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Jessica

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3557)
    Performance
    (3212)
    Story
    (3283)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "An interesting idea"
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    Any additional comments?

    I think this was an interesting idea for a story, in that he is able to utilize the different personalities in his mind - each of which is a different expert in a field - to solve problems. That however is also part of the problem for me. He is a multimillionaire, mental giant and even though his 'mental illness' is complex because there are so many different genius individuals living in his mind, the main character really had no problems other than people trying to ask him for help. He was not someone I could warm up to or in the end even root for.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate. Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly.

    Michael says: "Let the good times roll!"
    ""Wish me luck Toby""
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Luck Hank the most enjoyable?

    The humor is slapstick and the narrator delivers it perfectly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Luck Hank?

    When Hank simply accepts the dead body out side his apartment and when he is unable to get it removed, he names it 'Toby'. I do not know why that is so funny to me even now.


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

    His voice for Hank is allot of fun to listen to and his delivery of some of the funny parts left me laughing so hard I had to pause.


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

    No. that is because I am enjoying it so much I want it to last and I have no idea if there will be a third book - I hope so!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love science fiction and got the first book because there was nothing out there I wanted right now. I had zero expectations for it and was pleasantly surprised. The second book is even better. It is not for everyone of course, but I'm very glad I gave it a try. I do recommend you buy the first one so you get a feel/understanding of the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (346)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    Striker says: "Decent Story, Lacking Good Narration"
    "New Narrator mid series is a very very bad idea!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a good question because it ties in well with my major complaint about the narration. One of my most favorite characters is the UN Chief and grouchy old woman Avasarala. I LOVE the tone, humor, accent and life that Jefferson Mays (narrator of the first three books) gave her. I honestly thought "wow this is a woman I would love to work for and know!". So when I heard Erik Davies version of Avasarala I could not figure out who the character was at first. She is without accent, nondescript, slightly female and, well, angry. While she is only in the book for a couple of lines, it was still a major disappointment. I felt like it was laziness on the part of the narrator and producers for either not doing the necessary background research or deciding to just make her "cardboard, female character B" sounding. So this sounds like a major nit-picky quibble, however lack of background research is evident again with Miller who is made to sound almost ROBOTIC!!! Why?! Why?! Why?! That was hard to get over and very distracting. Alex has a generic, slightly Texan twang, so that was not too bad. Amos was another character who just sounded wrong and often I would get confused with who was speaking as his voice was very similar to a couple of other characters such as the main protagonist. Holden is a little bit closer to the original. Another issue I had was the editing. The narrator messed up on several occasions and read lines in the wrong voice - Giving the dialogue to Holden for instance with it was that of a completely different characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    DON'T SWITCH NARRATORS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SERIES AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THAT FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL DO THE RESEARCH SO THAT THEY CAN STAY TRUE TO WHO THE CHARACTERS ARE!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is nothing that particularly moved me, but it was a lot of the same fun/gross/new/interesting ideas - which I love! A bit of repetition on some themes unfortunately (desperate father wants to save child), more fun and impossible situations and go from bad to horrible to 'how are they going to get out of this!". The characters are starting to get an invincible feel to them, which I do not care for but this is balanced by my not wanting any of them to be killed off :) The writing is again topnotch and this series still continues to raze the bar for new scifi.


    Any additional comments?

    Please let Jefferson Mays return and narrate the rest of the series in the future. Thank you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (403)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "Why bother even putting this story on Mars?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book takes place in a time when we are past being able to colonize Mars YET the much of the basic technology is what we use today - keyboards, ipad things, physical coin currency and of all things a bullet shooting Smith & Wesson. Maybe I have been massively spoilt by other Sci-Fi writers (Kristine Kathryn Rusch for example) who first of all would not have a Smith & Wesson this sort of weapon in a dome/biosphere because of the damage it could possibly do to the overall micro environment. Or how about cost of producing the bullets - is this done on Mars? Or are the shipped from Earth and If so, wouldn't that make them thousands of dollars a bullet? I don't know, it's never explained the author just moves on. At one point the protagonist is watching a dust storm, but where is it? Inside the dome? if so, why and how would such a storm be produced. If it is outside the dome, well how is he seeing it? does his office have a window that looks outside the dome? and if so why isn't that window as dirty and run down as the rest of the dome supposedly is. My point is there are so many loose and ridiculous loose ends when it comes to the world building and science end of this story that the author would have been far better off just to leave it on earth and make it a little bit in the future. As this story stands, it was frustrating and disappointing. I think there is loads of potential, but the lazy lack of imagination in the details has just left me cold.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

