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Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 6 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 247 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Mako: The Mako Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ian J. Malone
    • Narrated By Andrew Wehrlen

    A down-and-out history professor leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has emerged from nowhere to take the online world by storm. As a reward for their achievement, and under the guise of publicity, the group is flown to meet the game's mysterious designer, only to learn that Mako's intent was never to entertain its players…but rather to train them. An epic science fiction thrill ride of action, suspense, laughter, and romance, Mako is the story of five ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary events, driven only by their faith in one another.

    Zed says: "Predictable and shallow. Written for young adults?"
    "Looking Forward to the Next Book(s)"

    Mako is an enjoyable book that lays the groundwork for some potentially interesting sequels.

    Ian Malone did a very good job at developing his characters and, yes, some of the "science" behind how things operate in space are simplified, this doesn't take away from what he's written.

    I enjoyed the journey from being part of a gaming community/family to being a part of an alien society/family. The fact that they're just like us will need to be better explained in future books, but suffice to say it makes the read more accepting.

    My one critique was the narrator's awful Scottish accent for Hamish ... seriously? That's why I gave performance a "4".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrecting Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine

    Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

    Jan says: "This is book 5"
    "Angery American is 5 for 5"

    It's his fifth book in the series and he's still hitting the nail on the head. The characters A. American has created are real and are dealing with the collapse of their country in a believeable manner. Combine this fact with great dialogue, interesting relationships, and a well narrated audiobook by Duke Fontaine and you've got a 5th straight hit !!

    I'm looking forward to #6.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great Reward for a "Sure, Why Not?" Purchase"

    I read some of the previous reviews for this audiobook and noted the high ratings being given. As I'm waiting on a number of books to be released, I decided to see what all the fuss was about ... and was pleasantly surprised by how good this audiobook is.

    I neglected to listen to the sample, as I thought I'd gleaned everything I needed from the other Listener's reviews. Didn't matter - RC Bray is absolutely fabulous, delivering all the emotion, comedy, and tension Andy Weir wrote into this book.

    To say that anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong is generally an understatement in our day-to-day lives. Add in the fact that you're alone AND ON MARS takes the saying into a nuclear environment. Okay, not nuclear, but extremely hazardous. There are too many ways to be killed to count.

    I don't know how many times I've had people looking at me on the train during my commute to/from work, as I laugh or smile or shake my head because of this book. I don't care, I'm having too much fun.

    Do yourselves a favour and buy this audiobook. Take that chance and you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel

    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!"
    "Fast, Low Intelligence Zombie - Damn."

    Breaking the tradition of slow, ambling zombies who have lost all vestiges of the basic of thought patterns, D.J. Molles presents a force to be fearful of.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey through the wastelands of what used to be the US of A. But, what makes this romp even better is the superb narration of Christian Rummel. The speed of his narration, tone, and voices make this book even better.

    I'm definitely buying the other books in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Very Good Story ... Amazing Narration"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    Sean Runnette. What a great performance - he made the audiobook for me. Granted the writing by Mark Tufo is very good, but it comes alive through the narration of Sean Runnette.

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

    Even though Michael Talbot is the main character and keeps me in stitches, it's Tommy who's my favourite character. Innocent, yet with a direct line to Ryan Seacrest, he always has sweets long thought gone from the world. Couldn't stop laughing during the exchange "Jeff Daniels. You mean Jack Daniels. That's what I said."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker

    When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

    Rory says: "Where it all started ..."
    "Where it all started ..."
    What made the experience of listening to Tunnel in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    Thirty-four years ago, a 16-year old boy set out on a 4-day bus trip to spend the summer with his uncle. Four hours into the trip, he was bored as bored can be. There were no smart phones or game boys to keep his interested, so when the bus stopped for a 15-minute break, the young boy went looking for a Mad magazine to read.

    He didn't find one. What he did was a rotating metal rack with paperback novels in it. Quickly scanning the rack, he noticed the cover of one book and it somewhat grabbed his attention.

    This surprise him, as he was never one to read a book and rebuffed his father's attempts to get him interested in reading.

    Looking on the back, he quickly read what the novel was about. "It was a test. It was only a test." This grabbed his attention, so he bought the novel.

    Thirty-four years later, he's a voracious reader of (mainly) Science Fiction and it all started with A Tunnel In The Sky.

    Even at the age I am now, I love to read this novel every four or five years. It's truly a classic that grabs the imagination. It's more than science fiction - that's merely the backdrop to this novel. It's actually more a study of human behaviour ... it's akin to "Lord of the Flies".

    Great read. Very well narrated by David Barker and the gang.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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