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Straycat

OTR trucker, WI, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (434)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "1920's gumshoe meets 23rd century spaceships"
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    What did you love best about Century Rain?

    the Narrator. John Lee has a wonderful voice, I could (and have) Listen to him all day.


    What other book might you compare Century Rain to and why?

    I see it as a cross between Casablanca and Starwars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Landing the spaceships on the Eiffel Tower and it's eventual collapse


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

    yes, but I cannot sit that long. it took a couple of days, but I enjoyed it


    Any additional comments?

    Alastair Reynolds is a wonderful writer. not all of his works take place in the same universe, but the are all quite imaginative

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale. The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government - and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship their coolness.

    Paul says: "Great book, but terrible choice for narrator"
    "Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You"
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    What disappointed you about Not Cool?

    the most Not Cool thing about the book, is that at no point do you ever get to hear the author OF the book. He read his first book, The Bible Of Unspeakable Truths.Oh only read the Intro to his second book, The Joy Of HATEand Very Not Cool, you do not get to hear Gutfeld at all in this book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Gutfeld again?

    If Greg Gutfeld reads it, Yes. if it at least does the intro, maybe. he's still Very funny... but it's not the same as having my belgain house boy (I have three, to quote gutfeld) whisper it into my ear as when Greg does it... which is why I'm getting a restraining order on Greg Gutfeld to keep from from sneak into my house to whisper his books into my ear while I'm trying to sleep.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    this is GREG GUTFELD we're talking about here... so it has to involve booze. and belgain house boys. and his Suzuki samurai, the hot pink Malibu barbie edition...(note: actually that car is only ever mentioned in his first book)


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

    I'd have to say that I was disappointed that Greg didn't read any part of this book. Steve Kramer is good, almost as good as Greg is at reading Greg's material. He could probably easily replace Greg, as a writer, and on his shows. I think that might even be an improvement since then Greg could stay at home with his lovely wife and drink more... until she divorced him. than all Greg would do is drink. hopefully that's all Greg would do is drink, but maybe Greg would take up reading audiobooks again, and that could only be a good thing.maybe even some of his own books.


    Any additional comments?

    for whatever reason Greg Gutfeld chose not to read for his AudioBook "Not Cool" which just goes to show the most UnCool thing about the book is that Greg didn't read it.it's not bad, I've listened to it a couple times now. but it'd be Sooooo much better (and 20% cooler) had Greg read it himself.(if you know gutfeld at all, you will know he has an unhealthy obsession with unicorn porn, or uniporn as he calls it. so I added a pony reference that hopeful greg will read, and be inspired to read his next book, making me like him... Have I mentioned he's really short? no? Penn Jillette does in the introduction to The Bible Of Unspeakable Truths. hell, I bought the bible of unspeakable truths Because Penn Jillette wrote the intro, thats how I found greg. Penns intro was enough for me to buy the first book and greg read it. that was enough for me to buy the second book... greg only read the intro. but that was ok because it was still a good book. I bought the third book, but unless greg bothers to at least read the into to his NEXT book I'm probably not going to buying it)

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  • Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Wayne McGinnis
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (342)

    Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

    Joy says: "Wait for the entire series to come out"
    "if you know the military, this will speak to you"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I would. I grew up in a Navy Familly, so I "Get" the military. what you hear in this book sounds just like the military. Everyone has a certain set of rules... to bad they insist that Their Way is the Only Way and none of the branches of the military can Agree on which way things should get done. It's all just one big pecker competition. Small men with BIG Ego's getting in the way of people that actually have WORK to do.Enter in the main character. he screwed up and got kicked out for doing the right thing. yep, JUST like the military. some boot licker that cannot tie his own shoes gets ahead, but the grunt that actually sticks his balls out on the line to get the bad guy gets the axe because Politics.of course getting kicked out isn't always a bad thing, Like when someone hides an Alien Spaceship under your junkyard...Just a note here, Antimatter Rail Guns should NOT be used on helpless granite bluffs out in the middle of the desert...


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

    I liked the technology. the fact that it's not completely understood and is still being discovered even as the story gets told.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    nope, but I may look up his other works later


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

    I know the Navy. and This guy was NAVY. maybe a little less "broom stick up the butt" because he'd been kicked out, but Still Navy. and Navy, you just gotta know when to laugh


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1186)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "I've written better"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I'd bought a different book, that would have been MUCH better


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Thor again?

    not likely. he's too predictable. anywhere the main character Could trip, he did. the bad guy stayed JUST out of reach the entire book, and was only saved at the last moment by Spec Ops that wasn't mention ANYWHERE else in the book.


    What aspect of Armand Schultz’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have given him a book worth reading


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lions of Lucerne?

