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Never got going

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

There just wasn't anything exciting about this book. I kept waiting for something thrilling to happen, but it was just like a throw away X Files episode that stretched on for hours and hours and never got to the point. Did not finish

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book...

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Ray is amazing, as always. Thank you, Ray, not only for sharing your voice, but for bringing books to life for those of us who lament not being able to read our beloved books with our eyes anymore. Some narrators are cool, because it is like having a friend read to us, and others, like you, make not being able to curl up with a book on own anymore, totally unimportant. I know your voice anywhere, and hearing it always brings on the calm...

For me, this is what I crave from new science fiction. I don't want to spoil a thing, I will just say I so grateful for the chance to be surprised over and over right up until the end. I love that it made both me think and feel...to care and to be amazed.

I listened to the whole book in one night (it's not long, but still...5 hours is quite a bit of time). I was sitting here in Germany on the banks of Lake Constance, with a bonfire, my golden retriever, the stars, and a few glasses of wine...Mr. Simpson, thank you, for being part of a much needed perfect night.

Thank you, Mr. Hansen

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

This beautiful tale is for anyone who loves science fiction, but deeply needs to hear, in these times...what we could become. 99 percent of books these days are full of the horrors humanity inflict. Not just the obvious big atrocities, but deep, unjustifiable narcissism. We have the ability to overcome right NOW, we just need more stories like this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Absolutely Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Would you listen to The Wrong Unit again? Why?

I usually don't re-listen to books, but I think I might visit this again.

What did you like best about this story?

I am a huge sci-fi fan, but so much of it is zombie, evil alien, war, rape, narcissistic abuse filled that one has a hard time wishing the humans HAD actually all been wiped out. The possibilities are endless, so why can't we just once have people learn from the mistakes of the past, and build something beautiful? Why all the zombies? Things are bad enough now, that things have to be horrific in the stories.

This story, was exactly what I needed. It was just so cool, all the characters were unique, and even the "bad guys" were not actually evil, just missing the point, and actually wanted to GET the point. The humans were also able to see "the other side" with enough clarity, that not all of them were the enemy.

I have no problem with the use of profanity, I actually like it, when it is used in humorous ways, which it was here...but I was very happy that there was no gratuitous torture, or 45 minute sections of brutality.

What about Rob Dircks’s performance did you like?

Everything!!! Thank you, Rob! Sometimes it is extra special when an author reads, because he knows what his characters are thinking and feeling, and this makes the experience come to life. Sometimes even professional narrators act out a line, even the the book says "he said, with gentleness", but the actor just screamed the line...so, it doesn't always work. This worked.

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

There were so many, I listen to a lot of books, and lately, I have to turn them off, because I feel a hopelessness for humanity. This one, actually made me cry for humanity, because we could be so much more. Love, love is missing. Love as an unconditional gift, not ownership of another. Not revenge, only honor.

Any additional comments?

I would really like to see the author write something post-apocalyptic where only really cool people survive, artists, inventors, empaths, healers, engineers, and they have no obstacles, because a new light is shining in the sky. All beings no longer have to eat to survive, including animals. The climate is stable, they can communicate with animals and plants and exchange ideas...and build something just wonderful. This doesn't have to be boring, la la land, the characters would have to adapt, they would have to learn to listen to other beings, and come to terms with how blind and deaf humanity was, and come into this new reality not knowing all this, and slowly find each other and discover the newness. That, would be a real treat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed this very much!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

I think the quote "Stephen King meets Lost" explains the story well. I would perhaps say "Fringe" more than "Lost" however, due to the premise of alternate universe, rather than life after death.

If I were to have read this, I would say that it could have used a buzz cut, it could have been done in one novel...however, I think many audiobook enthusiasts enjoy the two mediums differently. If you listen while you work, drive, do creative projects, before you sleep, or simply to have your mind engaged in something other than the infernal, eternal ramblings of the mind...you want this.

