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HUNTINGTON, WV, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 21 reviews
  • 131 ratings
  • 339 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015

  • White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

    Darwin8u says: "Not just for my Kids or my Youth"
    "A wolf gone native on it's race"
    Where does White Fang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Honestly, this book probably doesn't need a review, it's a classic for a reason. It's been made a classic because of the ingenious way Jack London puts you into the perspective of the main characters.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang?

    The most memorable moments are the compassionate ones when White fang learns how to be Human and what all that entails, even if it's only in wolf language. He tries as hard as he can (and you can feel it) and when you see what that brings to him it's breathtaking.

    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    John Lee is an incredible voice actor and he pulls out all the stops here. The book is more of a 3rd person so there wasn't a lot of imitated voices but the ones that he did were sincere and sometimes comical.

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

    This book is good for long sittings or short ones. The book goes through chapters of White Fang's life so reading it in chunks fits the story, although I myself listened to almost all of it in one sitting with great satisfaction.

    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret buying this book. There are some points that are a little tedious but that's because it's a product of it's age. The climaxes culminate in warming waves and tearing pains. The mixture of both makes it an emotionally rounded novel that is passionate and fulfilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Genius' come from an intense beginning"

    Genre: fictional biography

    Rated: PG-13 violence, sexual themes, hopeless situations

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd person follows Temujin throughout the whole book who later becomes Genghis Khan

    Static or Dynamic: Periods of staticness, the story definitely moves but they are predominantly large chunks of a few settings respectively. It's a story that your grandfather might have told you on a long car trip.

    Art or Entertainment: neither, this was meant to be a fictional retelling of a story that actually happened. It was inspiring to listen to. It's an atypical adventure story if you want to classify it.

    Linear or Non-Linear: linear; it's a biography

    Narrator: that guy's voice is DEEEEEEEEP. it fit perfectly thought. His rugged voice fit the physically impoverished and naturalist setting of the story.

    Plot Outline: Temujin is a boy who will one day become the great Genghis Khan. He suffers tremendously throughout his childhood and early adulthood which toughens him up to be the bamf he later becomes in life. The book wasn't especially fast paced but it didn't have to be. The author appears to stay true to the events as they happened and leaves in some of the dull moments which, if appreciated as a whole, are great at filling out the atmosphere of what tribal Mongolia was like. The story goes through the turmoil of his family being broken, his entry into manhood and his eventual campaign to unite Mongolia under a single banner. It's a great look at how life used to be and an exploration into where greatness comes from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dervish House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone, it seems, is after a piece of Turkey. But the shockwaves from this random act of 21st century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square. Welcome to the world of The Dervish House; the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027....

    Karen says: "Listen, but then read"
    "Maybe too thought provoking"

    Genre: Sci-Fi not too distant future - Turkey

    Rated: R sex, language, some violence, adult themes

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd person, 5-6 main characters followed in different settings

    Static or Dynamic: Dynamic, it's a changing story but it moves Sloooooowly...

    Art or Entertainment: art. This book has incredibly little entertainment value. It is meant to be a critique of many things, economy, technology, religion, politics etc. I say too thought provoking with pain because I'm all into things being conceptual but the lack of excitement made this book very hard to sit through. I gave the story a 5 because it is incredible but I gave it a 3 overall because the execution was a little undressed. There doesn't need to be a lot of action but I need to feel like I can identify with the characters and feel their anxiety. Unfortunately, sense their are 5+ independent main stories to follow, I couldn't get too attached to any of the characters which was a little bit of a let down.

    Linear or Non-Linear: semi-non-linear. There are so many characters and parts of the book are historical references that it feels like the book is more of a nebula of ideas than a coherent story. That's not a bad thing but it can really urk some people who want it told to them straight forward.

    Narrator: Jonathan Davis is a good voice actor and I'm glad he took the time to get the Turkish names right. Their c's are pronounced like j's in English among other things and he got it right. Good job sir.

