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Andrew G. Hammond

Santa Clara, CA USA
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  • Epic

  • By: Conor Kostick
  • Narrated by: Samuel E. Hoke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Welcome to a society governed through computer games! On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee's tyranny. But if they lose....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read especially if you are a gamer.

  • By cosmitron on 03-01-18

Good for bedtime?

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Between a narrator who whispers, boring characters and a plot that crawls... this book is a nap waiting to happen.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Limitless Lands: The Commander's Tale, a LitRPG adventure

  • Limitless Lands Series, Book 1
  • By: Dean Henegar
  • Narrated by: Jack Voraces
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Colonel James Raytak is about to die. The 93-year-old combat veteran is living his last days in a nursing home; his only hope for survival is an experimental Medpod life support system controlled by an artificial intelligence. Co-developed by the world’s largest gaming company, Qualitranos the AI will also control the soon to be released game Limitless Lands. Without its creator’s knowledge, the AI decides the best course of treatment is to import its patient’s consciousness directly into the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique take on LitRPG

  • By thompson on 11-21-18

Decent story, distracting narrator and annoying effects

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

The story isn’t Hemingway, but fine if you are looking for something for your commute. I found the narrator annoying to listen to and often difficult to understand.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • No-Drama Discipline

  • The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears - without causing a scene. Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It will change the way you parent!

  • By Mark Anderson on 05-15-15

Unfocused presentation of great ideas.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

While ostensibly written for parents, this book is wordy, repetitious and unintentionally condescending. The authors have enormously valuable information but fail to present it in a concise and direct format. There is so much repetition and careful couching of concepts that I found it difficult to stay focused on the book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Flame Bearer

  • Saxon Tales, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,102

From the day it was stolen from me, I dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort had been built on a rock that was almost an island. It was massive; it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track; and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So so

  • By Brent on 12-08-16

A satisfying ending to a good series.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I enjoyed this series and the ending was very satisfying. Not the best book in the series.

  • Brainstorm

  • The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, the brain changes in important and, at times, challenging ways. In Brainstorm, the renowned psychiatrist and bestselling author of Parenting from the Inside Out, The Whole-Brain Child, and Mindsight, Daniel Siegel busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence — for example, that it is merely a stage of “immaturity” filled with often “crazy” behavior — to reveal how it is in fact a vital time in our lives in terms of charting the course for the adults we ultimately become.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration for kindergarteners...

  • By Kalutha on 03-28-14

Rambling and anecdotal.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Would you try another book from Daniel J. Siegel and/or Daniel J. Siegel?

I would avoid this author in the future. The use of anecdotes to illustrate general principals is fine, but this feels more like a confessional than a book about the teenage brain.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Burn of Magic

  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America". Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Young Adult Series with Tons of Action

  • By mlsimmons on 11-18-15

Formulaic teen angst. Ok for teen girls?

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Sometimes you pick a book because it's on sale. You download it before a longish drive. And then you start listening and realize that you are really not the target audience. Sigh. The characters are 2 dimensional, the plot is contrived and predictable, and the narrator's voice is downright annoying. If you're buying for a young teen girl, you can do better with anything by Anne McCaffrey... but if you've already read all of her stuff, well, there are probably worse books. I listened to the end. There's a plot twist, but even that is weak and the enemy revealed is shallow, boring and easily defeated. The characters don't evolve and much like a sitcom you get the feeling that it's lining up for another episode of the same next week, or in this case, next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,459
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,297

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Hard sci-fi done right.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

There is a tiny bit of math and science in this sci-fi thriller. It's worth the listen though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful