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Daniel

Las Vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3393)
    Performance
    (3179)
    Story
    (3171)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Best Narrator I've ever heard."
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    This was the best narration, with sooo many distinct voices that stayed perfect throughout all three books. I love Monster Hunter series but this is leaps and bounds above those books, totally out of the ballpark by comparison.

    The premise had me a bit iffy, but I've fallen in love with it and hope there is another trilogy in the same universe, maybe some prequels or something.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (423)

    Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

    Charles says: "Magnificent"
    "That ending. Just wow."
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    This book was incredible. And the ending, just floored me.

    I am devastated I have to wait for Book 3. I will pre-order for sure.

    Just DAMN.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Fox
    • Narrated By Ryan Kennard Burke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

    Trevor Gregg says: "Gripping story, great performance"
    "FANTASTIC!"
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    This book just jumped to my Top 5 in 2014. Totally was not interested in ANOTHER Werewolf book. Tired of all the copy-cat urban fantasy, and paranormal 'romance' which borders more on erotica.

    THESE are Werewolves! Alpha Predators, huge, aggressive and scary, even to the host.

    The narrator is EXCELLENT as well. :-) Great use of different voices and accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rewinder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

    Daniel says: "Very enjoyable time travel book."
    "Very enjoyable time travel book."
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    A few people have complained the book is a bit short, but for me it was just right. Most books I read are 12hr to 40hr books, but this one felt very well paced at 7hrs.

    It is really hard to explain the plot without giving big parts of the book away, but there is a significant amount of time travel in the book, a time travel school/operation, a different take on what history might be like if certian events where even slightly changed.

    The time travel rules the author sets are laid out well, but from the view of someone who is using the device for research purposes and not from a mad scientists or quantum physics professor point of view. I found this quite refreshing.

    The characters are not very deep, but what development of them does happen felt natural. There is a very small amount of romance but it is not a big part of the book.

    I had a great time with it and listening to it in one day and loved it. The narrator is excellent as per usual for Vikas Adam.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

    Daniel says: "Great concept, well executed, decent narration."
    "Great concept, well executed, decent narration."
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    Bought this audiobook because I loved the concept described in the blurb. So glad I did! I really enjoyed how the main character experimented and tried things out with his abilities. This is not a urban romance novel either just in case the blurb might make you think that.

    My only complaint with the book is that it was WAY too short! I was just settling in and it was done! I do prefer 12 - 40 hour listens though, so for me this one was a bit outside my norm.

    The narration was quite decent with easily distinguishable character voices, howver like most male actors, females are hard to portray well.

    Very keen to see Book #2!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Dragon's Geas: Outcast, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cheryl Matthynssens
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    It was a bright, warm spring day when Alador sat upon the hilltop looking down at the valley below him. He knew he did not fit into the world around him. His presence was tolerated and accepted but not welcomed. Little did he know how much his life would change that day. How could one large stone make such a difference in one's world? Renamaum, was a large blue dragon with one desire. He wanted the pact between man and dragon re-established. He wanted the hunting of the eggs and fledglings to stop.

    Michael Shelton says: "Outstanding book."
    "Much more complex than you would think"
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    By looking at the blurb of this book, and the length you think YA / Coming of Age Story filled with tried and true tropes.

    You would be wrong. I was wrong.

    This is a coming of age story. However it is so much more realistic, in that often as teenagers we do not realise how good we have things till they are taken away or our circumstances change.

    Yes a boy does develop magical powers, and yes there are dragons, but not in the way you assume.

    The narration was excellent, the narrator does not do multiple voices like some of the greats, but they are more than distinct enough to understand who is talking.

    I highly recommend this book, it has some very adult themes in it but they are all looked at very tastefully. There is sex in this book, but again it is done tastefully. This is not a romance book pretending to be fantasy, this is not an erotic book pretending to be fantasy, this is not a 'typical' fantasy story at all.

    Don't let the blurb fool you - and enjoy the book. I'm just starting the second one now after just finishing the first!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mind's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Douglas E. Richards
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    When Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster - bloodied, without a memory, and hearing voices in his head - he knows things are bad. But they're about to get far worse. Because he's being hunted by a team of relentless assassins. Soon Hall discovers that advanced electronics have been implanted in his brain, and he now has two astonishing abilities. He can surf the web using thoughts alone. And he can read minds. But who inserted the implants? And why? And why is someone so desperate to kill him?

