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Zac

Knoxville,Tn | Member Since 2013

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  • No Return

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Zachary Jernigan
    • Narrated By John FitzGibbon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists - only what his intentions are. Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon - a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle - warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor, on the far side of Jeroun's only inhabitable continent.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "A stunning and original debut fantasy"
    "Poor Narrator and too much sex"
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    Would you try another book from Zachary Jernigan and/or John FitzGibbon?

    Zachary Jernigan, yes. The world and story were very original and the writing was good. John FitzGibbon, no. His narration was uninspired, very monotone.


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

    Less sex, masturbation....etc. It felt forced and very unnecessary for the story. Its inclusion felt awkward and arbitrary - and this from someone who ranks Richard Morgan among the very best.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Give John some speed?


    Could you see No Return being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. But if so, Ben Stein could play all the parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Causal Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Rajaniemi's future is one in which quantum effects can be manipulated by the powerful to unknowable ends; an era in which some are gods and billions of others are enslaved for the processing power of their brains; where in the inner Solar System, the once-human Sobornost endlessly iterate themselves in vast, planet-sized guberniyas, while casually running experiments on the photosphere of the sun. In this world, Jean le Flambeur has broken out of a virtual prison and, later, into the mind of a living god.

    Zac says: "Why switch narrators on the last book in a trilogy"
    "Why switch narrators on the last book in a trilogy"
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    Would you try another book from Hannu Rajaniemi and/or Roger Wayne?

    Hannu, yes. Roger Wayne, No.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Causal Angel?

    When I realized that the narrator didn't know how to pronounce most of the names that are unique to this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There's no way Wayne listened to the previous books because he pronounced most stuff differently. Scheduling issues or whatever, changing narrators on the last book in a trilogy is ridiculous.


    What character would you cut from The Causal Angel?

    Roger Wayne.


    Any additional comments?

    This really needs to be redone with Brick back as narrator. I mean, seriously, Wayne pronounces the names of basically all the main characters different. So disappointed by this.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

    Amazon Customer says: "Difficult story, awful narration"
    "Narration made it impossible"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Change narrators


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

    Didn't make it there. I barely made it to two hours before I had to quit. The narration was probably the worst I've heard. I'll read the book one of these days but there's no way I'll subject myself to the droning voice of this narrator for another minute.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There was no emotion in the narrator's voice at all. Ben Stein could have read this better.


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

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest no using this narrator.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Campaign: The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

    Hassan says: "I Was Extremely Surprised!!"
    "Upped the ante"
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    If you could sum up The Crimson Campaign in three words, what would they be?

    Ho Lee Shit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crimson Campaign?

    Taniel's moments of rage and how I wished he could just cut loose and bash all the generals.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic performance all around.


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

    I hate this question. No sane person would want to listen to ANY book for 20 hrs straight. Was it good? It was absolutely fantastic. Do I want to listen to the next? Hell yeah. This series just catapulted to the "read/listen-to-the-day-it-is-released" list.


    Any additional comments?

    A+, five stars, out of the ballpark. This is one of the best sequels I've listened to/read. Characterization is off the charts, action is whiplash, and creativity is phenomenal. Thank you, Mr. McClellan for a wonderful three days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Authority: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    For 30 years, a secret agency called the Southern Reach has monitored expeditions into Area X - a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization. After the 12th expedition, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez (a.k.a. "Control") is the team's newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and more than two hundred hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves - and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Another surreal expedition into the uncanny"
    "Phenomenal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Vandermeer's prose is amazing and the emotions and feelings he coaxes out leaves me shaken in their intensity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The prose is the best part though the story itself is mysterious and intriguing.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He is a fantastic narrator though and will keep my eyes open for his other performances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Losing Control and gaining Authority

    Yeah, I'm not really good at those.


    Any additional comments?

    This books is completely different than Annihilation. Where the former is about Area X, this book is about Control and the Southern Reach and the politics it exists in. There's plenty of Area X as well but it's not the central theme. It is a wonderfully weird book that will stay with you long after you put your earbuds down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (637)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Tear jerking, bloody damn good book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, cause it's really good. The rise of Darrow is bloody, brutal, and full of love, of life, of family, of clan and kin, of what is right and just versus what is wrong and bought.


    What other book might you compare Red Rising to and why?

    It's a mix between Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Lord of the Flies.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. No idea, though his passion and relevance were impeccable.


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

    Actually made me almost cry. No book has ever made me cry but this one's come the closest. Every time he loses a loved one, so passionate, so beautifully written.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not YA by a long shot, not even close. The book is brutal and beautiful and teeming with the need and idea of justice, vengeance and the perspective of all ideals.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5469)
    Performance
    (2794)
    Story
    (2852)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Absurdities, info dumps, and Bill and Ted lingo"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Possibly just because I've heard good things about Stephenson. However, this book was horrible to me. I'm aware of how dated it is but having pizza delivery be a major economic force is beyond absurd. The lingo is like listening to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. The info dumps are jarring and lecture-esque. And the relationships are forced to the point of being unbelievable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

    What was the previous question? Again, maybe.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    Bill and Ted


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Snow Crash?

    The info dumps are jarring, it breaks whatever momentum was going. I'd take out the whole pizza delivery bit as well.


    Any additional comments?

    With only an two hours left, I was ready to quit but I stuck with it and now wish I would've given up and saved myself those lost hours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (380)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Kenneth says: "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"
    "Great story, great writing, phenomenal narrator."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Absolutely phenomenal narration to a great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narrator and the humor


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

    Bobby's humor was great but Fox and the wanna-be had me rolling with laughter.


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

    No. At sixteen hours I'd probably go into some sort of fantastical coma. No. I'm good with spreading it out over a week.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stuff. On par with Peter Grant series, Dresden, and Matthew Swift.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Finch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment in camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers. John Finch must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels.

    Pie says: "Awesome."
    "One of the best I've heard/read/experienced"
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    Where does Finch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Finch to and why?

    Really hard to compare it to anything else; detective noir, weird, fantastical, and literarily masterful.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Finch and Shriek


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

    Who the hell can listen to 15 hrs of book in one sitting? No, that's ridiculous. I listened to it over several days..........moron.


    Any additional comments?

    Check this out, but read Shriek: an Afterword first, otherwise, a lot won't make sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1241)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "As Fantasy as fantasy gets."
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    Where does Gardens of the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is second to none but the narrator misses the mark on several characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quick Ben. Because he and his ilk are the reason I like fantasy.


    What aspect of Ralph Lister’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice for Fiddler was a travesty. Really detracted from the experience having one of my favorite characters sounding like a crackhead. Quick Ben's and Kalam's voices were likewise bad.


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

    Had to pee a couple times.


    Any additional comments?

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen is, in my opinion, the greatest epic fantasy to date and anyone that loves fantasy is sure to thoroughly enjoy this/these book(s).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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