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Eric B.

MO, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "Intriguing view point, powerful ending"
    Overall

    A thought provoking view point on some of the events of the Holocaust. The ending was very powerful. If I could put books on a list of required reading for high school students this would be one. The reason for not giving 5 stars; despite being fiction, I really wanted to hear more about what happened after the final events in the book. Well worth the listen or read.

    4 of 4 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
    (7637)
    Performance
    (7268)
    Story
    (7279)

    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"
    "5 Stars+ 2 Mars Rocks=6 Stars."
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    This book made me laugh hard, cheer, put me in awe. One hell of a great book, it is now my favorite among the 105 audible titles. I really want to give it 6 stars all around, outstanding writing and narration.
    Don't fear the science, its fast paste and never slows the pace of the book. You don't have or knowledgeable lover of science or SF fan to love this ride.
    I could on and on, but why bother, you can read the other lengthy 5 and 4 star reviews.
    I just wonder how soon we will starting seeing dialog from this book being paraphrased in our daily conversations to make a point, or express a thought.
    If you get the book.. have fun in your for a ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2922)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2731)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Oustanding Conclusion to the Grimnoir Chronicles"
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    Would you listen to Warbound again? Why?

    Yes, and that rare thing for myself. My usual opinion would be why would I listen to again when I can listen to something new, but in case the answer is YES. The story while simple is awesomely entertaining and the Bronson Pinchot does a outstanding job bringing the characters to life in all three books.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Tie between Faye Vierra and Jake Sullivan, though Toru is right up there as well. The characters are all so well written and brought to life by Bronson that it really is hard to choose a favorite.


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

    Yes, I could have easily taken a long drive and hoped to get stuck in traffic.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad to see the series end, I will miss it and will listen again. Still what a great conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men of War: The Lost Regiment, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    It has been over a decade since Andrew Keane's Union regiment was mysteriously pulled away from the Civil War and marooned in time on a hostile alien planet. But now it appears as if everything the Lost Regiment has fought and died for has been in vain.

    Eric B. says: "Was not disappointed, Great Addtion to the Series"
    "Was not disappointed, Great Addtion to the Series"
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    Not every book in the series has been a solid addition, but this one stands out and brings to a close the story for the beloved characters. The end is both unexpected and thought provoking. I admire the strength of character Forstchen wrote into his characters and will miss them as book 9 moves on to focus on the children of the characters that this series has followed. Overall I highly recommend the series, though some of the books are not as good as others the series as whole was well written and well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6513)
    Performance
    (6038)
    Story
    (6061)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "King At His Best"
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    Most fans of King will readily admit King has his ups and downs. Doctor Sleep is definitely one of his ups. In my opinion this should be ranked among his best novels, along side It, The Stand, and of course the The Shining. The story is well developed and Kings melding of the Shining back story into this Novel was excellent, never coming off as forced.

    Will Patton was outstanding as the narrator, bringing all the characters to life with voices that fit perfectly to the personalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down to the Sea: The Lost Regiment, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    In the aftermath of Gettysburg, the 35th Regiment of the Union Army were pulled through a time warp, leaving them stranded in a strange alien world. Now it's time for exploration - and to discover a way to survive.

    Eric B. says: "Series Should of Ended in Book 8"
    "Series Should of Ended in Book 8"
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    Though the book is well narrated and story is decent, it just did not do the series justice. This was clearly an attempt to breathe new life into the series with the children of beloved characters. However, another book is not likely to follow and the concept has run its course. I loved the series and book 8 provided a great close. Forstchen should have left the series alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1084)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "History is Right: Classic Western"
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    The basis story main be simplistic, but I found I agree with history. This is great book, and would encourage even those who would normally not like westerns to give it chance. The characters are well written. Ladies Mattie Ross is hoot and one strong willed woman, one the best female characters among the books I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3526)
    Story
    (3524)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Entertaining Sequel and Solid Addition to Series"
    Overall
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    A solid addition to the world created in "Hard Magic". Quickly paced with excellent narration. I laughed and cheered and look forward to listening to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5626)
    Performance
    (5102)
    Story
    (5115)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Fun Story with Great Characters"
    Overall
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    Thoroughly entertaining listen. Larry Correia as created some great characters. You know your getting wrapped up in a book when you find yourself cheering out loud in the car in saying yea take that you @%@#. Look forward to the listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1207)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Interesting True Life Account"
    Overall
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    It was well written account, and even though it was bit slow, it was still enjoyable. I honestly expected it to be slow, but I enjoy nature documentaries and thought I would give this book a shot. I am glad I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6428)
    Performance
    (5999)
    Story
    (6023)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Outstanding Thoroughly Entertaining from Beginning"
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    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    Simply put, it was fun. It grabs you from the start and keeps the pace going. I enjoy a complex story with lots of depth, but occasionally you want something that does not take it self to seriously and is just a fun read. This book fits the bill, perfectly. It may have a few plot holes and even be little predictable at points, with some obvious foreshadowing, but still just plain enjoyable. I like complex books, but after a few stressful weeks at work, this was exactly what I needed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The opening scene of the book. I could mention a another scene but it would be a spoiler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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