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Luis B. Mendoza

I love Scifi and Fantasy books.

Kissimmee, Florida United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Helliconia Spring: The Helliconia Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Aldiss
    • Narrated By Christopher Slade
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Set on the Earth-like planet Helliconia, this is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilization over more than a thousand years. The great drama of life on Helliconia is shaped by its cosmic limitations. In fierce contrasts of climate, whole seasons last for centuries and civilizations rise and fall as theplanet orbits the giant sun Freyr every 3000 years.

    Greg Bazar says: "Reaaallllyyy sloooooowwww start - good finish."
    "Waste of time"
    Overall

    I really can not say which is worse the story or the narrator. The story is so slow that I found myself not paying attention to large segments of it and not caring enough to go back and re-listen to find out what happened which no doubt didn't matter anyway. The narrator has a way of reading each sentence then pausing so a very slow story is painfully drawn out. I forced my self to finish it then when I did not really caring what happened I realized that there was a SECOND part. ARRRHHH!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6433)
    Performance
    (5648)
    Story
    (5648)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Awesome FUN"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favorite series of all time. Z is just awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the variety of characters and how well you get to know and empathize with the main characters in the story. Come on, a world populated with Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. You have to love it.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of giving each character a different voice but not so unique that it was annoying.


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

    Once you get going it is very hard to stop listening.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seeds of Earth: Humanity's Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Cobley
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    First contact: the dream that became a nightmare when the first alien life encountered swarmed locust-like through the solar system. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the invading forces, Earth's last, desperate roll of the die was to send out three colony ships - seeds of Earth - to different parts of the galaxy

    A User says: "Just plain BAD"
    "Worst EVER!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Seeds of Earth better?

    Try to listen to the sample before you waste your credit here. This is one of the worst written books I have come across in years. There are just so many characters and he jumps from one to the other before you gain any emotional attachment to the character.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Cobley’s story?

    He jumped so much from one scene to the next that I found myself thinking about other things and not even caring what I missed.


    Did David Thorpe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The only amazing thing about this book is how the narrator manages to work with so many different voices. Even that gets bad because some of the accents are so intense that you just can not understand what is being said. Many of the characters in this book have a very strong Irish or Scottish accent that makes it nearly impossible for the rest of us to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1076)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Why??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I LOVED the previous two books however this one spends so much time in the whole Latino/Anglo culture clash that I almost forgot what the story was about. Rather than understanding the cultural issues I walked away thinking that the Latinos are idiots, and I AM LATINO! I am not sure what the whole point of that was other than to show how the Human/Rangora cultures have a hard time understanding each other but it was not worth the effort. I LOVE John Ringos works but I could have done with out most of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1016)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "Struggling to keep listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am almost six hours into this book and am constantly thinking that I am going to move on to something else. The thing is that I just hate to waste my credits on a book and not listen to it. The main problem I have with this is that it is very hard to follow. The majority of the book is in dialogue form and I keep feeling like I walked into the middle of a conversation and I have no idea who the people are and what came before. During any scene I constantly ask myself who is this again? And yes I agree with some of the reviews that say that the accents are just very hard to follow. I love this narrator and his work on Peter F Hamilton's Void series but this is not his finest work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the East

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.

    Into The Wide Blue says: "READ"
    "Distracting Reader"
    Overall

    Overall I did like this book and would recommend it but you have to be patient. It gets off to kind of a slow start and to make things worse the reader is well.. kind of annoying. I could ignore the long pauses but the constant loud inhaling is VERY distracting. Could they not edit that out.
    ...INHALE CATCH MY BREATH,,,,,LET IT OUT... KEEP READING...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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