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Gordon

Lindon, UT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3809)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2099)

    In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete.

    Kristin says: "A reader for the ages!"
    "The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    More exciting than the first 2. Lots of action and detail. The city of LUD was interesting. The computer, Blane was haunting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3475)
    Performance
    (1868)
    Story
    (1881)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "How many of us are a Windup Girl?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would selectively recommend The Windup Girl. To those with strong stomachs, this is an escape from our reality. Paolo Bacigalupi's discriptions of a dystopian world is well conceived, with global plagues of man, flora, and fauna. He created new weaponry, energy sources, cartels, and social organizations. I found the the character development as interesting as his world as a whole.I would caution those who are sensitive to explicit sexual cruelty to feel free to jump over sections of this book, knowing that you didn't miss anything that would diminish the substance of the book. I would have preferred the graphic sexual scenes to "fade to black" and resume with the already well written anguish of Emiko, who couldn't help herself due to her genetic engineering.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I I felt for Emiko's tender feelings which were well developed throughout the book. Her inability at first to stand up for herself when her engineered buttons were pushed was anguishing. She desired to have self-determination. And her shame overpowered her programming to please others. She grew stronger throughout the story and became an integral part of the storyline. I didn't understand the title of this book until I was three fourths of the way through the story.


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

    Jonathan Davis did a inspiring job through the myriads of characters, and especially as he presented Emiko's feeling to us. Kudos to Jonathan!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I definitely would like to see it on the big screen, as long as they cut the graphic sexual debauchery from the movie as I mentioned earlier. It was uncomfortable to listen to and I can't imagine seeing even 1% of it on screen.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit as others have, that the first half of the book was a bit confusing, even with the excellent character development. I had to backtrack multiple times to figure out what just happened to whom and try to figure out what it had to do with the story. Even so, everything did fall into place. And I don't have an alternative option for Paolo' choices. I liked the book. I was intrigued throughout the book. I listen to books in spurts each day, and then on the weekend I listened for eight to 10 hours while I work at home. During the long stretches of listening, I didn't mind needing to break for dinner or take other time-outs due to the intensity of the book. I enjoyed the book, story, and especially the Jonathan's reading.With my children, all grown up now, I kept reflecting on how the Windup Girl was engineered to be respectful and obedient to a fault. Just as we all attempt to train our own children to be. I saw in Emiko, what we would be like if we were never allowed to stand on our own two feet. She had disabilities, that at times were taken care of with caring concern, and times with impatience for the work they required, just like the real world. I empathized with Emiko's needs, and dreams. I applaud her endurance.Good Book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27193)
    Performance
    (21024)
    Story
    (21230)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Great Sequil, Over-Dramatic Reader"
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    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    The whole series is well developed and entertaining. The love triangle was also a good distraction from the carnage of the games, and twists and turns in the plot. Throughout the series, the reader is pulled in many directions. I loved the ending. I listened to the whole series twice, once when it came out and again to get ready for the movies.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss Everdeen, because of her willingness to step into harms way to protect her family, friends, and the innocent. She stepped up to fulfill her role for the cause of freedom, but didn't simply capitulate. She made demands of her own. She represents loyalty as well as integrity.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT!

    I thought that Carolyn's over-dramatic representation made Katniss seem weak and fearful. I don't think that she represented the the author's interpretation of the brave, resourceful, strong, protective, young lady, who had such fearless resolve. I listened to "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire" read by Erin Jones, and got hooked on the series. When I purchased Mockingjay from Audible, read by Carolyn McCormick, I felt like Katniss was constantly pleading with everyone, and her thoughts oozed of "poor me, poor me". I had to quit listening. I waited until I could find the audio book read by Erin Jones before I finished the series. If you want a well read version; listen to the book as read by Erin Jones.


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

    The book brought out all of my emotions. Suzanne Collins was masterful in combining humor, fear, joy, suspense, and action.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend Mockingjay as well as the rest of the series. I hope Suzanne Collins continues to bring us more of the same. I would like a different reader for any future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rivers of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (232)

    Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn't know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man. Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can't fully remember.

    Sheila says: "Psychos in Love"
    "Extreme Paranoia"
    Overall

    My wife and I really enjoyed this book. We are Dean Koontz fans forever. Dark Rivers of the Heart intertwines Big-Brother, high-tech, ultimate evil, innocence trampled, and the truth that freedom has a price; it is not a given. The characters are superb. The notion that "Love at first site" can happen to anyone was a wonderful twist to a story that grabs you and never lets you go, even when the book is done. We hope that there will be a sequel to this book. This is as entertaining as the Odd Thomas series, but with a lot more action. This is definitely a keeper.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7108)
    Performance
    (4130)
    Story
    (4161)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Can't waite for the sequel!"
    Overall

    I teach Computer Science and really enjoyed this book. The narrator is wonderful. No character is safe; which makes the action even more intense. You don't know who will survive, who is good, and who is bad. The concept of infecting millions of computers with your daemon project to protect it from being dismantled reminds me of the SETTI project which utilizes the processors of many off-site workstations all over the world to distribute the load. And tapping into the world wide networks of security cameras, PC cameras, etc to help keep track of your friends and enemies is frightening.

    I would recommend this book to anyone. You don't need a degree in computer technology to enjoy this book. We are all exposed to techno-babble everyday on TV and in the movies. Just enjoy the story and glaze over the detailed technology blurbs if you need to and you'll be just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1847)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "Wolves of Calla: Dark Tower V"
    Overall

    Colorful!
    This episode really puts you in the "Old West" Sci-Fi style. I loved the way he brought the "Salem's Lot" priest to life. There is no stopping King. I became attached to the towns people and felt their courage and was touched by their losses. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (3814)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2055)

    In the fourth installment of The Dark Tower, Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Beam, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero.

    Kenneth says: "Worth The Wait"
    "Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV"
    Overall

    Best so far. Roland became human. We were finally able to see into the heart and the mind of the gunslinger. This one keeps your interest from the begining to the end. How does King do it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4382)
    Performance
    (2340)
    Story
    (2371)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II"
    Overall

    Even better than the Dark Tower 1. It makes you wonder what goes on in Stephen's head. What ever it is, it's bizzarely interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7088)
    Performance
    (3491)
    Story
    (3546)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower 1 (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    Very well written. Typically Stephen King. The images are so well described that you believe that you're standing right there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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