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Daniel N. Lionsden

Torrance, CA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Map of the Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells's War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.

    Jim N says: "What a Disappointment!"
    "Tried too hard to be cute"
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    What could Felix J. Palma have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get rid of the tongue-in-cheek tone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Map of the Sky?

    I listened to the first 2 hours. Most of it could have been cut. Getting Wells drunk seemed dumb, and that seemed to be the point of the whole section.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (280)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Graphic Sex unneccessary for great story"
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    If you could sum up Camouflage in three words, what would they be?

    Humanization of changeling


    Any additional comments?

    The changeling went through many lives before it discovered what love is. It, the changeling, began the story by killing a human as it came out of the sea, where it had been living as a great white shark, a killer whale, and other denizens of the deep for a million years. It was immortal and unkillable but vulnerable. It could be seriously injured, but its nature was immortality.It spent so much time roaming the oceans that it had forgotten its past and didn’t know where it came from.After killing its first human and taking over the persona of its victim, it began learning the meaning of being a human. At one point, it had a graphic sexual encounter with its nurse, then injured another woman while attempting forced anal intercourse, and then took an active part in a homosexual incident. Later, it decided to carry on as a woman.Finally, while trying to uncovered the mystery of a million-year-old relic that had amazing physical properties, it befriended a man while it was in the guise of a woman, and fell in love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (662)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "A bad story ruins a good performance."
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    When there are two many cooks in the kitchen, what happens? I listened to two other stories that had multiple authors, and they too were bland, tasteless things. I have read or listened to many stories with two authors, and they do very well.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Calculating God. The author warned the listener than zealot evolutionists and creationists will not be happy about this story. As a young-earth creationist, I understand what he means, but so far I've liked the story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are at least two narrators, and both of them are good.


    What character would you cut from METAtropolis?

    Most of them. There are too many. It kills the flow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (569)

    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    "Terrific Horse Story"
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    If you could sum up War Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, sweet, special.


    What other book might you compare War Horse to and why?

    The one that came to mind is in a completely different genre, Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz. In it there is a dog and the dog expresses itself in human speech. The dog doesn't speak, but the author allows us to see what the dog is thinking. War Horse is written in first person from the horse's viewpoint.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    He was great with the Brittish, German, and French accents and used some different intonations to indicate different speakers.


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

    It is a sweet, tender book that will undoubtedly make some cry. I nearly did. It also made me angry at times about the heartlessness of men.. A friend has a horse she is always talking about and she made a dumb approach to him a couple weeks ago and he fearfully kicked at her and broke her wrist. While she's mending, she would no doubt love to hear or read this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Short book I wish had been longer. I seldom write reviews, but this was a very special book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9685)
    Performance
    (5719)
    Story
    (5765)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Makes me want to stay away from Jordan's books"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

    I didn't like the flippant humor and the long boring sections. My first attempt got me through about 4 hours of listening. A month or two later, I continued where I left of thinking that maybe things would get better. I almost made it through part 1 when I decided I didn't want to torture myself any more.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator tried to keep in line with the flippant style of the book, but it didn't help.


    What character would you cut from The Eye of the World?

    All of them. Rewrite the whole book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18720)
    Performance
    (16667)
    Story
    (16629)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they aren't offended by foul language and blasphemy.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    I liked his way of making the main characters recognizable by use of his voice. Great reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3128)
    Performance
    (2534)
    Story
    (2542)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Could have done without the Frist Five Hours"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Once you get past the first 5 hours of yada yada yada, it becomes a captivating story. I almost turned it off and started another book.

    The book would be much better if the first 5 hours were condensed to about 1/2 hr.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Travelers Never Die

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time---or worse---Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

    Dave Cole says: "meh."
    "If I had my chance to travel through history"
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    What did you like best about Time Travelers Never Die? What did you like least?

    Some of the adventures of Shel and Dave were interesting. Never once did the two want to visit with people who changed the world such as Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Moses, Ghandi, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Solomon. They did visit with some of the great philosophers, playwrights, authors, and other significant historical figures, and some who were of little importance.

    The story became repetitious, even boring. Traveling back to meet this philosopher, that painter or scientist. At times, I couldn't wait until the book ended.


    Would you recommend Time Travelers Never Die to your friends? Why or why not?

    Some people will like this story regardless. I'm wondering how my wife will view it.


    Do you think Time Travelers Never Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if it's going to be more of the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (745)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "Killing sweet dog bad idea"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Incipient Psychopaths


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that didn't include irrational killing of innocent animals


    What aspect of Stephen King’s performance would you have changed?

    King's performance is never as good as those of professional readers. He lacks the depth needed. Great writer, but lousy reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    King is a fascinating writer, but sometimes he steps over boundaries for readers who don't want to deal with murder, especially killing of innocent animals that serve only to paint a darker picture of a story..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (966)

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

    Brynn says: "Annoying book we wanted to like"
    "Terrific story"
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    Where does I Am Number Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very captivating story, a nine out of ten. One which I couldn't wait to continue listening to. Often, I barely listen to a novel, because they are usually humdrum. Often I get tired of the profanity used by the authors. This has none of that, or very little.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters. Some others introduce too many characters, so that one loses sight of who is who.


    What about Neil Kaplan’s performance did you like?

    Good changes in voices. An excellent reader.


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

    Not everyone who lives among us is a monster.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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