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Freeman

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 27 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Truth: Area 51, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Mythological artifacts become a modern arsenal in a millennia-long interstellar battle. On one side stands the alien race that styled itself as gods to secretly steer human evolution. On the other is an elite team of Area 51 commandos, dedicated to freeing humanity from their interstellar overlords. Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte and his former lover Lisa Duncan are among the few who know the truth about the extraterrestrial threat - and have the power to fight it.

    Freeman says: "Wraps it all up. Good times!"
    "Wraps it all up. Good times!"
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    I love how everything came together and thoroughly enjoyed the story, action and characters. Like the other books, this isn't terribly deep or philosophical, but sometimes you just want a fun story. I'm sad the series is over (Turcotte isn't in the next two books.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (436)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "better than the 1st two and well worth the listen!"
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    book #2 for me was decent, but was so "blah", i didn't even write a review. it was entertaining but when it was over, i felt no excitement or ... anything. it was just done. in book #3, there seemed to be more emotion and though put into the story. i feel as though it could have been a few hours longer and parts were rushed, but it was good enough to be happy with the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (852)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "how can someone not like this book?"
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    i really enjoyed this book and practically listened straight through (was on a plane). it has a similar feel to daemon/freedom TM, but has some parts that are disturbingly creative. i was blown away. there were a few areas i would have liked to see played out differently, but i have no hesitation recommending this book. mr suarez has basically hooked me into buying anything he writes. well played, sir.
    if you've not read anything by DS, i recommend daemon/freedom TM (2 part series) over this, but i can't see being disappointed in this book. the character development probably lacks a little bit, but the story & problems presented are gripping enough where it hardly matters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (723)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "not fantastic, but good enough to hear the sequel!"
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    this book won't blow you away with creative characters or never-thought-of-before plots, but it's easy to follow, fun and gets you interested. you definitely end up curious about what is going to happen next... which is of course why i've already downloaded the 2nd book in the series.
    compared to ender series or daemon/freedom tm books, this one is not as epic. alas, it's worth a listen and a fun time. so after you've listened to those and want more somewhat-sci-fi thrillage, this is a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1612)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "interesting premise, but ..."
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    .. the narration is only ok at best.. it eventually got annoying. the story starts off interesting, but then gets a little boring. and instead of identifying with the main character, you want to slap her. so that's not good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (919)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    "disappointed. i love the ender books, but ..."
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    this was an enjoyable book, but it's like nothing actually happens. i was interested in what happens, but it seemed like 80% of the book was irrelevant and the last 2 chapters were the crux. while i liked the last two chapters as well as the rest of the book, the build up was non-existent and there was little surprise. so it's kind of "meh".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11511)
    Performance
    (10378)
    Story
    (10442)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "didn't *love* hunger games and feel the same here"
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    if you liked hunger games, this has a very similar feel. i didn't love HG and similarly, didn't love this. it wasn't bad, there just wasn't really anything "wow" or special about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2745)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1380)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Cathleen says: "The Saga Continues....."
    "loved ender series. but this wasn't for me."
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    it might have been the expectation i had b/c i loved the ender series and the first shadow book, but i was so disappointed in this book. it was well written, but just not believable and i didn't "like" any of the characters. i can believe a child can lead a fleet to kill the formics b/c it's like a video game, but i just don't believe that teenagers can rule the world and lead armies, etc. 25 year old soldiers won't follow a 12 year old and 16 year olds can't order the launch of missiles. so the premise of this whole book wasn't believable for me.
    sadly, i won't be continuing the shadow series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4240)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2288)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "the movie got me excited, this filled my appetite"
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    if you enjoyed ender's game, you'll very much enjoy this book as well. the only things are that i found myself wanted to hear more about ender, but Bean (the main char) definitely has the depth to be a main character.
    the ending was a little flat though. nonetheless, it's highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis: Bermuda Triangle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By J. C. Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Three areas on the Earth's surface defy explanation: the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea of Japan, and a small region of Cambodia. Inside these realms, planes have disappeared, ships have vanished, and, in Cambodia, an entire civilization has been lost leaving behind Angkor Wat. In the present, former Green Beret Eric Dane teams up with the mysterious Sin Fen, a woman with powers he can't quite understand to fight the dark Shadow threatening the world.

    Freeman says: "i didn't finish it"
    "i didn't finish it"
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    i just couldn't do it. there are so many other more interesting books (ender series, daemon/freedom TM, the martian, etc) for me that i decided to stop and find a different book. i was really hoping to re-capture the magic of the Area51 books and plowed through book 1 and tried book 2, but there were just no good characters and the mystery wasn't interesting to me. i'm not sure what the book was missing, but something isn't there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Greg Donegan, Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By J. C. Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (62)

    A war beyond time. An enemy beyond space. A thriller beyond your wildest dreams. Three areas on the Earth's surface defy explanation: the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea of Japan, and a small region of Cambodia .Near the end of of the Vietnam War, Green Beret Eric Dane led a team of operatives deep into Cambodia and encountered a strange fog near the legendary city of Angkor Kol Ker. His entire team disappears, attacked by strange creatures out of the fog. Only Dane survives to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, horrible reading"
    "Area 51 magic is not there & baaad narration"
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    i'm not sure what is missing from the story itself, but even if you ignore the horrible narrator, this book isn't as interesting as the area 51 books. i wasn't a fan of the characters and the mystery of what was going on wasn't something i cared to learn more about.
    mayer usually summarizes what happened in previous books, so perhaps start on book 4 where the narrator is decent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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