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Hans

Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.

Hayward, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy: Second World War 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (278)

    This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

    John M says: "Always good, occasionally great"
    "Past, Present, Future"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy the most enjoyable?

    Churchill's chronicle of the Second World War, from the beginning to the emd is an historical treasure. The clarity with which he peered into the future is astounding and almost frightening, particularly given current events in Ukraine and Russia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5337)
    Performance
    (3285)
    Story
    (3305)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Excellent Finish"
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    To often a concluding book in a series or even chapter in an otherwise excellent story is a let down. NOT SO for Freedom TM. Saurez keeps the blistering pace from the first book, Daemon. The characters are true to themselves, no unexpected epiphanies. No moronic plot twists that pop out of a boil from the author's brain. A very well concluded two part story. A rarity in our spoon fed, sugar coated, politically corrected times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7403)
    Performance
    (4407)
    Story
    (4440)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Very good"
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    I am a big fan of SciFi and its child Cyberpunk. Like all of the best examples of the genres, Daemon takes what is possible and stretches it to what is plausible, if unlikely. The story moves along at a brisk, nearly breakneck, pace. For all of us that are coders,makers, and geeks this book will resonate at frequencies only we hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1051)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "The voice of a people gone:"
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    Any additional comments?

    Rich in history and personal detail, this is a book for anyone that is interested in the westward expansion - Illinois, not California - from the point of view of a native inhabitant. It makes one wonder about what we lost when we opted for conquest and separation over assimilation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5941)
    Performance
    (5526)
    Story
    (5525)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Back, fit and ready for the fight..."
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    James Marsters delivers a spot on performance. The story will satisfy existing fans and entice new followers.
    A living, often naked?, Harry Dresden is far more satisfying than the lip chewing, commiserating, angst filled pseudo-ghost. Although another character transition book, this one, unlike Ghost Story, feels like a Dresden book. Twists, turns, insurmountable odds and a cast of characters that is familiar and still interesting and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5881)
    Performance
    (5040)
    Story
    (5033)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "As I feared..."
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    Although I have enjoyed Mr. Glover's performances on several other works, this was not one of them. Of course, it is very difficult to step in and narrate after a successful series by another narrator, James Marsters. One must give Mr. Glover credit for the attempt given the inherent difficulties.
    My biggest issue with the narration was its pacing.

    Unfortunately, the story was more like "Side Jobs" than any of the other novels. A clever editor could cut "Ghost Story" into several short stories, or perhaps the reverse occurred here.

    There was a large "Lets tie-up some loose ends" element to this book. The actual story, or "mystery" that Harry is tasked with is very transparent. Really disappointing.

    If you are already a fan get the audio or text version at a big discount. Although a transition piece in the series, you can probably skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1518)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Anthony Bourdain and Angela Gossow's Love Child"
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    Would you listen to Sandman Slim again? Why?

    Yes. The descriptions of LA are spot on, don't know about hell, haven't been there yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sandman Slim?

    Modernizing the language of the


    What about MacLeod Andrews???s performance did you like?

    This is the first time I have heard MacLeod Andrews and I must say I was impressed. I will be looking for other work by him.


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

    More times than I can count I laughed out loud!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1127)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Perfectly Bourdain"
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    Where does Medium Raw rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top five in my collection of audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this book is the in your face honesty and irreverence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book opens with an amazing black market meal. You are thrust into a world that has been hinted at, but not experienced. Vicariously, as well as safely, you experience a delicacy that is intriguing, scary and presented as gastronomic forbidden fruit of the food elite. The book met this early standard through out.


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

    Several times I laughed and cursed out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Disappointing Narration"
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    I agree with previous reviewers, this narration does not meet expectation. The tone, timbre and pace of Mr. Glover's narration does not compare favorably with James Marsters'. Because of his long association with the Harry Dresden stories and his exceptional narration, James Marsters set a very high standard for anyone coming to these stories after him. Mr. Glover does not meet that standard.

    Like many others, I will purchase the book instead and hope for a re-release narrated by James Marsters.

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6249)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2386)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "I loved it I hated it..."
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    I have never been this conflicted about a book, audio or otherwise.

    What I loved:
    The author's development of the characters, settings and emotions is exceptional. One gets a sense of the time and environment of the place without the avalanche of words and crushing weight of description that so many authors indulge in. The same is true of the characters. The author creates persons of interest and substance. By the middle of the book there is a reality to the characters that has you emotionally invested, positively and negatively. Kevin Gray's narration is spot on!

    What I hated:
    The ending! I could not believe it. I could not see those events unfolding as they did. None of the main characters would have resigned themselves to the events as they did. I literally stopped the audio seven times in disbelief of the events. I was incredulous! This book, the first of three I gather, ended so badly I am not convinced I will get the rest of the series. Aiko Nakasone's narration on its own would be fine. I do not think it was complimentary with Kevin Gray's narration;the juxtaposing was often startling and disrupted the story's flow and "dream state".

    This book leaves me at a loss. The characters,settings and style attract me while the story's structure and ultimate resolution repel me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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