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Freeman

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Excalibur: Area 51, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    In his time at Area 51, Mike Turcotte has learned one thing: We are not alone. As part of an elite Special Forces team, the former Green Beret has encountered things that are well beyond human understanding. Now, two ancient rivals from another world are vying to dominate Earth, and Mike and his team must choose which army to side with. The key to averting the crisis lies in a single weapon: Excalibur. The mythical, legendary sword of King Arthur is real and can unlock a galactic power beyond what anyone - human or alien - has ever seen. And Mike must keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

    medicman says: "BEATING A DEAD HORSE 2"
    "You just gotta love Turcotte"
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    Where does Excalibur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    of the area 51 series, excaliber has to be up there.


    What other book might you compare Excalibur to and why?

    it's like the last 3 in the area 51 series.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    i did eric's low, almost military-like voice. he changes his voice just enough w/ the other characters, but not too much to be annoying.


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

    heavens no. who does that?


    Any additional comments?

    this whole series is well worth it. you have to pay attention to catch all the details, but i wouldn't say it's a difficult listen nor is it terribly "intelligent". it's kinda like watching "independence day". it's fun times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (806)

    The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

    Holly says: "Worth it, but the weakest in the series"
    "entertaining but disappointing in its simplicity"
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    I started off liking it, but then after chapter after chapter of the same characters, no real story, no backstory, no real plot, and constant action, I got worn out. like any good prequel, I was looking for some good backstory and explanation of things that happened before. and then after all of that, the epilogue is downright insulting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (815)

    There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

    Douglas Vincent says: "Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring"
    "don't bother if you listened to the official bio"
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    it's a good listen and better than the official biography, but not worth listening to both. there wasn't much new. it made Steve seem more human and greater depth which was nice, but still too close to the original.

    I was also hoping to hear more of the personal growth side of Steve, but there wasn't enough of that. there were even mundane parts about the creation of the iPod and other apple products that seemed boring. I found myself eager to finish so I could listen to something else.

    iPhone 6!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conservatives Without Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    John Dean's last New York Times best seller, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, offered the former White House insider's unique and telling perspective on George W. Bush's presidency. Once again, Dean employs his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics and process to examine the conservative movement's current inner circle of radical Republican leaders, from Capitol Hill to Pennsylvania Avenue to K Street and beyond.

    J. Stout says: "A Book Every American Should Read"
    "decent, but not great and not very deep"
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    I was hopng for a little more insider story than was provided. the book was kind of a truthful dig on conservatives, but I didn't learn anything new and it left some to be desired. kinda like this review!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1399)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "like binge watching star talk minus the comedy"
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    save your credit and just listen to star talk. ignore these last words to meet minimum. Bernie sanders 2016 baby!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Firewall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions. Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "The future belongs to AIs"
    "great techie thriller, but where the hell is ..."
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    ... I won't spoil it for you, but there was a part that is missing from this book that really I expected to be there. Technically this isn't in the same series as the authors previous books, but it is an obvious continuation of book two. so I was only disappointed with one I'll be at minor detail but I thought shouldn't have been overlooked.
    in my opinion, this book was better than the first two and is up there along with other fun and entertaining technothrillers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.I. Apocalypse: Singularity, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By J. M. Badger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes. The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful - too successful. All the world's computers are infected.

    Daniel says: "If you like Daemon & Freedom(tm)..."
    "solid AI thriller!"
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    this book was more enjoyable than the original and isn't dry like a few of the other robot uprising books I have listen to. One problem I found was that there was zero female interaction other than one character. But there was zero love interest anywhere. I'm surprised that I actually missed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (439)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "probably better if you are a conservative"
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    within the first 5 minutes, it talks about:
    * how hard it'd be to fill GWB's shoes b/c of how effective the long war on terror was
    * how great it'd be to get tax rates down to 10%
    * how bin laden was found dead
    * how 'murican & british forces killed "evil terrorists" without any casualties
    * reagan like president
    * homeland security reestablished
    etc

    i probably should have known, but i thought i'd try it b/c it was on sale. not worth the 1/2 credit if you are at all liberal. and this is nothing like the show "homeland"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5804)
    Performance
    (4142)
    Story
    (4191)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "a little slow. not for everybody."
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    I feel bad giving it only three stars overall, but it was kind of a drag for me to listen to. I ended up liking if you characters, but not really enjoying the story despite it being interesting. with only 10% left, I actually listened to an entire book before finishing this one. That says something.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    D. W. Wilson says: "I didn't see that coming!!!!"
    "now there's a fun book!"
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    this book reminded me a lot of the "Area 51" series by Bob Mayer where the characters aren't overly interesting or have much depth, but the listening is easy and enjoyable. i was a little bummed that it doesn't seem terribly set up for a sequel, but still well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

    Donna Stieglitz says: "Don't miss out on a great book!"
    "the writing wasn't as good as the story"
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    i also listened to book #2 hoping that the writing and characters would improve, but they didn't. they might have even gotten worse. the story is creative, but just about everything lacked depth. i won't be listening to book #3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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