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Jonathan

Oberlin, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Darwin Elevator

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator - created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders - emits a plague-suppressing aura. Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by a crew of fellow "immunes", he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura's edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Unique perspective on alien contact"
    "Try this book!"
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    Where does The Darwin Elevator rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to over 200 books on Audible and I would rank this in the top 10%. Having my favorite narrator Simon Vance doesn't hurt.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a tad hard to follow at first. It's a post apocalyptic story, but some of the facts that all the characters in the book know do not get explained to the reader/listener right way. However, after the first hour I had a hard time taking a break from it. This book really doesn't have any slow sections. It draws you in and just takes off. Eagerly awaiting a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Campaign: The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (264)

    Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

    Hassan says: "I Was Extremely Surprised!!"
    "Just as good as book 1."
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    I've listened to a lot of books on Audible. If I made a list of the 10 most enjoyable series this would rank among them. The characters are interesting, the world is well thought out, the writing and narration are both top notch. I have nothing bad to say about this book. Hopefully there won't be year and a half wait for the 3rd in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Throne: Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Django Wexler
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

    Bob-o says: "What a great book!"
    "Pretty good sequel, but..."
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    I enjoyed the first book a bit more. I stumbled across the first book in this series by accident, looking for different book. I spent a credit on it and was very glad I did.

    This second book was also very enjoyable. I listened to it over 2 days. For some reason I had a hard time getting in to it early on. The drastic change in setting from the first book took a bit getting used to.

    For some reason the Thousand Names that were so important in book 1 barely find mention in book 2. I suppose I was expecting much more with that. Perhaps the author wasn't entirely sure how he wanted to proceed with the supernatural parts of the story and focused on a revolution instead? Regardless, that was the reason I dropped it to 4 stars.

    I definitely would recommend this book and the first in the series, The Thousand Names.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rings of Haven: Frontiers Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    A ship stranded halfway across the galaxy. A difficult and lengthy journey home. A homeworld in urgent need of their return. And now they are running out of food. The crew of the Aurora must now trust their new allies in order to survive. But their situation may be far more serious than they imagined. And their actions could have repercussions across the galaxy. Their journey home may just have gotten slightly more complicated.

    Scott says: "Good, but lacking"
    "Very short and uneventful for the price."
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    I bought the first book despite it's short length and enjoyed it. It wasn't something new, but it was entertaining. I passed on getting book 2 a number of times due to it's cost vs length but eventually decided to give it a go. I regret that decision.

    These first 2 books honestly feel like part of a longer book that was split up to make more money. Practically nothing is accomplished in this book. I would rank this among the least satisfying Audible purchases (the site currently tells me I'm at 749 titles) I have made to date.

    With so many great alternatives in this genre, I can't justify spending the money to risk another lack luster entry in this series. I can't imagine how it managed to get such high ratings. Book 4 in the Odyssey One series by Evan Currie comes out in a few weeks, I'll just wait for that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Marshall
    • Narrated By Frederic Basso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In a world where ZOMBIES control banks and governments, only one young man sees the way things are and emerges from the CHAOS and destruction: GUY BOY MAN. While he tries to end human suffering worldwide and in his high school, Guy Boy Man meets a cute PINK-HAIRED girl named BABY DOLL15 who has a UNICORN that follows her everywhere.

    Jonathan says: "What an odd book."
    "What an odd book."
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    Would you listen to Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to this again. It wasn't a horrible book. It certainly had it's funny moments. The issue I have is that most of the humor is immature. It was funny once, but I think another listen would have me changing to another title before long.


    Any additional comments?

    One reviewer on Amazon compared this book to South Park. This book is full of crude jokes, is at times racist and discriminatory, and tries hard to offend pretty much everyone at some point. If you enjoy South Park, you'd probably like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of the Dim Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Adam Graham, Andrea Graham
    • Narrated By Scot Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when an alien symbiote gives him supernatural powers. But what's he to do with them? Follow the zany adventures of the clueless custodian as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement....

    Anthony says: "Quite possibly the worst book ever.."
    "Religious propaganda in a super hero shell."
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    What about Scot Wilcox’s performance did you like?

    Scot Wilcox really tried to make this entertaining. He changed his voice for each character, and really went over the top with Powerhouse.


    Was Tales of the Dim Knight worth the listening time?

    I'm torn about this. This could have a been a fun yet stereotypical super hero story. It didn't take itself too serious and had many funny moments. What I didn't like was how they put all the religious propaganda into it. The book is broken into chapters with the superhero vs some bad guy, and about half of them end up involve religion, going to church, or something else along those lines. No where in the publisher's summary or the author's website does it mention anything about religion and how large a part it plays in this book.

    Please don't take this to mean I'm anti-religion as I consider myself a religious person. But I'm not a fan of it being pushed on me in a book like this.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a super hero tale with many low IQ characters and religious notes, this could be perfect for you.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1061)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "My least favorite Christopher Moore book."
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    What did you like best about Sacre Bleu? What did you like least?

    It was amusing, but every character seemed to have the same sarcastic sense of humor.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

    For sure. I've read or listened to every other book he's released and enjoyed them all. This one just happens to be my least favorite. I wouldn't listen to it again.


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

    I've listened to Fool and one of the Dune books he's performed. He's not my favorite voice actor, but he does a good job with all the characters. I really have no complaints about his reading this book.


    Did Sacre Bleu inspire you to do anything?

    I was inspired to write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone that this review turned off from buying this title, I'd encourage you to listen to Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, or A Dirty Job, all from Christopher Moore. I'd consider those his 3 best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (2104)
    Story
    (2085)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A very entertaining listen."
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    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    I might, yes. I plan on listening to all the Dark Tower books again in order.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I enjoyed how the Man in Black made an appearance.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favorite?

    I think Stephen King did a better job reading this book then most are willing to give him credit. He did I good job with all the characters, but if I was to pick a favorite I would have to say young Roland.


    Any additional comments?

    If Stephen King happens to be reading this review, thank you for writing this book. Another story of Roland was an unexpected treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kraken

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (321)

    With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

    Caveat Emptor says: "A New Favorite Author"
    "16 Hours of Blah"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was so much wrong with this book I don't even know what I'd suggest. At the time I write this I have over 300 books in my Audible library. This has been the only book that I've given a 1 rating to it's story. After 8 hours of straight listening, I couldn't tell you who any of the characters were, what they were doing, or why they were doing it. This book is everywhere. It seems very random to me. Random and boring. The characters are bland and don't make an impact.

    I'm very disappointed in this book. After reading the publisher summary and some other reviews I really thought I'd enjoy this title. Thanks for trying John Lee.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably Wind Through the Key Hole by Stephen King.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to quite a few books that John Lee has performed and never had a complaint before. He does a good job with a boring book.


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

    The cover is kind of nice looking. It also was the only book I've ever read/heard that talked about origami people folding.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be looking into the author's other work, but unless something really stands out I won't be making another China Mieville purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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