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Roger Glenn Duncan

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  • We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories

  • By: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

From the critically acclaimed author of Sea of Rust and Queen of the Dark Things comes a hair-raising collection of short fiction that illuminates the strange, humorous, fantastical, and downright diabolical that tantalize and terrorize us: demons, monsters, zombie dinosaurs, and Death itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A few good stories

  • By Sarah on 06-22-18

Strong start, weak finish

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I absolutely loved most of this book...the first story was particularly strong. Unfortunately, the last story - and the longest - was absolutely horrific, but not in a way that you’re looking for. I mean it was seriously bad. And the worst part is that it wasn’t even congruous with the genre...it was...I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t horror.

  • Extinction Horizon

  • The Extinction Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,525

Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top-secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gets you thinking

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 07-05-18

Excellent premise. Imperfect execution.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

First, I loved the premise of this book - an excellent spin on the genre. Unfortunately the execution was flawed in some ways. First, the characters were flat...we knew very little about them, their abilities, personality, etc. This includes the primary characters. For example, other than mention that the lead character and his teammates were elite Delta squad soldiers, you would never know it. My guess is that the author doesn’t have deep enough knowledge of the military in order to write them convincingly. This is betrayed in other ways, as well, with, for example, the soldier calling the Master Sgt. ‘sir’...no way does a special forces operator make that mistake.

I found it hard to care about the characters, and often confused them, as they seemed more-or-less interchangeable. The narration definitely contributed to the confusion, as the narrator has a very narrow range.

On the subject of the narration, it definitely hurt the experience. I liked some things he did, but you could hear his gasping for breath every few seconds. Combined with the lack of vocal range and I think it’s fair to say that he wasn’t the right choice for this project.

Another issue was pacing. I felt like the story was too fast, skipping over too much, sacrificing detail for the bigger picture.

Still, even with the flaws, I found this very enjoyable, and would recommend it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Crusades

  • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
  • By: Thomas Asbridge
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learned more from this than in the past 60 years.

  • By T. Anderson on 09-24-16

Surprisingly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I bought this to educate myself on this particularly fascinating period of history, expecting to have to push through it. To my delight, I found this whole audio book absolutely riveting. And the narrator's performance was among the best I've ever experienced.

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

  • By Angelina PM on 04-14-15

That's it?

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Not really sure why this has withstood the test of time...very light in the content department. Performance was excellent, however.

  • Feedback

  • Newsflesh, Book 4
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread, leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: feed. Now, 20 years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against brother-and-sister blog superstars the Masons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The worst narration I've ever heard

  • By Nicole Wood on 10-27-16

Inexplicably poor

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Where to begin? First, the characters. How it's possible to craft such wooden, one-dimensional, and deeply unlikeable characters, I don't understand. The main character's schtick is: I'm a tough Irish lesbian - I have nothing else interesting about me, I don't have the intelligence or patience for nuance, and my inner monologue is extremely painful to hear because it sounds like it was written by a broody goth pre-teen. The other main characters are no better: a guy that can't figure out his gender and insists on confusing pronouns - he can apply lipstick and fix a carburetor, but seems to be nothing more than a vehicle in which to place conflicting stereotypes; another lesbian with a backstory that makes little sense, but doesn't matter anyway because she rarely has more to say than that she loves her girlfriend; a dude that's the wimp of the bunch that inexplicably just keeps saying that he's a 'newsy', as if that excuses poor dialogue...he's also an extremely poor writer. Second...the plot. It was seemingly just a random series of unfortunate events. And the big conspiracy? Very weak sauce, barely rates as a conspiracy, and their response to it wasn't coherent within the context of their world. An editor must have pointed that out during a review, because we get a tremendous amount of explanatory dialogue that uses twisted logic to explain the character's choices. That wouldn't be necessary if their actions were logically consistent.

The first half of this book I was turned off by its preachy & creepy identity politics. The second half I was too focused on it's plot holes, logical inconsistencies, and incredibly juvenile dialogue to be bothered by it's preachiness.

If you're into young adult fiction, this might appeal to you. But it's really not a book for adults.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rise

  • A Newsflesh Collection
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, John Glouchevitch, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 167

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so, we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, a man-made virus taking over bodies and minds, filling them with one unstoppable command...FEED.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Glad to get a chance to hear these read

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-16

Okay, not great

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

First, the concept here was solid - originality is hard to come by in this genre, so points for that. This really comes across as several moderate length stories, that are loosely connected. Again, this more or less worked for me. In some areas though, the execution was lacking. One issue was over dramatization - characters behaving in ways that it would be hard to imagine for real people. Another issue was that the author's far left political biases would come through in really unsubtle ways. For example, a character lecturing another that 'all gender is a social construct, and binary gender structures doubly so'. Things like this were sprinkled throughout, and really grated.

In summary, this was pretty decent zombie fiction, but not in the class of the better books in the genre.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,072

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Surprising!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I didn't really know what to expect with this story, but having just finished the book, I can say that it was a breath of fresh air! Strongly recommend you check it out!

  • Straight to Hell

  • True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals
  • By: John LeFevre
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

Over the past three years, the notorious @GSElevator Twitter feed has offered a hilarious, shamelessly voyeuristic look into the real world of international finance. Hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation, and when the true identity of the man behind it all was revealed, it created a national media sensation - but that's only part of the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Twitter account you'll love this

  • By shanekofoed on 08-30-15

Surprisingly entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

This is one of those books that you just can't help but like - the author captures the mischievousness almost all men will recognize, even if they struggle with it's amplitude. Highly entertaining!

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,621

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

Entertaining but ultimately disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

This book was really mixed. First the good: the author's writing style is quite good - maybe great, and her narration is phenomenal, among the best I've experienced. This really brought her personal stories - which were the book's strongest points - to life in an entertaining way. Unfortunately, content matters, and the content was sub par, and at times, cringe worthy. One sometimes see trite and useless suggestions find their way into books like this, but there is little in this book that rises above this level. The whole time I'm listening to this book I kept thinking that the audience for this sort of content must well and truly be basket cases.

So, in summary, the author's story is compelling and entertaining, but her advice to others is little more than 'Want it/believe it will happen hard enough and it will magically come true. So unless you are yourself a basket case, you can probably afford to pass on this one.

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,884

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

Somewhat disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

While not bad, per se, unfortunately this fell far short of my expectations. The Thrawn character here doesn't compare to his excellent arc in the 'Heir to the Empire' trilogy.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful