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Blaise Freeman

Siler City, NC, USA
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  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Team Quill

  • By Tango on 05-03-15

creative urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I love this series, interesting take on magic, good characters and surprising twists. The narrator makes the characters distinct and compelling.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,859
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,395

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

slow start but worth sticking it out

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The beginning was very tedious. I was interested in the minutiae of creating a character and the video game world and mechanics weren't anything new at first. Gradually the author develops the characters and unique nature of being fully immersed in this game/world.

  • Geekerella

  • A Novel
  • By: Ashley Poston
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh new take on the Cinderella tale

  • By Kathleen Y. Danis on 05-02-17

cute and endearing

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This was a delightful listen. The Cinderella-esque step family felt a little forced but otherwise the characters were fun and grew over the course of the book.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,423

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

good characters, excessively drawn out

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This author does this to me every time. He sets up an interesting premise with good characters, and then takes FOREVER to complete the story, often duplicating the same plot points from multiple characters view.

  • An Unattractive Vampire

  • By: Jim McDoniel
  • Narrated by: Drew Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,902

After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile, also known as The Cursed One, The Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors, awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he's just too ugly. Modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, Guts and lots of laughs!

  • By Aaron on 08-27-16

fun concept, enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I enjoyed the characters and the premise, worth a listen. It doesn't follow the common tropes but is playful with common archetypes, and has some twists I didn't expect.

  • Forces of Nature

  • By: Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond. From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated in its simplicity

  • By Philomath on 06-13-17

excellent language and descriptions

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

This is similar to A Brief History if Time or anything by Neil Degrasse Tyson. it's based on a TV series but I wouldn't have guessed that if the author hadn't mentioned it. very natural language and relatively easy to follow. I enjoy this topic a lot and am always looking to better understand these kinds of concepts that are the basis of reality but often very difficult to grasp or explain.

  • The Wanderers

  • By: Meg Howrey
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 344

Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them - and their families - changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Voyage Of Discovery

  • By Sara on 03-05-18

doesn't go anywhere

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the characters and the initial premise, but then that premise failed to lead the reader anywhere interesting.

I guess if you're very forgiving you might be willing to suspend disbelief and get something out of the last third of the book. I couldn't.

  • Six Wakes

  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story and characters

  • By Blaise Freeman on 02-26-17

excellent story and characters

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

This book is a very clever take on what it would mean for society if people could essentially live forever through cloning. it's not the first sci-fi to explore this concept but definitely holds it own. I liked the world and the mystery.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,051

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding cast performance

  • By S. Yates on 05-28-17

cool premise, terrible writing

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Any additional comments?

This story is told as a series of interviews and excerpts of conversations that you're not sure why/how they were recorded and journal entries, all from different characters with different perspectives... in other words, it's a mess.

Fiction should pull you in and make you feel like you're there. Yes, The Martian is told through a journal but it unfolds in real-time so that you feel like you're in the moment.

The cast of narrators doesn't help any, it just makes everything feel that much more disconnected and accentuates how little you know or care about any individual character.

  • The Chimera Sequence

  • By: Elliott Garber
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa. When a humanitarian aid hospital nearby diagnoses a disturbingly similar human case, the former Special Forces veterinarian knows he must figure out how to stop this outbreak from spreading--before it blows up into a global pandemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced and gripping.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-29-15

sooo repetitive

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

very little actually happens because you have to listen to the same information revealed over and over again through different characters' perspectives.