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Kurt Schwoppe

Alexandria, VA United States
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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,982
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,583

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

So Much to Like!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Great book! Highly enjoyed the humor, action, and creativity. The amount of attention people give to a book is 90% dependent on how well the reader is attracted to the characters, and I gotta say, I loved all the main characters in this book. That was helped by Jeff Hays who did an absolutely incredible job bringing them to life in his narration. (Probably one of the best I've heard on Audible). It's a great story, with fun characters that's hard to put down.

Now I judge books on three criteria, and this book scored bigtime on entertainment value and writing style. The final criteria is profoundness (does it move me or change my perception of the world), and unfortunately SSonSH fell a bit short in this category. Hence 4 out of 5 stars. But, it's still a great book worth every bit of the credit I used to buy it. I think you should buy it too!

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

  • By TK2.0 on 11-19-18

Love This Series - But Book 3 is a Waste of Time

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Publishers are forcing authors with a successful first book to push their storylines out to four or more books versus the standard trilogy. The result is often unsatisfying, go no place, books like this one. Literally nothing of substance happened in this book - NOTHING! The first half was spent simply licking the wounds from all the action at the end of the 2nd Book. The second half was spent setting the stage for the 4th Book. Gayou is an outstanding writer and the amazing ability of R.C. Bray goes without saying, but frankly everything that happened in this book could of been condensed into one or two chapters in a true final book. So I hate to be critical because I have enjoyed this series and like where the storyline is going; but publishers need to quit forcing authors to S T R E T C H things way out when they don't have the depth of content to make a meaningful book.

So, my recommendation is to pay your dues, buy the book, and try to stay awake for 18 hours. That way we can all hopefully enjoy an amazing forth book. We are counting on you Josh!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A firm 4 stars.

  • By Tony on 07-20-18

Forgotten One Week Later

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Very mediocre with occasional high points. Literally, as I started this review, I had to go back and read the Editors synopsis just so I could remember what this book was about. It held my attention good enough to finish, but wasn't compelled to really pay attention after a certain point. Unless you're loaded with credits or otherwise intrigued with nano-somethings being controlled by unfascinating AIs, I wouldn't bother. But hey, it's your credit!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,830
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,815

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Ender's Game or Sanderson check it out

  • By Kingsley on 11-08-18

Review Inflation Run Rampant

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

There is NO WAY this book deserves a 4.9 Average Review. C'mon people, do you really think this book is on par with some of the very best books you've ever read??? You guys need to quit giving fives for entertainment that is ultimately forgettable. And that is exactly what this book is - FORGETTABLE. Sure, I enjoyed the story, but it utterly lacked substance. Basically all carbs and zero protein.

As a favor to your fellow readers, quit giving aways 5 star reviews unless you truly feel that the book was one of the very best you've ever read. That way we can all figure out those truly amazing books, those gems that become legendary classics over time.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,310

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Riveting Non-Stop Action

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Dang this book is entertaining. Certainly in the top three I’ve read this year. Though not a literary masterpiece, it is creative and very well written. Characters are all pretty much one dimensional - in the same dimension, but that’s part of Sigler’s style. I think he was going for how many antiheroes he could include in a single book. Porter brings it all to life in a great way that makes it work for the reader. Definitely got my credit’s worth from this book.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,693

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Intelligent, Sarcastic, Witty, Fun!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

After struggling through a recent spate of long winded audiobooks, I was beginning to wonder if I had tired of the overall Audible medium. Then along comes The Android's Dream to blast me out of the doldrums and bring enjoyment back to my literary life. Thank you John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, your medicine was much needed! Clearly Scalzi has a writing style, almost a formula, that really appeals to me. It's a modern way of writing that basically parallels the quasi techno jargoning way we all communicate these days. He's especially good with plot twisty, high adventure, hero's journey storylines. Wil as a narrator, has always been an enigma to me - his range of vocal characterizations is very limited (especially female voices), but his delivery of Scalzi's sarcastic humor is spot on! The combination of both of them make Audible books totally worth listening to.

