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Richard

A good way to get through the work day.

FOXBORO, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A.I. Apocalypse: Singularity, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By J. M. Badger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes. The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful - too successful. All the world's computers are infected.

    Margo says: "Solid and Interesting"
    "Great action packed story, very well told."
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    Where does A.I. Apocalypse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty high with some of the best book/series i've listened to. Hope see more from this author.


    What other book might you compare A.I. Apocalypse to and why?

    Honestly can't compare this to anything i've listened to so far.


    What does J. M. Badger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job bringing life to the characters and story.


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

    Yes!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (482)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "Thought this would be much better"
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    Bored the crap out of me. Couldn't keep my attention and very slow. Won't get the next one.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions. Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "The future belongs to AIs"
    "Great series of books"
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    Read the whole series of books from this author and couldn't start listening to the next book quick enough. The flow of the story in each book and from book to book was amazing. Would like to see more from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (220)

    David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence. David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers.

    Matthew says: "Short but defintely sweet"
    "William Hertling, my new favortive author!"
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    This is a great book and overall an even better series of books.The author does a great job telling the story and keeping your attention. If you like sci-fi this is a great listen. Listened to the whole series and enjoyed every bit of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5502)
    Performance
    (4221)
    Story
    (4232)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Just wasn't my cup of gatorade"
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    I saw this book and got it cause it was really cheap and my wife wanted me to get it for her. Figured "hey, why not give it a try myself." Famous last words. Ok, it wasn't that bad but didn't hold me attention much and was just kind of boring. Didn't feel like there was much in the way of action and it was bit to buffy the vampire slayer for me. The narration wasn't too bad, but the story itself just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6270)
    Performance
    (5852)
    Story
    (5874)

    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"
    "Wish this book was longer"
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    Been saving a credit and waiting for this book to come out since listening to the free preview. I must say, well worth the wait and the credit.

    To start the premise of this book is a new twist to the super powered people story. Within the first 5 minutes this book had me hooked. There were serious moments and moments that had me laughing. The main charater is a very likeable and makes you want to see how things turn out. The author does a great job creating charaters with different personalities and backgrounds which makes this book much deeper and interesting to listen to.

    The narrator does a good job with the range of charater voices bringing them all to life in different ways.


    Though this book seemed to come to a close but I'm hoping there will be more books added since it is called the reckoners series. There are so many more avenues yet to be explored with the plot of this story. Hopefully the next book will be out some time in the near future.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1613)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "From the gutter to the shadows. Great story!"
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    I had seen this book around a couple times but wasn't sure if i should get it. I am glad I finally did. I'm not normally into fantasy books but this one pulled me in from the start. The realism of what happens to kids growing up in a very poor place mixed with the coming of age of a legend.

    Honestly couldn't stop listening to this book. And the story is not as straight forward as it may seem.

    The narrator did a very good job bringing the characters to life and helped suck me into the story.

    Looking forward to the rest of the series. Definitely getting the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When the Devil Dances: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    The human-eating Posleen have invaded Earth, decimating all but two North American territories. Heavily outnumbered, humans cluster close together, the possibilities of habitable space shrinking by the day. An epic battle from September 11-27, 2009, will decide the fate of humankind, and the apocalyptic decision to use nuclear weapons - heretofore banned - will alter the fate of alien and human forever.

    Colin says: "Yea! the story continues and its even better"
    "Story starts to die"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't think i would cause i started to lose interest in this book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Probably the main character but any time it switched it got boring real fast.


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

    The performance was good, but story lost its spark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, Wish i did cause i like John Ringo.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill: Orphan's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (163)

    At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, hell have a price on his head. Worse, hes lost his past, and he cant find his future. Worst of all, hes chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind. When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon's safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as "Dead End".

    Readalot says: "Excellent first contact story"
    "Pretty good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Overkill to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a great job and has very good range in his voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

    Professor says: "A bit Childish and simple but good"
    "Not fun at all"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narration was bad and story wasn't very good either. Had to force myself to finish this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Would have used another narrator and made the story less slow.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Epstein’s performances?

    No, he was awful.


    Could you see Orphanage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, the story was not that good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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