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Jason

Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (606)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Not as good as it looks..."
    Overall

    I generally like Crichton novels, but this one was disappointing to me. The characters were not engaging and you find yourself not caring about any of them. Also, while the idea of the plot is OK, it was written very poorly so that nothing was shocking or surprising for very long because he turns right around and explains everything right after it happens. I like novels where something exciting and unexpected happens and you are left to think about it for a while and try to figure it out. You wont get that here...

    It also seemed to have parts in it that were added as an after thought...like certain oceanic beasts who appear out of the blue for a second, in the middle of another event happening. It just felt out of place.

    The comments at the end also allude to some historicity of the characters...that would have been nice to preface and include at the beginning of the chapters...it might have made the characters more interesting to look them up on wikipedia while following the story...

    i would not recommend this to anyone except maybe pirate novel lovers...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (2741)
    Story
    (2725)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    Michael Scandizzo says: "Like eating a Hershey bar on Venus"
    "Lost the Magic..."
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    READ THIS. NO SPOILER. I really liked the first book. You can read my review. That being said, all of the MAGIC that makes the first book so good is not found here! As I read it, I really really tried to relive the experience of learning new and exciting things, BUT there was nothing much new to learn. In the first book, you learn about Epics and superpowers and the secrets the friends hold, etc. You already know all that going into this novel and it became a "find and exploit epic weakness & execute" hunt. Boring. There were some new people introduced, but nothing earth shattering about them. I hope this helps someone. The narrator was good and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this review was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (229)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Good for its time... Excellent Narrator!"
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    READ THIS. NO SPOILER. You cannot compare novels like this one to novels in the same genre today. That's like saying the athletes of several generations past could compete on par with athletes today. It's not a fair comparison. For the time period this story was engaging and probably suspenseful. Compared to today's standard however, it is not. The characters are likable, but shallow. The focus of the story is the adventure, whereas today there is a lot of focus on the inner struggles and personal conflicts of the main characters. There are actually some twists that were unexpected to me which helped boost the repetitive struggle to survive in the wild. Overall, I would add this to your collection of listens. The narration was excellent and helped keep me in the story. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Earl Hammond
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    A collection featuring three classic horror stories, read by actor Earl Hammond: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Black Cat".

    M.A. Wilson says: "Excellent Narrator Brought The Story To Life"
    "3 Stories & 3 Narrators..."
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    The first two narrators felt somewhat distracting from the story due to their stage acting quality. The last story's narrator was better. I actually liked reading rather than listening on this particular series because of that. Listen to the sample first. If this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last American Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

