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  • The Shootout Solution

  • Genrenauts Episode 1
  • By: Michael R. Underwood
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Leah Tang just died onstage. Well, not literally. Not yet. Leah's stand-up career isn't going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she's offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying onstage is a hazard of the job! Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails and the outlaws start to win, it's up to Leah - and the Genrenauts team - to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great start

  • By good on 06-24-17

Needlessly drenched in SJW sauce.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

What disappointed you about The Shootout Solution?

It was an interesting idea, but the efforts the author took to make sure that every SJW check box was hit was almost comical. The shoehorning of any possible SJW cause de jour got in the way of telling the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael R. Underwood again?

Not likely.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Robinette Kowal?

Narration was fine, not Kramer or Lang, but good.

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

It was like a pretty good meal that had a a quarter inch of salt poured on top of it.

Any additional comments?

I expect the story to be in the running for a Hugo this year.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,135

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

Revolvers, detective work, and believable magic

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

What did you love best about The Alloy of Law?

I loved the setting. A late 1800's analog industrial society mixed with metals based magic. The author (and narrator) do a great job of bringing the setting and the people to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alloy of Law?

The engagement ball scene was most memorable. The action, character interplay, and humor all mix well to move the plot along.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

I'd have to go with Wax, though his side kick Wayne is a close second.

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

Yes it was.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the credit spent to get it. I look forward to the next 3 in the setting.

  • Hacking

  • The Ultimate Guide for You to Learn the Hidden Secrets of Hacking
  • By: Emily Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 16

This book is intended to be an exceptionally delicate yet exhaustive manual for the secrets in the universe of hacking and infiltration testing. It is particularly written to help you ace the essential steps and hidden secret recipes needed to finish a hack or entrance test without overpowering you. When you complete this book, you will have a strong comprehension of the infiltration testing procedure and you will be okay with the hidden secrets and essential devices.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • You will hate this audiobook

  • By Timothy R Haight on 08-20-15

Better if Synced

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

Would you try another book from Emily Goldstein and/or Jim D Johnston?

Yes, but not in Audiobook format.

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

The advise on how to start learning to Hack computer networks.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim D Johnston?

Yes, but not one so step by step Linix command prompt intensive. Hearing command lines read can not be made interesting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No way, no how

Any additional comments?

I think this is just one of those books you have to be able to see the text to get the full value from it. If you try to follow the command prompt entries from audio only. you'll be rewinding, and guessing as to what the actual syntax is supposed to be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,186

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

Excellent conclusion of the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the whole series to a friend without reservation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So hard to pick. All the main characters are great.

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

The way he did the voices of all the different characters made it so easy to know who was saying what.

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

Indeed, it did. I listened to it every minute I could until it was done.

Any additional comments?

You'll want to listen to Hard Magic, and Spellbound before you listen to this.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • EVE: Templar One

  • By: Tony Gonzales
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives. The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good reading

  • By Stan on 04-30-12

Hard to follow if not a lore fan

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

Reviewed: 01-12-12

Would you try another book from Tony Gonzales and/or Sean Runnette?

Probably not.

What character would you cut from EVE: Templar One?

None, not a one of them was able to get me to give a darn what happened to them.

Any additional comments?

If you've not been very carefully following the lore & political storyline of the EVE online game, you'll be completely lost as far as the plot of the story. By

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Revolution

  • A Manifesto
  • By: Ron Paul
  • Narrated by: Bob Craig
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

In The Revolution, Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has exposed the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the real reasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth your time

  • By Sierra Bravo on 11-16-08

Compelling Agruments

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-10

I was one of the many folks who 2 - 3 years ago thought that Ron Paul was just a complete nut case durring the last election cycle.

The events of the last year or so opened my mind to the point that I was willing to buy this audiobook, and give his aurguments a fair hearing.

I found my self convinced of about 80% of his points.

I don't think that withdrawing our millitary forces suddenly from the globe would be as clean and bloodless as he aurgues, nor that the world would suddenly come to love us after we tell the monsters of the world to "Have at it. we'll just stand on the sideline and watch."

He did convince me that, becoming neutral like Switerland should be the goal we should be moving our national policy to.

If you want to hear political positions and proposed solutions that nobody else is taking, get this audiobook. You may not agree with his positions, but you'll at least have heard his argument, and the reasons behind them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,435

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Real world techno-thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

I got this book after hearing an interview of the author.

In the interview he said that all on the tech in the novel does now exist, and could (if used by the right people) do exactly what is laid out in the novel.

Listen to the story, and let the fact that it may come true keep you up at night.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Coyote

  • A Novel of Interstellar Exploration
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It gets better

  • By Michael on 05-13-09

Poorly read

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-08

The Narrator speaks in a plodding, pause between each word, way. It was so bad it was difficult to get into the story.

I stopped listening 4 chapters into the story. Why? The awful narration coupled with the start of the story being the "Conservative Fascist" took over the USA, and the Air Force captain and his crew saves the Universe by stealing the only starship after they had replaced the original passengers with the good (oppressed liberals) people.

If you believe Conservatives are Nazis going to take over the USA and don’t mind a 1st grader reading the story to you, buy this audio book.

26 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense

  • The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437

Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first

  • By Stephen on 06-10-09

Know it all's Bane

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-08

A great listen. The 13 things are well explained. Each one is explained as to how they were found, why they don't make sense, and some of the theories that are being considered to explain the problems.

Expanded my grasp of reality and really got me thinking.

The perfect gift for someone who thinks they know it all.

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Precipice

  • Book One of The Asteroid Wars
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)

  • By Chris on 02-08-06

Couldn't get off planet

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-08

I stopped listening to this one just a few chapters into it. I just couldn't get past the massive dose of Eco-Doom Global Warming propaganda enough to even start enjoying the story.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful