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Thomas A. Finkle

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At my computer | Member Since 2013

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  • 10 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1041)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Kenya says: "let down"
    "Books Two & Three Not Where I Wanted Series to Go"
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    Having read Fantasy for many years, I have reached the point where I want a good story that doesn't have magicians and magical items dominate the story.

    Book One was good. Books Two and Three: Argh!!! I was on magic overload in the final two books.

    It was an okay read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (503)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "New idea for a VH1 show "I Love the"...bad ideas?"
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    This book reminds me of the junk reality shows on Saturday afternoon, like VH1's "I Love the 70's." You may know the type of TV show I'm talk about: a show that has one subject for two minutes--like Rubik's Cube. Comedians will reminisce and make "witty" remarks about the subject.

    There is minimal analysis about why the "bad idea" was given the green light by executives. The author seems to classify products as a bad idea because they are no longer sold. Some of the of "bad ideas" are just products that are developmental projects, had a short product life, or small companies that got beat out by companies with deeper pockets.

    I thought the book was okay for $0.99 I wouldn't recommend using a credit for it. You actual could talk to coworkers on a lunch break about "bad ideas" and have this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1063)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Raises the Stakes"
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    The second book fell a little flat for me. Ex Patriots felt like The Empire Strikes Back. It seemed similar to the first book, introduces new characters and didn't have a satisfying conclusion.

    In contrast, Ex Communication doesn't introduce anybody new, but it builds upon existing characters. I liked that the scavengers and guards are back in the story. The relationships characters become more realized as the Mount becomes a city. Politics and religion factions start to emerge.

    While the Mount is experiencing growing pains, old unresolved threats could destroy humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1836)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1639)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "The Weakest Link in Series"
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    I didn't enjoy the second book as much as the others.

    Ex Patriots is a continuation of Ex Heroes but outside Los Angeles. We get to learn a little more about the world outside the Mount and get an origin story for two super-villains.

    I am in middle of the fourth book. Each Ex book has introduced a unique element to the world, except this one. Still a entertaining book but not as inventive as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (2548)
    Story
    (2560)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "This Was Awesome!!!"
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    I really enjoyed Peter Clines' book 14. He is becoming a favorite author.

    This was a great story. Not really a deep, thought provoking story. It's just a fun story.

    I really enjoyed how the story alternated between how the heroes made their first fumbling steps as heroes and the present when a community relies on them.

    My favorite character is Gorgon. I really liked his role in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5388)
    Performance
    (5023)
    Story
    (5018)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Interesting Premise--Not a Parody"
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    I was expecting a humorous book on the Red Shirts--the cannon fodder in the Star Trek universe. The premise of the book is intriguing. I was expecting non-stop jokes about crew in-fighting to avoid going on missions.

    The story was cute--not a deep book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (225)

    A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all. A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.

    Janae says: "I was taken aback"
    "No Privacy--What Could Go Wrong"
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    This is a teaser for The Circle. Your technology employer has access to all your personal information and monitors how you spend your time.

    It seems like a very predictable set-up and that like there are better told stories in this genre.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (268)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "Not as Good as Triggerfish Twist"
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    Due to a sale, I bought Triggerfish Twist (published as book 4 although in the timeline, Triggerfish Twist happens first then Florida Roadkill). There are some disconnects in the characters meeting in Roadkill even though they knew each other in Triggerfish.

    I love how the author pokes fun at a business segment in each of these two book. This one is Insurance, Triggerfish it's Management Consulting. The tongue in cheek absurdity of these businesses left me laughing out loud and re-winding to enjoy the skew how the stories of corruptions, which are all too believable.

    Like an episode of Seinfeld, Tim Dorsey's books weave a tapestry strand by strand until it all comes together. He introduces characters with funny episodes that seem to be stand alone segments and slowly start to integrate the characters into a larger story.

    The story follows Serge and Coleman as the track down insurance money from a insurance claim (on a sleazy dentist that they have dismembered).

    Serge, the protagonist(?), seems to have evolved between the two stories. In both books, Serge murders truly reprehensible people. The difference is that he is a petty thief that kills people that offend his moral code in Triggerfish. Here he kills for the money. This makes Serge less likeable character.

    George K. Wilson does a great job with voices ranges from stoner Coleman to coke fueled Sharon.

    I recommend this book, but it is not as enjoyable as Triggerfish Twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1758)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "As interesting as a box of (or a book about) rocks"
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    This was originally written in 1961--the beginning of the space age. Russia had launched Sputnik. Sci Fi writers started imagining what could we encounter out in space. The TV shows Star Trek the original series and Space 1999 were written later and are examples demonstrating the time period's interest in exploration (i.e. " to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations") and finding life. In this case, the alien is the size of a planet.

    It is obvious that it was written during this time. The plot from Solaris is has little in common with current, modern sci fi--No conflict between races/societies, no time pressures, or any other constraints. The story is completely about introspection--about the researcher's lives and the ever changing theories about the alien. There is also no hard science in the book.

    There are long passages about the changing formations on the planet surface. Long, long passages that are not relevant to the story. The human aspect concludes without any resolution.

    As for the performance, I liked the character Gaeta on BattleStar Galactica, but Alessandro Juliani didn't excel in the storytelling. His narration was average.

    For my tastes, this story was too anti-climatic.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Triggerfish Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living -- it's Florida, and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street.

    Janels says: "Excellent Serge--captures Tampa perfectly!"
    "Like TV shows "My Name is Earl" & "Seinfeld""
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    This is my first Serge Storms book. Although this is the fourth book in a series, I felt that the book could stand alone.

    The book takes the best parts of the TV shows like "My Name is Earl" and "Seinfeld." In Serge Storms, you have an anti-hero (in this case a sociopath/petty theft) with a cast of zany characters inhabiting a neighborhood in Tampa. Poor decisions are made and unfortunate events occur. These missteps unwittingly become magnified by Serge, his violent, coked-out girlfriend, Sharon, and stoner buddy, Coleman until all chaos breaks out.

    This is book is hysterical and had me replaying chapters to re-listen to the funniest parts. The author has a wickedly funny perspective on American culture and the city of Tampa, in particular.

    The narrator effectively uses different inflections and tones to distinguish the characters. I could tell who was speaking from the narration voice. He uses a nasal voice for most characters, especially the law-abiding characters naive to the plots of various rouges. This may detract for some readers, but I found it a communicated the innocence of the characters.

    The book involves sexual matter and murder. If you are easily offended, you probably should pass on this book.

    For myself, I will be returning to Tim Dorsey's Tampa again to read the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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