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Brian

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Think Like a Dinosaur

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This novelette won the Hugo award in 1996 and has been hailed by many as a science-fiction classic. Intelligent dinosaurs from outer space offer humanity the chance to use their transporter technology to join the galactic culture, but at a terrible price. When a routine transport goes wrong, one man must face the consequences of becoming too much like an alien.

    Brian says: "Like Shatner reading Twilight Zone."
    "Like Shatner reading Twilight Zone."
    Overall

    As cheap as this is, It's only good for passing time.
    If they had picked a better reader, this would have been more interesting.
    It's kind of a Twilight Zone type story.
    But the reader sounds like a caricature of William Shatner. Too...
    many... pauses..... If the ... story had.... been... read by... some... one... else.
    It.... would... have been... bet... ter.. to ... lis EN ... to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (996)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "Just passing through another year of Mike's Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Again with the short stories…..
    The end has another one of those 60 minute short stories about Mike’s life.
    If you can call 60 minutes "short". More like a Novella.
    Creating new villains and adding a whole new element to the zombie apocalypse is a daunting task, but Mark Tufo is up for it.
    Again, a great book.
    The only issue I have, is now Mark knows this is his meal ticket.
    Starting around ZF3 he stops giving us “endings”.
    This book is more so, then the others.
    I feel like I just watched a season of Walking Dead.
    The past few books have been more-and-more like this. Like you were dropped into the middle of something, and then leave before it ends.
    I guess we have to wait for ZF8-20 to find out.
    Keep writing these, but try to keep the short stories to under 15 minutes... or under 50 pages. We got enough of Mikes Past life in ZF 1-6. Adding filler is not super interesting.
    I'm just surprised we have not gotten a 60 minute story of the night his kid were each born, or BT's Childhood stories, yet. Or miss Denno's first date. Not that any of these things are interesting, I just know there are tons of options for a million more non-important stories to intrude on ZF8+.
    I'm just hoping they don't intrude too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1201)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Great writing but full of non-sequiters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mark Tufo’s writing is always full of non-sequiters, (more then any Family Guy episode).
    If you’ve made it to Zombie Fallout 6, then you know this.
    I want to first say, this is one of his best books. The stuff that happens is more exciting then the other stories.
    That said, he has far too many side tracks in this one.
    And 2 really long ones, that are either Filler (to hit his editor’s demand for 500 pages), or for his own amusement because he likes to write short stories.
    If you got this far, then you remember the story of the the boats at the end of one of the other books, or the story of Mike fire-bombing a car, and how he got into the military.
    This one has 3 of those.
    1) is a 15 minute bla-bla about how difficult the Marines are, and how much they didn’t eat, all to say that MREs are difficult to open, and taste bad.
    2) is 40 minutes of him waring (by pulling pranks) with the RA in collage. This has absolutely zero context in the story.
    3) is another 40 minutes.. maybe 60… of him going to a concert and getting drunk with his friends. Best time of his life.
    Skipping any of these takes NOTHING away from the main story.
    They are all told well, but take you out of the story for SO long, that you forget that there is something to get back to.
    There is a 4th….. It’s not quite a story. At the end, we start going through Mike’s mind while in a dream-state.
    This goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on… yeah… and on.
    The last 10 minutes of this, are important.

    aside from these 4 issues, I think this is one of the best ZF books to date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 11-15: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mandarin Chinese Phase 1, Units 11-15 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Brian says: "HEY Pimsleur! Try Editing this better."
    "HEY Pimsleur! Try Editing this better."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Overall a good course, but frustrating sometimes. It seems they recorded Learn Chinese, and Learn English (for Chinese) at the same time, and got their editing confused.
    MANY MANY times in here, you will hear "Listen and Repeat.... what time is it?"... then you will hear the Chinese speaker say (in Chinese) "Listen and Repeat..... what time is it?", instead of just saying "What time is it?"
    It gets very distracting.
    The earlier chapters (1-10) do not have this problem... often (maybe 2x).
    But 11-15, is almost EVERY dialogue.

    Please fix this, so I can give you a 5 star rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hissers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ryan C. Thomas
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    It's the last weekend of summer break in the small town of Castor, and four teenage friends are about to attend the most popular end-of-summer high-school party in town… with a massive wave of mutated undead about to crash the party. It's The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil as the teens of Castor fight to stay alive.

