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Ed G

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  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • Orphan's Journey: Jason Wander, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    In the years since the last Slug War, Jason's command style hasn't made him any friends in the Army. Now, in an effort to keep him out of trouble, the Army has sent Jason to the vast, Earth-orbiting resort called New Moon. At the core of this enormous space station is a starship, a relic from the last war. When a test run of the ship goes wrong, Jason, along with a handful of others, will be torn from orbit and thrust into space. Now, stranded on an alien planet, Jason realizes that not only are his friends are looking to him for rescue, but an entire planet sees him as their only hope.

    Ed G says: "I like the story, but the narration is awful"
    "I like the story, but the narration is awful"
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    I hate to be overly critical, but Adam Epstein is not literate. He often mispronounces common words, which is annoying enough. He also inserts weird pauses at random intervals, often changing the meaning of the text.

    I think I will abandon Audible for the rest of this series and go to something I can read in a more traditional manner. I know I'll do a better job of reading than Mr. Epstein.

    The story itself is good. Nothing to take too seriously, but enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ascending: League of Peoples, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Oar is the last of her kind - a resident of the so-called "planet of no return", once the Admiralty's dumping ground for undesirables and those who had become expendable. Oar's transparent body is indestructible. Yet the mind it houses grows weary and will soon surrender to the catatonic torpor that has already claimed the others of her genetically altered human race. But Oar cannot sleep, not yet. There are powerful forces seeking her destruction for reasons unknown.

    Ed G says: "A fun light read"
    "A fun light read"
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    This is book 5 in The League of Peoples. For the most part, all the books in this series are of the less than totally serious type. Oh, the protagonists get into trouble, there is mayhem and characters die, but still generally fun light reading.

    This book is in the voice of Oar (as she always introduces herself, an Oar is an implement used to propel boats). Oar is a charming childlike, self-centered, beautiful, transparent (literally) woman who we met in book 1. She was not in books 2, 3, or 4.

    Don't look for hard science in this series. It isn't like that. Read or listen to these when you want something light and entertaining.

    There are quite a few humor gems. For example, top military council is made up of corrupt and incompetent people. One of the characters seriously complains that just a few hundred years ago, such people would never be put in charge of anything. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan's Destiny: Jason Wander, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    At 25, General Jason Wander has fought and won man's only alien conflict. Now, after long years in space, he's coming home...but to what? Earth's desperate nations, impoverished by war damage and military spending, are slashing defense budgets. There's just one problem with this new worldwide policy - the first alien invasion was merely Plan A. Suddenly, the real assault begins: Earth is attacked by a vast armada of city-sized warships. To block their invasion, mankind has only one surviving craft and a single guerrilla strike force...a suicide squad led by Jason Wander.

    john says: "Good but it drags a bit"
    "A nice easy listen"
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    Yes, the story deals with some very dire happenings, but it manages to be light-hearted. This is book two and I intend to listen to the entire series.

    My biggest issue with these books is the narrator, Adam Epstein. Maybe it's me but I just do not like his reading style. He adds weird pauses, for example: "...they knew how to stop a useless tactic" becomes: "...they knew how to stop, a useless tactic". These do not carry the same meaning. He tends to end sentences in such a way that it makes simple statements sound like they may be questions. He also mispronounces too many words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1119)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Clever funny story"
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    I wouldn't want all my books to be like this, but they sure are fun once in a while. This book is filled with absurd characters doing absurd things from start to finish. I liked it a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1733)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "meh"
    Overall
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    This was worth listening to, I guess, once.

    I just couldn't get to either liking or hating the main characters. You know how sometimes you can't wait until a character is killed off? Or you dread the possibility? With these guys, I just couldn't care less.


    I think I would have liked this better if it were shorter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (482)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    L Lee says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    I really enjoyed this story. Who wouldn't enjoy a story about a sophont robot with a mutant police officer who produces reports on a typewriter? The style is so "world of the future" circa 1950 that at one point I actually checked the publication date.

    Definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grand master's premier accomplishments. Collected here are eighteen tales, startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.

    Beverly says: "Curling up with an old friend"
    "Hasn't aged well"
    Overall

    This is a great reminder that the 1950's weren't as wonderful as some people seem to think. As far as I can tell, most of the female characters are pathetic and whiny. In several of the stories, female characters are bad not because some people are bad, but specifically because they are women. Pretty depressing book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Echo: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Eccentric Sunset Tuttle spent his life searching in vain for forms of alien life. Thirty years after his death, a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic, indecipherable symbols is found in the possession of Tuttle's onetime lover, and antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is anxious to discover what secret the tablet holds. It could be proof that Tuttle had found what he was looking for.

    Terry says: "Great Story But A Male Narrator?"
    "Another great Alex Benedict Novel"
    Overall

    Yes, it's jarring that they switched narrators (though not as bad as another series that switched narrators and the new reader changed the pronunciation of the names of almost every major character). I don't mind that the new narrator is a man while the story is "told" by a woman. This is storytelling and gender doesn't really have to match.

    The story itself is typical of this series. I figured the basic plot point halfway through, but it was still a pleasure to let the story wind itself out.

    Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict are truly likable characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1867)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Kind of dreary"
    Overall

    I am more than willing to accept that I'm just not sophisticated enough to appreciate this book. I just couldn't get interested at any point in the story. The characters seeme whiny and I didn't get the motivation behind their actions. The events and the way the characters responded just didn't seem reasonable or natural.

    The end is abrupt and resolves nothing. I don't demand that books tie up every plot point at the end, but some sort of resolution would be nice.

    The narration is very good, but it just wasn't enough to make this worthwhile for me.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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