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Landon

Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.

Crowley, Tx, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: No Prisoners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    The Clone Wars rage on. As insurgent Separatists fight furiously to wrest control of the galaxy from the Republic, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine cunningly manipulates both sides for his own sinister purposes.

    john says: "Another full length and it was enjoyable"
    "Wishing this was longer"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    The multi-emotional circumstances brought to the surface during this book made it more of a philosophical read than just lightsabers and snarky remarks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 3.5: Dr. Hugh Mann

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (612)

    Before there were zombies.... There was the virus that started it all. In this Zombie Fallout prequel, Mark Tufo tells the story of how it all began.

    Mike says: "Asking yourself... "Is 2.75 hrs worth a credit?""
    "Twilight Zone spinning down a Rabbit Hole"
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    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout 3.5?

    I can see the black and white Twilight Zone intro in my mind and overacting from the characters on screen. Tufo continues to go further and further out there, but I'm having fun with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (1967)
    Story
    (1976)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Sequals Are Not Always Bad"
    "Going a bit further to the left"
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    Where does A Plague Upon Your Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator for the writing was perfect. The book's natural speech and the narrator's nonchalant way of reading them meet well in this book that has some dumb, crazy, and attempted frightening points. I would place this narrator for this book up with Mark Thompson narrating a Star Wars book. The book isn't great, especially since it's going into vampire territory now, but the narrator puts it up there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Plague Upon Your Family?

    The son being used to speak for the vampire.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Mike...everyone is Mike, I guess.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1542)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Finally! Its not PG!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book took a serious tone and graphic depiction and threw it in your face time and time again. You see the anger and hatred, the cunning and dishonesty, the death and destruction and it wets your lips for more to come.


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    This was my first time to experience Davis and I was happy to find myself quite pleased. While he didn't have the multiple character ability of a Marc Thompson, the characters he did portray for an extended length were very enjoyable. When you can hear another person coming out of one man's voice, you know you've chosen right.


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

    Star Wars: Darth Sidious


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trial of Henry Kissinger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens, Ariel Dorfman (introduction)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    America need look no further than its own lauded leaders for a war criminal whose offenses rival those of the most heinous dictators in recent history: Henry Kissinger. Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act, and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, The Trial of Henry Kissinger outlines atrocities authorized by the former secretary of state in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, and more.

    Bruce says: "We need more people like Christopher Hitchens"
    "Makes you wish there was a trail NOW"
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    If you could sum up The Trial of Henry Kissinger in three words, what would they be?

    Start the Trail


    What did you like best about this story?

    Accuracy. When reading a book like this, I will stop and research what the author has brought up, an event, a name, etc, and when you dive deeper into the event Hitchens may have skimmed over you realize how much more aggravated you are that it was allowed to take place.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dynasty of Evil: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (587)

    Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality - and his own.

    AaronSaint81 says: "Darth Bane ruled......"
    "1 & 2 build up and 3 falls...slightly"
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    What did you love best about Dynasty of Evil?

    By the time we get to part 3 of this amazing series we know what Darth Bane's legacy will be: the rule of two. The first book propels us through the life of Derek, his pains, he tragedy and his victories. The 2nd book takes us even further in realizing how evil this man is and how far he will go to reset the course of the Sith. Book 3, however, begins to flicker out. It almost becomes a mirror of the other two books and the climax doesn't come until the very end when the Rule of Two is finally upheld. Nevertheless, this series is up there with Thrawn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dark Jedi, Set Harth, spoke to me because I somehow know that if I were a Jedi then this is how I'd eventually use my power. Not too dark, not too light, but rather a dim street light in the middle of nowhere. My problem with the Sith and Jedi is their fundamentalism, there is no other way but their code. Set Harth struck out on his own, but he definitely could've used some more training.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The miners meeting and death of the Jedi by what would become Darth Cognus.


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

    The first two books had me starting this book and not wanting it to end. Unfortunately, that feeling didn't last. I was ready for the show down. I was ready to see the Rule of Two become Sith doctrine. I was ready to see who Zannah would take as her apprentice. But I was ready for it to hurry up and be over as well. Not because of the performance or the writing, but because it was obvious it was going to come to it and instead of everything else being a journey to get there, it was almost filler.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (638)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "I tried, I really did."
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    What disappointed you about Kenobi?

    There is so little going on, just a mystery man and a crush. I love Star Wars books but this plays around with so few topics far too often; it is quickly exhausting. Trying to turn Ben Kenobi into a mystery man could work, I guess, but it didn't here. A reader like myself knows plenty about Kenobi and putting myself in the shoes of the citizens didn't help.

    The only parts I enjoyed was the inner workings of the sand people, but that went only bandage deep. There were few cultural practices for us to find out about. I was really hoping to dive into the sand people. Even a sand people specific book would be interesting. While I did find out some cool things, the moment it came back to the citizens and conversations the book became tiring again.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an action packed, light-saber dueling, and force powerful adventure story. Its a crush, a mystery man (though we know plenty about him), and marauders...you can see where this book is going with in the first hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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