    I wouldn't have published the book. OR I would have put it in the 'Young Readers' bin where it belongs, because no adult could seriously enjoy this novice attempt.


    Any additional comments?

    I know a little bit about guns... the author seems like he's Talked to people that know a little bit about guns. half the shots his main character misses just because "it's more dramatic that way..." but not realistic. then he turns around and makes near impossible shots just because. the guys as close as you can get to a super hero. Olympic Athlete, Navy Seal, Secret Service Agent, and more than a little paranoid, not to mention too macho to back down and NOT cause a fight with fellow agents.

    real life doesn't work that way. and Brad Thor's main character is pushed beyond believability. Tom Clancy's characters are REAL, you get them. they could be your neighbors (and that would be Cool!) but Brad Thors main character? he's a Mary Sue. Near perfect at everything but trips and stumbles and JUST misses because it makes for a longer book of just missing and stumbling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4189)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3148)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "you don't know what it's like to be human..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Old Man's War the most enjoyable?

    the wry humor, and the novel form of the CDF forces


    What other book might you compare Old Man's War to and why?

    Starship Troopers, to book by Robert Heinlein. I grew up in a military family, so I got to see a lot of it growing up. this parallels it to a degree, but goes in a completely different direction.


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

    William Dufris sounds Exactly as you expect John Perry to sound. he has a whit and a wisdom to his voice that carries over into his performance


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

    I wanted to. but I'm an over the road truck driver and can only listen in spurts and shorts.


    Any additional comments?

    you do not know what it's like to be human, until you aren't anymore. there is one part of this book where the main character, John Perry, talks about missing his dead wife. missed being married... that broke my heart as I am divorced against my will. I know EXACTLY what he meant. my ex-wife isn't dead, but the woman I loved is gone just assuredly as John's wife was. I cried so hard, and was heart broken all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1557)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "listening to Carney Trash better than you'd expect"
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    Would you listen to God, No! again? Why?

    yes, Penn Jillette is amusing. he tells stories pertaining to his subject matter, and a lot more that only have to do with the people around and how they live without "god". he has a great speaking voice and betrays his New England Mass-hole-chuttes origin with every breath he takes.

    his asides and rambles make more sense than most peoples direct points.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Penn Jillette swear. I mean he swears a lot, a whole cosmic f*cking sh*t ton! but he doesn't swear JUST for the sake of swearing. he swears as part of the act. it's not uncommon for Penn to go whole paragraphs without swearing, but you know that when he does, it's to make a point (That and he loves talking about Tits. Boobs, Melons, Tatas, Breast!)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the vomit commit, the roller coaster airplane ride that NASA has


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

    listening when Penn describes the death of his father


    Any additional comments?

    as with his magic show, so with his books. Penn gets to talking and you miss the illiusion part of the show, and you get the point anyway.

    There is no god, but Penn Jillette is funny as fucking hell.

    (don't miss the part where he drops his penis in to an overheated blowdryer, it'll bring tears to your eyes)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
    "not an audiobook for Atheists."
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    Would you try another book from Geoffrey Chaucer and/or the narrators?

    Chaucer? no. the narrators? yes, they did a great job.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    probably something by Robert A. Heinlein or Penn Jillette


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    one of the narators was John Lee. I LOVE John Lee, I love his voice, I love his range, I love how he brings what he is reading to life. John Lee's reading of Alistar Reynolds books is what made me buy this audio book. and the first Canterbury Tale, the Knights Tale, was almost all I could have hoped for!the other narrators do a good job as well. but the subject matter started to turn my stomach.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Canterbury Tales?

    this is a hard question to answer. it's well written and translated from ye olde french to modern English. the flow and the prose are acceptable, even as gruesome and gossipy as the stories get, that is not my problem.I am an Atheist. I was in training to be a priest, until I actually started to READ the bible. then I read other versions of the bible... if the bible is the Literal Word Of God, why the hell are there so many different version? and why are there so many religions Based On The Same God?Had Chaucer not invoked "the one and only true Christian God" so dam much, I would have enjoyed this book. the performances are excellent, the prose, flow and rhyme are very well done. I have no issues with thee's and thou's and inasmuch's.


    Any additional comments?

    from a historical perspective, this is a good book. but Every Freaking time they mention "GOD" it makes me wanna puke just a little bit more.it is kind of like having a ladies husband walk into the room just after you start making love to her, it ruins the mood when she starts lying that she did NOT invite you in, she did Not wear her best teddy for you, and her husband isn't willing to listen to your counter arguments...not that I have that problem very often, I'm just using that as an example of how constant repeated references to an imaginary friend take me out of the story and make it hard to enjoy.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Z on Scoring: How to Pick Up, Seduce, and Hook Up with Hot Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Zdrok
    • Narrated By Victoria Zdrok
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Dr. Z grounds her methods in scientific research and field-tested facts, using her years of experience in academia and as one of the world's most popular models to formulate a seduction manual complete with all the secret, sure-fire tips men have always wanted to know (and women hoped they would never find out).

