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Steve

SUNRISE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Burn: Pure Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    The fate of the world is more fragile than ever as Pures battle Wretches and former allies become potential enemies. Inside the Dome Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His intent had been to bring down the Dome from the inside with the help of the secret resistance force led by Partridge's former teacher Glassings. But from his new position of power, things don't seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father had been right.

    MM says: "Lazy ending"
    "Be happy with yourself the way you are."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Burn?

    The many different characters and their interaction.


    What other book might you compare Burn to and why?

    From what I read alone, maybe the Maze Runner. Because of the goals each had in common.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many different scenes. Too many to mention.


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

    Pure - Change the world but not yourself


    Any additional comments?

    All three books were an enjoyable read. I like Sci-Fi and this was that and more. In many ways, it was quite different from what I am used to reading. It is an unusual story with an unusual ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the End

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin, Graham Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war.

    Lauren says: "I enjoyed listening to it."
    "She left the Village"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was an okay read.


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

    Don't know.


    What does Emily Rankin and Graham Hamilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Individual voices were nice and broke up the story well.


    Do you think After the End needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Seems like that was where the ending ended.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an okay book. Nothing gained nothing lost.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (812)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "How English became English"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they enjoy etymology. If so, yes I would recommend this book. I did enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The origins of language. Also the narrator presented the information in a pleasant manner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Do not recall.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book if you are interested in etymology, not to be confused with entomology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6034)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2854)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Wot an odd journey"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Neverwhere in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining fantasy adventure


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    None other.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Loved the various British accents.


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

    A journey to another world beneath your feat.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I am not interested in fantasy stories, but this was a nice diversion from the gloom-and-doom books I usually enjoy. I found the characters well rounded and quite interesting. I really enjoyed how the narrator brought the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (666)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Interesting attempts to change the future"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Replay?

    How the ending of the story resolved the big questions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to see how they try to alter the past and what becomes of the future.


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

    He draws out or exhibits the feelings associated with such an often stressful and emotional story.


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

    No. I don't get moved often.


    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining. In the middle of the story, I was getting tired of the repeated events. But when Jeff met Pamela, it re-ignited my interest in the story. I enjoy Ground Hog Day type stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (894)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "A nice book on the Living Differently"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Raising Stony Mayhall to be better than the print version?

    No idea. This is the first time I experienced it through audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stony. He is the main character.


    Which character – as performed by David Marantz – was your favorite?

    Same as above, although Mr. Blunt came in second.


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

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fun read in between the big stories. Better than I expected for a Daily Deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
    "Sounded like an old radio drama"
    Overall
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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?

    Most interesting - Killing Caesar. The least - the story that followed


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was okay but the differentiation between the characters was weak.


    Do you think Julius Caesar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He's dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I just read this book to remember what I read in school and it was cheap and I needed to kill some time before I get my next credit. It was an okay read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1963)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Doubt if I will continue in the series..."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Odd Thomas? What did you like least?

    Best - That it was over. Least - the constant ramble about nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but not in this series. It was an okay read but found myself not interested.


    Did David Aaron Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good enough


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

    Definitely wouldn't pay to see it. Maybe for free I would watch it on TV.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an okay read. Friends referred this book since they liked it. I was not interested and became bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2500)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2307)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "The reason why we never got flying cars"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to my "technical" friends. Sometimes the story gets deep in technical details. There is plenty of action and the story is very good. Character individuality is well defined. The narrator does an excellent job delivering the story.


    What other book might you compare Influx to and why?

    I cannot think of any similar book. It is not like anything I read so far.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    Jon or Alexa.


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

    Saving technology for a later time for your protection.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an enjoyable listen. I am glad everything was wrapped up in one book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuse

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the Earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back. At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined.

    Karen says: "ichi - ni - san - shi - go"
    "Part Two: Returning to the dome"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fuse the most enjoyable?

    The different characters and how they fit into the story.


    What other book might you compare Fuse to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The four narrators do an excellent job giving individuality to each character in the story.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting read. I enjoyed this book after taking a break from reading Pure. Someone said this was just a connection piece of work that tied books 1 and 3 together. I think Book 2 can stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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