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John

MONTGOMERY, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 1633

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, David Weber
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint’s 1632 presented listeners with a fascinating alternate history of the Thirty Years’ War, through the eyes of a West Virginia community tossed back in time to 17th-century Germany. Here, Flint teams up with acclaimed science fiction author David Weber to continue his epic tale. In 1633, the West Virginians attempt to use their modern-day knowledge to build a resistance against the forces of France, Spain, and England.

    Kenneth says: "Audible Get the Rest of This Series Online!"
    "Slow!,"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book has an interesting, yet confusing, start. The premise is kind of fun, but my goodness is it slow moving. While I love good character development, this goes overboard!
    You need to be very patient, and you may not be standing by the end (that is if you make it).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Flint and David Weber again?

    I really like Weber, and will continue to read his stuff. This is not altogether unheard of for him. His books tend to be long with some overdeveloped characters.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes


    Was 1633 worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Final Theory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Alpert
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Columbia University professor David Swift is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist who's been brutally attacked. With his last words, the dying man gives his former pupil a seemingly random string of numbers that could hold the key to Einstein's last and greatest secret: Einheitliche Feldtheorie, The Theory of Everything.

    Jerry says: "Such a mixed bag..."
    "Gripping and Meandering at Times"
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    Would you listen to Final Theory again? Why?

    Overall a good story that develops interesting characters. The premise is fun, and the ramifications of the Final Theory are really intriguing. Any story about some lost nugget of wisdom from Einstein has to be captivating. Add in government and private interests competing, and you have a story that will make you want to endure the few parts where the plot wanders. Give it a listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honestly one of the anti-heroes-Gupta


    What does Adam Grupper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads the characters great!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen A. North
    • Narrated By Brad Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The dead are coming back to life, filled with a single-minded urge to devour the living. While the power was on, some people followed the bigger picture on television; but the news media is little more than a chronicler of the disaster. Sadly, most people are better at becoming part of the problem than finding a way to solve it. "The most important question becomes: Are there enough resilient survivors left to stem the rising dead tide of humanity?"

    Dan says: "Just couldn't get through it & that is rare for me"
    "Only If You are in Dire Straits"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen A. North’s story?

    The characters jump around a lot, and the book is actually boring. It did not have much going on, and I found it hard to focus.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was not right for this particular story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    With all of the books coming out in this genre, you can wait on this. It is not horrible, but wait until you are finished with the MANY better books in this field!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (376)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    B.J. says: "Umm, no. They're not watching."
    "Hurwitz Delivers Again"
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    What made the experience of listening to They're Watching the most enjoyable?

    Usually Horwitz has main characters that have a friend or acquaintance who helps them resolve the main crisis. Spoiler Alert--
    The main character in this book does not really have that person to bail them out. Also, the ending is not as clean. Throughout the book you will relate to the characters because they have decidedly human flaws, which makes the suspense that much more thrilling!

    You will really enjoy the NSA style plot of this, and the twists and turns of this book make it a fast must read!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely!


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Brick has a great voice, even though his characters differ very little in the book or from other books he reads. He doesn't vary much, he just has a great voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1852)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Off to a Good Start"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an excellent job setting up the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A little slow at the outset, but give it some time. You don't want to miss this series.
    This is the typical start to a zombie apocalypse book.
    Spoiler alert---
    Even though they are technically not zombies.

    The book is short and lays the foundation for the rest of the series.
    You will want to read this book because it sets ou good books to come.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He is great!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Get ready for the rest of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2737)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2316)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Wonderful story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story has plenty of twists and turns. The characters are pretty believable despite some of the extreme situations they are put in. You cannot help but root for the main character(s), and the suspense will make you want to see the story through to the end.

    While I am usually a sci-fi person, this was a great read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You can't help but pull for Mike. From his past to the present, he is the underdog I love.


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

    Yes. His soothing voice makes up for his inability to inflect or add much variety in with the different characters. The book was almost a perfect assignment for him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES...stayed up for 6 hours straight to finish it, and paid for it the next day. Well worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry... ... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way... Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature. All the while, her creator is watching.

    Darlene says: "Frater brings the darkness back to vampires!"
    "A light read that will entertain"
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    What did you love best about Pretty When She Dies?

    The story is a fun and fast listen. It is not too serious, and the characters are generally believable. I thought I would try one of the vampire books, as I usually listen to post-apocalyptic, Z, or mysteries. This book was no Twilight, which means it was more like a Trublood type of vamp book, and these two traits made it palatable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I am not sure the story could have been. It was about right for the plot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (557)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "A great post-apocalyptic sequel"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Continues the the story from the first book. Mayberry is just an excellent storyteller, and this is a really fun read.


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Haze: Undead, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    The apocalypse just got worse. When remorse drives Cyrus to abandon his hidden compound he doesn't realize what new dangers lurk in the undead world. He knows he must wade through the vilest remains of humanity and hordes of zombies to settle scores and find the one person who might understand him. But this time, it won't be so easy. Zombies and unpleasant survivors aren't the only thing Cyrus has to worry about. Not anymore.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "It has been worth the wait"
    "Disappointing sequel"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not the same Cyrus. I thought this was an interesting first book, a psychopath in a Z apocalypse. It became kind of a weird romance book, and Cyrus wimps out.


    What could Eloise J. Knapp have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep developing Cyrus as a true sociopath.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is a pretty quick listen, and is a light book if you are not looking for much.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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