    Geoffrey says: "Pretty good for a naked lady"
    "Doctor Z, on how I can never score"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no/ the information she provides in this book is factually accurate, I might ask someone else to read it, her accent is a little hard to understand at times.


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

    learning what REALLY turns women on... and discovering I don't have it at all >.<


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Victoria Zdrok?

    Daryl Hannah


    Was Dr. Z on Scoring worth the listening time?

    yes. I learned all the things I cannot change to get women interested in me.


    Any additional comments?

    somebody just shoot me now. forget scoring with Hot Women, I cannot even score with below average women!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (512)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "sub-par zombie story"
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    What would have made Married with Zombies better?

    the writer of this book is not only obviously female, but she has a very low opinion of the male half of the human species. while her heroin is hand-to-hand fighting zombies that are trying to eat her flesh (because the heroin obviously doesn't have any brains) her husband stands by for long minutes at a time doing nothing and saying nothing, only to bungle, trip, or scream like a little girl.

    while I could see two very liberal pacifists reacting to the zombie apocalypse in a fashion such as this, I highly doubt two people so ill equipped to handle conflict surviving long enough to get out of town, left alone escape religious zealots practically indoctrinated with violence and fanatical devotion to a messiah-like leader (whom of course goes to meet god in a very direct and bloody fashion)

    Maybe my conflict resolution system isn't as nuanced as pacific rim inhabitants, maybe I am not cultured enough to enjoy the subtle play on words with the therapist, or maybe I'm not open minded enough to understand the near incestuous relationship between the slob next door neighbor and his live-in girl friend...

    or maybe this book was written by someone trying to appeal to a more feminist side of the zombie apocalypse preparation crowd.
    if you happen to be a feminist zombie apocalypse preparer, then you will enjoy this book.
    If Not, then I don't think you will enjoy it nearly as much.

    If this was the authors first published works, I could see VAST areas of improvement that could be made, and would look forward to a maturing of her works.
    sadly, this is not likely to happen without a LOT of negative feedback

    Cassandra Campbell, who narrates this book, does a wonderful job bringing the story to life. I only wish she had better material to work with than this highly predictable, jerkily paced, grade school quality work of man-bashing.

    for $10 I can get a LOT more entertainment from a children's book, which will most likely have a better plot line.

    the bad: highly predictable, male bashing, very bad racial and gender stereo types, uneven pace, wooden characters you never really connect with, the 'drama' isn't even as believable as day-time soap operas, a novice effort at best.

    the good: there are zombies in it, and some really cardboard characters get fed to them before the zombies get dead again. oh, and I almost fell out of my seat ONCE when the zombies were playing the slot machines.

    in conclusion: if you wanna waste 6.5 hours of your life with feminist zombie bashing and have $10 or a Audible credit burning a hole in your pocket, it'll fill a void in your life.
    if you favor plot, believable characters, realistic zombies, and know anything at all about guns... save yourself the money or credits and look for a book written by a better author. I'd be happy to suggest a few hundred if you like.


    What could Jesse Petersen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    What would have made this a more enjoyable book for me? if the author actually bothered to learn anything at all about zombie apocalypse preparation, taken at least a gun safety course, or if she had indulge her readers by actually taking a creative writing course so she could learning to write before trying to waste our time and money with this junior high effort.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the ONLY scene I liked was the old granny zombies playing slot machines in the casino


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

    I did not care for the constant feminist male-bashing. the racial stereo type of the only Asian in the book living over a Chinese buffet that her family owned and ran from a closet sized apartment. the feminist gender stereo types of all men being evil mean and cheapskates, being religious zealots and rapists, or being fat ugly undead trucker zombies in casinos.
    And those are only my Politically Correct objections!
    my NRA-loving objections involve her complete and total LACK of knowledge regarding the very tools she pretends to understand, and seems to only include them because every zombie apocalypse story HAS to have guns in them.

    from a literary standpoint, I wrote better stories in high school than this, and I have had 20 years of reader feedback to show me where I need to improve, where I have improved, and what genres I am best writing in.


    Any additional comments?

    if you have 6 hours to kill and want to hear about some zombie bashing, you couldn't do much worse so don't blame me if you feel like you wasted $10, or a credit.

    I want those 6.5 hours of my life back.

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