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Steve

SUNRISE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3485)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1688)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "A sci-fi Columbo Detective Series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard K. Morgan? Why or why not?

    Maybe. This was an okay read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where he was saying goodbye to himself.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably would wait for it to appear on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an okay story. I seemed to get lost at times but quickly caught up later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (187)

    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    Jake says: "Sometimes the secret is that the chest is empty..."
    "Okay for a lecture series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they can get it cheap like I did, sure. Otherwise, probably not.


    Would you recommend Scientific Secrets for Self-Control to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It's more of a lecture series on a topic you would want to listen to / desire to listen to.


    What aspect of Professor C. Nathan DeWall’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. He presented the material well and in a clean spoken manner.


    Do you think Scientific Secrets for Self-Control needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He covered the topic enough for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope. I am exercising my self control.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knifepoint: Breakers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Raina was just a girl when the plague came. She survived. Her parents didn't. Neither did the world. As civilization fell, she took to the ruins of Los Angeles, eating whatever she could catch. After two years alone, she's found and adopted by a fisherman and his wife. Their makeshift family lives a quiet life - until a man named Karslaw sails in from Catalina Island with an army of conquerors. Driven by visions of empire, he executes Raina's new father as a traitor and takes her mother captive. But Karslaw's people aren't the only ones vying for control of the ruined land.

    Janet H. says: "Awesome"
    "Great After The End of the World Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Knifepoint to be better than the print version?

    Don't actually read for entertainment. I have no idea.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like "end of the world" stories but this one was fun to listen to. For this type of subject matter, I was surprised I laughed so much. The dark humor was quite funny.


    What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Chase did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. With the dark humor, he played off the lines really well. I will have to see what else Mr. Chase has narrated.


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

    No, but I did finish the story fast for me. I wish there were more stories in the series. I figure I will take a break because I read 1, 2 and 3 pretty quickly, one after another. I will read something else and come back to book 4.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that I really enjoyed this series and had quite a few laughs. Hopefully this author has other books I might like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (353)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "An okay read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    meh. It was okay. Nothing gained, nothing lost.


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

    No idea.


    What aspect of Jeff Cummings and Ken Burns (introduction) ’s performance would you have changed?

    It was adequate.


    Was My Antonia worth the listening time?

    Barely. It was an okay read,


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

    Bonnie says: "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
    "Back when war was civilized"
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    Where does Christmas Eve, 1914 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since it was a little more than an hour long, I figure it doesn't compare to "normal" books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that they stopped the war for Christmas celebration.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Multiple narrators add life to the story.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Good period piece that we will never experience ever again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melt Down: Breakers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    In upstate Idaho, Ness Hook is run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is graduating college, but with no job and no prospects, she'll have to move back in with her parents. Then the world ends. After Ness discovers his best friend dead of disease, Shawn takes their family to the mountains to wait out the plague.

    rich says: "Snappy Dialogue Perfect for Ray Chase"
    "More death and destruction, book 2"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Melt Down to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I don't like to physically read a book. Hearing a book is much better.


    What other book might you compare Melt Down to and why?

    none other


    Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favorite?

    Sean


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

    no extreme reaction


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the dark humor written into the story of death and destruction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakers: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (309)

    In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

    Janie says: "Left me wanting more....."
    "Death and destruction with some humor on the side"
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    Where does Breakers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt. He kicked butt and didn't care if he would be killed. He always came out on top, after the world fell apart. Ray Chase gave Walt some character.


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

    No but I loved his one liners and humor. His voice comes across great.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed book one, more than I expected. I am looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1611)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Taking the long way home"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Going Home to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Did not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Home?

    I enjoyed the trip through the Florida towns since I live in South Florida. I was learning about cities I never heard of before. Of course the sci-fi was pretty good. I like the idea that they didn't fall for many schemes. Definitely a lot of survivor jargon and article names I did not recognize. It took me a while to figure out what NVGs were.


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

    First time listener.


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

    Florida - See it like a native of the 1500s


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed there is actually a Wal-Mart in Perry, Florida. It was fun to have a map handy to see where the characters were. Their attention to detail was amazing and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (190)

    The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

    Michael says: "Make sure you skip the first chapter"
    "The book is better than the movie of the same name"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Running Man in three words, what would they be?

    The Running Man


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Running Man. A strong willed character.


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

    I don't believe I have.


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

    No. But come to think of it, the end where he walks around. It grossed me out quite a bit. I cannot say any more.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book more than the movie. Although the movie was good, the book delivered the story better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Michael Bybee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    From New York Times best-selling author and award-winning reporter Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail tells eye-opening, behind-the-scenes stories from Secret Service agents about presidents and their families.

    Eva Rose says: "This was very, very interesting!"
    "Interesting to see first families off camera"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It is quite an interesting look at how the first families behave when the camera is turned off. There are plenty of the good and bad stories about the man and his family that holds the highest office in the land.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Family Detail?

    To learn how power hungry Hilary Clinton is and what a not-so-nice person she is to work for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure. It was amazing that Joe wants to appear like average Joe on his weekly trips to Delaware and not have the football within easy reach. A dangerous man.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Besides accounts of first family life, there is a lot of information about the Secret Service itself. Due to recent events, it was an interesting book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (471)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Tango says: "Should be classified as Sci-Fi"
    "Different but interesting and enjoyable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.


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

    Parallel time zones.


    What does Meredith Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Exuded emotions.


    Did All Our Yesterdays inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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