You no longer follow Joshua Kring

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Joshua Kring

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Joshua Kring

Member Since 2017

380
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 108 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 212 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2018
FOLLOWING
5
FOLLOWERS
8

  • Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Seth Shostak
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    This engaging memoir reveals the true story of the Search for ExtraterrestrialIntelligence (SETI), and discloses what we may very soon discover. Chronicling the program’s history with insight and humor, SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak assures us that if there is sentient life in the universe, we are within decades of picking up its signal.

    Tim says: "Somewhat Disappointed..."
    "I can't get enough of this topic."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I have just recently listened to Paul Davies's book entitled "The Eerie Silence" so I can't help but make comparisons. There is a lot of overlapping information between the two books.

    I have to say that I thought this one was slightly better. While this book has a lot of science in it, it didn't get as bogged down as the other book did. Seth Shostak is more up beat and seemed to get down on my level a little more. He seemed more optimistic than Davies. At no point in listening to this book did I get bored or felt like I wasn't grasping the subject matter.

    There was also less speculation in this book, and it had more information on what it is SETI actually does and more importantly what they don't do. I felt like I learnt more.

    If you are interested in this topic my suggestion would be to listen to this book first. However, you would be doing yourself an injustice by not also listening to the other book as well. Both are great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seal Survival Guide: A Navy Seal's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cade Courtley
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (602)

    Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley delivers step-by-step instructions anyone can master in this user-friendly guide. From random shootings to deadly wildfires to terrorist attacks, the reality is that modern life is unpredictable and dangerous. Don't live in fear or rely on luck. Learn the SEAL mindset: Be prepared, feel confident, step up, and know exactly how to survive any life-threatening situation.

    Just_a_guy says: "Buy it now. It just might save yours or a loved ones life!"
    "... umm..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, all I can say is I enjoyed listening to it. I can't really recommend it, though. I think I only liked this for two reasons. 1. I like anything to do with badass military special forces. 2. R.C. Bray can read the phone book and I would listen to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16881)
    Performance
    (15165)
    Story
    (15032)

    What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

    TMort says: "Awesome book for those new to astrophysics."
    "Astrophysics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The title says it all. Go ahead and get this book. It's well worth the money. If you know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is then you know you won't be let down. If you don't... then this is a good place to learn about him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spaceship Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gene Doucette
    • Narrated By Steve Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4709)
    Performance
    (4417)
    Story
    (4416)

    When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

    bluestategirl says: "Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!"
    "Pleasantly surprised."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Got this one on a daily deal special. The senopsis was slightly intriguing and it was only a few bucks so why not?

    ...Man, I feel like I lucked out. The story was different and entertaining. The narrator was quite good. I give the total package a solid 4 star rating.

    This is a story you'll like. Then you'll forget it. Then in a couple years you'll find it while scrolling through your library and you'll vaguely remember it and decide to give it another listen and enjoy it all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3228)
    Performance
    (2613)
    Story
    (2625)

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

    Joshua Kring says: "I am number four"
    "I am number four"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hate how much I enjoyed this book. This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It's a young adult novel. It's childish. It's often silly. It's extremely clichéd. It has huge gaping holes in its plot, and it made me role my eyes a lot. However, I kept listening because despite all of that it was entertaining and kept me engaged.

    Another surreal aspect of this book came about halfway through when I googled the author and found out he is the 'Million Little Pieces' guy. I never read that book, but I distinctly remember Oprah Winfrey tearing him a new one on national TV for being a liar back in the early 2000's. That has no bearing on the quality of this book... It's just weird.

    Neil Kaplan does a good job narrating this book, but at times he gets a little goofy (for lack of a better description). I'm not sure if this was his fault or the writing, but its of little consequence. He's a better than average narrator.

    Bottom line; I'm not going to jump through any hoops to continue this series, but I'm not opposed to the idea. I'll probably get around to it eventually.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Island in the Sea of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (692)

    During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror.

    Kevin says: "Listen to this before "Dies the fire""
    "Island in the Sea of Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a mixed bag. I'm going to say a 3.5 star audio book.

    As I listened to it I kept thinking that I would have loved this book when I was in high school. It was published in 1998 when I was 18, and I think the 18 year old me would have gotten a kick out of it. That's not to say that this is an immature book. It has some very adult themes and deals with a lot of history and how to create a political society from scratch. There's a lot of action, violence and sex thrown in as well. I guess what I'm getting at is when I was younger I was less prone to say, "Wait a minute." And I would have just enjoyed the story for what it was.

    My biggest problem was that I couldn't relate to the main characters very well. You may find it hard to believe, but I don't have a lot in common with an African American lesbian coast guard captain/samurai warrior. In fact I doubt that any person remotely resembles that description in real life. I guess I could be wrong. Also, there were a lot of people comiting suicide before they even had time to figure out what was going on. I honestly don't feel like that's very realistic.

    What I enjoyed most about this book was the speculative stuff. How to manage a society and start a government and rebuild a civilization. That may be boring to some people, but I like it.

