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Christopher

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Embrace the Negative side of things!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I can see how this might not be a book for everyone. Make sure to listen to the sample before buying. David Rakoff had a most unique voice and I loved it but it can be grating to some people. Also optimistic or sunny happy people might not love the dark negative betty loveliness that David just embraces fully and completely. He was an artist and the world is a little less bright because he is gone.

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  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (591)

    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!"
    "Conclusion or just a hiatus till the fourth book?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wormhole the most enjoyable?

    First of all I have to say comparing from book one to book three it just seems like two different authors almost. Book one was so meandering and slightly boring, but by book three the action is high intensity and way more interesting. I enjoyed the small glimpses into the alien world and description of them. I wish we had learned more about both races, but I'm very satisfied with where the story went. I see they left a bit of a hope for a fourth book there at the end. I would buy it just to hear more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could go back to my original review on book one and put a notation in saying to stick with the story because it gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (679)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "Far better and more exciting than the first...."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting aspect is definitely the high school and parents storyline which is why book one was so....I don't want to say bad, but boring maybe. As soon as the author did away with that part of the storyline the book became more interesting.


    Was Immune worth the listening time?

    I wanted to see where the story was going with the alien tech and alien conflict that downed the ships. That is basically the only reason I went on from book one. I can say happily that the author does a much better job in creating conflict and action in this book. It still wasn't a hardcore drama, but the sci fi does ramp up a notch along with the action.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this series is probably not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but its an okay sci-fi story. This book graduated several levels above the previous book so I think I will go ahead and see the conlusion to the series - or the next book at least - since I don't know if that one will end in a cliff hanger or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1359)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Hell,Humor, and lots of violence sounds like fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, but I know it would not appeal to everyone.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled upon this series a while back and gave it a shot. I really cannot describe how much I love the entire series. Its dark and a little dirty, but there is a great story in there also with alot of wise cracks. Kadrey really made me feel like I knew the characters. He really does an awesome job of bringing you into the world he created in this book. Props to Macleod also for doing great narration even though the french accent for one of the characters really got on my nerves, I got used to it. This series is not deadly serious, but it shows you into a vision of the occult/hell/beasts/demons/angels with such in depth description. Sandman Slim is just a beast that loves to drink and isn't afraid of a bar fight now and then......or quite alot actually. Great,fun,dark, and emotional journey. I recommend reading the entire series or buying all the audio books.

    0 of 0 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
    (1152)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1056)

    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"
    "Long winded and low on action BUT...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Meh......it was okay to kill some time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A description of the two types of alien races and their agendas would have been a good start, but I realize they are just holding that back for the series. The idea of the different characters taking religion to its extremes seemed oddly paired with the main storyline as well. But again, maybe the author will tie in the storyline more and it will make more sense in the following book/s.


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

    I've heard his narration before and he is a favorite of mine especially in the Sandman Slim series.


    Could you see The Second Ship being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe. I'd have to read through the rest of the series first to say for sure. But the Roswell show didn't do so well so it wouldn't bode well for a series like this with another set of teenagers with alien powers or whatnot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not hooked, but my ocd will not let me not finish a series once I start unless it is truly just awful. I did like the writing and characters, but the gee shucks american as apple pie parents were off putting. Don't pickup this book if you want an action packed novel. It builds very slowly and doesn't last long. It has the potential to be a good if not great read though so I will go on to book two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Hilarious, Serious, Heartfelt Zombie Survival"
    "Its the end of the world lets get wasted!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mountain Man the most enjoyable?

    Narrator just did an amazing job, but I think it was also the writing was just great as well. I wasn't sure about it when I had previously heard high praises for the book, but they were well deserved. Its a zombie story told from the perspective of someone who clearly has lost some of his marbles, but is still sane. From the first chapter of the book the author pretty much throws it out there that the Mountain Man is an out and out full blown alcoholic. Who wouldn't be though if this was a real life situation. I know I'd need something to calm the nerves a bit. Or kill them off completely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus because he is one bad mother#ucker. I like how the author did not make him leading man hot with a perfect jawline and six pack abs and muscles for days and perfectly quaffed hair.......he's just some dude who stayed alive.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I will seek him out after listening to his performance in this series.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    There isn't a TON of fight scenes with him running or mowing down the dead to escape the zombie apocalypse. You should keep that in mind if you are buying this looking for that sort of story. This is after everything has fallen and no one is searching for that one cure that will save the world! It is just a story of a guy that is living day to day just trying to get by and drinking profusely. Don't buy it if you are looking for exciting battle scenes and characters running for their life throughout the whole book. Its not that type of zombie story. It has plenty of zombies heads being bashed in, but its more of a 9 to 5 job in this story. Not the core. The core is Gus just trying to mentally keep it together while drinking to kill the bad dreams.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fiend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter Stenson
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he's no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.

