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Brandon

Salt Lake City, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 13 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 144 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • Dark Edge of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Voinov, Rhianon Etzweiler
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act, and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state. Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.

    L. Hew says: "Brilliant reader, Brilliant book"
    "if you like F-bombs, buy this book :-/"
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    What would have made Dark Edge of Honor better?

    Not sure why some people think just because they can put F-bombs in books, that they have to put as many as they can.

    Perhaps the author's vocabulary is just limited.

    What a waste of 1 credit. I want my money back.


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

    Disappointment. Wish book details would list things such as explicit language. Then I wouldn't waste money on books which have to rely on f-bombs and others to get through a story.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Last Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michael Thomas Ford
    • Narrated By Blake Somerset
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    From the critically acclaimed writer, Michael Thomas Ford, comes a highly anticipated first novel that follows the intertwining lives of three men, set against the backdrop of summer-time in the breezy coastal community of Provincetown.

    Brandon says: "too much of nothing going on"
    "too much of nothing going on"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There were way too many characters in this book. More than once I had to ask myself "Who is this person?", "Has this character been in the book yet?", "Who is this character?" Overlapping and mixing so many different stories and lives into one story is a good idea, it just didn't work out very well for me in this one.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Blake Somerset?

    Yeah. I enjoyed his narration.


    What character would you cut from Last Summer?

    Too many to list. I realize not every character is going to be exciting or interesting to everyone, but there were just too many in this one. After getting about 2/3 of the way through this book I started hitting the :30 forward button, to skip past the story lines that seemed like too much filler.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Days

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions. Takeo's life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight.

    Tams (TTC Books and more) says: "Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
    "Short book, but enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah, as long as they were looking for a book under 3 hours! I normally look for books that run longer but decided to give this one a try. Not amazing, but it was enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Days?

    I don't think any one thing really stood out to me more than another. Being under 3 hours, it almost felt like it was over before it really got very far!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By P. D. Singer
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Jake Landon thinks a second ranger season in the Colorado Rockies with Kurt Carlson is close enough to heaven, and a national forest is big enough to be his closet. Pharmacy school - and the luxuries of electricity and running water - can wait, maybe forever, as long as Jake doesn't have to come out. He doesn't plan on Kurt's vision of his future being as narrow and direct as the single track roads through the trees.

    HaloLove says: "Listened to on 2-12-2015. SPOILERS"
    "So much better than I expected! Great story!"
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    If you could sum up Blood on the Mountain in three words, what would they be?

    Loved this book!


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

    This was his first performance I listened to, but I thought he fit it perfectly. Jake, Kurt, he did perfectly. Then when he read Jake's Mom's parts I laughed. Other times I cried when he read her parts. Excellent narration.


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

    Laugh? Yes. Cry? Yes. Loved it? Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Autumn: Seasons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor - a wild soul and fellow outsider - his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

    L. Antoine says: "Amazing"
    "started intense, then turned into nothing special"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    falling for a homeless guy? maybe if there weren't so many panhandlers in my city then this could have been a bit more believable :-/ It started out great and I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately the book didn't deliver.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the performance overall was decent, just a bad story.


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

    I did like the relationship between Jace and his sister.... And the store owner, the older man who gave Jace a job so that he would have less idle time. I liked his part in the story also. The book got so bad I have already forgotten character's names...and I don't care enough about the book to do an internet search to find out their names.


    Any additional comments?

    Huge let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A White Coat Is My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jake Wells
    • Narrated By Randy Fuller
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Zack Sheldon doesn't have time to be lonely. He's in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he's confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he's too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.

    Orlando says: "I'm wondering why?"
    "just about every cliche can be found in this book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have a couple of coworkers who would probably like it. I sure didn't.


    What was most disappointing about Jake Wells’s story?

    the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    definitely.


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

    I didn't even finish it, only got about half way through it. So if it had any redeeming qualities, maybe there were in the second half.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1223)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "perfect end for the series"
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    Would you listen to The Dead Sun again? Why?

    Dead Sun started off as "another" Star Force book, battling alien races, fighting for survival. I even took a couple weeks off, after getting about halfway through. Then it all turned around! So many unexpected twists in the story. So glad I started it again. Great ending for the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8096)
    Performance
    (7336)
    Story
    (7336)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "same story, different volume"
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    What disappointed you about Hammered?

    it was the same story as the previous books, just with more F bombs. In this one they just go after Thor, but otherwise it is all the same. Nothing special here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Hearne again?

    meh, maybe.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Hammered?

    Thor. And Coyote.
    Horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    stupid. a waste of my time. bleh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Druid Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heidi Belleau, Violetta Vane
    • Narrated By Ian Ruane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    After inheriting a hexed druid stone, Sean starts reliving another man's torture and death...every single night. And only one person can help. Cormac Kelly runs a paranormal investigation business and doesn't have time to deal with tourists like Sean. But Sean has real magic in his pocket, and even though Cormac is a descendant of legendary druids, he finds himself out of his depth...and not because Sean's the first man he's felt anything for in a long time. The pair develop an intensely sexual bond, but are threatened at every turn when Sean's case attracts the unwelcome attention of the sidhe lords of ancient Ireland.

    Keith says: "Imagination Run Amok -- In A Good Way!"
    "yawn"
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    What disappointed you about The Druid Stone?

    I made it through 6 chapters, hoping it would get better and actually get somewhere. It never did.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know yet. I'll start looking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ian Ruane?

    the narrator reminded me of a leprechaun. Had a hard time getting in to it.


    What character would you cut from The Druid Stone?

    meh, I don't know about cutting characters.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a wasted credit. :-/

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek Movie Tie-In

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Zachary Quinto
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (287)

    In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world. Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

    Katelyn says: "Excellent"
    "Best Star Trek yet!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This is one of my favorite books ever. I love the idea of looking at Star Trek from the beginning, when the Enterprise crew could have first met. Quinto's narration is exciting and emotional, two things that are not always present in Star Trek of the past.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part of this book that stands out the most to me involves Spock and his relationship with his mother and the emotion that Quinto gives to the scene when Spock's mother dies.


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

    I laughed over and over with things Kirk, in his cocky attitude, says to others, from the bar to the academy, and also with the way Bones responds to others. Best Star Trek yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28571)
    Performance
    (15094)
    Story
    (15144)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    The different characters, especially Minny! Her sarcasm, her straight forward thoughts and responses, and some of the things she just says. I love the narrator who read the part of Minny!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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