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Chuck

I have a 115 mile each-way (San Diego to Los Angeles) commute that I do 3 times a week, for over 16 years now. Audible books have not only kept me sane, but make the drive enjoyable.

Escondido, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 6 reviews
  • 96 ratings
  • 455 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • The Legacy of Heorot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

    Thomas says: "Great read!"
    "Still my all time favorite"
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    If you could sum up The Legacy of Heorot in three words, what would they be?

    Hold your breath


    Any additional comments?

    I first read this book back in 87 when it first came out, and it was my favorite book. I have read some great books since, but I still think this is my #1. I remember reading it, and it being a "can't put down page turner", until the big climax. Then I realized I was only 1/3 through the book. Again, the next big climax, and I was 2/3 through the book.I have always been a Niven fan, but not so much with Pournelle, and when Barnes joins in, I usually don't like the books much at all (Saturn Rising, no thanks), but in this book, they absolutely nailed it.I especially like the way the story gives voice to the thoughts of the Grendel. I almost made a spoiler there. I better stop now, before I let something slip.Just get this book, you'll love it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of a Queen: Annihilation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    The Humans have destroyed 2,000 Alliance Warships and now they are taking the war to the worlds responsible for attempting to destroy Earth. The Alliance still has more than 48,000 Warships but the way things are going, they may not be enough. A new Queen has come to power and her impact on the struggle will be monumental.

    Chuck says: "I just couldn't stomach it."
    "I just couldn't stomach it."
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    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the first book, I thought "Where can the author go from here". The protagonist was given god like powers. In the second book, it seems to be a liberals version of a war book. All conflict ends with the enemy not really being bad, but rather they just perceived the world in the wrong way. So show them the light, forgive them, make them your ally, and given them all your tech and weaponry. What?!?

    The author treats the enemies like wayward children. If we can just explain to them how they really should be, then we can all get along just fine. Even entire races that are described as inherently war-like.

    I can suspend my disbelief over technology and matters of physics, but I just can't believe what the author is asking us to swallow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (588)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "Happily Suprised"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved "Oryx and Crake", but "The Year of the Flood" was only mildly interesting. I couldn't live with listening to 2/3 of the series, so while I wasn't expecting much, I gambled on "MaddAddam". While it lacked the novelty of "Oryx and Crake", it ended up being a great listen, and wrapped up the story nicely. I'm glad I stuck with it.

    I guess it is very true about the second book in a trilogy being the weakest.

    Don't give up, if your on the fence.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3532)
    Story
    (3531)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "As good as it gets"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    The reading by Wil Wheaton breathed more life into this book, than I ever could have by reading it in print. It was a pitch perfect performance, and he did all the characters justice. His timing was perfect in delivering the humor as well. Bravo!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You just gotta love Karl and Papa, but you are forced to respect Jack in the end. Why? I'm not going to drop a spoiler!


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to H. Beam Piper for the original classic, but John Scalzi hit it out of the park with this re-write. You don't realize how much, until you listen to the original that is included in the download.

    I am so grateful that the Piper Estate saw fit to let John Scalzi publish his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neale Donald Walsch
    • Narrated By Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (324)

    Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence, and God would provide clear, understandable answers? It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. Conversations with God is Neale Donald Walsch's account of his direct conversations with God, beginning in 1992 while Walsch was immersed in a period of deep depression. He composed a letter to God in which he vented his frustrations, and much to his surprise, even shock, God answered him.

    Karie says: "Finally!!"
    "The book just never grabbed me at all."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would have been another person.


    Has Conversations with God, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from Conversations with God, Book 1?

    I listened to the words, and made it about half way through. But I couldn't find a reason to keep listening. It literally had no hold on me. I don't think anything was wrong with the book, it just fell flat. I was surprised, because it was referred to me by someone that I trusted before.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (170)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Life changes when you are a parent"
    Overall

    For everyone that is a parent, and understands how dramatically your perspective on life changed when you became one, I think this explains the 5 star ratings, and the zeroes. The content is as the other reviews describe it (Mormon, common life, etc) however, it struck such a chord with me, I struggled between being unable to turn it off, and it having it wreak havoc in my mind. It has to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I am not an emotional person, but tears were streaming down my face when it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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