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GameMaker

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 41 reviews
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  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1755)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Confused story with no ending"
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    I really liked the first book, so I eagerly got this one. The author managed to up the ante in terms of combat and conflict, but at the expense of story. The story is real fragmented. For example the story is told by the main character, apparently by way of a diary that he left, but we never do learn anything about the diary. They introduce the "fast zombies", but again this new revelation never really goes anywhere, and seems forgotten by the end. And then there is the "ending" that really isn't. The book just kind of ends without even a satisfying temporary resolution. It's like the author reached his target page or word count and just called it a day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes.

    A. Yerkes says: "Doesn't Get the Creative Story"
    "Rockstar Games And The Idiots Who Ran It"
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    Performance
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    I've always been a big videogame fan, playing games back as far as the early 1980's, and so I'm pretty aware of the Rockstar Games library, but really didn't know much of the company's history. This book is very good as far as telling that story. The problem is though... it's not really THAT interesting a story, and by all accounts the principals in this story are basically jerks. Oh well, it was informative if not enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Vicky Myron, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Susan McInearny
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (31)

    Dewey is the heartwarming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of 19 years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot. It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself again.

    Mary says: "Great read!!"
    "Outstanding Story"
    Overall
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    I'm very touched by the story of Dewey, and very glad that I got this audiobook. The reader is really good, and the story is very touching, inspirational, and of course tragic as it chronicles the entire life of Dewey including his eventual death. Prepare to shed a few tears, but you will enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10068)
    Performance
    (9119)
    Story
    (9193)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "Good, But A Bit Harder To Identify With Tris"
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    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed Divergent, and in many ways enjoyed this one just as much. Lots of action and combat and drama, and an ending that was somewhat of a surprise and was pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about it is that for me, the character Tris is getting increasingly more difficult to identify with. She keeps lying to and betraying her friends over and over again. That's tough for a main character to do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Herriot's Cat Stories

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    The world's most beloved veterinarian, James Herriot, brings his storytelling magic to the enchanting world of cats. Also available from Herrriot: Every Living Thing.

    luis tavera says: "Beautiful!"
    "Very Refreshing And Sweet"
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    I've gotten somewhat tired of the cat stories that go like: family meets cat, family initially doesn't like cat, but gets used to it, then loves it, then cat gets killed by car, the end. There are only so many such stories (or similar) that you can read/listen to. Fortunately, these are pretty different. Mostly heartwarming, lighthearted, and fun. I enjoyed them all, which is a rarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cats in the Belfry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Doreen Tovey
    • Narrated By Joy Gelardi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "It wasn't that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese." Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an actress, a prima donna, an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove. Sugieh quickly establishes herself as queen of the house.

    Carolyn says: "A Must Read For Cat Lovers"
    "Ok Story, Reading Could be better"
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    I did enjoy Cats In The Belfry. It is basically a series of anecdotes by a owner of several siamese cats. The anecdotes are mostly somewhat whimsical, so it makes for a pretty pleasant read. Two downsides though: firstly, the reading was somewhat difficult to listen to. It is read by a British woman, talking extremely fast in long long long run-on sentences. It takes a long time to get used to that and to hear and process all the words. The other thing that for me is challenging to get past, is the fact that this is a story about a family who acquires a cross-eyed Siamese queen and attempts to breed her. In breeders circles, that is considered somewhat of a travesty, and the book seems to be clueless about the whole morality question of that.

    Aside from those problems though, the stories are sweet and mostly light-hearted fare that are easy and enjoyable to listen to. I am glad that I got this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cat's Life: Dulcy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dee Ready, Judy J. King
    • Narrated By Andi Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The emotionally powerful, remarkably perceptive story of the life and death of a beloved cat - told from the cat's point of view. A song of acceptance and bravery that will pierce the heart of anyone who has ever felt close to an animal.

    GameMaker says: "Nausiatingly Bad"
    "Nausiatingly Bad"
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    Dulcy's Tale is a "story" told from the point of view of Dulcy, a cat. That is in interesting idea, but kind of flawed. The main problem with this is that it forces the cat to "talk" about his owner, and then that quickly turns into self-congratulatory drivel on the writer's part.

    I listened for about an hour to this non-story until I couldn't take anymore. It's really awful. First off, it's in no way a story. It's just a bunch of mundane events (the owner going to work, a trip to the vet, etc etc) told in an equally mundane way. There is no antagonist/protagonist, no conflict, and no growth of the main characters. So in no-way a story. Secondly, the reader is REAL hard to listen to. Just this real "girly" sugar-sweet voice that makes me want to rech.

