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Flatlander

Setttle, WA | Member Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (472)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Great Story…..Poor Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Prometheus to be better than the print version?

    American Prometheus is a great story. The performance by Jeff Cummings is good. The editing of this performance is the worst I have ever heard. The sound quality, sound volume jump so much in this audio book that it is distracting. At times it is hard to concentrate on the story line with the constant changes in sound quality.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (850)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Drive By Story"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is no more than a shadow of the two books that precede it. This book would have been better if the writer would have taken time to write a story instead of doing a drive by.


    What could J. L. Bourne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


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

    Like in the first two books of this series Jay was great reading the story…..unfortunately this book didn’t have much of a story to deliver.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wrath of the Lemming-Men

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Toby Frost
    • Narrated By Clive Catterall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    From the depths of Space a new foe rises to do battle with mankind: the British Space Empire is threatened by the lemming-people of Yull, ruthless enemies who attack without mercy, fear or any concept of self preservation. At the call of their war god, the Yull have turned on the Empire, hell bent on conquest and destruction in their rush towards the cliffs of destiny. When the Yullian army is forced to retreat at the battle of the River Tam, the disgraced Colonel Vock swears revenge on the clan of Suruk the Slayer, Isambard Smith's homicidal alien friend.

    rich says: "the funniest audiobook in my collection"
    "Save yourself.....don't do it......."
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    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book sounds like what would happen if Monty Python ever wrote a skit that made fun of a science fiction story. Clive Catterall reads his lines with all the delivery you could ever ask from Monty Python. Unfortunately, I didn???t make it past the second chapter.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (230)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Robert???s Best?"
    Overall

    I???m listened to all 14 Elvis Cole ??? Joe Pike books??????this could be the best.

    Luke Daniels does a great job of making the characters in the Sentry come alive. The story moves at a quick pace and has just the right amount of both Joe and Elvis and as always, Elvis??? cat. (That???s my kind of cat)

    It???s nice to see that Robert Crais still has good story lines for Elvis and Joe.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Hyde
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Over 13 days, as various decisions are second-guessed and sometimes regretted, both passengers and guides find that sometimes the most daunting adventures on a Colorado River trip have nothing to do with white-water rapids, and everything to do with reconfiguring the rocky canyons of the heart.

    glamazon says: "Great! A Rolicking Ride."
    "Ride the River and Feel the Heat"
    Overall

    In the Heart of the Canyon is first and foremost an adventure. It is the story of a 13 day river rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This story gives you insight into the minds and personalities of every member of this trip. From the Guides, all the way to small dog that just shows up the first day of the trip; you get a real look into the lives of a bunch of strangers as they travel together down the Colorado and the bonds that are formed during the trip. There are times where the heat of the canyon radiates off the pages of this book.

    The Heart of the Canyon is read by Mark Deakins and Cassandra Campbell. Mark Deakins does a great job playing most of the members of this raft trip. Cassandra Campbell does a wonderful job playing Amy; a 17 year old overweight girl who is traveling with her mom and really doesn't want to be there.

    This is a great story that makes me want to take my adventure down the Grand Canyon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Electric Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeff Somers
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Avery Cates is a very bad man. Some might call him a criminal. He might even be a killer - for the right price. But right now, Avery Cates is scared. He's up against the Monks - cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and a small arsenal of advanced weaponry. Their mission is to convert anyone and everyone to the Electric Church. But there is just one snag: Conversion means death.

    Flatlander says: "Good Story....Bad Ending"
    "Good Story....Bad Ending"
    Overall

    This is the story of Avery Cates who lives in a not too distant version of New York. A New York and world that has been devastated and is run by the Haves; everyone, including Avery are little people. Avery is a killer for hire who is down on his luck, who by no fault of his own killed a System Cop and is now a hunted man. Make no mistake; Avery is a very bad man. Now Avery has been hired to kill the head of the Electric Church. The Electric Church is the fastest growing church in the world. The converts of the Electric Church must die; then have their brains transplanted into droid bodies; where they live forever.

    The story is a good and fast moving; even with a couple of preposterous meetings/rescues that are eventually explained. I like the characters and the stories progression. I would have given this book four stars, except the last 33 minutes of the book are readings from what I will call the Bible of the Electric Church. Like most bible readings;I just couldn't finish it.

    This book is read by Todd McLaren who I have listened to in the books Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. One of the reasons I choose the Electric Church is to listen to Todd again. If you like Todd McLaren you should like his rendition of the Electric Church.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (584)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    Overall

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have written a lot of books together, but for me this is their best! Footfall is a story that takes place in the 1980s when a hostile alien spaceship visits the earth; where dominating U.S. and Russian governments distrust each other. Larry and Jerry give you insight to the inner workings of U.S. and Russian governments as they prepare for this first alien encounter and possible war with each other. They also give you insight to the Aliens plans and politics as they make their approach Earth. I find Footfall to be one of the more believable stories that concerns first Alien contact with earth and how the people of Earth would react. For those Larry Niven fans; Footfall is OLD Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelleat their VERY best.

    The narration of Footfall by Macleod Andrews is great. I first listened to Macleod listening to Sandman Slim and later purchased The Lock Artist; just to hear Macleod again. I was happy to hear Macleod on this recording of Footfall.

    Footfall is hard science fiction at its best.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (520)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Virtual Interrogation"
    Overall

    This reading of Woken Furies is nothing less than 22 hours of virtual interrogation. When you start listening you notice that there is a new narrator.
    William Durfis is a good narrator; I've heard him before. Then you notice what will become the endless and unneeded use of reverb on the narrator's voice. Then you will notice the fact that the narrator doesn't even know how to pronounce Takeshi Kovacs name. (This is where they put the blowtorch to your feet) HOW can the producer and Richard himself have not told the narrator how to pronounce Kovacs name correctly when Richard made such a big point of how his name was pronounced in the first two books? The combining of not so special voice effects with the mispronouncing of Kovacs name is nothing less than torture. Know that this book is a great read, but this reading of Woken Furies has turned a great story into a grind right to the death..for all of you who are interested in buying this recording; DON'T. Buy the book and read it.
    If you listen to this recording you will find yourself saying,"That's f_ _ king ENOUGH."

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7290)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3870)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Better Than True Blood"
    Overall

    I never knew Dead Until Dark existed until I saw the series True Blood on HBO. I love True Blood, but must say that Dead Until Dark is better. Dead Until Dark is the story of Sookie Stackhouse; a waitress (who happens to be able read minds), her boyfriend Bill (who happens to be a vampire) and many other interesting characters who live in a small town in Louisiana. The story of Dead Until Dark is told from the perspective of Sookie who lives in a world where vampires have, "come out of the coffin." It is a good vampire story with down home southern flair.

    The story is read by Johanna Parker who does a wonderful job telling the story from Sookie's prospective.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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