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Erlend Svendsen

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  • The Rats

  • The Rats Series, Book 1
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Book One in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE VERMIN RIVER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-29-14

Heavy on the gore, light on the story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-18

If you're looking for gore, then look no further. This novel is all about the gore, babies are being eaten, fingers bitten off, and so on and so forth. My trouble with this story is that there is no clear protagonist to focus on. There is a teacher central to the story, but there is not enough to make you care. Long passages (mostly centered on sex) are dedicated to people you know are going to die. I, for my part, didn't care about these characters at all. You get their life story and then they die, to the story they add nothing.
This is a cheap B-movie in the form of a novel. The narration is ok though.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47,060

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Remarkably weak

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Andy Weir should not write from a female perspective, the main character in "Artemis" is a disaster. That girl is as believable as Santa Clause.
The story isn't that bad, but after a while this book becomes unbearable, it's boring, the dialog is terrible and, worst of all, that dreadful protagonist.
Rosario Dawson does her best, and she is very good, but she can only do so much. Hopefully she gets a better book next time.
The most disappointing book of 2017.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,004

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • May have to quit this one.

  • By Lady J on 02-16-18

The King has an off day

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This may been the worst book Stephen King has ever written. It has an ok story, but it's not enough meat on this bone to last 25 hours, it gets boring fast. There are some good passages here and there, but for the most part, this book is a drag. I've read all of Stephen Kings books and I haven't like them all, but I've never before been bored and annoyed during most of the story.
And I had the feeling that the book was written in a hurry and that the editor failed in weeding out the bad parts, large parts of this book could have been left out without changing the story. There are too many characters, and worst of all, I didn't care for a single one (the characters are usually the best parts of Kings stories).
The further into the book you get the more man-hating and political it gets. All men are bastards, all men beat women, all men are rapist, boys grow up and become men and start beating women. I mean, WTF! Most of us are not like this! Most of the men in this story are simple gun-crazy maniacs. In a little to American and Trump-ish.
It hard to imagine this story taking place in France, Portugal or my own country, Norway. Not enough people have automatic rifles, C4 and bazookas lying around.
Well, even a king can have an off day... Looking forward to the next book, it can't be worse than this (I hope).
On the positive side: The narrator is excellent.

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  • The Winter Over

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 991

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life. But the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the forty-four-person crew to the limits of their sanity and endurance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A psychological thriller

  • By Brian on 02-08-17

80 % good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

The story is a slow burn. It builds up gradually and it does it well. There is a mystery at the center of the story and it is hard to tell what is actually going on. But, and it is a big but, the ending is not good. The climax is too sudden and too big, and worst of all, it becomes very predictable, when the shit hits the fan you'll know how it will play out. Good narrator.

  • Into the Void

  • Star Wars Legends (Dawn of the Jedi)
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,040

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp writing and a great story!

  • By Jacen on 05-19-13

Does not feel like Star Wars

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-17

What did you like best about Into the Void? What did you like least?

The core story of this book is good, if somewhat drawn out. And it is well read.However, this does not feel like Star Wars. It refers to the Force all the time and the different races are well known, but it is to far removed from everything else. If you take away the Force this could be just another fantasy novel. Some monsters seem to have elemental powers. Electrical lizards and flaming tigers? It does not fit in anywhere in the Star Wars universe.

Would you recommend Into the Void to your friends? Why or why not?

No, this is not Star Wars

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voice

Could you see Into the Void being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,339

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Very different

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-17

This is a very different take on the end of the world. Most things work out ok. There are no cannibals or insane leaders. The story is about loss, and how the few survivours move on. All actions are based in logic and reason, and the "bad people", as they are called, are simply pushed away.
If the world ever goes totally to hell, let's hope it ends like this.
A very pleasant listen, but if you are looking for action then this is not what you are looking for.
Scott Brick is a fantastic reader, btw.

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  • The Fireman

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Some flames burn too brightly to be extinguished. This exceptional new thriller from Joe Hill is essential reading for 2016 and perfect for fans of Justin Cronin's The Passage. In a world overtaken by a deadly and dramatic new virus, Harper is determined to live long enough to deliver her baby. But when all it takes is a spark to start a deadly blaze, she's going to need some help from the mysterious fireman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Thor Morten Smerud on 07-24-17

Unable it continue...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

It starts out rather promising, but then it just fizzles out into nothing. I couldn't care less about any of the characters and went nothing happens it becomes a dreaful bore.

  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,877

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Me...

  • By Calmeridian Tink on 06-25-16

This is the end of the world as we know it...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

If you could sum up The Passage in three words, what would they be?

Sadness, vampires, hope

What other book might you compare The Passage to and why?

The Stand, by Stephen King. Both deals with the end of the world and has a large number of characters. There are big differences, but the similarities can not be overlooked.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick has a very pleasant voice, and reads the different characters with very slight differences. The voice is a mans, but when a child or a woman is the narator, you can hear it's a child or a woman talking

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

The description of a train filled with children hurling along while vampires tear through the rearmost cart is horrifing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,899

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Setup for Upcoming Movie

  • By dunagrad on 12-15-16

Well, that was boring...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-16

The quality of the Star Wars book isn't always the best, but this is the first one that I have found boring. Nothing really happens until the very end. The rest of the book is political bickering and logistics. Hopefully it gives something extra to Rogue One.

  • The Tide

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tide

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-06-15

WWZ meets Resident Evil

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Take the best part of Resident Evil and mix it with the intelligent science part of World War Z and you have The Tide. There is nothing new here, but it is a fine piece of suspenceful entertainment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful