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Brad

I am a web site developer and SEO specialist who likes to listen to books while brewing beer. Crazy I know.

AURORA, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (404)

    First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

    SGL says: "Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best."
    "A Light Hearted Space Fantasy, Just a fun Read"
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    What did you love best about Have Space Suit - Will Travel?

    A great fantasy about a young man you works hard to get what he wants and along the way has a great adventure. Truly loved the the way the story came together from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing thing about this book is the space suit takes on a personality of it's own. The type and function of the suite plays a key role. Detail where needed but not too much to slow the book down.


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

    I have not but his performance was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this entire book while brewing a batch of beer listened to it from beginning to end in on shot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great juvenile fiction book which has an appeal for adults as well. If you looking for a good book for your teenagers this is a good choice. One thing I enjoy is it does not have the violence of modern teenage books like Hunger Games or even Divergent. This big is a good listen for a family on a car trip a great fantasy that every one would love to be a part of.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kim Zetter
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (249)

    Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

    Greg says: "Amazingly detailed, sober and above all, damning"
    "A New Form of Terrorism Is Born"
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    What did you love best about Countdown to Zero Day?

    The literal genius that went into creating the first digital weapon as well as the literal genius it took to find it and figure out what is was. I really appreciated how this book read like a fictional spy novel at times. I had to keep reminding myself that this is non-fiction. If you are wondering how resourceful our government is when it comes to stopping global terrorism listen to this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire team at Norton Anti Virus. To me they are both heroes and truly the brilliant minds of our time. The way they stuck with finding the answers to exactly what was behind the Stuxnet Virus was impressive. They could have stopped at any time but they had to solve this puzzle for themselves as much as the computer community. Their dedication went so far as to learn a new computer programing language that they would never use in the real world, just to learn more about the Stuxnet Virus.


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

    I have not but I would again. It was a very good performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Blessed are the GEEKS as they will dominate the earth.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not give the book five stars as some parts of the book are very technical. I am in the IT industry and it was a bit much for me. It did not take away from the story as a whole but it did slow the story down in a few spots. I understand it was important to have the information in there to help us understand the scope and power of Stuxnet but it was not my favorite part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8474)
    Performance
    (7768)
    Story
    (7778)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Christine Parks at the Bates Motel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recomended this book to my daughter (she is an adult) and she listened to it as well. She enjoyed it as much as I have.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill Hodges without a question was my favorite. The Det. Ret. was plagued by his past and present. It was great to see how his how the character evolved in the book. He transformed himself over time in a way that was realistic as well as charming in a way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I should say which scenes creeped me out the most. That would be a better way of saying it. Brady (the villain) is quite the arrogant jerk and any scene where he is at home with his mother just plain creeped me out. There is one scene where he is planning a murder of sorts. In the scene, things are not as they seem and I feel listening instead of reading made it worse for me. This scene really brought home the whole mother son "special" relationship that Brady had. Brady like Norman bates is disturbed but much worse in many ways. The scene where he cooks a special meal up is just plain disturbing but in a good Stephen King sort of way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No not because it was not interesting but because when Stephen King writes a book like this, I have to read it in doses. As my Creep - O - Meter goes up and is at 10 I have to take a break. Other than that I would have listened to the entire book if I had that much time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the first book about homicide using a car and it is not the first book about a twisted mother and son relationship but is well written and the plot has a very original feel to it. Would I listen to it again NO but I did enjoy listening to it and I did recommend it to someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1302)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Creativecolor says: "Brillant!"
    "Just a good fun book with Comic Book Flare"
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    If you could sum up Confessions of a D-List Supervillain in three words, what would they be?

    Brains versus Brawn


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character was my favorite. He is a very flawed character and yet so likeable at the same time. His personality and perspective make it so you can forgive him for being a super villain. I think the best parts for me is when he is about the get the girl he reminds himself that guys like him just don't. It is not in the script so to speak. Does he get the girl? Well you will just have to listen yourself.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan – was your favorite?

    Talmadge Ragan's reading of Aphrodite was great and made the story even more fun. She pulled off devious, seductive, angry and tender emotions in a very realistic way. I normally am not a fan of multiple readers but in this case it worked well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Uh No. This is not that kind of book. It just a fun book to listen to. No it will not change your life but does every book have to do that? It was more of an audible graphic novel and better than I expected. Great fun.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3879)
    Performance
    (3117)
    Story
    (3110)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Good book, about an actor from my generation."
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    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a very good book that I really enjoyed. Was it a top 5 pick all time no but it is a great book to listen to. It is a top 5 pick for biography books I have listened to in 2011. Steve Jobs, William Shatner and then Rob Lowe's book. I really enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob Lowe is because he is so human. His image vs. who he really is inside is very much a contrast. What we see in the media and who Rob Lowe really is inside are completely different things. He is very intelligent, down to earth and much more humble than I would have imagined.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

    Rob has an amazing ability to impersonate other characters are quite amazing. His Chris Farley, Francis Ford Copala and Bill Clinton are quite good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Brat Pack Attacks. The story of how one bad reporter stereo typed a generation and how they fought back.


    Any additional comments?

    You can very much tell the book was read with his personal touch and with feeling. You can hear the emotion in his voice during key parts of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20244)
    Performance
    (18018)
    Story
    (17983)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Raising the Question of Ethical Time Travel?"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    There are so many books on time travel that are mired in the scientific paradoxes of Time Travel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this story because of the character development. Deep detailed and all with their own troubles. Each one has a motivation in this story and their past has a deep influence on their actions and reactions. Great characters make a great story.


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

    I have not listened to Craig Wasson before but I will look forward to more books that he has narrated. One of the best no doubt. My favorite is Scott Bric, Craig is a close second


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really did have an extreme reaction to this book. Many touching scenes with a beautiful love story mixed in. There are several moments where our hero deals with the pains of his actions or inaction, feelings we can all relate to


    Any additional comments?

    Time travel is a messy subject to write about, so many loose ends. This book handles them in a way that it does not get in the way of the story. At first I felt that the premise of the story was ridiculous but as the story went on is was all handled in a way that worked. Great book fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9534)
    Performance
    (6073)
    Story
    (6062)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Epic Book, New to Ken Follett and now a big fan."
    Overall

    This book started off a bit slow but over time I could see how intricate the character development would be. I can only describe this book as epic. An amazing story of life pre WW I and Post WW I. I loved the historic accuracy but not at the cost of the story. No doubt one of my all time favorite books. I look forward to the two other books in the series. This is without a doubt my favorite Audible title both in the writing and in the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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