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Nicholas

Cranberry TWP, PA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Darren Rowse, Chris Garrett
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    There are no magic wands, hidden tricks, or secret handshakes that can bring you immediate success in the blogging world, but with the help of this audio book, you can get there. Written by two leading authorities on creating and monetizing blogs, ProBlogger carefully lays out the steps you need to follow to create a revenue-generating blog. From choosing a topic and publishing your first post to promoting your site using social media and receiving your first check, you’ll find out what really works.

    B. Dawson says: "Good Book"
    "Decent content - awful reader!"
    Overall

    Seriously? Is this the best guy they could get to read this book? This guy is without a doubt the most annoying reader I have encountered thus far.

    Imagine the worst impression possible you could make of an ultra rich Connecticut blue blood. This guy sounds like a caricature . The inflection the guy puts on the end of every sentence is just grating to listen to. You will know what i mean if you choose to listen to this.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4097)
    Performance
    (3752)
    Story
    (3759)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "A little bit immature... wasn't a bad story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Ultimately my journey with this series ends here. The story wasn't awful, and I got the book on sale for $5. It's not good enough for a credit but I would consider getting the second one if it was on sale.

    It reminds me of a story a bunch of drunk teens might write if they were hanging out in their mom's basement.

    A robot arm destroys some guys entire family and 5 minutes later he wants to get down and dirty with some stranger. That's just the kind of stuff that you write up while laughing like Beavis and Butthead.

    Nothing wrong with some mindless action here and there, but it's sort of average. I'll keep looking for something more compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1374)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Loved this version! A great new take."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I always liked this story. Sure it has it's problems and also I understand people don't like Orson Scott Card's personal politics... ok I get all that.

    This version still stands out! Great audio-drama and an awesome new way to revisit this story. I wish more of my favorite books would re-release in this format. Imagine lord of the rings as a full cast audio-drama?

    Ok, so my recommendation is if you liked Ender's game this is going to be a great way to revisit that story. Don't buy this if you hated Ender's game as obviously you still aren't going to like it.

    I would read or listen to Ender's game first before I listened to this version. This, to me, is a great bonus for the fans of that story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion of the Damned: Legion of the Damned, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    In the future, the terminally ill can prolong life by surrendering their consciousness to a cybernetic life form that is then recruited into the notorious Legion of the Damned, an elite fighting unit charged with protecting humanity.

    Ben says: "One of Sci-Fi's Best"
    "Passes the time, but far from great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    OK so I finished the legion of the damned series. To me these are filler books that I listened to while I waited for more credits to arrive or a decent audible $5 sale to come up. I got the first one in a $5 sale and it was "good enough" for me to get through them.

    It's not bad, but it's very dry. It's reads more like a text book than a novel. Character X did Y. Character A did B.

    Basically it's more of a narration of events than a story. The events themselves are somewhat interesting, and the tech isn't too outlandish. You do have some issues like "with all this tech why are the battles so primitive?"

    So basically if you can accept the belief that in the far flung future warfare has basically devolved to WW2 levels of sophistication + cyborgs then you can get a little bit of enjoyment from this series.

    If your looking for a series of "can't put it down" novels then this isn't going to cut it.

    It's filler material that passes the time. Plain and simple. Not terrible but certainly not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neverending Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Ende
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

    James says: "So much better than the movie"
    "Up for a bit of nostalgia? keep looking...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As a 37 year old man, of course the movie "the never ending story" brings up warm and fuzzy memories. It was a great movie and is still great when you go back and view it again as an adult.

    When this book went on a sale for $5 I decided to pick up a copy just for fun. As an avid reader I almost always love the book better than the movie.

    I realize this is a children's book, but it was just bad. What was especially torturous was the second half of the book, I decided, in the end to just not finish this.

    Stick with the movie if you want a quick jolt of warm and fuzzy childhood nostalgia. The book just isn't going to work for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1707)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "What the heck am I reading?"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story that wasn't insanely boring.


    Any additional comments?

    This might have been a great book. I'm not really sure, I kept drifting off during this book. Thinking about groceries, work, my to-do list at home. When I would go back into the book there would be some new character I had never heard before doing or talking about something in their world I didn't really care about.

    There is some pilgrimage, there are a lot of characters, you learn about a lot of strange religions and theoretical jumps in human evolution.

    This void is out there, where people have some dreams or something.

    Then you lose interest, and find yourself rewinding the same chapter over and over again to figure out what the heck is going on.

    Your quest is futile, it's just too boring. Your consciousness is in and out with only 5 minutes of listening time randomly per 30 minutes of content.

    bla bla bla bla bla .... some description of a brand new character talking about uploading their brain to the internet... bla bla bla bla bla... some lady is shopping for robots with a sales clerk who is 6 people at once... bla bla bla.... we are on a ship where some people dream a lot.... bla bla bla...