    I'm a big cat lover, I love "A Streetcat Named Bob" and "Cat Daddy", but not this rubbish. I would recommend one of those books or even one of the "chicken soup" cat books long before this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Blake J. Harris
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video-game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video-game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But all that would change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a former Mattel executive who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles.

    Juho says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "A Trip Down Memory Lane"
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    Console Wars gives us all a trip down memory lane, returning us to the mid 80's through the mid 90's, which to me is the "Golden Age Of Video Games". The book focuses mainly on Tom Kalinski, the head of Sega of America, and follows him through the whirlwind ride that Sega took, coming to prominence in the 16-bit wars only to lose it all in 32-bit.

    I really really enjoyed being taken back and re-living that era of video games. And along the way I learned tons about all the corporate strategies and deal-making and such that was going on. Fascinating stuff. Also the reading of this book is outstanding.

    The only downside to me is that the book somehow doesn't take it's own advice, namely that "The name of the game is the game". In other words, the book gives us so much detail about what the heads of the companies are doing, what their strategies were, what the marketing department was doing, how they were coming up with their slogans and advertisements, and on and on. But what they talked surprisingly little about were the games! What would have been much MORE interesting to me was more of a focus on the development of the games, how the games were received by players, discussions about game genres and technologies and peripherals and all that stuff. THAT would be been a lot more engaging.

    But anyway... it's still a really good and interesting book. Highly recommended for fans of video games who are interested in some of the history and behind the scenes stuff of that era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
    • Narrated By Jackson Galaxy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

    Dawn says: "10 Stars!!!"
    "Tragic, Gut-Wrenching, but Memorable"
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    If you could sum up Cat Daddy in three words, what would they be?

    Jackson's Life Cats


    What did you like best about this story?

    The trials and tribulations of Jackson and his successes (and failures) in the pet industry. Also his tips at the very end I thought were very spot on and informative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when he met Benny


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

    No. Very very few books are like that for me. Quite the contrary. I wanted this to go on and on and on and on and never end.


    Any additional comments?

    While this book is about animals and love, it is also a very adult story. Totally inappropriate for kids. It's also a real tear-jerker, so be prepared for that. The story is mostly about tragedy (even though Jackson chooses to sometimes spin it differently).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat: 101 Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons101 Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark (editor), and others
    • Narrated By Fred Stella, Teri Clark Linden
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Cats have always been wonderful companions and playmates that brighten and enrich our lives but they are also amazing teachers. In this audiobook, cat lovers, both lifelong and reluctant, share what they have learned from their furry companions. Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat will delight listeners with humorous, heartwarming, and inspiring stories about lessons our feline friends and family members have taught us.

    GameMaker says: "About Half the Stories Are Good"
    "About Half the Stories Are Good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would prune out the bad and inexplicable stories and replace them with better ones, or even just leave them out entirely.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no ending, it's a series or little anecdotes.


    Did Fred Stella and Teri Clark Linden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This *is* an improvement from the other Chicken Soup book about cats, where both the male and female parts were read by a woman. The trouble is that the guy's voice is really not very appropriate for this type of reading.


    Could you see Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    About half the stories are really good. Funny or touching or heart-warming or all three. The problem is that the rest of the stories are inexplicable, or stupid, or just plain misguided. For example there is a story about an owner who declawed her cat, then had the cat go live outside (what an idiot) and then get balled out for doing so by her "mean" neighbor. Huh? And then there is another where a woman adopts a crippled cat, and she adores it but then lets it outside where it gets killed by a car. Nice! A lot of the stories are a testament to human stupidity of the cat owners more so than they are about any special qualities that the cats possess. But like I said, about half the stories are very good and touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1424)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "About Average for the Series"
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    Would you try another book from Kim Harrison and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes, definitely


    If you’ve listened to books by Kim Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    About average. The thing that I didn't like about this one is that the characters that we know (Jenks and Ivy and Nick and Marshall all the rest) basically play really minor roles in this story, except for Rachael and Trent. And the book just feels like it goes off on this huge tangent from the world that we know in the hollows, with the FIB and IS and all that. None of that really even matters in this book. It's just way off in left field so to speak.


    What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    excellent as usual.


    Do you think The Undead Pool needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, there is one more in the series, so I'm compelled to get the final book. But honestly, if there were going to be more I probably wouldn't get them. The series has pretty much run it's course at this point and it feels "tired".


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Kim takes a long break, then comes back with a new kick-butt book that has nothing to do with the hollows. That I would definitely be interested in.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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