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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
    (1819)
    Performance
    (1648)
    Story
    (1661)

    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
  • Fluency

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jennifer Foehner Wells
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (523)

    NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

    Striker says: "Great Concept, Loved the Story... I Want More!"
    "An obvious story destined for sequel"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, from the description I was expecting more..of something, more substance..


    Has Fluency turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO, it's my genre and the idea was sound it just kinda carried you along till you got sleepy then BAM something to remind you that you are listening to a story. The characters were just OK and I didn't really cared who lived or died.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not really, the reading was fine it was the subject matter. At times I thought even the reader was bored but marched on to "get it over with"


    Did Fluency inspire you to do anything?

    I will be hesitant about trying this author again and if there's a sequel I probably won't read it till my list is empty,which it won't be...


    Any additional comments?

    I think younger readers, teens maybe, might enjoy this but most adults and fans of Sci-fi will mostly likely be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

    Daniel says: "Great concept, well executed, decent narration."
    "I, the reviewer"
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    What disappointed you about The Thought Readers?

    A tired story that goes no where, you don't need to be a mind reader to figure it out, lame. I, the reviewer, am writing this for you, the reader of this review so that I, the reviewer can tell you, the reader of this review how boring and monotonous I, the reviewer found this to be!


    Has The Thought Readers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I enjoy sci-fi stuff very much but this is sci-stupid


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded like he was reading a financial statement, and I mean "reading".


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

    Yes, it wasn't very long.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry to be so harsh but this was very disappointing, it's not that common to find a book that fails on so many levels. I will not be going on to book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (612)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Nathan says: "Read for the concepts and not for the characters"
    "Hold on!"
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    This was a blast! Fun, exciting and although I could see the ending coming it was still thrilling to get there.
    The reader was fantastic he kept the headphones glued to my ears.
    The story requires your full attention as it's not ever really here or there but gently carries you with it setting you down from time to time before you're off and running again .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (513)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Classic Crichton"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Prey to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version so????


    What other book might you compare Prey to and why?

    None, Crichton stands alone and above.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well the climax, of course, no teasers


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

    Run, if you can


    Any additional comments?

    I love Crichton, so im biased, he's the best and no equals

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "Ugh!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe an uneducated teenager or younger.


    What was most disappointing about J. A. Konrath’s story?

    Giant leaps of the unbelievable. I know its fantasy, sci-fi but even for that there could have been some uniformity, or flow. It asked the reader to not only suspend belief but to forget anything you've ever read or for that matter what you JUST read. UGH! It dropped plots twists like they were hand full of poker chips thrown willy-nilly. The characters were as this as onion paper.


    Did Benjamin L. Darcie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I won't fault him for the bad story, the characters were ridiculous so them having different voices really did nothing for the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, then disappointment. I wasted my money and my time on this drivel.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea how this got the good ratings it did, I think people must have "judged this book by it's cover" and nothing else.

    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
    (190)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    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
    (116)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (93)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    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
    (216)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8028)
    Performance
    (4982)
    Story
    (5016)

    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

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