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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 2008

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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6472)
    Performance
    (4880)
    Story
    (4958)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN YEARS!!!"
    Overall

    Seriously the COOLEST novel I have came across in a long time. Who doesn't love Lincoln and a good bloody vampire war? (I'm referring to REAL vampires, not the kind that sparkle in sunlight...)
    The way the author weaves vampires, slavery, politics and war together is absolutely brilliant! This book is actually believable, which makes it more realistic and easy to imagine.
    DO NOT WAIT, start this book today!

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1030)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "SOLID THRILLER... with mild action..."
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    If you like crime dramas, this one is pretty well done. The fact that the protagonist is just recovering from a heart transplant removes the amount of physical action in the novel, but the result is more focus on the details of the crime itself, which was good in this case. The book is obviously dated because everyone is having to "find a phone" and there was a painful scene detailing how to boot up a computer and open a file browser...haha. It's not gonna be in my top 10, but overall it was a page turner with characters you care about. I listened comfortably at 2X speed and the narration was very good. I hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (313)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Peter says: "This book was one of the worst ideas every"
    "Failed Math Approach in the 60's???"
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    Truth be told, a LOT of bad ideas have happened since this was written in 2011. I learned a few things that are really worth nothing, but remembered a lot that was funny. The most interesting thing I learned was the failed approach in the way the US taught kids math in the 60's, called NEW MATH. I really see similarities between it and Common Core Math being pushed today. Interesting... you need to look up New Math on Wikipedia... I probably wouldn't recommend a credit on this one... Hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (384)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "Simple Enjoyable Sci-Fi..."
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    In this novel, you can expect enough science fiction to make it interesting to sci-fi buffs, yet it is not the hyper sci-fi we find in current novels. There is no diving into the 'Why' something super natural has happened, it just did. In modern texts, I would consider some sort of explanation a must in a good sci-fi story, but considering that this text is 100 years old, I seemed to not mind that absence. It really is about the human heart's struggle to deal with one's immorality without going mad. The narrator performed well with a pleasing accent and I could listen comfortably at 2X speed. I would spend a credit on this one. For my favorite read on Audible, check out Ken Grimwood's 'Replay'. Hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6187)
    Performance
    (3271)
    Story
    (3291)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Networking/gaming knowledge needed to get into it."
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    I stopped gaming with SuperNES and Wolfenstein 3D in the early 90's when I got my drivers license. Nevertheless I do get the online gaming concepts and I do have computer networking knowledge that helped me not get lost in the technical terminology contained in this novel. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT PORTS, IP ADDRESSES, VOIP and other basic terms are in the computer networking world are, I think you would NOT get into this book or enjoy it. It is really saturated throughout. The main protagonist is an older guy who is not familiar with gaming and it does help the author explain things, but I feel it is too much too soon for most people. This is part 1 of 2 and I am not sure if I will continue or not. There are a lot of loose ends and unsatisfied conclusions with some characters if I do not... however, most of the characters are ones I haven't become attached too so I don't care what happens to them. The narration is good and I could listen to the book at 2X speed fairly comfortable. Neat concept, but not sure it was pulled off. Hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Cathy Yardley
    • Narrated By Cathy Yardley, Michael Anthony Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Are you stuck trying to write a novel? This audiobook goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from blockbuster stories, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you work with your characters to write a novel that excites you and your readers.

    Jason says: "Very Helpful Outlines & Bonus Material"
    "Very Helpful Outlines & Bonus Material"
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    This is practical help, not just theory and blabber. She offers online supplemental downloads to go along with the info in the book. It is short, to the point and motivating. She narrated it herself so you get her personality and humor, but it is read at various speeds sometimes and while you can listen comfortably at 1.25X speed, some sentences are spoken very fast. Overall, I would recommend for someone interested in writing. I also recommend 'The Successful Novelist' by David Morrell. Hope this helps. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (534)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Doesn't live up to the Summary..."
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    This book was interesting and at times kept me listening, but overall, it failed to contain a decent climax. I really notice a difference between older sci-fi versus the more recent stuff. It's not that it feels dated because of the writing, but the lack of any real suspense or (to me) significant danger that we now expect will keep me from recommending this one. One part had Enoch in conversation with his imaginary friends and I thought the plot might twist into something along the lines of Shutter Island, where he was in an insane asylum and all his alien friends were care takers and I liked that idea, but it never happened. It was neat to see the town engage Enoch because they all new he was old. The characters are somewhat interesting, but not enough that you really care what happens to them. This is a big requirement for a good novel. The narration is good and you can listen comfortably at 1.5X speed. If I would've known what you know now, I would pass on this one. Instead, I recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (254)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "Meh... Obviously Dated..."
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    I love time travel novels. If you follow my reviews you will see I have reviewed a lot of them Audible offers. This one is in the lower 3rd of that group. To me, I want a minimum of 3 things in a novel: 1) characters I care about 2) A good plot that keeps me guessing 3) A good pace with enough action to maintain my attention. This book is obviously dated compared to others I have read, which isn't always bad. I feel there wasn't enough time devoted to character development at the beginning, so I didn't really feel any of the emotions of the characters or care what happened to them. Also, it really lacked a decent amount of modern time travel theory. There was some interesting thoughts at times, but I feel nothing was explored or explained enough to be satisfying. There is a real lack of scientific vantage point. The characters quickly end up in another time, but the events that transpired in the future were really boring for the most part. It was heavy on social injustices and taboos but time travel itself was absent for a LONG time. If I would've known what you know now, I wouldn't try this one. Instead, I highly recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Folded Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Gerrold
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    The Man Who Folded Himself, written in 1973 (and reissued by BenBella in 2003) is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered by some critics to be the finest time travel novel ever written.

