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David

Chesapeake, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (382)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    I read most of Jules Verne's fictions when I was young (a long, long time ago). I particularly remembered that I had enjoyed Mysterious Island though I remembered little about the plot. I came across this in Audible and it was on sale so I took the plunge. It was a lot of fun, not too deep or complex, just a good story about a group that get stranded and use their wits and their absolute commitment to one another to survive, and survive well. If you've read any of his stories, you know they can get bogged down in details now and then and the language is stilted at times, but the story is very well done. And most important, for me anyways, is that I love how it ends. The trails they face are believable, complex, and make the last couple of hours very suspenseful. For those that remember the movie (which was ridiculous in my opinion) and have not read the book, it is nothing like the movie, which is a good thing.

    The narration was good, not great, but good. Nice job with the various characters on the whole.

    Not the best book I've listened to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. Great for young adults...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Creeps: A Samuel Johnson Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In this clever and quirky follow-up to The Gates and The Infernals, Samuel Johnson's life seems to have finally settled down - after all, he's still got the company of his faithful dachshund Boswell and his bumbling demon friend Nurd; he has foiled the dreaded forces of darkness not once but twice; and he's now dating the lovely Lucy Highmore.

    David says: "Fun short series"
    "Fun short series"
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    The Creeps is actually book three of a three part series and each builds on the next, beginning with The Gates. The final two books are narrated by Tim Reynolds, who is one of my favorite readers, and does a great job with these stories as well. The stories are light hearted, very funny, and conclude very satisfactorily. If you are in the mood for a very entertaining and clean story about a young boy and his dachshund who get involved with some very unusual characters and some nefarious evil doers, this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5952)
    Performance
    (5384)
    Story
    (5445)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Great ending to an epic story"
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    Brandon Sanderson at his best. Brandon provided a seamless transition from the deceased Robert Jordan writing in a style that was difficult to distinguish from Jordan himself. There were some improbable moments as the last battle moved to its climax but overall was very well done. It was an added bonus to have the same readers, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, perform the narration of all 14 books in this series.

    This final chapter (actually the final three books) in this very long epic was well crafted as Rand al'Thor prepared for the battle at Tarmon Gai'don against the forces of the Shadow. Rand, Matt, and Perrin's paths finally converge in the final book in a way that was very satisfying.

    Having finally completed the entire series, it is interesting to go back and reflect on some of the more memorable events that shaped the lives of our main characters. I especially enjoyed Matt's character, which added just the right amount of levity to keep the story from becoming overwhelming.

    If you are reading this review to determine if it is worth diving into this epic series, I would say that it is definitely worth it. Be patient. The story really meanders at times, and there are too many minor characters that are very difficult to keep track of, but the story resolves most of the loose ends satisfactorily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (898)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    wayne says: "why oh why did they ever switch narrators!!!!!!!!!"
    "Not the best but ties up everything satisfactorily"
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    I purchased this book only because I had either read or listened to the entire Percy Jackson series. The last two books were very difficult for me to get through. Not because I thought that Rick Riordan did a poor job, but rather I did not care much for the reader. The story itself is interesting enough but this story line could have ended a book or two earlier. A bit tired in the end.

    I recommend the story for those die hards that have worked their way through the entire series, but not the audio book version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lost Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

    Derek B. says: "What a great story!"
    "Dark story, very well written and read"
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    David versus the Crooked Man. David is the main character, a young boy who loses his mother to sickness, tragically. Connolly's description of the death of his mother through the eyes of David was very touching. The story starts in earnest when David travels through a gateway in the garden to an enchanted world and battles his fears and his imagination. The story gets darker and darker as David continues his journey to the King who can hopefully help David return home. There are wolves that talk, monsters, evil men, and other characters that are sinister and have evil intentions.

    The story is a blend of twisted fairy tales and adventures including adaptations from Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rumpelstiltskin. The reader is outstanding. Steven Crossley truly brings this story to life. It is not a long story, but is action packed and, as mentioned earlier, very dark.

    There are some elements that are very thought provoking in this story including Roland's apparent sexuality which, to be honest, I am not sure really adds much to the story.

    David grows strong and becomes a very brave young boy through the course of the story. He prevails in the end in a very satisfying way. Though the story meanders a bit, the end is very well done.

