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arnold

A reader who ran out of time to physically read the book. I'm into sci-fi, self-help and biography books

San Carlos, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David M. Ewalt
    • Narrated By David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

    brenty says: "Interesting...but disjointed"
    "A Deeper Dive Into Dungeons & Dragons"
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    Where does Of Dice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think considering the subject matter, Of Dice and Men rank in the above average among all the audiobooks I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. He let his geek colors fly and actually gave a fair narration of the life a D&D player.


    What does David M. Ewalt and Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes. I would have given up reading the book due to time.


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

    The book made me laugh at how I also bought in into the geek culture and it also made me cry a bit on how a seemingly successful gaming company practically imploded from within as a result of success.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are confused on what Dungeons & Dragons is all about, Of Dice and Men give a fair and intelligent story about the game, the players and the history of D&D. It doesn't talk down to non-gamers and it doesn't geek out too much to make readers lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11801)
    Performance
    (10825)
    Story
    (10887)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Okay? Okay."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is an enhanced version of the print version because of Kate Rudd's performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Feels


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

    Not yet. I'm sure the other performances are as good.


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

    The pre-funeral scene. I was slicing onions and I had to wipe my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it. Listen. Repeat. Now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35240)
    Performance
    (26289)
    Story
    (26666)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "For What the Movie Left Out."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The book gave more details for the readers to understand life in District 12 and Panem in general. The extra details and stories made Katniss, Rue and Peeta more likeable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peeta was my favorite character because he was the unsung hero of the story.


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

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As usual, the book delivered more details and scenes that the movie had to leave out. Even for the non-die hard fans of the series, I highly recommend the book for fiction fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10980)
    Performance
    (10232)
    Story
    (10237)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Nostalgia, Suspense and Wil Wheaton!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would recommend this book to a friend because this book is the type of genre with the right amount of nostalgia that my friends and I like.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    SPOILERS: Monty Python. ' nuff said.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The gate unlocking games.


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

    This book made me cheer for the protagonist and each failure/challenge made me nervous and worried about the hero.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it. Read it and Enjoy. You'll thank me later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1097)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "A Funny Way to "Understand" Music Copyright Law"
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    What made the experience of listening to Year Zero the most enjoyable?

    John Hodgeman's performance is flawless.


    What other book might you compare Year Zero to and why?

    Any book from John Hodgeman because if you're a fan, you'd want more John Hodgeman.


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    The dry wit and nerdy delivery.


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

    We are ALL rich and here's why...


    Any additional comments?

    The clever story depicts the ridiculousness of copyright law.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17718)
    Performance
    (13831)
    Story
    (13867)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "I actually wished my commute was longer!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The performance and the excellent writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How every detail was fleshed out and is open to a lot of interpretations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Arya served the Weasel Soup


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

    Yes. I even wished my commute was longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Darya Pino Rose
    • Narrated By Darya Pino Rose
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Foodist is an approach that actually celebrates food while taking you through the nutrition and psychology involved in eating well to help you move beyond the daily obstacles and bad habits that keep the tasteless, empty, and unsatisfying food-like products on your plate. Losing weight no longer has to be about sacrifice, deprivation, and willpower, and food will turn from something you fight into something you can actually love again. As Darya writes, "You don't need a diet. You need an upgrade."

    arnold says: "The Science of Healthy Eating/Living"
    "The Science of Healthy Eating/Living"
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    If you could sum up Foodist in three words, what would they be?

    1. Practical
    2. Scientific
    3. Different


    Which character – as performed by Darya Pino Rose – was your favorite?

    Herself. Her stories from her personal life made the book more relatable for me.


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

    Darya's story of her dad.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26203)
    Performance
    (20015)
    Story
    (20092)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Saw the TV series first and finally read the book!"
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Vast. Tragic. Art.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The words have come alive thanks to Roy Dotrice's performance. Each character was recognizable and alive.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book to get into the world of Westeros. There are a lot of details I missed in the 1st season of the TV series that the book expanded on and my Song of Ice and Fire experience is all the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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