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Christopher D. Williams

Minnesota, United States
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  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,841

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Laney returns!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

If you've read Daemon and Freedom by the same author, you won't be surprised that this book shares the same narrator. The voice acting that was done for Laney Price is the same voice given to the protagonist in Influx. Actually the character is practically the same guy. So if you want to hear a story about how Laney Price is super smart and a secret government organization locks him up, this is for you. Otherwise, I'd pass. While the premise is good, the story is not. A real shame because I love everything else from the author, but this one is a stinker. The villains go from believable to crazy James Bond-esque super villains that aren't realistic. There's way too much time spent with the solitary confinement bit, and is basically just a revenge fantasy after that. Not recommended.

  • The Kingdom

  • A Fargo Adventure
  • By: Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148

Sam and Remi Fargo return for the thrilling third adventure in the acclaimed new series. In Spartan Gold and Lost Empire, Clive Cussler brought readers into the world of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, whose passion and instinct for treasure-hunting has led to extraordinary discoveries-and perilous journeys. Their next adventure, however, might be their most astonishing yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story and set of hero's

  • By John on 06-30-11

Not the best villain this time....

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

(Minor Plot Spoilers ahead)
I've been working my way through the Fargo adventures. I was very pleased with the first two all-around. This third installment was my favorite mystery, but I feel the worst villain so far. Without giving too much away, we find that the villains father had pretty much abandoned his family in search of this artifact. Therefore, the villain grows up a successful business man, and is willing to spend most of his fortune as well as murdering people, to find locate the artifact with the intention to destroy it as some sort of post-humous F-U to his dead father? That's a stretch, even if we accept that this otherwise successful billionaire is a pathological evil doer. Also, the dirigible sequence at the beginning feels tacked on, just so the Fargoes can discover it later as an escape method. At that point in the book there have already been so many twists and turns and escapes it seems unneeded. Plus, after the villain thought they were dead and had stopped pursuing them, the Fargoes call him up to "rattle his cage" with personal insults even though this only serves to enrage him while shedding no new light on their mystery or useful information to continue their hunt. They had everything they needed already to pursue their goal and would have been able to better operate under the radar if they stayed "dead". This only served as a plot device to setup more confrontations to escape from.

That being said, the actual hunt and mystery were excellent this time around. I really like the allies encountered along the way. This one really had a better pace and I enjoyed the locales visited. It felt authentic when they were on the hunt. The only places where you had to suspend reality were in the confrontations with the villain.

Overall, a worthy and fun read.

  • Lot No. 249

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

Unexplained events are happening at Oxford these days. Several students have been attacked at night by some strange form of wild animal. It can scale walls with cat-like agility. Its arms are as thin and as strong as steel bands. And there is one student who conducts midnight studies in his room with certain Egyptian artifacts. The most significant of which is a 6'7" tall mummy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Sir Arthur Actually Wanted You to Read

  • By John on 09-22-16

Loved it! Great little Halloween story!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

I really enjoyed both the story and performance of this book. It was really a pretty quick listen, and I couldn't "put it down" so to speak.

I really enjoyed the performance. Good pacing. Good accents. Well produced.

The story itself was fun too. Just enough Sherlock Holmes in it to make it a bit of a sleuthing novel, but enough of the netherworld to make it a fun Halloween book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Trojan Horse

  • A Jeff Aiken Novel, Book 2
  • By: Mark Russinovich, Kevin Mitnick (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 780

It’s two years after the Zero Day attacks, and cybersecurity analyst Jeff Aiken is reaping the rewards for crippling AlQaida’s assault on the computer infrastructure of the Western world. His company is flourishing, and his relationship with former government agent Daryl Haugen has intensifiedsince she became a part of his team. But the West is under its greatest threat yet. A revolutionary, invisible trojan that alters data without leaving a trace has been identified, roiling international politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you start, you can't stop

  • By PeterN on 03-01-13

Giving up on this book for now.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

So I'm about 50 minutes in to the book. There has been no "hook", no catastrophic event, no big plot line introduced. Just a UN researcher who had his report mysteriously altered. I'm almost an hour in to this book and it's a slog. Nothing of substance has occured. There is terribling numbing detailed minutiae of this researchers career ambitions and his colleagues background. With an hour's worth of detail on these two characters you'd think they were the main protagonists! Our real "hero" hasn't really even been introduced yet.

Loved the first book, but this opening just sucks so bad I can't force myself to continue. I'm putting it down for now. Maybe I'll come back to it. I loved the first book, but this one is just introducing the story to us at such a glacial pace I can't handle it. Deleting for now. May come back and try again in the future. (Will update the review accordingly if I do).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall of the House of Usher (Dramatized)

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Les Crutchfield
  • Narrated by: Bill Mills, Ross Chamberlain
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Not a mere reading, you will hear wraiths howl, the dead walk, and the massive old house of Usher fall in this unique new audio dramatization. This presentation is based on a classic radio script written by veteran scripter Les Crutchfield (who some sources consider a pseudonym for the then blacklisted screen writer Dalton Trumbo) and originally presented on the popular radio series Escape on the night of October 22, 1947.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a great dramatization!

