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Ted

Avid rock climber and adventurer. Lover of sci-fi and Action-Adventure. Advocate of revolutionary thinking.

Surprise, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Bone Triangle: Unspeakable Things Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Beyond the din and dancing lights of the Las Vegas strip, a young woman has mysteriously gone missing. All the facts point to something sinister - even paranormal. Quentin Draith, supernatural crime investigator, is hired to assist. However, the deeper Draith digs, the more otherworldly his assignment gets. Assassins, human and otherwise, put a target on Draith’s head and a ravenous alien beast starts rampaging through the city. The clues point Draith to Sin City’s infamous “Bone Triangle,” a neighborhood marked for its dark happenings and disappearances.

    Amazon Customer says: "Let the darkness pull you in again."
    "Nearly as good as the first in the series"
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    Story
    If you could sum up The Bone Triangle in three words, what would they be?

    Adequate Sequel. OK.


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

    It wasn't engaging to the extreme, but I did look forward to continuing straight through to the finish without too much interruption.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (908)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "Boring style of writing, particularly the battles"
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    What would have made The Heart of Matter better?

    Instead of telling the reader what to think and describing the action sequences by narration, the author should have provided more dynamic interaction between characters. I simply could not maintain interest in the story, because it was too much reading about what happened instead of experiencing it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I found the first book in the series to be adequate, but not spectacular. This one was much less satisfying, to the point that I finally gave up on it nearly half way through. I simply didn't care what happened . . . which is NOT like me. I will turn to some classics such as Asimov and Walter Miller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (318)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Cliff says: "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"
    "Memorable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good book, particularly if you are a fan of the fantasy genre with a touch of science fiction. It wasn't particularly strong in the hard science realm, but made up for the deficiency in other ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was very endearing, in a similar fashion to that seen in the swarm series by the same author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of the Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells's War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.

    Jim N says: "What a Disappointment!"
    "Stimulating sci-fi favorite medly"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Map of the Sky the most enjoyable?

    This story artfully weaves at least three classic favorites together into a delicious new perspective of 19th century future imaginings. The journey back to an earlier era was surprisingly both simulating and refreshing in contrast to some of the pessimistic and more jaded current imaginings that are being mass-produced on the post-cyber-punk assembly line of today. Delightful read! The narrator was excellent as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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