    McLaren does a good job narrating. He does a lot of sound effects with his own voice and mouth that at times was funny, like kids making their own gun noises, but I applaud his effort.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Eric Nylund
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3021)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2549)

    As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

    Joseph says: "Great book and easy listen."
    "Halo: The Fall of Reach"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I played the original Halo game many years ago when it was first released (I've never been big on first-person-shooters) so I kind of knew the basic back story going into this, but I wasn't expecting much. I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. It has a very cool story, adequate writing, thoughtful pacing and a competent narrator. It wasn't perfect. There were a few hiccups here and there, but I'd say this one deserves a 4.5 star rating.

    The most major thing wrong was the quality of the recording. Around midway through the book I noticed that I had to turn my volume all the way up to here the narrative. Then the dialogue parts would nearly blow my ear drums (there was a lot of action scenes with a lot of shouting). I don't blame the narrator for this. Whoever was the sound mixer really dropped the ball here.

    Anyway, this was an awesome story. It may have been because my expectations were lowered, but I really enjoyed this book and I haven't really quit thinking about it since I finished it a few days ago. If I had another audible credit I would be listening to the sequel right now.

    Thanks for reading my review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7963)
    Performance
    (7350)
    Story
    (7370)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A+B+C+D..."
    "The least helpful review of Ex-Heroes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said by other reviewers. Super heroes vs. zombies sounds stupid, but this is a very entertaining book. I rejected this audio book for a long time, but after listening to 14 and The Fold I just had to try it and I'm glad I did.

    I think this is Peter Clines' first novel, and the writing reflects that. It's not as polished as his more recent books, but it still has better writing than a lot of books by more popular novelists.

    It took me some time to get used to the duel narrators. Jay Snyder does most of the reading with Khristine Hvam reading the dialogue of the female characters. At first, this was extremely distracting to me. I was wishing the producers would have stuck with one narrator. However, after a few chapters I got used to it and it wasn't a big deal. Both narrator's do a great job.

    I'm pretty excited about continuing this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endeavour: Sleeping Gods, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ralph Kern
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (926)

    In 2118 the first daring mission to another star, Tau Ceti - 12 light-years away - is launched. Tom Hites and Harry Cosgrove command the starship Endeavour on an epic journey to solve the Fermi paradox. From the first nearly disastrous steps on a distant world, their quest takes them further than they ever imagined.

    Jason says: "A nicely written journey through the galaxy"
    "Endeavour"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's hard for me to write a fare and balanced review of this book because I loved it so much that I forgave it for all of its faults. The same faults that I rant and rave about in other books. You have to understand that I love books about space exploration and especially first contact novels. I also love books that are considered hard science fiction (and/or speculative fiction) that a lot of space opera fans find dry and boring. Give me all of this and I'll not notice that the characters are wooden or their dialogue is atrocious or the writing is sort of amateurish... OK, I'll notice but I'll pretend not to, like the polite southern gentleman that I am.

    So, with all that said, the only thing I'm going to complain about with this book (and the reason it's only getting 4 stars from me) is it's pacing. There are parts that felt rushed. I would have loved it to go into more depth than it did describing Endeavour's discoveries especially in the first few hours of the book. I feel like this may have been a grander story than Ralph Kern could handle at his current writing abilities, but damn, I loved this story. I'm looking forward to a sequel (or two or three or a dozen) in the future.

    One last thought on Michael Kramer's narration. He's a professional and a veteran of audio book reading. There was nothing about his performance that will stand out and make you say WOW, but there is also nothing to complain about.

    I hope you enjoy Endeavour as much as I did. Thanks for reading my review.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Man in the Empty Suit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sean Ferrell
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Say you're a time traveler and you've already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That's why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks 12-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be.

    C. Hartmann says: "GREAT Listen...but you have to work for it"
    "Your future self is telling you to skip this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In one version of your future you don't purchase this book and never realize how much better your life is. In another version you do buy this book, listen to it and wish you could go back in time and tell yourself not to. I'm living in that second version.

    I love mind bending science fiction. I love those stories that are hard to follow. The ones you have to pay close attention to, but that have a big pay off. This one made me feel cheated.

    The first 3 hours or so are great. It was hard to follow, but I was enjoying the crap out of it. Also, the last couple hours make you feel like it's going somewhere, that you're going to be impressed and that you didn't waste your time. However, when it is over you're left going, "that's not right! That can't be!"

    Plus, there's about four hours in the middle that is just bad, boring writing where the characters act in strange ways for no particular reason. While suffering through that part I was thinking, "all this will have a significance in the end."

    ...BUT IT DOESN'T!

    Then there are so many inconsistencies and unanswered questions and unexplained motives and...

    I'm going to stop here. You get the point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Master of Formalities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3397)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3164)

    Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

    Joshua Kring says: "Meyer and Daniels do it again."
    "Meyer and Daniels do it again."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Master of Formalities is a lot different, but at the same time, very much the same as the Magic 2.0 series. It's different in that the plot is not at all like Meyer's previous books. However, the characters and Daniels performance of them are very reminiscent of them.

    What Meyer's does best is create characters that are on the surface more like caricatures (in that they seem over the top) but as you get to know them they have a depth to them. There's a strange charm that he gives to even the villains of his novels. It's hard to describe, but I love it.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story, but who doesn't mind it getting a little silly. This is not hard core science fiction. It's very entertaining.

    48 of 52 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.