    Russell says: "One of my first tastes of trues science fiction"
    "Buyer Beware... sexual confusion ruins this book."
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    POSSIBLE SPOILER: I am a big fan of time travel novels and have read most of the ones found on audible. I discovered this title on a goodreads blog and decided to try it. I was completely shocked and repulsed by the abrupt and graphic 'pansexual' content (authors usage). In the author's note, at the end of the book, he acknowledges that he wants to live in a world where "sexual identity is irrelevant" and the quality of love and not the kind is what matters. The book is saturated with this after chapter 3 and ruins the time travel aspect. I feel this agenda should be made aware in some form to prospective buyers. This book belongs in the gay/lesbian genre. There is nothing about the subject of sexuality in the publisher's summary on Audible. It appears to be a sci-fi novel about time travel, but it is not really about that. I was really enjoying the time travel theory in the story and was able to see the loneliness of time travel, then at the end of chapter 3 and start of 4 the male subject of the story all of a sudden has a homosexual encounter with himself from another timeline. I quickly saw what was going on and skipped forward to the middle of chapter 4 in complete disgust. I almost quit the book. This was totally unnecessary and doesn't help the plot. If that weren't disturbing enough, the male subject ends up finding a female version of himself and he starts again with all the descriptive sex and sexual confusion that creates nausea to listen to. In fact he is aroused by her "boyish" features. Yuck. Skip ahead again. The author seems so confused and wants to avoid any concrete identification of sexuality. And the problem is that NONE of this stuff adds any needed material for the time travel plot. Also, I am not opposed to the author inserting his or her political and religious view points to some extent, but this author fantasized about creating a world where Jesus (who he finds is just a man) was never born because of the atrocities of the church done in his name. He didn't like the result of that world because of the effect on the English language. I'm thinking why not Mohammed instead of Jesus??? The narration is good and you can listen comfortably at 1.25X speed. If I would've known what you know now, I wouldn't try this disappointment. Instead, I recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction Writing Demystified: Techniques That Will Make You a More Successful Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas B. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Thibeault
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    At last, a how-to book that explains the nuts-and-bolts of writing solid, entertaining, commercial fiction, written by someone who's been there. Practical, filled with examples and no-nonsense, take-'em-to-the-bank nuggets, Fiction Writing Demystified shows how the imperatives of effective storytelling translate readily to narrative fiction, genre or literary, screenwriting, even to nonfiction, poetry, sermons, or business documents - techniques that will make anyone's writing come alive!

    Michael says: "Fantastic Stuff"
    "Unsystematic information..."
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    This book has the authors opinion on do's and don'ts of general writing (techniques). There is little about getting started and NO STEP BY STEP instructions, which is what I hoped for. You won't learn anything about writing software, publishing, or much about editing. Don't get me wrong, there is a LOT of good information in here, but its not very user friendly (at least in audio format) I would hope the paper copy would contain outlines that summarize the contents into a usable form. There is good information about belittling your reader, story pace and self editing. The author is a screen writer by profession, so expect a lot of his examples and references to be TV and movies. It is kind of funny how often Sawyer says, "This is a cardinal no-no..." and then immediately gives an example of an exception he likes really well. You can easily listen at 1.5x speed. The narration was good. I like 'The Successful Novelist by David Morrell' better. Hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Doesn't feel well thought through..."
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    The idea for this story is intriguing and it starts off well and has some good suspense. Sawyer explores some interesting scenarios through the lives of the characters overall, yet toward the end, it just doesn't feel that well thought out. I feel like maybe the author was under a deadline or something and just put a generic component to the ending. This wouldn't be at the top of my recommendation list, but it is worth getting if you really love time travel fantasy. The best time travel stuff on Audible that I have read is definitely Replay by Ken Grimwood, The Schumann Frequency & The First Boxer by Chris Ride and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. Hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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