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John Reader

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  • Noah Zarc: Cataclysm: Noah Zarc, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By D. Robert Pease
    • Narrated By David Radtke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Thirteen-year-old Noah Zarc rockets to Venus in a quest to learn more about his past. He refuses to believe his father is really the monster everyone says he is. Could there be valid reasons for everything he's done, including abandoning Noah at birth? While searching for answers to secrets no one wants to talk about, even those that have remained hidden for over a thousand years, Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system.

    Paul says: "The series just got even better"
    "Even better than the first!"
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    What the author did with time travel was very creative. I'll never look at time travel the same way again. It's not confusing, just very very well done. And how he was able to take a book written in the first person and give you views that weren't from the main character's perspective was very crafty.

    The author laid very nice ground work in book one, but this book is where the series really shines. A great story with great characters.

    Two thumbs up and five stars all around.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By D. Robert Pease
    • Narrated By David Radtke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots, and saving Earth's animals from extinction. Life couldn't be better. But the 12-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth... for the second time. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure, and love such books asPercy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, andThe Search for Wondla, then Noah Zarc: Mammoth Troubleneeds to be your next thrill ride.

    Paul says: "Definitely worth the listening credit"
    "A wonderful sci-fi ride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll admit I was hesitant about getting this. I usually listen to books aimed at higher age levels and not for young kids/teens.

    But there is excellent storytelling here. And it's done very well without all the usual violence found in some novels.

    The main character, Noah, is very likable. The narrator does a wonderful job giving him life (as well as the other characters). Mr. Pease created a fascinating futuristic world that is both complex yet easy to understand.

    There are many surprises and a twist of an ending that is shocking as well as heartwarming (True, an odd combination. But it works very well.)

    Well worth the credit.
    I think pretty much everyone can enjoy this.
    I sure did!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Echoes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dew Pellucid
    • Narrated By David Radtke
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (78)

    The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult listeners. Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law-no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies. One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that!

    Julia says: "Beyond Imaginative!"
    "In a word: WOW!"
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    An amazing story! Very well thought-out and executed. The characters are all very unique and develop nicely over the course of the book. There are character that you'll love to love and characters that you'll love to hate! The scenes are all well laid out and the descriptions really help bring this alternate "Echo World" to life.

    David Radtke did an amazing job as the narrator. There were so many characters to voice! And each voice fit each character perfectly (in my opinion.) He wonderfully matched the pace of the narration with the pace of the book itself. If this is truly his first time as an audiobook narrator, then kudos to you David! A great start! (Even my girlfriend says she loves his voice... making me a little jealous ;) )

    There were two or three very minor discrepancies in the story, but nothing so obvious as to take away from the whole book. (Most people probably wouldn't even find them. Can you?)

    If you are a fan of fantasy or sci-fi, then downloading this book would make an excellent addition to your library.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
    "An excellent read"
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    A unexpectedly good story! The narration was top-notch and I love how there is basically no exposition at all. The author just assumes you know how this world functions. This makes each new bit of information that much more surprising!

    1 of 3 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
    (5863)
    Performance
    (5024)
    Story
    (5017)

    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"
    "The new guy IS good"
    Overall

    I don't see what all the negative fuss is about. John Glover is an excellent narrator and storyteller and I think he does a great job telling Ghost Story. I've listened to all 12 Dresden books numerous times and love James Marsters performance. John Glover may not be James Marsters, be he IS an excellent narrator. I'd hate to see fans of the series turn away from the audiobook version just because there is a new narrator.

    And look at it this way, John had some BIG shoes to fill going into this, and it appears that he did his homework in preparing to read Ghost Story. It's a very good story read by a very good storyteller.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Elric of Melnibone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moorcock
    • Narrated By Jeffery West, Michael Moorcock
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody.

    Tony says: "Great Listen (Ignore the Sample Listen)"
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    This is a great listen! The reading was excellent and the background music added a nice touch to the whole package. I loved the original paperback series and I hope that they will record the rest of the books with the same reader and background music as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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