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CJ

LUCAS, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1394)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "More more"
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    If you could sum up Shift Omnibus Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Edge of your seat, Okay that's four.


    What other book might you compare Shift Omnibus Edition to and why?

    Nothing to compare it too, it was a stand alone great story, and thankful there was more to come!


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Perfect, spot on, his voice is comfortable easy to listen to, truthfully I enjoy it when I'm focused on the story and not on the voice telling it, that is maybe a sideways compliment but I really enjoyed not focusing on Tim's voice.


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

    I think the what's on the title, "some secrets should remain buried"


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of the best stories I've heard, of this genre, in a long time. I unfortunately have the kind of brain that is always racing to "figure it out" ahead of time, this one kept me going I was surprised more than a few times, I LOVE THAT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Alien

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (153)

    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    Joyce E McBride says: "What more could you want?"
    "Sci-fi Drama!!"
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    What did you love best about Illegal Alien?

    It's sci-fi, court room, whodunit, fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say, it was different chapter to chapter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well, the great reveal, betcha don't see it coming...


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

    NO, but I still loved it


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen,fleshed out, well if you can flesh out an Alien, still I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Walk: Putting the Teachings into Practice When It Matters Most

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    It's one thing to hear a life-changing truth or to have a conceptual grasp on spiritual wisdom. But it’s another thing to "walk the walk" - or to put into practice the good advice we've been given. What does it mean to walk the walk in our everyday lives? According to Pema Chödrön, it means being down-to-earth, genuine, and perhaps most importantly, it means engaging in the teachings in order to actively confront anything and everything we’ve heretofore rejected in our attempts to find happiness.

    Claudine says: "Putting Lessons to Action"
    "Pema's like warm honey."
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    Would you listen to Walking the Walk again? Why?

    I have, over and over, she soothes me again and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keep trying, her message as always.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the wasp.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I'm not, others are not, bad, keep trying,and relax


    Any additional comments?

    I have other Pema recordings, she's wonderful and calming, even if I'm not paying attention to her words, her voice alone, like I said is like warm honey being poured over my bitter mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (344)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "I miss you Michael"
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    Where does Airframe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was usual Crichton, you will be smarter once you've come to the end. It was immersive and technical but, I am a Crichton fan so I'm a bit biased.


    What about Frances Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    She was a bit weak but the story carried her through.


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

    "You'll never fly the same way again"


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I'm a Crichton fan, I love his style, which is kinda wordy and his stories follow similar path but that's not something different from a lot of other authors. I miss him, wish there were more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bird Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Josh Malerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

    Lesley says: "Don't look!"
    "It was going somewhere, in the dark as I was"
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    What did you love best about Bird Box?

    Overall storyline was ok, for awhile.


    Would you recommend Bird Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not unless they had nothing else to read


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much, sorry. I think the voice in my head would've sounded better


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

    Don't look now, okay don't look....now, I mean now...oh who cares.


    Any additional comments?

    tI was mildly interesting but I did find myself at time drifting off in thought while listening, it held my attention at first because I was curious how it all came to be, toward the end I just didn't care anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7593)
    Performance
    (4582)
    Story
    (4615)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Technotastic"
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    Would you listen to Daemon again? Why?

    Yup, already to #2


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was something new, with a twist


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    They were all believably different


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

    "It's not just a game....anymore"


    Any additional comments?

    I was totallly into it. I can see why some people might have a hard time following it if you've never played any online games, or PC video games. I was as immersed in the story as some of the characters were in their games. Great thing is, it was a totally plausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous, until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

    Andrew says: "Outstanding."
    "Classic Must TRead"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Incredible Shrinking Man to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it's like comparing "Wine" the book to actually drinking it.


    What other book might you compare The Incredible Shrinking Man to and why?

    This is a stand alone classic. It's rich with emotion and heartache, then suddenly you find yourself as elated as the character.


    What about Yuri Rasovsky’s performance did you like?

    He read it with the frustratiing madness the character was feeling.


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

    Not extreme, since I already knew the story but it did leave me wanting, craving more, to KNOW how it ends not just how the book ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Written and read without a lot of "he said, she said", was a very nice touch compared to some I've read lately. It's written so well I almost got clostrophobia, as I followed this mans journey. It's not full of a lot of high-tech jargon that unnecessary to the story, each word is there for a reason. Sit back close your eyes and spend the next few hours feeling yourself get smaller and smaller. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4849)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2179)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "You'll get it.."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I insist they do.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Delusion?

    i cant pick one, if I was to yellow highlight anything I would have to dip the whole book.


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    Well I like their accent, to my ears anyway, they read convincingly.


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

    You Will UN-believe!


    Any additional comments?

    A great book with so much knowledge, it's sure to be an over and over listen...loved it, still do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1417)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "I have no nails left"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you like Zombies, or more the survivors in Zombie world, get this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anticipation.....


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

    Book one...


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

    Well I did yell F*** more than once....does that count as exteme?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad this story continues....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2247)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2113)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "On the edge thriller"
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    If you could sum up The Remaining in three words, what would they be?

    Nail biter, um biter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lee, of course, confident, and comfortable in a scary world.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Great


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

    No, but it's a great story that made me jump into the next story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Zombie stories, this is for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

    Mike Naka says: "INTENSE thrill ride"
    "EH"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NA


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not the sequel


    Have you listened to any of John Alexander Brancy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did The Colony: Genesis inspire you to do anything?

    Move on


    Any additional comments?

    Na, I think it was suppose to be "exciting"? Wasn't. Sorry it just was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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