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  • Geekomancy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael R. Underwood
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter. When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side.

    Tracey says: "Only geeks need apply!"
    "Soldiered through to the end, despite the narrator"
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    This story is somewhat of a hybrid of Ready Player One and Midnight Riot, both of which I listened to recently and enjoyed immensely. The geeky in-jokes were fun and I got a lot of them; the numerous Firefly references warmed my heart.

    However, I had to grit my teeth to finish this book because the narration was so awful. Perhaps it is this narrator's first attempt; still, it boggles my mind that a producer would let this out into the wild. The narration was monotone, the tempo and phrasing atrocious. Her attempt at different characters' voices, especially Eastwood's, was simply annoying. As other reviewers have noted, the sound balance wasn't very good and was painful to listen to at times. In addition, when a new character was introduced partway through the book, it sounded for all the world like someone else's voice had been looped in—someone who actually knows how to read; however, those looped passages had a hissy background.

    It pains me to be so critical of someone who is perhaps just embarking on their career as a narrator. While I would consider reading or listening to more titles by this author, unless this narrator improves a lot, I'm not going to suffer through another of her productions.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon: Burton & Swinburne, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war. Prime Minister Lord Palmerston believes that by possessing the three Eyes of Naga he'll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but he needs Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover the third.

    Chris - Audible says: "Almost, but not quite."
    "First two were good, but this one was a real slog"
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    The first two books in the series were refreshingly different, and time travel stories always appeal to me. But this one, in which our heroes are trudging across Africa not just once, but concurrently in two different times, undergoing mind-numbingly incessant privations, became a chore to finish. It was a big relief to make it to the end. And now I find that there is a fourth book! I will give it a fair chance, but I don't know if I can wade through another 15 hours if it's going to be another downer story. Good thing audible is reasonable about letting you return books you don't like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (3658)
    Story
    (3660)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Best author AND best narrator: what a combo!"
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    I originally bought this book because I had just read Redshirts by John Scalzi and liked it a lot. I was familiar with Wil Wheaton from his Star Trek days, and his appearances on Big Bang Theory and The Guild. But I had no idea he would be such an awesome narrator. After this I searched out all the books he narrated and I'm working my way through them.

    As for this story itself, it's a great science fiction yarn. Scalzi does a great job with plot, characterization and action. The philosophical underpinnings of the story are an added bonus and provide a lot of food for thought.

    I also appreciated the inclusion of the original Fuzzy Nation for comparison. While each can stand on its own, I have to say I like Scalzi's version better.

    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
    (11089)
    Performance
    (10337)
    Story
    (10342)

    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"
    "Come for the narrator, stay for the story"
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    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wheaton is my favorite audible narrator. I've been buying all the books that he reads. That's why I originally chose this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, I'm a 58-year-old girl geek. I read science fiction mostly, and work on computers for a living. But I don't play games, ever; that's why I was surprised to like this book so much. True, I got enough of the baby-boomer cultural references to draw me in. But the book's heavy emphasis on gaming was in no way a turn-off. As a matter of fact, I stayed up way too late several school nights in a row, because I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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