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Steve

SUNRISE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1027)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "Enjoyable Trilogy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wormhole to be better than the print version?

    Only do audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Trio. They were interesting characters.


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

    Almost a 3rd dimension. I do not read for entertainment; but I am a good listener.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    All three books were enjoyable. I was surprised that I was engrossed in what happened next. Everything tied together nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By A.G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (959)

    Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

    Matthew says: "The start of a new series I suspect.."
    "Departure from the norm; return to something else"
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    Would you listen to Departure again? Why?

    No. No time to re-listen. Life is too short.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Departure?

    No one most memorable moment stands out. There were many moments that moved the story along nicely.


    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. First time. At first the female's British accent was strong, but I pleasantly got used to it. The male's voice was strong and clear.


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

    No. I don't get moved much.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a good read. I enjoyed the story all the way to the end. The characters were quite interesting. This book topic was a nice break from the gloom-and-doom end-of-the-world books I normally enjoy. I would recommend this book to friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cut Off: Breakers, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In the fast-paced Breakers series, humanity faces not one apocalypse, but two: first a lethal pandemic, then a war against those who made the virus. It's been six years since the plague and Tristan has spent five of them in Maui with her brother Alden. Life seems quiet. Simple. Peaceful. All these illusions are torn away when she discovers an alien installation hidden in the mountains. In response, she prepares a boat and starts work on a new home deep in the forest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Robertson winner!"
    "Excellent Series of Human Disasters on many levels"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cut Off the most enjoyable?

    Each book in the series has a great cast of characters. All through out the series, it was enjoyable to hear about characters introduced in previous chapters show up again in later books. The characters were well done and fit into the story very nicely. Cut Off wrapped up the story very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is a very tough question to answer. I enjoyed the dark humor as narrated by Ray Chase. Any character with this dark humor side is ranked high on my list. Even then I still cannot pick out a favorite without back spacing over my previous choice. There were loads of bad characters, but it's funny I cannot remember their names like I remember these core characters that were all good.


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

    Yes, but only in between reading one of these books. I really enjoy his narration style and humor. Although I wonder if it is actually the author's humor expressed by Ray Chase. In any case, I plan to look for another book that Ray Chase has narrated.


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

    No extreme reactions. No allergies, viruses or coughs. Although I did laugh quite often by the dark humor, as previously mentioned.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the series of books so much I hate to see the experience end. I am not sure if a continuing story line is possible, but if another book is written by the same author/narrator combo, count me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outcome: The Breakers Series Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    As an agent of the Department of Advance Analysis, she's one of a handful of people who knows about the spread of a new virus - one she believes will wipe out mankind. With her bosses in denial, she flies to New York to get her ex-fiancé, Chip, to safety. But he's already been scooped up and quarantined - and so has his adopted daughter. Pursued by her own agency, Ellie will stop at nothing to break Chip out before the virus claims them all.

    Steve says: "How it all began"
    "How it all began"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outcome to be better than the print version?

    Probably since I don't like to physically read. I am a good listener though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It introduces the series since this is book 0.5. I read all but book 5 before listening to this book. (Book 4 has ties to this book.)


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

    Ray Chase is great. I need to check on other books he has narrated.


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

    Enjoy life while you can. Without electricity, quality of life will degrade quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the series. I am glad I decided to read the series. As I start on the last book, I wish there was another book in the works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamers and Deceivers: True and Untold Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Jeremy Lowell
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    The new nonfiction from number-one best-selling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck.

    J.Adler says: "Great true stories of America"
    "Excellent Historical Review w/ little known facts."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It was not what I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This book mentioned some things I never knew or had forgotten. It also made me do some more research to learn more. I didn't know Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Along with some other tidbits that I will let you explore.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How informative the stories were and how interesting they proved to be.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Lowell – was your favorite?

    All of them equally.


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

    No. It was sad to hear about a couple of the suicides.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book. I was surprised to learn of the connection between Lucille Ball and Star Trek. Also the link between Alan Turing and Apple corp. I thought there might be gloom and doom since this is a Glenn Beck book, but I was pleasantly surprised it was otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (397)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "How to communicate with Humans and Non-humans"
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    What made the experience of listening to Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck the most enjoyable?

    It was written in a light, comical manner but still presented good information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Only one person died that I remember.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was more of a how to book without any scenery.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good overall book with plenty of good ideas and reminders of what I had learned earlier. It was a nice interruption from the usual apocalyptic books I read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reapers: Breakers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    When the plague came, federal agent Ellie Colson fled into the Adirondacks with Dee, the daughter she barely knew. They began a new life as subsistence farmers, isolated from the fall of the world. In the six years since, a small community has arisen from the ashes. Dee is grown up. She's engaged to Quinn, a young man from across the lake. And she's being hunted. Strangers are spying on the farms at night. Dee's harassed by a spurned suitor. One of Quinn's dogs turns up dead. Drawing on her old skills, Ellie launches an investigation of the locals.

    Steve says: "Family is all we have"
    "Family is all we have"
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    What did you love best about Reapers?

    The action and pace of the two main stories. (Third trailed in at the end.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reapers?

    How can I tell you without spoiling it for others? All I can say is the re-unions.


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

    All of them. Ray Chase is a joy to listen to. He defines each character. I love the sarcasm.


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

    No extreme reaction that I know of.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. It felt a bit different than the previous books but I still enjoyed the story. As with any good series of books, you hate to see yourself reaching the end of the series. I am trying not to rush through and enjoy each book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citadel: Troy Rising, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1852)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1390)

    Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning....

    Colin says: "another great story, with new characters"
    "Military Fiction, if you are into that"
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    Where does Citadel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. It was okay, but it became a story with too much military fiction. The story is very detailed and well written but I was bored by the detail.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Comet. A strong and determined character.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job defining each character. His individual character voices made each character stand out and were recognizable without introduction.


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

    From Maple King to Galaxy Conqueror.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good read, but I will return to my gloom-and-doom apocalyptic stories. Troy was too serious and had a lot of military detail. Apocalyptic stories are more cheerful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (534)

    Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

    Katherine says: "Hooked"
    "Yesterday's Gone: So is the interest in this book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


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

    The disappearance was most interesting. The cats without a face was not.


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

    I have listened to Ray Chase before in Breakers. He's a great narrator.


    Could you see FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I read it was being made into a TV series. May watch it but probably won't continue in the audio book series.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    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
    (426)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (355)

    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.

    DaemonZeiro says: "Don't skimp on this one"
    "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
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    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

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