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jeffrey m. newsome

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  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4122)
    Performance
    (3847)
    Story
    (3840)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "As good as "Hard Magic""
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    Where does Spellbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    The attack on Washington.


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

    Pinchot is fantastic. He is one of the few male narrators that does women voices well. Don't know what that says about him, but whatever, he was great.


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

    Nope, just good, rollicking fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (625)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "Refreshing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    This book is an antidote to the pessimism that surrounds us. It points out that stuff is actually getting better.


    What aspect of Arthur Morey’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr. Morey sounds like a recorded voice from an old answering machine, especially at first.


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (5538)
    Performance
    (3789)
    Story
    (3800)

    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!"
    "The best audio book ever!"
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    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    This is one of the few audio books I would listen to again. It was that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is the soldier who is there at the start, then through the whole war. He illustrates how military forces change to face new threats.


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

    There are so many narrators, many names you know from TV and movies. I would listen any or all of them again.


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

    Take back the world!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is told from many different characters' point of view. All are human and motivated to survive in the face of hopeless odds. Some go crazy. Some die. But you will enjoy them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valor's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

    Shelby says: "Surprisingly Good!"
    "Super girl cum NCO"
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    If you could sum up Valor's Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Lively, run & gun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic conversation and inner voice of non-coms. Better than usual, but not quite right, speaking as a former enlisted man.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    The(female) 1st Sgt.


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

    Pro soldiers in space


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6081)
    Performance
    (5529)
    Story
    (5546)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Who knew Bronson Pinchot would be so good?"
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    What did you love best about Hard Magic?

    Pinchot's performance is a gem. He does many different voices perfectly. The hero sounds like a folksy version of Tom Hanks hit man in "Road to Perdition."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    I live how the protagonist kicks ass.


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

    My first Pinchot book. Won't be my last.


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

    I don't want to be a spoiler.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1636: The Kremlin Games: Ring of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, Paula Goodlett
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Acclaimed as "a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis" by Publishers Weekly, Eric Flint's best-selling Ring of Fire series has redefined the alternate-history genre. In this 10th novel, auto mechanic Bernie Zeppi heads to Moscow to bring Russia into the Industrial Revolution, 300 years ahead of schedule. War with Poland looms, but Bernie is more focused on a beautiful Russian noblewoman. Can he protect them both from the power struggles raging inside the Kremlin?

    ShySusan says: "A good entry in the Ring of Fire series"
    "Worst performance ever!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this. The narrator ruins the book. He has an odd pausing cadence that made this audio so annoying I almost quit. I love the books, but this was not good.


    What other book might you compare 1636: The Kremlin Games to and why?

    Other 1630s books are a little better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Bronson Pinchot. Surprisingly, he is the best audio performer I have heard.


    Did 1636: The Kremlin Games inspire you to do anything?

    Grit my teeth:)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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