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Allan

mesa, az, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

    Robert says: "Admit it, you're in for the duration"
    "Must get paid by the letter! Done!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Tears of the Sun better?

    Just tell the story and quit re-telling the previous 7 books with a bit of new here and there, and fuck off with the food and clothes discriptions!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing by s.m. stirling


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He actaully got away from some the worst attempts at acsence!


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

    not really!


    Any additional comments?

    Was Losing me on the last 2 books, hung in there hoping for more, but just more of the same crap!

    0 of 0 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
    (2738)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2417)

    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"
    "Good story even with the gaps."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The story was intriguing and well written, but felt like there was something left out in the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh, although I feel he could have played alittle stronger character in the ending.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was well read, but the narrator got abit monotonal at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners....

    John Norton says: "This book must be unabridged!"
    "Wish it was not an abridged version."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Boy's Life the most enjoyable?

    Read it back in the 90's and loved the whole storyline.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed because of the abrigdement.


    Which character ??? as performed by Richard Thomas ??? was your favorite?

    Richard's reading was excellent, I hope he will read an unabridged version.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (735)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "The Fall: Book Two of the strain trilogy"
    Overall

    An Excellent follow up to the first book, questions were answered and new ones arose, I was disappointed that Ron Pearlman did not follow up with this book, he made the first a 5 star listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (232)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "The High King of Montival"
    Overall

    S.M. continues with his usual overwriting of what is an Awesome and intriguing storyline, this chapter starts with an exciting and well written battle and he then slips back into his gastro and clothing expose' with mind numbing description. I have continued listening because I like the story concept eventhou the delivery is getting more and more tedious, the narrator's use of the many different accents at times is just plain irritating with the thickness he is trying to achieve is hurting the story. If the story continues at this rate it will be clear into book 10-11. Help me out S.M. your loosing me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    Overall
    (2046)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1005)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "The Strain"
    Overall

    Outstanding! Was expecting the typical 'Vampire' tale, eventho the 'Vampires' shared some of the blood-sucking characteristics as the hybrid/mutations in "Blade 2" which was a 'Guillermo' film, Ron Pearlman's narration was AWESOME as was his role in the before mentioned film, also there were other character/storyline simularities, it has been one of the best listens in a last few books :) Can't wait for the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9319)
    Performance
    (4294)
    Story
    (4321)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Under the Dome"
    Overall

    A great listen, even if a bit long and Stephen is at the top of his writing game when adding main characters that are truly inspiring and other main characters that you want dead after the first 10 minutes of meeting them. The cast is extensive yet entertaining and not overly boring in their introduction, history, and interaction. A return to his pre-accident story-telling that seemed to be lacking in his last 'Gunslinger' volumnes and the 'Lisey/Duma' stories. If Stephen keeps writing in this manner I will continue to be an even more loyal Fan!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of the Lady: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

    Chris says: "It just gets better and better."
    "The Sword of the Lady"
    Overall

    Yet another plodding, over descriptive, and far to drawn out story. S.M. has taken a really cool story concept and stretched it to a point I don't think I can continue listening, even thou when the action is happening it's a wonderful story, but when the mention of food comes into the story it's a 20 minute ordeal just to get back to the flow of the story. The character interaction is at times frustrating, and the introduction of new members to quest is abrupt and with a lack of info that he holds in such high regard for the food. I usually do not listen to abridged versions of a story, but I will take that into consideration if I continue to follow this 'Saga'.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness Forged in Fire: Book One of the Iron Elves

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Evans
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He has murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most---the forest.

    Amazon Customer says: "worth my time"
    "A Darkness Forged in Fire"
    Overall

    Yet another wife inspired listen, I am not sure of the existentance of a pre-story, although it seems to go into very little detail other than the 'Iron Elves' were screwed over.

    A decent listen, although I really liked the Dwarf Yimt Arkhorn I will continue with the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2516)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1587)

    In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

    cmclien says: "Great books"
    "Bone Crossed"
    Overall

    WOW!!!!!! My Wife has read all of these books and has wanted me to read them, but I haven't had the time, yet finally the audiobooks have been aviable if it is only the 3rd book I believe in the series and I'm Hook, I love the flow of the storyline, the character interaction is awesome, a very refreshing listen!!!!!!! I will be listening more to Patricia, and hopefully Lorelie is doing the reading!!! BIG HUGS AND KISSES!!!!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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