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Russell Smutzer

Arlington, Texas USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (483)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    A Fitts says: "Obumwe said, Eagan said, Wilson said, Rickney said"
    "Good story, alittle short"
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    If you could sum up The B-Team in three words, what would they be?

    nice short story, it left me wanting more of this little group.


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

    I think I almost did this one in one sitting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (738)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "Open your mind and think!"
    Overall
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    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having the actual author read is moving.


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

    No ! I can't mentally keep up and had to work through in smaller chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a poor understanding of evolution, this has help me understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10799)
    Performance
    (9054)
    Story
    (9139)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Wow this is good"
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    Would you listen to The Wise Man's Fear again? Why?

    Yes starting a second pass now


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

    The end really surprised me.


    Any additional comments?

    Book three is not out yet. this is very painful. Book one and two are great expect three to be also.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3958)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2424)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Fun listen"
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    What did you love best about The Mote in God's Eye?

    Intriguing space novel, Odd to have very little combat in space theme. This was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Very different story concept, fun to think about. I like a book that challenges me to think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12942)
    Performance
    (10548)
    Story
    (10670)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Greatly enjoyed highly recomend"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes loved the story


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

    Wanted to hear it all at once, but its much to long for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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