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Dan

SF Bay Area, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 38 reviews
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  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2854)
    Performance
    (2623)
    Story
    (2628)

    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
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (729)

    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
    (203)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    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.

    Dave says: "Heart of Oak - Ready, Aye, Ready"
    "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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakaway: Cassandra Kresnov, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    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
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1123)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "Kid Stuff"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Jay Snyder?

    It's the kind of stuff that's well received by younger audiences; but I kept losing interest. It's the first EX(somthin) book I've ever bought and I don't expect that I'll buy another. It's not a bad book...just not for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Expendable: League of Peoples, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different - and terrible - ways to die.

    Almira says: "Odd but delightful"
    "Mostly a Chick Book"
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    Would you listen to Expendable again? Why?

    There's a lot about romance and hurt feelings and good women and no-good men. I did listen to all of it and it wasn't that bad.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (776)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Positive Human Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    I'm very happy I bought this book. Shows good people doing well in difficult life situations where there is no slathering enemy, only adult realities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (416)

    Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

    Jesse says: "Good Second Installment"
    "Good Space Opera"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Nelson Touch in three words, what would they be?

    The series isn't really about an interstellar war with aliens. It's about grown-up human relationships while dealing with life and death situations.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (752)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Good Story; Great Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ark Royal to be better than the print version?

    Character development is the key to any series, and this book has great characters that are very well developed. The story is also very good (still a bit of a mystery 3/4 of the way through), which is also good. I can see the author is building to a climax. But, I ask you, how many books can you give a 5 star rating before the end?


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Without a Shore: RCN Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (85)

    Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also - and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand - and to take the blows directed at him - than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy? The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents.

    Dan says: "What happened to Hog"
    "What happened to Hog"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea Without a Shore to be better than the print version?

    If it ain't broke - don't fix it. The story didn't flow as well as most, and seemed to be more of a "vehicle" to get some points out into the audience. Also, the modifications to Hog's voice are horrible. I'm still a fan of David Drake, but I can't honestly rate this one the same as his other work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (394)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Michael says: "Capitalism and Democracy Collide"
    "A little too far over the edge"
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    Where does The Divide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I kept think of the line in "The Caine Munity"....."Constructive Loyalty". I frankly didn't see much of it. That being said, the author does a fine job of researching America's flaws without regard to any factor other than socioeconomic class. I do think America has to be reminded of its founding vision, but a diatribe of its faults doesn't necessarily do that.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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