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John Warner

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Winston-Salem, NC USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6243)
    Performance
    (5813)
    Story
    (5816)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Interesting story, too many he said she saids"
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    What did you like best about Redshirts? What did you like least?

    The story was odd enough to be interesting. Listening to the reading, sometimes I got lost with who was said what to whom. One reader, sounding the same for most characters, with a lot of similar sounding names, ie: Dahl and Duval made listening confusing. Also a lot of conversations with the character saying something followed by "he said" or "she said" or "Dahl said" or "Duval said". Once I picked up on that, it made it groan worthy listening to an exchange of conversation between characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. I would wait for some reviews.


    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s voice?

    little character variation


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Still kept my attention, overlooking the he said she said moments.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1151)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "Warning: They cheaped out on the performance"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have been a fan of the series, so more story is always welcome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a little repetitive for the first half of the book. I got what was happening and didn't need 10+ chapters of filler. This book felt a little rushed to market for a cash grab.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I can't believe they changed how they did the audio. They only have one narrator on this book, different from the first three. You get used to the various performers and their voices for the characters. This was definitely a decline for the series as far as audible listening.


    Did Ex-Purgatory inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Write a review to complain about the performance decline.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an audible credit lying around and have been following this excellent series, go ahead and get this. I would not make it a top priority though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5471)
    Performance
    (4963)
    Story
    (5027)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A good wrap up to the series."
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    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Finally, the end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ties all the loose threads together, mostly successfully. Sanderson actually writes a bit more focused than Jordan did, so not a lot of meandering text. Things happen all throughout the book to keep your attention.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to the whole series, and these voice actors do a great job. They have put a lot of hours into the readings, and I will have to say I will lean towards listening to a book read by either in the future.


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

    The ending, and knowing this was the last of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommending listening to the whole series, though only if you have above average endurance. Books 4-9 are a bit tedious if I remember correctly. Jordan tended to wander about, stretching the series on a bit past what it needed to be. A good editor would have helped trim some of the fat from the books. This series could have been compacted down into 7 or 8 books, I imagine. Still, it is a good listen if you have the time and patience to see it through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3796)
    Performance
    (3479)
    Story
    (3487)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Keeps you interested"
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    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reader of the book does a great job with the characters. I would rank it in the top 50.


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

    He does a great job reading. I would be interested in looking into other books that he has read. He has a wealth of character voices that he uses to draw you into the story.


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

    Aliens attack, earth defends.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the story is pretty solid. Some of the story elements seemed contrived at times, but an overall enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3152)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2846)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Kept me interested and listening."
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    If you could sum up Ex-Heroes in three words, what would they be?

    Superheros surviving a zombie apocalypse.


    What other book might you compare Ex-Heroes to and why?

    World War Z? Though the superhero twist definitely changes the flavor.


    What about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance did you like?

    Jay was the stronger voice actor, he had a wider range of character voices. Each seemed unique. Khristine, while good, seemed very similar in each role.


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

    No idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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