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Paul

Oakville, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7621)
    Performance
    (7252)
    Story
    (7263)

    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"
    "Fantastic!!!!"
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    I really loved this book. Smart, funny, and well written. Plot is set in the near future, and I liked the grounding in real science and physics. It somehow made it more real. The story is gripping and I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "Wow! An extraordinary story and performance"
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    I didn't know much about Jim Henson before reading this book. I do like biographies, though, and this one was great! The author weaves the many aspects of Jim's life into a seamless narrative of his life. You get the sense that the representation is fair, not overly biased to the positive as biographies sometimes tend to be. The book pulls you in, and you feel Jim's highs and lows, his conflicts and frustrations, and perhaps that is really what makes this a great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mayan Secrets: A Fargo Adventure, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (593)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery - the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them - as the Fargos are about to find out. Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book - and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

    A User says: "Best Fargo Book ever!!!"
    "Ahhh Fargos. Is there anything you can't do?"
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    Take the Fargos, insert random bad guy, random plot, and random setting. Sprinkle some Cussler magic and you get an enjoyable book. Won't blow your socks off, but then if you have read any recent Cussler you knew that already....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Woundhealer's Story: The First Book of Lost Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Returning to the milieu of his Swords trilogy, Saberhagen offers a new scenario. The gods have withdrawn from the human world and the 12 Swords of Power they had forged are now scattered, lost and hidden. The weapons are still coveted, though, by men like Baron Amintor, who has lost one kingdom and now sees them as the means to another. No scruples stop him from stealing the sword Woundhealer from the White Temple, where its powers were offered to cure all pilgrims.

    Michael says: "Choose Your Sword, And Step Forward Into Destiny!"
    "Weak plot, and too many holes..."
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    I read SH original series, and thought this would be at least on the same level, perhaps a 3 out of 5. But no. It's a pretty poor effort and, for me, a waste of time. Plot is thin and predictable, characters are weak, and the story has so many holes it just gets annoying after a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mirage: The Oregon Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (663)

    In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax - but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies?

    Matthew says: "Hey, where did my ship go???"
    "Cussler, you're getting lazy..."
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    If you have read an "Oregon" book, you've read them all. Don't get me wrong, it's still enjoyable, the characters are the ones you know and like, but it's like watching any 1980-2010 James Bond movie. You can pretty much cut and paste plot/bad guy/love interest from one to the other and still have an enjoyable, if predictable, 007 experience. Which brings me back to Cussler's latest effort... Enjoyable, but very formulaic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3213)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1868)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Very enthralling. I couldn't put it down!"
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    I read "a mote I god's eye" in the days before e-readers and Audible and remembered enjoying it. So purely on the vague recollection I thought I'd give this a try. Yes it's a little dated... The commies are America's greatest enemy and calculators are referred to as "pocket computers" but that quickly fades into the irrelevant as the strength of the characters and the story takes the forefront. It sucks you in and keeps you engaged right to the last word.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (10679)
    Performance
    (9945)
    Story
    (9949)

    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"
    "A very fun read"
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    I can't say that there was any particular depth to the story, or even that the idea was particularly original. However, as a child of the 80's I loved ever minute of it. It's this 80's nostalgia that really elevated this story from a good effort to a great read. I would be remiss not to mention that WW does a great job narrating this book.

    So... If you ever played Atari, owned a Commodore 64, played AD&D, or watched Weird Science (obsessively), then I think you will find this book good fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (539)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    smartchickdina says: "Read by the author, my eye!"
    "Fascinating and engaging!"
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    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent biography. Felt honest and provided insight into a persona that I had mainly formed an impression on from Arnie movies.

    Arnie narrates the first and last chapter in first person so it's a little weird when Stephen Lang takes over, but you soon get used to him speaking in first person without the Austrian accent!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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