    Plot Outline: I will preface this by saying that if you don't know who Ataturk is, you need to at least wiki him. Additionally, if you don't know a lot about Muslim lore, you might need an informed friend or a wiki page open while you listen. The plot is generally 1 a boy with a disability trying to embark on a conspiratorial adventure, 2 an old man economist who can predict terrorist attacks via stock market figures exploring his past and adjusting the future, 3 a cunning art dealer who is contracted to find a seemingly impossible ancient treasure, and 4 her husband who is a hot shot stock broker who invests and crushes people with his tactical prowess who is trying to set up a long con, 5 a young country woman who is trying to make it as a small time lobbyist/sales manager for a new technology, and 6 a young man who experiences a terrorist attack at the very beginning of the book who starts seeing Djinn and some Islamic folk lore entities that you might have to read up on. It's a very conceptual book and were I Turkish myself I might have enjoyed it more though it was still entertaining to encounter. The story revolves mainly around most of these characters having something to do with this old Dervish house in Istanbul. Most of the stories end up blending into each other. The plot is complexly designed and it deserves a lot of credit. I just wish it were easier to follow ~~
    my warnings for people are if you are overly patriotic about Turkey, have strong Islamic views, or can't stand economics, this book might ruffle your feathers, or it might not.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Gamma-Ray-ed into a Cyber-Punk-Hulk"

    Genre: Sci-Fi far future, cyber-punk (anarcho-capitalist themes, mind altering drugs, and artificial consciousness), Murder mystery

    Rated: R Violence, torture, heavy language, graphic sex

    1st or 3rd Person: 1st person Takeshi Kavacs and 4+ characters

    Static or Dynamic: omg dynamic. This story is all over the place and moving there fast

    Art or Entertainment: Both. The story can be read strictly on either it's artistic merritts or it's entertainment value alone respectively. The concepts of digital consciousness and existentialism are INTENSE!!! conversely, our main pro is an ex-envoy. a handful of those guys can bring down a whole government with properly executed Con's and violence.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Linear. It's a murder mystery really.

    Narrator: Todd McLaren is a total bamf. I remember him very well and could listen to the book just because he's reading it.

    Plot Outline: Takeshi Kovacs (ko-vaa-tch) is an ex-super black ops envoy who has been contracted by an obscenely wealthy Meth to figure out who killed him in a previous incarnation. In this world, people exist digitally in a stack at the base of their skull which records their experiences and supplies the decision making of the mind within. You can be saved, uploaded, and downloaded light years away and if you have enough money, you can make an insurance policy to ensure that you always have a backup. The story is fast paced and emotionally hyped. Tak is a seriously awesome protagonist. This book is offensive in many ways so if you are particularly sensitive, you shouldn't buy it. if you don't mind getting your mind dirty though, it's a story you won't forget.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Sociopathic Arnold Schwarzeneggar plays James Bond"

    Genre: Sci-Fi near future, Murder mystery

    Rated: R Sex, Language, really offensive violence

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd 4+ characters to follow

    Static or Dynamic: Dynamic. The setting constantly changes and the store moves along, a little slowly, towards finding the bad guy.

    Art or Entertainment: Art. This book is heavily focused on how things might could look in the future in some ways and a strong criticism of how things have been and where they are likely to continue. If you are religious in any way, you might find this offensive. He calls the South of the US "Jesus-Land" so be prepared.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Semi-Linear: we follow several settings as they go forward in time but the time lapse between them and setting change can be disconcerting.

    Narrator: very memorable

    Plot Outline: in the future, we've made a genetic reduction of human to a point in time where humans didn't have morals or feelings of social belonging. They are called 13's. Our main character, a 13, is acquired and employed to hunt down someone which is what he does for a living. The book is a criticism of social constructs rather than logical constructs. Social constructs are build on belief and continue because people believe in them -religion, culture, etc whereas logical constructs are true timelessly and free of reference. Our main character is in a unique position that society does not accept him because he CANNOT fit, genetically, into society. Basically, he was bred to be a total tool. this puts him in a unique position to criticize society though not necessarily a valid one. He also seems to be so hopelessly lost in the moment that he doesn't really care for logical arguments either and thinks that the world is basically shizzz. It's hard to make a sociopath a main character because it's impossible for a reading audience to identify with him so the author did make some accommodations to make the character tolerable. If you're a die-hard psychologist or think you've got human behavior mapped out, this is gonna drive you nuts, but if you're not that harsh of a critic the main character is an anti-hero that is entertaining to watch and listen to. I recommend the book but add that it's not for everyone. If you're sensitive about anything, might want to pass on this one as it pushes a lot of buttons. Additionally, it's got some gruesome stuff in it, so if gore bothers you stay clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Your dog cares more about you than you do"

    Genre: Fiction

    Rated: PG-13 small sexual themes

    1st or 3rd Person: 1st person: Enzo the dog, with his friend and family

    Static or Dynamic: Static, the setting doesn't change physically that much but that same place goes through many moods that make you want to cry on both sides of the spectrum.

