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Walt Snider

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  • Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Ray Jay Perreault
    • Narrated By Christopher M. Allport
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    What happens when a man and a computer is put on Saturn's Titan for a year to mine methane? The relationship doesn't always work out the way everyone plans. The relationship should be based on trust, but what if one member of the team isn't doing what the other expects?

    Striker says: "Good Read. Bureaucracy in Space."
    "A Great Short Story Foreshadowing Corporate Future"
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    Would you listen to Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved again? Why?

    In a few years, sure. It's a quick book at around an hour, but it's pretty cute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dichotomy between the human and the computer is pretty darn funny. Analyzing our emotional human responses in a logical manner is quite amusing.


    What does Christopher M. Allport bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly, Allport's voice work and editing really doesn't impress me.


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

    Yeah, it's the future, and no, things haven't changed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Crusader: Legends of Orion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael G. Thomas
    • Narrated By Andrew B. Wehrlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It is a dark time for the Alliance, with their forces scattered before the advancing legions of the unstoppable Star Empire. Further disastrous news arrives that General Makos and his loyal Byotai warriors have been utterly routed in battle, leaving the Alliance no option but to fall back to Helios.

    Walt Snider says: "A good story, but borrowed from many sources"
    "A good story, but borrowed from many sources"
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    The characters were compelling, and sometimes fun, but overall the story borrows character names and concepts from multiple other stories. It was enjoyable to go through the story, but more originality would have been ideal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jake Bible
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
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    (97)
    Story
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    The Bloody Conflict is long over. The lands are now controlled by despots, crooked cattle barons, energy hoarders, and anyone with enough might to keep the local folks under control. For Clay Macaulay, none of that matters as he roams the land in a war machine from a time gone by. He wants nothing to do with small desert towns or brutal dictators. He only has his sights set on a new life. Unfortunately for Clay, too many ruthless people want what he has. They want the war machine he pilots. They want the battle mech that shouldn't exist anymore.

    trixie says: "Fighting Iron"
    "Great story that took unexpected turns :)"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fighting Iron the most enjoyable?

    The audio quality and voice work was fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't think of the name, but Jake's mech has an AI personality. That's my fav. Kinda like a kid with a Gatling Gun, pretty funny and cute.


    Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

    The mech AI.


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

    There were a couple unexpected moments that made me chuckle, absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a great story, much alike all of Jake's stories. Stop reading my review and start listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Every Action: The Quantum Mechanic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jason Faris
    • Narrated By Judy Rounda
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Desperate to prove that he has found the unified field theory in the Bible, young mathematics prodigy Jacob Saylor runs away to the Middle East. But when he and his brother venture into the desert they disappear, only to return years later with no memory of where they have been. Then a group of cybernetic terrorists calling themselves The Embodied attack. Having discarded their humanity for bodies of living technology they serve their masters by secretly manipulating world events, eliminating enemies, and toppling nations.

    Cindy Smith says: "An amazing story but. . ."
    "A very intelligent story"
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    What made the experience of listening to For Every Action the most enjoyable?

    The voice acting is great, the effects are perfect. :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob, he's very diverse, handles situations pretty interestingly.


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

    Different ways to express the characters.


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

    The scene on the bridge near the beginning. I actually stopped jogging and nearly got hit by the guy behind me!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book overall, stands out in my mind. Would like to read more by Jason Faris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Host

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Ray Jay Perreault
    • Narrated By Christopher M. Allport
    Overall
    (15)
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    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    A wandering alien life form seeks a compatible host to share its life. The life has lived for a long time and shared life with many life forms. Throughout the alien's life it is able to find suitable hosts for short periods of time and in other hosts life is hard and risky. Finally the alien life form travels to a planet and finds the perfect species to share its life with.

    ATX-LH says: "Delightful perspective.."
    "What an interesting concept for a short story"
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    allowing yourself to think objectively is such an amazing trait for a storyteller. the author really captures and out-of-the-box concept that could be developed into something even greater later on. definitely worth the time to read this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Virus: 72 Hours to Live

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Jay Perreault
    • Narrated By Zachary Johnson
    Overall
    (57)
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    (56)
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    During a public relations trip to Europe the first lady Abby Patterson; her daughter, Beth; and son, Dave, lose their lives to a very fast and suspicious virus. As the virus takes over the world the president of the United States Arnold Patterson must deal with the collapse of the United States Government. His trusted adviser Admiral Nial Hagerly does his best to keep the military viable but it is a losing battle. The government moves to Camp David while they deal with the collapse then ultimately they are forced to move to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic where they plan to rebuild the country and Earth.

