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Marc Phillips

WENTZVILLE, MO, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Galileo’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    With Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson crafts an instant masterpiece that blends epic adventure and thoughtful alternate history. Ganymede, a rebellious Jovian, attempts to bring famed scientific mind Galileo forward in time to alter the course of history with astonishing results.

    David says: "Historical Novel?"
    "Wonderful book, incredible voicing."
    Overall

    The meat of the book was great. Really gave one the impression of the life of 17th century Italy was really like (I have no frame of reference, but it certainly had the air of believability). My only complaint is the ending was a bit anti-climactic. It fit, but I felt like he wrapped it up took quickly and didn't get into it as much as I would have liked.

    The narrator was incredible as well. Really brought the characters to life for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    Brian Quaranta says: "Cast brings this great dialogue to life"
    "A stellar performance. Great production value."
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    Would you listen to Symposium again? Why?

    Probably. If you listen at 2x, it sounds like monty python.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I hate greek Philosophy, but was going to a forum on this particular topic. The listen was so much better then to slog through the text.


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

    I have not listened to a full cast before. That being said, this one was terrific.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter: Star Carrier, Book Five

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh'daar, limit human technology, and become a part of the Sh'daar Galactic Collective. USNA President Koenig believes that surrendering to the Sh'daar will ultimately doom humankind. But when highly advanced, seemingly godlike aliens appear through an artificial wormhole in the Omega Centauri Cluster 16,000 light years from Earth, President Koenig is faced with a tremendous choice.

    Kevin d. says: "5x Same Formula"
    "Another good installment"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. I am more interested in the roset aliens than the grodoche (or however you spell either of those).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10217)
    Performance
    (9723)
    Story
    (9742)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Detailed, humorous, and believable."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    I empathized with the protagonist the whole time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty in the face of adversity.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Well voiced.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are too many to count. I was chewing my nails and laughing hysterically (I'm sure many a passerby, while I rode my bike and started laughing, wondered what I found so funny about them).


    Any additional comments?

    He's on my list of authors to watch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "It was a slow starter."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I almost gave up on it. The beginning was a bit trite. I got interested as the characters became more developed. It seems to be enders game, mixed with lord of the flies and just a touch of the hunger games thrown in. I will likely get the next one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Pawn: Paradox Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rachel Bach
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet. That is, until she gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed; it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her plan.

    Connor says: "Liked Part of the Book, But Not All"
    "Interesting read"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was OK, but couldn't really do authoritative mail voices well. I look forward to the next in the series, though I could have done without the Monarchy drivel. Fortunately it wasn't key to the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (343)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
    "Characters well crafted."
    Overall
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Three, of course. He evolved subtly over the book.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Masterful and distinctive voices. His evil characters tended to sound like meth-heads from KY, but I can deal with that.


    Any additional comments?

    I though I may have been tricked into a Zombie novel. The universe in question wasn't well explained, I suspect it will be in later books. There are zombie like things in there, but I bought the method they become zombies, and that wasn't really the focus.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (431)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "I enjoyed this on so many levels."
    Overall
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    Story
    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon did an excellent job of creating distinct voices for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very violent, foul mouthed but utterly believable book. If you are particularly offended by a disparaging look at religion, are prudish or offended by foul language, this probably isn't the book for you (if you are familiar with his work in any way, this won't come as as shock). In my view, these do not distract from the narrative, but make it more believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    Planet Moscow is vaporized by an unnatural star explosion, prompting those who escaped to counterattack the likely culprit - planet New Dresden of the neighboring system. But New Dresden wasn't to blame, and as worlds go to war, an unseen enemy labors to destroy the universe itself.

    Daniel O. Buchholz says: "Great follow-up novel"
    "Meh. Not bad, but not good."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I only got this book because of the narrator, the summary didn't really appeal to me. Once the plot devices were explained, I bought in. The book started out good. It was a bit disconcerting though as it felt like the maturity level and the intelligence of the characters shifted as the point of view of the narrator changed. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but I didn't care for it. It wasn't just a "blind spot" change, it was more dramatic.

    The character Wednesday started out being voiced as a highly intelligent if defiant teenage girl. When the point of view shifted to another character, she sounded like a whimpering, somewhat slow brat.

    Also the motivation, at least what one could glean of it, of the bad guys seemed, to me, to be a bit shallow. The book appears to have been written with a next volume in mind. Haven't made up my mind if I'll continue the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homeworld: Odyssey One, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (834)

    War comes home to the Sol system when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth, with devastating consequences. Facing massive force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power, the crew of the NAC spacecraft, their allies, and the people of Earth must mount a desperate effort to stop them. Doomed from the start, but with nowhere to retreat, Captain Eric Weston commits his ship to the defense of the human race even as the human outposts in Sol system fall one by one before the unrelenting Drasin onslaught.

    Joki says: "Satisfying End to an ARC - Ready for Book 4!"
    "Another compelling entry in the saga"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I stopped listening to another book when I saw this was out. As I've noted on the other books, it's fairly non-stop action. This one was a bit more of a cliff hanger than the other two though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Damocles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (185)

    When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

    Brian says: "What did I tell you about that pie!?"
    "I enjoyed it."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Damocles again? Why?

    No, once is enough


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the alien interaction was believable. Seemed to be written more from a linguist point of view though, not from a technologists. The "aliens" could have been more alien with respect to tech. That aside, it was a great listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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