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Edward

Temecula, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1835)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Pass on it"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or Marc Vietor?

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    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle again?

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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Vietor?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lucifer's Hammer?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confusion of Princes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    You'd think being a Prince in a vast intergalactic empire would be about as good as it gets, particularly when Princes are faster, smarter, and stronger than normal humans. Not to mention being mostly immortal. But it isn't as great as it sounds. Princes need to be hard to kill - as Khemri learns the minute he becomes one - for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor, and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor.

    Dave says: "A Rollicking Space Opera From Beginning to End"
    "Very Much Enjoyed the Story"
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    Very good read and recommend. In some ways I found it not to be the typical Sci-Fi book as there are no great alien battles or unknown beings to contend with. The story follows the personal development of the main character as he learns everything he has been told is not true and that there are more important things than his personal goals and desires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

    Valerie says: "High hopes cruelly dashed."
    "Half a King but a Full Book"
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    What did you love best about Half a King?

    If you have read other books by the author and enjoyed them you will enjoy this book as well. There are entertaining characters, lots of peril and plenty of time sitting in the car listening while it idles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dwarves

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Markus Heitz
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now... Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

    Michael says: "A Great Fantasy Story! More, Please!"
    "Simple story but I enjoyed every minute"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dwarves the most enjoyable?

    The plot was simple but was very entertaining. The various characters had great personalities and watching our hero "grow" made the journey fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4205)
    Performance
    (2704)
    Story
    (2751)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "It was ok"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The overall story was actually good. The problem is the length of the book and the excessive dialogue. I found I could "zone out" for a few minutes and miss nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brandon Sanderson? Why or why not?

    I have read numerous books from the author and very much enjoyed them. I would read the Mistborn series before reading this book.....oh wait,I already did that :)


    Do you think Elantris needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If there is I would not read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Book of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Mark and Ben travel deep into the Blue Temple's hidden horde of treasures in an attempt to recover gold and Swords for Sir Andrew. Gods, demons and human traitors have other plans for the Swords and for the adventurers. When playing the game of the gods no one's survival is secure, even a god's.

    Karen says: "A little disappointed"
    "Pass on it"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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    Did Derek Perkins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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    Could you see The Second Book of Swords being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Small Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Gabriel Sloyer
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Garner Nanotechnology is developing nanotech-enhanced protective suits and autonomous first-aid nanobots. It’s cutting-edge stuff, and when it saves Brent Cleary from a pipeline explosion that killed hundreds, the Army takes notice. Near-death experience changes a person, so no one is entirely surprised when easy-going Brent turns somber and studious, focused and cold. Not at first. But Kim O’Donnell, Brent’s best friend, cannot get past some of the changes. This just isn’t her friend, and she wonders what’s gotten into him.

    Malin says: "Science Gone Wild"
    "Pass on it"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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    Which character – as performed by Gabriel Sloyer – was your favorite?

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    Did Small Miracles inspire you to do anything?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (541)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Read it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lexicon?

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    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16606)
    Performance
    (14759)
    Story
    (14803)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Read it"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7093)
    Performance
    (6747)
    Story
    (6759)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Read it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

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    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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