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aaron gilbert

Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

Pearland, TX United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (378)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
    "Builds and builds to a great read!"
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    Where does The Mysterious Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book securely among the top ten I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Mysterious Island to and why?

    I could easily compare this book to other classics like The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth by the same author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I most enjoyed the "big reveal" towards the end. Honestly I did not see it coming though looking back I probably should have.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would not really use the word moved but I thought the cavern named Granite House was in my minds eye spectacular.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written back before instant gratification was the norm. Due to this expect a slow start that familiarizes and endears the reader to each character and truly makes one empathize with the whole crew. I love the execution and can honestly say I felt as if I were there on the island with them. Don't be surprised if in the reading you meet me there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1195)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    G. House Sr. says: "The Ends Justifies the Means"
    "Good ending to an enjoyable series."
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    Where does Saint Odd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the books I've listened to range from please never end to please be over soon. This one rates better than average.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    I love the works of Mr. Koontz. "The Bad Place" is a great example of one of his better books. Unfortunately when he strays from the formula I tend to lose interest. This occurred in his book "Icebound".


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought he was a perfect fit for this character though I will admit I found myself several times thinking Fry from the TV series Futurama was narrating.


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

    I did enjoy the book and I listened pretty much straight through. I did not however lose sleep when bedtime rolled around.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there had been a side story in this one where Odd helped one of the people only he could see. I thought it was going to happen and I felt Mr. Koontz simply forgot to do it. There was a person in that position that basically got ignored by Odd leaving that aspect of the story incomplete.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exile: Star Force, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson, David VanDyke
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (495)

    Lost and cut off from Earth, the crew of the starship Valiant seeks a way home. In the 11th book of the Star Force series Cody Riggs collides with the overwhelming power of the Ancients. They fly incomprehensible ships and consider humans to be curiosities. Caught between ghosts of the past and demons of the present, Cody is abandoned by everyone. His girl, his crew, and even his ships change sides, exiling him in the cold depths of space.

    Dennis says: "Exile the 11th 5 STAR book in the Series!"
    "Even better than previous installments"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend the series. I love Mark Boyett's character portrayal in all of them. This one is a notch above the previous books in my estimation in that the story line is rich in science fiction adventure that explores the boundaries of what physics allow.


    What other book might you compare Exile to and why?

    I could put this series on a shelf with Scalzi or Ringo but B.V. Larson would be in front.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Marvin. I enjoy his machinations.


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

    I just about did finish it in one setting. I can not get enough of the Larson / Boyett Duo.


    Any additional comments?

    I always prefer to start at the beginning of a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8467)
    Performance
    (7657)
    Story
    (7672)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Vanilla plain mediocre basic"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I entered this one knowing it was Rowling. In fact it's really why I gave it a shot. I knew it was a who dunnit novel and not a fantasy but I held it up to a higher standard anyway. Unfortunately this private eye story is cliche, middle of the road, predictable, and completely forgettable. If anything, it falls just short of center.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    I will not read another in this series but I also do not wish to write "Galbraith" off either.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a fine job. I enjoyed his performance and would listen to him again anytime.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I understand there is a follow up called Silkworm. I however, am not interested.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder how the author actually thought a slovenly one legged bastard son of a washed up rocker would make a good hero or even an anti hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (896)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Not for me"
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    What would have made Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 better?

    This book is probably very enjoyable to those who liked Hyperion or Dune. I prefer my sci-fi to be more like B.V. Larson's works.


    Has Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will always love science fiction. I just need a quicker payoff.


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

    I didn't feel any character had enough development to make a determination for this question. I thought they all were very thinly fleshed out. It was really frustrating to endure.


    What character would you cut from Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1?

    I am sitting here trying to answer this question as I realize the only character I can even recall by name is a robot called Compy. He honestly has more spirit than The rest of the cast put together. That isn't saying much as Compy never actually does anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to bash this title. I just did not enjoy it. If you like long drawn out epic style sci-fi with no meat then by all means give this a shot. I'll stick to my John Scalzi books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5421)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1911)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "What is all the hype over this swill for?"
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    Would you try another book from Philip Pullman and/or Philip Pullman and full cast ?

    No. I believe Mr. Pullman has had his fair shake from me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Pullman again?

    Once again, no. I don't think I will.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and full cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not and as such am unable to make a comparison.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Golden Compass?

    I'm not sure cutting any scenes from this story would really help me enjoy it anymore however, I would have called the cute little companions everyone had just about anything but demons or daemons.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard the religious arguments against this story for years and have chosen to decide for myself. Though I'm Christian I found I wanted to defend this book until it just started quoting the bible and deliberately twisting the passages to mean things way off the mark in my understanding. I have to say I just didn't enjoy this book at all even though the cast did a phenomenal job in performing the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (690)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Get to know your wacky Aunt Carol!"
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    Would you listen to This Time Together again? Why?

    Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.


    What other book might you compare This Time Together to and why?

    I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.


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

    I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.

    1 of 1 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
    (3282)
    Performance
    (2949)
    Story
    (2963)

    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..."
    "Ear Candy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this to anyone over 14 years old. This book really tried hard to capitalize on all the genres from zombies to superheroes and wizards to exorcists. The reader will also experience many pop culture references such as Doctor Who and movie quotes. Hell, we are even treated to Jessica Alba as a zombie being inappropriate with a demon possessed by a human who later becomes a zombie puppeted by a gang member. Yeah, it's a bit busy.


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

    Like most of the plot points the ending to this fun book was a little predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scoring of zombie celebrity take downs by the heroes.


    Could you see Ex-Heroes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure, why not? Zapp could be played by William Zabka. Eric Banna would make a good Dragon. And Stealth could be played by Haley Cuoco.


    Any additional comments?

    i gave this book a shot as I really enjoyed the author's book titled "14". This one just doesn't stack up however it will satisfy that need for comic book level distraction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (522)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    justin says: "How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
    "Come on! Koontz!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.


    What character would you cut from The City?

    Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (415)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "So well taught! So interesting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who has even a passing interest in the topic.


    What other book might you compare The History of Ancient Egypt to and why?

    This is a series of lectures. I have listened to several such programs. This one is so far my favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Bob Brier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard nothing else by Mr. Brier. I would however like to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The lecturer did an amazing job keeping this interesting. It is broken into half hour lectures and each one was a joy to experience.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are like I was and you keep looking at the Great Lectures wondering if you might enjoy them then this is the perfect place to start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The God Engines

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this — and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given....

    Charles says: "Crisis of Faith"
    "This is the elevator music of this genre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I listened to this in that it shows a darker side of Scalzi that rarely shows in his other works. I felt the story just didn't stand out. I believe the premise could be a great byline to a bigger more epic tale. It's as if we learned all about only one aspect of a potentially fascinating world. Throw open the curtain Scalzi.


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Besides what I've already stated I was not fond of where this story left off.


    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

    Acceptable, articulate, and like-able


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I would. This book would need a lot more substance to make it a film and I would wonder how Hollywood might accomplish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed several of Scalzi's books and consider them very light reading. This one is kinda the exception in that he goes a bit H. P. Lovecraft on his readers.

    I would recommend starting with Android's dream or old man's war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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