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  • The Memory Hacker

  • A Cyberpunk Conspiracy Thriller
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Michael T. Bradley
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A medical scanner shocks Talia by telling her she's given birth before. Talia's sure the AI is glitching, but it's stirred something deep in her memory. Will she risk remembering?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Theresa Horton on 12-25-18

Descriptive sex and child mutilation? nty

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This book was difficult to continue staying interested in, but as I received a review copy, I slogged on. My girlfriend happened to be present during the sex scene that was quite unnecessarily described in detail, then just after that, there's a description of mutilated children that have implants and weapons integrated into their bodies. That's the point I couldn't take more.

The reader is quite good though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Self-proclaimed “World's Greatest Thief", Whitney Fierstown, has yet to find a trinket or treasure he couldn't steal. He nearly pulls off the heist of the century by snatching the Glass Crown off the dying king's head until rotten luck throws him into the path of Torsten Unger, a steadfast knight determined to save his vulnerable kingdom. Torsten offers this ultimatum: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition and put his skills to good use.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Great story with mostly likable characters

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

This is a very compelling story that I mostly enjoyed, but in honesty, I absolutely hate the main character, Whitney. The supporting characters were great, I really liked the paladin and mage. I would gladly read a book with both of them, but never again the thief.

Also, the narrator is very good with a great range of male voices, but his attempts at female voices are a joke.

Finally, I don't know if it is the author or the narrator, but there is a big difference between further and farther. The narrator uses that interchangeably which is not correct use of grammar.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 2000 Most Common Spanish Words in Context: Get Fluent & Increase Your Spanish Vocabulary with 2000 Spanish Phrases (Spanish Language Lessons Mastery)

  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Mariela Arredondo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Have you been trying to learn Spanish and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary? Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand? Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts? If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the 2,000 most common words in Spanish, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original concept in learning a language.

  • By cosmitron on 05-03-18

A great introduction to a second language

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I grew up speaking Spanish as a second language but have gotten rusty with a couple years of disuse. This title has helped me maintain my skills and I would happily recommend it to someone starting out or maintaining proficiency.

  • Otherlife Nightmares

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

Runner and company have safely left the city ahead of the siege. Completing their class promotions with barely any time to spare. Unfortunately Runner hasn't discovered the password he needs to begin the logoff process to save the 400,000 or so crewmates left alive in this game where dying truly means death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to book one

  • By Brian L. Manley on 09-04-16

More of what I love about this series

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Nightmares picks up where book 1 left off. Runner is a well-developed character that is navigating the future MMO, Otherlife, and changing the world for everyone... one crisis at a time.

The end of this absolutely blew my mind and I was pretty emotional during the epilogue. I'm buying book 3 immediately!

Great variation. I could recognize each character immediately with the amazing voice work by Jeff Hays.

  • Star Crusader

  • Legends of Orion
  • By: Michael G. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

It is a dark time for the Alliance, with their forces scattered before the advancing legions of the unstoppable Star Empire. Further disastrous news arrives that General Makos and his loyal Byotai warriors have been utterly routed in battle, leaving the Alliance no option but to fall back to Helios.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story, but borrowed from many sources

  • By Walt Snider on 02-25-18

A good story, but borrowed from many sources

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

The characters were compelling, and sometimes fun, but overall the story borrows character names and concepts from multiple other stories. It was enjoyable to go through the story, but more originality would have been ideal.

  • Fighting Iron

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The Bloody Conflict is long over. The lands are now controlled by despots, crooked cattle barons, energy hoarders, and anyone with enough might to keep the local folks under control. For Clay Macaulay, none of that matters as he roams the land in a war machine from a time gone by. He wants nothing to do with small desert towns or brutal dictators. He only has his sights set on a new life. Unfortunately for Clay, too many ruthless people want what he has. They want the war machine he pilots. They want the battle mech that shouldn't exist anymore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fighting Iron

  • By trixie on 09-08-16

Great story that took unexpected turns :)

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

What made the experience of listening to Fighting Iron the most enjoyable?

The audio quality and voice work was fantastic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't think of the name, but Jake's mech has an AI personality. That's my fav. Kinda like a kid with a Gatling Gun, pretty funny and cute.

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

The mech AI.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a couple unexpected moments that made me chuckle, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a great story, much alike all of Jake's stories. Stop reading my review and start listening!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For Every Action

  • The Quantum Mechanic, Book 1
  • By: Jason Faris
  • Narrated by: Judy Rounda
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Desperate to prove that he has found the unified field theory in the Bible, young mathematics prodigy Jacob Saylor runs away to the Middle East. But when he and his brother venture into the desert they disappear, only to return years later with no memory of where they have been. Then a group of cybernetic terrorists calling themselves The Embodied attack. Having discarded their humanity for bodies of living technology they serve their masters by secretly manipulating world events, eliminating enemies, and toppling nations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story but. . .

  • By Cindy Smith on 07-20-17

A very intelligent story

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

What made the experience of listening to For Every Action the most enjoyable?

The voice acting is great, the effects are perfect. :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jacob, he's very diverse, handles situations pretty interestingly.

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

Different ways to express the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene on the bridge near the beginning. I actually stopped jogging and nearly got hit by the guy behind me!

Any additional comments?

Great book overall, stands out in my mind. Would like to read more by Jason Faris.

  • Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved

  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Christopher M. Allport
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

What happens when a man and a computer is put on Saturn's Titan for a year to mine methane? The relationship doesn't always work out the way everyone plans. The relationship should be based on trust, but what if one member of the team isn't doing what the other expects?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read. Bureaucracy in Space.

  • By Striker on 03-23-16

A Great Short Story Foreshadowing Corporate Future

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Would you listen to Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved again? Why?

In a few years, sure. It's a quick book at around an hour, but it's pretty cute.

What did you like best about this story?

The dichotomy between the human and the computer is pretty darn funny. Analyzing our emotional human responses in a logical manner is quite amusing.

What does Christopher M. Allport bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, Allport's voice work and editing really doesn't impress me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Yeah, it's the future, and no, things haven't changed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest Host

  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Christopher M. Allport
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

A wandering alien life form seeks a compatible host to share its life. The life has lived for a long time and shared life with many life forms. Throughout the alien's life it is able to find suitable hosts for short periods of time and in other hosts life is hard and risky. Finally the alien life form travels to a planet and finds the perfect species to share its life with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful perspective..

  • By ATX-LH on 03-15-16

What an interesting concept for a short story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

allowing yourself to think objectively is such an amazing trait for a storyteller. the author really captures and out-of-the-box concept that could be developed into something even greater later on. definitely worth the time to read this

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Virus: 72 Hours to Live

  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

During a public relations trip to Europe the first lady Abby Patterson; her daughter, Beth; and son, Dave, lose their lives to a very fast and suspicious virus. As the virus takes over the world the president of the United States Arnold Patterson must deal with the collapse of the United States Government. His trusted adviser Admiral Nial Hagerly does his best to keep the military viable but it is a losing battle. The government moves to Camp David while they deal with the collapse then ultimately they are forced to move to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic where they plan to rebuild the country and Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Virus

  • By zoe on 03-31-16

A must for SIMPOC fans!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Anyone that loved the first two SIMPOC books will love this expanded story that tells of what's happening in the DC area and beyond our planet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful