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UncleHammy

UncleHammy

Towanda, KS United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1065)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Interesting concepts but lacked something"
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    Spin was a decent sci fi book. It explored several interesting and very current concepts but the story was a little flat. A few parts of the story I found very enjoyable while others rang hollow to me.

    I do not much like Scott Brick's voice. Something in his tone hits my ears wrong but I thought he did a good job on this book. I have returned other books that he narrated because I couldn't listen to him.

    Overall I think Spin is a decent book with some interesting concepts. For a hard core sci fi fan it is probalby worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6886)
    Performance
    (6080)
    Story
    (6075)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Good story, well read. Good listen."
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    Monster Hunter International starts a little slow but it picks up steam pretty well. It is an entertaining fantasy set in the modern time in the southern US states. It is well performed with each character with a distinct voicing and good tone and rythm.

    MHI is a little cliche but it is a fun little romp through ledgends with lots of shooting and gore to keep things interesting.

    MHI was the most entertaining listen I have had in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ubik

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (249)

    Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else dead? Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed.

    Mirek says: "Ubik - the classic of sci-fi"
    "Weird"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, if they just wanted a light silly read. The story doesn't have a lot of depth but it is interesting, but a bit weird.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end seemed like the author didn't quite know how to end the story so he just kind of made a convient resolution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found the scenes about the regression well written.


    Was Ubik worth the listening time?

    It was just OK. It was a nice book for some background noise but it is not one I would put on my top 10 list.


    0 of 0 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
    (4653)
    Performance
    (4171)
    Story
    (4195)

    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"
    "Great story, great performance"
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    I was born in Wisconsin and spent every summer there until I was about 16. Many of the roadside attractions were favorite stops on the way up or on the way back home to Kansas. I vividly remember the House on the Rock on one such visit.

    Growing up in Kansas the "geographical center" of the USA in Smith County was another familiar day trip.

    From Chicago to Mt. Rushmore I have visited most of the places in the book and that made the story more interesting.

    The premise of the story is original and compelling, a nice mix of mythology and magic from all around the world. It is the classic American melting pot told from a different point of view.

    The production of the story and voice actors are excellent, making for an extremely entertaining listen.

    I would highly recommend this audiobook for any listener, except possibly the children under 14..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Lord: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (300)

    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

    zita c pendleton says: "Good book. Weak ending."
    "Decent next installment in the Saxon series"
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    What did you like best about The Pagan Lord? What did you like least?

    Most liked - Cornwell is a master at writing action scenes. All of the action scenes are excellent.
    Least liked - This installment didn't really move the overall story ahead very much.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a little disappointed in the ending, after such a good action scene it was a little bit of a let down.


    What three words best describe Matt Bates’s voice?

    Good reader


    Was The Pagan Lord worth the listening time?

    I enjoyed The Pagan Lord but not as well as some of the earlier books in this series. Mostly because it did not more the story ahead much. Still worth a listen/read.


    Any additional comments?

    The Pagan Lord is a decent book and as a standalone story it would be good. It just isn't quite as good as some of the other books in this series. But still worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (290)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

    Guillermo says: "Missed the Mark"
    "Humans Bad Neanderthal Good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first book was better. This book the author decided the political statement was more important than the story. Thus everything Neanderthal is good and everything Human is bad. We ruined the planet, we are violent and constantly at war while the Neanderthal has done away with violence and war. Of course they have no privacy because their every move and even thought is recorded and stored in the alibi archive for the government to use against the Neanderthal if something happens.

    So take you pick our over crowded, violent, dirty world with no mamoths and free will and privacy, or theirs in which everyone is in tune with nature, resources are plentify, violence has been bred out of the population and your every move is monitored by the government.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It is clear that the author intended to write another book. The ending is left hanging.


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

    Obviously it needs one to close up all the loose ends.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3838)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2394)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Interesting Sci Fi/Fantasy combo"
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    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a pretty good story. Kind of a modern retelling of Canterbury tales (sort of).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Broun Lamia


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (548)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "Not as good as O&C or The Flood"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was an interesting end to the Oryx and Crake series. It delves into the background of some of the minor characters from the first two books. It also diiscusses what happens with the Crakers. As such it was a good final chapter. But the story was a little slow and the main plot was not very compelling.


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

    It would have been better if the author spent more time on the Crackers, pigoons and some of the aftermath of the Great Flood, rather than the issue with the Painballers.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    The narrators were good. I would listen to them again.


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

    I think it was a fitting end to the O & C series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2854)
    Performance
    (2083)
    Story
    (2094)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Good ending?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The First Law series was geat, this last book was good. I think most fantasy fans would like it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle storm in the city.


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

    I thought that the author did an excellent job of writing. He made you feel that you were in the right there with the party.


    Any additional comments?

    The story didn't really end. It was left very open at the end. I would not be surprised if there was a 4th book someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3790)
    Performance
    (2749)
    Story
    (2771)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Interesting concept, OK story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to Sci Fi fans, but not anyone who was not a Sci Fi fan. The story was interesting with some good Sci Fi concepts, but the actual story is not that compelling.


    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator was good.


    Was Old Man's War worth the listening time?

    I have not decided yet whether or not to read/listen to the next book. So I am not sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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