    Nope.


    Did Christian Rummel do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was ok with what he had to work with. I mean supposedly this is a very old Mars colony and yet the characters are described as having accents like a distinctive "Scottish brogue" or Latin for example. I mean after all that time wouldn’t they have their own accents, slang, patois, or subtle ways of non verbal communication??? (again spoilt by authors like James S. A. Corey)


    Was Red Planet Blues worth the listening time?

    Noooooooooo. For me it was not.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to be immersed in a world and I do not strictly read Sci-Fi. I am not a purist by any means. I can forgive allot if you can keep my attention, you are clever or can 'wow' me with interesting concepts and fresh ideas. But this book. Uhg. It was as if the author took a giant fluffy ice cream scoop of a bit of low fat, sugar free Raymond Chandler and flung it at Mars, stood back and said "Look I made a Noir/Sci-Fi!!!" NO. If you are looking for something that is Noir/Sci-Fi I would recommend reading "Noir" by K. W. Jeter - and I hope very much that book will be on Audible some day.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Crossover: Cassandra Kresnov, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life.

    Tango says: "Crossover to a Different Book"
    "Well that was mind numbing"
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    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    She did the best with what she was given, I hope they paid her well.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was frustrating to get through. This is what it felt like listening to it: little bit of plot – protagonist explains sex life – little bit of plot – protagonist is questioned about sex life – little bit of plot – protagonist has fond remembrance of sex life – little bit of plot – protagonist has sex and explains about sex life to sex partner – little bit of plot – protagonist calls co-worker and jokes about sex life before telling vital information strangely connected to sex life. While I have never been a teenage boy, it felt like I was being pulled into the mind of one at times and it was difficult not to stop rolling my eyes over and over or at one point bash my head on my desk. It was soooo tiresome, so boring, and so repetitive.Another point of irritation about this book is that it takes place on a plant in the far future, however all the architecture on the planet is exactly like present day earth. There are districts that divide the place the protagonist lives in and they are labelled something like (not kidding here) “Old earth Chinatown”, “Old earth Spanish District”, “Old Earth India”, “Old Earth Whatever with that old earth architecture, music, food, language”. The rest of the place is made up of glass and cement. Seriously. I wanted to like this book. Some of the ideas have already been done, but they were still interesting. The plot had potential. If 90% of the sexual thoughts were cut out of the protagonists head and it was filled with a bit of depth she would be far more interesting and relatable. The only reason I have not asked for my money back was because I wanted to write a review to warn others who have similar tastes in SciFi, against buying this. However if you do ignore me (like I did with the other reviewers) it will really make you appreciate the genuine talents of other Scifi writers out there.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1020)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "Just fell short. Way short."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    After writing this review I realized I probably wouldn't.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Wong before, how does this one compare?

