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Geo

old school sci-fi geek and fantasy...

DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US | Member Since 2013

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  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3868)
    Performance
    (3497)
    Story
    (3515)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "this series keeps getting better"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This is the third book in the Monster Hunter series, very entertaining, great story .
    Oliver Wyman's performance is great, he is an asset to this story.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    if your a Jim Butcher fan and you have ran out of Dresden files books to read. This series is a good substitute, and just as entertaining as any I have listened to recently.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "surprised by something new and different"
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    If you could sum up Blue Remembered Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Intellengent, well written


    What other book might you compare Blue Remembered Earth to and why?

    this book has a different look to the future of mankind. I think I could compare it to some of A C Clark's concepts altought the writing style is better and modern.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Great accents, complimented the book...


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

    I was pleasantly surprised that this book set in Africa, it was good to read a book with an international setting.


    Any additional comments?

    great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (269)

    The follow-up to Mark Lawrence' s thrilling debut novel Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns continues the tale of antihero Jorg Ancrath. After wresting back control of his kingdom from those who murdered his family, Jorg sees the land erupt with hundreds of battles fought by lords and petty kings. More daunting still, he faces an enemy many times his own strength. Jorg may not be able to win this battle in a fair fight, but he wields a rage and cunning that just might even the odds.

    Stephen says: "Great sequel!"
    "dark series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of King of Thorns to be better than the print version?

    I read this book when it came out, liked it better than the audio version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    this is a dark and violent book, clever and fun and dark and sad.


    What about James Clamp’s performance did you like?

    i didn't care for this performance, I don't think he matched this book's dark and tortured content.


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

    yes, read thru these books quickly, took about two days to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    this plot is done over and over, young man's rise to power despite his tragic childhood. bloody and violent content. I like it when I first read the book but didn't enjoy the audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2004)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Worth a credit"
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    If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

    Best Reacher yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

    Book eighteen and still we see old Reacher developing and he might just settle down. Turn into a regular person, get a job and a family, work for a living....not going to happen.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill performance is great as usual.


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

    Reacher almost struggles with his humanity, just when you think Reacher might consider being normal he doesn't disappoint.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't listened to all of this series, but this has been the best so far ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9725)
    Performance
    (7233)
    Story
    (7281)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Well worth a credit"
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    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    I love the epic long books, when they are well written you feel like you get your credits worth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story, something new and fresh.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes have listened to both Kate Reading and Michael Kramer before, they both preform as usual. It helps that the book is part of a great series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9568)
    Performance
    (7904)
    Story
    (7975)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Destined to be one of the greatest series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book, from cover to cover, well worth the credit....


    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear to and why?

    I would compare this book with Dune, to Hyperion, the Hobbit. Although different from these books they take you on a journey, a quest. These types of books keep you interested, and give your mind something new and fresh.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Kvoth, he is flawed, vaine, smart, stupid, proud... Human.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, and read, I am planning to buy this book just to add it to my small collection. Well worth a credit, can't wait for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crook Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    At the height of World War II, the famous writer Ernest Hemingway sought permission from the U.S. government to operate a spy ring out of his house in the Cuban countryside. This much is true... It is the summer of ’42 and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover to keep an eye on Hemingway. The great writer has assembled a ragtag spy ring that he calls the “Crook Factory” to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. But then Lucas and Hemingway, against all the odds, uncover a critical piece of intelligence - and the game turns deadly.

    Brian says: "Really well researched spy novel"
    "Dan Simmons does it again!!"
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    What did you love best about The Crook Factory?

    well written and researched, great story, from the first chapter till the last.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, knowing nothing of Ernest Hemmingway's life, it was an educational and interesting story. while some was obvious speculation on Simmon's part. You the listener could believe such a great story was possible.Loved the book, was not disappointed, listened to it twice...


    Any additional comments?

    well worth a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (593)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Well researched"
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    Would you listen to Agincourt again? Why?

    Yes, Charles Keating always does a great job. Well worth a credit....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agincourt?

    The battle of Agincourt, the research is essential in the telling of this story. Most historical novels don't keep my attention because of the lack of detail.


    What about Charles Keating’s performance did you like?

    Keating was the perfect choice......


    Who was the most memorable character of Agincourt and why?

    Nick Hook, for me was the most memorable, Cornwell weaves a story around the life of a nineteen year old archer, educates him and the reader about 15th century life and politics.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ilium

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    From the towering heights of Olympos Mons on Mars, the mighty Zeus and his immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demigods look down upon a momentous battle, observing - and often influencing - the legendary exploits of Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the clashing armies of Greece and Troy. Thomas Hockenberry, former 21st-century professor and Iliad scholar, watches as well. It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead.

    Ryan says: "Achaeans and robots and post-humans, oh my"
    "Classic Simmons"
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    If you could sum up Ilium in three words, what would they be?

    Twisting the
    classics...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hockenberry is my favorite character, the average guy, in over his head. He just wants to survive and at the same time, screw the gods.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not my favorite narrator, Simon Vance would have been a better choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Homer and the rest would probably hate this story, but I liked it. Simmons is not afraid to take on Dickens, Homer, Hemingway, or anybody else. He makes the average writer look bad, sometimes I think he is just showing off. Time will tell if people are still reading his books two hundred years from now. Classic Simmons, playing havoc with the classics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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