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xterrian

prairieville, LA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tom Bissell
    • Narrated By Tom Bissell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of 34. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know.

    Roy says: "Ever Wonder about Video Games?"
    "A great look at modern gaming"
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    Would you listen to Extra Lives again? Why?

    Yes because the personal side to this book made me think of my own past inner turmoils of being a gamer.


    What about Tom Bissell’s performance did you like?

    It sounded genuine instead of someone over pronouncing every word like in other audio books I've listen to.


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

    The part about GTA & the comparison to his own life.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope he writes another gaming book because I enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8482)
    Performance
    (7623)
    Story
    (7747)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "A delight to jump back into the world of Tolkien!"
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    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes because I was sad when the journey ended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo, without a doubt, because he did what he had to do not what was easy or comfortable for him.


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

    No I haven't. I hope he does more. He did a great job.


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

    Just when it ended. Like Bilbo, i was longing for more after it was over. It is a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10098)
    Performance
    (9400)
    Story
    (9401)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "It made me want & fear the future of gaming."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they were into video games.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Each of the keys.& gates that were found.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It sounded like he was reading it. I should have sounded more relaxed & fluid. It also sounded like the many gamers you meet where they're bragging on their gaming accomplishments when you know their full of, well you know. So if that was his intent I stand corrected. Plus while listening to it I kept thinking of Wil Wheaton on Big Bang Theory & that didn't help either but an hour into it, that passed. :)


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

    Not really, it's a book about a fake video game. I liked it but not really moved.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must if you are a gamer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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