    zoe says: "Virus"
    "A must for SIMPOC fans!"
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    Anyone that loved the first two SIMPOC books will love this expanded story that tells of what's happening in the DC area and beyond our planet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Arrival: The Evaran Chronicles Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Adair Hart
    • Narrated By Michael Pauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    Jake Melkins is a few months away from turning 21. By the Seceltor Empire's laws, he will have to go to a breeding camp, or directly into slavery. Neither choice appeals to him. All this changes with the arrival of a space-and-time-traveling being known as Evaran at the space-station-turned-rest-stop that Jake lives on.

    bluestategirl says: "Everan has a soft spot for humans!"
    "A great Sci-Fi story that's not over the top!"
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    From beginning to end, The Arrival was amazing. It's compelling and the pacing is just right. This is Sci-Fi done right. A powerful being sees the opportunity to make something right and helps, for nothing in return... just because it's right.

    The characters are well explored and have distinct personalities that are easy to tell apart, in large part due to the amazing narration.

    I would absolutely love to hear more by this combination!

    This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SIMPOC - Human Remnants: SIMPOC, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ray Jay Perreault
    • Narrated By Zachary Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Joan Herl the commander of the space station Oasis and her husband Colonel Tom Herl contact Admiral Hagerly, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He, President Patterson, and the remainder of the government have taken refuge on the aircraft carrier Fittsburg in the middle of the Atlantic. The few remaining humans welcome the returning crew members from the moon colony Desert Beach.

    zoe says: "Book 2"
    "Great followup to Book 1"
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    Would you listen to SIMPOC - Human Remnants again? Why?

    In a couple years, sure.


    What other book might you compare SIMPOC - Human Remnants to and why?

    Aside from the first one, I don't know that I can... its quite unique and can't really be compared to most other books I've read. Don't misinterpret what I'm saying, it's fresh and amazing. I love this and the first. Looking forward to reading the rest of Perreault's collection.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When in California, we're stopped by two locals that think they'll get the drop on the lead robotic commander, Alpha. While the scene is probably 1/2 a page, it's powerful and has stuck with me for the rest of the book.


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

    Yes, Perreault's books have that quality about them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. I don't 5-star everything, check my other reviews as an example. This is a solid book, definitely worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SIMPOC: The Thinking Computer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ray Jay Perreault
    • Narrated By Zachary Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    The entire human population is attacked by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC's programmer doesn't come in to work, that day, the next, or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl, is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth, they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself and to continue thinking.

    ATX-LH says: "On the verge of perfect.."
    "A Rarity: Intelligent Sci-Fi!"
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    What did you love best about SIMPOC?

    It's really logical... the progression of events makes perfect sense and it stays close enough to reality that it's completely believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    From an IT guy with 30 years in the industry, the computing stuff was pretty dead on, but not super-technical. Perreault hits all the right beats, but doesn't bore you with details. Many writers let the tech get in the way of the story, not here.


    Which character – as performed by Zachary Johnson – was your favorite?

    SIMPOC. A learning computer. Brilliant. Have to say that Termin (spelling?) was also great.


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

    Absolutely. I actually would leave early on a drive and arrive early just to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. It's not just a quick 5-star because I received it free... you can check my other reviews. I only give credit where it's due. The narration by Johnson was also great. As someone with voice acting experience, he's quite talented, down to the different personalities and cadences in voices to the accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeper Ship: Book Two of the Rim Confederacy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Rudnick
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    As penance for not being honest with his admiral, Captain Tanner Scott has been sent on a boring routine maintenance mission of checking the RIM boundary buoys one after another, and that lets him enjoy his Scotch in peace. Imagine his surprise when a Sleeper ship suddenly arrives on the RIM, and he learns that the thousands of alien Sleepers are all children! While making that known has already gotten RIM confederacy realms fighting, the real hidden problem is the secret that a virus infects the alien Sleepers.

    Walt Snider says: "A mix of video game and book cliches"
    "A mix of video game and book cliches"
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    What would have made Sleeper Ship better?

    Original concepts. This book copies several other stories' and video games' concepts and even names of technologies.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Martin – was your favorite?

    I think the tribals on the sleeper ship were nicely done.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Even though there were copied concepts, they were fleshed out pretty nicely.


    Any additional comments?

    If you write a book, and you copy technologies and other concepts, at the minimum, change the names.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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