You no longer follow Joshua Kring

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Joshua Kring

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Joshua Kring

The least helpful reviewer on audible.

Member Since 2013

21
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 62 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 205 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
2
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5084)
    Performance
    (2959)
    Story
    (2994)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "Dud-a-Chum?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Drawing of the Three again? Why?

    Yes. I've listened to it a few times. This is where the Dark Tower series really starts getting good.


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

    Frank Muller was the golden god of audio books. The best I've ever heard (and I've heard A LOT!) He died from motorcycle injuries and the world moved on... but there are other worlds than these.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (264)

    When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

    harry says: "RC Bray At His Best !!"
    "Welcome to the Zulu Alfa"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Arisen is not just an awesome zombie novel, it's a great novel period. I have read a few zombie books in my day, and I have found most of them to be lacking in some aspects. There is nothing wrong with this one.

    While the story isn't exactly original, it's done in a fresh and exciting way that feels original. The characters are compelling (my favorite is predator). The situations are intense. The writing is excellent. The dialogue is spot on. Again, there is nothing wrong with this book.

    R. C. Bray brings it! He's one of my favorite narrators, and he doesn't dissapoint. The man's a genius. If you've never heard him then this is a superb opportunity to start.

    I can't recommend this series highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (2359)
    Story
    (2370)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "The least helpful review of Red Rising"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Red Rising was a really great book. However, I just didn't like the narrator at all. Apparently I'm in the minority of people who feel this way. So, I guess I need to defend my low rating of him.

    Tim Gerard Reynolds's accent and the way he pronounced some of the words made it difficult to get into the story. After a few hours I got a little used to it, but it stayed aggravating throughout the entire book. He also read some parts extremely slow for no apparent reason. I assume it was to make the story feel more dramatic, but that wasn't the effect it had on me. Yet, the worst part of his performance was that it wasn't much of a performance. There was little to no difference in the voices of the characters, and when he would give a particular character a different voice he would change it up (sometimes in mid dialogue) and this made it hard to figure out which character was speaking!

    When reading a well written novel, like this one, you can easily figure out the narrative flow and the story takes over and you almost forget you're reading and you get lost in the story. The same thing happens in a well read audio book. Mr. Reynolds totally misses the mark. Yet, the story is so well written and so well put together that even with this horrendous performance the listener can still get some enjoyment out of it. That's why I gave the story four stars, but I couldn't bring myself to give the overall rating more than three.

    AAAAARRG! THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!

    Red Rising could have been in my "top 10 favorite audio books of all time" list if not for the narrator. The story and the themes and the characters are all amazing. So much so, that even the nerd in me that kept saying how the sci-fi elements were not scientifically realistic (terraforming Venus??? Really???) was shushed by the kid in me that just loves a good story.

    My advice is to get the Kindle version of Red Rising and read it yourself.

    Now, notice how I ignore my own advise and have already purchased the sequal, Golden Son, on audible that's also read by Mr. Reynolds. Almost all reviewers agree that's it's even better than this one... We'll see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwelcome Quest: Magic 2.0, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1481)

    Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

    Chris says: "Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two"
    "Seriously, Don't make the obvious joke!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Instead of talking about this book in particular I want to talk about the series as a whole. This is for two reasons:

    1. I just listened to all 3 books in less than 6 days.

    2. You really must listen to them in order. If you haven't listened to the first two then you don't want to start here, and if you have listened to the first two then you won't be reading reviews about this one. So, if you're reading this then you are probably unfamiliar with the series.

    These books are great. I am now a big Scott Meyer fan, and anything he puts out in the future (whether this series or something new) I will be listening to it. You can tell that these our his first novels, other reviewers have called them amateurish, but for all that they are better written than some extremely popular novels written by authors who've been doing it a while (I won't mention James Dashner by name). Plus, over the course of the three books you can see his writing and storytelling ability improve.

    Some people, myself included, have compared these books to "Ready Player One." There's good reason for this. The similarities are there and the target audience is the same. However, I want to say that "Ready Payer One" was a more serious novel while this series is comedic at heart, and is better compared to "Discworld" novels or novels by Douglas Adams.

    Ways to know if these books are for you:

    1. Did you grow up in the 80's or 90's?

    2. Did you and your friends sit around playing video games and making fun of the glitches and arguing over which parts were the best?

    3. Did you and your buddies watch sci-fi and fantasy movies and make fun of the bad ones and argue over the good ones and discuss the plot holes in detail?

    4. Are you a nerd at heart? Awkward around girls, bad at sports, love Monty Python?

    If you answered yes these questions... These books should be right down your alley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2063)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "Sometimes the obvious joke makes itself."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's funny you should ask.

    I think in this installment my favorite character is Jimmy. He seems to have changed a lot since the first book without really changing at all. You get to see his inner workings and you realize his motivations, and that makes him the most thought out and realistic character in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, when it comes to these books you either get it or you don't. If you haven't listened to the first book then you need to do so before listening to this one. If you have listened to the first one then you probably won't be reading the reviews for this one, because you'll know if you're the kind of person who "gets it" or not. This book is more of the same... That is to say, awesomeness!

    There's a lot more ado about time travel in this installment, and it gets so convoluted, crazy and confusing that it's just great!

    Once again, Luke Daniels gives a brilliant performance.

    That's really all that needs to be said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3625)
    Performance
    (3352)
    Story
    (3359)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "First rule: Don't make the obvious joke!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Off to be the Wizard is excellent. Its the best audio book that I've listened to so far this year.

