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Bryant Zimmerman

It's a Communication Thing

Grand Rapids, MI United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (215)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
    "Jules Verne an outstanding tale of adventure"
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    What did you love best about Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?

    The book is a classic. I love the detail and descriptive nature of this book. It paints a new picture in each chapter. The characters come to life in the telling of the tale.


    Did Peter Husmann do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voicing of the characters was a bit flat for my liking. If this version of the books was done by someone with a bit more voice depth I would likely buy it. The reading was well done at times I missed the character transitions and had to backup to get the current context.


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

    This book due to it's descriptive nature was one that for me was better spread out over several days of listing. I kind of needed time to process the different scenes of travel thru out the book. I have seen many movie depictions of this book and they were all very different. When I listen to the book again I will likely not stop as much.


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  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2238)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "Full speed ahead. I love it."
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    What did you love best about Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2?

    I liked the way the story is woven togather. It builds on it's self and keeps open of the Frontier's universe. It allows for the story to keep expanding without getting old.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Author does not hold back when the aliens start to show up then you are all in.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    His is outstanding with his characters. He really has a gift to build each character with is voices. It is hard to listen to the Lost Stars books and not hear him doing the voices. He is just gifted and a pleasure to have perform the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book looking forward to the next one in the series. If you like space scifi you this series is hard to beat.

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  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1148)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "Enjoyable if you are fan of the Lost Fleet Series"
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    Where does The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the Middle of the Pack as a Fan of the Lost Fleet Series this is a must read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story build on the Lost Fleet Series from the other perspective. I like having the differing point of views told. It makes the story fill the larger world in which it takes place.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really like the narrator from the Lost Fleet Series. This one does not have the depth of voice variations, and with the complex back and forth that occurs in this book I often found it hard to track which character the dialog was for.


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

    No extreme reactions to the book. It was part of the broader Jack Cable (Black Jack) Universe.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the second book does not start out as slow as this one. Once it started to pickup and get things rolling it was good but laying all the ground work was much harder to follow. I wish the author had a cleaner flow in the first part of the book. Over all I love the story as a whole and this audio book will be listened to many times over the years.

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  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8481)
    Performance
    (4915)
    Story
    (4970)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Outsanding story seemed slow at first and then wow"
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    What made the experience of listening to Speaker for the Dead the most enjoyable?

    This story was well crafted. It started out without any apparent link to Enders Game and then it twisted back and was woven into one of the best stories I have ever encountered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Jane in this story. She is dynamic and develops as a teenager.


    What about David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance did you like?

    Well put together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1229)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    "Greate book is Really #2 in the series."
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    If you could sum up Ender in Exile in three words, what would they be?

    In this book is the authors fills in some of the gaps while Ender progresses towards the Speaker for the Dead segment in the series. I have not listened to speaker for the dead yet and am looking forward to it. I had only listened to the first book in the Enders Shadow series and this book threw in a few spoilers for future books in that series. Nothing big but it will take a few of the suppresses out. I am now going back to listen to the rest of the Enders Shadow series before I move on to Speaker for the Dead.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender really grows up in this book, and so does Graff. There were other stand out characters as well but I don't want to give anything up.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performance of this book was well done. The diverse cast made it easy to follow the character separation.


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