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Chris

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5318)
    Performance
    (4507)
    Story
    (4502)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Disappointed..."
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    Narrator: Anyone who was to come after Mr. Marsters was going to meet extreme criticism and have an entirely uphill battle. But Mr. Glover does a really poor job. I know that he has his own voice and must use his own talents. But if you are picking up on book 13 of a series read by the same narrator maybe you should take a some time and listen to how it has been done, what voice the characters have been developed to have, or maybe just read some of the other books. This was failure on his part and the part of the producers.

    Story: I don't want to give away anything but safe to say the first half of the book is unlike any of the others, which was compounded by the new narrator, and almost lost me. But once you get past that we are given the Dresden that we've come to know and love.

    Overall: I've listened to the other books at least 3 times each. I'm a huge fan of the series and will continue to be. But if they bring Mr. Glover back for the next an any other books, I'll be reading not listening to them. Mr. Marsters is Dresden, don't change.

    54 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6798)
    Performance
    (3844)
    Story
    (3871)

    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.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Another great title from Suarex"
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    Where does Daemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since I just finished Influx prior to this it's hard to place. But I'd put it in my top ten books (which I'll include whole series as a single book).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daemon?

    *Potential spoiler**

    There is no one scene in this book that really moved me more than another as I felt the story kept rolling along at a good pace. But if I had to pick one it would probably be the set of scenes at the mansion in the early parts of the book where the Feds tried to breach the house.


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

    Sebeck was my early favorite but as a techie myself I ended up liking Ross much more. Sebeck's lack of tech savvy and his flaring emotions made me like him less and less as the book moved on. I'll also say that while Gragg's character did evolve some in the book and the level of disgust I have with him is palatable, Gragg as a character is pretty good. Often we find ourselves liking the good guy or the anti-hero, but we often over look a well crafted villain. My final comment is that I feel that Sobol was way too built up as this all seeing all knowing genius. My hope is that we find out that he was only the conductor of this plot not the sole inventor and implementer.


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

    I would love to see this made into a movie, but only by someone with real world technical expertise otherwise it would just be Hollywood fluff and that would ruin the story. As for a tag line...hmm..."The fall of Rome for the modern age."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1927)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "A Must Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so. This was my first venture into Daniel Suarez and I was not disappointed. Do not listen to the negative reviews. Especially those who say this book is too outlandish or that his use of technologies is too far-fetched. Those two aspects fit right in with this story. I am a tech-lover and this book gripped me and never let go. It was very hard to put down once I started. If you are a techie and love action and suspense this is a must listen for you.


    What other book might you compare Influx to and why?

    I can't really compare this to any other book other than another one of Suarez's, Daemon, which I just finished. But if you liked Daemon, this is a win-win for you, or if you like this then Daemon should be next on your list.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **Potential spoiler ahead**

    As macabre as it may sound the scenes in the detention center/prison were some of the most riveting to me. The depths at which the description of the cell and the treatment of the prisoner took me to new depths of cringing. It was devilishly genius in its design and implementation.


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

    **Potential spoiler**

    As I said about the prison scenes those really mad me cringe. The torture which he went through was unimaginable.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book months ago and put of listening to it while I finished a few other books in other series. I wish I had jumped on this as soon as I got it. While I don't share many reviewers opinions that this the new "Michael Crichton" this was a gripping and fast action. I did feel that it took a bit to get going but once things started happening they didn't stop. You do have to suspend reality a bit in order to really enjoy this book. But if you are a sci-fi lover you'll feel right at home. Sure some of the tech if far-fetched but hey people would have said that same thing about technologies we use daily 10 years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Magic: Haven Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In Shadow Magic, the third book of the Haven Series, Herla of the Wild Hunt makes his move to gather all the Jewels of Power. Hunting down and killing those who wield them, the undead king is as relentless as death itself. He is not the only interested party, however, as several armies march to meet Brand and his allies in a desperate battle for control of the River Haven.

    Chris says: "It finally comes together..."
    "It finally comes together..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow Magic to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print versions of any of Larson's books. So I can't comment.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett does a great job. While I still hear him as Kyle Riggs from the Star Force series he does a good job with all of the Larson books he narrates. While I feel his range has limits and he reuses voices throughout the books he narrates it doesn't take too much away from this series and after three books I can't hear anyone else doing these.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The battle at the end. It was more classic Larson than the rest of the series, although I did feel like it could have used more.