Thanks to The Android's Dream, I now know my cure for Audible burnout. Simply select a book from Scalzi and Wheaton, and let the fun begin!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas of a Lost World

  • By: Craig Childs
  • Narrated by: Craig Childs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

From the author of Apocalyptic Planet, an unsparing, vivid, revelatory travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the First People in North America 20,000 years ago and the artifacts that enable us to imagine their lives and fates. This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lyrical musings on a lost world

  • By Tracy Rowan on 09-13-18

Immersive, Enjoyable, and Educational

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Craig Childs' passionate narration of the peopling of the Americas transports the reader back into time when humans first appeared in near-Eden at the dawn of the Holocene. Atlas of a Lost World rates up there with Guns, Germs, and Steel. It is filled with facts and information, but told in a way that appeals to the layman versus the egotistical PhD. The author clearly takes on the Clovis-First zealots by weaving together multiple examples of pre-Clovis discoveries into a complex migration story that is both factual and fascinating. What makes this book so excellent is that the author interjects his own wilderness experiences to portray what Paleo-Indians may have experienced as they faced endless ice sheets, extreme weather, and the rich diversity of ice-age fauna. He tells the story of waking up on top of a glacier listening to song birds high up on the ice, and then wondering if the annual southern migration of birds nesting in the arctic may have motivated the Paleo-Indians to cross the glaciers long before the ice-free corridor opened? This is but one of many examples where Childs thinks outside the box to explain what the migration facts are saying. And while some of his ideas are clearly subjective, he never claims them as facts, and at least he IS thinking!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the origins of humans in the Americas; but don’t bother if you have a closed and boring mind.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Rust

  • A Novel
  • By: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

It's been 30 years since the apocalypse and 15 years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI - One World Intelligence, the shared consciousness of millions of robots uploaded into one huge mainframe brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give me more Mercer

  • By Jerry on 11-06-17

This Book has Magic

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

It's not often you find a book that is well written, highly entertaining, and overflowing with meaningful substance. The Sea of Rust is such a book; and is likely one of the best I've ever read. On the surface, it's a robot shoot-em-up dystopian adventure. But brilliantly weaved throughout the plotline our robot heroine addresses fundamental questions like economic principles, sanity, the role of compassion, the rise of intelligence ( both organic and inorganic), and even the meaning of life. I wish Asimov was alive to read this book as it takes I, Robot to the next level; one based on our more modern understanding of tech and AI. And what really brings this book alive is the excellent narration of Eva Kaminsky. Easily a 5-Star Book, the Sea of Rust will be one of your best expenditures of an Audible Credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,226

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Commune left me on the fence, and I'm still debating if I purchase Book 2. I have to admit that it mostly held my attention, but other than the first person POV narration style, there's not much new. It's pretty much talking guns, eating MREs, scavenging through Walmart and killing 72% of the people you meet. And did I say talking guns (ad nauseam). But the thing that really bugged me was how on one hand it seemed they had the prepper thing down to a gnat's ass, but then something would happen in the story that even a rookie wouldn't let happen. I think Josh was too busy thinking about bullet calibers and opening chess moves (which actually was pretty good), rather than ensuring his hombres always practiced basic common sense. I also felt the final act was pretty lame - don't want to leak any spoilers, but let's just say it showed an incredible lack of creativity (and again, common sense) in what should have been the climax of the book. It certainly didn't leave me rushing out to buy more credits!

As far as the performance goes, RC Bray totally makes the book! Only he could have pulled off the 1st Person POV style. I suspect had he not been the narrator, we would be seeing a lot more 3 stars in the reviews. Gread job RC Bray.

So I guess I'm going to buy book 2, just because I live off Post Ap books. I can only hope it doesn't have any more long winded explanations on how a Glock is .000073 % more accurate on a humid day than a Beretta when using 147gr JHP 9mm ammo.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,607

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

EPIC Redemption for Battlefield Earth

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

The original book got mixed reviews and the movie just plain sucked, but this audio book of Battlefield Earth knocks it out of the park! While never destined to be a literary masterpiece, Galaxy Audio has elevated L Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction classic into a highly entertaining space opera. Who cares if there are serious plot holes and rapant campiness. It's simply 47 hours of pure audio enjoyment; all for just one credit. Probably one of the best overall deals on Audible. So, if you're a science fiction fan who is able to lighten up, then this audiobook absolutely needs to be in your library. Enjoy!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful