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Russell

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  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (606)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
    "Is this a children's book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Maberry and/or Brian Hutchison?

    I did not see in the description that this was a children's book but I certainly felt like it was.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Maberry again?

    Would need to find some to borrow before wasting any more credits


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Hutchison?

    ANYONE


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

    Angry that I used a credit on it


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT GET THIS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FICTION FOR ADULTS! I felt like I was sitting in an elementary school library being patronized by the reader

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kendall R. Phillips
    • Narrated By Scotty Drake
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street. Halloween. Night of the Living Dead. These films have been indelibly stamped on moviegoers' psyches and are now considered seminal works of horror. Guiding readers along the twisted paths between audience, auteur, and cultural history, author Kendall R. Phillips reveals the macabre visions of these films' directors in Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film.

    Russell says: "Some decent analysis if you can stay awake"
    "Some decent analysis if you can stay awake"
    Overall
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    The first challenge that I had with this book was making it past the almost two hours of the author telling me what he was GOING to talk about before actually getting to the content in earnest. The analysis of each work feels a bit stretched. Reminds me of when I was in college and tried to BS my way through a essay by applying small amounts of theory and stretching them in an effort to substantiate my position. The narrator is un-enthused which adds to the pain. Especially grating is the attempt to speak with an Austrian accent when quoting Freud. All in all there are some worthwhile nuggets, but the work as a whole left me feeling 'MEH'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3384)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1795)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Hooked from beginning to end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a fantastic dystopian world inhabited by wonderful characters. I generally get impatient on the really long books but this one had me hooked from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (849)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Major disappointment after waiting for the third"
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    I really liked the first two books in this series and have been chomping at the bit waiting for number 3, but this was a bit of a let down. I understand the need to change from 1st person to 3rd person to accomodate the plot, however either the author REALLY struggles with this change in style or perhaps the third person parts were written by someone else entirely. Almost every basic rule of narrative is broken. Way too much telling and not showing, too much explaining, excessive adverb use and generally awkward and unbelievable dialogue. It just felt like a young aspiring author trying to do 'too much'. There are small sections where he dips back into the familiar first-person journal style and it's like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes. Still worth the listen to see where the story goes, but not as enjoyable as the first two in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under and Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Queen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law-enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.

    Richard says: "Great Listen"
    "Great story, well told & narrated"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book had a grip on me from the beginning and never let go. Amazing content and very well told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1080)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Incredible - worth listening again and again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of On Writing to be better than the print version?

    Hearing Stephen King read this himself. His voice adds so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. His tips are amazing. Understanding his past really makes it come alive.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    It felt like we were having a conversation. Very 'personal' experience


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Inspires me to keep writing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Subliminal Ultimate Wealth, Money & Abundance: Self Confidence Deep Binaural Beats Meditation Sleep and Change Self Help

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Subliminal Hypnosis
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (15)

    This subliminal hypnosis program will open the world of wealth, money & abundance to you. By using subliminal techniques, your subconscious mind will receive subliminal messages that will inspire change, creating an intuition inside of you that knows how to attract wealth. Attracting the things you want and accumulating the abundance you always dreamed of will be easier than you ever thought. All you have to do is sit back and relax, and let your subconscious mind do all the work for you! Don’t wait another day. Today is the all the time you need to start making positive choices.

    Russell says: "Five minutes of content. One hour of fluff."
    "Five minutes of content. One hour of fluff."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Subliminal Ultimate Wealth, Money & Abundance?

    1) Only the second track has the subliminal messages. The rest of if is nonsense. 2) On most players you cannot loop this section as the tracks are downloaded as one big file.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Subliminal Hypnosis again?

    NO


    How could the performance have been better?

    Prorate the charge to 5% of what it is and provide separate tracks


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

    NONE AT ALL


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (525)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Extremely junevile"
    Overall

    Perhaps its the narrator, but our family felt as if we were sitting in a kindergarten classroom listening to this book. My daughters were excited in that they loved the Hunger Games, but this book really did not live up to those expectations. Possibly enjoyable for a VERY young child, but not so much for older children based on our experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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