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kelan

I am a professional photographer - Kelan Photography - who lives in South Beach. I call my collection "Photography from a Different Perspective." The images I create are formed from the designs and colors in nature. They are somewhat abstract. I always have an audiobook playing except on those days when I take a stress break and go wading through the everglades and take pictures of alligators.

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  • Pineapple Grenade: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    First, there's the media frenzy over the “Hollow Man,” a gutless corpse found on the beach. And yet people think it’s perfectly normal to find dead sharks in the middle of downtown boulevards - or to spot black mushroom clouds behind the airport. Then there are the roving bands of carjackers who suddenly find themselves inconvenienced. Not to mention people lurking outside sex-addiction meetings. Could this be the work of Serge, that eccentric trivialista and one-man vigilante? And why is he extensively photographing foreign consulates right before the critically important Summit of the Americas?

    David says: "Fun but not for the whole family."
    "I grinned till it hurt!"
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    Would you listen to Pineapple Grenade again? Why?

    Yes. Though some are better than others, I love all the Serge books. This is one of the best. I think in part because I recently moved to Miami Beach so I'm familiar with the places Serge, et al get into trouble.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Oliver Wyman has much improved from his earlier "Serge" readings. I love his voice here.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    SEMI-SPOILER: There is a sad part at the end that I wish could have been handled differently. It made an otherwise grand story less... um... grand.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1033)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "I love Alastair Reynolds, but..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was interesting, but didn't engender excitement. I read The Prefect, and I am currently reading Chasm City. Both of these are superb.

    All three of these have disparate story lines which tie in together as the book progresses


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alastair Reynolds? Why or why not?

    I read the Prefect first. Amazing story, great plot, dynamic individuals. I love it!

    I read Revelation Space second... not so much.

    However, I'm reading Chasm City which is again superb!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think John Lee didn't put quite enough joy or excitement into this book. He is absolutely amazing in the two other Reynolds' books however!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Pedantic"
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    What would have made Existence better?

    I lost interest. I kept waiting for something to happen so I kept listening. After 2/3 or so of the way through Part 1, I gave up. The writing was a pedantic drone describing society.The narrators weren't able to give it any life either. They just plodded along with a plot that plodded along.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

    One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere... but her body was never recovered. Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

    Jessica says: "I heart Luke Daniels!!"
    "Nothing special"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The primary group of character, who are much more interesting, made an appearance, but that's about it.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s performance?

    Luke Daniels is an inspired narrator; however, he wasn't given a whole lot to work with.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (281)

    In Killing Rain, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which needs an operator who can remove 'problems' in Asia, and a new partner: Dox, the ex-marine sniper and party animal first introduced in Rain Storm. He also has a new hope, that by using his fearsome talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives he has already taken.

    Amazon Customer says: "I give this book my highest rating."
    "Not the book in the series in which to start"
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    What did you like best about Killing Rain? What did you like least?

    I bought this because I thought John Rain is supposed to be the perfect "assassin" The first thing he does is screw up the hit. Consequences are minor, and his partner just shrugs his shoulders. The rest of the book describes how indelibly covert, stealthy, in control, and generally awesome he is.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Camera Obscura: Bookman Histories, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lavie Tidhar
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The X-Files meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in this wild and clever steampunk romp. Milady de Winter is called in by the mysterious Council to solve a seemingly impossible murder in the Rue Morgue, Paris. It'll take all her ingenuity just to remain alive.

    kelan says: "An OK story"
    "An OK story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The plot jumps around in a meaningless manner - I think to make sure that ALL the characters we know of in the 'Victorian' age, famous or infamous, are addressed (of course into format). Too cumbersome.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel: Eleventh Doctor, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jonathan Morris
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    The past is like a foreign country: nice to visit, but you really wouldn’t want to live there. In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband, Mark, is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years ago, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: "You can save her." As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it’s up to the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.

    Georgia says: "Really intriguing story"
    "The Angels... You gotta love them!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I purchased this book with great trepidation. How could "The Doctor" work as a novel? But it did. Of course,its best to know the characters in seeing them on TV.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Don't Blink


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    She is absolutely spot on with the characters - each had a voice AND a separate accent.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nimbus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alexander Jablokov
    • Narrated By Colby David Elliott
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Peter Ambrose is a struggling jazz musician who earns some extra income installing brain prosthetics on the side. One day, someone from his hidden and forgotten past turns up dead - and Peter has to reluctantly go out and find out who might want to eliminate the surviving members of the Nimbus Project. Nimbus is both dark and funny, a blend of science fiction, noir, cultural satire, and suspense.

    Zackary says: "Thrilling from the first word to the last!"
    "Why??!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    RECOMMEND??? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! First, I rarely look at the extremes of reviews. Especially the "Ones" because I believe they are too severe. When I started listening, I thought the pace of the narration was set at 2X. It was not. So I set it at 1/2X. Then it DRONED, but at least I could follow the storyline better. But, as I said, it droned and I finally had to set it back to normal speed or fall asleep.The narrator speaks with NO PUNCTUATION, NO CHANGE OF INTONATION, and NO CHANGE IN CHARACTER VOICE. The story -may- be good, but it is so awful to listen to that I don't care about the story anymore. I've quit listening to the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing. I had a hard time caring because the narration is so awful.


    Which character – as performed by Colby David Elliott – was your favorite?

    None of them. I could not tell the difference between one character and another because their was no change of "voice" by the narrator.


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

    Don't See Me!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my credit back.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7473)
    Performance
    (6699)
    Story
    (6714)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Inventive, Intriguing, Fun, and Exciting!!!"
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    What did you love best about Hexed?

    Overall, the story is skillfully created. The plot is ingenious with just the right amount of humor, action, and


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels is a phenomenal narrator. He not only transitions smoothly into each person's voice, but into their


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

    The story flows so smoothly and enjoyably that one can sit down to read/listen to it in one sitting - and become annoyed with such things as having to take a break for food and drink :)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9639)
    Performance
    (8594)
    Story
    (8570)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Clever, inventive, and fanciful!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Overall, the story is skillfully created. The plot is ingenious. The characters are inventive with easily accessible personalities. The story flows so smoothly that one can sit down to read/listen to it in one sitting - and become annoyed with such things as having to take a break for food and drink :)


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels is a phenomenal narrator. He not only transitions smoothly into each person's voice, but into their


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen a number of comments about the Druid chronicles as being sub par to the Dresden series. I feel nothing could be further from the truth. I became tired of that series with the black & white, mind-numbing, narrow-mindedness of the characters. The storytelling here is

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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