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Nathaniel

BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Blue Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (184)

    The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

    Phillip says: "A fine end to a good series"
    "Why was this so praised?"
    Overall

    This is by far the best book in the series, but I still don't understand the critical acclaim for it. The parts that took place on earth were very interesting. Over all it was still an annoying soap opera that was hard to understand the scope of since everyone lived so long. I was also really annoyed about the sexualization of a tickle fight between a 150+ year old and a 5 year old. Why couldn't that be left to childhood fun? Why did a grownup perspective have to be put on it? There were a lot of things that I wondered why they were put in or done a certain way with this series, that was just the last.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Richard Lustig
    • Narrated By Burke Allen
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    In his book, Richard discusses the ins and outs and dos and don'ts of buying lottery tickets to increase your chances of winning. He has created a method that he and members of his family use that has enabled them to WIN several lottery game GRAND prizes. This is a very easy to use method and will work with any type lottery games (scratch tickets or number games) in any state or country.

    Wendy says: "13 minutes' worth of lottery tips"
    "Half good math, half bogus pseodo math."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All of these methods require an investment to see any possible results. I do really like how the writer emphasizes doing research and that are no guarantees in games of chance. It is also nice to hear the constant warning to not spend more than one can afford, especially with the needed investment to follow the recommendations. What I have problems with is the math. For the scratch tickets, it's sound as all the tickets are printed before anyone buys them so buying in a series will increase your odds and could lead to winning some real prizes. However when he says "Just ask any math professor" about his theories on numbers games, he's flat out wrong and any math professor will tell you that (also his theory doesn't explain even a single winner let alone multiple winners of the same prize). However it is as good a method of choosing numbers as any other, but it won't endow any special advantage over random. Some of his later ideas will increase one's odds a small bit, but not to the levels he proposes. In short the scratch advice seems solid while the numbers has some real and easily discovered problems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1083)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "Loved the book, frustrated by Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    I love post-apocalyptic stories and this was was very good. It slowly unwound, showing us some things that one would expect, but the characters wouldn't know and some really nice twists.


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

    I thought the reader was really good. Nice voices, especially her little kid ones.


    Any additional comments?

    The thing that frustrated has nothing to do with the book, but rather how Audible lists it. I didn't realize there was a trilogy until I did some poking around on the author. I see there is another edition of approximately the same length, but I would have really liked to know about the other two books from this edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Question

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Here is a story that goes beyond space and time. Isaac Asimov takes on a jouney that explores the ultimate fate of the universe, along with the question, what will become of the human race? So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

    Derek says: "I prefer to be read to"
    "Awesome Story, but not actually an hour"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Question the most enjoyable?

    I really wonder if Asimov was an atheist or a deeply religious scientist using writing to explore god & religion. His stories like this one make me think he's very much one way or the other.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Question?

    Really the last line is well built up to and rather perfect.


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

    Well, it was short, only about 35min


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't an hour & eight minutes, it's really just about 35 min.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.

    Ablazah says: "Orgasmic!"
    "Good Book, but perhaps not suited for Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Halo: Silentium?

    Really cool to read what lead up to the firing of the Halos the first time. Also great background on the Didact and the Librarian and another of Halo's iconic characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing to complain about is this book did not really suit itself for audio. I think it would have been even better in print.

    1 of 2 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
    Overall
    (5380)
    Performance
    (5016)
    Story
    (5011)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Definitely a must for any Star Trek Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far one of the best books I've heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    Keep away from the narrative!


    Did Wil Wheaton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I really like Wil Wheaton, but I had real trouble following at times as he didn't really differentiate between characters and had no voice for women.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (813)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "The fun is back!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    After the rather mediocre Cryoburn I thought this universe was played out, but maybe only Miles is played out. This one focused on Vorpatril was way better. I wouldn't mind seeing more books about the peripheral characters.

    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
    (34081)
    Performance
    (25250)
    Story
    (25593)

    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"
    "Why is this so hot (no pun intended)?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. I'm not sad one of my credits went to getting it, but it didn't really stand out. I've read this story before and this spin wasn't sufficiently unique or stand out to make me think otherwise. It really read like a mash up of The Long Walk and Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King's pen name). It is a really good mash up, but I never really stopped thinking it was a mash up. I have started the second book and will happily finish the series simply because it well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (406)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Goofy simple story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a book very much a product of it's time. There is no real depth, nothing hidden, no twist to speak of, but nonetheless, a fun story set in a simpler time. It is simple enough that I think I will have to share it with my 4-year-old son, since he'd leave the planet today if he could. Sure, some of the technical stuff will be over his head, but if you skim over that, it'll be good for him. The full cast really makes the performance of this piece VERY enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (222)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "Maybe not for guys?"
    Overall
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    I can't tell if my lack of enjoyment with this book was because I went into with the wrong mindset or because I'm a guy. The lead character is a very strong independent woman, well written and interesting. I just could not get into the book. However, every woman that I have talked to about this book has LOVED it. If my gender has nothing to do with why I didn't get into it, then it is because I went into with the absolute wrong mindset. I went into expecting a story. This is not a story, it is a fictional memoir. There is no grand payoff in the end. It is just a section of Friday's life. A very significant section, but really just a meandering part of her life. Maybe if I had known that I wouldn't have been disappointed when it ended without a particular resolution. Make sure you listen to this with that understanding and see if you like it better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (203)

    An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.

    Jonathan says: "shattered my illusions"
    "From a guy's point of view"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I got this because I thought it might be of use to me as a guy and it was. I learned a lot. I'm not sure if audio is the best format for it as the reader may have specific questions and so only need specific sections. Reading what essentially is a report or series of essays (backed up by studies) doesn't exactly translate into a solid audio experience. Given what it is, it did the job very well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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