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robbie_d51

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  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    Martin Coughlan says: "Highly enjoyable Sci-Fi Series"
    "An enjoyable and exciting story"
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    Hard Duty is a great book, and makes for an excellent audiobook version as well. Mikael Narramore is perfectly cast as the narrator for this series' main character. The performance draws you in immediately, and holds your attention hard and fast. In regards to the story itself, it's choked full of intricate and colorful detail that never feels boring or overwhelming, as well as action and intrigue to spare. Overall I would absolutely recommend this version of Hard Duty, and I myself will be looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By M. William Phelps
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A sadistic serial killer bent on not only terrorizing his young female victims, leaving their naked bodies along Boston's Freedom Trail, but also driving Detective Jake "Sundance" Cooper to the edge of insanity as the cop fights to redeem his imploding career. Through an investigation revealing the true madness and evil of this killer, Jake's mentor, Detective Mo Blackhall, is on the verge of being indicted for his role in a Big Dig corruption scandal, putting Jake at the center of choosing blue blood loyalty over the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Dissappointed with the narration speed"
    "Dissappointed with the narration speed"
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    The Dead Soul is a novel about a serial killer, and it had what I would consider to be a very interesting premise, and was written by an author who is at least somewhat well known. However...

    This audiobook suffers from two crippling problems.

    The first problem is the speed of narration. At first, I felt that the narrator was trying to sound very serious and intense, and at first that fit what was happening. As the story progressed into the second half of the first hour, and onwards, I realized that this tone and more importantly, pace, does not and will not ever change. The place is absolutely "plodding", and the spacing between sentences in mind numbing. I often found myself needing to rewind the recording and re-listen to passages because I realized that I had simply tuned out.

    The second problem is the lack of believable character voicing. In a scene where a woman is being murdered somewhat slowly and she is supposed to be screaming at the top of her lungs in terrible pain and fear, what we hear is a half hearted, throaty "Oh, please help me. Oh no somebody help." stated as if the narrator were reading the list of ingredients off of a box of cereal. I certainly don't expect a middle aged male to sound exactly like a screaming woman, but I did expect more than this.

    I wasn't able to get past the second hour, and have since decided to move on. I am giving the story a full five stars because reviewers of the print version seemed to love the story, so I am choosing to believe them and not penalize this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Within: Wielder Saga Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Somers
    • Narrated By Will M. Watt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Fourteen year-old Daniel Harwick's powerless days bullied at Ekhart Academy are about to end. Traumatically catapulted into a beautiful but terrifying world within, Daniel finds himself on the run from Pirates, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Spider-Elves, Griffins, Krakens, Cyborgs and even "Death" himself. Reluctantly, Daniel joins with a strange band of ragtag warriors questing for the legendary Wielder who alone can defeat the spread of the Necrom Void across the Living Land.

    Kenna says: "10 out of 10 ... WILL listen to again"
    "Alternate universe chronicles of narnia"
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    The story:
    The plot follows a path that is common in other portal fantasy type novels, wherein a rich kid gets knocked out and wakes up in a fantasy world with a wise cracking animal hybrid side kick, a beautiful warrior princess, dragons, and so on. In this regard, it's a very by the numbers portal fantasy. The concept of 'the wielder' was however pretty unique, and for that bit of creativity I would say well done.

    The writing:
    The writing was fine, and I noticed no repetitive sentences, nor did I ever feel like I was completely lost due to the structure. Overall, good writing.

    The narration:
    I feel conflicted here, but overall the narrator is clearly a skilled professional. The story is narrated in a "story teller" type voice, in that it sounds like the narrator is sitting next to you holding the book and reading it to you, as opposed to really doing a performance, as most other modern audiobooks are like. As a consequence, most of the characters sound the same or similar, but this again only adds to the 'story teller' charm. I personally prefer a more performance style book, but I felt that the story teller style did not in any way take away from the listening experience.

    Technical issues/editing:
    The only problem I noticed, and it is jarring and recurrent, is that there is literally less than half a second pause between the last sentence of a chapter ending, and then the next chapter heading beginning. It sounds almost like: "He looked up in the clouds and smiled chapter three they were walking into the forest when...". I thought this should have been adjusted so that there is a more natural break between chapters.

    Conclusion:
    It's a solid portal fantasy with decent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Braineater Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen Kozeniewski
    • Narrated By Steve Rimpici
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he's now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder. But Jones' investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings.

    Kenna says: "Leave your zombie prejudices at home"
    "Great characters, voicing and story, lacks editing"
    Overall
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    Kozeniewski's Brian Eater Jones is an excellent take on the noir genre. While I came into this somewhat expecting yet another "me too" zombie apocalypse novel, what I found was something that was completely different than anything else I've read (or listened to) before. Instead the story takes place in a world were dead people sometimes come back to life and continue "living".

    Brain Eater Jones is a good mix of comedy, period accurate slang and characters, and a good dose of mystery and intrigue as well.

    Specifically referring to Steve Rimpici's performance, I found that his character voices, especially for that of the main character, were spot on perfect. I really felt like I was listening to someone from the 1930's. The other characters were often cartoonish, but this was clearly intentional, and adds to the silliness of the story in a very positive and clearly intentional way.

    The only thing that holds this back from being full 5 stars were some editing issues that occurred throughout the book. Specifically, there seems to be almost no break at all between sentences and paragraphs. I don't know if this was done intentionally or not, but it often forced me to go back and repeat sections because details just flew by faster than I could really process them in my brain. At other points, the characters might all move to a different place and time and all without even half a second of pause. That, and I did notice a few times where a lines repeats itself.

    Editing issues aside, this book is definitely a good listen, and I found once I got used to the pacing, I was able to follow along better through the second half of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Black Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Artemus Black. Perennially down-on-his-luck Hollywood PI whose Bogie fixation is as dated as his wardrobe. With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that's deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get?

    Amazon Customer says: "Roxy is a must have for the entire series"
    "Absolutely perfect, sharp and witty"
    Overall
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    Black is an incredible listen, and is voiced perfectly by the talented RC Bray. The dialogue is sharp, the plot moves swiftly and unpredictably, and the jokes are timed perfectly. This is an excellent story and I look forward to listening to the rest of the Black series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol: Rock Star Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Creston Mapes
    • Narrated By Troy Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Everett Lester is the troubled millionaire frontman for the world's most famous heavy metal band, DeathStroke. In his desperate, drug-induced search for peace and meaning, he contracts the services of psychic Endora Crystal to travel with the band and provide him solace.

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "Inspirational!"
    "Difficult to listen to for long streches of time"
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    Disclosure: I was given a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

    I found it very difficult to get involved in, or even understand what was happening in the story, because I found the narration itself to be very distracting. The narrator frequently shifts his pitch up and then quickly down again, making it sound like everything is a joke to him, or perhaps that he is an inexperienced salesman or waiter in a restaurant trying to convince you to buy an overpriced dessert.

    I felt that the tone of the general narration was inappropriate for a number of scenes. For instance, there were court room scenes discussing murder, an aging rock star talking about his drug abuse, and all through it, the narration is again that pitch shifting, salesman voice.

    From a purely technical perspective, this title does not suffer from any significant technical issues (i.e. mouth noise, too much compression, etc), and the narrators pacing was not rushed or too slow. I'm giving the story four stars because it seems like an interesting premise, but I was honestly not able to follow along well because of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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