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Doug Laursen

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  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (800)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Less Science Fiction and more like death"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber and John Ringo again?

    Only if I find that this was his first published book. I might check another book to see if he has improved.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Stefan is the only reason I choose this book I would listen to anything he performs. except this one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from March Upcountry?

    I enjoy the creativity of well written science fiction. This story is mostly about military type battles. Mostly slaughtering the natives of a unknown planet. If you like gory blood and guts descriptions with images that will keep you up at night this might satisfy your desires.


    Any additional comments?

    There are several spots where the audio repeated about 3 to 5 seconds. I have never run into this before. Poor editing of the final copy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Proof by Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Priscilla Carson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    A gifted fortune-teller from a humble background, Jenny can make even the most sophisticated skeptic believe her predictions simply by batting her smoky eyelashes. Until she meets her match in Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a sworn bachelor and scientist. Broodingly handsome, Gareth is scandalized to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of "Madame Esmerelda", and vows to prove Jenny a fraud.

    Book Worm says: "Well Written And Passionate"
    "A story well written"
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    What did you love best about Proof by Seduction?

    I loved that the female author actually understood male thought and response. I figured this might be another "women's porn" type of novel but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it's presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    Since this story takes place in the 1800's the love scenes were not overwhelmingly filled with frantic action. Nor lots of screaming. Nor were they too long. Nor were they the primary force of the story. The story is truly sexy and seductive. I suspect that women will also find themselves well represented as the dialog unfolds. I believe I'll be reading more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2952)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2272)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Another great adventure story."
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    If you could sum up Pathfinder in three words, what would they be?

    Huck Finn in the Future


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pathfinder?

    Finding good caring people like Loaf.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The performance lost continuity as different performers read different parts. I couldn't see a story based reason for the change in voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1407)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "No ending suggests another book to be written"
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    Would you listen to Ruins again? Why?

    Not a book to read a second time but interesting the first time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the other books I have heard from OSC there is adventure, a flavor of the environment, much detail regarding each character. I felt there was too much review as OSC explains the thought process of each character at multiple places in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Key Logger: A Forbidden Glimpse into the True Nature of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nicholas Jack
    • Narrated By Jay Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Most men see women as an idea; they see the perfect Disney character that they are supposed to see. After installing a key logger on my laptop years ago, I was able to see all the things that these women did when they thought no one was looking. The stories and the shocking truths that were revealed are told in this book. The true nature of women is as no man imagines.

    Doug Laursen says: "A diary of dating women"
    "A diary of dating women"
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    What disappointed you about The Key Logger?

    Nothing new to be learned unless you're 13 yo. But I'm 56 so what is obvious to me may be news to someone else. Mostly this guy has screwed up his own chances at meaningful relationships by spying on the women he is dating. Try spending more than an hour getting to know the woman, trust takes time and does not instantly happen on the first day, week or even month. You have to build it before you can enjoy the fruits of the effort. Now I've forgotten the book and started philosophizing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to Science fiction


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Prichard?

    Perhaps if he had better material to perform.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4379)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2716)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Creative concept of our future"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not especially. There are too many stories happening all at once (for my taste). Found it difficult to hear when one story line ended and the next began. LOTS of characters to remember. I listen while driving 30to 90 minutes at a time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter F. Hamilton? Why or why not?

    Possibly


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    If the cast is as limited as his voices.


    Do you think Pandora's Star needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    the book doesn't so much end as it just stops. kind of like the last episode of the season in a TV show. It's a cliff hanger to bring you back. I hanen't looked but I suspect there are 2 or more additional books after this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3792)
    Performance
    (3475)
    Story
    (3483)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Not my storyline but you may enjoy it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's basically one more "epic battle to save earth" If you like stories of war, death, strategy, all with a new setup, then this could be for you. It's just not something I enjoy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by B. V. Larson again?

    Not from this series. I'll check out his other series with an ear for a truly creative story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was clear and made the point when needed. There are only 2 voice artist I really enjoy regardless of the story being told.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (686)

    Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

    kelly says: "Intricate plot, well read - really surprised!"
    "not as well done as Live Wire"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Personally I was disappointed in this book. Had this been my first Harlan Coben book I probably would not have look to this author for my next book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    The previous title involving these characters (Live Wire) was well written, well researched, and performance was quite good. Based on my previous experience this book did not meet my expectations.


    Did Nick Podehl do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some better than others. I know it's difficult to create different male and female voices plus the character of each.


    Was Shelter worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping to hear another good book from this author but probably not from this audio performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (592)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

    morton says: "This great audio was originally called The Knack!"
    "If you are in business or are thinking about it.."
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    If you could sum up Street Smarts in three words, what would they be?

    clear, concise, understandable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Street Smarts?

    My business is nothing like the author's yet I understood each concept as it is explained.


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    The voice actor comes across as if he personally experienced these stories and concepts. A very enjoyable presentation.


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

    Street Smarts has motivated me to move forward with several "next step" actions that, in the back of my mind, I knew needed to be accomplished.


    Any additional comments?

    I never leave my comments. This is a first. I can assure you that the concepts related in this audio book are highly valuable to you, your business, and those you interact with every day. I won't say "it will change your life" but I will say that you may choose to handle people and situations differently (for the better) after listening to Street Smarts.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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