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lm.copious

i love too read and have people read to me...

rancho cucamonga, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4341)
    Performance
    (2764)
    Story
    (2794)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "couldn't get through it..."
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anybody who doesn't like to be entertained and/or has an abundance of time to waste.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm more of a Steven king thriller guy i guess. so nothing from these two authors.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with what he had.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i read it when i was twelve and i enjoyed it. what does that tell you...


    Any additional comments?

    i got this book from the paperback sale, so it was five bucks. Still in my opinion too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1383)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Not good! Not good! Not good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bad story, weak players... i couldn't even get through it. And that's rough for me because i wasted a credit on this piece of crap! I guess because of the success of the walking dead and world war Z "zombie books" (for lack of a better name) are being turned out in droves and people are just eating them up (pun intended: though not that clever i'll admit). One of my favorite audio books of all time is WWZ and i'm also a fan of "Hissers" and J.L. Bournes "day by day armagedon" but this turd? oh, man! stay away from it. I saw that there is a sequel and i've read reviews from others that said they liked it. But, not this guy. the performance was all right the guy worked with what he had but this book in the authors own words is as "F*#@&&ed as a football bat!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (431)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "I liked it, but beware!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The tech was cool, the concept was as well. though not the most original idea, it was executed well. so, yes.


    What other book might you compare Thirteen to and why?

    Blade runner. its the same concept for the most part.


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

    He does a great job at whatever he gets into. i like his style.


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

    Moved me? no. I will say there are some pretty descriptive sex scenes in this book and anybody who may be put off by that may want to skip this one. There are quite a few... Also anybody of the "Christian faith" may be offended by some of the slang terms and ideas of the author. Not me, but i know you're out there...


    Any additional comments?

    I got this one from the paperback sale. Five bucks was more than worth it! thank you once again, audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1: Betrayal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master, has unified the Jedi order into a cohesive group of powerful knights. But as the new era begins, honor and duty will collide with friendship and blood ties. The Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of an explosive conflict, with potentially devastating repercussions for both families, for the Jedi order, and for the entire galaxy.

    T. Mcpherson says: "Very well done! Worth a listen!"
    "Great start to a great series!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    i, like many many other people, have been a huge star wars fan since i can remember. the sound effects and Marc Thompson narration really bring the feel of the universe into you headphones!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

    The introduction of Lumiya into the story and how she is a character from the old school SW comics. Very clever!


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

    different voices for different characters and he puts emotion and feeling into his reading.


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

    better than episodes 1,2,and 3...


    Any additional comments?

    it's a bummer that this is an abridged recording but having read the actual hard copy book i know that the story doesn't suffer much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (972)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "A GREAT LISTEN!!!!"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. i got it during the paperback sale(i'm so stoked when audible does those kinds of things, if you re reading this mr. audible; thank you!!!) so for five bucks, i took a shot...
    this one was awesome! the narration is five star and "story" is as well. its not a story in the sense where there are characters and they get in a space ship and fly to mars, or whatever. it's written like a news column or article. it tells the true story, a sort of tongue in cheek take on the space program. the stuff you wouldn't think of when thinking of space flight. what do they eat, where do they sleep, how do you poo in zero g? this one is worth the credit, money whatever. don't miss it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (517)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "ehhhh...."
    Overall

    this one was hard to get through. i got it during the paperback sale, so for five bucks; not a complete waste. the narration isn't bad, and the story isn't either. it's just one of those listens that drags... a rare case where the movie is actually better than the book. i gave it three stars because i got it for cheap. if i had paid full price, i would have rated it lower.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4484)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2636)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "great narrator!"
    Overall

    this is a great listen. awesome narration, great story. Bronson Pinchot does a 5star job. no joke, this one is worth a second and even third listen. not a waste of money or a credit. highly recommended!! don't miss it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Taccoa Camp in Georgia and was the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings.

    David Ewing says: "Solid American Greatness"
    "great listen!!!"
    Overall

    this was a great listen. im a big fan of the hbo series "band of brothers." i very much enjoyed this. not a waste of a credit!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (318)

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Cornucopia of Genre's"
    "eh."
    Overall

    the narator, though he did a good job, his voice was real deep and mono tone. kinda put me to sleep. this book dragged on. i paid for it, so i had to finish it. but, i was seriously debating giving up on more than one occasion. good story though.

    0 of 2 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
    (35878)
    Performance
    (26882)
    Story
    (27266)

    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"
    "i liked it"
    Overall

    ill be honest. i got this title on sale and it was well worth the price. good story. good narator. gets a little campy at the end, but worth at least another listen. i heard the other two books in the series ruined it. bummed about that. looking forward to the movie. at least the first movie anyway...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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