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Jessica Shook

Colorado USA
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  • Missing Microbes

  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • By: Martin J. Blaser
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances-antibiotics-threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening and information well supported

  • By James on 05-03-15

Really interesting information

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

It has me thinking a lot about daily choices I make, and choices I can make for my child (if I have one) to give them a better start in life.

  • MudMan

  • The Golem Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Levi's a golem, a mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp. Killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn't like it, but unfortunately he's been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After 70 years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi's trying to change his grisly nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body of Mud but a heart of gold

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-10-18

Lots of bible - some cliche

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Bads
I'm not of religion, so the frequent religious references and texts were a bit annoying (I honestly didn't read the summary before getting started). The characters all exhibited some fairly cliche attributes for their types, but the character arch for MudMan was decent. There was an expo dump about 4 hours from completion that I felt could've gone more elegantly.

Goods
The action was all great
Main character development was good (side characters could've had a little more, or at least the supporting character could've.)
Some of the mythos was really cool
Armen's performance is always awesome, he had a good range for everything

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83,873
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83,813

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Performance terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Couldn't get through it... assume the story is good but the reading is so bad I can't even. Goodbye $21...

  • Viridian Gate Online: Crimson Alliance

  • An litRPG Adventure - The Viridian Gate Archives, Book 2
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

Jack expected to live out his new fantasy life in peace, but now he and his misfit crew of rebels are the only ones preventing a tyrant emperor and his regime from taking power. Thankfully, everything isn't quite as hopeless as it seems - Jack has a plan. Sort of. With only a handful of supporters, he's going to get the jump on the bloodthirsty empire, by snatching one of their key cities right from underneath their noses. In order to pull off the impossible, however, Jack's going to have to develop his formidable Shadowmancer powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sophomore Slump Here

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-22-18

Another home run for Hunter

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

There were two moments of sheer brilliance in the book that made me hoot aloud, several that made me laugh hysterically, and many that made me bite my nails. This litRPG adventure had my blood pumping, my gut turning, and got me writing a review as passionate as the writing.

Well executed, fair amounts of humor, plenty of adult chuckle moments, and enough blood shed, loot collecting, and boss slaying action to slick any gamer's literary lust.

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  • Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm

  • The Viridian Gate Archives, Book 1
  • By: J. A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579

An extinction-level asteroid, 213 Astraea, is cannonballing toward Earth. Collision, imminent. An international team of scientists is working around the clock to avert the cataclysm - few are optimistic. World governments are preparing for impact with deep earth bio-dome bunkers, but only a select few lottery winners will be saved. Jack Mitchel, a 32-year-old EMT living in a tiny studio apartment on the west coast, isn't one of those winners.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There's some potential here, but far from perfect

  • By Irshad Karim on 05-04-17

I'm a midcore gamer

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I really enjoyed this work. I was a little surprised by how so many of the quests intertwined as closely as they did, but I enjoyed the storytelling as a piece of literature enough to overlook it :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful