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Jack

fircrest, WA, United States

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  • 581 titles in library
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  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patton Oswalt
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (425)

    Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch.

    Daniel says: "Funny and Inspirational Grab Bag"
    "Not great material for audio"
    Overall

    Oswalt is actually a pretty good narrator but the material was not all that funny and the REM quotes totally disrupted the flow of the reading.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (845)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "The narrator is all wrong"
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    The ratings must be from friends. I was so looking forward this book and decided to listen to it instead of reading it. HUGE mistake. I can't rate the story because I couldn't listen to it. It is completely flat. A wasted opportunity for the right narrator. I've listened to at least a 100 books and this was the worst. Such a waste of money. Whoever made the decision to use this narrator should find a new line of work.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Risk Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Tom Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Grace Chu is an American-educated Chinese national now working as a forensic accountant after serving in the Chinese army as an intelligence officer. John Knox is an American who parlayed his military service during the first Iraqi war into a lucrative import/export business, which now provides him the official access he needs to work freelance undercover operations throughout the world. Both are highly skilled operatives capable of deft subterfuge or extreme violence, if circumstances require.

    Dave Staats says: "Ridley is back, but he wasn't far away."
    "Yikes horrible reader"
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    Performance
    Story

    I'm a Ridley Pearson fan but this is the first one I have listened to instead of reading.
    Impossible for me to get passed the reader to see if I would enjoy the story.
    I have listened to 100 plus books and I generally like the readers but this one was really a let down.

    0 of 0 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
    (4810)
    Performance
    (4495)
    Story
    (4489)

    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.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Not the worst but just not worth the time"
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    I'm sorry I just don't think Will Wheaton is very good. He was ok in Ready Player One but this had a lot of characters and he just wasn't up to it.
    The story wasn't great but a good reader could have brought some life to it.

    2 of 3 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
    (8877)
    Performance
    (8258)
    Story
    (8256)

    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"
    "Wheaton lacks a a little in performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    His portrayal of the game creator is really bad - fortunately it s a very small part of the book. It's a little hard to tell whether it's Wheaton's fault or the producer of the audio book. There is even a description later in the book of the game creators personality and speech it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the author's character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Fuminori Nakamura, Satoko Izumo (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly that sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him; nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections.... But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can't refuse.

    Ki says: "Well, it is short."
    "Not a winner as an audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story has its moments and the reader is OK as a narrator but when he acts out a character he's terrible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (291)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "Dialogue horrible narrator boring"
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    Performance
    Story

    I'm sorry but this was just bad.
    One of the few books I just couldn't listen to.
    I don't know who did the positive reviews but this is just
    not worth your time or your dime

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Good People

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The $400,000 would take care of the mortgage payments that are starting to back up on Tom and Anna Reed. It would cover the credit-card debt they can't get out from under. It would help them find a way to have the child they desperately want but can't seem to conceive. It is more money than either of them has ever seen in one place. But they have no idea what it's doing in their house.

    cristina says: "What were the producers thinking?"
    "Below average narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think I like the story but the audible version of this book is lacking. It's not all the performers fault
    the producer was really lazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amy Sedaris
    • Narrated By Amy Sedaris
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving.

    Barbara says: "A Goldmine"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    The first 10 minutes were okay, and I was really hoping it would pick at some point.
    It just kept going down hill.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spellmans Strike Again: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    At the ripe old age of 32, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one....The uproarious fourth and final installment in this New York Times best-selling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about a kooky detective family.

    Jack says: "Bad Narration"
    "Bad Narration"
    Overall

    Man do I wish I had thought to check the reviews. I can't believe they switched narrator. It's really bad.
    Every character sounds the same and they all sound like a grandmother. Wish I could get my money back

    I listen to all the previous Spellmans and enjoyed them.
    This is only the third book ever I just deleted without listening to.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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