Ray was amazing...but I have to agree with another listener, that if there is a "cast" of characters, then one narrator should always speak. The brain wants to recognize voices, and having different narrators do entire chapters, it seemed kind of lazy given the cost of the books. For me, either only one narrator or it should be actor/character specific. It was confusing, and ruined some of what could have been fantastic scenes.

But I do not want to be a critic in any way, it was a fantastic journey, and am grateful of the whole thing, it was a great 26 or so hours! Thank you.

This was so very refreshing!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

If you could sum up In Times Like These in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, interesting, fun

What other book might you compare In Times Like These to and why?

We Are Legion, We are Bob, because the there was a balance of humor and suspense.

What about Neil Hellegers’s performance did you like?

He is very easy to listen to. Character voices are consistent and not overdone. Appropriate and flowing narration.

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

Not extreme...which is good. My favorite thing is that there were so many characters that were kind, and genuinely cared about each other...there was only one villain, he was just in the background. These days, it seems all books and movies are jam packed with narcissistic zeros...they justify their horrible behavior, and we are supposed to root for them. Every other person is a sociopath at best, subterfuge, lies, abuse, torture, zombies, disease, violence. I know that is how the real world is, but I can watch the news or just look around to experience those things, sometimes I want to imagine what it would be like, if there were real everyday heroes, people who can't imagine hurting others just because they can...people who actually inspire us, and fill us hope. I want to hear about people in difficult situations who work together, keep their cool, and refuse to slip into darkness. Great Book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

It should have been two different books.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

What would have made Kill Process better?

One story or the other. The way it stands, it left me feeling the main character was a psychopath at worst or narcissist at best...all the while championing a huge social cause. We never hear about what actually happened to her that justified her remote killing people, it is never really explained, and then just dropped because "she got too busy". It made no sense.

What was most disappointing about William Hertling’s story?

It just didn't mesh together at all. Yes, she has PTSD, but it just never justifies becoming a monster...there is too much of that in every other media out there. I'm just sick of the narcissist hero scenario in general. Like Jack Reacher...who cares about these creeps. I feel dirty having to listen to their inner monologue. We can't support this crap anymore. There are a lot of people who need to see truly awesome characters, not these wallowing, self important messes.

What three words best describe Jane Cramer’s voice?

She did the best she could have, given the character. It seems to be a trend that female narrators use this voice as if they are about to cry through the whole book...no joy, no surprise just like Snufaluffagous. She didn't fall into that, which is the only reason I hung in there, and didn't return the book, because I didn't want that to reflect badly on her.

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

The tech was accurate, but it was still way to much detail...and I like tech novels. I guess it just wasn't a thriller at all, it was a drama.

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this book, even for the most techno thriller readers. It's basically just pounding on Face Book, which I don't even use, but I would have liked the story description to be "A slam on Face Book". And what was the point of having one arm, and being a coder? It was just lame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A head\s up

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

What would have made The Days of Noah better?

A story.

Has The Days of Noah turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, The book is perhaps really important for anyone who is just now beginning to examine these topics However, for those who has done ANY research into these topics, it is one big, long, boring, droning of one theory after the next. It would have been at least funnier, if they had just somehow did a cheesy wrap of it all. I am two hours in, and am barely hanging on. I love this narrator, but he can't even get into it...it's like listening to one guy who is belligerently thick, and clueless beyond probability, and another guy who, just - forget it, it so BORING. This guy never even CONSIDERED or HEARD of Building 7? Come ON! They are just rattling stuff off. I am gonna give it another hour, my prediction is that they will talk about Nibiru, Lovejoy, 2012, Annunaki, Elongated Skulls, Sandy Hook, The Batman Movie Thing, JFK...and string none of it into a story.

How could the performance have been better?

If he would have liked the book. He's fantastic, I adore him, but he wasn't into it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration, and a lot of mumbling things like "profane" or "please don't suck this much, this was my last credit" or "now I am not so bummed it isn't a longer book"

Any additional comments?

The other reviews do not make sense, and I kinda think they were "bought", cause at least one person should have mentioned it has no story line.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful