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Brenden Zapp

My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!

Lima, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (3137)
    Story
    (3140)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Quickly becoming one of my favorites"
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    This is only my second Scalzi novel and although not as good as "Redshirts"-in my own opinion-its still pretty awesome and is making Scalzi rise pretty fast in my list of favorite author.

    The Yherajk are...put simply, ugly and smell like burnt garbage juice and human feet. They are huge clear "jello-like" blobs that need a way to get humans to like them. Enter Tom Stein, the Hollywood agent and eventual heroic-medium through which the Yherajk plan to use to gain the humans favor. Through scent-conversations and opaque space travelling cubes the plan comes into formation and a "Special" Yherajk is born. An amazing story that definitely makes you laugh, and Wil Wheaton just brings it home...Literally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (805)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Alan says: "My Choice for Frank Muller's Best"
    "Nipped off his turd..."
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    No, that statement has no connection with defecation. Its what the soldiers say when a comrade dies. If you were stuck in the horrors of war, just what would you do to "escape". Maybe have a joke like this to put some sort of band-aid on the open and festering wound of the reality that your in.

    All Quiet on the Western Front follows a soldier that comes to realize war changes a man. The soldiers believe that the only way to cope with the realities of war is to endure it by simply avoiding thinking about it rather than reminiscing on the inhumane/numerous deaths and horrible conditions of trench warfare. Also they need to avoid thinking about the mindless/emotionless animal they have become.

    A quote from when the main protagonist is in the hospital and his descriptions and experiences there sums up a good portion of the book.

    "A hospital alone, shows what war really is"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Jose Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (251)

    For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

    C. Leed says: "Fantastic World"
    "What a beginning"
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    I am one who enjoys books such as this. Its sci-fi with meaning. Underlying messages everywhere and protagonist driven.

    After death where do we go? its something humans want to and have striven to know for quite a time, and this tale is quite the rendition of what might happen after. Hunger is no longer a problem, Death...is not really death. Its "travel"

    Shadowy figures, confrontation, and human tendencies revealed along with so much more when you delve into this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mercury Theatre on the Air
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.

    Sandy says: "Classic"
    "Well this is new for me..."
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    I have never listened to something like this, and now that I have im kinda kicking myself in the rear for just NOW finding something like this. Absolutely amazing performance even though it was on the radio Halloween eve 1938. Alot of people during that time actually got scared because they thought it was real! Let me tell you if I was a youngling and i just came across this I would have too.

    Short and so bittersweet. Such a horrifying tale, perfect for the eve of ghosts, goblins and well ALIENS!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (990)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "I under-estimated this book alot..."
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    The tittle of the book does it justice. Nate Overbay is a survivor, but he survives more than mere mortal extinction (be it by his own hand or another). Nate is a professional crisis responder. This job entails that he deliver the unfortunate news of a persons death tot he family be it due to car crash, homicidal gunman, etc. But a certain experience he survives in war, defines his being and haunts/nags him in everyday life.

    A story that will make you get goosebumps and bask in the good that humanity can do and what lengths a father/husband with a purpose and unyielding love will do to secure a safe future for his family. If that doesn't get you interested, the simple fact that Scott Brick narrates the story should. We all know he is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6244)
    Performance
    (5814)
    Story
    (5817)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Where are my PANTS!!!??"
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    Wikipedia? IMDb? and what are the redshirts? Well think of Star Trek. A fictional character that has a semi-useful part in the story and is expendable, gets labeled by said shirts colored red and eventually gets killed off. But that's just a show right? The story John Scalzi has here has been one of my favorite listens. The plot twist is so crazy its just too impossible to imagine and I promise it will hit you like a ton of bricks. It has everything you need: Time and space travel, advanced weapons, mysterious creatures from different planets impaling/clawing/mutilating its victims, etc. etc.

