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thomas

I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1235)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Good Start to the Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Into the Black the most enjoyable?

    I thought it was a good story, the production was very good and it kept my interest. I recommend this to any fan of Sci Fi.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a little more Military Sci Fi than I usually read but it had some solid character development and a back story that served the overall plot well. I enjoyed it and I am going to listen to the remainder of the series.


    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought he did a solid job.


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

    I honestly think that many (if not all) members of the military exemplify the attributes of honor that are depicted in this story. I have a renewed respect for that viewpoint and I am glad I was exposed to it through this fictional story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend it, somewhat of a light read with an action based plot but sometimes that is what you need to unwind from work and relax. I am going to finish the series and look forward to finding out how the Odyssey One fares in the coming war with the Drassein....good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (618)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
    "An Inspiring Story About a Real Athlete"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    I thought was fantastic, Great narration, well done story. Overall this was a very enjoyable listening experience. At times inspirational, at times moving, and at times I could only listen in astonishment. It is easy to be jaded about the modern athlete today. Endorsement deals, mega contracts, a seemingly lack of interest. Here is a guy who without any future goal of money pursued a dream and focused on the process. If you area weekend athlete you will find this story inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    This is a very honest book. His life was difficult at times, but he overcame the only way he knew how, through hard work and dedication.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Dunn-Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He did a good job. Jurek is a complicated guy. The narration brought come that fact. At times you might not like him in this story, but on balance the way he overcame is difficulties cannot be denied.


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

    I really cannot do that on my schedule, but this is a story that you want to come back to. I had not been exposed to Ultra Running before, being only a marathon runner myself, but the characters in this community were fascinating to me.


    Any additional comments?

    There seems to be a renewed interest today in health, natural eating and grass roots sports. I hope this book helps to fuel that interest and gets more people involved in their local 5k, Spartan Race or marathon. It helped me keep my interest alive and reiterated why I got involved in these activities to begin with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4619)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2419)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Superb"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not literature, and does not pretend to be. This is a a true life account of some remarkable athletes, and the beginnings of a sport that even today is pretty underground. I enjoyed it tremendously. Interspersed with accounts of the primary races, were short bios of the main competitors, and a thorough (if controversial) treatment of the cause of many running injuries. But fundamentally this is an amateur ethnography of a fascinating people in a remote part of the world that many of us will never travel to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As an amateur athlete I am always impressed about people who play a sport for the pure love of the spore; because it gives them joy and enriches their lives. Ultimately this book describes that approach to athletics, although within the confined of a sport I cannot comprehend. To say that ultra-marathoners are a breed apart in an understatement, this books paints that picture perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    It would be hard no to select Micah True, a hippie philosopher king who dedicated his life to something so obscure that he becomes the hero to many.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Fist off this is not a book on how to run. There are sections that describe the evolution of running shoes and design influences on training. What I got out of the books was to follow your passion, but make sure that passion is not motivated by money or fame. It you follow that path happiness is yours. This was not approached in a heavy handed way in the book, but McDougal painted this picture with humor and great story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    I have ready some criticism of this book and some of it is fair and some not. Sure, the author paints some characters in a Gonzo style that some might find a bit too much. I personally got a kick out of it. Others have said that some characters like Ann Trason were painted in a poor light. I think the author was fair to all, within the confines of a popular book. I came away with the utmost respect for Ann and others in this book, and lets face it, ultra marathoners can be a little quirky. It all made for a great read. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4461)
    Performance
    (3987)
    Story
    (4010)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "My First Gaiman, and Certanly Not My Last"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) the most enjoyable?

    A very good ensemble cast narrating this. Very well done. Similar in production quality to Dune, which I still think is the best Audible has done. This book was part horror story, part fantasy, part adult crime noir and part metaphysical treatise on what it means to be an American. This book takes on a lot and delivers. I intend on reading more Gaiman in the coming year, a good writer with big ideas.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    Probably when Laura first encounters Shadow after her....well I will let you sort that out...fellow reader.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Shadow is one of the most memorable characters I have encountered in a while.


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

    The overall tone where Shadow accepts his fate and follows through on his mission/job, I thought that was not only interesting but at times moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I was looking for something different. I had wanted this year to explore some fantasy novels but a lot of fantasy is targeted to the young adult crowd. This is decidedly not. This is adult fiction, dealing with adult themes within a fantastic, surreal backdrop. At times it reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut, and at other times of Dan Simmons (Hyperion). I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (614)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Ten Stars"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anybody who cares about art, the artistic process or the artistic community in NY in the 1970's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is essentially a memoir of Patti's life during a specific time period, but it is so much more than just a historical description of her life. Instead it is story of young girl who needs to be an artist, and her process of discovery in becoming an artist. That alone would be fascinating but it occurs during a very vibrant time in NYC. The descriptions of Argosy Book Store, The Chelsea Hotel and other legendary landmarks read like a travel book. The people that populate her journey make this a snapshot of the era. Fascinating.


    Which character – as performed by Patti Smith – was your favorite?

    Her resiliency, dedication to her calling and single mindedness of purpose make Patti an inspirational character. But this is not a story of fame, or the famous people she meets. She comes across as a humble, truth seeking person who needs to create an understand the world of ideas.


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

    Not sure a movie would need to be made. But I do have suggestion. Go back and listen to those first 3 records she put out in 1970's again. You will hear them with greater depth in terms of poetry and context. I would also suggest listening to her new materiel which shows that her searching is far from over.


    Any additional comments?

    A big component of the "punk"movement was that everybody could be a musician or artist, that it is within us and we should not be discouraged by lack of talent. All of us can create and realize a vision of art that is within us. This book captures that concept beautifully. It will inspire you to pursue your own muse not matter what it is. I thought it was the best audible book I have purchased yet. Humble and inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical"
    "Big Idea Sci Fi"
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    What did you love best about Eon?

    It harkens back to a time when Sci Fi was full of big ideas that can be traced back to Clarke. The big idea in this book is a touchstone so that a description of quantum physics can play front and center to a story that attempts to define our future and ultimately our past. I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is hard science in this book, make no mistake. I enjoyed the fact that it make me think of physics and gave me incentive to investigate concepts central to the plot. Additionally, thought written in the 1980's, the political intrigue in the book is somewhat timeless. I thought it was a smart and clever book.


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

    I have not. I thought he did a good job. He portrayed the different characters with different voices well.


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

    The ending. Though I saw it coming, it was fascinating and sets up the next book very well. Well done.


    Any additional comments?

    This book requires your attention. There are many different characters, some with similar names in a setting that is very different. It can get confusing if you don't keep track, so be prepared to immerse yourself in "the stone". I like this genre of Sci Fi, and I will read the rest of the books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Runner: Run Duology, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    In a crumbling futuristic society, Earth is only a myth, the technological advances of centuries have faded into distant memory, and space travel depends on a fleet of run-down, unreliable ships. Only the brave-or foolhardy-undertake such risky journeys. The brave, the foolhardy-and the runners… Jak Rebo is one such runner, whose current job is to deliver a future religious leader to his people, while avoiding assassins.

    Jarno says: "Scifi with a large infusion of woo woo"
    "Solid Sci Fi"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. It is a combination of space opera and military sci fi written in a straightforward style. The characters are unique an engaging and overall I found them interesting and a great way to forward the story. The story is not ground breaking or awe inspiring, but it i solid story telling with a message that I enjoyed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the overall tone and tenor of story that spoke through all the characters. Fundamentally this is a meditation on Tibetan Buddhism, both in philosophy and the delivery of the story. This is unique in military sci fi and space opera and I enjoyed the approach and the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene when "the way" is realized by the main character.


