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TRAVIS

Travis

HONOLULU, HI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Bhagavad Gita

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Jacob Needleman
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

    Tammy says: "Oh, the humanity!"
    "Narrator makes it impossible"
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    Would you try another book from Phoenix Books and/or Jacob Needleman?

    The narrator's voice was so terribly bland and robotic and... terrible. I absolutely could not listen to this book. Have someone else narrate and I'd buy it again, but this guy is too much.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Angus Watson
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (289)

    Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

    R. J. Thorne says: "Gritty and funny, ASOIF fans stop here"
    "Meh"
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    Slow. Great characters and plot, but slow in plot movement and action. I find that many fans of the fantasy genre don't just tolerate this, but embrace it. If you love to lose yourself in a beautifully crafted world with interesting and engaging characters, this is for you. If you want a fast paced exciting story with interesting and engaging characters that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you're in the wrong place. I wont be reading the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2289)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1669)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "A rare gem"
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    If only more books were available that brought such intelligence, philosophy, humor, drama, and pure entertainment together into an undeniably perfect package... This will be one of those books that you fall into depression after reading, because its over and you want to go back and experience it again for the first time. Yes, other reviewers talk about the thought provoking nature of the book and how it applies to their belief systems. Its irrelevant. Whats relevant is the fact that it is powerfully thought provoking regardless of who you are or what conditioning led you to your current set of beliefs. Read that shit, son.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Down: Daniel Faust, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Schaefer
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control. Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human.

    Cliff says: "Urban fantasy noir. Done right.."
    "Entertaining enough"
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    This book was entertaining enough to distract me from the monotony of driving through ever present traffic to and from work. I would have liked to see the main character, a magician, actually use some magic though. The cover made him look like a bad-ass. I was expecting (hoping for) something reminiscent of Sandman Slim or the Demon Accords. Instead I got another interesting book with a main character who's basically a pussy who scrapes by through luck and impossible chance as opposed to his intellectual prowess and/or sheer power. I understand a weak lead makes for dramatic suspense because he's always in grave danger of imminent death or failure, but you can get drama from the relationships and unknown outcomes while allowing your character some legitimate power to make things more exciting. Anyway, good book. Obviously I'm just a little tired of the main character barely scraping by routine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Strip: A Tale from the Tome of Bill

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Trish Mckinnley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    My name is Sally. For over 30 years I've prowled the night, one of the undead. In that time I've walked amongst you - a wolf in sheep's clothing - doing unspeakable things, killing countless people. Now, on the eve of Armageddon, a chance for redemption presents itself. My past has come looking for me, beckoning me back to the city of my rebirth. Those who killed me the first time are intent on finishing the job. I'm outnumbered and outgunned, but they've got another thing coming if they think I'm outclassed.

    Cliff says: "Something to tide you over"
    "Narrator bad, story amazing"
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    Read this one in print. I did and I loved it. After the narrator from the other Bill books, Christpher Fetherolf, breathed so much personality and character into Sally, I found it impossible to correlate this new narrator's voice and interpretation with the Sally I know and love. Just like the other spin off, Bigfoot Hunters, the narrator failed to do the book justice. Read it in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bigfoot Hunters: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Charlie Romanelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Evolution is about to be kicked in the teeth by some very large feet. It started with a few missing hikers, a not uncommon occurrence for the remote town of Bonanza Creek. Now it's about to get a lot worse. The legendary creatures known as Sasquatch are emerging from the woods, and they're hell-bent on slaughtering everything in their path. The only ones standing in their way are a group of wayward campers, a few scared survivors, and the crew of a cable TV show.

    TRAVIS says: "Couldn't stand the narrator"
    "Couldn't stand the narrator"
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    Narrator was so bad I stopped within a chapter or two. Picked up the book in print, and loved it. Not my normal kind of book, but the author is so good I had to give it a shot. Definitely glad I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (276)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Cliff says: "Fun and Refreshing"
    "Fun and entertaining"
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    This book is Ready Player One meets Sandman Slim. A bit goofy with healthy heaps of vulgarity and violence. Each book in this series has been even more fun than the last. If you don't like this series, you're a pretentious bore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1209)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "This book is amazing!"
    Overall
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    The only way you will laugh uncontrollably and love every second of this book is if you are a parent, or if you've ever had a parent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4295)
    Performance
    (3119)
    Story
    (3160)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Definitely worth reading"
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    My teenage daughter told me I had to read this series. The first book was pretty good, but not great. The second one is pretty damn great! I get sick of the pathetic teen romance drama pretty quickly, but if I ignore that and concentrate on the rest of the story it is definitely worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9607)
    Performance
    (8853)
    Story
    (8884)

    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"
    "Read it!"
    Overall
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    Macleod Andrews is one of my favorite narrators. Brandon Sanderson is brilliant, especially when he manages to put out a fast paced book as opposed to a long, drawn out, over-detailed sleep inducer. Blessedly, this is a fast paced, interesting, engaging, and overall fun book with Macleod doing it justice like only he can.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2193)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Character development was incredible, as is always the case with Brandon Sanderson. The pace of the story, however, was much quicker than many of his other works. I enjoyed every minute of it, give it a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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