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Bryan

Monument, CO, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Smart Pills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tony Teora
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    The mayhem starts when two bumbling Jersey mobsters, Nick and Squeaky, decide that their only way to get rich is to insure and burn down an old apartment building. Unfortunately their complex is above ancient alien beacon for communicating with their galactic space brothers. First contact by the aliens sets in motion a destructive course for mankind and the aliens. The fate of the galaxy depends on the decisions of Markus, a mobster named Squeaky, and a dog named "Snoop".

    Donald says: "Loved it"
    "Wonderful Performance - So So Book"
    Overall

    The performance delivery of this audio book is one of the best that I have ever heard. The narrator (Mark Nelson) is superb in giving voice to the different characters in a totally believable way.

    The production values are the only thing that I can really recommend for this book. The story really tends to drag in places, and is littered with knocks at George W. Bush that already make it sound dated. The author apparently is a 9/11 truther as well, which he gives to us through a corrupt FBI character.

    Its an interesting addition to your library, but not the first one you should buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (720)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "If Only All History Could Be Done Like This"
    Overall

    You already know the outcome of the war, or you should unless you went to a public school in the US. The personalities and decisions made in the course of one month still affect us today. Having this come alive in this wonderful story gives everyone the opportunity to understand what kind of impact one person can have on the whole of world history.

    We are treated to some of the most compelling history, not written for idiots but for thinking adults. Barbara Tuchman is certainly on her game, and this is a must hear for everyone.

    The production is wonderful, the energy of the narration and the presentation in total make this a wonderful addition to your audiobook library.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (439)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Who Is"
    Overall

    I leave it to other well-qualified people to review the whole of this book. I enjoyed it, it definitely drags in a lot of places, it certainly discounts the violence that has historically come out when civilization starts breaking down - but it is worth the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Could Do Worse: A Millennial Collection of Alternate Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Larry Niven, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland, Yancy Butler
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Gary says: "Mediocre"
    "Take The Good with the Bad"
    Overall

    There are some really nice stories in this anthology, with the highlight being "The Return of William Proxmire" by Larry Niven. "Looking for the Fountain" by Robert Silverberg is also one that stood out for me.

    However, I found a several of these stories rather pedestrian and flat. Perhaps it was the production--to me it always seemed like the narration was very flat and almost toneless. It sure seems like a good re-engineering would make it easier to listen to this set.

    So you take the good with the bad and come out even? At least I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "Great Stories in a Nice Package"
    Overall

    Any story anthology that includes "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke is worth your time. From the first time I read this story a thousand or so years ago, it has stayed with me and been something I have always remembered. This is the first time I've encountered this in any audiobook, and would recommend this one simply for the joy this one piece of it will bring.

    However, this anthology includes some other really remarkable stories which a sci-fi junkie will remember - but that are very accessible to anyone. Some of the best wordsmiths around are included, with some of their best stories. Some of the really outstanding ones include "Bears Discover Fire" by Terry Bisson and "Tangents" by Greg Bear. However, there are no stinkers in the whole set.

    The production values are above average - a variety of narrators and they give it lots of energy in their delivery.

    Overall a worthwhile investment in time. And a must-have for the true sci-fi junkie.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project.

    Greg says: "Very Poorly Abridged"
    "Fascinating History"
    Overall

    A wonderfully entertaining and fascinating insight into the major characters of the America of the 1800 both before and after the Civil War. The almost impossibly strong-willed father and son who designed and built the great Brooklyn Bridge, the overwhelming graft and corruption that was the Democrat Party of New York and Tammany Hall, the technical issues and problems overcome in producing one of the great monuments of American technology and architecture - all of these are drawn in a wonderful tale.

    The men and women who were involved in the great project come alive in the narrative. This is a very engrossing tale that immediately catches your imagination by clearly outlining the project, the issues, the technology, and the intriguing politics of the time. There were many things that I learned from this wonderful book.

    The narration is very entertainingly done and in all ways this is an outstanding example of history, of story-telling, and of a wonderful audiobook. Highly recommended for anyone - not just history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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