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Jenn

Las Vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Orson Scott Card, Rusty Humphries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous political and popular support and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Must Read Sequel!"
    "Not bad, but too much political preaching."
    Overall

    I've been a fan of OSC for years. I even think Empire is a good action/near future novel, though the idea of a liberal-incited civil war strained my willing suspension of disbelief (any political scientist will tell you that American liberals are far too divided and contentious to band together in any such endeavor--that, and they don't tend to like violence or firearms). However, if you must read Hidden Empire, check it out from your local library or buy it with a credit if you've got them to spare; it's an OK book, but you don't really want to spend money on it. Hidden Empire is packed with what amounts to preaching and terribly overt political propaganda. Rather than use them as flavoring, Card allows his personal leanings to become the main course of this novel; the characters and what should be the main action are relegated to sides and garnish. His one self-professed "liberal" character--a political/policy analyst no less--watches Fox for the "serious" news (MSNBC is staffed by condescending, Christian-hating traitors) and *****spoilers*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************allows her thirteen-year-old son to accompany her to nurse the plague-ridden in strife-torn Nigeria after he convinces her it's the Christian thing to do. Had she gone without him, she would have seemed noble, brave, and virtuous; allowing him to go makes her seem like an unfit mother and a religious nut, which is inconsistent with that character. Cole, the hero of the civil war, becomes a knowing and willing backer of tyranny, which is arguably inconsistent with that character. And would Rube's jeesh so stupidly undertake the suicide mission to assassinate the President?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh & Bone: Rot & Ruin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (290)

    Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists, then humanity itself must have survived somewhere.

    Chris says: "About time!"
    "Decent, but doesn't stand alone."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In almost every series that's longer than a trilogy, one novel acts as a connector. Not as exciting as the others in the series, it serves to set things up for the dramatic conclusion. "Flesh and Bone" serves that purpose in the "Rot and Ruin" series. If you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy and appreciate it even more after reading book 4.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    *******************************SPOILER***************************************************************

    The (re)introduction of Joe Ledger was the most interesting aspect of this novel.


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

    Excellent.


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

    ***************************************SPOILER*******************************************************

    When Chong gets infected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire & Ash: Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary - but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity's future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: a scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they're not the only ones on the hunt.

    Jenn says: "Best of the Bunch"
    "Best of the Bunch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While all of the books in this series are entertaining, this one demonstrates the best storytelling. I highly recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Benny, the protagonist, holds the spotlight in this novel, with his growth as a person and a warrior coming to logical fruition.


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    As with the other books in this series, Hutchinson's performance was excellent.


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

    Death comes for us all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (995)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Still Great Brain Candy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Code Zero again? Why?

    I have listened to it again. It's fast paced and entertaining; just the thing to make a long commute seem short.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Maberry? Why or why not?

    Maberry has fast become my favorite brand of brain candy, and I've happily branched out into his other series.


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

    Porter is Joe Ledger. His narration is excellent; seeing him listed as the narrator would cause me to give any book a second look, even if it wasn't a genre I'd typically have anything to do with.


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

    Maberry does a good job of making his major characters multidimensional and human; even Church's master-of-the-universe veneer cracks under the strain. However, the moment that stands out *****SPOILER****** is when Riggs is killed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (347)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "An Excellent and Insightful Analysis"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Price of Inequality?

    Accessible to both the academic and layperson, this book critiques American political economy, the devastating and anti-democratic effects of our vast inequality, and outlines corrective measures that could be taken.


    What other book might you compare The Price of Inequality to and why?

    If you liked Krugman's "Conscience of a Liberal" or "End this Depression Now," you will likely enjoy this book.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    The reading is well-done and lively--no droning monotone here.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1348)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "The Candy My Brain Craves"
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    Would you listen to Assassin's Code again? Why?

    I would listen to this again for the same reason I watch Chuck Norris movies--it's just great action.


    Would you recommend Assassin's Code to your friends? Why or why not?

    I definitely recommend this for those friends who enjoy a little horror and sci-fi mixed in with their action.


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

    I love Porter's narration; it's fluent, lively, and the subtle vocal differences he employs when reading the dialogue of different characters is flawlessly maintained throughout the story.


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

    While the novel lacks depth and gravitas, I find the protagonist oddly compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    While I'm sure there are women out there who enjoyed this, it's testosterone-packed action designed to satisfy those of us who grew up watching GI Joe after school, who watched and re-watched every Chuck Norris film, and who like to turn our brains off with a good action flick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing's Sacred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (99)

    You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

    Adam says: "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    "Mostly Amusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The stories in the book are interesting for the most part. It's not as funny as I expected, and Black's reading of it is lackluster; Black's one of my favorite comedians, but his usually boisterous and intense style is conspicuously absent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maggie Jackson
    • Narrated By Christine Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Distracted, journalist Maggie Jackson ponders our increasingly cyber-centric world and fears we're entering a dark age of interruption that will render us unable to think critically, work creatively or cultivate meaningful relationships.

    Sqwirly girl says: "I endured it..."
    "Use ONLY as a Strong Sedative"
    Overall

    I'm not sure which was worse: the frequent mispronunciations and automated telephone operator voice of the narrator or the intellectually vapid contentions of the author. It sounds like a mediocre master's thesis, and the author fails to make a strong case for this work's conceit--that the distractions of modern technological life are leading to a new "dark age." While there's no enlightenment to be found here, the book would likely serve as a sleep aid to those who don't respond to strong sedatives.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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