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Steve

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Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Swords of Exodus: Dead Six, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (843)

    On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "....Valentine and Lorenzo Battle at the Crossroads"
    "A middle book and a waste of time"
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    There IS a lot of action, but it is a waste of hours. It's just lots of frenetic situations where everyone wishes they were somewhere else. I took a break 3/4 of the way through an re-listened to Dune. A good move as it turns out! In the end, there is nothing satisfying about this book. It's a "boy are you screwed" book. Sigh.

    The performance is quite good, but there were many moments when I wasn't sure if it was Lorenzo or Valentine speaking.

    I wish I had skipped this book and MAYBE read the next one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5816)
    Performance
    (5220)
    Story
    (5251)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Art mixed with putrid slime"
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    The production quality is excellent. The cast is wonderful. The problem is the story, particularly the "Coming to America" segments. Imagine making a parfait with wonderful layers of tasty ingredients, now add in some layers of drippings from a rotting corpse. It looks beautiful! Eat up! Taste that vanilla!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: Rise of the Kobani: Koban, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (292)

    The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There's a possible block to this help in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity. A perilous descent through a war torn planet's space defenses is a first step.

    Ron says: "Human genetic upgrades galore, Good Book"
    "Boring"
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    Do you enjoy sitting in meetings? Yay! Let's sit around and talk about what we are going to do!
    This book is like that. There is no suspense. Things are lined up for the next book though! All planned out. Yes siree. We're of course going to all die though right? That terrible super weapon they have been constantly warning us about has to show up sooner or later! Probably later though. We haven't been warned about it enough yet. It will probably need at least one more book to do that. Then we can meet and plan some more. But wait! Lets have some fun! Let's get smacked on the head or groin some more! THAT WOULD BE FUNNY. Yeah. I really wonder where the editor was.

    The combat scenes were good, but a small portion of the book.

    The performance is generally pretty good. MUCH better than the 1st book. My only complaint is that the reader doesn't make any change for female voices. Many times I had to backtrack in my mind and say, "Oh that was the woman saying that."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outcast: Star Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (848)

    Star Force is called to arms again! Outcast is a new beginning, the first book in a new spin-off series. Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged - but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep.

    Dennis says: "So VERY GLAD it DIDN'T END!!"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
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    There is nothing objectionable about this book. It's "OK". Not great. Marvin is fun. The book ends suddenly, like "we got this far, did some things, and ran out of paper". It looks like it will be one of many to come, as they keep cranking them out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cally's War: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (282)

    Cally O'Neal, from Ringo's best seller Hell's Faire, stars in this New York Times best seller - a fast-paced interplanetary adventure that finds the trained killer locked in a battle to reclaim her lost soul.

    Jason says: "My favorite of the spin-offs"
    "Smutty, disgusting"
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    So this is how a badass female character lives? We are treated to a something like a month in the life of a prostitute. We start out with horrific torture, and it DOES NOT get better. I wish I could wash the taint from my brain. This is a really disgusting book, but when did that matter to most people?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9044)
    Performance
    (6995)
    Story
    (6970)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Blood, Gore, Sex ... All at the same time."
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    That's right. Blood spurting and sex at the same time. This has to be a new low. The main character also gets beaten to a bloody pulp so many times, he should be in a coma! But nooo, he's running around! I was angry and disgusted when this one ended. Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld #27

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (717)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Another brilliant Pratchett"
    "Hilarious, Moving, Powerful"
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    This is one of the best Disk World books. Most of them are light comedy. This one has the comedy for sure, but also has a much deeper human story. I had to say wow when it was done. A very satisfying read. I will certainly be listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1535)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    H. Brown says: "Well done!"
    "Game of Fabric"
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    Robert Jordan had a very annoying tendency to constantly describe what people are wearing. This book takes that to new lows! We get to have characters arguing (or not daring to argue) with seamstresses about colors. Light blue or dark blue? Hip hugging or not? Cleavage? Wool or silk? Guess what? It does nothing for the plot! I think there are two hours in this book talking about clothing. Two hours I can never get back.

    Eventually the story gets going, but that's at 90% through. If you decide to listen to this one, just start skipping when fabric is mentioned!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4678)
    Performance
    (4274)
    Story
    (4300)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Adnan says: "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"
    "Miserable middle book"
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    Very little happens in this book, and none of it is good. This book cannot stand on its own. Gone is the fun of the first book. I think you could skip this one and pick right up with the last one. I will be reading reviews carefully before chancing the last book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4325)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2736)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    Andrew says: "Better than the show"
    "Torture"
    Overall
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    There is a LOT of torture in this book. The rest of the book is good. Seriously, the torture goes on for hours. Not recommended for kids!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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