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Paul

I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (763)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Hard Core Blood and Guts Military Sci Fi"
    Overall

    Great audiobook. Narrator's marine drill sargent voice is perfect for the military sci-fi genre and varies his voice well for different characters. Battles are outstanding. The writer lets the reader do the imagining on much of the aliend world detail, but the soldiering and action are reflective of the author's military experience. Sometimes the story gets a little "jargonny" for the non-vet, but bearing through it should not confuse the average reader in the end. Stories are not so out of touch with today that we can't relate to the equipment and the people. However, it is clearly written pre - 9/11/01, so some lee-way has to be given to the story line when it discussed life without war in 2001 and 2002.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Djinn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Kent Holloway
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

    Squeak says: "An Awesome Fantasy!"
    "The Scarlett Pimpernel of Palestine"
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    Wayne is a friend of mine and I promised him an honest review here. Let me honestly say that if this is one of his first works, we can only expect stellar performances from here on out. He has a very easy to listen to voice. If you like the narration of the award winning narrator, Anne Flosnik, then you will like the pace, elocution and voice quality of Wayne Farrell. They are almost a male/female match set. The Djinn is about the Crusades. Baron Gregory De L Ombre has uncovered a mysterious secret that could enable him to rule the Holy Land. However, the Djinn knows his plans and works to thwart the Baron. It's very much in the style of "Zorro" or "The Scarlett Pimpernel", so the story is a little predictable, but none the less entertaining. One error on the writers part (as I am a geologist). Stalagmites don't hang from the ceiling of caves... they grow from the cave floor. Stalagtites hang from ceilings of caves. It's minor and hardly worth mentioning. Other character side stories involve a knight named Horatio who is friends with the Baron's brother who is stricken with leprocy and his comedic side-kick, idiot cousin and squire Sebastian... You see obvious parallels in the story to Sgt. Pedro Gonzales or perhaps Fray Filipe and Bernardo, from Zorro... The ending is not what you expect. No spoilers. Good story. Great narration. Enjoy! On the narration, Wayne needs a few more voices to his repertoire. He sometimes used the same voice for two different characters, which usually isn't a problem, but the cast of characters is diverse enough to where you'd get a little lost if you resumed the story in the middle of a conversation a few hours later. Not an annoyance or a detraction from enjoyment in the slightest. Good work Wayne!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2027)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Awesome Red Neck Gun Nut Sci-Fi..."
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    Its got zombies, but the zombies are not paranormal. They are living. A virus has infected humanity, eating away the front lobe and turning humans into fast, mean, agressive pack animals. Captain Lee Harden is one of an elite team of soldiers across the country who, during national crisis, move to a bunker to await armageddon or whatever may befall humanity to rise from their bunkers and rebuild the nation with cashes of suplies all over the US. Only Captain Harden comes out early when his main for instructions contact goes dark. For the first book, you are wondering how this plays into the story, but trust me you'll find out. Lots of zombie like action. Lots of post appocalyptic gangs. Great story. Looking forward to the next audiobook in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers. Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home.

    Dan says: "Very Good Series Intro"
    "Yet another great Hellhole story."
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    A futuristic Napoleon fights to defeat a tyrannical monarchy. Great story with lots of intrigue, plots and schemes. This is a book series that both men and women will like. Scotts wonderful voice is like a perfectly paired wine to this meal of a book. Women's voices are believable and not overmodulated. Character voices are well done without going overboard. I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole: Awakening: The Hellhole Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough. Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus.

    William says: "I really enjoy this series"
    "Scott Brick outdoes himself"
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    This is a great new series of books. The narration is superb. The story is captivating. (spoiler alert) - I only wish the writers had not killed off the comedic relief of Vincent and Fernando. They would have been a great pair to spin off in a whole new adventure. However, the writer does an excellent job at presenting technology in small enough amounts so as to not completely lose the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12124)
    Performance
    (11012)
    Story
    (11038)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "LOST and in LOVECRAFT..."
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    When you listen to this book the title of this review will make sense. I was captivated from one end of this book to the other. Every chapter left you hanging... I almost expected that end scene music from Lost after each chapter. Only this book is what Lost SHOULD have been. The narrator did a great job except for the accent of Veek. He sounded like a male Indian when she was very much a female. Female Indian accents are different from male. Great story. Get this book if you want to be late for work because you're stuck in your car listening to the next chapter on your car stereo.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed.

