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joshua

PINEVILLE, LA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "Intriguing!"
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    Where does A Short Stay in Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good book. Maybe not the absolute best I have read, but definitely near the top. This book was a little different than my usual read. I greatly enjoyed it. My only gripe is that it was not long enough!!!! It definitely was one of those books I did not want to put down and when the end came I was upset. There was so much more I wanted to hear about this Hell.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration and great story line. Again I wish it was longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7022)
    Performance
    (6546)
    Story
    (6571)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Great all around"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I had hints about possibilities on where this book was going, I was wrong. I enjoyed being wrong


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I suppose it did. I bought a few other super hero/super villain books since this one


    Do you have any additional comments?

    The book got my attention from the beginning and kept it through the whole story. I felt as though it wasn't as long as it really was

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wormhole Effect: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Zhanna Hamilton
    • Narrated By Sam Scholl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In The Wormhole Effect, Blue Rose Daydreams brings you stories that ignite your enthusiasm for otherworldly beings and satisfy your inner child that just wants to enjoy make-believe. Diving into world where the very fabric of existence is different from our own reminds us we are only specs of life floating in a sea of endless possibilities.

    joshua says: "Great Potential Stories, Bad Narration"
    "Great Potential Stories, Bad Narration"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    If the narrator would have taken his time. Instead I felt as though he was just breezing through the stories, giving slight pause when necessary, Then continuing on till the end. A couple times it was difficult to determine which character was talking since he gave no additional pause or inflection in tone when the characters were interacting with one another. It is a shame too since the stories seemed they could have been so much more entertaining with the proper speaker....or simply just a different speaker. I feel I was not even able to fully absorb what I was hearing and that the story was just barreling toward the end. I have listened to some books where I did not care for book simply because I did not feel the narrator's voice/own character did not mesh very well with the story I was listening to. This was not the case with this book. It was simply just the performance. Was the narrator on a schedule to keep the story within a set time limit? I had not ever wondered this before this book....Again potential, but.....


    1 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
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1143)

    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"
    "Great Book, Great Narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. It certainly was a different experience compared to the other alien encounter books I have read. Humorous and a great story line


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gypsy Morph: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (322)

    Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man's-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed, its citizens adrift, desperate, and fighting to stay alive. Survivors in fortified compounds hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned by the toxic atmosphere. But from around the country, allies of good have been summoned to challenge the rampaging evil.

    Tim says: "Almost..."
    "Disappointed"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Brooks before, how does this one compare?

    This last installment felt as though I were being dragged along only to finish up loose ends. It felt as though all energy was spent writing the first two books and the last one was half-heartedly written. The ending was also a little disappointing. I felt the series ended with a small "POP" instead of ending with a "BANG"


    Was The Gypsy Morph worth the listening time?

    If I would have known how disappointing the final installment would have been, I would not have read the series.


    1 of 1 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
    (5514)
    Performance
    (3769)
    Story
    (3778)

    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!"
    "Wish it was longer!!!"
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    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. As a zombie fan I could not get enough of this alternative style of the classic storyline.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This way of telling a zombie tale from start to finish in a documentary style format was refreshing instead of hearing the same old survival tale of a group of friends surviving the "zombie apacolypse". It was also great to hear the military aspects within the story. Usually in Zombie stories the government is usually non-existent. this story felt more real than other zombie stories because of the different aspects of people incorporated from many different nationalities and walks of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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