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Mark

Pleasanton, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4082)
    Performance
    (2353)
    Story
    (2369)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Police Procedural with a Dash of Romance"
    Overall

    Set in a not unrealistic future where violence and murder has been greatly reduced through education, government legislation and social engineering. Eve Dallas is a cop who gets the job done and does so by following the book.

    During this case she meets a love interest which J.D. Robb intricately weaves into the plot of murder mystery. Two parts CSI/Law and Order with a dash of the Silk Stockings this is a great book for the beach, park or a long weekend because you will be riveted to it.

    The narration by Susan Erikson is nearly flawless with a good range of accents, characterizations and an amazing range of emotional inflections. At one point in the reading she reads a scene where a female character is crying and a male character was consoling her and both were done flawlessly.

    If I have one complaint the sex scenes in the book are a bit derivative and somewhat distracting from solving of the case. That being said it was an immensely satisfying listen and highly recommended.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3344)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3091)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Makes being crazy sound cool"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Legion again? Why?

    Already listened to it twice don't see why I won't again!


    What other book might you compare Legion to and why?

    Honestly there is nothing else that compares to legion, it is so unique it defies classification.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    I loved the slight touches he gave each character - an accent here, a lisp there it really fleshed out the performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually did!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (644)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "Edge of your seat fantasy novel!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Oath of Swords again? Why?

    Definitely. This was the first David Weber fantasy novel I listened to as I am more familiar with his Sci Fi novels. However this was a fantastic novel that added some cool twists to the typical fantasy setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the uniqueness of the world and how the author managed to touch on racism in society without beating your head over the head with it.


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

    This was my first book performed by Nick Sullivan and I loved it. He has great vocal range and injects a lot of emotion into the work.


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

    I am not going to ruin it but lets just say Bahzell has a unique relationship with his diety :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1650)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Should Be Called Hatley's and McCoys in Space"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Pushing Ice again? Why?

    Absolutely, the science fiction is excellent and the story is very well developed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I absolutely hated Sventlana but at the same time she also was the most tangible character. As to favorite I really like Parry (her husband) he balanced the needs of crew against his own needs time again and really filled the role of mediator I just wish he had stood up to Svetlana more often.


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

    I generally enjoy John Lee he is a solid voice actor who puts a lot of emotion into his voices. That said his range of voices is a bit limited (generally). In this case however he did a fantastic job.


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

    Yes, when Svetlana broke her word to Bella I wanted to smash the iPhone against the wall.


    Any additional comments?

    Starts out a bit slow but once and some of the build up in the beginning is a bit confusing but it wraps up nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stormcaller: The Twilight Reign, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Lloyd
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan. Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismatic than their normal counterparts. Their magnetic charm and brute strength both inspires and oppresses others.

    Mark says: "Starts out slow but quickly builds momentum"
    "Starts out slow but quickly builds momentum"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Stormcaller?

    While it does follow the standard fantasy formula Stormcaller puts some unique spins on the genre. First while the main the character is definitely the hero of the story for most of the story he is surrounded by people who loathe and mistrust him just for what he is not who he is. This lays the groundwork for a really rich character who is very multi-dimensional, at one moment the baddest solidier on the field and the next a young man doubting his own place in the world. That said I think I like the internal conflict the main character deals with throughout the story and seeing him develop through the book I am anxious for the next novel in the series.


    What other book might you compare The Stormcaller to and why?

    I would say it mixes elements from Chronicles of Amber and Warhammer 40k. On the one hand the character really grows throughout the novel and on the other he given similar abilities and weaknesses enjoyed by the space marines (specifically the Sons of Fenris).


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    I really loved his ability to develop the scene he gave each character its own voice and really acted as though he were experiencing what the characters did. One of my favorite scenes was when he described a battle in which the main character lost himself to battlerage and you could here the concern in the supporting characters voices as well as the stress and rage in the main character's.


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

    There were points I was pumping my hand up and down cheering for the main character as well as one scene where I nearly lost it (very emotional).


    Any additional comments?

    Wish Audible would let us know when the next one is coming out, would love to be able to subscribe to an alert for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (660)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Just Plain Fun"
    Overall

    I listened to this book while I was recovering from the flu and it was amazingly fun. John Ringo delivers the story in a way which is satisfying for the sci-fi enthusiast the gun geek and arm chair generals alike.

    Combined with the masterful reading delivered by Marc Vietor. While I wish there could have been a bit more of range in the voices Marc Vietor did an awesome job of delivering the gruff battle toughened voice of the main character and the click-clack sounds of the "Tchpth".

    While I wish I could say I saw the ending coming I did not, however it was immensely satisfying. The action pace combined with intrigue that was woven into the story definitely has me coming back for more!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6446)
    Performance
    (4416)
    Story
    (4450)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Great Story Excellent Narrative"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and was annoyed that I had to wait several months for the second one. Well the wait was worth it!

    The story begins with a year having passed since end of the last book. Sanderson deftly picks up where he left off, tying up loose ends and creating new twists.

    Michael Kramer does an excellent job of giving voice to the characters and creating a tapestry of the final empire from the books pages in the listener's mind. Switching between voices and emotions while keeping a netural narrative tone where appropriate makes the second book as much a pleasure as the first to listen to.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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