    Sean says: "Not quite "out of the box""
    "No... I'm Wrong..."
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    A great lecture told in story fashion about a guy who pins his problems on everyone around him and blows up at people, including his own wife and kids. It is a story on how to own up to your own actions and how to view things from multiple fascets BEFORE opening your fat mouth. Quite often someone else's mistakes are the result of your own. It's about thinking "outside the box", where the box is your selfish point of view. William Dufris presents this story in a fashion that has you feeling like you're being given a very important life lession by your grandfather. The book is designed for managers, and I've actually used it with some fellow employees who seem to refuse to see things from less selfish angles. Some things said in this little story will really hit home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7475)
    Performance
    (6614)
    Story
    (6607)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "A Judicious Application of Heavy Artillary"
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    A fantasy story for redneck gun nuts about fighting vampires, zombies and every other kind of un-dead! Solid action from one end to the other with plenty of tech talk about guns to peak every gun lover's fantasy... and their vehicle of choice? A Russian Hind-D attack helicopter - ofcourse. Flown by a heavy metal listening "something" that you'll find out more about when you listen. Voice modulation of all the characters was spot on. Great narration. An accountant from Dallas gets attacked by a werewolf (his boss) and manages to survive the attack after throwing his boss out of an office window. He winds up being recruited by a clandestine team of monster hunters and an old Jewish man who lives in his head. Great story. Lots of sarcastic humor as one bizzarre thing happens after another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (593)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Another Great Story by Sawyer"
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    Two nuclear physicists have a breakthrough in the design of a quantum computer, only in doing so, they create an openning into a parallel world, only the physicists are neanderthals and one of them gets sucked into our world.

    An incredible story is used to draw interesting and well educated comparisons between humans and what neanderthals could have been like. It's not great science fiction... Instead, it's great science... and great fiction.... and a little bit of a mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burn Me Deadly: An Eddie LaCrosse Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Eddie's on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

    Katherine says: "I love Alex and Stefan"
    "Another Winner for Bledsoe!"
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    Great continuing adventure for Eddie LaCrosse who seems to never stop winding up on the wrong side of the sword at the right time... Another fantasy/mystery told in Raymond Chandler style by the deep rich voice of Stefan Rudnicki. No better narrator could have been chosen to give the story it's 1930's mystery novel feel - while being interestingly set in a medieval fantasy. I look forward to continuing LaCrosse novels.

    In this story, Eddie is nearly killed trying to help a young girl after being thrown down a cliff with his horse. He takes up the investigation into who these strange men are and what was so important about the girl.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Od Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od.

    Carol says: "Magic and mystery"
    "No better narration possilbe for this moody story."
    Overall
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    Great story, told in a descriptive and pensive manner that lended itself to the overall mood of the whole piece. There are some points in the story that are so well described, that I feel as though I could paint them in freeze frame. This book is different from any other fantasy novel I've ever read.

    This book, unlike most other fantasy novels, is not your typical "quest" novel. There's no quest in this story at all. It's about a Kingdom ruled by a king who tries to control magic through a school that teaches government accepted "politically correct" magic, giving the story a moral. The characters are deep and well developed. The parts are played perfectly by Gabrielle de Cuir. It is by no means a "heavy" novel and sort of parallels "Much A Do About Nothing" in some ways. Nobody dies. There are no battles, only the battles of wits... and the deep emotions of Brendon Vetch, the castle gardener, who talks to plants using magic. If you can't see the mood in the piece, it won't hold much for you, but it's mood is what makes it different from other books. If moods could be painted, this author would be a master!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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