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Daniel Castillo

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  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,050

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Enjoyable...turned me on to a new author/series

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This was a solid story in itself and definitely opened me up to a new series by an author who appears to have a good following. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the adventure they went on. Not too much science detail given the setting and storyline but that’s ok as it lets us enjoy the characters and the plight they are on rather than hope the narrator makes the science sound interesting enough. The narrator did a decent job. Wasn’t distracting in a negative way and was solid throughout. I would recommend this to anyone struggling to find that next book to listen to as I was.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,173

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Easy Living post Apocaplypse

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This was a good story. I found it less entertaining than it could have been giving the lack of serious struggle encountered by the characters. Little actual conflict and the few struggles between folks were mitigated with little incident or in the background. Mostly a constant flow of brainstorming and little energy required to execute plans. Feel good story for sure, I need a little more conflict and desperation.

  • The Devil Dog Trilogy: Out of the Dark

  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

A reluctant hero. Dick aka Devil Dog's world changes drastically when the EMP takes out the power grid. A homeless Marine veteran living in the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago, he's far better prepared than most people. Devil Dog becomes the reluctant savior of women and children from the worst of the gangs that now rule topside. Doing the right thing makes him new enemies, driving him ever deeper into the tunnels that keep his charges safe - until he runs across a young woman who might be his daughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid....

  • By Daniel Castillo on 09-19-18

Solid....

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Found this entertaining throughout. I think the second book was the best and only once or twice, during this three book journey, did I want the story to “get in with it” but really you never wait long for that. It did get a little situationally repetitive at times and the narrator doesn’t differentiate his characters amazingly but it did not detract from the enjoyment. Would def “read” another of this authors stories even with the same narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,062

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

I bet the actual book was better

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I guess the best way to describe this experience was "meh". Not terrible by any means but never really hooked me. The narrator sounded subdued the entire time, regardless of character or situation. I think that may have been why I feel like I would have rather read this one. Honestly was hyped to finally have a go at this story, been meaning to for years, but the audio version will prevent me from putting near the top of any list of suggestions. The story was a good one and I noticed all the spots I would normally become emotionally invested in any given character or situation but I never actually got there at any point. So yeah just....Meh

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • These Dead Lands: Immolation

  • By: Stephen Knight, Scott Wolf
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An "Arisen-ish" great listen, keep em coming!

  • By M. Bowles on 03-02-18

Very much enjoyed...little to complain about

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

My biggest disappointment was a flew through this listen and now have to find another title. I very much enjoyed the character back and forth. It really developed the characters and their relationships and helped draw me in. I wish the character back stories could have gone a little deeper but this was lengthy as it is and I think it’s fine. Very entertaining listen. The language was a bit crude at times but that’s just a warning too others as I wasn’t bothered by it. Very military heavy and I do enjoy a little more of the prepper/survivalist plots so the story was lacking from the prospective of the characters had all they needed. It also lacked in much interaction beyond the military elements but it didn’t ruin the experience (there was some). I do like when our protagonists run into the “dark” or alternate human elements but this story was full enough without too much of that. RC Bray is awesome and he delivers here again.

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Jason a. on 04-07-18

Listened to it twice in a week!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Waited with anticipation for release and destroyed it so quickly i had to play it again as soon as I finished it. R.C Bray rules. Mr Gayou has us with this story line and it was not a disappointment after following the excellent Book 1. Waiting, waiting, waiting for Book 3!!!

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,946
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,558

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Ate it up!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this title and consumed it far faster than I would have expected. I thought I was taking a chance when I selected this title but the story was great. Kept me continuously captivated and enough twists or invigorating moments it never slowed and I found myself worked up to know how things would shake out as challenges are encountered by the characters. The narrator did a good job but the story carried itself so it was a good performacne. If you're on the fence about checking this out go for it, you will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, keeps you engaged

  • By Steve on 07-30-15

Solid When Intersection Characters Happens

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Definitely good quantity for cost but as another reviewer stated there could have been a good 8hrs cut from this grouping of three audio books. Much repetition of situations encountered by characters separate and when together. Those situations are described the same way each time as well so that didn't help. Admittedly had one listened to them a book at a time with some time between it may have been easier to get past that repetition. When characters cross paths, that's when the story picks up (each time). Don't be afraid to start skipping ahead around 2/3 the way through book one and throughout the remaining 2 books.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Post zombie apocalypse, yes please! Repeated encounters and descriptions of said encounters.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Average for R.C. Bray. Much better than "Helldivers" not as good as "Commune" Book 1.

Was The Mountain Man Omnibus worth the listening time?

Mostly...long drive to and from the office so I could take the extra length.

Any additional comments?

Listen to "Commune" Book 1

  • 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 5,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,114

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

Found few flaws (IMO)

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I tend to read through the low ratings to get a feel of where any story or reading may go south and cause disappointment in my Audible purchase. This book has so few I had to rate high in hopes others would take the opportunity to enjoy this book. Aside for the occasional long winded scene or situation description I found this an excellent story performed as on RC Bray can (he nails it again). From start to finish the story was enjoyable and mentally engaging...I couldn’t “put it down” so to speak. I would find it difficult to believe anyone looking for a good dystopian story would not enjoy this. The character development and storyline were great and I wished I was just starting it for the first time again. Don’t think twice, if you are looking for something that won’t disappoint Commune Book 1 should be on your list. Can’t wait for book 2 (also to be read by RC Bray)!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,070

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • running out of ideas...

  • By AP on 06-08-17

Will finish remaking books but...

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

These books are decent but the situations and character interactions are “recycled” time and again and was mood killing at times in this 3rd installment. This book did seem more poorly produced and executed this time around. I don’t know if that’s straight from how the book was written or if it was rushed into audio form. Again the character interactions, and situations became repetitive down to the words used within a single character conversation. Will continue on with this story but hoping for a big story or performance “pick me up” in book 4.