    Mike Naka says: "trainspotting meets zombies...not for everybody"
    "An interesting twist on the zombie apocolypse..."
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It felt a bit non climactic, but it fell in line enough with the overall mood of the book so it made sense.


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

    When he described body odor and such.....it really left me feeling dirty so lol I guess he did a very good job. He played the part of a junkie really well lol. I mean he did a good job. I bought the emotion in his voice and there was plenty of it.


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

    When he described himself being a failure and his parents being crushed by his drug addiction. It was pretty hard to listen to. Then there was the baby scene, not soul crushing but definitely disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is definitely not for everyone, but I liked the idea of a different sort of zombie and the crazy way to stave off becoming one. I felt like the author was really genuine about describing drug abuse and addiction. There was absolutely no glamorization of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken: The Divine, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By M. R. Forbes
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    My name is Landon Hamilton. I'm the only thing keeping the universe in one piece. I thought fighting angels and demons was a tough gig, but now I'd give anything to go back to the not-that-good, not-so-old days. There's a new game in town, and it's one that's threatening to destroy everything that has ever been created. Oh, and my friends and I are the only ones who can stop it.

    Cliff says: "Good book but overloads the reader"
    "So much potential, but none fullfilled...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think maybe this would be an okay book for a teenager.


    What was most disappointing about M. R. Forbes’s story?

    He brings into play the idea of purgatory being a third power in the never ending fight between good and evil, but then doesn't describe purgatory much at all. The "King" of purgatory Dante is also pretty much a blank slate because he is not given much of any description at all accept he is the famous Dante from Dante's Inferno. When the big bad comes into the story it gets slightly more interesting and more in depth....but only just so.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Hays’s performances?

    He did okay. His voice was smooth and easy to listen to, but I hardly felt any emotion from him. That may be because of the writing though and not his fault.


    Any additional comments?

    I stuck with the series because I was hoping it would get better. It never does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1184)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Bloodsucking Fun!"
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    What did you like best about Bloodsucking Fiends? What did you like least?

    The cover art for the book is pretty dark considering the book itself is not at all gory. This book is a little jaunt into the supernatural with plenty of comedy interspersed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

    Yes. He has a great sense of humor and told a pretty interesting story considering its been told a million times over before. It was campy and fun.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was really good and the writing as well. Its not Shakespeare or anything, but its a fun story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balance: The Divine Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By M.R. Forbes
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    My name is Landon Hamilton. Once upon a time I was a twenty-three year old security guard, trying to regain my life after spending a year in prison for stealing people's credit card numbers. Now, I'm dead. Okay, I was supposed to be dead. I got killed after all; but a funny thing happened after I had turned the mortal coil...

    Cliff says: "Nobody likes me.. Everybody hates me."
    "Story was a bit one dimensional...."
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    Would you try another book from M.R. Forbes and/or Jeff Hays?

    I'll say this, his idea of having a 3rd player in the good v evil tale as old as time was great. BUT his characters all seemed very simple. The lead just going along with everything and not having any intense emotion for this massive change to his life/afterlife was crazy. He sort of doesn't have any real emotion through the entire book except in the end which I can't describe for obvious reasons. That being said, I am going to get the second book in the series because I want to see how or IF the author further describes the mythos of purgatory. Also, I don't understand why the author brought in a character ex-marine/hacker when the lead is supposed to be a hacker to begin with. Its like, why?


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

    I don't know if I can actually credit the narrator on this because I think the tech used to modify the angels/demons voices did most of the work. His voice was smooth and soothing to listen to though. A bit lacking in emotion , but I think that was because of the writing and not the narrators fault.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to give the author another chance to hook me into the story with book two. Hopefully he fleshes out the characters and story more in the 2nd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3835)
    Performance
    (2364)
    Story
    (2391)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "I didn't expect to cry so much from a sci fi novel"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    The description of the techno/electrocution/crucifixion of the father was both incredibly unexpected and disturbing because you just don't think of catholic priests when you think of science fiction. I feel okay in giving that away because well they start off telling you he did not "survive" and all that was left was his journals in the priests tale. Also there is so much more to that storyline I'm not really giving away anything that you won't see coming.


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

    The effect of the time tombs on Rachel and her family was just incredibly sad. The narrator really just did an outstanding job portraying the pain and sadness of it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, great, great story. I am more of a horror/supernatural fan, but this story was so awesome. Book 2 was pretty good also, but didn't come close to as good as this one. The only reason I didn't give this all 5 stars was because of the narrator who portrayed Brawne Lamia. She did not do a good job at all in my opinion. Her voice was just off. She sounded happy/upbeat even through her fight scenes and her emotional scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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