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Isak

California | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 100 titles in library
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  • A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (352)

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    "A good listen"
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    Would you listen to A World Out of Time again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again. I thought it was a well written, well thought out story. It did seem show a bit of its age, but that didn't bother me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. He was a grumpy old man, in a likable way. Larry Niven got the personality to come across quite well.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    It was very well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1219)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Wish the author narrated"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is your typical Mary Roach book. The exploration of a somewhat unknown topic and the oddball scientific history and strange characters behind the research of the topic. All told with a great sense of humor. Very fascinating and a good read as all her books are.


    Any additional comments?

    My only comment is that the narrator isn't as engaging or enthusiastic about the subject as the author is (having listened to a few Mary Roach interviews over the years). Not to say that the narration was bad...it just could have been better. I would have given it all five stars across the board if it was read by the author instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alison Goodman
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Twelve-year-old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on Oriental astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons of good fortune.

    But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a 12-year-old boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye.

    Levi says: "Fun, intriguing and addicting!"
    "very entertaining story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was an interesting take on the fantasy story, taken more on what I would imagine is the Asian view of dragons vs. The European view with a little feminism thrown in.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nancy Wu?

    I liked this book in spite of Nancy Wu. I felt her voice was a little high pitched and monotone...it grated on me at times. An odd choice.


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

    Yes, but only after a couple chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the story sucked me in more than I expected it would from the start. There were a couple of minor things that bothered me. When the narrator reached a climax in the story she got all high pitched and monotone which detracted from the story. There were some very odd word choices, like the author was not a native speaker. Some other elements of the story bothered me..the lead being crippled, the world hierarchy, etc. That being said I ended up really liking it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (896)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    Amanda says: "WOW ZOMBIE CHAOS AND MAYHEM"
    "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a total zombie nut, go for it! Its free!


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

    Cliched ending just like the characters and all their interactions


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is the first book I have listened to that the narrator absolutely destroyed the story. No emotion! The zombies are after him for gods sake! he is running for his life! He sees his wife! All read with the emotion of a college lecture by a bored grad student...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22656)
    Performance
    (14030)
    Story
    (14176)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Very good listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    The point of view if a preteen boy going through battle school, with all the torments a young child goes through with bullies, ostracism, etc . Is an interesting perspective to take, and I thought it as really well done.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to Speaker for the Dead which they both narrated. It continues along the thread of this book. Different characters spoken by different people. I liked how it was done (less the random music in the background). Very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the authors commentary at the end. It inspired me to listen to Speaker for the Dead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8285)
    Performance
    (4742)
    Story
    (4798)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Very engaging book"
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    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    Most definitely. Ender is a very interesting character, with all his intelligence, relationships and torments are very interesting to follow. Orson Scott Card thought up very detailed worlds to share the philosophical discussions that are brought up. I am eager to listen to the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really felt the emotion that came through in the story and the performance. You really identify and feel the emotion of the characters. You like Ender and the family comes to speak for.


    Any additional comments?

    There was weird '70s electronic music seemed to come in at odd times, which I cant make sense of...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11024)
    Performance
    (10275)
    Story
    (10280)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Very fun book"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was one of my favorite audio books I have listened to. This was a little outside of my normal listening genre, but would definitely listen to this again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book was all from the point of view of the main character, so it is hard to choose anyone besides him. The story and narrator managed to get you to relate and identify with him.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Wil Wheaton narrated story I have listened to. He did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an excellent listen for even people who did not experience the 80s. Its a very interesting dive into the obsessive-nerd-know it all personality. We all know people like the main characters and they are very well written and come across quite well. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1861)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "A little boring"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I just couldn't empathize with the main character. Something would have to change with her for me to like the book more. Maybe a bit less of the white trash side.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Rowland? Why or why not?

    No. I felt this was a book quickly written to jump on the zombie trend. It seemed a little to much like light or pulp fiction (It is a funny zombie book...I know I shouldn't expect "epic"). It seemed a little formulaic and the characters didn't seem to have a lot of depth.


    What three words best describe Allison McLemore’s performance?

    I think the performance was very good. She definately got the character across and made her somewhat believable.


    Could you see My Life as a White Trash Zombie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (604)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Almost stopped listening"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is from the point of view of Chet, a dog. Listening to it, while novel at first, got a little tiring towards the end. The story was your typical private investigator story...nothing all that special.


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

    Same as the story, it is your usual formulaic "private investigator" story just from the perspective of the PIs dog. Chet is your typical dog, distracted, adoring, and quite dim.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    He made a very believable Chet.


    Could you see The Dog Who Knew Too Much being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This story reminds me of the PI dramas of the 70s or 80s. I could see this as a humorous spin-off of the Rockford Files or something similar (Filmed in Technicolor!)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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