    Any additional comments?

    After the first two books in this series I almost didn't continue on to the third. I really like the Star Force series and Larson's new Undying Mercenaries is growing on me. But this just felt like it fell flat. Short books, not much character detail, plot lines that don't go anywhere and seem disconnected. But in this book things started to come together and make sense. You really started to get a sense of who the characters are and what their purpose in this world is. I can safely say after this one I'll see the series to the end.

    As a plug if you haven't listened to Star Force give it a go. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1361)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Very good one off"
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    If you could sum up Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella in three words, what would they be?

    Gaines/Bjorn is the man!


    What other book might you compare Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella to and why?

    Star Force is the first series of its kind that I have listened to so I can't really compare it.


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

    Yes. All the Star Force books, the new Steel World, and now the Haven series. I don't know how he would do with another author but he fits well with Larson. Although he does seem to have a finite amount of voices and you can hear then recycled. I can't image anyone else reading the Star Force books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (798)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Another good one"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'm really engaged in this series. I picked it up and haven't stopped yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Normally I'd say Riggs without hesitation but after listening to the one off with that focuses on Bjorn (Gaines) I'm really starting to fall into the Gaines camp.
    *Possible Spoiler*
    He didn't play as big a role in this book but he is developing nicely in the series.


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

    Hmm, that's a good question. I'd really like to see this hit film. Although I feel like with the length of the series and the depth that could be lent to the characters this would be better as a television series. Although, we have to be careful to keep away from Fox as they would probably kill it like they did Firefly.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1294)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Could possibly be a good series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steel World the most enjoyable?

    I'm a huge fan of the Star Force series by Larson. What makes these books for me is that Mark Boyett does a great job of narrating. He doesn't have a wealth of voices and if you are a fan of the Star Force series you'll notice a few of those voices are reused, but he does a great job pulling you in and making you part of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm still getting to know the characters but I'd have to say the McGill is not my favorite as you would think given that Larson's books often come from the vantage of a single character. I really like his commanding officers or his obnoxious friend Carlos. I don't want to say more as I don't want to ruin anything for you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *Possible Spoiler*

    While I didn't "love" the scene and at it's place in the book it could be seen as a throw away but the scene when he first arrives in space and the air is leaking out of the ship. It really sets the mood for the legion he has joined and gives you a good idea of his overall character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *Spoiler*

    I thought this could have been done better and certainly more in depth but the first time McGill dies and is brought back. His ruminations on what the implications of the revival machine certainly had me thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Decent start to a new series. It's no Star Force but I enjoyed it and will certainly give the next book a listen. If you haven't listened to the Star Force series I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17126)
    Performance
    (13021)
    Story
    (12962)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Gotta love Tina Fey"
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    I love Tina Fey, I love 30 Rock, I like this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book. My only real problem with it was the quality of the audio recording. In many parts Tina would fade out almost inaudibly. Other parts it sounded like it was being recorded in a small echoing room. I expected more from this recording. Still a good listen to. I knocked it out in just two listens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3913)
    Performance
    (2773)
    Story
    (2781)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "More Dresden is never a bad thing"
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    A great collection of Dresden stories and as always Mr. Marsters is top notch. I only wish there was more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22929)
    Performance
    (9573)
    Story
    (9647)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Do not miss"
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    I have to admit that I had this book for a few months before I really gave it a chance. I started and stopped it a few times. Then I got caught in a snow storm while driving and had a lot of time on my hands so I dug in. I was not disappointed. This, along with the other books, was a extremely well written and narrated series.

    It is lengthy, it is in depth, but it is worth it. And Simon Vance does a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7325)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2090)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Reney says: "Be careful with logical leaps"
    "Homerun"
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    It's hard for me to write a review for a Gladwell book because I've liked everything he's written and this is no exception. His narration is top notch. If he ever stops writing then he'd have a great career as a narrator. Pick this one up, and all the others you can find. Just make sure they are unabridged, accept no substitutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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