    Mike Naka says: "stephen king of zombies"
    "great listen, and moves fairly quickly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The style is light and fast, and has a fresh new idea for the zombie question.
    We follow 4 young teens through an outbreak in their home town. It's got the feeling of a pre-teen TV show, but with lots of death and sexuality added in.
    The only part I would change is about 2/3rds the way through, when they have this group therapy session, and get out all their inner demons. Skip that, and you don't loose anything, but you gain some time back in your life.
    Other then that, it's a great book, and well worth the listen.
    Another book to add to my favorites.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2779)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Strange mix, but still fun."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big Zombie fan, and this book fits in with most good zombie books.
    The main character is like a combination of Alan Alda (from MASH), Bruce Willis (from Die Hard), and Snake Pliskin (escape From New York).
    Then The story is like Deep Rising, any Steven King book, add Zombies, mixed with Family Guy.
    The only part I don't really like, is the Steven King part. I love SK's books, but with Zombies.... not so much. This part comes in the "magic" of psychic Retards, and possible alternate universes. This becomes a lot more so, near the end (as in Steven King books), and much more so in the Second Book in this series.
    Personally, I prefer more grounded parameters. As soon as you introduce magic, or Psychics, any situation can be overcome.
    The Family guy element gets a little distracting, as it pulls you out of the moment, but it also adds to the style of the book, as well as all the outright laughs. This is the Random non-sequiters that abound in this book.
    This is a great book, and the reader does a fantastic job.
    This made my driving from West Coast to East Coast a bit more of a pleasurable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (771)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "4 Short Stories, I wish were longer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Junkie Quatrain again? Why?

    Yes. To get more detail. It moves fast, and certain things I may have overlooked. It was a fun, fast read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give out spoilers


    Any additional comments?

    This is 4 short stories that overlap in some way. I was actually surprised, and a little upset when the first story ended so soon. The characters in the following stories all interact in some way with each other, but I was hoping for some sort of resolve.
    The stories pace, and flow worked very well, but even after it was over, I wanted more. Many questions are unanswered, and there is no real resolve at the end. It's a bunch of stuff that happens in one day to different people.
    If you think of Pulp Fiction..... it's like that,..... but with Zombies (the 28 days later kind).
    They really should change the title, I would have never bought this if I had not read another Peter Cliens book, and part of this book was attached at the end, as a sample.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1701)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "Awesome Writing, Awesome Reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Ex-Patriots again? Why?

    It has a comic-book feel, and flows really nicely. There is only detail where it needs to be, so there is no overly flowery language. Since the reading is light, it has replay value.


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

    I really DO hope they make a film from this, it's such a unique concept done well.


    Any additional comments?

    If there were 10 of these books, I'd buy all of them right now. I only hope Clines continues to maintain the quality and pace of the first two books.
    Who would have ever thought of putting Comicbook heroes against zombies, and it actually working? Honestly, I thought it was a dumb idea, until I saw all the reviews. I'm SO glad I gave the first book a chance. I bought the second, after listening to only 30 minutes of the first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • For a Few Demons More

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (665)

    Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble...until now. A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, claiming victims across society, and the resulting terror ignites a vicious Inderland gang war. And while the ancient artifact Rachel is hiding may be the key to stopping the murderer, revealing it could also create a battle to the death among the numerous supernatural races that live in and around Cincinnati.

    Tanya says: "Another great Rachel Morgan book"
    "For people with a lot of time on their hands"
    Overall

    If there was an abridged version, I should have gotten that. The story is good, and interesting, but way to flowery. You can tell it was written by a girl (maybe FOR girls). Overly-detailed is the best way to describe this book.
    It's got the feel of a romance novel, where everyone is always on the edge of having sex, and whenever they get close to fooling around, time stops, and every little tiny thing is described in even more detail then the rest of the book.
    If you ever read Lord of The Rings, where it takes 5 pages to walk across a road, you'll understand. One love scene in here takes the reader 20 minutes to get through.
    Literally, you could remove every other sentence in the whole book, and not loose anything.
    Good story though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (135)

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "One of the best resourses of Info on Audible"
    Overall

    At first I thought it was a bad idea to have the author read the book, but he settles into it quickly. I think he should have re-read the first chapter, after he finished, he sounds much more comfortable after chapter one.
    This is what Political books should be like.

    There is no real bias. He states observations, and looks at past and present cultures to give you an idea of where we may be going.
    I lot to think about.

    I have listened to it twice, and will keep it on my iPod. I found a lot more on the second listen.

    if you like this book, get America Alone (it's a good balance to this book. these two books are Like listening to two people debate.). And get The Tower of Babble.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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