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RoccoFan

Washington,DC | Member Since 2009

ratings
39
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1207)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Great Story, Great Narration, Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    Each story in the series made their world more real. The author did a masterful job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense was excellent. Anybook that I can listen to while in the gym is fantastic.


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

    I wanted to write this when I saw that the "Performance" rating was low for this book. Minnie Goode did an excellent job. Her voices were great and the pace was very good.


    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1057)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "I Feel Sorry for Jonathan Maberry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Maberry went all in with this book. He pulled out all the stops and ripped the knob off the intensity meter. Character development..pacing...dialogue...everything was well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Ledger.Ray Porter came with his A game. His performance in this book now surpasses what he did in The Power of the Dog.


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

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I got it at 6AM the day it came out and finished it 48 hours later. Didn't get a lot of work done, but my boss should be happy I didn't call in....I really wanted to call in.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel sorry for Jonathan Maberry, because when you write something this good, there is really no where to go but down. Sad. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (410)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wasn't expecting much from this book since I've never read/listened to a Richard Morgan book. What a pleasant surprise. Whatbi love most is thatbthe world he creates is so very plausible. It doesn'tbtake much of a mental leap to get there from here.

    Thre characters are very interesting. The pace of the story may seem to slow at times, but the character development more than makes up for it. Simon Vance does an excellent job.

    To give you an idea of how much I liked this book, I didn't stop listenening when I saw that the latest Joe Ledger book was available. That, is high praise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1741)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1548)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Very good book"
    Overall

    I try to be super picky about my audiobook selections. I gravitate towards the space opera's and this book allowed me to check off all the boxes on my check list. It did not disappoint. The narration is solid, the characters are very interesting. I like the fact that the author focused on two characters rather than give us a cast of thousands as some authors tend to do. You really get to understand the two men inside and out.

    In all, I highly recommend this book and I look forward to the next installments. Please don't make us wait a year or two like What's-his-face with "The Passage". Think John Ringo, who'll give you a new book in 6 months. I love that! :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (406)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    Overall

    Like a reviewer a few years ago, I hesitated purchasing this book. I normally stick to Science Fiction (space operas) and horror. This book reminds me why I like books of that sort. The kind of savagery that human beings are capable of makes the stomach churning worlds of Scott Sigler, Clive Barker, and Alastir Reynolds seem tame.

    The writing is first rate. The characters and magnificent. The narrations is....well, this is Ray Porter we're talking about.....nuff said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1867)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    Overall

    The writing is superb. The action is non stop. The characters are insane (that's a good thing). The narration is first rate. Patient zero was excellent and this book makes that look like Winnie the Pooh.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers. Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home.

    Dan says: "Very Good Series Intro"
    "Great book....but"
    Overall

    This is a great book. I'm about 40% through and I can't stop listening. Scott Brick is a master narrator. All that said, I can't give 5 stars because I'm upset that I have to wait until 2013 for the next installment. I'm willing to wait for quality writing, but waiting 4 years for a trilogy to finish is torture. Cronin has us waiting for The Passage, Scot Sigler has us waiting for the end of the Infected Trilogy and now this! At least The Strain trilogy is annual (sort of).

    Give me the next installment next week and you'll get your extra star. :)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2123)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1491)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Good book..implausible world view"
    Overall

    First, the book was a great listen. The characters were interesting, the SF was hard and fast, the story was well told. That said, the author's conservative views were a major part of the story, but not an overwhelming part. What got me was his view that after a devastating act on the ENTIRE planet, their wouldn't be a push to unite the planet under some common response.

    He does a decent job of chronicling the bickering that might take place with different cultures, economies, and the historic grievances that run deep that would prevent a common response, but it just seems implausible. Then, again, maybe I'm one of the do-gooder liberals he bashes so often in the book. :)

    All that said, it's a good listen and I'm on to the next installment.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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