    Jason says: "Werewolves, READ THIS! Not as good as Abe..."
    "Werewolves, READ THIS! Not as good as Abe..."
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    NO SPOILER... Let's get right to it. I saw this come across my email this morning and because I absolutely loved Abe, I was listening within minutes, HOWEVER, there isn't that special WOW factor in this novel like was found in Abe. Henry just isn't as interesting of a central character to pull off a sequel. Sure, there are items to look up on Wikipedia, but because the structure of "this is Henry's life story" there are rather boring visits to highlights in history. What makes Abe work is 1) the central character is an interesting and beloved real life person 2) there was a single purpose and significant mission to focus on 3) you are learning awesome things about vampires as you go along. In this book, Henry is completely made up and not significant in history, there is no life-or-death mission that MUST be accomplished and you already know all the cool stuff about the vampires. It would have been more exciting to have came across a new breed of vamps or some sci-fi twist to stay focused on vampires, heck... I would've taken werewolves... but alas... nothing. The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed, but I'm not sure I would spend a credit on it knowing what you know now... If any of my reviewed was helpful, click YES below. Later.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Just Doesn't Stand Out..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I like time travel novels. I have read all that I can find on Audible. Koontz' "Lightning" happens to be one of my favorite time travel books, but this one just didn't cut the proverbial mustard. The writing really feels sophomoric for most of the book. For instance, Koontz constantly removes the suspense and danger the characters find themselves in by telling the listener things like "but he was okay" or "it looked horrific, but she was alive"... the reader needs to wonder about the results of an event before just telling them the outcome. Another thing that bugged me was that when Koontz felt that the reader needed some information that is not common knowledge to make sense of something, it was abruptly inserted and felt like it was read from Wikipedia. It somewhat disrupted the flow of thought. The climax was not that great either. The narrator could have been better. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I don't think I would use a credit on this one, but wouldn't hesitate on grabbing Lightning. If any of my review helped, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (452)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Fun basic sci-fi..."
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    I really needed this little tidbit of good science fiction after a slew of bad ones. It is a novella and you should expect limited character development and a quick start. I like the limited descriptions that allow the mind to fill in the blanks. Even though the story is somewhat predictable, it is still enjoyable. I need to look up the movies now. The narrator does a fine job and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this review helped, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1119)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "Immature Adolescent Protagonist fails to keep me.."
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    This book just doesn't sit right with me. I like the concept, but the mixture of serious thought and discovery and the adolescent components due to the protagonist being 17 created an environment that failed to keep me interested. I cannot determine what audience this is for. At one point it feels Twilightish and at other points it forces you to consider adult themes. For instance, the author goes from a high school scene about partying to a truck stop attempted rape (containing TOO much detail) to a bank robbery and back to a high school party. Not fun. The book contains a lot of vulgar language and it was a bit much. The narration was fine for what he had to work with. I listened to almost 7 chapters and it did not improve. I was able to listen comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1473)
    Story
    (1493)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "TOO SCIENTIFIC for Sci-Fi..."
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    I wanted to like this book and the idea intrigues me, but the author fails to pull it off. It feels to me like he saw something cool on TV about microbots or something and decided to write an entire series around that. It doesn't work. The characters (the high school kids) lack internal struggles and demons that are needed to sustain interest. The adult characters are more interesting, but predictable. You really do not care what happens to any of them... I still don't know the purpose for some of the characters who just showed up and then died... My main criticism is that there is TOO MUCH SCIENCE to keep it enjoyable! I love the science part of sci-fi, however, this guy constantly sends a deluge of scientific fact from the mouth of kids and it unnecessarily weighs down the story and action. I do not NEED to know every line from the wikipedia page on this advanced alien technology! Just give me an explanation and I can look it up for myself. The characters, story and any suspense are overshadowed (unfortunately) by all this crap. It was also very annoying how after the teenagers made a new discovery into the alien technology, they look at their watch and yell "oh crap! I'm late for dinner! I need to get on my bike and ride home as fast as I can before I get grounded!" or something to that nature. Is the book for teens? I can't see a teen enjoying it. The ending was not an ending and I will not be following up with the next one. I was able to listen at 2X speed and the naration was tolerable. If any of this review helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Miranda Raison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

    Tango says: "Best Young Heroine since Sabriel"
    "Yawn... Too adolescent..."
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    I knew beforehand that this was YA genre, but it sounded interesting and I do like other YA novels. This one just didn't have any KICK to it, which is why I have stopped half way through... and I hate doing that. The characters were likable, the opportunity for mystery and suspense is there, it is just not executed! Bummer. It's like watching Scooby Doo where you know nothing serious is going to happen. It might work for younger folks, but it failed to keep me hooked. However, the narration was really good and I listened comfortably at 2X speed while it lasted. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you any, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (474)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Tango says: "Should be classified as Sci-Fi"
    "Too Adolescent and Whiny."
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    I am not opposed to YA novels and this one sounded interesting in the publishers summary, but immediately the protagonist exuded a whiny and indecisive manner. She is over emphasizing the day dream of her "almost kiss" with the young man she is infatuated with. Skip this one if you want some serious suspense. Hope this helps. If this was helpful, click YES below.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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