    I enjoyed the story very much and recommend it. The reading is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2988)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2776)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Action packed"
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    Nemesis pretty much continues after the last battle in Legion, the aftermath so to speak. Agent Franks is the focus of this story as we learn about his origin and his special skills through the course of the plot line. In a nutshell, Franks gets set up and some really bad folks want to create really bad monsters under the Nemesis project in order to "protect" against other bad monsters; an ends justifying the means type of thing. I've read all the preceding Monster Hunter books (Alpha by far my favorite) and Nemesis has all the elements that made the preceding books interesting. For me, it just did not resonate the way the previous books did. The epic battle between Franks and Earl because of a misunderstanding became tiresome. I actually advanced the book after a point to get to the conclusion of the pointless battle.

    It was...ok, I guess. The story does resolve the current crisis and sets up for a sequel, but I am not sure how much more this theme can continue without growing really tiresome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5290)
    Performance
    (3278)
    Story
    (3317)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    Having just completed book 5, the only criticism that I have is that there are times when the story tends to drag, which is not uncommon in such a long and complex series. Rand and Matt continue to mature though Matt's continue complaining gets tiresome. That said, how Rand transforms into a leader without losing his identity is very well done. The story continues to have its share of surprises and twists, including suspenseful endings obviously designed to set up the next book. There are several surprises in this book that are clearly designed to set up for certain events in the future. So far, a very satisfying experience. I am especially pleased that the entire series is available on audible, and that the same readers were used throughout. Very enjoyable indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Carol says: "We Aren't in Riyria Any More"
    "Could have been so much more"
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    I am a huge Michael Sullivan fan but this story just did not work for me. It was interesting enough, but lacked the depth and character development that Sullivan's other works generally display. The story of a dying man who is smart enough to build a one way time machine and travel thousands of years into the future is a fascinating concept to me. I love H. G. Wells Time Machine. But the story line after our hero makes the time jump falls flat. The idea that a world that has in essence conquered illness and for the most part, death, but longs for individuality and uniqueness was difficult to swallow. I found it weird, or maybe disjointed.

    The end was interesting enough that I don't regret spending the credit on the story. The reader was okay, not great. Perhaps if Tim Reynolds had read it...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1501)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Interesting premise, meanders a bit"
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    The one truly positive aspect of this story is the narrator. I am a huge fan of Tim Reynolds (Ryira, Red Storm Rising...) but I will admit that I agree with some of the other reviews in that it is not one of Tim's best performances.

    The story is more cohesive than its predecessor, Wool, and provides context for the first book, but I still struggled with the story. Wool presents the age old question "does the end justify the means" over and over again. The idea that the world was going to end anyway was a bit hard for me to accept as the basis for what eventually happened.

    There are some very interesting moments and I found the bouncing back and forth in time and story lines well done, actually heightening the interest and suspense. We follow "Solo", who is introduced toward the end of Wool, through the crisis that was the basis for his current predicament, and clearly sets up for some kind of resolution in the last book.

    The senator and his daughter present moral dilemmas throughout the story and while I struggled with how they justify what the did (do), it did make for an interesting story. It depends if you are an eternal optimist or cynical and pessimistic by nature. While I am the latter, I prefer stories of the former. This one is difficult to categorize.

    It was interesting enough that I will use a credit to see how it is resolved but I could have done without investing time and credits in this trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2098)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1934)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Interesting...but not great"
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    Certainly an interesting premise. The idea that people live in these 100 story silos essentially below ground begs the obvious question - why?. There is little context for these silos. Apparently that comes in book 2.

    Initially I was not sure where the story was headed, definitely a couple of false starts. Once our heroine is thrust outside the silo to perform the "cleaning" the story definitely picks up. Unfortunately the story bogs down at times and is a bit contrived, even after we find out that there is life out there and that silo 18 are not the sole survivors in this basically uninhabitable world.

    Still not decided if I will continue with the next two books. While I did not care much for the reader, books 2 and 3 are narrated by Tim Reynolds who is one of my favorites.

    The story ends well if not a bit rushed but sets up well for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9912)
    Performance
    (9322)
    Story
    (9352)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Satisfying sequel"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed book 2 of the Stormlight archive series. The story pretty much picks up where the first book left off. I did find that there were times in book 2 that I was getting impatient and the story dragged, but not often. Kaladin continues to develop his skills and is dealing with some fairly complex ethical dilemmas through most of the story. The king is still a buffoon, and Delenar virtuous and trying to do the right thing. Each character displays very human characteristics and emotions and dilemmas.

    The series is so rich and well crafted that it is easy to lose yourself in this world of rock, storms, magic, and Good versus Evil. Thoroughly entertaining! Appropriate for young adults as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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