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Nathan

London, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 37 reviews
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  • 69 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lives of Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wesley Chu
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

    Nathan says: "Realistic take on secret agent with aliens"
    "Realistic take on secret agent with aliens"
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    Stereotypical overweight programmer gets to live out dream of being trained as a secret agent. Only it's a realistic version of a secret agent with all the boring parts and there's an alien voice inside his head. I was worried it would be too similar to The Host but it's completely different.
    Funny and was refreshing to read something with modern day pop culture & geeky references. First half should be used for workout motivation showing the large amount of work involved in getting an overweight couch nerd into shape.
    I think it went too far with the amount of influence aliens had on human evolution. According to it every single historical event or person was influenced by the aliens. Has a somewhat surprising ending and written with intention of a sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Cole
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (465)

    When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy, but good!"
    "Like a okay David Tenant and Rose episode"
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    I would rate this as on par with an average David Tenant and Rose episode. Nothing memorable or ground breaking. Didn't take advantage of the possible extra length or unlimited budget (imagination) a book has over a TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Therese Martin, John Beevers (translator)
    • Narrated By Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Sharing memories from early childhood through her life as a Carmelite nun, Therese opens her heart to us. This bride of Christ reveals her passion and longing for union with God. Her simplicity is charming and we begin to believe that we can travel the path to salvation that she points out to us.

    Jessica says: "Loved It!"
    "Inspirational with lessons for everyone"
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    This book recommended from two people so I read it not knowing what to expect. I was presently surprised.
    Written by Saint Therese of Lisieux it starts off sharing the story of her life, growing up devoted to God and follows her short life. It offers a unique look of the actions of a Saint and share her mindset, thoughts and views. While the life she lives is challenging and requires personal sacrifice, it is not impossible and brings a relatable example of someone truly devoted to Christ.
    On the surface you think it unlikely to offer guidence for a 'modern world' but the lessons and advice are timeless. Advice on dealing with life's little annoances, from people you don't get alone with, to dealing with people who talk at the theater. Shows how often it is the little things we do that have greatest affect on people and pleases God.
    While you probably won't go into it or finish expecting to become a saint yourself it does give guidence and inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Christian says: "A Promise of Awesome!"
    "Refreshing change from common fantasy settings"
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    This is a suspense action pack thrilling page turner. Political intrigue, coups, danger, assassinations, mystery, uncommon but familiar setting, clever & unique magic system. What more could you want?
    Setting is familiar but uncommon in the fantasy genre, inspired by the French revolution. A coup overthrows the wealthy and magical elite but the civil unrest must be quenched before foreign powers take advantage. old debts and promises repaid, backroom deals and alliances must be struct and traitors must be sniffed out. All the while the mysterious last words regarding the return of a god must be investigated.
    The story is engaging often taking twists and turns. Think the story is going one way but then it changes and once you think it going to change it brings it back. There three kinds of magic systems and two of them follow rules at make sense. The most interesting revolves around gun powder.
    The book has many ideas but not enough time to see them all develop. Some of the character consequences were not fully realized or undid after a few chapters. But it does not go easy on the characters.
    A refreshing read if your getting tired of common fantasy settings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34910)
    Performance
    (25982)
    Story
    (26349)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I will read the sequel"
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    At the start I was concerned it would be too teen romance from the female prospective. Thee was a bit much in the center but not bad and I liked the analytically take on it. World building is good as you can sense the greater world behind the scenes.
    Two things stories tend to ignore are the physical pain and injuries from fighting and the time it takes to heal. Both were handled well here. The ending was fairly predictable but the journey was exciting. I was worried when the plot changed that it was aiming for a happy ending but it actually helped the story grow. Looking forward to reading the sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Satire at what happens after 'happily ever after'"
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    If you like satire and sarcasm this book is funny. Looks at what happens after the princes and princesses have their 'happy ending'. What if they aren't as competent and heroic as the stories make them out to be but 'almost' normal people.
    It gets slow at times and there no real emotional or thrilling moment.
    Narrator is very self aware playing off your expectations and familiarity with tropes. The main characters are very different with unique voices from each other, sometimes streached too far one way.
    If you like fairy tales it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Monster: John Cleaver, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.

    Paul says: "Sympathy for Socios"
    "I'm a little disturbed at hoe much I love these"
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    John is a teenager who is a diagnosed sociopath and knows he got all the signs of a future serial killer. This is book 2 of his struggle not to become one and consequences from the first book start to catch up to him.