    The last book I listened to was "John Dies at the End" and I REALLY enjoyed that book. There were so many elements of it that just clicked for me. It was/is so fun, fresh, funny, odd ball, horrible (in a good way), surprizing and really well narrated.
    So I guess that the bar had been set pretty high when I started this book. The greatest disappointment was the change in narrators. Stephen R. Thorne (narrator of John Dies at the End) was just excellent in his depiction of the characters - especially the character of John, whom he plays as a down key sort of guy, I really liked that. All his other character's voices are well defined and you are able to tell them apart and visualize them.
    The narrator of this book, Nick Podehl, does exactly the opposite and John is more hyper and yells allot. It is extreemly jarring going from one book to the next. As well, many of his character voices sound the same so I sometimes was lost in what was happening in conversations - who is saying what. His female voices are straight out of a bad Saturday Night Live skit, just horrible and all the same.
    Ok I get that maybe they might have had difficulty getting back the narrator of the first book - maybe it was life, schedules, whatever - but WHY chose a new narrator whose style is so very different and is just not as skilled? So VERY disappointing.
    Also gone was allot of the humour and fun. I get that more serious things happen in this book, but I think it is at the forsaking of the characters personalities. Possibly the author was trying to end the series and show some growth in his characters - but it just felt wrong and fell flat for me. Sometimes I caught myself silently growning and wanting to smack my forehead.
    There is a death at the end that was just completely unnecessary and made me very angry. Really angry. That was just bs. Just horrible. You know what? I’m still angry. If I can ever figure out a way of deleting it from my audio book I will. It however may not be necessary as I doubt I will ever be listening to it again. By the way, since buying John Dies at the End a few months ago, I have listened to it three times.
    Ok what did I like. Some of the humor was ok. Some of the ideas were fun, interesting, refreshing.
    To be honest I was sort of relived when it was over.
    Also I waited at least a month after listening to this book so that I could have some time to really reflect on what I liked and what bothered me.


    What aspect of Nick Podehl’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have replaced Nick Podehl with the narrator of the first book "John Dies at the End" - Stephen R. Thorne


    Any additional comments?

    Please be more considerate when choosing narrators.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (870)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "He endlessly says "go buy the book""
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    Would you try another book from Adam Carolla and/or Adam Carolla?

    Not in audio form and if I got it in written I would not pay for it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Carolla’s performances?

    I remember him years ago from Loveline and found him to be entertaining in small doeces when you are in the mood for a rant or to hear an odd family story. I just don't find him that funny anymore and I think that is because I have gotten older and find his stories have more a ring of bitter unkindness to them.


    What character would you cut from Not Taco Bell Material?

    I wonder how this audio book would have turned out if they had let another comedian read an unabridged verson. I really would have prefered that, so the answer to this question is "Adam Carolla".


    Any additional comments?

    What I thought I was getting and what I wanted was outlined in Adam Carolla's first chapter: interesting and funny stories about his growing up and life. What I got was Adam Carolla going off on tangents and sort of sad rants, and letting me know he was kipping stories and telling me over and over I needed to go buy the book if I wanted to know more (I know the audio book is abridged, but he endlessly states it and cannot seem to stick with the written material at all. It’s a bit like having a 6 hour radio show more than an audio book.) . He does have some funny moments and stories, but for me this was an absolute waist of my money and a regret.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    Holly Helscher says: "Everyone is the Favorite"
    "This is really not my kind of book."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A stronger female protagonist. I do not like romance novels at all, so I did not like those moments in the novel however they felt very cliché.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have investigated this more before I purchased it - Had I realized at the time it is published I Harlequin I would absolutely not have gotten it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6144)
    Performance
    (5721)
    Story
    (5722)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Well..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Redshirst was fun until the overall plot started becoming evident. The plot is so-so but I more enjoyed how the 'extras' in the story were self aware and knew their existence was bizarre but were going along with it so they did not end up dead. If you watched the original Star Trek, it added a funny perspective. Mid story a group of the characters have to leave the ship in order to survive and at this point I lost interest and I continued listening in the hopes that the story would regain more of its original quirkiness. It didn't. The reader was a good choice for the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11935)
    Performance
    (10846)
    Story
    (10870)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Well that was a bit different"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh, surprizing, different


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were things in the strory I did not expect and surprized me


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When everyone gets together to open the last appartment door and they discover what is really behind that door - I never would have guessed that


    Any additional comments?

    They story had good pacing and kept my attention. This is not a story I would normally get and not entirely what I was expecting, but I am very pleased I heard it. The reader is very good at making distinct voices.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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