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D. A. Lewis

Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 116 ratings
  • 239 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27221)
    Performance
    (21051)
    Story
    (21257)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Vastly Disppointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first two books were spectacular. Many times I was brought to tears during some of the emotional parts. The third book however was a writers overindulgence. Characters killed off for no reason other than writer can do it. Major plot decisions that get no real explanation. Scientific advances that make no sense compared to how the story had previously been developed. And finally the main character, who is sorta hard to like in the first two books, but you root for anyway, turns into a character I simply did not care about.

    I guess for me the series morphed into some kind of wacky romance novel in this third episode and lost the energy that was driving the first two books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7629)
    Performance
    (7260)
    Story
    (7271)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
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    Yes MacGyver in space - no more be said.

    I like 1st person narrative but sometimes during the telling of the story I get a type of claustrophobic feeling within the story. Weir solved that problem for me by having the book be only about 80% first person narrative.

    My only quibble with this book was I wish the book was longer. There could have at least been a couple more chapters told after the book ends. It doesn't end on a cliff hanger but there were a couple major story threads that needed resolution.

    Also kudos to the reader (RC Bray)r. He read it like he was the astronaut, not just some reader. If they make a movie out of this book, I hope the actor has the same type of voice as Bray

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleep Donation: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Greta Gerwig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter.

    FanB14 says: "Clever Insomnia Epidemic Diary"
    "Good Idea not executed"
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    Story

    The idea of the story captured me, but this was not a fun journey. The protagonist was too whiny- I could not relate to her or her decisions. Some of the logical things you would expect to hear about within the story never came to fruition. And the story end was not only unsatisfactory but also ended with a kind of cliff hanger. Also the reader was not up to the standards of a typical audio book reader. And totally missed the boat when it come to proper word emphasis. Example: what I thought was incomplete sentences was in reality Chapter headings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5626)
    Performance
    (5102)
    Story
    (5115)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Liked this a lot. Highly reccommended."
    Overall
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    To me this book does have a similar feel to a Dresden books. It's a totally different world with different characters but the way magic is a part of life feels the same. Of course the main difference between the books is that in the Grimnoir world magic is out in the open but in the Dresden world it is hidden to the general public. I enjoyed my time with this book thoroughly and can hardly wait to read book 2 in the series.

    The one thing I did have a problem with was the authors use of the derogatory names to refer to some races. He used it so liberally thought out the book it kept taking me out of the story. I kept wondering why the author couldn't have figured out a way to say it differently. Obviously the author had his reasons, but it didn't work for me. OTOH, the actual ethnic characters did not come off as a stereotype to me.

    Finally, Pinchot did a great narration job. Not one character voice sounded false. On to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3405)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2943)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Great Story, Great Reader"
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    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to hundreds of audio books and very few have been able to tell a story in a humorous manner. Some authors have a number of funny bits but it is the rare author that can tell a story that is funny all the way through. Christopher Moore and Jim Butcher can do it and that's about it. I have only read two Scalzi books and they were both very funny, I really look forward to exploring more of Scalzi works because "Agent to the Stars" was one of the best books I have listened to this year.

    As far as the reading, I was a tad reluctant about listening to Wil Wheaton. Yeah he was great in "Star Trek" and in "Eureka" and I'm even getting a video game he is involved with via Kickstarter. But I still had my reservations. Within the first 3 minutes I completely forgot that Wheaton was the reader until I came back here to Audible to get some more Scalzi. Will did a spectacular job.

    I look forward to more works of Scalzi and Wheaton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (839)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Engaging Tale of Vengence"
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    The story synopsis got me to buy the book but the front page reviews made me feel I had to be in a kind of mood to get through the book. It took me three months to finally get into this thing. Yes there are some gruesome things that happen in this story but it was nothing that came out of nowhere. The violence all made sense in this kind of world. The real story to me was just what happens when you do start to get your revenge and what does happen to the normal mind. I loved this story and could not put it down. I listened to it while driving, while working and while exercising and the four parts just breezed on by.

    One of the great things about Joe Abercrombie is his descriptions. I typically hate descriptive prose because for me it usually drags down a story. But when Abercromie describes a scene he makes the place become alive and he wonderfully does not go on forever. Thanks Joe. Best Served Cold is the best book I have l listened to this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (5550)
    Performance
    (4723)
    Story
    (4719)

    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"
    "Glover is fine"
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    I was hesitant to get this book due to the bad reviews Glover got from some of the fans. I've listened to Glover on a number of other audio books and had no problem with him so I was a bit confused by the negative reactions. Well, I'm glad I took the chance because I got a great story from a great reader. It's true Glover did not have some of the touches that Marsters put into his reading, but for my money Glover still comes across as a Harry Dresden figure. Since the story ends with so many loose threads, it will be interesting to see who does the next book,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2334)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Not a Masterpiece"
    Overall
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    Some reviewers state that perhaps the negative reviews are a result of a book that was written in the 70's. Sorry but that is no excuse, Star Trek was in the 60s and did a far better job of handling a future society. However what bothered me was that there was far too much chit chat in the book that not only did not move the story forward but added very little into character insight.

    And the social mores inparted in this book are disturbing. One part of the book deals with the aliens inspecting a male body and yet no mention is made of the male genitalia. However when the female is inspected (unseen by the reader) some time later in the story she complains that she was raped (metaphorically speaking of course).

    Haldeman's Forever War was writing around the same time as this book and it still rings true. It is astounding to me that Mote in God Eye is regarded as a Sci Fi Classic.

    I give this book two stars because I do find the aliens interesting and intriguing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (684)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "It read like great science fiction"
    Overall

    While this was basically a detective story set in Stalinist Russia, the Russian cultural details set forth in Child 44 are so alien to our American values, the whole story felt otherworldly. This is not a bad thing, just a writer painting a brilliant canvas. I remember in junior high school, my history teacher stating that millions of people died in the Stalinist purge. It wasn't until I read this book that I understood how those numbers could have easily come about. The tidy ending however probably doomed this book to only being one of the best mystery books of the past few years instead of contending for being one of the best mystery novels of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (477)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Unique but pedestrian"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The characters were wonderful, the setting was great and the humor was top notch. The story however was just run of the mill. And while the writer clearly stretched his writing muscles with the characters, he really did not give them a different direction to go. Which for me lead to a story conclusion that did not come close to matching all the other great elements of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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