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  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "Not for the Casual Reader"
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    This novel is primarily about the personalities behind quantum theory rather than the science itself. When the author does tackle the subject he quickly becomes arcane and obscure. He does not possess the ability Stephen Hawking has for explaining a complex subject in a manner easily understood for the lay reader. That being said the narrator is excellent and possesses both a clear voice and a sense of captivation in the subject he is reading. This in itself makes the book work the trouble for me. But I would not recommend anyone waste their credit or money unless they are steeped in the arcane knowledge of the quantum world.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (837)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Surprisingly Great Read"
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    Where does 600 Hours of Edward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top 50. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edward, who suffers from aspergers and OCD. It is fascinating and touching to see into how he sees the world and how he tries to make sense of it.


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

    He embodies many of the characters very well. Specifically, his voice when he is portraying Edward is montone, clipped, and factual. It reflects Edward's world view perfectly.


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

    Not at first. Because this was listed as one of the Daily Deals and had good reviews I decided to try it. It isn't a standard choice. However, it wound up being a great experience and I recommend anyone, no matter what genre you prefer, give it a try.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (910)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Outstanding"
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    What did you love best about Unwind?

    The author did not take the easy road and blame one philisophical/political perspective but created an intelligent, real-world approach to how something like unwinding could be made legal. The outrage the story created in me made it very easy and exciting to listen to as I wanted to know what was going to happen to the 3 main characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lev because of how he changes in the story. He literally went from being a character I hated to the best character in the story (in my opinion). His transformation through experiences was well-written.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels is awesome. I've listened to him in the Iron Druid Chronicles and, as usual, he is great here. He is capable of becoming the characters so effectively, be they woman or man, that he brings them to life. He also adds a sense of gravity to tragic moments, such as when one of the characters is unwound. The process, as it is described in the book, is horrible and still haunts me.


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

    Unwind, Because Every Child Deserves a Second Chance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1275)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Totally Fun to Read"
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    Where does Bloodsucking Fiends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very memorable. It's in a league all it's own as it puts the vampire horror genre on it's head with humor and the pseudo-angst we all sometimes create in our lives. In laughing at the characters we also laugh at ourselves.


    What other book might you compare Bloodsucking Fiends to and why?

    In the same category for me with the Zombie Fallout series, though this is more light-hearted and fun.


    What about Susan Bennett’s performance did you like?

    She did great. By far the best female narrator I have ever listened to as she captures both the female perspective and the male perspective very well and with obvious humor.


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

    It made me laugh. Just the way the author turns some of our foibles into humorous anecdotes and the way the narrator acts out those anecdotes made them priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to read a lighthearted and humorous horror novel (a unique experience in itself) try this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1102)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Awesome!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was fast-paced and exciting. I enjoyed the way the author tied in different dangers from past books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Zero?

    The subway scene with the walkers.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Joe Ledger, of course.


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

    "The seven plagues were only a warm-up."


    Any additional comments?

    All too often writers neglect to describe the impact of killing on the psyche. Maberry really makes you feel and understand the pain the characters go through in doing what they do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7544)
    Performance
    (7157)
    Story
    (7176)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Oustanding!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Words of Radiance to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The narrators provide a better sense of personality development by the way they choose to define the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shalan. I like her sense of humor, especially considering the horrible experiences she's had in her past. I also like that she chooses to be her own person and not let others define her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kaladin facing the assassin in white with all the powers of a Knight's Radiant.


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

    I have no idea. I would say the name of the novel is good enough - Words of Radiance.


    Any additional comments?

    So far I am very impressed with this series. Mr. Sanderson combines just enough elements in each character to make them complex beings with aspects of personality you can both like and dislike. Even with "bad guys" he provides an explanation of their perspective detailed enough where you can at least empathize with their position.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Mortal Dictata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer.

    WT Wizard says: "Read Order update. 2014"
    "Outstanding Conclusion"
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    What made the experience of listening to Halo: Mortal Dictata the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way Karen Traviss has characters deal with moral issues and tragic experiences. She was at her best in this novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that there was no clean "happy ending". It was more consistent with real life and how messy it can be.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    How he changes his pitch and accent to identify different characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Naomi remembering her abduction & how it affected her dad.


    Any additional comments?

    Higly recommended with an ending I did not anticipate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Quest of Heroes: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (295)

    A dazzling new fantasy series. A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

    Samuel says: "Hackneyed, *and* repetitive"
    "A Blatant Copy of movie Excalibur"
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    Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Wayne Farrell?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Morgan Rice again?

    Yes; he does a good job conveying the feelings of each character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book is a blatant copy of the old movie Excalibur. As such there would be no reason to make a movie of this novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

    Scott says: "A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis"
    "Independent View of Audible Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think anyone who wants to hear the Democratic view of the current state of things should listen to this.


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

    The writers tend to be a bit biased. They point out how party politics dominates Republican decisions yet seem to gloss over how Democrats are guilty of the same. However, the description of the book made it clear that this was coming from a Democratic party perspective and never pretended to be objective so I can't fault them for it. As long as you are aware of the bias intrinsic to the book I think it conveys some good information as to how the Republicans seem to operate. Just keep in mind that Republicans assuredly have a different view of their own motives as well as the motives of the Democratic party. Both have their rhetoric and try to demonize their opposite.


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

    Nope. He has a clear, soothing voice for this topic. Very easy to listen to.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I would say that it is interesting how it appears that many in the Republican party are willing to let the country crash and burn for the sake of their political party. I have long suspected this on my own, especially when Obama became president for the second term. However, to be given concrete reasons makes the reality of this more alarming.


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows just how polarized our country has become. Most Independents tend to be silent but I feel that it is important to voice an opinion. Though I believe that what is said about the Republican party in this book is true, I have also read a conservative-leaning book called A Patriots History of the United States and it was just as effective at demonizing the Democratic party while glorifying the Republican party. Ultimately I think it wise to believe the worst in both parties while being skeptical of their self-proclaimed best. This allows us to be skeptical of our leaders and not allow them to blind us with their attempts at dissimulation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (707)

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    William T. Katz says: "Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest."
    "Disappointed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character, Takeo, appeared sexually confused to me. His wife, Kaede, was painted as petty and neurotic. I found them both annoying and I could not finish the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I know that I will not read any further works from this author. I felt that his character development left something to be desired.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brilliance of the Moon?

    The indecision in Takeo and neurotic behaviors of Kaede.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure that other readers love this book and I know the writing is excellent. It is just my personal expectations for the characters differed vastly from the direction the author chose to take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3117)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2757)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Not My Cup of Tea"
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    What disappointed you about Swan Song?

    The writing is decent, but there is a heavy religious theme that just got on my nerves for some reason. Other readers may enjoy this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Stechschulte’s performances?

    He's a good narrator. It was the story that was the problem for me.


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

    The story is not bad, but I found the heavy religious theme bothersome. If you don't mind that or are looking for that kind of story then this would probably be very engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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