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Geir

I'm an inventor, chef, fisherman and puffin hunter from Iceland that loves to learn new things and enjoy the day.

Borgarnes, Iceland | Member Since 2006

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  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

    Richard says: "Good Start - slow end"
    "Oh no, my credit!"
    Overall

    One of the worst books I have ever listened to, it's not even a good fantasy if that's what the author was going for. To be honest, these predictions were so dumb that it got physically painful to listen to that dribble.

    Stay away from this audiobook, since you might as well save the credit and spend the rest of the day just listening to TV static for better information about the world.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (929)

    Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda.

    Karen says: "Unexpected and Enjoyable"
    "The force is truly with this audiobook"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. The story couldn't be more true to the good old Star Wars theme and is quite captivating, but the audio experience was what blew me away. The reading, the sound effects and the music - everything just came together perfectly in exciting and enjoyable experience, that kept me hoping that the story would never end.

    I highly recommend this for any Star Wars fan, willing to be immersed in an epic story all over the galaxy far far away. True Star Wars!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This great African adventure novel is an enduring favorite among those who love excitement and romance. It is filled with qualities close to the human heart: the spirit of adventure and discovery, the desire for immortality, primal terror, and the search for the primitive. Few knew the Dark Continent as Haggard did; his experience of savage life and wild lands lends a visceral credibility that makes us believe the impossible.

    Geir says: "Huzzah for good audiobooks!"
    "Huzzah for good audiobooks!"
    Overall

    What an audiobook!
    This classical story of Allan Quatermain's adventure through unexplored Africa is just a splendid, and the narrator, Mr. Rudnicki, did a wonderful work filling the audio with life and excitement. If you want to get lost for 8 and a half hour in a brilliant classic adventure, then this is what you need.

    I have to admit that my workday has never gone by so quickly, more than 8 hours and I didn't notice a thing. Huzzah for good audiobooks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (28)

    Victor Frankenstein learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger and more powerful than the average man. Frankenstein rejects the creature, and lives to regret his desire to create life, after it kills his brother William. Frankenstein is a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus.

    Geir says: "Made the flu a cozy excuse"
    "Made the flu a cozy excuse"
    Overall

    I have saved this story for a long time, and suffering from the winter flu the moment seemed right. Audible had many versions available and it was hard to choose. The voice of Dick Hill in the preview persuaded me and I wasn't disappointed.

    Mary did a very good job of conjuring up the world of Frankenstein and his monster and their tormenting plight of life. I was very moved by this story. It is thrilling, touching and scary all at once.

    The narration by Dick Hill was entirely perfect. His voice and Mary's story became this rollercoaster of an audio book, that just made this winter flu a cozy excuse to relax and enjoy good literature.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Blair Mellow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It is an INVASION! H. G. Wells' classic story of Martians invading an unsuspecting and unprepared world continues to thrill and terrify listeners around the world. Following strange explosions on the surface of Mars, metallic cylinders crash in the English countryside - objects that carry hideous aliens possessed of deadly weapons and a rabid hunger for human flesh. No army can stop these monstrous hordes, no weapons can harm them - a terrified humanity watches helpless as cities are reduced to cinders and ash. There is no hope...here is no future...our world is lost - unlessa?S

    Geir says: "I raised my hands muttering "Yes!""
    "I raised my hands muttering "Yes!""
    Overall

    This was my second listening by H.G. Wells after The Time machine and boy. . . this one didn't let me down either.

    The narration of this book was different in the way it was very emotional, dramatic and they even used music to add to the experience. For me, it just hit every right spot. I actually cheered and raised my hands muttering "Yes!" at one part of the book (you'll know when it happens), much to the surprise of my fellow co-workers (the poor things only listen to the radio or music. . . such a waste of time).

    But anyways, I found both the story and the narration to be just the right thing for me. This book was six hours of great emotions as I at times cheered or grieved the fate of man but also the story gave me many things to ponder afterwards about humanity and its place in the world.

    If I would usually wear a hat (like a good english tophat), I would now take it off in token of appreciations for the master of fiction. . . H.G. Wells.

    Truly a good listening.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    A Victorian scientist travels far into the future, and finds that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. He meets the Eloi, a species descended from man, but realizes that these beautiful people are just remnants of a once-great culture; they are now weak and afraid of the dark. The Eloi have reason to be afraid. In deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity: the sinister Morlocks.

    David says: "Fine story, odd narration"
    "For me it was a pleasant surprise."
    Overall

    When I bought this book on sale I had very low expectations for this book, I don't know why. . . but it could have been the remembrance from that bad movie. Anyway, the narration and the story came as a very good surprise, as both are to me very good.

    The philosophical theories, the 19th century British atmosphere (my favourite), the unexpectedly deep characters (for this short a book), and many things more made me forget the whole world for 4 hours while I walked aimlessly about my town last evening.

    I love this feeling that you get when you have low expectations for something but it turns out to be very good. . . it kind of makes the whole thing even better.

    So. . . don't listen to me, hate the audio book with all your heart and then listen to it anyway.

    You are then in for a pleasant surprise.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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