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Justin

Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11032)
    Performance
    (10283)
    Story
    (10288)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "The Funnest and Nerdiest Book I've Read in a long!"
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    The story is written so as to string together as many 80's pop culture references as possible, but is written as a young adult novel to basically make adults feel like they are kids again and capture the nostalgic joy!
    Wheaton, a nerd paragon himself, does a great job at performing the read clearly and articulately! I especially loved his imitation of the Pac-Man death jingle!
    I would recommend this book for all "20 somethings" there's so much nerd trivia that anyone who lived as a teen near that time will find something to grab hold of to draw them in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5832)
    Performance
    (5294)
    Story
    (5310)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Exciting and Action Packed World!"
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    Exciting action throughout the book! Deceptively bright and powerful "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is drawn into saving the world, but takes one beating after another, mostly physical injuries but plenty of emotional ones too.
    Difficult to put down this delightfully lengthy novel!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (2027)
    Story
    (2037)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Set-up novel to what will be an Awesome third."
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    OSC protagonists tend to have common themes, special young boys, Intelligent wise and insightful beyond their years. Most of this book the reader is following along with Danny making insights into the nature of Magery and its mechanics with the interactions between the "in-self" and "out-self". To me this rounds out the mechanics, leaving only the final revelation on the nature and origin of magic/the enemy missing. Meaning that the next book, rather than struggle through definitions of character and powers, the world will be set loose to the machinations of powerful mages to drive an action packed third novel.

    I've come to look forward to each Afterward from OSC. Many of his afterwards are explanations of thought processes he had while writing that make you feel connected to the writing process. The afterward explains the what I felt was a discontinuity between the first and second novel.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5901)
    Performance
    (2496)
    Story
    (2533)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Father and Son struggle to survive in a Dead World"
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    A father try's to teach his son (an 8 year old?) how to survive in a world devoid of life. Set some years in future after some catastrophic cataclysm has blocked the sun and continues to rain ash, the pair take to the road southward to head for warmer climates to combat to freezing cold. Each day is a struggle to find enough food and warmth to make it to the next, compounding their troubles are constant threat of being caught by roaming marauders.
    This book is heart wrenching as the father muses through his memories of the world before. When you fear remembering happy memories because each remembering changes and destroys the thought, and the thought is its only remaining basis in reality. The fear felt by the pair carries through every moment of the book passing from one life threatening scenario to the next.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1142)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Stay tuned to the Afterward!"
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    The book gives an in depth look at how the unit was formed, how the unit was trained, and how the unit grew to adapt to its niche purpose.
    At the same time the book gives an account of how much it was misunderstood, under-appreciated initially, and in a few cases perhaps misused.

    I was particularly intrigued by Eric L. Haney's viewpoints in the afterward on America's current actions and involvements in the war-on-terror. He has a unique worldview that most of us would find difficult to grasp, but at the same time has an inside look at the motives behind Americas actions in the war-on-terror.

    1 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
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2788)

    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.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Lucky, Hot-headed, Gun-Ho, Patriotic, goof-ball"
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    The southern accent of the narrator really pulled me into thinking Chris himself was reading it!
    Its a very different experience to listen to Kyle's unique perspective on the war in Iraq, not one that we would recognize state-side. This Hot-headed, Gun-Ho, lucky, goof-ball, switches from laughter to deep sadness and everything in between as he describes multiple back-to-back combat tours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (803)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Fun musing on Mans Destruction Nature"
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    The story highlights how small gradual steps in the life's of individuals is what creates culture, and rash actions are what destroys it. A fun and interesting setting to explore a lot of ethical questions on pain and suffering.
    Post-Apocalyptic monks debate whether or not to Baptize a mutants second head!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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