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Erik

MANSFIELD, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
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  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2374)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1388)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Typical Middle Child"
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    Would you listen to Dune Messiah again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen again. This is a typical sequal. A necessary step in the epic story, but not as exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune Messiah?

    Paul going blind and still being able to "see."


    Any additional comments?

    This was still a great story, love the foundation of this epic world and look forward to continuing the saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23198)
    Performance
    (14530)
    Story
    (14681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    I felt behind the times having not read this book. So, I found it on Audible and enjoyed it immensely! I want to get into the next string of books by OSC, and of course anxious to see the movie rendition.

    If you really enjoy a tight story line, great characters, and a hero in the end, you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Peter Jenkins
    • Narrated By Peter Jenkins, Rebekah Jenkins
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Looking for Alaska is Peter's account of eighteen months spent traveling over twenty thousand miles in tiny bush planes, on snow machines and snowshoes, in fishing boats and kayaks, on the Alaska Marine Highway and the Haul Road. Hearing and living the amazing stories of many Alaskans from Barrow to Craig, Seward to Deering, and everywhere in between, Peter gets to know this place in a way that only he can.

    KPS says: "good yarn, poor delivery"
    "I wanna go to Alaska!"
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    To get it off my chest, being read by Mr. Jenkins himself was pretty awesome, but he is a dry reader... However, his story of real life adventure is absolutely entrancing, and amazing. Throughout the book I was drawn into the stories, imagining the views, and feeling like I was sitting in the same room with the conversations and meeting the new people.

    Peter Jenkins brought in the realities of living in Alaska. Even though I, as well as many, dream of going to Alaska fro some stretch of time, reading this book gave me real, enjoyable perspective.

    Fantastic book, and fantastic writer. I look forward to more from him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Least Heat-Moon
    • Narrated By Sherman Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    For the first time since Blue Highways, Heat-Moon is back on the backroads. Roads to Quoz is his lyrical, funny, and touching account of a series of American journeys into small-town America.

    Erik says: "Couldn't Hang On"
    "Couldn't Hang On"
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    I got through part 1 of 3, but the stories became deeper and deeper and less about the trip and journey they were on and more about historical events surrounding the people they met. The story was very interesting, and I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't started dragging.

    I made it through have of the second part and had to quit. On to my next book.

    This truly is a mosey... if you are into a very slow moving book and good stories, this will work for you. If you are looking for story and adventure, you may want to pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (639)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Better than expected"
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    I had seen the movie a few years ago and found myself strangely attached to Chris, but he took his thoughts and dreams further than most people would dare.

    During listening to this book, I was able to put images from the movie in my head to help mentally fulfill the story. For me this helped. I enjoyed the story very much as a narration. And even though knew the outcome going into the story, it was fascinating to hear a researched account of Chris' life journey.

    I am on this adventure and journey kick right know as I am craving a serious road trip. I get to listen to these books on my commute to and from work, and to job sites.

    I highly recommend this book. I had just finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I think gave me patience for this book. I would have enjoyed it anyway, but reading books in this genre settles the mind, makes you ponder, and gives you perspective if you let it.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Count Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (448)

    A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

    Michael says: "Where've you been all my life?"
    "It was all over the place"
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    Would you try another book from William Gibson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I know I should expect the unorganized style of writing from William Gibson. He is a challenge to read anyway, but this was just too all over the place. The concepts and direction were too drawn out. The pace of this book, considering it's intensity and complex word structure, was too slow. I would zone out, getting lost on the extended dialogues.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a William Gibson book. I listened to Neuromancer. That wasn't as bad. I actually like it.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    It was engaging. It's just too bad the story line and dialogue didn't work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Count Zero?

    I don't know, I stopped listening before the first half.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a William Gibson fan, you will like this. But, if you are into futuristic sci-fi, this will even lose you.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10209)
    Performance
    (5850)
    Story
    (5933)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Wonderful Classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    The characters dramatized were done well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Paul of course.


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

    The dramatization helped in getting through this book. It's a great story, but I wouldn't be able to read it.


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

    Sometimes. I would get home from work and sit in my car a bit longer to find a reasonable stopping point.


    Any additional comments?

    My only problem I had, which seemed to significantly effect my rating, is the narrator would change, and it was the voice of Paul, so it was confusing for a while trying to adapt to the new voice and figure out who I was listening to. Dramatization is great, but you have to maintain the same narrator. And, if you are going to do the dramatization, do do some, and not all. Just do it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (624)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Loved it, but hard to stay focused at times."
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    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The philosophical elements of the book went pretty deep at times, and that would be my purpose for reading (listening) again. I don't know if I necessarily got any real value from this book, but rather it has inspired me into deeper thought and personal study. Maybe that is the intent of the book. In the last chapter of the audio book, it takes place 10-years after the release of the book and provides deeper insight to their life after the story. I would listen to that chapter again, by itself.


    What other book might you compare Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to and why?

    I don't know that I could. I haven't read or listened to many books in my life. This one is so unique. I do wish I could find more like it, though. I have always liked the personal journey type stories.


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

    I don't believe so. He did well, but it is noticeable and older recording taken from cassette. His voice can be droning at times, but after you get used to it and put that voice the main characters image in your mind, it works.


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

    At times I chuckled, and times I felt a little emotional. Didn't actually cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This was taken from a cassette recording, so you can hear the other side of the tape in reverse, just enough to notice, but not enough to be annoying. This would be worth redoing at some point, unabridged, dramatized a little. It could draw a younger audience to the book.

    Great story, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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