    I literally laughed out loud at some of the moments in this audiobook and its replay value is worth more than what I paid. Also Scalzi gives you more than you bargained for! The end of the book comes with 3 CODAS. Think of them as...mini stories. They give the reader/listener closure, and the stories are chock full of emotion, personal enlightenment and happy endings.

    Wil Wheaton narrates this story perfectly and not in giving different characters different voices, but giving them different tones that gives you a good idea of their personalities. That being said this IS my first Scalzi novel and I will definitely be getting more in the near future. For fans of...well anything, this book is for you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (391)

    Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

    Jeff says: "My Mitch Rapp Replacement"
    "Nothing better than sequels"
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    The first one was amazing, just as this one was. Picks up RIGHT where BLACK SITE left off and were once again with "Racer" on a world wide hunt.

    Daoud al Amriki has gained access to 60 SAM's (surface to air missles:Russian IGLA-S systems to be precise) that have been stolen, sold and smuggled to end up being the hopeful cause for and american infrastructure terrorist attack.

    Dalton Fury never ceases to amaze in the second of the delta force novels giving a brief-and very detailed-summary of people, weapons, places, organizations and many others throughout the novel

    With action and suspence happening almost every chapter and Ari Fliakos in your earbuds, your in for one wild ride as Kolt Raynor is in a life and death race to catch up with the infamous David to foil his plans and save not only the "POTUS" but also America.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1471)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "The Movie didn't even scratch the surface..."
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    The film adaptation that became famous in 1997 is one of my favorites but the novel goes so much deeper. Differences are apparent and play a major role in the book (Dizzy is a guy in the novel, but a woman in the movie. In the novel they are separated from women and by the time Rico comes in contact with them he has completely forgotten how to act around them.). There are many other differences but I don't want to make this too long.

    Some of the discussions that Rico has in his "History and Moral Philosophy" class are mind-probingly interesting. For example they have a discussion about Juvenile delinquents and go into a discussion comparing their rash behavior to that of raising a puppy. This all of course is a discussion about the books "past" which is technically our time, but was written over 50 years ago.

    Keep in mind that Heinlein wrote this book basically in response to his views on nuclear weapons testing in his time. He received alot of heat from different people but his views on military and political actions were brilliantly defined by the novel.

    There is just too much to say about the book, and not enough time to say it. "The forever war" is definitely a polar opposite and its my recommendation that if you do not have a firm stance on the described issues and want to see both sides of the field, to read these in succession.

    "...war is controlled violence for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your governments decision by force."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3874)
    Performance
    (3258)
    Story
    (3282)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Will Robie is the man..."
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    Will Robie is good at what he does; Sanctioned Assassinations. When Robie fails to pull off a hit, the repercussions are fierce.

    When the 14 year old Julie-living with her drunk drug addicted foster parents-sneaks off to run away with her real parents, there is someone already there.

    An army squads members hold the answers. But the knight and pawn game played by the masterminds seem to keep them one step ahead.

    A bus trip meeting, explosions, revelations, attempted assassinations, romance, betrayal and action scenes that give you a real "TV drama" feel with the added sound effects and music take you on one wild ride as Robie, who is not so innocent protects those who are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (837)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Anti-War?...Might be..."
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    "Back in the 20th century they had established-to everyone's satisfaction-that "I was just following orders" was an inadequate excuse for inhuman conduct". But what can you do when the orders come from deep down in that puppet master of the unconscious?"

    A story that goes beyond stories. Is what Forever War is.

    Homosexuality is used as a means of birth control. Currency takes the form of "Kilo-calories" (K) as the world-at that time-has become dependent upon food consumption and inadequate regulation. Frivolous excursions with accumulated capital. Injury and regeneration. Loss of love. The last campaign of the over 1300 year Forever War; successful due to a "stasis field".

    Understandably, there are some very strong insinuations in the novel. But the writing and story are one, how do you say...for the books. I highly recommend this novel, no matter your stance on military actions.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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