    Art or Entertainment: Entertainment. This is a wonderfully enjoyable read that doesn't take that much effort to enjoy. The story was wonderful and the climaxes were well planned.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Linear

    Narrator: The narrator was incredible. It's been almost a year now and I can still remember how awesome he was.

    Plot Outline: Enzo is a dog and he's going to tell you what that's all about. He discovers the joys of being a companion, guardian, and an individual. His insights into the world from his unique perspective shed some external light on the human experience and how we might view our lives from another angle. Enzo's family goes through more than a couple of difficult times (be prepared to cry some it gets real sad) but his persistent companionship with his closest friend marks how wonderful having a loyal un-speaking friend can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "I really wanted to like this book"

    Genre: Sci-Fi Distant space future

    Rated: PG-13 mild violence

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd person, 4+ main characters

    Static or Dynamic: Dynamic. This are always changing. So much so that it can get confusing.

    Art or Entertainment: Art. Asimov tries to (well at his time) create the genre of inter-space statecraft so expect never ending political scheming. This is not a book that is meant to entertain you and wow you with special effects. It's a classic that is meant to be thought about.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Semi-Linear. Things progress in one way but there is a secular prophet (he would hate being called that) who predicts the future with sociological mathematics.

    Narrator: Well done but not inspiring.

    Plot Outline: This book could very very very easily have taken place at any time in Earths history with much the same effect. It happens to take place so far in the future that humans have forgotten which planet they first came from which in 1951 was probably mind boggling. The plot is essentially a statecraft novel that follows the Cons of five Con men/politicians. Their main strategies follow along Deception -> Tactics -> Coercion -> Guile. The book takes place over several hundred years and when the cons of one civilization eventually plateau the Foundation has to undergo a paradigm shift to maintain it's footing and continue growing. I really like the idea but I've seen it so many times now that it was a little underwhelming though at the time of it's publication I'm sure that it was extreme. I've read Asimov before and he tends to make his protagonists all powerful and his antagonists thoroughly hate-able (which is good) but always suffer from extreme character flaws that get them conned out of everything they have. Asimov has been described as having almost no illustrative techniques while still making a successful book. This is the case here. There are no succulent daisies swaying in the wind of an effervescent moon beam, however, the plot formulation is stimulating and genius. I would heartily recommend this book for the effects it's had in science fiction alone and it's individual merritt only adds to that, though it's more than a little political, so prepare to do something stimulating with your hands or feet while you listen to keep from losing focus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "that was... nice..."

    Genre: Sci-Fi present day, aliens!

    Rated: R disturbing violence, some sexual themes

    1st or 3rd Person: 1st our main protagonist and 4ish characters to follow

    Static or Dynamic: Dynamic. The story definitely moves along at a pace with twists and turns.

    Art or Entertainment: Entertainment. This book is the boring filler material pulled from the scraps of another book I might respect. The book was very droll even though it had a few things happening. I don't think that there was any moral at the end and I don't think there was any concept that stuck with me. It's an action book but not a thriller.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Linear. I did this, and then this, and then that

    Narrator: Plain Jane

    Plot Outline: Aliens invade... or do they? People die. then more aliens invade... or do they? Then more people die. and then some more people die. It's an action book. If you like actiony war books with some tactics and strategy then you might like the book more than I did. I can't say that I'm particularly enthused and though the series continues on, I don't think I'll be following it. This book feels like a stepping stone between to much larger stepping stones and unfortunately, I couldn't get my footing on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "Not my favorite Culture book"

    Genre: Sci-Fi space age far future

    Rated: R- violence, sex, and language, though none of it was disturbing to me

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd 1 main character and 5-6 side characters

    Static or Dynamic: The first half is dynamic and rapidly moving but the last half just dragged on...

    Art or Entertainment: Entertainment. This is the only Culture book I've read that wasn't more artistic than it was meant to make your time enjoyable. It might be considered a mild thriller whereas "The Player of Games" or "Surface Detail" which are in the same universe (Banks' Culture novels) are considerably more thought provoking and inspiring. This is the first book in the collection of Culture novels but, it, like all of the other novels are independent of each other entirely except for their general setting. I think this book, being the first, was Mr. Banks exploring the idea of what the Culture is and how it works.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Linear. Unfortunately towards the end it got into the "this happened then this happened and then this happened" rut. A lot of the story was a little predictable but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it was still very enjoyable to listen to.