    I'm 60% into the book and I literally have no idea what is going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Post-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    The future should have been perfect. Microscopic robots known as nans could repair any damage to your body, keep you young by resetting your cellular clocks, and allow you to download upgrades like intelligence, muscle strength, and eyesight. You were supposed to be able to have anything you wanted with a simple thought, to be able to fly without the aid of a machine, to be able to live forever. But when a small group of five terraformers working on Venus return to Earth, they discover that every other human in the solar system has been gruesomely murdered.

    Michael says: "Blame It On Christmas!"
    "No the worst, but far from the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by David Simpson again?

    Yes, I am currently listening to the breakers series w/ David Simpson. My biggest issue with Mr. Simpson is that he chooses one character in every series to growl non-stop. In the "post-human" series that character is "Old Timer"

    I'm not sure what's up with that, but it gets old real fast. Nobody talks like that 24-7.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just had a lot of ridiculousness in it. I was having trouble suspending my disbelief while reading this series. It wasn't an awful book by any means, but it also just wasn't compelling enough for me to continue.

    In a nutshell, having lots of large global scale events doesn't make up for the fact that the characters are uninteresting. This is re-enforced by the voice acting, where the main character talks as if he were trying to imitate a lion the entire time.

    As a computer programmer, I don't get the main frame thing.. it's just boring to me... distributed computing exists so why would the AI hole themselves up in one big, vulnerable computer?

    At the end of the day I noticed there were 5 books in this series so I decided it was time to cut my losses and move onto something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Man: Book Two of The Park Service Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Michael Braun
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    After discovering the horrific truth behind the park service, 15-year old Aubrey Van Houten has overthrown its leader with the help of his best friend Jimmy and his girlfriend Hannah. But their victory has left all three parentless and alone in a world where drones still hunt humans. And while the Park Service founder might be dead, he's far from gone. Now, Aubrey's quest to free his people will lead him even farther into a world where nothing is what it seems.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great second book in the series"
    "I'm going to pass on the ending of this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The first book in this series was a somewhat interesting commentary on the human condition. The book itself was average at best, but I thought I would give the second book a try.

    This book is honestly not very good, and I can't see myself sitting through the ending. At this point I have lost interest in the series and don't see myself caring too much how it ends.

    I do love the dystopian genre, but this book wasn't for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

    Bonnie says: "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
    "Loved it, a striking glimpse into trench life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I got this as a free download, and thought it was worth a listen. If I would have paid for it, that would have changed my review as it is somewhat brief.

    This held my attention and had some good acting. If you enjoy a good audio drama I would listen to this, unless you have to pay more than a few dollars for it, then it is worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14963)
    Performance
    (12404)
    Story
    (12531)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "I wish I could get sucked into this world..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There are some interesting concepts in this book. I enjoyed some of the rules surrounding use of magic, but overall this reminds me of Al Bundy recalling his touchdowns at Polk High.

    The characters are forgettable and the world is not very well defined. You really don't get a sense of the landscape of the world or it's boundaries. You do understand there is a university. Overall this is a pretty thin world with some OK character development.

    Slow moving story with annoying characters in a poorly defined world.

    I just don't care for the characters that were developed and will be moving on to find another fantasy series that can hopefully suck me in. Maybe I need to finally bight the bullet and read Robert Jordan.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. The narrator carried the story, providing some good character voice work.


    Was The Name of the Wind worth the listening time?

    It passed the time. It wasn't completely terrible. I would say "maybe"


    Any additional comments?

    It's a pass for me. Didn't suck me in but I did get to the end. I think I need to start reading every fantasy book that get's one star. I am feeling pretty out of sync with the visitors of this site and the fantasy books that they enjoy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (1008)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "No world building, forgettable character. Pass on"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    No I would not. After reading this book you have no real clear understanding of the fantasy world they live in, either it's boundaries or customs. You have very little depth of attachment to even the characters you do get to encounter.

    You really don't even know the main character or care about her even a little bit at the end of this so called story.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Moon’s story?

    The fact that nothing really happens, you don't care at all what happens and that you just want it to end. I'm really surprised I got to the end. When the protagonist get's in a bit of trouble at the end you really could care less if she is eaten by wolves or makes it back.

    You don't know her at all, and thus just have a distant interest in the fact that at least something is happening in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favorite?

    It's been over a month, I have forgotten every character in the book. Is character too strong of a word for this?


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

    The narrator was good. Good narration and I wouldn't hesitate to read another book read by this narrator


    Any additional comments?

    it sucked

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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