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James D Kempton

Working towards retirement hopefully. I enjoy sci fi, horror, steampunk and some ya for good luck.

Topeka, Kansas United States | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 342 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Amazing detail amazing world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The detail to the world and characters almost lost me and yet that made it very difficult to stop listening. The world had gone so wrong all because of mankind.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emiko the windup girl was so real in the story, I had felt sorry for her and her life. Another innocent placed in unacceptable conditions out of her control.

    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Emiko and Anderson tied for first place.

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

    The treatment of Emiko was very disturbing her programming of reactions sad. No control in her own life.

    Any additional comments?

    One of the hardest audio books I've listened to. The depth and detail made everything so real at times I wanted to jump ahead. It was a grind sometimes difficult other times I hated to stop. So glad I listened all the way through well worth my time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Serious good fun listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the depth and detail of the world. Sometimes too much information is like stuffing you get bloated. Not here the detail brought it alive for me helped me to imagine the world and setting.

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

    Narrator's always make or break a audio book for me. This narrator just nailed the voices and time period. Well at least how I imagine the period. Her accent and voices for the children are awesome.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Terrifying absolutely terrifying read."
    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    This was a hard book to get any enjoyable moment out of for me. More than any zombie apocalypse, One Second After was real. Finding the town survived at the last was a double edged sword. Happy to see the characters make it through the winter and then the realization of what was left took that away.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    When John's daughter Jen died! So hard to take still affects me.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John and town were preparing for an attack, Sargent Washington preparing the students, telling some would die. This was a strong scene much going on, not my favorite for happiness. For the reality of the situation to come.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would be the title of the book, One Second After. That says so much in itself.

    Any additional comments?

    I've read several zombie apocalypse novels over the past years. None of those zombie novels really stick in my mind like One Second After. The reality of this story and the terror within struck me hard. The loss of America, loss of citizens, life all of it. This could happen and probably will in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    crazybatcow says: "Wonder cat saves the day... again..."
    "The ending was the best."
    Would you try another book from Manel Loureiro and/or Nick Podehl?

    Not sure if I would purchase another book from the author. I did love the narrator, the character accents really made the story.

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

    The ending was good and for me the best part. Not at all being sarcastic here the ending was right on. Listening to a zombie apocalypse based in Spain was interesting, most are based in the U.S. The udder despair of the humans and total power of the zombies, awesome. The main character after months and months remained pretty damn stupid.

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

    Never listened to Nick Podehl before, enjoyed his voice and the story telling. Actually his performance kept me listening.

    Any additional comments?

    I got tired of the author needing to describe every human corpse in detail. I get it the world was crap. Things were bad and the main character was having a bad time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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