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

    No, I typically listen to books in my car. However I listened to this book pretty quickly, it was that enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    William Dietz has several books in the "universe" he has created. I intend to explore other titles. Interesting writer, with good ideas and a penchant for action. Glad I found him, thanks Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: Mindspace Investigations, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident. When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle.

    thomas says: "I Enjoyed the Entire Series"
    "I Enjoyed the Entire Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For me good books are defined by characters I am interested in. This does not mean I have to like them or their actions, but I ultimately have to be interested. Cherubino and Adam were interesting characters that made me want to continue to listen adn find out how they could possibly reconcile their complex relationship and the environment they find themselves in.Good story, good characters. Highly entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Adam cannot catch a break yet carries on....I also enjoyed that Al;ex Hughes is female writer, which I thought brought an interesting element to a genre that is often male dominated. Knowing this enhanced my enjoyment of the storyline and the characters. Though the genre can be sometimes conventional, her handling of the material was unconventional. Well done Alex Hughes, I hope to listen to the next installment real soon.


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

    I though Daniel May did a fine, fine job. He was credible with the different characters, which made them stand out. I like it when a narrator does this, it enhances the story and brings additional life to the characters.


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

    I could see this being made into a movie. I think alot of people would enjoy it...I would not be one of them. I enjoy books more than TV or movies because they act on your imagination more.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not a listener who usually reads police or detective stories give this a try. It's good Sci Fi within a clever detective "who done it". Adam's struggle with substance abuse puts an additional layer of emotion the story that at times is heart wrenching, and will make you look within yourself for answers. I highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident. And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

    Dianne says: "great story, I can't wait for number 3"
    "Really Enjoyed It. Hope There is a New One Soon!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely Well written, tight plot, well drawn characters. Totally enjoyable..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard not to say Adam. Great character. For all his flaws, he is a likeable guy caught in a tough spot, even though he got himself into it...


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Just great. He does the Cherubino character terrific.


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

    "Don't Go See the Movie! The book is better"!!!!

    I personally have never seen a movie that was better than the book so I am prejudiced with this question.


    Any additional comments?

    I really got lucky when I picked this series. Thought I would listen to something new. I am glad I did, Alex Hughes is a great up and coming author. I love her writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "I Really Liked It...."
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    Would you listen to Clean again? Why?

    Probably not again, but I will listen to the next 2 books in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clean?

    I would say at the end, the way the book was tied together. Poignant and clever.


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

    Fantastic job. He captures the regret of the main character without making you feel sorry for him. This book was surprising to me. It is part film noir, part X Files but it does not feel derivative. It feels familiar, enjoyable and the characters feel like new characters. It is dark but the crime scenes are not gruesome or uncomfortable. The author hit just the right notes and I look forward to the next 2 books.


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

    I rarely do that but I did find myself listening to it when I usually don't listen to books. This indicates that I was involved an entertained.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not someone who listens to crime or paranormal books. I am a Sci Fi fan, but I thought I would try something new. I am glad I did. The characters are great, which is ultimately what makes any book worthwhile for me. I found myself invested in the characters, the story was interesting and the narrator was fantastic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Homeworld: Odyssey One, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (645)

    War comes home to the Sol system when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth, with devastating consequences. Facing massive force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power, the crew of the NAC spacecraft, their allies, and the people of Earth must mount a desperate effort to stop them. Doomed from the start, but with nowhere to retreat, Captain Eric Weston commits his ship to the defense of the human race even as the human outposts in Sol system fall one by one before the unrelenting Drasin onslaught.

    Joki says: "Satisfying End to an ARC - Ready for Book 4!"
    "Well Done Modern Military Sci Fi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Homeworld to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version....


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a combination of several genres including military Sci-Fi, Space Opera and high concept storytelling. I thought it was well done and the the ending surprised me. There is going to have to be a 4th book in the series to resolve the story arch and I will listen to that book when it is available.


    Which character – as performed by Benjamin L. Darcie – was your favorite?

    The Admiral Funny and poignant


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

    The ending. I was shocked and fascinated at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this books. Solid, well written and plenty of action. Good fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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