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We4Williams

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1026)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    It's a bad sign when you switch the audio to double speed to get the book over with.

    I was really looking forward to this book. It seemed like the kind of book I love. End of the world plus robots! I couldn't wait! I just didn't get that end-of-the-world thrill. There was no sense of fear or urgency for most of the book. There were a few good scenes but most of it was just kind of dull.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Something a little different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At first I thought the narrator was monotone but that was before he got to Dr Siri's voice. Dr Siri was so dry and amusing that the contrast between the narration and Dr Siri's actual voice really worked so stick with it for that first half hour and you will be rewarded.

    The mystery was interesting but not all that mysterious. This story was all about the interesting characters and their interactions.

    Listen to this book and you won't regret it.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn, J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods.

    Annie says: "Gore-fest!"
    "The literary equivalent of one of the Saw movies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like the Saw movies, you will like this book. It was just horror-porn. It wasn't even remotely realistic so it wasn't really scary, just gross.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1700)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "Too much angst!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually really enjoy this series but there wasn't much story in this book. There was a whole lot of Eve working through her issues. It got kind of old after a while. I'll be happy when the next book comes along since hopefully Eve has all this out of her system.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Stuart says: "Methadone your Gaiman or Pratchett fix"
    "Great narration, not great story"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book. The narrator was amazing and the premise sounded great. I just couldn't get into it. I must have restarted it three times before I finally made myself stick to it. In the end I listened to it at triple speed just to finish it. I just couldn't make myself care about Johannes Cabal. I like anti-heros as much as the next gal but this guy was just "anti", no "hero".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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