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Melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 874 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2015

  • Cold as Ice: Cold as Ice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Christine Rendel

    Twenty-five years ago there was a great interplanetary war in the Solar System. It was a suicidal spasm in which terrible weapons were created and used; in which nine billion people were killed. The rivalries that led to the war are not gone. And a few of those deadly weapons remain - some still orbiting the sun in the debris of destroyed ships, some deliberately placed in storage. Now Cyrus Mobarak, the man who perfected the fusion engine, is determined to bring human settlement to the protected seas of Europa. Opposing him is Hilda Brandt, Europa's administrator.

    Randal says: "Pleasantly surprised!"
    "Good book... Not the best narator in the universe"

    As lothed as I am to be overly critical of a narators performance when reading the first in a new series. Not having had much to work with in regards to tone, character mind-set and all that jazz... I hate to say that Christine Rendel totally misses the mark with this first book in the 'Cold As Ice' series. When it was first released I bought it thinking that the wonderful Kate Reding was narating. This turnned out to be a misprint on the sites part and after listening to the first chapter I almost returned it due to the naration.

    The book itself is solid with a nice plot that doesn't overwelm the reader and characters that have lots of room to grow. (have to say I love Bat. Think morbidly obese version of Sheldon from Big Bang Theary and you've got an idea of what he is) But in order to get through the book I had to crank the app up to triple speed to deal with the labored naration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "An Epic Beginning"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    By far it had to be the Prologue where we were introduced to the Universe and the cruelty of the 'Epic' menis.

    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    His wide array of vocal styles. He captured the brashness of youth, the voices of experience and it was very very easy to know which person was talking at any one moment.

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

    Once again... A moment in the Prologue where one of the characters does something (no spoilers) Let's just say you will want to give your kids a hug when it happens.

    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic book. Full of action, good dabs of humor and an ending that I never saw coming. The next book in the series can't come soon enough. Brandon Sanderson has really created a rich world and the options going forward are nearly endless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Let The Carnage Begin!"

    Let's get one thing straight from the start... This book is violent. It isn't some prissy little 'sparkley Vampire' or 'soft and fuzzy warewolf' book. This is 23 hours of balls-to-the wall action, fun and enough twists to keep you interested from the start wright up to the end. Fantastic epilogue will suck you right into buying the next book which is even better then this one. Narator takes a little while to get into the groove with the diffrent character voices but by the end you are in no doubt he was as into it as you will be listening. I highly recommend this and the two follow up books.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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