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Benjamin

thedarkrabbit

ratings
42
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Night Watch: Watch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sergei Lukyanenko
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

    Parusski says: "Lyrical, haunting and engrossing!"
    "Excellence"
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    Any additional comments?

    Where do I start on such a great story? I really knew nothing about it other than the movie of the same name from several years ago, but I gave it a shot.

    I was not disappointed. Sergei Lukyanenko builds such an excellent cast of characters and an incredible world of vampires, wizards, witches and supernatural beings. I was so engrossed with this story that I found myself sitting and listening in the garage when I got home, I didn't want it to end!

    Paul Michael is an excellent reader with a top-notch performance! When it ended, I promptly downloaded the next three books and am still awaiting the next chapter that was just released in the UK... but not the US.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2629)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1970)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "A Classic"
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    What did you love best about Watership Down?

    I have loved this book since I first read it when I was 15... and that was 20 years ago. When I saw this on audible I had to get it and I was so happy when I did. The production is fantastic, the reader, Ralph Cosham, is just perfect. He brought this to life for me in a way that made me remember my first read of this so long ago.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic, and the audiobook version just adds to that reputation. I am so glad I purchased this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1806)

    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"
    "An epic continuation!"
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    What did you love best about Judas Unchained?

    That it continued on with the fantastic worlds of Pandora's Star


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Pandora's Star, then you'll love this... Aliens, wormholes, fights in space, sex, lies and all things in between! I honestly just wanted the book to keep going... but alas, all things must end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1958)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "My favorite Scalzi book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this book to many people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

    It comes out of the gate swinging... nothing gets my attention like death by flatulence!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wil's voices aren't all that different from one another, yet he remains one of my favorite readers. Especially in books like this and Ready Player One. He just "Fits"


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

    I laughed quite a bit


    Any additional comments?

    It's funny, it's smart, it has heart attack induced by farts... A must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5305)
    Performance
    (4949)
    Story
    (4943)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Oh, John Scalzi..."
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    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    Just Plain Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    Drunk on leave is pretty memorable. Especially with Wil's reading.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many scenes jump out. The opening with the Land Worms is great and that's basically what drew me to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    To enjoy Scalzi, you must excuse Scalzi... I can only take so much of the "He said" "He said" "She said" before I start wanting to punch things. But, if you've read/listened to as much Scalzi as I have, you've gotten used to it, or at least learned to control your punch reflex.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9334)
    Performance
    (7690)
    Story
    (7757)

    "My name is Kvothe. 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...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "what do you mean book three isn't ready yet?!?!"
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    Where does The Wise Man's Fear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's near, if not in, my top 10...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world!


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

    It's great! I've only heard him in this and Name of the Wind... and he did an excellent job in both.


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

    Yes, and no... This story has so much more, in my opinion, than NotW, but with that comes more Denna... And she annoys me to no end. And Kvothe's devotion to her makes me want to pull my hair out.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've already listened to Name of the Wind... why are you even waiting!?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11172)
    Performance
    (8882)
    Story
    (8989)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    I won't try to write down everything I liked about this book... that would take entirely too long. I'll say this, though: I loved the idea of Sympathy AND science. I loved the history that lurked just underneath the surface of the story. I loved the characters... well, MOST of them. There is a lot of time devoted to Kvothe's search for money, but if I was a penniless protege barely making it in a world like this... it'd probably be a big deal for me too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    The breaking of Ambrose's arm comes to mind...


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Sim and Wilem are two of my favorite performances by Nick... But his overall performance is excellent.


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

    Not going to lie... whenever Denna entered the picture, I quickly became bored or frustrated.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent read for anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1066)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "Just wanted to keep listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    The story itself! I loved the idea of the entire world being inside one, gigantic structure.


    What about Minnie Goode’s performance did you like?

    I've seen so many reviews complaining about Minnie Goode's performance... I had no problem with it. I thought she did a great job! I thought her voices were well done and I felt she brought each of the characters to life in their own way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10475)
    Performance
    (9512)
    Story
    (9530)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A Good Time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and have!

    I downloaded this on a whim and was so glad I did. The reader is excellent and I loved the characters. It's fun, mysterious and just downright entertaining.


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

    This is my first time with Ray as a reader, but I enjoyed his performance


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

    I listened to this while traveling... and when I arrived at my hotel the first night, I sat in the car, not wanting to turn it off. While it does start off a little sluggishly, story-wise, it picks up and I just wanted to see what happened next!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book if you like quirky people and fun mysteries.

    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
    (4021)
    Performance
    (2349)
    Story
    (2387)

    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"
    "Could not be happier with this book..."
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    What did you love best about Pandora's Star?

    This book is fantastic. A total immersion into a new world, a new Universe for that matter, that Hamilton describes so well. The characters, the settings, and the intertwining of all the various stories is just superbly done.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of science fiction then this book is for you. It is a long, stretching narrative across centuries as the Human Race expands across the galaxy telling the lives of many different characters. I was skeptical at first, but before I was even halfway through with Pandora's Star, I'd already paid for and downloaded Judas Unchained... which is even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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