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Derek

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11465)
    Performance
    (9972)
    Story
    (10010)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "haggy old women"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Up to this point, I have enjoyed the series. I even liked John Lee as narrator. I figured that if I listened to


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    I would not want a different narrator. I would just like Roy to listen to the books he narrated.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3500)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3094)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Its not "Ready Player One""
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    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    Sokolov


    Any additional comments?

    It started off a little slow. I almost gave up. I'm glad I didn't. Reamde turned out to be one of my favorite books. Give it about an hour, things really get going then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1272)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Great book"
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    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its way up there


    What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why?

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    it was excellent. His portrayal of the car salesman part was great.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (597)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Jame Gumb was even better than the movie"
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    I got this one when it was on sale. For me, money well spent. I always liked the movie but never read the book. All of the details that are missing from the movie are here. The only problem I had with it was the quality of the recording. it was hard for me to hear while driving my work truck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1287)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Not for me"
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    What disappointed you about Plague of the Dead?

    zombie movies are better for me. I just wanted to give one a whirl and it just wasn'nt my thing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did like all the plague stats and such. I do like a little fact to go with my fiction. Even if it wasn't fact, it came off that way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (714)

    Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

    Ben says: "Good. But could have been so much better"
    "not my cup of tea"
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    What did you like best about Survivors? What did you like least?

    If you like zombie books it may have been good but i just did not like it.


    Has Survivors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    less stoner military guys


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4180)
    Performance
    (2351)
    Story
    (2352)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Pinchot was great"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was told.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but after this one, i am going to see what else he's got.


    If you could take any character from Matterhorn out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lt Hawk. We could go on a mystery tour after dinner.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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