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Kenneth

Elk Grove, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1683)
    Story
    (1692)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "Even better than the first one."
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    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Patriots the most enjoyable?

    I most enjoyed that the world Peter Clines has created seems like a real world with superheroes instead of a comic book world. The dangers of the main characters are exciting and it keeps you on the edge of your headphones to see how it all plays out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Peter Clines does an excellent job with his transitions between the current timeline and the flashbacks to not only accentuate the drama but it helps with revealing surprises in a very timely manner.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    The Mighty Dragon, Stealth, and Sergeant Freedom were my favorite characters.


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

    The end of the world was just the beginning.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10317)
    Performance
    (9608)
    Story
    (9610)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "This is, by far, the coolest adventure story!"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    My childhood and all the things I loved given to me in one great adventurous Easter egg hunt in a cyber universe I can't wait to play in.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    None compare...but in the Virtual Reality genre I would say Snow Crash. The distopian future and clever adventure hooks, the well thought out and loveable characters, and the sheer badasserie of the Metaverse would somewhat compare to Ready Player One. As far as story though the books are not that similar.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil Wheaton brings Wade's sarcasm and characteristics to life so well that I don't think I would have done him justice in my head.


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

    How far would you go to find an egg worth 250 Billion dollars?


    Any additional comments?

    If you were born between 1970 and 1978, and consider yourself a geek this is the book you MUST read. If you think you know a lot about the 80's then you haven't met Wade Wilson yet. I cannot describe the absolute joy I had in listening to this book. I've listened to it 3 times since I downloaded it because it is so much fun to be there with Wade and his friends in their quest for the largest treasure hoard in history. From the old Dungeons and Dragons games, to the first home video game console you owned (Pong and Atari 2600 for me), to all the songs and movies you loved from the 80's (and a lot you were unaware of), to a glimpse of the future of global communications and interactivity that I can't wait to play, Ready Player One is, by far, the coolest book to come around in the past 10 years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (468)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "The doctor is in but out of his mind."
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    Where does Soon I Will Be Invincible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely among the top 10 of the top 100 books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the evil of Dr. Impossible and the voice acting of Paul Boehmer in that part. He really brought the character to life.


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

    Absolutely...I didn't want to turn it off but there was homework to be done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (525)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Alternate reality never felt so right!"
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    What did you love best about Wild Cards I?

    I'm an old Wild Cards fan. I own all of the books to the series and have loved reading them for years. When I found out that there was an audiobook of book 1 I had to have it and I was not disappointed. Luke Daniels is a great reader of the stories and his voice acting was great. I really enjoyed the new story of Ghost's origin with the Sleeper (Roger Zelazny's immortal character).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Cards I?

    My favorite part was Luke's reading of


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is where the Radical (Mark Meadows) and the Lizard King (Thomas Marion Douglas / this world version of Jim Morrison of the Doors) team up to fight Hardhat during the 60 counterculture movement.


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

    No. Not because it wasn't good but because it's one of my favorite books and I like to savor it like a fine wine.


    Any additional comments?

    If you know of or have been introduced to the Wild Cards shared universe this is a great production of book 1. If you know nothing about it I highly recommend it. It is kind of a Super Hero / Villain in an alternate reality of our world which diverged shortly after WWII into a realistic vision of our world with super powers.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2614)
    Story
    (2627)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Super Heroes and Zombies, what's not to love?"
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    Where does Ex-Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates among my top 20 but I've listened to a lot of audiobooks by the greats.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author combined the two genres without the story feeling forced. It felt like both a comic book and a horror movie. The literary device of breaking the story into current and past time lines works well and helps to develop the heroes. Like any good comic book you need an origin story and this audiobook does a great job of including the heroes origins alongside a compelling story.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I really enjoyed having two voice actors for the reading. It worked to set the female characters apart from the male characters and make each one their own.


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

    For these superheroes the end of the world was just the beginning of their story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like comic books and enjoy a good zombie apocalypse yarn then you will really enjoy this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (601)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Raquel S. says: "Memoirs of a Supervillain turn Superhero"
    "Supervillainy Good Times"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have and will continue to recommend it to friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cal, the main character, is my favorite. He is witty and a true hero amongst posers.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan ’s performance did you like?

    Quality voice acting from both and great use of vocal distortion on some of the characters. Kafer is great in portraying MechaniCal's disdain and frustration over the heroes actions.


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

    Sometimes it takes a villain to save the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Any comic book fan will have a blast listening to this story and treasure it as if it were their favorite comic, I did.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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