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Jordan

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  • The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (335)

    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    Mr says: "The Confusion"
    "The Level Of Research Is Staggering!"
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    If you could sum up The Confusion in three words, what would they be?

    favorite is Jack


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confusion?

    When Jack is "King" and checks on "the potato"


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

    The character's distinct personalities are brought to life through the narrators. I would miss out, particularly, in hearing Jack Shaftoe's dialect.


    If you could take any character from The Confusion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jack, of course, to see what might happen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4902)
    Performance
    (4363)
    Story
    (4380)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "I don't really like Owen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Vendetta the most enjoyable?

    Larry has great ideas and makes action fun to listen to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just to much time is wasted with Owen being petty and argumentative. There were times I just had to stop listening, it was so painful. The arguing doesn't seem to do anything for the story, it slows down the narrative and it's just irritating to listen to.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He makes the book sound like it's peopled by a multitude of different, distinct voices.


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

    I think I laughed a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have loved the book so much more without the silly school yard bull poo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3774)
    Story
    (3792)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Best book of the series"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Alpha again? Why?

    I might listen to this book again because of its fun action and pacing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Alpha?

    When Harbinger and the older Fin grind up zombie werewolves with a huge snowblower and the final show down, of course.


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

    I really enjoyed the Christopher Walken like voice for Harbinger's nemesis: Nicoli.


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

    How about: Werewolf Zombies, bitches


    Any additional comments?

    This book lacks a lot of the irritating bickering that occurs between characters in Larry's other books in this series. The abundant bickering in his other books is sometimes so mind crushingly painful to listen/read through that I have to stop listening and take a break. Why, when life and death is at stake, would anyone engage in constant pissing contests? THANKFULLY, that is absent in Alpha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon’s Gold: Book Six of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with "Infernal Devices," or time bombs. Unbeknownst to Daniel, however, Newton has an ulterior motive: to wrest the Solomonic Gold from the control of his arch-enemy, the master counterfeiter Jack the Coiner, a.k.a Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds.

    Andrew Pollack says: "My favorite in the series so far"
    "Neal again wows with superb research"
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    What made the experience of listening to Solomon’s Gold the most enjoyable?

    Neal seems to be most interested in producing a period tale that richly honors the mores of the time. In some ways the story seems to be incidental to Neal's historical descriptions. My favorite elements of the Baroque Cycle and this book included are how well he has produced a window into the culture and society of the past.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance is excellent in that he enables the listener to keep track of the many characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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