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Richard

SANTA MARIA, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Deadline: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Chris Patton, Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (371)

    Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life....

    Scott says: "Not a Fun as the First Book"
    "A great middle chapter in trilogy"
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    What did you love best about Deadline?

    Shaun trying to live his life after what happened in Feed. He has a "odd" way of handling it. I won't say more because I don't reveal spoilers. Read Feed first.


    What other book might you compare Deadline to and why?

    Besides Feed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and probably Zoe Martinique Investigation series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last couple chapters are great and stunning.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A scene where a character in the first book betrays our main characters. Just how deep is this conspiracy?


    Any additional comments?

    Several reviewers have had issue with the change in narrators. The female narrator isn't heard very much, so it's no loss there. The male is different, but I believe it works because the Feed male narrator is jokey and goofy and the Deadline narrator is more serious, since the events in Feed have changed him. I think both narrators did good jobs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • July 1914: Countdown to War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sean McMeekin
    • Narrated By Steve Coulter
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand’s own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God’s will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflictmuch less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions that it would fundamentally reshape the course of human events.

    jhwayne@bigfoot.com says: "An exciting story, indifferently read"
    "Great Book, Narrator Isn't the Best though"
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    Would you listen to July 1914: Countdown to War again? Why?

    Yes, most likely in July 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book goes into more detail than the Guns of August about the actual start of the war, specifically, the 34 days between Franz Ferdinand's assassination and the attack by Austria-Hungary on Serbia.


    What aspect of Steve Coulter’s performance would you have changed?

    A major problem with the narrator is that he isn't pronouncing the German names right. He pronounces von Moltke's name wrong. When he first said "Molt," I actually stopped listening and thought "Who the Hell is 'Molt?'" It's pronounced mɔltkə, two syllables.


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

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible Inc. needs to make sure that their narrators have cheat sheets to pronounce names right. It can really throw you off when you hear a name pronounced wrong like Moltke.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (326)

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    David says: "Zombie. Grizzly. Bear."
    "A great conclusion."
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    If you could sum up Blackout in three words, what would they be?

    Very complex ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't want to say much because of the surprise ending of Deadline (the previous book), but Georgia "George" Mason is back. That's all I should say.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, I don't want to give too much away, but a major character gives up their lives to help the others.


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

    In the previous scene, I was a little sad about that character's death.


    Any additional comments?

    The male narrator (Michael Goldstrom) isn't as good as the male narrators in Feed and Deadline. But thankfully Paula Christensen, who read Feed, is back to read the female based chapters (unlike the previous books, they basically go back and forth, with the female narrator reading the odd numbered chapters, the male narrator reading the even chapters. All in all, a great end to a terrific series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (741)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "A suspenseful near-masterpiece of horror"
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    What did you love best about Feed?

    I love the whole backstory of Kellis-Amberlee (the virus which causes zombies in this series) and the characters. It's been a long time since I was drawn into the characters.


    What other book might you compare Feed to and why?

    I would compare it to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. There's a lot of Wheldon-like style and humor in it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are several great scenes. The opening in Santa Cruz with Georgia and Shaun fleeing a horde or zombies and a scene in the middle when a main character is bitten and amplifies. No spoilers from me here.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The world AFTER the zombies rose.


    Any additional comments?

    One great thing I loved in Feed (and the Newsflesh series in general) is that while this is a world with zombies in it, it's not really about zombies. The zombie rising happened 25 years before the story in the book and while there are a couple great scenes with zombies attacking our main characters, it's really a political thriller hidden inside a post-apocalyptic zombie story. If you expect to have cover-to-cover zombies in this book, I would suggest looking somewhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (627)

    The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.

    Dandylion says: "Brand new Daye"
    "Interesting story from great writer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rosemary and Rue to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio versions normally, and this was no exception.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of the fae living secretly in the modern world. While that concept has been done before, Seanan takes it to a new level.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Robinette Kowal – was your favorite?

    October "Toby" Daye


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never really read books in one sitting, but I was intrigued to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Seanan McGuire is easily becoming one of my favorite writers. I've listened to this book, started her "Newsflesh" trilogy (written as Mira Grant) and read Discount Armageddon (which isn't in audio) and loved all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3151)
    Performance
    (2338)
    Story
    (2365)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Brilliant steampunk"
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    Where does Soulless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites. I became a steampunk fan after listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Alexia Tarabotti. Her character is smart, quick-witted and a power house.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Her British accent is perfect for the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Just one touch. And Emily Blunt would be perfect as Alexia Tarabotti.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is one of my favorites, and I'm sad to see that the fifth book will be Alexia Tarabotti's last, but Gail Carriger will write a new steampunk series, so I'll be ready for it. I wish, though, that the book was told in a first-person perspective, since Alexia is in every scene of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (165)

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "How weather reporting changed forever"
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    If you could sum up Isaac's Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Great history book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Isaac's Storm?

    The argument between Isaac Cline and his brother Joseph about whether to leave Joseph's house during the storm.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Edward Herrmann is arguably the best audiobook narrator ever. You get a feel of the world at that time and he makes every word interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The storm that changed American history.


    Any additional comments?

    While a abridged audiobook, very little is actually left out. Some reviewers complain about the ending, but in real life, endings aren't always happy or dynamic. The history of Galveston after the storm and the Clines is what it is. This book is really about the hubris of scientists in the 19th century thinking that they know about the weather. 6,000 people died because some people thought that a hurricane couldn't seriously threaten Galveston, they were wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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