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Rudy

Corpus Christi, TX, United States

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  • 105 titles in library
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  • Machine World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4681)
    Performance
    (4322)
    Story
    (4308)

    In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

    D says: "McGill's Way"
    "Hard to believe but entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The more BV Larson books I listen to the more the characters of Kyle Riggs and McGill seem to be the same person. The big difference between the two is that while Riggs is the leader who uses his mind to manipulate and triumph over his enemies, McGill is stuck as a low man on the totem pole who continually has to fool, and handle his superiors and friends . Unfortunately, this formula becomes harder to believe with each new book. How many times would a superior officer allow a man to lie, be caught out in part of the lie, and remain an active member of the unit?

    The action in the story is good but not as engrossing as it was in his previous books. The story is entertaining but hard to believe. At one point in the story an antagonist is thwarted and pops out of the system in a ship and returns the next day with resources and supplies that apparently were just hanging around if his first plan failed.

    Mark Boyett does a good job of narration. His character voices allow the listener to easily determine who is who. He emotes scenes well enough to keep your interest in a story that is not totally coming together.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ables

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scott
    • Narrated By Jeremy Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1903)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1785)

    It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider.

    javion says: "The reading was way too fast! I love this book."
    "Okay story. Crappy narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is mediocre. Scott's story sufferers from some plot holes, really large stretches of narrative logic that don't come of as polished. This said, the story wouldn't have been too bad except for the crappy narration.

    Scott's narration is just horrible. It is so wooden and apathetic that it is hard to get into the story. He speeds through elements of the story that need emphasis, doesn't give very much character to each person's voice, gives no emotional inflection to a supposedly heartbreaking scene so it comes off dead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30544)
    Performance
    (28213)
    Story
    (28214)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "FLEETWOOD MAC"
    "Good story that fails at the end."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author's prose is really beautiful in the description of a moment. The problem was that I was not able to keep my suspension of disbelief. The plot points toward the end of the book, especially in regards to the main revelation of the "uniqueness" of the protagonist, are sloppy. What is described as a special series of events that leads to the big reveal could or probably should have happened at the beginning of the story, but then the story wouldn't have happened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37572)
    Performance
    (30318)
    Story
    (30573)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sumit G. says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Felt forced"
    Overall

    Couldn't really get into this as much as I had in the other two. Not because of it's darker mood but because the events felt disjointed and not very polished. Plot points were either rushed through or handled untidily. My overall feeling was of apathy for the characters and their situations.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14126)
    Performance
    (11823)
    Story
    (11848)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Amazon Customer says: "As good as ever!"
    "Nearly Pitch Perfect"
    Overall

    The story is very reminiscent of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series in its tone. The reader's voice is pitch perfect for most of the characters. Neil Gaiman's touch is evident in the plot and some of the characters while Pratchett's voice is evident in the dialouge and the more whimsical elemts of the story. Over all an enjoyable listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden City: The Fourth Realm, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (359)

    Struggling to protect the legacy of his Traveler father, Gabriel faces troubling new questions and relentless threats. His brother Michael, now firmly allied with the enemy, pursues his ambition to wrest power from Nathan Boone, the calculating leader of the Brethren. And Maya, the Harlequin warrior pledged to protect Gabriel at all costs, is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.

    Martin says: "Didnt feel like the end of the trilogy"
    "If you started the series, ah well..."
    Overall

    I was impressed with the imagination of the author in respects to his approach to spirtuality in all of his novels. His story telling had a very natural rhythm in the first two novels. Twelve Hawks' story telling reached a high in The Dark River. Plot points seemlessly flowed and felt very real and organic. Unfortuantely, The Golden City, while expanding on some great ideas on the spiritual planes fell short in the story telling dept. It had the feel of an author that was rushed, heavily edited, or lost intrest in his own storyline. The resolutions to the conflicts are barely believeable and utterly unsatisfying. The Golden City is not a bad read, just an extremely dissapointing ending to the story arc created in the first two novels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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