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w. kelsch

lakeside, ca United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Aurora: CV-01: Frontiers Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (430)

    world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

    medicman says: "aint no jack cambell"
    "A decent first book, though a bit adolesent."
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    What did you like best about Aurora: CV-01? What did you like least?

    The general storyline is good and pretty original. I disliked the lack of reality in the space battles. (like starwars)


    If you’ve listened to books by Ryk Brown before, how does this one compare?

    No first time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a scene where the ship pops up in the middle of a battle.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a good, though I think the author lacked the concept of physics. The story writes like a star wars or star trek movie. The space battles and flight are very one dimensional, and they don't take in account speed and time dialation. A ship flying at .8 the speed of light isn't going to see anyting out the viewport, or fire and track laser fire. If he would have made it a bit more realistic, like some of the better science fiction authors, it could have been exelent. I tended to roll my eyes in some of the space scenes and wish the author would have done his homework.

    PS, the later stories in the series are better, though he still is way off reality when it comes to space and time.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • When the Bough Breaks: The Empire's Corps, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    The Galactic Empire is dying. In their high towers, the Grand Senators plot and struggle to grasp a larger share of power while on the streets, the poor struggle to survive just one more day. Chaos and anarchy are running through the megacities of Earth, while giant corporations tighten the screws and colony worlds plot to declare independence and escape the Empire's increasing demands for resources. Centuries of mismanagement are finally catching up with the human race.

    Jean says: "A great new series"
    "All history, nothing like the first two books"
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    Would you listen to When the Bough Breaks again? Why?

    Not likely, since it is mostly a history of how the empire fell. It doesn't follow any of the characters from the first books. still it is a very riveting story of how the empire falls, and what happens when people rely completely on government for food and support.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book doesn't really focus on one particular character, but i would say the development of the prince was my favorate thing about the book.


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

    He is good at doing the different voices in a way that makes you forget one person is reading.


    Any additional comments?

    The book reads more like a history book in fictional form.This book lays out all the reasons why the marines in the first two are stranded, and why they must learn to survive outside the empire. The story does have hero's, mainly the prince's body guard,but like I said before, don't expect the story to be focused on one group or person like the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Empires at War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Doug Dandridge
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

    Richard D. Laudenslager says: "Smart, Realistic Military Science Fiction"
    "Now that was a horrible reader."
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    What would have made Exodus better?

    A completely different reader. He paused in all the wrong places, and was just so bland in his reading.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the outline of the story is nice, but the execution wasn't that great.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If he didn't pause when there weren't commas or periods.


    Any additional comments?

    boring, couldn't finish mainly due to reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

    Morgan H says: "Couldn't stop smiling"
    "Gail does it again."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, mainly because Gail is so good at keeping you tied into the story. her humor added to her excelent writing style make for a great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waistcoats & Weaponry?

    The start of the book pretty much had me hooked. the main character shows off her gadgets, and gets through a sticky situation. from there it is none stop sticky, and she is as slippery as a cat covered in jelly.


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    Moira is a great voice actress from what i heard. She made me feel as though each character was seperate, and with thier own personality.


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

    Classy and Sassy meets Spies of a super natural nature.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all of Gail's books so far, and find her a very entertaining author. mind i am a 41 year old male trucker, who was skeptical when I got the first of her Parasol Protectorate series, and couldn't stop listening. I listened to the Parasol Protectorate twice, and even though this series is meant for younger readers, i would listen to it again as well. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Silks

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emma Jane Holloway
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

    Hope says: "well written steampunk with a real plot"
    "Too much of a bad thing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First of all, the story had zero humor. I liked the core storyline, but the author spent far too much time on the whole love triangle, with zero humor between any of the characters. I am used to some of the other steampunk authors like Pip Ballantine, and Gail Carriger who add a lot of humor along with a good story. This book was like listening to a teen girl whining about two boys she liked. The book could have been great with about fifty percent of the love triangle junk removed, and some humor added.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I doubt I'll listen to the rest of the series, since it was just to drab and slow moving. As a man, I don't think I can listen to all the confused love triangle stuff either. I need to listen to one of the other steam punk authors to get back to sanity.


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

    Angele is a great reader, which was one of the only reasons I continued to listen, since the story seemed to drag on and on throughout. Her change of voice for characters is good, and she keeps you hooked well enough to keep the play button going.


    Did A Study in Silks inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, make sure a book isn't mostly a love story, instead of an adventurous steam punk story I was expecting.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother if you are expecting a fun adventure with steam punk. The story just drags and drags, with zero humor, and far too much "oh I love him, or no i love that guy, oh wait I love this guy again." At the end of the story the main character ends up looking like a foolish girl, while the guys are all jerks.Now I don't mind a love triangle, but it seemed as though the book was saturated with confusing little girl thoughts of who she liked or disliked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Surge: Destroyermen, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (618)

    In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. But time is running out for the Alliance army in India, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. All other plans go on hold when the attempt proves more difficult - and more heartbreakingly costly - than anyone imagined.

    Greg says: "Long in tooth..."
    "Another great addition to the series"
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    Would you listen to Storm Surge again? Why?

    Yes because if have listened to the series several times.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    any one of the cats, he really makes you believe they are a different race.


    Any additional comments?

    not much to say but yet another great one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue: The Bern Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Jennette Selig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.

    But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.

    Dubi says: "The Forced Was With Them"
    "Very teenie bopper."
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    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Jennette Selig?

    Yes, the story wasn't bad but I wish there was a lot less of the does he or she love me or not stuff.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Removed a lot of the teen love story aspect of the book. He could have cut out a lot of the constant blabbing by the main character about her feelings, and just hinted instead.


    Which character – as performed by Jennette Selig – was your favorite?

    she does all well, and I wouldn't mind listening to her again.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good, though there was a bit of young puppy love stuff within. After listening to the rest of the books I understood why the author didn't explain alot about certain parts, because there is supposed to be a mystery behind the whole thing. However, I still felt as though they could have thrown a bit more of a bone to keep me more interested. I was on the edge of not getting the second book by the time this one was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (258)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Almost no dialog and no character development!"
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    What would have made Marines: Crimson Worlds better?

    The book needed a lot more descriptions and dialog.


    Has Marines: Crimson Worlds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from the genre, but from the writer.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He spoke stunted, and the story didn't seem to flow. His tone was completely wrong for certain situations in the story. It was like listening to a guy in his basement tell a story without any guidlines


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A major disappointment. The story was lacking almost everything needed to make a story flow and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    First of all, imagine someone sitting down and telling you about their life, and leaving out all the details which make the story interesting. There were other characters, but you never hear any dialog from them, and you never learn much about them other than they are there in the story, but that is about all. The whole book was stunted, because the lines didn't flow with one another. I would hate to see the actual pages of this book because it would only be made up of sentaces seperated into individual paragraphs. Honestly I thought I was listening to a story written by a junior high student giving an outline to a story he wished to write. Sure it was first person, but there should be some dialog between characters, not just this "this happened, and then that happened." I was thinking of that lady in in that adam sandler movie who kept saying "and then, and then,"......"NO AND THEN," I am surprised someone actually published this story as is, because it was lacking in every catigory needed to make a story. A big thumbs down and waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3431)
    Performance
    (2886)
    Story
    (2905)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Typical teeny bopper magic story."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well one thing i have found with certain female authors is that they don't truly understand how a guy thinks. While listening to the story I kept saying,"That isn't what a sixteen year old guy is thinking about." It was because of this very thing that I didn't connect with the character. No normal sixteen year old guy would have acted as they portrayed the main character. Far too much emotion, or far too much like a women would act.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ? Why or why not?

    Yes, but hopefully there would be a little less whining from the characters.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Kevin's performance was one of the highlights of the book. There were parts with the song and the girl singing that i wish they would have just had him read, instead of playing the song, since it was difficult to understand what she was saying in each rendition.


    Did Beautiful Creatures inspire you to do anything?

    uh no


    Any additional comments?

    It was typical of these teen magical sorts of books. Lots of guys thinking nothing like a guy would really think, and too much whining about emotions and so on. It wasn't as bad as Twilight in that respect, but still not something most guys would enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Wyrm Affair: Bannon and Clare, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

    Marianne says: "Moira Quirk Did Well With an Uncohesive Story"
    "very choppy and confusing at times."
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    What would have made The Iron Wyrm Affair better?

    If the author didn't get all fancy in her descriptions. There were times when she would use terms to describe things that didn't make sense. I even rewound the audio to listen again and still couldn't get what she was talking about. also the magic itself was very confusing, and half the time i didn't understand what was going on in her "action" scenes. I have listened to hundreds of audio books, and honestly it took a lot out of me to listen to the end.


    What could Lilith Saintcrow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am sure all the events and their descriptions looked right in the author's head, but they forgot to explain it to the rest of us. Also there needed to be a bit of comedy in the book. none of the characters are enjoyable......at all. Then there was the whole love triangle part between the sorceress and her guard, but it fell flat and had me scratching my head, wondering why. Sure I assume the author wanted to have some sort of triangle of love later, but all of it, every last bit fell flat on it's face.


    What three words best describe Moira Quirk’s performance?

    flat singular voice


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

    It had potential if the author only stopped trying to be so damn fancy with her descriptions, and just tell the story like most the other authors out there.


    Any additional comments?

    I love steampunk, but this one fell so flat that i am not going to bother with the next in the series. if you want a good listen in the Steampunk world get Pip Ballantine's books instead. now that is a male female duo that makes sense and works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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