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S. M. Rathburn

Central Vermont | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 109 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Michael says: "Angel Noir"
    "Technical trouble didn't help this."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half of this had real promise. I liked the detective noir style with the heavenly angle. It made the pretty standard story, more lively. The second half went away from the angel angle and more into a simple detective story. Now, the story being what it is the performance was very good. The reader had perfect tone for the story. The last two chapters simply refused to play, I tried to re-download it and the same thing happened, about 20 minutes left and it stopped. The way the story was going I was not terrible disappointed though.

    If you’ve listened to books by Tad Williams before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first Tad Williams book

    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! Hard to imagine someone voicing Bobby Dollar any better.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not, A worthwhile rental though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "A great companion to the movie Zero Dark Thirty"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Quick, engrossing, focused

    What did you like best about this story?

    After seeing the movie Zero Dark Thirty I was more interested in the story of how this mission went. I had heard this book recommended and gave it a try. The story was focused on the SEALS side of the mission and didn't reach into the discovery of bin laden's location, the movie did well on that side of the story. The author did well on giving some back story of becoming and working his way to the top of the special operations teams.

    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    As with most readers I really can't imagine hearing it a different way. Graham's reading makes me think it is coming directly from the author.

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

    Story of the bin laden raid from the operators point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Great start to a universe!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to friends that don't get hung up on every little detail. It's science fiction that rightly spends more time dealing with the story than detailing every background process and making that believable. There is a great sense of humor throughout the book that doesn't overpower.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Man's War?

    The main characters first "meeting" with an internal piece of equipment. I was on the treadmill and almost giggled myself off it.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first combat scene was well done.

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

    I didn't plan on wanting to, but after I started this I found myself finding time to listen to more. After I finished this I have went on to other books Scalzi has written in this series and this universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Excellent lead in to the movie"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    This story has been around a long time and the movie only revs up the interest in the story. The full, unabridged story is the way to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Hard to get a handle on"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not because this was that bad but there are many that are better.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were very good, definitely a high point for me. Mitchell's use of language and how the narrators used them was impressive.

    Could you see Cloud Atlas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I listened to this knowing the movie was coming out. Haven't seen the movie yet but I am curious to see how it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "great continuation of the Kingkiller chronicles"
    What did you love best about The Wise Man's Fear?

    I was so pulled in by the first book this was easy to get brought back into the story

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wise Man's Fear?

    The descriptions of the main characters troubles with his university enemy.

    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Hearing his voice I thought I was listening to the character

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

    demand was disappointed when I had to put it down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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