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Kevin

Herndon, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 97 reviews
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  • 154 titles in library
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  • The Quantum Rose: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (98)

    The Saga of the Skolian Empire is Catherine Asaro's trademark series. It chronicles the lives of the members of the ruling family of the Empire in the distant interstellar future, weaving a fine blend of action, romance, and hard science fiction.

    Lisa says: "ok, but barely!"
    "Soap Opera Sci-FI"
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    The story is pretty much like a soap opera. There are the steamy scenes with the a young woman and an older man. There is treachery, betrayal, and conflict. Its a quick book and the performance is very good. The book name and the name of all the characters is pretty interesting once you figure it out. I was somewhat disappointed that this was a Nebula award winner, but it was a quick read and kept my attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seveneves: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15121)
    Performance
    (14041)
    Story
    (14033)

    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "So Much Potential"
    "Interesting concept - fair performance"
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    Story

    This book starts with the destruction of the moon and ends in the recreation of humanity 5000 years later. The book fails to account for many physics issues - but the story is still interesting.

    The performance is done by two different readers (one for each half of the book). In the first half, the woman reading trys to be the voice for both maie and female characters and does not really pull it off. When she is reading about a section talking about the science of the story, she is fine. But when she trys be both sides of a conversation, it does not really work.

    The second section is told by a man who tries to do the same thing. Its not quite as annoying as the first reader, but it seems like they would have done better if they just used both readers the entire time.

    The story is interesting if not great. It is worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dennis E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34933)
    Performance
    (32738)
    Story
    (32657)

    Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

    ElBob says: "Hooked? No not me, as I sit in a corner holding myself"
    "entertain but less innovatiob"
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    I still loved this book but it did lack much in the way of new innovation. the story has been set up for a great final though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30716)
    Performance
    (28140)
    Story
    (28063)

    In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

    Evan M Carlson says: "Formula over fiction"
    "Another Fun Dan Brown Book"
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    Its another quick read from Dan Brown, but it just does not have the depth or the impact of the previous books. No real big point to make about symbols and such. I felt that while it had some flow, it just did not jump out at you. Unbelievable in many aspects (the spanish apparently cant protect the king heir apparent), and the future queen can run around at will. But overall, still a fun read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sole Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Birney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (277)

    Sole Survivor unfolds at a heart-stopping pace, as a desperate chase and a shattering emotional odyssey lead Joe to a truth that will force him to reassess everything he thought he knew about life and death, a truth that, given the chance, will rock the world and redefine the destiny of humanity.

    Ewan says: "Outstanding"
    "excellent premise"
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    I love this story.. the ending comes quick and does not solve everything. but a great story nevertheless

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Birds in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlie Jane Anders
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1339)

    Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

    Amy says: "Too twee for me."
    "New creative plot"
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    this was a pretty good story. a mix of fantasy and sci-fi, the author did a good job of interweaving the two genres. it was a bit light on depth, but entertaining never the less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neutronium Alchemist: The Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1434)

    The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far-from-divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe.

    Leonard says: "Editing was bad .... again"
    "Long but interesting"
    Overall
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    Like most of Peter's books, this is another long story (40+ hours). It is not quite as long as the final book (48+ hours), but you get the idea. There a ton of things going on in this story. The plot of the dead souls coming back to life gets modified to include ghosts. The fact that possessed bodies start to die (grow interesting tumors etc is mentioned in this book) will make for a pretty interesting conclusion. All sides have surprises in this book which makes it kind of unpredictable.

    You are committed for the long haul in this series - so just relax and enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reality Dysfunction: Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2292)

    In AD 2600, the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace.

    Patrick says: "Finally on Audible!! My favorite Hamilton series!"
    "Intriguing Idea"
    Overall
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    Story

    Like on books by this author - this is a long audio book. The concept is quite interesting and the story does a good job educating the reader. Not sure where this will go, but it is certainly got my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4990)
    Performance
    (4142)
    Story
    (4175)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Mark says: "Beautiful and tragic"
    "How much fun can an assassin be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Given the base of this series is about assassins who kill by contract, this book does a great job of combining some pretty nasty characters into a group of sort of heros in their own way. And the same for bad people of course. The story is pretty interesting and stays connected to the first book. It can be a bit predicatable at least in the main plots. The subplots are quite interesting and in many cases distrurbing - what the god king does with the women he destroys is one of those.

    Overall, I great second book that kept my attention the entire way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7290)
    Performance
    (6071)
    Story
    (6085)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "great story"
    Overall
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    Story

    I loved this story. I was a new version of fantasy that had a lot of acrion, good character development, and a bunch of surprising turns. it does become somewhat predictable in that for every positive turn there is a negative reaction. not looking forward to the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Brandon Rubin, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3932)
    Performance
    (3679)
    Story
    (3671)

    Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

    smegly says: "Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master"
    "Active and Confusing but with a satisfying end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This poor crew is constantly bouncing between problems while creating a large number of other problems. The author does a great job keeping the story moving and keeping you on the edge. Both books were great.

    The performance was interesting. Some of the voices have a lot of base - and these were hard hear in a soft top jeep. For the most part the characters were well performed - but they seemed a lot different then the first version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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