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PORT HUENEME, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (498)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Charles says: "Entertaining, but Overly Rushed"
    "Tone a little unpowered, but great story"
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    If you could sum up Monster in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, fun, unpowered.


    What other book might you compare Monster to and why?

    Anything by sullivan is sufficiently intricate.


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

    Good voices, wish the tone was a little more energetic, as the story seemed to have a little more power than the narrators opinion.


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

    Bill and Ted meet the labyrinth


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6102)
    Performance
    (5546)
    Story
    (5563)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Xmen meets 1920s meets zombies meets great narrati"
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    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    The first 2/3 pacing and plot is very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the first 1/3 was written with such epic style (i.e. like a movie trailer)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    first fight.


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

    no, nothing hit me like a brick, but the whole thing was very smooth


    Any additional comments?

    The last 1/3 was too stereotyped for me. especially given the first 2/3 being so great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3339)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1385)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "50% story about the life if a little girl :-/"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Brilliant writing, amazing performance..... very boring storyline. The story has many great nuggets of creativity and energy, but 60% of the book is very boring narratives about the development of a child by benevolent benefactors, of sorts. If I wanted that kinda nap, I would have read Charles dickens


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

    NA


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

    All, she was spot on with everything.


    Do you think The Diamond Age needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nope, too boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5356)
    Performance
    (4536)
    Story
    (4507)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "10% content, 90% narrative fluff."
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    What would have made The Power of Habit better?

    This book is better summarized by a single review article by any one of the several/few professors cited over and over again in this book. This book is 90% unnecessary narrative, and 10% solid, useful, content.


    Has The Power of Habit turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yup. I'll only read books by phd's in the field of the book from now on. I won't buy writing by writers trying to get a piece of the action.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    NA


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Habit?

    any narrative that went more than 5 pages.


    Any additional comments?

    let the primary source write the books, instead of these second-hand front runners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11705)
    Performance
    (10914)
    Story
    (10922)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Not literary brilliance, YES perfectly creative!"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    The author and story matched so well and the topics and pace were so solid, I could not wait for my morning commute to listen to this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The INFINITE references to my childhood and a very creative way.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    everything...i'm serious.


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

    yes! soooo many exciting plot points!


    Any additional comments?

    PLLLLLLLEASE make more like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Underwriting: Money

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By iMinds
    • Narrated By Emily Sophie Knapp
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Learn about Underwriting with iMinds Money's insightful fast knowledge series. Underwriting is the process of issuing insurance policies. A company underwrites your policy when it agrees to insure you or your property in exchange for the premiums you pay. Underwriting is carried out by either an insurance company or a professional underwriter. Underwriters assess risks and decide whether to accept applications for insurance cover and, if so, under what terms they are valid.

    david says: "clean and to the point, too short"
    "clean and to the point, too short"
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    If you could sum up Underwriting in three words, what would they be?

    very clear info, just not the best info.


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

    add more relevant content to a person interested enough in this obscure topic.


    What does Emily Sophie Knapp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good energy.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    more info!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

    Jay says: "An overly long Nudge in the right direction"
    "Dense with information, instead of narratives"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nudge the most enjoyable?

    No full of unnecessary anecdotal stories that drag on. Solid, relevant information, at a good pacing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


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

    Good tone of voice, not overly monotonous or boisterous for the topic,


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

    Libertarian Paternalism comes to your home.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a little more engaging and even more detailed information

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4346)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3837)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "The Firm meets E.T. meets the Ewoks"
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    Would you listen to Fuzzy Nation again? Why?

    Well, the story was very rich and complex, but a lot of the plot points became obvious and thus a lot of the dialog tends to come across as verbose. So on a second read the issue would become unbearable. Having said that, it is an engaging storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot points were very good. If the dialog pulled back a. Little bit it wand didn't spell everything out for me, it would have been incredibly good.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to other books, but I would. The plots are rich.


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

    Spoiler?!! When hallway first met the fuzzier.


    Any additional comments?

    The dialog is noticeable verbose and spells out everything in too much detail. However the reason for this seems that the legalise might come across too complex. Good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1202)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Pure unfiltered creativity."
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    If you could sum up Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain in three words, what would they be?

    Pure creativity. Great character dynamics between two main characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain?

    The fight on the island.


    What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant. The voices were perfect. Seriously. Couldn't be any better.


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

    No. I like it in doses.


    Any additional comments?

    More details! The scenes are so perfect I want it to all go slower.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5544)
    Performance
    (5108)
    Story
    (5104)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "Very we'll developed characters."
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    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The characters and their interactions are very realistic. It makes the fantasy seem so real. Some of plot needed more energetic description but the conversations and internal monologues are genius. The. Plot itself is very mysterious


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    The magical jail. Very creative


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Royce!


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

    It shocked me that certain events had such impact me as a new user of audio books


    Any additional comments?

    Love these books. Never stop writing please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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