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  • Discount Armageddon

  • InCryptid, Book 1
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monster hunting and ballroom dancing...who knew?

  • By Dianne Herbert on 04-06-13

It's not you, it's me

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

The premise of Discount Armageddon grabbed me, but the end product fell short.

I'm sure that this has more to do with my tastes and it won't dissuade me from sampling more from Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and Emily Bauer down the line.

This one was just a swing and a miss. It happens.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,213

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Scalzi and Wheaton Deliver Again

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

I was interested to see how John Scalzi handles a procedural, and I wasn't disappointed.

Most memorable to me, though, was how intriguing a world Scalzi created around the Haden's Syndrome concept. There are a lot more stories to be told here, and I hope that Scalzi returns to this setting.

As always, Will Wheaton's narration is added value. It's a clear, dynamic performance with great balance between reading and voice acting.

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  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,261

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

Funny, Meta, and So Much More!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-13

I didn't know what I was in for. Sure, the title promised a humorous look at the life of a Star Trek-style "redshirt," and it delivered on that account.

But REDSHIRTS is also a wonderful look at the tropes of genre TV production. It's easy to get snarky in metafiction like this, but REDSHIRTS maintains its affectionate tone throughout.

Most surprising was how much heart the book had. With such an overtly funny title and premise, the emotional weight of the book snuck up on me.

And the choice of Wil Wheaton as narrator added another level of meta to the production!

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,949
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,318

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Fun Story, Amazing Production

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

Reviewed: 05-31-13

Seth Grahame-Smith delivers a fun thrill-ride that effortlessly merges historical fact with supernatural fiction.

But the real star here is the production. Period music is inserted as a backdrop for chapter intros, making the audiobook feel like the soundtrack to a Ken Burns Civil War documentary from an alternate earth.

Forget about the movie adaptation. The audiobook of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a wonderfully immersive experience!

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,857

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hurt version decidedly superior

  • By Mica on 03-24-09

A compelling story weighed down by monologues

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

Reviewed: 05-29-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I remember enjoying Atlas Shrugged years ago, but I must have overlooked the logorrheic speeches at every turn. The story was compelling, and even when one agrees with Rand's ideas, the repetitive, overwrought nature of the monologues brings the book to a crashing halt—and not just the crashing halt that happens within the narrative...

Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

Possibly. Anthem or the Fountainhead appear to be of more manageable length (and hopefully are more concise in monologues).

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

Yes. It's hard to enjoy anyone's performance when they're tasked with so much dense and redundant verbiage.

What character would you cut from Atlas Shrugged?

No characters...just wishing editorial had managed to trim/prune about 30–40% of the speeches.

  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

  • A Novel
  • By: Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now that I have you at my mercy. . .

  • By Brad W. on 07-02-07

Paging Doctor Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-13

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

Absolutely. I have a number of friends who grew up on superhero stories, and Soon I Will Be Invincible does a great job of paying homage to the genre while poking at some of the tropes, as well. A smart, sharply-written love letter to the idiom

What other book might you compare Soon I Will Be Invincible to and why?

Not a book, but SIWBI has a lot in common with Joss Whedon's "Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog" (sans the singing). Both came out around the same time, so it's definitely a case of parallel development.

What aspect of Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer ’s performance would you have changed?

Paul Boehmer was terrific. Coleen Marlo's take was a bit over the top for my taste. However, that's merely a preference issue, I'm sure.

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

Definitely!

  • The 5th Wave

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,067

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare

  • By FanB14 on 05-21-13

Compelling and Intense!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-13

What did you love best about The 5th Wave?

The World. The 5th Wave built an exciting world that was a blast to watch unfold.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 5th Wave?

Watching the separate points-of-view careen toward one another!

What does Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's always nice to read different POVs, but hearing them brings an added level of depth.

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

Absolutely.

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  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun combo of history with famous fiction

  • By Virginia on 01-10-12

I tried

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I love the premise of the book, but just couldn't manage to make my way through it. The performance was fine, but gave up after repeated attempts.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Would you be willing to try another one of William Gaminara’s performances?

Yes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A terrific premise. I'm still curious about other works by Kim Newman.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful