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North Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 80 ratings
  • 214 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014

  • Shadow of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

    virginia says: "absolutely wonderful"
    "Feels like a soap opera"

    I bought this book based on all the positive reviews I read and I found that the story is really good. The plot is interesting but the way it's told just didn't work for me at all. I love Scott Brick's work but the combination of his style with the sometimes ridiculous dialogues just made it too campy.

    The heroes take time to have long unnecessary conversations in the middle of the action, even while in grave danger! It just didn't have a spy/thriller flow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adversary: Chris Bruen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Reece Hirsch
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen walks into a dark apartment in Amsterdam to confront a hacker known as Black Vector. The hacker has stolen the source code for the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, which powers everything from personal computers to the NSA’s data centers. This should have been a routine assignment for Bruen, but instead of obtaining a confession, Bruen finds the hacker’s dead body and uncovers a hidden flash drive that contains the code for a remarkably sophisticated computer virus known as Lurker.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Good premise, execution lacking"
    "Uneven, make sure you like the narration style."

    This book has a good premise even though by now you've probably read similar stories so it's a bit predictable. The book felt uneven, some parts have a good serious thriller vibe but then other parts have dialogue and plot points that take silly turns bordering on childish.

    The narrator does his best but his cadence and style contribute to the goofy sense of things. Some of the characters sound like stereotypes especially law enforcement agents. Female characters are not his strength and there's a childish-storyteller tone that got distracting pretty quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Entertaining techno thriller"

    I've read both previous novels by Daniel Suarez and have enjoyed them quite a bit. If you like his previous work this one won't disappoint. I think Daemon is probably the best of the three.

    What's really amazing is the frightening fact that reality is so close to the story of military drones in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Fun read but feels a bit lost at the end"

    Scalzi's sense of humour is always enjoyable. The premise of the story is really interesting since for the first time we get to see the lives of all those redshirts on the ship.

    Biggest problem for me is that it started loosing steam 3/4 of the way in. The ending feels a bit like a left turn without reason. The codas also seemed slow and gave the book a different tone which wasn't even close to how the book started.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Epic SF opera. Really enjoyed it!"

    If you are into LONG stories with many characters (there's a lot of people to keep track of here) then this is a great option. The premise is intriguing and the science aspect is cool. Interstellar dynasties, planetary corporations and a great variety of characters make it a fun book.

    Be aware you'll have to read Judas Unchained (the second and final book) to finish the story (another 40hrs) so it's a commitment for sure.
    Personally I loved it. Takes a little time to get into the narrator doing all the voices but it works. Overall a great book with a complex story and fun action sequences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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