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V. Allen

I love hard Sci-Fi and Fantasy. And I pepper in there a few Bios.

Il, USA | Member Since 2009

  • 10 reviews
  • 107 ratings
  • 360 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Mass Effect: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's humankind versus a race of machines bent on harvesting organic life in this second official novel based on the BioWare video game.

    V. Allen says: "A definite for ME fans!"
    "A definite for ME fans!"

    This book covers the the space of time from the end of ME1 and the Start of ME2. This is done from the inner workings of Cerberus and their machinations in respect to creating superior biotics. I won't go into anymore detail but to say this let's you see the Illusive Man from a different perspective.
    I gave it 3*'s due to David Colacci I think this is better read than the last ME book. However I think it would have been better served if they divided up the feminine voices to a female, Mr. Colacci's female voice grates on me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    "Niven writes my kind of sci-fi."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love sci-fi and I love futurist stories and Niven excells at this. His projected futures always come from an extension scientific principles and then he builds amazing stories inside a rooted world where the rules make sense.
    I loved this story of what happens when societies are insulated and over specialized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "A wonderfully written tale."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book in two eight hour chunks over two days,

    Any additional comments?

    This book is Harry Potter, Narnia with the most flawed human characters imaginable at some points during this book I was absolutely disgusted by the choices of the main characters. This made certain sections really hard to get through. Other sections flew by with an amazing pace that only a well written book can produce.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "A great read."

    I loved this book, it is a well paced novel. Clarke's ability to pull you into a world is amazing.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

    Jessica says: "enjoyed it but was not in love with it"
    "Good story throughout"

    It is a good story and I am getting used to Johanna Parkers male voice reading.
    Much different than the HBO series, both are fine stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Absolutely Amazing!"

    I would love this to be the gold standard for audio-books. The acting and it is definitely acting is wonderful and quite reminiscent of Orson Welles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "A great listen."

    This is truly a great listen for people who want to understand the thinking and process behind invention .
    If you are after a behind the inner workings of Apple book this one is not for you.

    Woz spends a lot of time on his motivations and what shaped him into the artist he is, his father. This book shows his zeal for knowledge and understanding. I truly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "A delighful look behind the genius of Steve Martin"

    This is a well written and well read. It is heartfelt and insightful as to how a man can hone his craft.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The True History of Little Golden-hood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Andrew Lang
    • Narrated By Leo Laporte

    You know the tale of poor Little Red Riding-hood, that the Wolf deceived and devoured, with her cake, her little butter can, and her grandmother? Well, the true story happened quite differently, as we now know. First of all, the little girl was called and is still called Little Golden-hood; secondly, it was not she, nor the good grand-dame, but the wicked Wolf who was, in the end, caught and devoured.

    Wired says: "Leo's sultry voice"
    "Cute story and well read."

    The story is a take on that other little girl with the "hood." It is given life by the narrator Leo Laporte, his voices lend weight to this dramatic reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Decent but a lot of preaching."

    This is my first review, but after listening to this book and reading some of the reviews I thought I would add my two-cents.
    First,Raul Esparza is amazing bringing these characters to life. He had me hating and loving characters entirely based on his performance and I believe he stayed true to SK's intent. Amazingly done.
    Second, the book itself is an extremely veiled sermon on the terrors and horrors of conservatives and religious people of any ilk. I spent a good bit of time just wondering why he didn't just publish an essay on the true subject he wanted to talk about, "How me the conservative reader and all those I know are ignorant and evil."
    I have the ability to separate the sermon from the book and did like the overall story and conclusion. But if you can't you may want to skip this one.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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