    Horror elements are still present but less prominent. This book deals more with relationships, feelings and being different.

    If you ever self-analyzed yourself this is a fascinating read as this is what the main character does. Readers who have difficulties understanding others will be a little disturbed at the familiarity they have with the main character. It will also show signs that they will not be able to relate to (hopefully).

    The narrator is a little unemotional but I think that intentional as it conveys the main character well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "The real travesty is how pop culture sees this"
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    Going in I knew it would be about the person Frankenstein and not the monster, yet I was still surprise. The Monster play a very little role other than as a plot device.
    This is not a monster or horror book but a literary work (lots of words) on a man's decent into madness. A depressing character study of a man driven mad by guilt, grief and self-blame as he witnesses the creation from his past reckless self destroy everything he holds dear. It also deals with the dangers of loneliness.
    Overall I liked the story although the self-loathing got a bit tedious at times. It would of been nice knowing what I about to read when I started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12111)
    Performance
    (9760)
    Story
    (9879)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Just buy the sequel now"
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    A traditional fantasy coming of age tale of a boy growing into the hero we're told he will be through harsh and romantic life lessons.

    Most of the book is told in a narrative style from the perspective of a storyteller which allows foreshadowing to keep reader interest but means it's the journey not the final destination that counts. This will probably turn some readers off.

    It has a Unique, interesting and carefully thought out magic system. The world is just as throughout, rich in history that the author takes his time revealing it to us. The characters are also believable allowing us to care and hate them appropriately.

    It is a long book but I was surprised how fast I read through it. I often found myself not wanting to stop, however it does slow down near the end.

    This is NOT a standalone book. It was written with the intention of being a trilogy and thus I found the ending not completely satisfying.

    Nick Podehl does an excellent job narrating bringing unique voices and accents to every character.

    I will definitely read the sequel, hopefully the third gets finished soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayhem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A new killer is stalking the streets of London’s East End. Though newspapers have dubbed him 'the Torso Killer’, this murderer’s work is overshadowed by the hysteria surrounding Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel crimes. The victims are women too, but their dismembered bodies, wrapped in rags and tied up with string, are pulled out of the Thames - and the heads are missing….

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Supernatural Mystery"
    "Doesn't make me want to start reading this genre"
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    This is a dark, grim, paranormal, mystery taking place in London during the late 19th century. consciously parallels Jack the Ripper series of murders as if demonic forces are at work.
    As a period piece it works well showing how police investigations worked back then and understand why Jack the Ripper was hard to catch.
    However, I have issue with the structure or narrative of the story. Starts off as a mystery but reveals the villain before you have any real chance of guessing. The whole story is slow and drawn out which makes the sudden ending feel anti-climatic. A lot of side questions were left unanswered and not in a prepare for sequel kind of way.
    I don't normally read paranormal or horror. This book does not make me want to start.

    As a side note: The main character is named Dr. Bond? Seriously, Every time the name is mentioned I was taken out of the story. Kept waiting for him to say "The name's Bond, Dr. Bond.

    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
    (7590)
    Performance
    (7221)
    Story
    (7232)

    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"
    "If you ever go to Mars bring this book & duck tape"
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    One of NASA's first human Mars mission is abandoned and crew evacuated during a dust storm. But a freak accident has left Mark Watney behind with everyone thinking he's dead. No one knows he's still alive, the next mission is in four years, he only has one year of food and much of the machinery is broken. Told in a series of humorous & blunt personal logs this is a story of one man's struggle to survive literally alone on an hostile alien world. Fortunately he has been trained in mechanic, botany and has duck tape.

    This is a very hard sci-fi book, about 80-90% is technical talk but it is presented in an entertaining way. The author did his research as everything from Mars climax to equipment a mission would need to the type of screws NASA would use. All of this has been researched and presented in a realistic and thrilling manner.

    There is no Deus Ex or author shortcuts. Practically everything that could go wrong does.
    The only downside is sometimes it can get overly technical and you learn that once things start going good, something bad will happen.

    What I learnt: Potatoes is an excellent source of calories, Duck tape is magical and we can pee rocket fuel (add electricity).

    Narrator did an excellent job delivering the emotion, humour and tone of the character.

    If you like realistic science fiction, read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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