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Conrad

midland, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Malmont
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In 1943, when the United States learns that Germany is on the verge of a deadly innovation that could tip the balance of the war, the government turns to an unlikely source for help: the nation’s top science fiction writers. Installed at a covert military lab within the Philadelphia Naval Yard are the most brilliant of these young visionaries. The unruly band is led by Robert Heinlein, the dashing and complicated master of the genre. His “Kamikaze Group,” is tasked with transforming the wonders of science fiction into science fact....

    Jim N says: "Pulp Perfection!"
    "Is this what could have actually happened?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown the most enjoyable?

    The story reads like the author tried to make a fictional story out of events he must have known to actually have happened. It really isn't a very good story unless you do a lot of research on Tesla and the operation of the wardenclyffe tower, then it provides a good sequence of events that I personally believe is the actual basis for the cold war. Although, I do not think the main characters were actually the sci-fi authors but might have well been popular physicists portrayed as such.


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

    The story omits some particulars of the real thing, like the subway station under the hotel isn't a subway but a "vault" and the capacitors are exaggerated in importance where as the more important thing would be the timing mechanism to resonate the tower with the earth.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    It was good!


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

    I tried but not really exciting like that.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to meet the author and pick his brain about what he really knows of Tesla.

    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
    (34697)
    Performance
    (32519)
    Story
    (32439)

    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"
    "Really good!"
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    It's a very good book, lots of science, but not so much it takes away from the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Syncing Forward

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (505)

    Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

    espanolish says: "Getting Up to Speed with A Forced Freeze on Time!"
    "Kinda cool"
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    Not very exciting to me, seems like a lot more could have been added to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Hell is Tesla?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rob Dircks
    • Narrated By Rob Dircks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3140)
    Performance
    (2999)
    Story
    (2992)

    I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

    Cheri says: "Had A Blast Listening To This One!"
    "Excellent Tesla based quasi-fiction!"
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    Where does Where the Hell is Tesla? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10 out of the 128 books on audible I have bought and top 20 otherwise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where the Hell is Tesla??

    BoBo, the leg humping alien.


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

    I like his inflection when swearing lol


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

    Actually It did make me laugh quite a bit


    Any additional comments?

    I love books involving Nikola Tesla and this one was one of the best!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Fold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27857)
    Performance
    (25972)
    Story
    (25934)

    The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Star Trek: Q-Squared"
    "If you liked 14 you'll like this"
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    Would you listen to The Fold again? Why?

    Yes I like the theory of portals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wormholes & Cthulhu


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Meh


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

    What if you were from another dimension and didn't even know?


    Any additional comments?

    Good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tastes like Chicken: Fat Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Matt Josdal VOplanet Studios
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    It's been six months since fast-food-addicted Reginald Baskin was turned into a vampire too fat to live peacefully amongst the glamorous undead - six months in which Reginald and his 2,000-year-old maker Maurice have learned that power doesn't equal popularity. Sure, Maurice is now calling the shots, but the Council is up to new and dirty tricks, threatening to once again upset the balance...

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "SO DEEP AND UNMYTHOS"
    "Funny short story, but not the stupid kinda funny"
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    Where does Tastes like Chicken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc. so its in the top 3 categories I guess.


    What other book might you compare Tastes like Chicken to and why?

    Mark Tufo's "Zombie Fallout" series, they both jive with my kinda humor.


    Have you listened to any of Matt Josdal, VOplanet Studios’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could take any character from Tastes like Chicken out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Reginald Baskin, but he would have to pay I think, provided I wasn't on the menu!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book, wish it was longer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exo

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (755)

    Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be - sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Great young adult read."
    "Ahhh, I love space stuff and teleportation."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Exo to be better than the print version?

    Dunno.


    What other book might you compare Exo to and why?

    The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card. Kid in Lost Gate can make gates to other places, kinda the same, neat concepts.


    What about Emily Rankin’s performance did you like?

    Nice clear voice.


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

    Yeah, Grams crying in space from looking at the earth was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    Space, teleportation, bad guys, how much more incentive to read this do you need really?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Long, Long Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anna Sheehan
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, 16-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose -  hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes....

    Katheryne says: "Sleeping Beauty Sci-Fi Edition"
    "Kinda a chick book blah!"
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    Where does A Long, Long Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With the twilight books but better than those


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

    The stasis tubes, the main character.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Was ok no problems.


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

    No but I was a little put off by the main character being incredibly stupid even for a abused 16 year old girl, just seemed ridiculous, people are trying to kill her and shes worried about her damn love life c'mon .....


    Any additional comments?

    Its a chick flick but it was ok I guess

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Riley: A Zombie Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (727)

    When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American bulldog. Follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high-strung Yorkie; her favorite two-legger, Jessie; Jessie's younger brother, Zachary; and Riley's archenemy, Patches the cat. They are a rag-tag group of survivors, who, when pushed to the limit, realize that they are all each other has.

    Tony says: "Sneaky way to make more money"
    "I like Zombie books and I like Dog adventures...."
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    If you could sum up The Book of Riley in three words, what would they be?

    A smart "dogs eye view" of the zombie apocalypse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riley of course, who wouldn't like her!


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He is the narrator of the Zombie apocalypse in my mind forever now.


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

    No, but I have read Mark Tufo's other books, so I'm a bit desensitized lol.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it were longer...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1863)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1743)

    And so the end begins.... Mike joins forces with an unlikely alliance in a desperate attempt to head off humanity's mass extinction.

    Ryan says: "Almost as good as the Fallout series"
    "I love these books!"
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    Would you listen to Conquest again? Why?

    I would because its an exciting book even if you already know what will happen!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually liked Drababen the most his perspective made me laugh.


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

    Awesome.


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

    Yes there was, but that's personal.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo is my kinda writer, read his books you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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