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w. kelsch

lakeside, ca United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Aurora: CV-01: Frontiers Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (391)

    world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

    medicman says: "aint no jack cambell"
    "A decent first book, though a bit adolesent."
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    What did you like best about Aurora: CV-01? What did you like least?

    The general storyline is good and pretty original. I disliked the lack of reality in the space battles. (like starwars)


    If you’ve listened to books by Ryk Brown before, how does this one compare?

    No first time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a scene where the ship pops up in the middle of a battle.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a good, though I think the author lacked the concept of physics. The story writes like a star wars or star trek movie. The space battles and flight are very one dimensional, and they don't take in account speed and time dialation. A ship flying at .8 the speed of light isn't going to see anyting out the viewport, or fire and track laser fire. If he would have made it a bit more realistic, like some of the better science fiction authors, it could have been exelent. I tended to roll my eyes in some of the space scenes and wish the author would have done his homework.

    PS, the later stories in the series are better, though he still is way off reality when it comes to space and time.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Surge: Destroyermen, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (601)

    In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. But time is running out for the Alliance army in India, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. All other plans go on hold when the attempt proves more difficult - and more heartbreakingly costly - than anyone imagined.

    Greg says: "Long in tooth..."
    "Another great addition to the series"
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    Would you listen to Storm Surge again? Why?

    Yes because if have listened to the series several times.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    any one of the cats, he really makes you believe they are a different race.


    Any additional comments?

    not much to say but yet another great one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue: The Bern Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Jennette Selig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.

    But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.

    Dubi says: "The Forced Was With Them"
    "Very teenie bopper."
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    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Jennette Selig?

    Yes, the story wasn't bad but I wish there was a lot less of the does he or she love me or not stuff.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Removed a lot of the teen love story aspect of the book. He could have cut out a lot of the constant blabbing by the main character about her feelings, and just hinted instead.


    Which character – as performed by Jennette Selig – was your favorite?

    she does all well, and I wouldn't mind listening to her again.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good, though there was a bit of young puppy love stuff within. After listening to the rest of the books I understood why the author didn't explain alot about certain parts, because there is supposed to be a mystery behind the whole thing. However, I still felt as though they could have thrown a bit more of a bone to keep me more interested. I was on the edge of not getting the second book by the time this one was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (255)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Almost no dialog and no character development!"
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    What would have made Marines: Crimson Worlds better?

    The book needed a lot more descriptions and dialog.


    Has Marines: Crimson Worlds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from the genre, but from the writer.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He spoke stunted, and the story didn't seem to flow. His tone was completely wrong for certain situations in the story. It was like listening to a guy in his basement tell a story without any guidlines


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

    A major disappointment. The story was lacking almost everything needed to make a story flow and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    First of all, imagine someone sitting down and telling you about their life, and leaving out all the details which make the story interesting. There were other characters, but you never hear any dialog from them, and you never learn much about them other than they are there in the story, but that is about all. The whole book was stunted, because the lines didn't flow with one another. I would hate to see the actual pages of this book because it would only be made up of sentaces seperated into individual paragraphs. Honestly I thought I was listening to a story written by a junior high student giving an outline to a story he wished to write. Sure it was first person, but there should be some dialog between characters, not just this "this happened, and then that happened." I was thinking of that lady in in that adam sandler movie who kept saying "and then, and then,"......"NO AND THEN," I am surprised someone actually published this story as is, because it was lacking in every catigory needed to make a story. A big thumbs down and waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3395)
    Performance
    (2853)
    Story
    (2871)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Typical teeny bopper magic story."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well one thing i have found with certain female authors is that they don't truly understand how a guy thinks. While listening to the story I kept saying,"That isn't what a sixteen year old guy is thinking about." It was because of this very thing that I didn't connect with the character. No normal sixteen year old guy would have acted as they portrayed the main character. Far too much emotion, or far too much like a women would act.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ? Why or why not?

    Yes, but hopefully there would be a little less whining from the characters.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Kevin's performance was one of the highlights of the book. There were parts with the song and the girl singing that i wish they would have just had him read, instead of playing the song, since it was difficult to understand what she was saying in each rendition.