    Fans of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams will love it. If you liked "Ready Player One" then you'll enjoy this. If you're even a little bit nerdy then this is your book.

    Luke Daniels is awesome. I wish all narrators would put in the effort, enthusiasm and zeal he does.

    At under eight dollars (member's price) there's no reason to not get this book. If you're like me I guarantee you'll immediately purchase the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1083)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Least helpful Hamlet review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this because it had won the audio book of the year award for 2014 on audible. I know nothing about Shakespeare except what little I was made to read in high school. I know nothing about the play Hamlet except, isn't that the one with the "to be or not to be" line? I don't know if this was 'audio book of the year' quality or not, but it was a solid 4 star audio book in my humble opinion. The narrator does a great job for the most part, although there was a few spots that seemed a little monotone. The writing was alright and the story was OK, but nothing about it really grabbed me. I wasn't excited about finishing it like I was with some of my favorite audio books.

    Oh well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yesterday's Gone: Season One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    Can humanity Survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.ms Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.

    justin says: "WOW...do not miss this start to an AMAZING series!"
    "Hard to rate and review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Yesterday's Gone is a hard book to write a review for. It's even harder to rate. This is because of a few reasons...

    First is the narrators. Some were good. Some were even great. A couple were really bad. The good ones kind of grew on me and so I gave them a collective 4 stars, but I got to say that the really bad ones was a chore to listen to.

    Secondly, the book skips around from character to character and the narrators are assigned (I guess is the best term) their own character and, ergo, their own plot line. Some of the characters and plot lines are very compelling. They are well written and well thought out. Then there are some that feel more like caricatures and their story lines feel more contrived. Finally, there was one that I would role my eyes every time it came their turn, because it was so bad and so hard to listen to.

    This is the portion involving the character, Luca. The problem is that I'm not sure if it was the writing or the reading that made Luca's portion so bad. I have to say that it was the worst writing in the book, but whoever it was that read the part of Luca was awful and I wanted to stab her (I think it was a woman but I could be wrong) in the face with a rusty fork... It was THAT bad!

    Thirdly, is the overall story line. It starts out great. But as it progresses it gets more and more convoluted. It's as if the authors want to throw in something from every genre of fiction literature into their story.

    Now, I'm a fan of all genres of fiction, and I even like books that defy genre boundaries. If you want to mix sci-fi and horror or put comedy into fantasy I am with you. However, this book just puts too much. It's a supernatural alien zombie conspiracy end-of-the-world action/adventure horror fantasy (take a breath) novel. I don't want to say it goes too far, but it kind of does.

    With all that said... I was, for the most part, entertained.

    Bottom line; as soon as I can afford more credits I will get season 2. I want to know what happens next and where it is going. However, if it doesn't get any better I may not follow it to the very end... And while I'm waiting on credits I have some other audio books sitting I'm my library I need to get around to listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5720)
    Performance
    (4941)
    Story
    (4994)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Trav says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Oh God, why?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The idea behind the story is so awesome that it almost makes me physically ill how poorly executed it was. That fact that its a YA novel is no excuse. This is horrible writing. Seriously, it's the worst writing of any book that I've ever made myself finish. I thought, "maybe it is the author's first novel." But NO! I googled James Dashner. He's written a few books before this one! Why do people keep buying his books?

    I wrote a paragraph listing everything wrong with this book. Then I deleted it. Let me just say that teenage boys stuck in a deadly maze with no idea of how or why they're there is an awesome premise for a novel. It would be very hard to mess that up... But James Dashner did mess it up in every way imaginable.

    There's two more things that need to be said:

    First is about the narrator, Mark Deakins, who did very well considering what he had to work with. So, kudos to him.

    Second is about the movie. I watched it after listening to the book because, like I said, the idea behind the story is awesome. While it's not a masterpiece of cinematic brilliance, it is a very entertaining movie and well worth the time. The writers of the screenplay fixed all the idiotic things about the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12434)
    Performance
    (10708)
    Story
    (10703)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Bad narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Wow! This narrator was bad. I mean, really bad. For some reason he used a fake southern accent that made the words of a badass navy SEAL sound like Forrest Gump. He also got a lot of the inflections, tones and narrative flow very wrong. I know that Chris Kyle isn't an author and expected the writing to reflect that, but anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out how the words were meant to sound out loud. John Prudent is an idiot!

    The story itself was awesome. Mr. Kyle has lived an amazing life. His tale was heroic and heartbreaking and seemed very real. Also, he told it in an unflinching, no-apologies way that was shocking and breathtaking. There's no way to truly know what going through his experiences would be like without actually living them, but I felt like I came as close as possible by hearing his words. I teared up... A few times.

    As for the war in Iraq, and war in general, I loved hearing Chris's views and opinions on it. He's a simple man, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. He has a black and white outlook on life. I guess its a soldier's outlook... A SEAL's outlook.

    If this book had been read by a competent reader (I'd suggest R. C. Bray) it would have been a five star audio book. Oh well. The worlds not a perfect place.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Demonkeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (539)

    In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

    Martin says: "Gets better as it goes ......"
    "Fast & Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    What Christopher Moore does extremely well is he creates characters that are entertaining and instantly lovable. His characters seem real in an odd way, because the situations they're involved in are absurd.

    This was his first novel... And it's great!

    Listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.