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Otto

Yucaipa, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Time travel, alternate universes, and more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Number of the Beast the most enjoyable?

    As is typical of a Heinlein yarn, this one has free-thinking, lusty characters who engage in far-ranging philosophical discussions, occasional battles, and ties to much of his earlier work. I remember reading it when it was new, and while some parts are holdovers from the early 1970s, it aged well and any disparity was swept away by the end.


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

    I am not generally a fan of books with multiple narrators, and while the narration was certainly well done and in character with the way the book was written, I believe I would have enjoyed the experience more with a single gifted narrator such as Dick Hill.


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

    This was not a book that could be absorbed in one sitting. There were parts that simply induce sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Heinlein managed to pay homage to many of his contemporaries and inspirations in this book. By that point, I was tired of listening to it, and simply wanted it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5986)
    Performance
    (5583)
    Story
    (5583)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "You just KNOW this will not end well..."
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    This one doesn't have the supernatural component that plays a principle role in most of Stephen King's novels, but that makes his antagonist ever creepier because there is nothing but human nastiness driving him. I couldn't stop listening until it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (381)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "Surprised to find it enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't normally find legal thrillers entertaining, but this one really delivered for me. It had a nice, round assortment of red herrings, sleazy lawyers, secrets, blind alleys, and mystery to hold my attention throughout the book. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

    Michael says: "A Roll Of The Dice, A Shot In The Dark!"
    "I couldn't like any of the characters."
    Overall
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    I expected something much more engaging from the publisher's summary, and was surprised to find every character had too many inherent flaws to gain my sympathy. I stuck with it through the end, but I had lost interest (or realized I wasn't really enjoying the story) about halfway through.
    To make matters worse, I also listened to Book 2, Post Human, and experienced the same result with an entirely new cast of characters. I won't bother with any other for this series, and probably any other work from this author.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1478)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "This one grabbed me and wouldn't let me go!"
    Overall
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    Perhaps what impressed me most was the narrator's dialect, which was quite pleasing and helped to place the reader within the scene. While the villain and story were hardly credible, the other characters were very well described and quite believable. I liked the book and was looking forward to the next one. While Book 2 is now available on Audible, it didn't have Erik Davies as the narrator, and the narrator in the sample audio is too annoying for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (624)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "A wonderful update on Cosmology"
    Overall
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    This book helps to fill in some of the details surrounding the evolution of cosmology to its current model. While the future of that model is rather bleak, it will certainly take far longer than we can imagine to get to that point. Of course, we can always take comfort in the fact that the cosmological model has been changing quite rapidly over the past century, and it shows no sign of stopping...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18905)
    Performance
    (8744)
    Story
    (8776)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "I enjoyed the entire The Girl series!"
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    Would you listen to The Girl Who Played with Fire again? Why?

    I'll listen to it again at some point, and I'll put them into the proper order.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the narration had been done by someone who actually spoke Swedish. Simon Vance's mispronunciations detracted somewhat from my experience. This is not to disparage his skill as a narrator, but more a comment on the choice of narrators for this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (843)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Detective work from a dog's point of view?"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Dog on It? What did you like least?

    It's certainly an interesting concept to have a mystery story written in the first person from a dog's point of view. However, I can't imagine basing a series of books on the concept, and I doubt I would bother with others.


    Any additional comments?

    This might make a great book to start with for young adults, or maybe kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

    Knitting Maniac says: "Insufferable narrator, clear and interesting book"
    "If you think of Economics as tedious, try this!"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    For anyone who is unable to complete an introductory lesson on this subject without losing consciousness, this book can help. The author is able to convey the concepts in terms that anyone can understand, and even made it enjoyable for me. I remember taking an Economics class in college, and had I had this book, it would have been much easier to remain interested.


    Any additional comments?

    If only Dr. Sowell had been the narrator...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (703)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Not what I expected, but a pretty decent story"
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    What did you love best about Breath of Scandal?

    I thought the villains were, for the most part, more credible than most that make it into contemporary literature. I've known people who might have been these very ones.


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

    Dick Hill has the ability to bring any character to life, and he seems to do so with every book he narrates. As a matter of fact, his narration is truly a performance, unlike most other narrators' best efforts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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