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Robert Moore

Bromly Falco

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  • Rip-Off!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (342)

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    carmen says: "not just for sci-fi fans"
    "Something for Everyone to Enjoy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rip-Off! to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think the variety of voice actors brings a lot to helping you hear the difference in the authors' voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This would be a close tie between the main characters from "The Big Whale" by Allen M. Steele and "Begone" by Daryl Gregory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the scene in "Begone" where the character was talking to the guy from "I Dream of Jeannie" was my favorite. If you watched 60s television, you'll find this story pretty amazing.


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

    Definitely laughed a lot during various authors. Nothing especially sad, though.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't enjoy the first few authors nearly as much as the later bits. If you decide to listen to this, my advice is to give each story 15 minutes or so and skip to the next if you don't enjoy any given author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita....

    Jane says: "Good because it’s wacko different."
    "Like a Bizaree Alternate Universe for Show Fans!"
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    Where does Dearly Devoted Dexter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. No where near the top, but certainly not one of the worst.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dexter is certainly my favorite character. He is, in a lot of ways, creepier in the books than in the show.


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

    I wasn't a big fan of the narration at first. But, it is growing on me. It's delivered in a very quiet, emotionless, and steady pace. At first I felt a disconnect there, compared to hearing Hall as Dexter from the show. But, I think it's an interesting alternate Dexter that is more appropriate to the character in many ways.


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

    A Different Dexter of Darker Dimensions


    Any additional comments?

    The alliteration continues to appear frequently throughout the book and continues to be amazing.

    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
    (3736)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3273)

    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."
    "A Great Reimagining of the Original"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a really cool story. I wish it was longer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the biology of the alien ecosystem. It was really well thought out, described, and (unlike a lot of sci-fi) very believable.


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

    Yes, I've listened to a lot of Wil Wheaton's performances and some of Scalzi's other writing. I'd say this book isn't as good as some of Scalzi's other work, but Wheaton's performance is excellent, as usual. It's well worth listening to or reading.


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

    There were a few scenes that made me laugh and I imagine a lot of people would cry during one of the sadder scenes. Overall, nothing "extreme," but you will probably laugh and maybe cry.


    Any additional comments?

    It's cool that you get the original story that Fuzzy Nation is based on as an audiobook, too. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much (not performed by Wheaton and an older style of storytelling), but it has some merits in the more in-depth ecological information that make it worth checking out, too.

    0 of 0 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
    (5305)
    Performance
    (4949)
    Story
    (4943)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Awesome Star Trek Style Sci-Fi with a Twist!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! A very clever parody/homage to the Original Star Trek.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the little Star Trek parodies were amazing. The truth behind the mystery is quite a surprising twist, too.


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

    The hilarity of Wil Wheaton reading a Star Trek parody should be lost on no one.


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

    o.O Odd question. I guess, "The Mystery Beyond the Final Frontier."


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your time, if you watched Star Trek. If not, you might not get all the jokes that really make this book awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

    Jane says: "This was fun because it was different."
    "Definitely Different Dexter"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you enjoy the show, you would almost certainly enjoy this alternative season one timeline. There are a lot of small differences; some of what the book does seems better to me and some of what Showtime did seems better. This was not, however, a case where I thought he book was substantially better than the television interpretation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dexter is my favorite character, by far. In the book, you get much less exposure to the other characters and they don't make as much of an impression as they do in the show. Doakes, Angel, Masuoka, etc. are all there, but many of them seemed easily forgettable compared to the clearer characters you may be used to seeing in episodes on Showtime.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I felt like the narrator was too dull. A lot of this is no doubt because I'm so accustomed to the voice of Michael Hall as Dexter. I also didn't feel like the narrator developed very distinct voices for some of the other characters and made some odd pronunciation choices.


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

    No, but I knew everything that was going to happen...I was even aware of the couple of major differences between the show and this first novel. If not, I probably would have had a much larger reaction to a few things.

    If you don't do fairly descriptive crime scenes with dismemberment, discussion of blood spatter, etc., I would caution you about these books. There's a lot of..."gore", for lack of a better word.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very curious to listen to the next book and see if I enjoy it more than this one or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5267)
    Performance
    (3531)
    Story
    (3542)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Great Book, Sadly Abridged"
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    What made the experience of listening to World War Z the most enjoyable?

    All of the voice actors were very good and the audio book felt like listening to the fictional interviews conducted after WWZ. Generally, I prefer a single narrator using various voices, but in this format the ensemble cast was an excellent decision.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially loved Alan Alda's performance.


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

    I have not listened to any audio books performed by these voice actors. I am, of course, familiar with some of the cast's film and TV work. I would say that their performances are just as good, or even better, in the audio book than on film.


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

    Not really. There are some humorous bits that made me laugh, but not an "extreme reaction."


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish there was an unabridged audio production of this book. I haven't read the full text, but I can only assume it would add a lot of depth to the world created by Brooks to have more interviews and/or additional anecdotes from the characters appearing in the audio book.

    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
    (9794)
    Performance
    (9112)
    Story
    (9112)

    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.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Overflowing with Nerdy Goodness"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    I only just finished Ready Player One last week and I'm already tempted to go back and listen to it, again. The 80s & gamer culture represented in this book is wonderfully presented in a vivid barrage that took me back to the arcades of my youth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Wil Wheaton narrating the section where the protagonist mentions Wheaton as an "old geezer." XD


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the movie sequences were pretty amazing. Not to give too much away, but I suggest watching Wargames, Lady Hawke, & Monty Python & the Holy Grail before listening to it. Else you be filled with the urge to watch them mid-listen.


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

    I laughed a lot while I was listening to this book. Mostly, I sat around saying things like, "Hell, yeah! Rush!"


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT NOW!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5262)
    Performance
    (4455)
    Story
    (4451)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Great Story, Disappointing Performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 to be better than the print version?

    More convenient, for sure. But, I think I preferred it in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fans of the Dresden Files will be accustomed to Harry's wise-assery and Butcher's habit of slipping in pop culture and jokes... Ghost Story has a few of the funniest in the entire series, IMHO.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Two words. James. Marsters. I don't know why he took a hiatus on this book, but it suffers significantly from him not being involved. I suppose the guy who reads it is alright, but it doesn't compare at all to the spirited performance Marsters gives in every other Dresden book.


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

    As I said above, a few of the funniest jokes in the series are here in Ghost Story. I laugh a lot during this book. It also has a really great dramatic side, too. When I read it in print the first time around, I definitely cried toward the end (and I'm not the kind of dude that cries reading a book). While listening to it this time around, I don't know if it was because I knew already what was coming or if it was the disconnect from the audio performance, but it didn't impact me nearly as much.


    Any additional comments?

    Check out Cold Days, the next book in the Dresden Files. Marsters is back and I'm about 1/3 through his performance right now. Another excellent book in a series known for its fantastic quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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