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  • Mars Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Jamie Waterman has made an important discovery on Mars. A cliff dwelling reveals the fact that an intelligent race lived on the red planet 65 million years ago, only to be driven into extinction by the crash of a giant meteor. But now the exploration of Mars is itself under threat of extinction, as the ultraconservative New Morality movement gains control of the U.S. government and cuts off all funding for the Mars program.

    jsakeo says: "By far the worst of this trilogy!"
    "By far the worst of this trilogy!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Being I was in the car and a captive audience, yes. I was very interested to see what Jamie Waterman would be doing in this book and how things would progress on Mars.


    What was most disappointing about Ben Bova’s story?

    The politics! This book became very political which added nothing to the story but showed Ben Bova as being a total left wing looney.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    I liked Jamie Waterman in the entire trilogy.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It would not make a good movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The mars exploration in the book seemed more plausible then the politics. The politics was so far out there it seemed to be more science fiction then the main story. It was a veiled attempt to make the religious right look like a bunch of religious zealots and to show the devastation of man made global warming which is a total hoax.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1950)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Entertaining but it just goes on forever!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    You have to listen to Pandora's Star first otherwise much of the book would be meaningless and I would provide a warning that it goes on forever.


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

    This book would probably be better in a Reader's Digest condensed version. There is just a bunch of subplots which while they get wrapped into the over all plot, they don't really add anything to it other than to make in unreasonably long.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they finally blew up the bad guys!!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm not sure how you would do over 80 hours of a book into a movie and it does'nt really lend itself to being split into multiple movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1553)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Another Great Monster Hunter Book!!"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Nemesis again? Why?

    I expect that I will listen to the entire Monster Hunter series again at some point in time as they are just so fun and entertaining!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Nemesis?

    Earl Harbinger and Agent Franks battling it out to the death. It is an epic battle.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    This book focuses on agent Franks and how could you not learn to like him?


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

    Finding out that Agent Franks has a son and then to have that son taken from him. Who would think that Frankenstein's monster could be emotional?


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next installment of the Monster Hunters!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, William Doyle
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most accomplished sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully argues that guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often under-appreciated role in our national story. He carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story, ranging from the American long rifle to the modern M-16, and uses these guns as a platform for exploring American history.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "History but not boring"
    "A great piece of American history for everyone."
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    What did you love best about American Gun?

    Very interesting tidbits of American history and how guns helped to shape the country that we are. Without these guns, we would be a far different country and not for the good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is the story of America and how we came to be and how guns helped to form that country that we know and love. Anyone with a love for America will love this book.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    It was an excellent performance. Very appropriate for the material.


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

    This book would not be appropriate for a movie but perhaps a documentary diving into each of the 10 guns.


    Any additional comments?

    People with a fear of guns should read or listen to this book to see how important the gun was in the formation of this country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4191)
    Performance
    (2504)
    Story
    (2543)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Captivating but somewhat disjointed."
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    Where does Pandora's Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack.


    What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

    It's like no other book I have either read or listened to.


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

    It's my first John Lee book but he does an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the character development is unnecessarily long and adds little if anything to the overall plot and one of those subplots ends as a cliffhanger. What's that all about. It's worth listening to the end but it had it's moments where I wanted to bail out as it is very long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Risked: The Missing, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Jonah and Katherine journey to 1918 with the Romanov children in the sixth tale of the New York Times best-selling The Missing series. It's a paradox: When Jonah and Katherine find themselves on a mission to return Alexei and Anastasia Romanov to history and then save them from the Russian Revolution, they are at a loss. Because, in their own time, the bones of Alexei and Anastasia have been positively identified through DNA testing. What hope do they have of saving Alexis and Anastasia's lives when the twenty-first century has proof of their deaths?

    jsakeo says: "A Great New Episode in Rescuing Histories Kids!!"
    "A Great New Episode in Rescuing Histories Kids!!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonah and Katherine are the stars of the series and my favorite characters. What one doesn't think of, the other does and they never think about themselves it's always about trying to help others.


    Any additional comments?

    A great addition to the Missing Kids series. Provides some history while entertaining in an always unpredictable way. Fun for kids and adults!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1231)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Another Great Book in the Percy Jackson Saga!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Hades to be better than the print version?

    I can't comment on how the audio book compares as I haven't read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I just love the entire cast of characters, but Percy and Annabeth are my favorites because of the way they play off one another.


    What about Nick Chamian’s performance did you like?

    The reading of the book was OK. Nothing special. It would have been nice if the reader put more heart into it. At times it felt like he was just reading the book.


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

    Frank's coming of age was great. There are two scenes where Frank takes charge and destroys armies. He is no longer someone to trifle with.


    Any additional comments?

    This is great addition to the Percy Jackson saga. Totally unpredictable and fantastically creative. I can't wait until the next book comes out to see how they deal with Gia!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage.

    jsakeo says: "Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues"
    "Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues"
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    Where does Return to Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack. It was a fun continuation of the first book, Mars, but it ends kind of abruptly and there are some serious quality issues with the presentation. Any editing that was done is so painfully obvious.


    What other book might you compare Return to Mars to and why?

    Mars, the original book in this trilogy.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    Very good.


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

    The story was captivating and kept you wanting to listen but it started to get a little political which would push you away.


    Any additional comments?

    Rudnicki's performance was great but the editing absolutely sucked making any editing very obvious and actually obnoxious. I can't ding Rudnicki for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3583)
    Performance
    (3321)
    Story
    (3330)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Another Great Book in the Monster Hunter Series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Legion the most enjoyable?

    The Monster Hunter series is just so much fun to listen to and the 4th installment is no exception. Great characters, great performance, riveting plot line. I'm glad I don't live in this world, or do I?


    What did you like best about this story?

    You could never guess where it was going next. It kept you guessing the whole time.


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

    Oliver Wyman does a wonderful job with the whole Monster hunter series.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the 5th installment!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (284)

    Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.

    Ben says: "Solid Near Future Sci-Fi"
    "An intersting Take on What a Mars Mission Might Be"
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    Would you listen to Mars again? Why?

    It wouldn't be on the top of my list to listen to again, but it was enjoyable.


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

    No, but he did a great job on this one.


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

    No, but it kept you interested in what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    Ended kind of abruptly. I thought there was more the author could have done with the end of the book. There were so many plot lines left hanging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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