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Ross

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (757)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "Hoping for a comic version"
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    While I am a fan of both the comics and the tv show, I did not enjoy this book at all.

    I found it both odd and annoying that it book was written entirely in the present tense:
    "Brian sits in the silent Suburban for moment, listening to his heart thudding in his chest. Nick is looking through each and every window, scanning the immediate vicinity, which is alive with flickering shadows. Penny gets very still. Brian looks at the little girl. The child looks like she's shrinking into herself..."

    It makes me wonder if Kirkman's participation in this project was scripting it as he would a comic, and then Bonansinga just added all of the filler.

    I suggest you listen to the sample before you buy. The narrator is entertaining, but it is hard to enjoy the meat of the story when the bones get in the way. As for me, I will put this one aside, and wait for the comic version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1367)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Brilliant Book"
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    If you could sum up Brilliance in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent. Intriguing. Intense.


    What other book might you compare Brilliance to and why?

    Influx by Daniel Suarez. They have a similar theme, and if you enjoyed one, you would probably like the other.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like him in the Iron Druid series, and I think he did great with this as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and the two-eyed man must be controlled...or destroyed.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could listen to it for the first time all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1014)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Maybe better read than listened to"
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    I enjoyed this book, and thought the narrator did a pretty good job with the material. This is a story that has 2 main male protagonists and they both speak in the first person. The problem is they are both North American with nondescript accents. So while the voices are pretty distinctive for all of the other characters, the two main characters sound pretty much the same. The change in POV is announced, but there were too many instances where I didn't know which character I was with until the content gave me a clue. This is no fault of the narrator, who is obviously skilled. I imagine that when the author describes a character with "no discernible accent", it kind of ties the narrator's hands. As a listener though, being 10+ hours into the book, and still not being able to really differentiate between the two main characters was almost enough to make me start listening to something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japantown: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barry Lancet
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and con­sulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.

    Marci says: "Lancet is about to be discovered"
    "Predictable, but entertaining"
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    There were not a lot of surprises in this book, but I did enjoy the story. The author definitely knows Japan and Japanese. Unfortunately, the narrator does not. There were a lot of Japanese locations and phrases used throughout the book, and the constant mispronunciations became a bit annoying. This will only be a sticking point if you happen to be familiar with the sounds of spoken Japanese. Otherwise, I thought the narrator voiced the characters well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (432)

    When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

    Chris - Audible says: "Another excellent installment."
    "Highly Imaginative World!"
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    Mark Hodder has really created a fantastic world with his Burton and Swinburne Series. As a fan of RFB for both his real life exploits, and his fictional ones (see Riverworld Series), I am always interested whenever I see his name in a book description.

    I have listened to both books of this series, and have enjoyed them both. However, I think the narrator of this series, Gerard Doyle, really brings this world alive. As such, I think the performance actually outmatches the story. I'll be interested in book 3, but if a different reader is used, probably less interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1023)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "Meant to be savoured"
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    I listen to many of my audiobooks at 1.25x or 1.5x speed, but with Dick Hill reading a Jack Reacher story, I felt the need to slow it down to standard speed. If you are a fan of the Reacher series, rest assured, this one won't disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3142)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2777)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "The story will stay with you."
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    I am only writing this review because here it is, January 2013, and I was scrolling through my Audible Library, and saw that I had not "starred" this book. I read it over the summer, and now, almost 5 months later, I still remember specific characters and scenes. It also brings back memories of long walks around Stanley Park, where I did most of my listening.

    Quite a powerful story. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7106)
    Performance
    (3468)
    Story
    (3473)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Entertaining, but a bit disjointed."
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    For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. However, the ending felt a little flat: 30+ hours of listening, and all of a sudden it was over. I listened to the final hour twice just to see if I had missed some key resolution, and apparently, I hadn't... Also, and this will only apply to those of you who have read this book, or will read it: I never got the initial significance of one of the main characters, Amy.

    ***Minor Spoiler Alert***

    What brought her to the attention of the "research center" so much so that within hours of being dumped by her mother at the convent, the two "FBI" agents were ripping her out of the hands of the nun at the zoo? From the super secret "recruitment" of death row inmates to causing an Amber Alert a day later just made no sense to me...

    ***Spoiler finished***


    Otherwise, getting a glimpse into how such a post-apocalyptic society might develop was pretty interesting. Think about it: if the lights went out today, would you, or anyone you know, be able to get them back on?

    All things considered, this book is well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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