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P. Larsen

Bitman

Culpeper, VA USA

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  • Across the Sea of Suns: Galactic Center, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    It is 2076: Lancer, Earth’s first starship, is on a mission to find interstellar civilizations. Although astronaut Nigel Walmsley’s experiences with alien encounters make him the expert, no one believes Nigel’s theory that machines are the dominant intelligent beings left in the galaxy and that their purpose is to annihilate all organic life. Then the explorers discover once-living planets where only machines remain – and ruined worlds where fugitive survivors must evade omnipresent and lethally advanced A.I. warships.

    Michale says: "The Story Picks Up Speed!"
    "Wasn't able to even finish it"
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    What would have made Across the Sea of Suns better?

    A point to the story?


    What was most disappointing about Gregory Benford’s story?

    Minutes upon minutes of garble and unintelligent dialog. Unable to get a connection to a story that is all over the place. C


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Maxwell Caulfield and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    The change of voice and person is significant ant troubling. Using the same tone of voice and way of reading would make it much easier a listen.


    What character would you cut from Across the Sea of Suns?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Based on book 1 I ventured into book 2. But I'm thoroughly done with the series based on this example.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Marc Vietor, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (265)

    Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

    Shay Bella says: "Good Format, Good Stories"
    "Could not listen to the whole thing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story, fewer characters.


    Has Hex Appeal turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - but it will most likely make me avoid the authors of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know - I only managed to listen to an hour or so .....


    Any additional comments?

    I was weary of picking this to begin with - I should have gone with my intuition and leaving it be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5829)
    Performance
    (5291)
    Story
    (5307)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Great story and characters - poor preformance"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Characters, Magic, Consistency


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fay - Character went from uneducated farm girl grows into adulthood, responsibilities and learning. You follo how she grew from girl, to woman, to master of her own destiny. Had some great lines too.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bronson Pinchot?

    YES!!! The whispering and low voices makes it impossible to listen and hear it all even a full volume, just to get ear-deafning yelling a few seconds later.


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

    No - I listen mainly during my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    The series is one of the better - and while you'll have to listen to them in order, they build well upon each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11022)
    Performance
    (10273)
    Story
    (10278)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "What a pleasure!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely worth a while; from songs to accents that brings back memories of old songs and movies. The book was a walk down memory lane for those of us who grew up during the 70'ies and 80'ies and the acting bringing old favorites back to life was a big plus.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    As an audio book, this was on the level of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Lots of twists and turns and a voice that added a new dimension to the story.


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

    No - first Wil Wheaton book. Not the last though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The only way to win the game is not to play"


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure what I was getting into but I read good reviews and gave it a chance. Not regretting it a moment. Having been in the IT business since late 70'ies, the technology throw back was fun - added the pop-culture of my youth just made it a big home run.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paula Brackston
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (196)

    In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

    Paisley says: "Lots of potential..."
    "Disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from Paula Brackston and/or Marisa Calin?

    No - at this point I think that will end my experience with either. I found myself zooming out several times during the read, but still it wasn't hard to follow - very repetitious.


    Has The Witch's Daughter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If the story line is going to be as teenagy as this, then yes. It failed to describe a believable universe and personalities. Lots of other fantasy books covering the craft and other mythology seems to work better on so many other levels.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The audio was easily understood - good voice. But it was almost made child-like at times, making the voice change for each character may work at times - but not this time.


    Could you see The Witch's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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