    Narrator: Peter Kenny is a God among other voice actors. Guarantee you'll love him.

    Plot Outline: Horza is a spy for the Idirans (sp?) who are fighting a war against the Culture. The Idirans are sort of a traditional empire whereas the Culture is a decentralized anarchic continuum of genetically redesigned humans and their sentient machines. The plot is an adventure story that revolves around Horza trying to find something that both the Idirans and Culture want badly. He runs into some people that help him along the way and there is some romance throughout. He's a complicated character and fun to travel besides as a listener of the book. I would recommend the book if you are a die hard Culture fan and want to flesh out some of the background of the Culture or if you're up for some relatively pros story telling. The few parts that are thought provoking are intense but brief so you don't have to spend to much brain juice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Genre defying conspiracy fiction"

    Genre: Fiction,, mystery, semi-real world (On earth in a fictional geographically nonspecific European country)

    Rated: PG13: A lot of cussing, no sex, some violence

    Static or Dynamic: Dynamic; this is an active mystery in a society with very strange social rules that enhance and complicate the story.

    1st or 3rd Person: 1st person: our chief male detective of the extreme crime squad

    Abstract or Concrete: Abstract heavy. The book is placed in two countries that border each other. The citizens in each country must ignore the happenings of the other country, literally, even if they are feet away or they get black bagged by a power called Breach. The book centralizes on the theme of selective ignorance and how it has shaped the two countries that the concept revolves around. The concept is heavily present and thoroughly intriguing. I've never felt so intrigued about a story before. This is right up there with the Matrix, and V for Vendetta though it's got a much more classy feel than either of those.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Linear, it's a complexly straightforward murder mystery.

    Narrator: John Lee is my favorite voice actor and he did a wonderful performance reading this book. His voice captures the rich character behind our protagonist and he successfully makes the anxious moments of the story feel that way.

    Plot Outline: The book might be characterized as what a cold war would physically look like in a cultural sense. Each country has vastly different politics, both reminiscent of a communist and capitalist system though that's not heavily stressed. The residents of the two cities live right next to one another but must pretend that anyone they see on the other side doesn't exist. The illustration of this is wonderfully employed when a murder in one city, has results in the other. The quest becomes tenuous as our inspector has to navigate the jurisdictional hooplah involved in the alien governments. I loved this book and have listened to it twice now. I'm sure that I will listen to it again with the same amount of entertainment. Parts of it are simply too intriguing not to poor over and other parts of it are spooky in the way that well contrived conspiracy theories can be.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ted Kosmatka
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.

    Joyce E McBride says: "Five star game!!"
    "An isolated AI singularity event"

    Genre: Sci-Fi

    Rated: R for violence and horror

    Static or Dynamic: the first half is static and straightforward plot setting and the second half is dynamic and actiony.

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd person with 3+ people to follow

    Abstract or Concrete: Balanced: many parts of the book were concrete and mechanically described how something looked or how someone felt about something. However, a large portion of the book revolves around the concept of whether or not the society in the book is mature enough to handle the technologies they possess. It's a classic story of what happens when a lesser developed civilization stumbles on a piece of technology that is waaaaaaaay to advanced for them and ends up getting itself into trouble, however, this particular story is a spin on that taking it a level deeper.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Mostly linear, however, one of the characters is in a sort of "timeless" category, though, not really.

    Narrator: No complaints

    Plot Outline: A parallel American society has an Olympic gladiatorial glorified cock-fight competition where each country pits a biologically altered monster against the rest of the world's monsters. America finds a designer that is cunning beyond words and possesses technology that hasn't been charted. Furthermore, the result is arguably even more cunning and horrific. The story is relatively straight forward and it analyzes the morality of a mob based world that can only be satiated with entertainment. Most of the story is a hard science backed look at the ramifications of genetic engineering. Do yourself a favor and look up Haploid, Diploid, and the types of Zygotes with respects to chromosomes an animal can have if you don't know and want the full ramifications of what's happening. It's not something that is really going to trip you up but it will give you some background that could help smooth some explanations out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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