    Did Beautiful Creatures inspire you to do anything?

    uh no


    Any additional comments?

    It was typical of these teen magical sorts of books. Lots of guys thinking nothing like a guy would really think, and too much whining about emotions and so on. It wasn't as bad as Twilight in that respect, but still not something most guys would enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Wyrm Affair: Bannon and Clare, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

    Marianne says: "Moira Quirk Did Well With an Uncohesive Story"
    "very choppy and confusing at times."
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    What would have made The Iron Wyrm Affair better?

    If the author didn't get all fancy in her descriptions. There were times when she would use terms to describe things that didn't make sense. I even rewound the audio to listen again and still couldn't get what she was talking about. also the magic itself was very confusing, and half the time i didn't understand what was going on in her "action" scenes. I have listened to hundreds of audio books, and honestly it took a lot out of me to listen to the end.


    What could Lilith Saintcrow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am sure all the events and their descriptions looked right in the author's head, but they forgot to explain it to the rest of us. Also there needed to be a bit of comedy in the book. none of the characters are enjoyable......at all. Then there was the whole love triangle part between the sorceress and her guard, but it fell flat and had me scratching my head, wondering why. Sure I assume the author wanted to have some sort of triangle of love later, but all of it, every last bit fell flat on it's face.


    What three words best describe Moira Quirk’s performance?

    flat singular voice


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

    It had potential if the author only stopped trying to be so damn fancy with her descriptions, and just tell the story like most the other authors out there.


    Any additional comments?

    I love steampunk, but this one fell so flat that i am not going to bother with the next in the series. if you want a good listen in the Steampunk world get Pip Ballantine's books instead. now that is a male female duo that makes sense and works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3193)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2403)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Story could use less clothing, more steampunk"
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    What made the experience of listening to Soulless the most enjoyable?

    the reader for sure. I have listened to a lot of books, and Emily is by far the best reader i have ever heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's sassy sort of feel. again the writer brings that out in the story as well.


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

    Emily is by far my favorite reader. I first heard her read in real men of genius, and her reading was the only thing keeping me going. this book has a better story, and so it made it that much better


    Any additional comments?

    this book could have been about ten times better with a little less talk about the clothing everyone was wearing and a bit more of the steampunk. it seemed as though she went into detail about the elaborate clothes in every scene. i would say about one fifth of the book talks about what people are wearing which got a bit too much later in the book. more story less clothes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35616)
    Performance
    (26636)
    Story
    (27014)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Another woman who can't write young men."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was really hard to think of the main character as someone i cared to survive.


    Has The Hunger Games turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I wish female writers would ask more men about how they write young men. Sorry but if those guys in the story were real guys, they would have nothing do to with that train wreck, especially a sixteen-seventeen year old. this was the thing that turned me off the twilight books. I almost gagged halfway through the first twilight book, but at least i made it through this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the arena, when things actually happened. the rest was like reading about some teen heart throb show on the cw network.


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

    Boredom, if you are a straight guy, don't bother.


    Any additional comments?

    definitely another book meant for girls. The author gets all the male characters wrong. sorry but guys don't act that way, and would never stay around a girl that is such a train wreck, jerk, and total b-tch as the main character. I was sorry to buy the whole set, and struggled to the end. I hoped for the best, and all it got was worse, and worse. the only plus about the whole story was the reader. To be honest, I thought I was listening to American Idol on steroids, only the contestants die in the end. (Then again, that might make American idol worth seeing. Ha)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4187)
    Performance
    (3111)
    Story
    (3124)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    If you want to listen to a book where nothing good happens, and there isn't one hero to speak of, then go right ahead and listen to this. the stories had a great feel to them and flowed well, but what is the use of listening to a series where things end up worse by the end, without any hope of them getting better? Not to spoil the ending, but come on! it just leaves you thinking, "why the hell did i listen to it in the first place?" the ending reminded me of Empire Strikes Back from star wars, and there wasn't going to be another movie after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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