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Matt

Clinton, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • LYCCYX Episode 1: The Declaration

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Brian Barber
    • Narrated By Mike Paine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The year is 2065. Earth is overpopulated and our resources, spent. Our last hope is to colonize the moon. Called the Haven Project - an experiment designed to transform the lunar grit into a rich oasis. Unfortunately, in our haste to create a new world we created our worst enemy - LYCCYX.

    Bane Tech says: "Glad to HEAR it after reading it."
    "Wow, just wow."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about LYCCYX Episode 1: The Declaration?

    There are many things about this book that are just bad.
    1) The narrator seems to be on a speaker phone held up to a microphone.
    2) The main character of the book blacked out a few times to wake up in a safe and other people fill him in on what happened. Once he was in the office of the main bad guy and passed out only to wake up in the hospital because he was rescued without the bad guy knowing.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Barber’s story?

    Pretty much all of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The way it was recorded. I could hear papers or other background noise.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: New Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Matt Forbeck
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War - acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.

    C. Karam says: "Somewhat Lazy"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Connects Halo ODST to the Halovers even better than the game. Narrator is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (309)

    Cal Stringel may be dead to the world at large, but a select few know that he's still alive and in control of the most powerful suit of battle armor ever created. He's part of a rogue superteam taking the world by storm and changing the dynamic for both heroes and villains alike. With change comes resistance, and those holding control and power are not ready to just hand it over without a fight.

    frank says: "love d list series but"
    "I don't know what it is."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know what it is about this series, but I love it. It's funny, interesting and creative. I just can't get enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Sky: The Fear Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen Moss
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

    Teresa says: "I Loved This Book"
    "long and slow to start"
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    Overall I like this book but it did start off really slowly. The action scenes take up 2% of the entire book and the rest of it is politics and discussing the situation . So all in all not the best but not the worst either

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world…and rewrite his destiny.

    BR van Dyk says: "Wishsong is back...."
    "I didn't like it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one was hard for me to listen to it skipped over many months and real detailed for a few hours in the story and then jump ahead quite a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (804)

    "Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure.

    kathy says: "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
    "Circle dialog but neat concept"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Mark of the Demon?

    The dialog goes in circles to where five minutes are the same two people saying the same thing over and over again. Like this:
    "I need to know.
    But you already know.
    I don't understand
    Yes, you do.
    Can you just tell me?
    I don't need to."


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The bad guy was who I thought it was just because they put a lot of random facts about him without him being part of the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less dialog that went in circles.


    What character would you cut from Mark of the Demon?

    None. I think the characters did what they were supposed to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11280)
    Performance
    (10184)
    Story
    (10280)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Hey you made it to the last book, lucky you. NOT!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I was so-so on the first two books and this one just killed any hopes of a good or even mediocre ending.


    Has Allegiant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I will try again.


    What about Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance did you like?

    The narration was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, the first one is being made into a movie and I most likely will not be seeing it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21999)
    Performance
    (19704)
    Story
    (19869)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "OK book but doesn't make sense"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio book because I don't have time to read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Veronica Roth? Why or why not?

    I'm going to try the second book


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    None


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

    I was in the middle of the road the whole time. I think Beatrice / Trice was too. Horrible things happen in front of her but does not show much emotion, even when she is shot.

    One thing I don't understand is why being Divergent has a bad stigma in the book. Everyone who finds out shes Divergent tell her not to let anyone know because its dangerous and other Divergent people have disappeared. Why? It's never explained why Divergent people are so special. They can tell when they are in a simulation but that's only dangerous to the secret bad guys. No one should care but them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (386)

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    "Bored"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about A World Out of Time?

    The narrator was mono-toned and the story was boring. The characters change names and come to crazy conclusions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Germline: The Subterrene War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. C. McCarthy
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    One hundred years from now, Russia and the United States are at odds again. This time the war has gone hot. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the icy, mineral-rich mountains of Kazakhstan. War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for the Stars and Stripes, he has the only one-way ticket to the front lines. The front smells of blood and fire and death—it smells like a Pulitzer.

    crazybatcow says: "A military sci-fi that isn't sci-fi at all"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Germline?

    This book was just random. It's like going to a Old Folks Home and listening to the rants of a half crazy veteran. There seems to be no point to the book and I was nodding off every time I pressed play.


    What was most disappointing about T. C. McCarthy’s story?

    No point, while it had science fiction points, it wasn't what I would call science fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from Germline?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Boring

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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