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Jakub

Like historical fiction, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, some horror and sci-fi and the occasional main-stream thriller.

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10146)
    Performance
    (9190)
    Story
    (9270)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Bad & boring."
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    Lasted a few chapters but only because I thought I was otherwise wasting a credit. Loved the Da Vinci code, rolled my eyeballs but finished Angels and Demons and hated the first few chapters of Inferno which I will not finish even if someone will pays me money for it.

    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
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2845)

    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"
    "A mediocre recycled tale"
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    The same old Zombie formula. Reviews were promising but the book was disappointing. Top notch narration. This was the first book I listened to that was narrated by Sean Runnette and the performance was most eloquent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4212)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2563)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Dragged out, faulty audio recording."
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    Audio & Performance - It requires effort and dedication to listen to this particular audiobook. Probably comparable to reading a book printed on grey paper where every word is a different shade of grey.
    Many reviewers have said it before me - there is something wrong with the audio. This is hands down the absolute worst recording from Audible I've personally listened to. I went as far as re-downloading the lower quality version, hoping that down-sampled file would correct the volume levels but it was as bad as the high quality. I then reported this as "faulty" audio to Audible who inspected it and found nothing wrong with the file. (A little concerned there an "audio" focused company could not hear the "audio" problem.) I am sure they have not read all the complaints here. Voice volume fluctuations in this recording can give you headaches it's so bad. It sounds like the sound technicians made an error and tried to fix the recording by filtering out the noise so many times they screwed up the audio royally in the end. Many reviewers said that they had trouble following the characters and all the subplots partly due to the poor audio. I could not agree more. I believe it is even worse if English is not your native language such as myself. I was straining to hear and fiddling with the volume the entire time. As for the narrator, John Lee is usually pretty good and I have listened to at least 4 other books narrated by him but audio issues aside his performance here is less that stellar - for obvious reasons though - this book drags on and on and on and on....

    This brings me to the book itself. If there was a 2.5 star option I would give it 2.5 stars. Some great ideas but poorly executed. A few good parts. Too many uninteresting characters and too much detail being introduced until almost the very end of this very long book - the whole thing reads like a 35-hour first chapter. I didn't really loose track of the subplots or the characters but every-time the story introduced a new character and a new world or a new branch in an new tree - I rolled my eyes and wished there was an abridged version. The entire book is not flowing well, it's choppy and riddled with poorly developed characters. Is this the author's debut piece? I don't know. Sure reads like one - lot's of maturing needed. HOWEVER, there are sparks of briliance; some subplots are great and some ideas thought-provoking. There is a few good sci-fi hours in of listening here.

    The book ends abruptly. The author probably just split the stack of paper in half and called the first stack the Pandora's star. It does not stand-alone as a complete story nor is there a satisfying conclusion; it's like turning a page and expecting more and seeing the closing credits instead.

    I finished it but I though about quitting the book many times. If there were no audio problems and if the narration was done by someone else, the overall experience would have been a lot better - probably a 3-star book. John Lee is great in the Pillars of the Earth and similar books but sci-fi might not be his strong genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3085)
    Performance
    (2690)
    Story
    (2729)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Wow!"
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    I started this book, then stopped and after listening to a number of other audiobook I returned to finish this. Am I glad I did. This is a beautifully crafted story. One of the darkest books I've listened to. Robert McCammon may have been inspired by Steven King's The Stand as there are many similarities between the two but this is a much better story. Once the book picks up pace it is almost impossible to stop listening. Highly recommended to all post apocalyptic, sci-fi and perhaps even historical fiction fans. I also like the title of this book; quoting "a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Stars: Gibraltar Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon DeOcampo
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    The great debate is over. The human race has rejected the idea of pulling back from the stars and hiding on Earth in the hope the Broa will overlook us for a few more generations. Instead, the World Parliament, by a 60-40 vote, has decided to throw the dice and go for a win. Parliament Hall resounds with brave words as members declare victory inevitable. With the balance of forces a million to one against Homo sapiens' Terra, those who must turn patriotic speeches into hard-won reality have their work cut out for them.

    Richard says: "Another great book, hopefully not the end."
    "A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy"
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    With all 3 books i felt that the middle was a little dragged out but the second half always built up to a satisfying climax. I wish authors of series would completely skip the unnecessary repetition of the main plot line they feel readers need to hear again in order to keep up with the story. We're not that stupid. I most enjoy series with little or no repetition such as the Game of Thrones or the the Passage by Justin Cronin; what a joy to zip along with the plot without the fillers of dragged out recaps. Back to the Gibraltar Stars - once the plot recaps were over and the story picked up pace, the conclusion to the series was highly sanctifying. Performance was OK, but not at the level of top narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1602)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Wow, what a letdown..."
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    I gave Old Man's War 5 starts all around. I loved the first book, it was one of the best sci-fi's I've read. I was very much looking forward to the next book in anticipation of much of the same. Witty and funny John Perry is gone to be replaced by a Jared Dirac, character so uninteresting it was painful. What a disappointment. Boring, dragged out story with a nearly complete absence of humor and the imagination of the first book. The only reason I might purchase book 3 is because John Perry is back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Sun: Gibraltar Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    The expedition to the Crab Nebula has returned to Earth and the news is not good. Out among the stars, a million systems have fallen under Broan domination, the fate awaiting Earth should the Broa ever learn of its existence. The problem would seem to allow but three responses: submit meekly to slavery, fight and risk extermination, or hide and pray the Broa remain ignorant of humankind for at least a few more generations. Are the hairless apes of Sol III finally faced with a problem for which there is no acceptable solution?

    Richard says: "Keeps getting better!"
    "Interseting enough to keep going."
    Overall
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    Not as good as the rating made me believe but just interesting enough to keep me listening. A solid 3. Narration is good.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (3917)
    Performance
    (2870)
    Story
    (2893)

    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"
    "Refreshing, captivating, smart, funny"
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    I've listened to many sci-fi novels but none was as good as this one. (i mean a true sci-fi flick - starships, aliens, etc.) Great story, characters, witty dialog, new refreshing ideas, interesting science (fictional and actual). This book has everything, humor and sorrow included. It gets a little too militaristic and action-y as times which personally enjoy (Bernard Cornwell fan) but the story has layers so even action scenes are intertwined with story layers and subplots.
    Refreshing, highly entertaining and fast paced.
    Narration by William Dufris is flawless.

    Already purchased book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2911)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2575)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Book 2 - Another Masterpiece!"
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    Absolutely fantastic continuation of the Passage. The best post-apocalyptic books ever. I cannot wait for book 3.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7052)
    Performance
    (3413)
    Story
    (3420)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Awesome! A Masterpiece!"
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    This book and its sequel are one of the best books I've ever listened to/read. I am writing this more then 1/2 year after I finished the passage and I still think about the story and the characters. Loved the poems and all the "classic" quotes in the beginning of some chapters. The writing is eloquent and Scott Brick's performance is outstanding. These books have become a standard by which I measure other books and a search parameter when looking for other listening ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (545)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "OK teen flick"
    Overall
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    Managed to finish it. Pretty fast pace. Was rolling my eyes a bit at the teen girl - teen boy dialog but only because I didn't realize it was a teen book. Not at the level of the Hunger Games but not bad...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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