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Wiegand

South Charleston, WV, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Caryatids

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The world of 2060 is divided into three spheres of influence, each fighting with the others over the resources of fallen nations and an environment degraded almost to the point of no return. There is the Dispensation, centered in Los Angeles, where entertainment and capitalism have fused with the highest of high-tech.

    Vicki In Crete says: "Cloned Sisters Rule!"
    "Flashes of brilliance, poorly executed"
    Overall

    There are so many interesting future-tech ideas in this book, it is a shame that there is no story to tie them together. There is excellent character development, but unfortunately that is all there is. You keep wondering, "Where is he going with this?". The poor storyline is coupled with a terrible narrator. The womens voices are so poor, it is almost laughable. He does a great job with the men's voices, but can't seem to master the women. It would have been better if he did not give them any kind of accent at all instead of trying to come up with a Eastern European and Chinese accents that sound totally fake.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5754)
    Performance
    (4309)
    Story
    (4305)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Butcher does it again!"
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    I just can't seem to get enough of the Dresden series. With each book, Butcher takes it to a new level, so it never gets boring. Lots of action, very rich supernatural universe, and some good love stories to boot. This one in particular has some great plot twists. What's not to like?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2397)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2211)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Little guy against secret government department"
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    This is very typical Suarez stuff if you have read any of his other books. And like the other books it is very entertaining. In this case Suarez has woven a "world within our world" where the true state of technology is actively suppressed by a government group so powerful even our own government can't stop it. When one scientist refuses to play along, the stage is set for a technological David vs Goliath story. Put in a nice love story, some secret resistance group stuff and an AI who can't decide which side to support and you have a great yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Cliff says: "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"
    "A new take on the "modern magic" genre"
    Overall
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    Story

    It is nice when someone comes up with a totally new description of the world, as in "here is what is really going on and most of the world does not even realize it!" Whether you want to classify the items in the story as "magic" or "advanced science" does not really matter. What does matter is the seamless way that Larson has taken the worn-out pulp private eye genre and imbued new life into it by setting it in a place where all is not what it seems. Definitely room for some more books if it becomes a series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (743)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "An unusual post-apocalypse story"
    Overall
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    I have mixed feelings about this story. It is definitely unique in the genre. In this case the title should be taken literally, as most of the story revolves around religion's role in the post-apocalyptic world. The story is a bit slow at times, but it is a good read and easily deserves its Hugo award. There is also ample sprinkling of humor throughout, most of it of the tongue-in-cheek variety. It helps if you know some Latin, as many of the phrases go by pretty quick and you can miss some subtle humor based on the religious interpretation of events!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (218)

    David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence. David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers.

    Matthew says: "Short but defintely sweet"
    "Great computer AI story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is somewhat of a crowded genre, especially with some of the movies out recently, but the author does a great job of making the creation of an AI very believeable while at the same time keeping up the excitement level as each phase of the AI's evolution unfolds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6857)
    Performance
    (6051)
    Story
    (6045)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Nonstop kickass excitement!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this was going to be a fluff type of book, and in a sense it is. But I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is a great combination of underdog story, love story,and mercenary story overlaid with a rich supernatural tapestry. I guarantee this is one book that you will have a hard time putting down.

    Oh, and if you like guns, this book is for you! The author knows his stuff and there are lots of descriptions of the firepower1

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (918)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Depressing and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This books starts out bad, with a dystopian future, bad family life, and gets worse as the book continues. There are no likeable characters, the plot line is a bit of a stretch in places as the author struggles to get the main characters together. The overall story is almost non-existent, as it can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator delivers the entire story in a monotone, coming off whiny and immature. I made it through the book because I really thought it would eventually get better, but it never did. The ending is also disappointing, as it leaves you hanging with the introduction of new critical characters but no resolution. Surely this is not a setup for a sequel, as I can't believe the author would come up with another book full of the same boring monologue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2512)
    Performance
    (1868)
    Story
    (1880)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "One-trick pony"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brett has a very narrow concept. I don't really think the concept is capable of supporting an entire series of books. Book one seemed pretty slow after a while. I was not able to go on to book 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10207)
    Performance
    (7680)
    Story
    (7724)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Slow and one-dimensional"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story seems a bit slow. I understand character development and so forth, but it seems like Sanderson went into this with the idea of writing a really, really long series and is having trouble finding enough interesting ideas to fill the pages. It might pick up in the second book, but for the time being I'm exhausted just trying to get through this one so I'm going to sit out for a while.

    If you have not read Sanderson before I would recommend the Mistborn series over this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6342)
    Performance
    (5881)
    Story
    (5903)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Outstanding sequel to the Shining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Will Patton was the perfect narrator for this story. His voice is easy to listen to, but he has several great "character" voices too. The narration is done by the main character, and Patton's natural voice is perfect for the part. Somehow he manages to be both endearing and a little creepy at the same time.

    King has successfully provided some closure to the Shining, as well as add a whole new sub-plot. This is not a nostalgia-fest but instead a whole new creepy story with enough ties to the old story to be both familiar and suspenseful at the same time.

    All of King's books have been top-notch in both performance and story, and Doctor Sleep is no different. One of my new favorites. Oh, and yes there is enough loose ends for a follow up... (Please?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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