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David

Troy, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1419)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "As great as book one, much more in depth on tech"
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    Would you listen to The Ghost Brigades again? Why?

    Yes, its a great book


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book as much as book 1. Books 3-4 are the same story but from different points of view and its not a great story at that. This story is great and it throws you right into the heart of the CDF's best technology and explains it all from the inside out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5317)
    Performance
    (4961)
    Story
    (4955)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "The book with 1 good coda"
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    Any additional comments?

    The first story is great, the second 2 can be skipped. I still don't understand why Scalzi continued to write after the first "coda" was complete. The rest is like what other books would be if the author answers the question "and then what happened". Sometimes its better if the story is just left where it ends instead of continuing on and telling the story after the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3744)
    Performance
    (3281)
    Story
    (3280)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Far better than the original"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you have read or heard the original and don't know if this is worth the listen / read I would highly recommend it. I have heard both and aside from the horrible reading of the original the story was flat with no real depth. This telling of the story on the other hand has some extra action (it is Scalzi after all) and some much needed depth to the story with additional explanations and well I don't want to ruin it. Check it out its worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1016)

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    Katherine says: "3.5 stars"
    "Worth listening to"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story isn't bad but doesn't offer up the same kick ass action and technology as the first couple of books. By default it cant focus on technology since (SPOILER ALERT) its NOT ALLOWED to be used for the majority of the book. /sigh
    So basically Scalzi takes the greatest aspect of the series and right off the bat he comes up with a story line that allows him to completely exempt if from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (542)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Eh..... Skipable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, its a rewrite of book 3 from a different point of view


    If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

    Doesn't really stack up


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not likely


    Any additional comments?

    You can skip this one. This book mostly focuses on what its like to be a teenage girl who is at the center of attention and has alien races who will risk their lives for her and all she wants is to be a normal bratty teenage girl with no responsibilities. If you like the Twilight series this book might be for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3561)
    Performance
    (2529)
    Story
    (2556)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Best book I ever read / heard"
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    If you could sum up Old Man's War in three words, what would they be?

    Star Wars Rival


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Old Man Of Course


    Any additional comments?

    This is easily the best book I ever heard. I didn't know what to expect when I first downloaded it but I already heard all other books by Scalzi and somehow skipped over these books so I went back and downloaded them. I am usually not much for book series so I didn't have any intention of downloading them but after hearing Scalzi's other books I was itching for more. After the first few chapters I was already in love with this book and by the end I desperately needed more. The second book was easily as great as the first if only because you can't directly compare the two. They are completely different stories and less of a continuation of the first story as in most series. Scalzi went into great details on all of the things that intrigued me so much in the first book and I didn't feel like anything was missing or skipped over by the time I reached the end. I still wanted more and went onto the third book and it held my attention but I didn't fall completely in love with it like I did book 1 & 2. I didn't care much for Zoe's tale at all, mainly because it was a retelling of book 3 but from a different point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9821)
    Performance
    (9139)
    Story
    (9139)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "My favorite book by a long shot"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    The imagination put into the story and even when you think you know how its going to end you realize you don't and then you think you got it again and you don't and then out of left field comes something else for the main character to deal with and your thinking well thats that but its not. I love it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    I dont want to give it away but it has to do with AECH


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ogg's Party, I can see it so clearly in my head.


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

    Its much too long for that but I found myself thinking about it non stop until I could pick it up again.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly hope they make this into a movie but they have to do it right, the game world should be CGI, not real characters. They should look like Jeff Bridges character in TRON, the CGI version where it looks so realistic but you can still tell its CGI. Of course others have already mentioned that trying to license everything would be a nightmare and may stop this book from ever becoming a film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Boring predictable story and long pauses"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better reader that doesn't have awkward long pauses between sentences and a better story line that isn't so predictable,


    What could Daniel H. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite from the begining


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robbie Daymond’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Amped?

    So, so much


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something, anything cool to happen and it just wasn't there. One would think electronically modified humans + fictional story = cool but nope. Some people can see better, some are a little smarter, and a select few have military programming but don't get all excited all they can do is fight better and not even like Matrix fighting either.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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