  • By Taylor on 09-18-15

Awful audio recording!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

This audio book starts with an introduction to who Edgar Allen Poe was, and a basic background of his life. It also offers a quick history of the particular audio dramatization you are about to hear. The narrator was annoying as all get out. He has the style and cadence of William Shatner. It also alternate between adding odd voice reverb and echo effects to the initial narration to bounce back and forth between segments of the background intro. I found it to be like nails on the chalkboard.

Also this whole introductory nonsense isn't segmented out into it's own chapter marker, so I couldn't just skip past it and immediately find the start of the audio dramatization.

The actual audio play was about the same. The narrator reminds me in voice and tone of Watson Pritchard from "House on Haunted Hill" - that 60's horror movie with Vincent Price. They also continued to use those audio effects. It was pretty campy. Not a good classic radio drama that stands the test of time like, say, a War of the Worlds, or even a good old Green Hornet episode. It was seriously cheesy.

Save your money. Don't buy this unless you've got a thing for 1940s camp.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

Technical Problems Solved

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

For those reviews complaining that the third part of the audio book is not available, or about the production values - those are solved. At least I didn't have those problems. Upon purchase I had all 3 parts available for download. Having listened to the book twice now (the whole entire thing), I have not noticed any production problems with background noise or "voices like a party down the hall" or a "studio door open". I don't know if those were draft edits or a pre-release product or what, but the technical problems are solved.

I loved that all the characters had a separate voice, as narrated by the actor. That made following the action much easier for me. I used this version instead of the paperback book for a college class. I found that the book and the audiobook read word for word, and I could listen to the audio book while commuting.

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • At the Mountains of Madness (Dramatized)

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft, Brad Strickland
  • Narrated by: Jerry Ahern, Thomas E. Fuller, Gregory Nicoll
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In H. P. Lovecraft's classic horror story, an old man consents to a radio interview. In that interview a number of terrible truths come out: The truth about an expedition to Antarctica where everyone died horribly. The truth about an attempt to find the expedition's mysterious killers. The truth about a desolate plateau in the heart of a frozen continent. The truth about life and intelligence on Earth. And the truth about the prehistoric horror that still waits lurking...At the Mountains of Madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • performance was great

  • By carnal on 06-01-10

Classic Lovecraft

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-07

This was a good short story in the traditional style of Lovecraft. Full of suspense and looming danger. It again covers the ancient ones and man's interaction with them. Well acted, and entertaining, and still even a little bit scary to listen to in the dark.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The FairTax Book

  • By: Neal Boortz, John Linder
  • Narrated by: HarperAudio
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Wouldn't you love to abolish the IRS, keep all the money in your paycheck, pay taxes on what you spend, not what you earn, and eliminate all the fraud, hassle, and waste of our current system? Then the FairTax is for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most important book I've owned in a while

  • By Paul W. on 10-30-05

Flawed argument

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-05

The book argues that replacing the current tax system with a federal sales tax would solve all of our tax problems. As Money Magazine pointed out, for this plan to work wages would have to be cut. Also, since the lower and middle class spend the majority of their earnings on consumption of goods and services, the tax burden would be shifted to them. Google for "Money Magazine Fair Tax Flaw" for the scoop.

7 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • In Their Own Words

  • The Space Race (The Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Rediscover the most groundbreaking moments in the history of space exploration with documentary narration, candid interviews, and the actual transmissions between Mission Control and crews of the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini projects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it

  • By Shawn on 01-16-04
  • In Their Own Words
  • The Space Race (The Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions)

Best audiobook on Audible!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-04

This audiobook was great. I loved that it had a soundtrack, extensive actual footage from all the missions, and a great narrator. It was very much like having an Imax movie or Discovery channel program on but only getting the audio. I learned quite a bit and had no idea we launched so many missions so close together. So many glitches I had never heard of as well. Amazing times and men. Truly a golden age for NASA. This book does a great job building excitement and anticipation. I couldn't wait to hear more. I look forward to more Audiobooks of this caliber.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden

  • What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism
  • By: Bill Maher
  • Narrated by: Bill Maher
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Political provocateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. Says Maher, "Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what. Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague - 'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!' 'And what?' I always want to ask, "Bring a sweater?'"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated

  • By chris on 01-11-07

Thought provoking!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-03

While I don't agree with quite everything he had to say. It was very though provoking to say the least. This is a must-read for everyone!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful