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Brian

Cedar Hill, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6129)
    Performance
    (5707)
    Story
    (5708)

    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"
    "Interesting and funny"
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    As a Start Trek fan the concept was intriguing. Scalzi makes it fun by inserting references to other classic sci-fi as well.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen though not Scalzi's best work. I would recommend Fuzzy Nation and Android's Dream and Agent To The Stars ahead of this book, but if you have listened to those and enjoyed them then you will probably like this title as well. It starts out strong and continues to be interesting throughout, though the quality of the plot can vary from the middle to the end. The characters voices, their dialogue can be monotonous at times (there is quite a bit of exclamatory profanity). Still if you liked Scalzi's other books you should like this one as well and it is an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11307)
    Performance
    (10539)
    Story
    (10548)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Ryan says: "Wil Wheaton for President"
    "Like, Totally Awesome!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    Just a great story. It helps if you lived through the '80's, but even without that, it is still a great story. My12 year old son said it was the best book he had ever listened to when he heard it. All of my friends have listened now, and loved it. Of course, after listening to it I had to pull out my copy of 2112 on vinyl and make the entire family listen to the beginning while I explained the story. They were enthralled. As an adolescent, I played almost every game he described in the story, but even non 80's geeks can enjoy this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many memories.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to Will Wheaton in many other performances, he always delivers.


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

    I laughed sooo hard. I just had to retell parts of the books to friends I know would understand.


    Any additional comments?

    If you lived through the 80's and played a lot of video games GET THIS BOOK!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1254)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "If you have never read/heard the book then..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have never listened to the unabridged "Ender's Game" or read the original book, then you may find this version interesting and entertaining. However, it seems that this version is aimed at bridging the gap between the book and the movie. I haven't seen the movie, so it is speculation on my part, but this book sounds like a movie script based on the original "Ender's Game".


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    I really liked "Ender's Game", however I am not an Orson Scott Card fanboy. I listened to this dramatization hoping for a quick refresh on the story before the movie comes out. I was disappointed. It wasn't so bad I couldn't finish it, and if I had never heard/read "Ender's Game", I might have liked it more. I have also listened to "Ender's Shadow" (an excellent book), and "Shadow of the Hegemon" (very slow and tedious). "Ender's Game Alive" is the least of the three.


    What didn’t you like about Full Cast Recording’s performance?

    The performances were weak. They sounded superficial. The script was a poor adaptation. The characters were unconvincing and the exposition was contrived e.g. when the battle school instructors watch videos of battles and describe the action to one another. It is dialogue substituting for narration.


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

    It was fast paced, and more or less kept my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book if you read/listened to "Ender's Game" unless you thought it was much too long and involved. If you want a short, simple version with mediocre voice acting then go ahead. Otherwise, use your credits for something else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3092)
    Story
    (3096)

    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"
    "It makes a lot of sense."
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    What made the experience of listening to Agent to the Stars the most enjoyable?

    This story handles the concept of the first encounter with a new twist. It is not reminiscent of previous handling of the idea. In my experience it is a unique approach.


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

    Wil's performance in the Scalzi novels are one of the reasons I have listened to all of them. It seems he brings the right tone to the writing. A consistent part of Scalzi's books is his sense of humor and Wil delivers the wit and the jokes perfectly as well as the more dramatic lines. This book is perhaps his best work with Scalzi so far.


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

    So many, so many.


    Any additional comments?

    This is possibly my favorite John Scalzi novel. I loved the idea and the humor had me laughing out loud. The characters were believable and well developed and the pace and resolution of the story were very satisfying. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (964)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "A Wealth of Back Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like science and sociology.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmmm... couldn't say.


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

    The reading was a bit monotone but it more or less suited the subject matter. I thought it was good.


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

    I laughed a lot. I also recounted many of the stories to other people.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an amazingly interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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