    David says: "Worst credit I have ever spent."
    "Great Premise - Started Great, Fizzled Out"
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    This book started great. Like really great. It was all action, interesting concepts about what it would be like to surf the Internet with your mind, and have ESP to boot. To be on the run, and confused about what was going on. As the hero figures things out, so do we.

    Then suddenly, it's a really cliche romance novel.

    I put up with that to see what happened, the romance angle wasn't TOO bad, pretty cringey and totally slowed the pace right down, but not awful.

    Then the book wrapped up with about 15 different twists all of which where obvious as soon as the preceding one or two where revealed. And there was like two whole chapters where the heroes and villain explaining in great monologues exactly every little supposed detail of how they double and trip guess each other.

    Oh the villain is supposed to be a chess genius - it didn't come across as plausible at ALL.

    Then it was wrapped up into the neatest most perfect gushy bow ever.

    The genre shifts are just so jarring, and the ending was just so rosy it was painful.

    Narration was good, premise was excellent, started well. A great shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innkeeper's Son: The Harven Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeremy Brooks
    • Narrated By Duncan White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    Before Desirmor came and broke the peace of the Alexidus monarchy with his army of dark beasts, Princess Harmony Alexidus spoke a prophecy of his rise and fall. He would destroy the warriors of the Harven Mountains. He would make the princess his eternally unwilling bride. Then he would wrap the world in a veil of darkness so tight, the people would forget that light ever existed.

    Even says: "Give it a chance, you won't be disapointed!"
    "Slow Starter - Great Ending"
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    This book has everything from a typical 'coming of age' fantasy novel. Light vs Dark, Evil Overlord, Naive Hero, Snotty Noble Lady, Warrior Queen, Prophecies etc.

    Don't. Let. That. Turn. You. Off.

    The first 1/4 of the book is quite slow burning as it introduces all the characters. At first they all seem shallow and two dimensional and I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes at all the the people telling the hero how he was the ONLY one who could save the world etc.

    Then it starts to pick up. We start to see darker elements like rape and torture (some quite graphic though in my opinion tastefully done, it never felt over the top for me).

    By the time I got to the end of the book I was desperate to know what happened, I was very invested and really enjoying myself. For all the stereotypes that happen here, the characters become more detailed and interesting by the end.

    It also does a bit of foreshadowing with various visions that have to be fulfilled. Essentially in each major story event, we the reader get a glimpse of part of a final scene. We are left wondering how they are going to get out of this one, or how that scene could possible come true with the fact we know our hero has to save the world. Then we see all the pieces fit together and you go 'Aha! So that's what that meant!"

    This is not a Y.A book even though it might start off like one. At points it channels Robert Jordan a little too hard in the "Ooo stupid men!" from the women and vice versa but this is quickly forgotten as our party members begin to trust each other and save each other from various situations.

    I'll be looking for the sequel for sure. Pleasantly surprised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands.

    Jan says: "So I liked it, in a random sorta way..."
    "Very enjoyable concept, couldn't put it down."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, just a good fun read. It is nice to see someone with a 'super power' that has serious draw backs, where the small details and details are considered.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

    Matt was the most developed, I look forward to hearing the others if the sequel comes to Audible!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did. Until it reached 5am and I just had to go to sleep. Finished it today though!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, I hope more of Michael's books come to Audible so I can listen to them all. I am interested to see if the characters in both his different series 'feel the same' or if they really do feel separate.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (466)

    The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

    Colin says: "Adolescent novel?"
    "A gem out of nowhere!"
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    Would you listen to Elseerian again? Why?

    Yes. I hope the next two book are as good.


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

    Fantastic narrator. Very very impressed. I especially enjoyed his pacing - some narrators are slightly too slow or too fast. He gives the main characters thought processes a decisive and methodical approach which reflected the main character well.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent action but WITHOUT loads of gore and shock and awe. Sometimes I felt the main character was a little too crazy awesome, but every time I started to think this, a vulnerability to his character would appear. Cannot wait for the next two books - already pre-ordered both!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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