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w. kelsch

lakeside, ca United States | Member Since 2014

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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
    (491)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (456)

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Wood Sprites: Elfhome, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Wen Spencer
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world, isolated by their brilliance. Shortly before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They're not alone. Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the famous inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center.

    Mindy says: "In some ways, this is one of the best in the serie"
    "Author needs to make up her mind."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. the story, and the performance are good. the problem is that wen spencer has the writing style meant for teens and young adults, but then tries to put adult things in her books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The two main characters were good. It was funny to listen to them overcoming trials.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorate scene has to be when the two main characters break into the museum.


    Did Wood Sprites inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Again I have a hard time understanding what this author is thinking. This book is written like it is meant for teens, but then she adds adult subjects for no reason. One problem I had was when the twins would think about something and they would swear. Mind these are supposed to be nine year old girls raised in a nice home. I doubt they would be thinking swear words like that. Yes they were smart, but when the author had them thinking like that, it made it more difficult to believe. Honestly someone needs to sit the author down and tell her that she needs to either change her style or leave out the adult content. If she did leave out the adult content, I bet she would have a lot more readers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker: Elfhome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wen Spencer
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour.

    Charlie Russel says: "An excellent fantasy, finally available on Audible"
    "Could have been better without the sex."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The writing style and story were good, just filled with useless sex.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Tinker the most, because her character was cute and funny when confused about everything.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    Tanya did a good job, though I think her talents are more suited for a teen young adult story. I thought that was how this one would be, then POW! major porn like sex.


    Was Tinker worth the listening time?

    Ya, but could have been better.


    Any additional comments?

    Just some background of my state of mind.I am not a prude by any means, and I really don't mind books with a big of love making here and there. However, the author's writing style dosn't fit the content. The book was written more like a young adult fantasy, but then sex thrown in so she didn't fit that catigory. I have listened and read a lot of fantasy, and I must admit this one would be higher on my list of favorates if i could share it with my nieces and nephews. I am starting to see a trend in my books though, and I don't understand why women writers feel the need to add all sorts of graphic sex. Mind I don't mean all, but the ratio is way higher with female writers than male. I didn't expect it from this book series, and it could have been a lot better without. Don't let anyone under age listen or read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When the Bough Breaks: The Empire's Corps, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    The Galactic Empire is dying. In their high towers, the Grand Senators plot and struggle to grasp a larger share of power while on the streets, the poor struggle to survive just one more day. Chaos and anarchy are running through the megacities of Earth, while giant corporations tighten the screws and colony worlds plot to declare independence and escape the Empire's increasing demands for resources. Centuries of mismanagement are finally catching up with the human race.

    Jean says: "A great new series"
    "All history, nothing like the first two books"
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    Would you listen to When the Bough Breaks again? Why?

    Not likely, since it is mostly a history of how the empire fell. It doesn't follow any of the characters from the first books. still it is a very riveting story of how the empire falls, and what happens when people rely completely on government for food and support.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book doesn't really focus on one particular character, but i would say the development of the prince was my favorate thing about the book.


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

    He is good at doing the different voices in a way that makes you forget one person is reading.


    Any additional comments?

    The book reads more like a history book in fictional form.This book lays out all the reasons why the marines in the first two are stranded, and why they must learn to survive outside the empire. The story does have hero's, mainly the prince's body guard,but like I said before, don't expect the story to be focused on one group or person like the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Doug Dandridge
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

    Richard D. Laudenslager says: "Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction"
    "Now that was a horrible reader."
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    What would have made Exodus better?

    A completely different reader. He paused in all the wrong places, and was just so bland in his reading.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the outline of the story is nice, but the execution wasn't that great.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If he didn't pause when there weren't commas or periods.


    Any additional comments?

    boring, couldn't finish mainly due to reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (303)

    Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

    Morgan H says: "Couldn't stop smiling"
    "Gail does it again."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, mainly because Gail is so good at keeping you tied into the story. her humor added to her excelent writing style make for a great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waistcoats & Weaponry?

    The start of the book pretty much had me hooked. the main character shows off her gadgets, and gets through a sticky situation. from there it is none stop sticky, and she is as slippery as a cat covered in jelly.


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    Moira is a great voice actress from what i heard. She made me feel as though each character was seperate, and with thier own personality.


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

    Classy and Sassy meets Spies of a super natural nature.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all of Gail's books so far, and find her a very entertaining author. mind i am a 41 year old male trucker, who was skeptical when I got the first of her Parasol Protectorate series, and couldn't stop listening. I listened to the Parasol Protectorate twice, and even though this series is meant for younger readers, i would listen to it again as well. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Silks

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emma Jane Holloway
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

    Hope says: "well written steampunk with a real plot"
    "Too much of a bad thing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First of all, the story had zero humor. I liked the core storyline, but the author spent far too much time on the whole love triangle, with zero humor between any of the characters. I am used to some of the other steampunk authors like Pip Ballantine, and Gail Carriger who add a lot of humor along with a good story. This book was like listening to a teen girl whining about two boys she liked. The book could have been great with about fifty percent of the love triangle junk removed, and some humor added.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I doubt I'll listen to the rest of the series, since it was just to drab and slow moving. As a man, I don't think I can listen to all the confused love triangle stuff either. I need to listen to one of the other steam punk authors to get back to sanity.


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

    Angele is a great reader, which was one of the only reasons I continued to listen, since the story seemed to drag on and on throughout. Her change of voice for characters is good, and she keeps you hooked well enough to keep the play button going.


    Did A Study in Silks inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, make sure a book isn't mostly a love story, instead of an adventurous steam punk story I was expecting.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother if you are expecting a fun adventure with steam punk. The story just drags and drags, with zero humor, and far too much "oh I love him, or no i love that guy, oh wait I love this guy again." At the end of the story the main character ends up looking like a foolish girl, while the guys are all jerks.Now I don't mind a love triangle, but it seemed as though the book was saturated with confusing little girl thoughts of who she liked or disliked.

    1 of 1 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
    (692)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (641)

    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
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    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.

    Carol Scott says: "good clean, fast book."
    "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
    (281)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (262)

    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

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