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Dan

SF Bay Area, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3570)
    Performance
    (3264)
    Story
    (3275)

    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"
    "Good Book for a Youthful Listener"
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    Would you listen to Influx again? Why?

    My first impression was fairly negative and I stopped listening ½way through in a 'huff';, to let my feelings be known in a blistering review. But, because of a "System Interruption", I couldn't post my review. So I thought," What the hell, I'll listen to some more", and it got better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very original and the subject is extremely important.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a great job.


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

    I did have an extreme negative reaction to the book. But, after I gave it some thought I decided that the problem was likely because of the lack of "real" world experience of the author. The characters' reactions were those of young adults ( a little annoying to someone who isn't). If the author is aiming for the movie-going demographic, I have only one final comment:..................BULLSEYE!!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Strike: The Slaver Wars, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Raymond L. Weil
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The cryosleep chambers are beginning to fail. Surveillance of Hocklyn space has revealed that the Hocklyns are thirty years ahead of their projected schedule and will soon reach human occupied space. War could break out any day if something isn't done. The human leaders suggest a daring plan to buy them the additional time they need to strengthen the Fleet, as well as the defenses protecting their worlds.

    Edwin says: "Loved it!!!!"
    "Wind-up Too Long"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The series good potential, but the plot drags with a lot of redundant space battles and political conflict. The very last paragraph was very good. I guess that's some kind of promise that the next installment will be better. I'm not convinced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Apparition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By G. Ernest Smith
    • Narrated By Jack Nolan
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Commander Donald Castillo is the commander of the Virginia-class fast attack nuclear submarine, Kansas. It is the latest and best that the US Navy has to offer. He is asked to test a new ground-breaking countermeasure that will revolutionize naval warfare. Its code name is Apparition. This is game-changing technology born of the Hadron Collider, and the Navy brass are hungry for it.

    StarLord says: "Modern technology meets ancient history"
    "Very Entertaining though Juvenile Read"
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    Would you listen to Deadly Apparition again? Why?

    I was tempted to give the book a 5 star rating because it is entertaining. But, a lot of the plot is just so juvenile (unrealistic), that I just couldn't see it. The main character (Castillo), is a bit of an anti-hero who's poor decisions generally ends up with his people getting killed. Also, old Star-Trek episodes often come to mind through-out the book. The narrator doesn't seem that experienced, but his performance doesn't detract that much. Finally, one can't miss the irony of them setting out for Pitcairn Island (Mutiny of the Bounty), because of all of Castillo's bad decisions.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Worse Enemy: The Empire's Corps, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (436)

    Six months ago, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines were abandoned on Avalon, left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdrew from the Rim. Since then, Avalon has been isolated from the settled universe... until now. As a mysterious pirate organisation attempts to take over Avalon, the Marines find themselves struggling against a shadowy figure with dreams of power, while a young civilian is kidnapped and press-ganged into a pirate crew.

    George says: "Clear Story Line"
    "3.1275"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    75% of this book is poor-to-fair (approx. 3 rating); but the last hour, and some of the other ½ day sours to a 5 rating. Too much (way...way..too much!) of the story deals with sex slavery.It's getting a little annoying in fact. How is it that people don't have good food to eat, no health care, and no hope; but every toothless stupid pirate's got their very own sex slave on a leash; or a lobotomized female vaginal delivery system! I don't know if the author feels he needs such sins to justify blowing someone's head off, but I'm beginning to wish he was a little bit less genteel, and would just say, "They were against us.....so we killed them."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1021)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Worth Hearing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast with Buddha the most enjoyable?

    I likely would have rated it a 5 if not for the last 3 sentences. Otherwise, I found a lot that I could agree with. The book accurately depicts the spiritual decline of man, an offers practical options for improvement. I think the main idea is to understand why the methods promoted in the book would work in the 1st place rather than to become fixated on the methods themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Trade: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking young man who knew a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade ship; something about trade, finance, and risk-taking; and a little bit about Liadens. It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's fortune, and his own, too. In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find out a lot more about Liadens... like how far they might go to protect their name and reputation.

    Charlie says: "Outstanding! Early Liaden Trader Tale"
    "Fantasy Book"
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    What would have made Balance of Trade better?

    This book appears to be misplaced in the SciFi genre category; it is very different from Books 1 & 2. I didn't like it, but I generally stay away from Fantasy books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (268)

    Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life.

    Don says: "Good Story - Lousy Narration"
    "Written like a travel book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The problem is not the narration as some have claimed. William Dufris is one of the best narrators as is Scott Brick. The problem is the thin story that only appears to function as the basis for the characters to travel the globe. Some times I almost imagined I was listening to one of Bill Bryon's books except with more killing and explosions. I don't think it is a bad travel book and there is a lot of good geographical information. But, I think I'll pass on the other Quinn books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4763)
    Performance
    (4410)
    Story
    (4408)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Good series for people who like magic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spellbound to be better than the print version?

    Writing is good and narration is great, but maybe not for those (like me) who aren't into the magical genre. My first impression is to rate it lower, but that is difficult to do honestly. I believe I had the same problem with Book1. So the real problem is likely the genre (it's not really Sci-Fi) and likely should be in the fantasy section.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2831)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2586)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "I may be a Geek now"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spell or High Water to be better than the print version?

    I don't know how he does it, but this one delivered more content than the 1st. Very complex, very grown-up set of relationships are being established.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell or High Water?

    Jimmy.... (I don't want to give anything away), but keep your eyes on Jimmy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (855)

    Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy"
    "Good ending to a Genuine Space Opera"
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    Where does The Trafalgar Gambit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The aliens are merely part of the landscape. All three books are a study of "Human Nature". And the author does a good job of keeping it interesting. It's the kind of story that you could sit through with your girlfriend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great new alien species patterned after motile discreet biological systems protecting a collective of systems.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it would be successful as an HBO series (i.e.; Game of Thrones).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breakaway: Cassandra Kresnov, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Cassandra Kresnov is a highly advanced hunter-killer android. She has escaped the League and fled to Callay, a member of the Federation. Because of her fighting skills she was able to save the president's life and is now a trusted member of the security forces. However, not all Tanushans are happy to have her on their turf and Cassandra has to tread carefully. As Callay moves towards a vote on whether to break away from the Federation, confusion reigns and terrorist groups plot their own agendas.

    Frank says: "A great story and great addition to the series."
    "Like Listening to "The View""
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    Would you try another book from Joel Shepherd and/or Dina Pearlman?

    While I'm certain that the book is "well prepared", I don't feel I'm qualified to be a loyal listener.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dina Pearlman?

    Dina Pearlman was a perfect choice for this sort of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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