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Maximus Decimus

Denver, CO
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  • Never Quit

  • From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops PJ
  • By: Jimmy Settle, Don Rearden
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

"That Others May Live" is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska's 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALs in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are the least known and most highly trained of America's warriors. Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe-store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable Heroism by AF Parajumpers

  • By Larry on 11-26-17

Interesting, if slightly disjointed, biographic.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Any additional comments?

There wasn't anything terribly wrong with this audiobook, nor anything terribly exciting. It was an interesting story, though perhaps not as inspiring as Splaceman. The narration was fine, neither adding nor detracting. My main criticism is that the story jumps around without much rhyme or reason, and this creates a disjointed feeling int he progression.

  • The Dark Tower I

  • The Gunslinger
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,498

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book.

  • By David Murphy on 06-11-17

Great performance, good story. Gets you hooked.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Any additional comments?

Narration by George Guidall is excellent as always. His pacing and intonations are on point, and help suck you into the story.

As for the story itself, although I enjoyed it, I found it a little difficult to follow at times in an audiobook format. Also, the book felt a little rushed or abrupt, like its main purpose was to get you to the next in the series. This might not be far from the truth, as Gunslinger is just over 7 hours while Drawing of the Three is almost twice as long. Either way, I'm going to continue this series for sure!

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,132

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Quick, but enjoyable, listen through!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Would you recommend The Dispatcher to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, it's a quick and enjoyable listen-through that is worth the investment (both time and money).

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

Great narration, easily distinguishable character voicing, enjoyable pace and intonation.

Any additional comments?

I liked this quite a bit. The story has an interesting concept and is easy to get into. The main knock against it, is that it's very brief.

  • Mr. Murder

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 850

Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Koontz!

  • By mercyjam317 on 08-25-17

Superb narration of an interesting story

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Murder the most enjoyable?

The narration by Jay O Sanders was amazing, best solo narrator I've listened to so far.

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

Koontz' writing really makes you fall in love with the protagonist and his family.

What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Intonation, pacing, clarity of voice, all on target. Characters were not only distinguishable by accent as with most narrators, but Sanders even altered his speech patterns to bring each one to life.

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

Almost

Any additional comments?

Although the story begins with a very gripping and intriguing mystery, as you learn more about the antagonists, you start to lose interest. I don't mind suspending disbelief as long as it fits into the world the author is creating. In this case, it felt like Koontz was trying to fit a rather bold sci-fi element into the real world. It was just a bit too much.

Also, certain elements related to technology feel very outdated considering the book came out in the 90s. A new edition might be worthwhile to clean those up.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,395

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Interesting story, but narrator's accents detract

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

What did you like best about Brave New World ? What did you like least?

Interesting take on a dystopian future. Worth reading (or listening) once, but I doubt I'd go back for a second round.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Michael York does a great job narrating and reading with inflection. His accents are very useful in distinguishing the characters, but a handful of them don't fit the character and detract from the story.

  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. This is how it's done

  • By Angela on 02-08-18

Great retelling of a well-known story!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Well written and well performed. Such a great retelling, that even though you know exactly where the story is going, it truly is about how you get there!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,230

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

Unique approach to audio books, worth a try!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This isn't your typical audiobook, but instead an audio documentary, if you will, with recorded interviews, replays of news broadcasts, and the like.

It's well narrated, and we'll structured, but there were two things that irked me:

1. Breaking this into 13 30-minute "episodes" made for a very repetitive and redundant reciting of the cast and crew. This should either be eliminated altogether, or condensed onto fewer episodes. Hearing the production info so frequently was very annoying.

2. The story spends 95% of the time discussing the main suspect. I was really hoping for a little more investigative reporting around the alternative theories, instead of just a mere mention.

Overall, it's well worth a listen, especially at the $0 it cost me!

69 of 88 people found this review helpful

  • True Grit

  • By: Charles Portis
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth it!

  • By Tommygaus on 12-29-10

Good story, but the narration is lacking

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

What did you like best about True Grit ? What did you like least?

Great western with an interesting perspective.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Although Donna Tartt's accents and intonations were entertaining, you could constantly hear her breathing and swallowing, which gets annoying.

Any additional comments?

Charles Portis' repetitive use of the word "said" when describing dialogue was rather annoying. It intruded in the story quite a bit while listening, perhaps it's not quite as obnoxious while reading.

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Great narration for a solid story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

All were well-done, Kitchen used great accents to emphasize different characters and his overall narration was very easy to enjoy.

Any additional comments?

This is a heist story where the heist is second to the setup and characters. The narration was superb, and really pulled me into the story. The tidbids of history thrown into the fiction really built up the atmosphere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,797

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Well done. Is there anything Mass can't do?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

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

Yes, it's entertaining, informative, and motivational, without being overbearing in any way.

What did you like best about this story?

Mike Massimino's story is inspirational, but he never sounds like a motivational speaker (which is great!) Instead, you're pulled into his world and come along for the ride.

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

It was nice to hear straight from the author, but I wouldn't say Mass added anything in the retelling. There were a few times where you could tell he was emotional about the content, but other than that, he just did a good job of reading through.