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M.A. Brotherton

Helena, MT
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  • Eaten Season 1

  • By: Michael La Ronn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bianco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

An empire of processed foods on the verge of world domination. A broccoli terrorist with nothing to lose. New Eaton is a futuristic metropolis where obese humans live lavishly among processed foods. Vegetables are second-class citizens, used for sinister experiments that keep the city alive. A trio of salt, sugar, and fat called the Triumvirate rule with brute force to keep the vegetables in submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever way of bringing the food war to life!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-29-14

It's like my childhood in a Blender

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

Reviewed: 11-20-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was so much fun to listen to, especially for anyone that grew up in the early 90s.

What did you like best about this story?

The story will hit you from left field each time you think you know what is about to happen. There are dozens of little homages and throwbacks, but they don't get in the way of the story.

What does Anthony Bianco bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator has a ton of different voices that just add to the already awesome and diverse cast.

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

I can't even begin to count the number of times I just burst out laughing while listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

Pay special attention to the character's names. Seriously.

  • The Beam: Season 1

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheer entertainment

  • By cristina on 07-09-15

Excellent Story -- Okay Cast

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The Beam is a great story, and the cast is decent. I would recommend the audiobook to people the weren't ready to dive into the written techno-babble, but the book itself was better being read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I need to dive deeper into Crumb. Of all the awesome characters in The Beam, Crumb is by far the most intriguing to me.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard a few performances by some of the narrators outside of The Beam. I think one of the reasons the cast was chosen was because of how well their other works are, and for the most part, they did an awesome job here, too. The only trouble I had was with certain narrators not matching the characters in my mind. This is probably because I read The Beam before listening to the audiobook and new readers might not have that prejudice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The Beam is a huge book. It's deep. I could see myself listening to it in one big hunk, but they heavy nature of the book made it easier to ingest in chunks. Of course, it's a serial, so it was designed to be taken that way, and the episode breaks made a good place to give your brain a break. Still, you always have to come back for more and despite having already read the Second Season, I will pick up the audiobook, too.

Any additional comments?

The performance of the narrators is good, despite being some questionable choices from the casting director. The story is awesome, and I love the series. I am looking forward to listening to Season 2, probably right before reading season 3, just to get myself caught back up to speed.

I have a few nit-picky complaints about things like Leo's narrator being British, but nothing that took me from the story and the narrators still did an awesome job.

I also want to say that I really enjoy Ray Chase as Boricio in Yesterday's Gone. I've also enjoyed the other Sterling and Stone books he's narrated. Which is why I know he has such a huge range of voices at his disposal but found it distracting that he used his Boricio voice for Doc. Again, this doesn't decrease his performance in the least, and doesn't change the fact that the audiobook was pretty good and I will recommend it to several sci-fi readers I know.

I received an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Robot Proletariat, Season One

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Having long since replaced humans in the back hallways and servants' quarters of the ultra-wealthy, new models are acquired, render their service, then are quietly deactivated when obsolete. But then we gave them the ability to learn. One household is about to find out that, while Asimov's laws are immutable, humans are about to experience an uprising of a different sort. This first, surprisingly heartfelt episode of a new series puts the listener in the shoes of the the soulless who serve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov meets Animal Farm

  • By T. Bennett on 06-10-14

Not Your Usual "DESTROY ALL HUMANS" Robot Fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-01-14

Would you listen to Robot Proletariat, Season One again? Why?

I'll have to when Season 2 comes out just to make sure I'm up and going!

What other book might you compare Robot Proletariat, Season One to and why?

Anything by Isaac Asimov. Not your typical robot fiction, but definitely a great listen for robot fans!

What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm not a deep reader anymore. Simon Whistler's narrations are simply perfect, and I don't think I could read the book without hearing his voice anyway.

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

I laughed in a lot of places, but more importantly, it made me think. I was inspired, and that is a mark of an excellent book.

Any additional comments?

I have to say, when I heard about this book on Self-Publishing Podcast, and it was described as Downton Abbey with Robots, I was expecting... something different.

What I got instead was this brilliant piece of political crime fiction that happened to be told from the point of view of, well, robots. It was just genuinely awesome. I suggest it for anyone wanting something a little different in their robot fiction than the typical "DESTROY ALL HUMANS" genre.