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EVANSTON, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 7 reviews
  • 139 ratings
  • 264 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

    Doug says: "nowhere near as bad as reviewed"
    "The narrator makes the audiobook"

    I've never heard of, or a reading by, Simon Taylor before, but I'll be avoiding him for a few years. Maybe I just don't like his style and he's a perfectly fine reader, whatever it is, I had to let this book go.
    He sounds almost amateurish in spots, and has a tendency to linger on a word as if for dramatic emphasis, but it seems unwarranted. He also has an unfortunate tendency to over pronounce the 'ng' on words like long, so it sounds like long-geh. Once you notice it, it becomes annoying.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Donzerly Light

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ryne Douglas Pearson
    • Narrated By Tim Danko
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If evil shook your hand, would you know it? Jay Grady wakes up in handcuffs. Sitting at a table in an isolated room. Across from him sits a man who wants Jay to recount his life. Every detail of it. If not, he'll kill him. So begins Jay's reluctant journey to a past he's tried to forget. From his days ruling Wall Street as an impossibly intuitive stock picker, to just a few hours before, when he pumped six bullets into a transient outside a dying Missouri town; a drifter he'd once thought was just an ordinary man. But he was far from ordinary. And Jay came to realize he was not a man at all, but something darker.

    Matthew says: "Wasn't sure where this oen was going...but..."
    "What's. Up. With. The. Narrator?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The truth is, I'm not sure about the story, because I just couldn't get past the narration. But if you like your narration slow as molasses, to the point of not being sure your speed settings are correct, then you might like this.

    Any additional comments?

    Narrator's style is way, too, slow. Absurdly so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The story was really compelling. Best hard-science fiction I've "read" in, like, forever.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    So many moments. Mostly, though, the main character's smart-Alecky personality. "Yay!" Geddit?

    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Bray's performance was stellar… Well, except it's "sis-op", not "sise-op", and "/ˈæski/ ass-kee", not "A.S.C. 2". But even the best narrators seem to mispronounce some of these relatively obscure terms. Like another reader kept pronouncing corpsman as "corpseman". Unfortunate, but not a deal-breaker if everything else is great.

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

    "He's a pirate. A space pirate."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Amateurish Narrator"
    What disappointed you about Into the Black?

    The narrator sounded like he'd never done a dramatic reading.

    What other book might you compare Into the Black to and why?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better reading by the narrator.

    What character would you cut from Into the Black?


    Any additional comments?

    Are things so bad in the audiobook business that they'll hire someone without an audition? Or are the editors/producers just not caring anymore?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 47 Echo

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shawn Kupfer
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine

    Nick Morrow, half-Chinese drifter, is a convict conscript assigned to 47 Echo - a suicide squad. No one cares whether they live or die, as long as they complete their missions. Under the command of a Marine Corps with nothing but contempt for its squadron of felons, they are on a mission to defend what's left of war-ravaged Russia....

    Tracey says: "Greatly surprised by author's debut novel"
    "Discordant echoes"

    I kinda like this story, at least the setting, near future, and the premise (so far) convicts' redemption as soldiers, marines, no less.

    But I find a couple things off-putting. One, which is odd, is all these soldiers addressing each other by their first names. WTF? I'm not familiar with Shawn Kupfer as an author, but I find it difficult to believe he's actually been in the military. There a lot of references to specific weapons and weapons systems, but attempts to portray intimate comaraderie in combat fall flat.

    I just can't see a military team, in combat, saying things like "Okay, Todd, you take Mark, Benjamin, and Steve, and cover our left flank. Bill, Jeffrey, and Pete and I will provide cover fire with our M-4 assault rifles." And I get it, the Razor (fighting vehicle) is HUGE, it's big, got it. 24 cylinders, and it's powerful.

    This is my first book narrated by Victor Bevine. I hope it's his first too. I mean, I hope he get better as a narrator. He's okay, has potential, but not great.

    So, because this book has some interesting ideas, I'll give it 3 stars. If the story was any weaker, though, it'd be pushing it to give it a 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Amazon Customer says: "Is this a joke?"
    "Needs to be re-recorded"

    Wow. That's some bad audio book.

    It's a book! No special effects needed! And seriously, do they not have editors for recorded books? The reader mispronounces the protagonists name for the entire book! Despite the pronunciation being a point during the previous books. Hello?!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "My first audiobook reject"

    I like good military SF as much as the next guy, and I'd seen Ringo's name associated with it, so I gave him a try. If I'd known I was gonna get a right-wing rant, I'd have chosen something else for my money. I looked Ringo up on Wikipedia and found he had been a commentator on Fox News. It all fell into place.
    Unless your tastes run to Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, & Rush Limbaugh avoid Ringo like the plague he is. I need to hear more of this world-view like I need a serious case of the clap. A waste of time & money. I should have read the reviews.

    7 of 27 people found this review helpful

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