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Otto

Yucaipa, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (400)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    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
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7751)
    Performance
    (7157)
    Story
    (7176)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Absolutely intoxicating!"
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    Will Patton was the perfect choice to narrate this novel, and Stephen King has a knack for creating horrible villains and sympathetic protagonists. I hated to interrupt this one to take care of essentials like working, eating, and sleeping, and could scarcely wait to get back to the story. I wish there were more like this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight of the Silvers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Price
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    A thrilling genre-bending saga about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from their own. Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister' s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

    Lisa says: "Glad I took a gamble"
    "Darkly interesting, but something is missing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story got off to a very interesting start, with a cast of characters and a perplexing situation. I was quite delighted to listen to it all the way to the end, but I got the distinct impression the author lost interest at the end. Maybe this is a series opener? There were too many questions raised and left unanswered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (318)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Torture for the two hours I stuck with it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I kept hoping it would get interesting if I just went a little bit further, but this book never seemed to get moving.

    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
    (7359)
    Performance
    (6795)
    Story
    (6798)

    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..."
    Overall
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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
    (629)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (401)

    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
    (160)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    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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    Story

    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
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1599)

    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.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "This one grabbed me and wouldn't let me go!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (1129)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (649)

    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
    Performance
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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
    (19238)
    Performance
    (9041)
    Story
    (9073)

    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

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