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Brian Rygaard Jensen

Lundby, Denmark
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  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,033

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty Sci-Fi

  • By Donna on 10-04-17

No depth in the sky

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This book was not for me.

It is like the author started writing and got caught up in the "how can I make these characters suffer", and then kept getting caught in having to make it worse for them.

You also have no real deep characters. They are just hell divers, low decker and similar.

Because you know they are going to suffer even worse later you never really care about them. The ending a splendid example of that. Not the slightest bit surprising.

Luckily I got it on sale, and will not get the second book.

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  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,533

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

An annoying antagonist

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

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

In this book the self loathing that Harry keeps putting himself through fills too much in this book.

Having loved all the other books it was just disappointing. It seems that the story is just an interlude to something else.

What was most disappointing about Jim Butcher’s story?

See above. I kept thinking - Move on Harry, it is getting boring to hear you blame yourself, and the monologue while blaming himself is too long and repetitive.

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

All the other Dresden Files.

He is an amazing narrator, and had it not been him I would not have completed the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment as I wrote before. All the other books in the series are very good.

Any additional comments?

Will still listen to the next one. Think this one was just not for me.

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

The silly fantasy of an RPG geek

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Would you try another book from Elliott Kay and/or Tess Irondale?

No. I will not be reading / listening to another book by Elliot Kay. It is not worth the time, for me, to listen to a teenage RPG fantasy. It even has references to Role Playing in the end of the book.

Some will like the cheesy and repeatable sex in the book. Characters are cliche, the writing is so bad that I got angry and just started zoning out.

It is my opinion alone, and I know some might like it. I do not.

What could Elliott Kay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop using "My Love" so many times.
Stop writing about a guy that is so gullible and super human at the same time - not credible.
A succubus that is so vanilla is not believable. The sex in the book is so main stream that it is hard to imagine this is a demon. Make the demon more than just a sex doll.
The end of the book is so cliche and corny that it made me angry.
The dialogue is so bad it hurts. Makes all the characters incredibly stupid.

He should have never written this.

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

She is actually a good narrator, good at doing the different characters. Unfortunately noone is able to pull this book out of the deep dark hole that it is.

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

No redeeming qualities. Do not go here.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant classic.

  • By nulli on 04-22-17

Why did I not read this earlier

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

The story is just captivating. Decided to pick it up because it is a classic, and I have never read it, and how I regret that.

The story will change, i think, based on your own perception of your life. It is a story that is just complete, and well written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Winston Smith. The way he rebels knowing he will (probably) get caught, but not realising the extend of cruelty the system is based on.

He works with great enthusiasm in rewriting history, and yet does all he can to resist the impact wanted by the rewriting.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

O'Brien. He does all the characters really well, but here he really nails it. The fatherly old, evil, man who really believes all his ramblings and believes doublespeak. The dialogue about levitation is incredible, and if you are new to the story look forward to this.

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

The last reaction of Winston Smith moved me deeply.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,738

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

The story becomes annoyig really quickly

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Would you try another book from Jonathan Renshaw and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

Perhaps, but this has not encouraged it.

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Renshaw’s story?

Harriet. That story is just too much. She is so annoying, and idiotic that I stopped listening. The story could be so much more. Like the story about his relationship with his dad; a really interesting twist.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is what keeps the book up. He is a very good narrator.

What character would you cut from Dawn of Wonder?

Harriet.

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  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,967

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Surprising steam punk - good read

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Would you listen to The Aeronaut's Windlass again? Why?

Yes I would. Because I liked the story. It was interesting with some cool characters that developed through the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Aeronaut's Windlass?

The "wizards" of the story and the entire concept about them all being mad to some extend. That actually gave some extra depth.

Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not. Some complained he was too "English professor like". In my opinion that is one of the good Things.

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

No clue...

Any additional comments?

Two things that could end up annoying you as listener:

1. Gwen - that character is too arrogant and too much.
2. They are saved at the last moment each and every time. In the end it is no surprise and you start thinking "Oh in just a moment they are all safe". Douses the surprise of the story a bit.

  • Swords of Exodus

  • Dead Six, Book 2
  • By: Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354

On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! This series is riveting!

  • By Jessica on 03-13-14

Do not go here.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

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

Unfortunately - and I mean that from the bottom of my Heart as I love Larry Correia - this was not a good listen, and not time well spent.

First book was guns and explosions. It worked OK. Now they introduce monsters and psychics. Why? This is not monster hunter or the spellbound series. It does not work.

Also you waste time having to follow a thin plot, where the culmination is a vague and weak battle. The humour and normal style of not taking itself too serious is gone here.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not the next book in the series when it is released

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

He is just plain awesome as a narrator. You will have to like a narrator that does different voices, "shows" emotions etc. I am one of those that thinks it gives the story more depth. He is a master of doing that.

Do you think Swords of Exodus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Lots of cliffhangers, so yes it needs (and it is planned) a follow-up.

However I will not be buying it.

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  • Dead Six

  • By: Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015

Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you are unsure about this series, take a chance

  • By Keith on 09-09-14

Second half of story is excellent, first not so

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

The story is as expected when Larry Correia is involved - Guns, explosions and a big military nut WHO is more intelligent than expected.

... but somehow it starts all wrong. It does not quite connect until Lorenzo and Valentine meet for the first time, from then on the story is exciting, fun and full of all that I love about the stories written by Larry.

The narration is more than just good. He is able to do all the voices, and really apply depth to all of the characters. Even though I felt 'meh' about the story I have invested in book two - all because of the second part and the narration.

Overall good listen/read.

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  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 4
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fourth in the series did not disappoint

  • By carmen on 08-06-13

Amazing story & best narration so far

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Swinburne & Burton are an amazing team. It is quite impossible to tell why it is so special. The characters are predictable, but they are predictable in a sense where they become so special that it simply works.

The entire setup is very cliche. The men smoke cigars and play billiard in one room while the women debate how to be the best housewife in the other...

... but the story behind each of these characters is just so deep and exiting that you are sucked into this wonderful universe. Mark Hodder has really done something special with the series, and even though it seemed impossible to continue the story after the last one he still did it.

And Gerard Doyle is an amazing narrator. He can do all the voices so you "see" the characters right in front of you, their hope, despair. You feel their loves, pains and problems.

How on earth Mark Hodder "invented" Swinburne I do not know, but he did, and I am grateful. My favorite character by far.

My hat...

  • Shattered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

The acclaimed author Kevin Hearne returns with a brand new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O'Sullivan. For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is finally a full Druid herself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY MADE IT!

  • By Alberto Luis Garcia Herrero on 08-29-16

It is Atticus' story - not Granuaile's

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Really enjoyed the book, and the four stars are credited to the story of Atticus, Owen and Oberon. They are truly fun characters. It feels like Kevin Hearne has some real life characters he can look at when writing their stories. They are truly funny, and I like the addition of Atticus' arch druid. Owen Kennedy is brilliant in his simple approach to everything. Oberon is as always funny with his sausages, and his self proclaimed poodle addiction really made me laugh hard. They are worth listening to.

That is not the case with Granuaile.

Granuaile is boring. I do not get why she is there, and the story about her father quickly becomes a little annoying. The way her story is tied back into Atticus' story does not really give anything. She is a character that is needed for giving the reader background information.

The real action comes with the three males of the story.

Christopher Ragland is really really good as narrator. He can do all the voices excellent. Unfortunately there are a bit too many "lead" characters - three persons and two dogs.

So next time more Atticus, Oberon and Owen. Less Granuaile and her dog.

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