs dry after a couple chapters. Further story development, to continue the arc of 'finding the final home sweet home' to live out life in safety never really develops. It turns into rote character interactions with others survivors, the undead, and the now non-sociopath Cyrus. The remaining story scenes swing between boring and repetitious zombie scene's. I equated it to zombie elevator music. Noise (words) to break the silence while traveling up to the office (prepper's home sweet home).

    What sealed the lid on this tomb were multiple obvious fallacies of the few who have survived the horror. They show themselves ridiculously incompetent. Example, the single town where a contingent of army troops travelling thru at the time of the fall, who secured it, just letting a triplet of out-of-the-blue travelers drive on in. All these travellers in a highly infections world had to do was have a ex-marine gal have a few words and give shake. No, let's not find out why there's a bleeder in the back seat of their Mustang. No, let's not have them physically examined before letting them in possibly the last compounds left on earth. Just a handshake is all that's needed to let them in. Yep, just a few words and a handshake are enough to prove the guy bleeding out in the back seat of the car is not bit and infected. That incompetent survivor camp story bit of writing broke it for me. There were several other more minor but similar sloppy story threads before and after, that makes it impossible to recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hull Zero Three

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms — he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

    A. Alegria says: "very good sci fi thriller"
    "OK story, horrible performance."
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    Don't have a problem with Greg Bear, his stories have been solid. This is the first audiobook if his that I have gotten. Unfortunately I would have to review a Dan Miller book before I purchase another of his readings. His interpretation is overly dramatic and it skews the entire book. Might work for YA's but for SciFi is it way over the top. He seems to want to find a dramatic flair in almost every paragraph. Get over it dude! If you had a director or producer for this, they should be fired. If you didn't, get one. I'm at the three hour mark, and will likely abort the rest and use Audible return-book feature. Sorry I'm trying, we'll see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The Burning Bridge is the story of fleet of ships seeking to colonize a distant planet. The trip is so long that most of the 3,000 passengers are kept in cryogenic sleep. As the fleet approaches the point of no return it receives a short message from Earth which may change everything; but the few that are awake will not have to make a life altering decision for everyone.

    Joseph says: "Great Story, but my ears hurt from the yelling."
    "Great Story, but my ears hurt from the yelling."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the story quite much. Had to get a hardcopy and read it to arrive at this state though. Unforunately PB's reading is horrible. Not a performance, nor a reading, but more like a yelling. Very mono-tone and quite staccato. Only worst production I would place this above would be F Paul Wilson's Sex Slaves production. Make sure to listen to the sample first, as that's about the peak you'll hear.


    Would you recommend The Burning Bridge to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not his audiobook version.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Bottino’s performances?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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