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Elena

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Cobra: Cobra Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    The colony world Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground - with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the cobras, a guerrilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly.

    Dennis says: "Not Bad!"
    "Neat idea, but not that well executed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not say my time was wasted, but this was definitely not "well worth it". I like my military sci-fi to have some humour, as well as action. This book was completely lacking in the former and fairly light for this genre on the latter.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Timothy Zahn? Why or why not?

    Probably not


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    It seems to me that Stefan Rudnicki would fit well on a classical theater stage (read: much pathos). Some might like this, but I prefer narrators who take themselves a bit less seriously and focus instead on making it fun for you to listen to them (like William Dufris).


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Day on Mars: Tau Ceti, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Travis S. Taylor
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (63)

    It's 24 on Mars: a non-stop futuristic thrill-ride, all in one day, through the critical events which were the breaking point for the underclass of Martian citizens and precipitated a revolution to break the Martian colonists free from the formidable Sol System government. The formerly red planet would never be the same would the human race.

    Joshua says: "One Fast Ride!"
    "Great fun!"
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    If you could sum up One Day on Mars in three words, what would they be?

    Fast paced fun


    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer: I love this narrator and would listen to pretty much anything he reads. You'll love him too if you prefer narrators who take themselves a bit less seriously and focus instead on making it fun for you to listen to them. Having said that, I thought that the book was well-conceived, full of fast-paced action and laden with humour. The story is satisfyingly unpredictable. Will be buying the next book in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (412)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Short and kinda fun if you don't mind swearing"
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    Any additional comments?

    Don't take this seriously. It's good for a quick and entertaining listen if you don't mind lots of swearing. Gets a bit silly in the latter part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (491)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    steven says: "Best $0.69 spent in a long time..."
    "Just what you'd expect from Scalzi read by Dufris"
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    Any additional comments?

    Loved the usual Scalzi humour of this story set in the same universe as the Old Man's War series, perfectly read, as usual, by Dufris.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Speak Dragonese

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so hairy. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Toothless has been captured, the nanodragon is about to be gobbled, and Sharkworms are on the loose. Once again we are relying on Hiccup to be a hero.

    Avocat says: "David Tennant's narration makes this worth the $$!"
    "Fabulous for kids (age 7+) and adults"
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    If you could sum up How to Speak Dragonese in three words, what would they be?

    perfect for travel


    Any additional comments?

    The whole How to Train Your Dragon series is so worth its price! David Tennant's reading is amazingly entertaining. Our family now has standing jokes about Hiccup Horrendous Haddoc the Third, Big Boobied Bertha and "Oh, ye actually arr not a bad sword fighter! For a boy, o'course..." complete with the required pronunciation : ) Only word of caution: the language and accents may be hard to follow for kids under 7ish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2936)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1299)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Fun and educational!"
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    What made the experience of listening to SuperFreakonomics the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the original Freakonomics audiobook. And this one doesn't dissapoint. This follow-up was not as arresting as the first book, but this is simply the result of me being familiar with the concept. It's still very enjoyable while being thought-provoking at the same time. I keep finding myself mentioning things from thsi book to friend and family!


    What about Stephen J. Dubner’s performance did you like?

    Lively, with just enough humor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1727)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Kept my interest by switching gears"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. I liked how the story kept switching gears at regular intervals, but the narrator's style got quite tiresome by the end.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I found John Lee's performance quite old-fashioned and lacking any sort of humor.


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

    Into the unknown...


    Any additional comments?

    It was worth a credit, but not a "WOW".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2811)
    Story
    (2855)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Quit after 2 hours"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a fan of cliches and dated descriptions of US vs. USSR hostile relations, you might enjoy this


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    A large number of characters is introduced in the first 2 hours - not a single one of them likeable!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it put me off so much with its dated political attitudes and unlikeable characters, that I decided it was not worth my time. I think this is the only book I've not finished so far - and that's saying a lot since I did make it though tedious books like the Butlerian Jihad for sake of finding out how they end!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cyril Bonhamy and the Great Drain Robbery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Visiting France to view some famous medieval bibles (and confusing the natives with his 'fluent' French), Cyril Bonhamy mistakes the most dangerous criminal in France for the director of the Bibliothèque, and is plunged into one of the most terrifying adventures of his life.

    Elena says: "Fun for a drive with kids (ages 6-10)"
    "Fun for a drive with kids (ages 6-10)"
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    What did you love best about Cyril Bonhamy and the Great Drain Robbery?

    Our whole family loved Hugh Laurie's narration. He made this a fun listen by making best of the accents and exagerating the silliness of the story with his expressive performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a very silly story filled with physical comedy - perfect to keep our kids aged 6 and 8 entertained on a drive to a holiday destination.


    What does Hugh Laurie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A performer like Laurie was needed to make best of the physical comedy parts!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more kids' books read by Laurie available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1319)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    Shackleton says: "Good, but be careful"
    "really worth a listen"
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    If you could sum up Freakonomics in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking book


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    variety of subjects covered


    What three words best describe Stephen J. Dubner’s performance?

    quite well done


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting listen. I've been recommending it to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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