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Richard

A good way to get through the work day.

FOXBORO, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 48 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 143 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • When the Devil Dances: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    The human-eating Posleen have invaded Earth, decimating all but two North American territories. Heavily outnumbered, humans cluster close together, the possibilities of habitable space shrinking by the day. An epic battle from September 11-27, 2009, will decide the fate of humankind, and the apocalyptic decision to use nuclear weapons - heretofore banned - will alter the fate of alien and human forever.

    Colin says: "Yea! the story continues and its even better"
    "Story starts to die"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't think i would cause i started to lose interest in this book.


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

    Probably the main character but any time it switched it got boring real fast.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good, but story lost its spark.


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

    No, Wish i did cause i like John Ringo.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5096)
    Performance
    (3848)
    Story
    (3863)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Just wasn't my cup of gatorade"
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    I saw this book and got it cause it was really cheap and my wife wanted me to get it for her. Figured "hey, why not give it a try myself." Famous last words. Ok, it wasn't that bad but didn't hold me attention much and was just kind of boring. Didn't feel like there was much in the way of action and it was bit to buffy the vampire slayer for me. The narration wasn't too bad, but the story itself just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4549)
    Performance
    (4258)
    Story
    (4277)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Wish this book was longer"
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    Been saving a credit and waiting for this book to come out since listening to the free preview. I must say, well worth the wait and the credit.

    To start the premise of this book is a new twist to the super powered people story. Within the first 5 minutes this book had me hooked. There were serious moments and moments that had me laughing. The main charater is a very likeable and makes you want to see how things turn out. The author does a great job creating charaters with different personalities and backgrounds which makes this book much deeper and interesting to listen to.

    The narrator does a good job with the range of charater voices bringing them all to life in different ways.


    Though this book seemed to come to a close but I'm hoping there will be more books added since it is called the reckoners series. There are so many more avenues yet to be explored with the plot of this story. Hopefully the next book will be out some time in the near future.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1401)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "From the gutter to the shadows. Great story!"
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    I had seen this book around a couple times but wasn't sure if i should get it. I am glad I finally did. I'm not normally into fantasy books but this one pulled me in from the start. The realism of what happens to kids growing up in a very poor place mixed with the coming of age of a legend.

    Honestly couldn't stop listening to this book. And the story is not as straight forward as it may seem.

    The narrator did a very good job bringing the characters to life and helped suck me into the story.

    Looking forward to the rest of the series. Definitely getting the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill: Orphan's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, hell have a price on his head. Worse, hes lost his past, and he cant find his future. Worst of all, hes chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind. When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon's safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as "Dead End".

    Readalot says: "Excellent first contact story"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Overkill to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a great job and has very good range in his voices.


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

    clifford says: "groan"
    "Not fun at all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narration was bad and story wasn't very good either. Had to force myself to finish this book.


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

    Would have used another narrator and made the story less slow.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Epstein’s performances?

    No, he was awful.


    Could you see Orphanage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, the story was not that good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Stars: Gibraltar Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon DeOcampo
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    The great debate is over. The human race has rejected the idea of pulling back from the stars and hiding on Earth in the hope the Broa will overlook us for a few more generations. Instead, the World Parliament, by a 60-40 vote, has decided to throw the dice and go for a win. Parliament Hall resounds with brave words as members declare victory inevitable. With the balance of forces a million to one against Homo sapiens' Terra, those who must turn patriotic speeches into hard-won reality have their work cut out for them.

    Richard says: "Another great book, hopefully not the end."
    "Another great book, hopefully not the end."
    Overall
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    The series continues right on pace and again didn't lose my attention for a second.Though I have one worry with this book. Its the feeling that this could be the last installment in the series when there is still so much story to tell.

    The narrator continues to do a great job bringing the story life. All the characters are so very distinct that you can easily picture each one of them.

    All in all a great book and hopefully not the end of a very good series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conquest: Indian Hill, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    And so the end begins.... Mike joins forces with an unlikely alliance in a desperate attempt to head off humanity's mass extinction.

    Professor says: "ENDING FIXES ALL !!!"
    "Good series, but lost interest in this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. Just wanted to get through it, but didn't really hold my attention.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    The narrator did a good job but i think the story just got stagnant.


    Could you see Conquest being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Sun: Gibraltar Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    The expedition to the Crab Nebula has returned to Earth and the news is not good. Out among the stars, a million systems have fallen under Broan domination, the fate awaiting Earth should the Broa ever learn of its existence. The problem would seem to allow but three responses: submit meekly to slavery, fight and risk extermination, or hide and pray the Broa remain ignorant of humankind for at least a few more generations. Are the hairless apes of Sol III finally faced with a problem for which there is no acceptable solution?

    Richard says: "Keeps getting better!"
    "Keeps getting better!"
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    This series keeps getting better. The first book really pulled you into the story and this book takes it to the next level. Fighting a war against unbelievable odds and any mistake could be the end of the human race.

    The author does a great job progressing the story while giving you glimpses of little things going on that may end up being huge to the story.

    After reading this book I feel like there could be 5 more books in the series and it would not get old at all. Though i think there is only one more book. The plot is so deep and well thought out and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    Once again the narrator does a great job with the many characters and keeps you immersed in the story as if you were watching it on TV.

    My one fear is that the next and final (i think) book may be rushed. This is because there is so much more to be told in this story and i can't see how it can be told in one more book while still reaching the potential for this series. I hope i'm wrong on both accounts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Earth: Gibraltar Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft. When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed. In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story.

    Richard says: "I couldn't have asked for more!"
    "I couldn't have asked for more!"
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    This book has been on my to do list for months and i am so glad that i got around to listening to it. Definitely in the top ten of books i've listened to. With the top 5 (not in any order) being Barsoom series, Lost Fleet, Star Force, Troy Rising, and Second Ship, The Rho Agenda. This book is at least #6 possibly 5 if the next 2 books continue this trend.

    The story reminds me of the Stargate series for you SciFi channel fans out there. The start to this book completely pulls you in and i couldn't stop listening from that point on.

    The narrator does a great job with the different characters which made me feel like i was watching a movie and not just listening to a book. My wife can attest that I was completely immerse and couldn't hear anything outside of the world that this book creates. Great book and now onto the second installment.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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