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maxpower

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  • Twisted (Selected Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines, Michele Pawk, Frederick Weller
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Diverse, provocative, eerie, and inspired, this collection of Jeffery Deaver's best stories exhibits the amazing range and signature plot twists that have earned him the title "master of ticking-bomb suspense" by People. With nods to O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe, these beautifully crafted pieces pulse with subtle intrigue and Deaver's incomparable imagination.

    maxpower says: "hooray for great plotting!"
    "hooray for great plotting!"
    Overall

    Listening to this book in my car made me wish for a traffic jam! Very engaging, well-written stories with some great twists. If plot is your thing I highly recommend it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (905)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Boring and infested with puns"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book got such great reviews, I was shocked at how little I liked it. So, I thought I should post a review just to provide a counterpoint.

    The story (the most important part, to me) was just not very interesting. It was very slow paced with a lot of useless side-plots, not much in the way of conflict (a key to good story), and just not a lot happening. It is of course book 1 of a trilogy, so despite my powering through it just so I could finish it, it didn't provide any satisfaction. Overall, I thought the story was just quite boring.

    The actual writing style was, I suppose, your typical overly-literal sci-fi nerd voice. I'm not a big fan of that style. What I really disliked, though, was the constant use of puns which everyone seemed to find hilarious (including a teenage girl... apparently teen girls love cheesy puns, who knew). Generally speaking the attempts at humor were cringeworthy. If you're not funny in real life, you shouldn't try to write characters who are funny.

    The audio production was good -- the voice acting was good, and I liked the way they approached the production.

    In his author's note, the author comes across as an affable guy and so I actually feel guilty writing this very negative review. But I felt compelled to weigh in to warn potential readers that I found this to be a very tedious and un-entertaining book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • And Another Thing...: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (323)

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    John Williams says: "A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe"
    "not funny"
    Overall

    You know those people who aren't funny but who make jokes anyway, and it's all embarrassing and awkward for everyone else? This book is like that. I stopped when I figured this out. (For calibration, I thought the "real" books were hilarious).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7242)
    Performance
    (4259)
    Story
    (4291)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Stepping stone to the awesome sequel"
    Overall

    This book was pretty entertaining, but the sequel really takes it up a notch... read this so you can read the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "So Lame the Premise"
    Overall

    This is one of those books where at the end I feel like nothing really happened. The big reveal, such as it was, was just disappointing and lame. It wasn't scary in the least (one slightly creepy scene near the beginning notwithstanding). And the protagonist was clearly an immature jerk... maybe that's on purpose but it doesn't really make the book more readable for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impossibly

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laird Hunt
    • Narrated By Peter Yearsley
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    With the literary inventiveness of Paul Auster and the dark absurdity of Kafka, Laird Hunt’s impressive debut is a smart, funny noir that is as fittingly spare as a bare ceiling light. Deadpan delivery and a sly eye for detail characterize The Impossibly’s anonymous narrator, and when the nameless operative botches an assignment for the clandestine organization that employs him, everyone in his life—including his girlfriend—is revealed to be either true-blue, double operative, or both.

    maxpower says: "Couldn't finish it. Could barely start."
    "Couldn't finish it. Could barely start."
    Overall

    I stopped this one not too long after starting. It was just a guy rambling incessantly in a monotone about completely inane things. Maybe it got better but I didn't have time to find out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.

    Ramon says: "Thrilling book with reasonable narrator"
    "Good entry by Deaver"
    Overall

    I'm going contrarian (at least to the majority view when I read the reviews a couple months back) and saying that I liked the narrator. Yes, he was very emotionless, but that's how the character was written. I thought his delivery was very good. He did say "wheppon," which was totally bizarre, I will admit... but otherwise it was just fine.

    The story was very fast paced and a little more thriller-y than most of Deaver's stuff, but still with his characteristic twists. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Resurrectionist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jack O'Connell
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

    Andrew says: "Perfect in every way."
    "The Abomination"
    Overall

    One extra star to this book for being creative, but that's about all I can say for it. The plot is nonsensical, the characters react in completely unrealistic ways, and the book employs that irritating plot device wherein the protagonist is really dimwitted, making it easy to spell everything out for the reader. Fantasy is ok; people reacting in a totally unrealistic manner is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (349)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "lame, cheesy, dated, boring"
    Overall

    OK, the main character had some amusing lines. But this book was really quite cheesy overall, and not just because of the 25 year old pop culture references.

    The story was completely pedestrian and didn't pay off. The women inexplicably and with no explanation fall into bed with the protagonist. Then we meet the character's friend, Pike I believe, a Dwight Schrute-like character who reads too much Soldier of Fortune magazine. We know he's menacing, you see, because he wears sunglasses indoors! Wow.

    The narrator should probably not be in voiceover work. He is a decent enough actor but his voice is reedy, nasally, and kind of irritating. Kind of nerdy sounding. Not fitting at all for these characters, who are apparently supposed to be tough guys.

    Avoid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5223)
    Performance
    (3184)
    Story
    (3202)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Takes it to the next level"
    Overall

    Daemon was more of a run-of-the-mill technothriller. This sequel really takes the creativity (as well as the stakes) up a notch. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4086)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2620)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "still great after all these years"
    Overall

    I read this about 12 years ago and then listened to the audiobook. It was just as good as I remembered it and it translated well to audio. Ignore people complaining about the ending; they don't seem to realize that it is a two-part story. The writing is fantastic and many of the character's backstories are incredible and memorable stories unto themselves.

    The narrating was hit or miss... the guy who played Martin absolutely hit it out of the park and was PERFECT. Just precisely how I imagined him and one of the best audio adaptations of a character I've ever heard. The Consul was an overactor, though, and the gal's attempt at an english accent was embarrassing for everyone involved. But that's no big deal considering the overall quality of the production and writing.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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