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Michael Reed

Chino, Ca. United States
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  • The Dreaming Void

  • Void Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,637

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't do it

  • By Kristen R. Daniels on 08-19-18

Surprisingly unimaginative & overly sexual

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

Given that it takes place in the distant future I expects more mind blowing achievements. Also there we too much sexuality especially with the main female character. It added nothing to the story.

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

No, there was too much weird sex and only one character is worth caring about.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

Better then story

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dreaming Void?

The incessant, detailed descriptions of characters appearance and their sexual relationships

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,068
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,649
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,484

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Tough start

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly slow moving especially at first, it's hard to keep going but worth the effort.

What did you like best about this story?

The technical detail was both the book's strongest and weakest point at different times.

  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,708

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

Thin Characters, slow first half

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

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

I just couldn't get into this world. I tried to care but by the end I was just happy it was over. I will cintinue most other fantasy series' just because I feel invested in the characters. This is an exception.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,462

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Super Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-08-13

Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For anyone who grew up geek this book will be very entertaining. Wil Wheaton was a perfect choice to narrate and did an excellent job. The only downside is the silly atheist diatribe in the beginning but it's not that long.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,125

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Plodding, eventless

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

Maybe, the writing is pretty good. The story was very slow and unexciting.

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

The Richness of the world, especially the university.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Sadly yes.

Could you see The Name of the Wind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, there is nothing to hold a TV audience.

Any additional comments?

I really wish there was some point to the narrative. Some reason to care who the character was.

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