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Pieter

An unsocial freak living his life around audiobooks, the next best thing to under water blowdryers.

South Africa

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "Why am i yawning?"
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    I think the narrator was the wrong reader for this book. He has talent but for some reason the story telling part is so boring that i have a sore face from yawning and forcing my eyes open. The narration are extremely soft as well.

    The story starts off good but it is starting to become a chore to listen now. There is nothing driving this story. I really wanted this story to be good. I will read the book and see if i can find some magic in it. Those expecting something great, be warned you may fall asleep at the steering.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2529)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1984)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Michael says: "More Please!"
    "A boring press conference in Space"
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    Story

    Yawn, and yawn again. If there was any action in the story i may have missed it with the boring narration. Please don't think of me as a sexist as men also has their weaknesses i agree with, but this sounded like a tale from a office with woman not getting along very well. There is too much dialogue and no action. In a nutshell this is office conflict set in space only view able through a tiny hole.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3534)
    Performance
    (2547)
    Story
    (2546)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Noe says: "Outstanding story of post-apocalyse."
    "Swan Song murdered this"
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    Story

    The book is slow and tedious and struggles to get to the point. The epic scenes feels too normal at times and there is hardly any conflicting moments in the book. Everything seems so predictable and doesn't even try to baffle or amaze. It is not one of my favorites and i may blame it on listening to Swan Song trying to find something similar.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (353)

    A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

    Cynthia L. Walker says: "Still as good as I remember!"
    "Good concept, wrong time line"
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    The idea is good and the story is good,but lacks serious conflict and a very predictable ending. THis is like watching TITANIC set in space. Having a type writer on a spaceship, just does'nt float my bubble at all. If you like modern sci fi, skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2728)
    Performance
    (2369)
    Story
    (2406)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "A Billion dollar movie in my head!!!"
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    It takes just the right combination of story and reader to make an audiobook shine. The balance is off by an inch and the book fails. This is a book that will hook you to the end not becuase of the story but becuase of the characters which Tom Stechschulte dresses with his unique voice.

    You want a true simulation of life beyond a nuclear holocuast, this is the history book for it. Its a must for those who love Mad max style world with a flair of mistery. I will keep my eyes open for more books read by Tom, his voice is unique in many ways. He can turn a ordinary book into a billion dollar movie and all you need is an imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3209)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2841)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Yawn, Oh?!"
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    The whole story is interesting and how things flow into each other. The narrator is excellent with his accents and enhances each character. Yet he tends to have a boring voice after hours of listen but once you follow the story you get swallowed in again. This book is perfect for lazy days in the sun, you really need to focus to enjoy it. Dont multitask on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (468)

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Hype machine?"
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    I agree with Ros, the narrator was not well chosen for this book. He is more suited for sherlock holmes books. I also tried to find the hype about the book and with all the sex in it its no wonder the series is so popular. This gets worse when the narrator explains the sex scene, it does nt suit his voice. The story is not bad but i have read a lot better books than this that surely needs the hype more than this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1330)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Colin says: "Story is drowning in politics"
    "A touch of hitchhiker guide to the galaxy"
    Overall

    Don't think twice in getting this. It has a original beginning and i am 60% through it and it feels complete. The writer takes the innocences of the human race and ads the confusion of an alien world and how one man outwits them. The narrator has a great way of reading this that makes it almost comical and special at the same time. For me to make effort to write a comment here takes real effort and guts and this book has both. It almost reminds me of the innocense and sense of norm 'Hitchhiker to the galaxy' brought to something that would make us paranoid and confused in real life. This is a good listen if you like sci-fi and space stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (799)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Oh, what was that again?"
    Overall

    I was hoping this would be something diffirent since i am a history fanatic. I usually listen to books while working, but several times the book dissapeared among the hundred thoughts i have which never happens on any other audio book. It is complex and the main character is extremely boring. It is very technical yet it will have an audience with those who find toothpicks and pebbles more interesting than the end of the world or some alien invasion. Did i forget to say YAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWNNNN!!!

    15 of 31 people found this review helpful

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