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David

JOPPA, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "No Kidding, Really Bad Ending"
    Overall

    Started well, mediocre story, unbelievable ending. Read as if author had to meet a dead-line. One star because it is a book, one star because it has a story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9916)
    Performance
    (8986)
    Story
    (9061)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Too Many Trips to the Well!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Robert Langdon could find symbols anywhere in the world. Enough of the travelogue to Italy and Venice. Weak story, poor dialogue, rest in peace Robert Langdon and the career of Dan Brown. Please no more. It started well with the Da Vinci Code, and has been re-worked here with disappointing results.

    You have to push to get through this book.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1372)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Teddy says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "Series Ends Poorly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With the first book, I had to get over the narator sounding like a comedian. I was glad I did, the story was worth sticking with. I eagerly listened to the next three books in the series.

    Book five was good until it ended abruptly as if the author was just tired of the series. To many strings left untied, too few answers, too few conclusions. You are left with "huh, what happened."

    I now wish I had not started the series in the first place.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (329)

    Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

    Krystal says: "It's below average, at best"
    "Good, Needs Sequel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Grew to like the book as it progressed. Ending seemed rushed, the author could have fleshed it out a little more. More could have been written about San Francisco.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Tripp? Why or why not?

    Yes, hope it is a sequel.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirsten Potter?

    Maybe


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't see it working as a movie. Too broard a tapestry, movie would have to be 3 or 4 hours to really work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Vulcan's Forge (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Josepha Sherman, Susan Shwartz
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Aboard the science ship Intrepid II, Captain Spock, commanding some of his old crewmates, faces his greatest challenge and his most difficult choice. "Fascinating!" says Leonard Nimoy, who narrates this "dramatic tale...that answers long-standing questions about Spock's life choices."

    Christopher says: "Sound effects were distracting"
    "Buy the book, skip the abridged version"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz and/or Leonard Nimoy?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spock


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good story, good characters, no depth


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Trek?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed by the abridged audio and bought the hardbound book. Much fuller and richer story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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