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The Lichmeister

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  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and dull

  • By Andrew on 2019-03-25

Well performed. Entertaining story... but...

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-30

I enjoyed this story. It is a very comedic space adventure, but the presence of the Magnificent Skippy means that the crew could never really be in any real danger. Suspense level plummets. Interest wanes.

  • The Satanic Verses

  • Written by: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My second go at this classic.

  • By peter wing on 2018-11-24

One for the Ages

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-30

This is definitely one for the Ages! The narrator really brings the characters to life.

  • Cthulhu Armageddon

  • Written by: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Cthulhu Armageddon is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other "talking" monsters).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mad Max meets Cthulu at the Dark Tower

  • By The Lichmeister on 2018-09-14

Mad Max meets Cthulu at the Dark Tower

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-14

Having already enjoyed Phipps' Supervillainy Saga, I was intrigued by the concept of Cthulu Armageddon. It combines two of my favourite themes in fiction: Cthulu and post-apocalypse. It did not disappoint! Some of the characters were pretty cool. Kafer did a terrific job, as always, of narrating.
The story itself, while far from original, is well told. Humourous in places and dark and disturbing in nearly equal measures. I am looking forward to volume 2!

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  • The Science of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga, Book 4
  • Written by: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy (TM) returns in the fourth volume of the popular Supervillainy Saga. Having discovered the world's greatest superhero slain by his doppelganger from another reality, Merciful: The Supervillain with Mercy (TM), and the arrogant President Omega, Gary dedicates himself to overthrowing both. Unfortunately, this is harder than it looks since Merciful has all of Gary's genre savviness while President Omega has the entire brainwashed United States military.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Supervillainous Volume

  • By The Lichmeister on 2018-09-14

Another Supervillainous Volume

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-14

I loved the first three volumes of this series and this fourth volume does not disappoint! Jeffrey Kafer is exceptional as Narrator.
The story picks up right where volume 3 leaves off, introduces a few new characters and maintains the expected level of witty pop culture jokes. Insert a shameless plug for his other fiction series (Cthulu Armagedon) for good measure.
It was a short listen, but highly enjoyable ;)!
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  • Ready Player One

  • Written by: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,760

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
  • amazing really good I loved any 13+ would love it.

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-01-07

What the internet Could/Should be!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-14

This book was marvelously crafted. It made me laugh, had some great hooks and made me feel very nostalgic for my TRS-80.
As a teen, when I pictured how the internet would look today, I imagined it to be much like Ernest Clines vision of Oasis.
Wil Wheaton was the perfect narrator for this story. He brought both the talent and the whole meta thing of him being the ultimate nerd for the job!
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  • Zodiac

  • Written by: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, excellent narration

  • By WarriorsDawn on 2018-08-23

6 or 7 star novel and performance

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-07

I have read this book two or three times before trying the audiobook. I found it to be one of the authors most approachable and humourous works(I once read a terrific review of his works entitled 'Tackling Mount Stephenson') . I really liked the way I felt entertained and educated at the same time.
Ax Norman captured the essence of the protagonist much as I imagined him to be.

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  • Anathem

  • Written by: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Occasionally interesting dialogue... I guess...

  • By Michael Newton on 2019-01-03

Another insightful epic

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-07

Neal Stephenson crafts another thought provoking and witty epic. It constantly amazes me how his insights often become prophetic. 5 stars for story!
William Dufris and company excellently narrate this tale. I bought this novel when it first came out in paperback and loved it so much that the audiobook was purchased so I could enjoy it during chore time 😀. All the narrators we excellent, but Dufris stood out, for me, as an excellent voice for Stephenson's style. 5 stars for the performance.
The one thing that would be an improvement would be a PDF of the diagrams and supplementary material for the math geeks like me. 4 stars, overall, since I was not able to reference their diagrams and appendixes (appendices?) without digging out my old paperback from a box in my attic.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting idea, really too long execution

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-01-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-07

I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I found it to be an interesting change from Stephenson's usual cerebral fare. As an audiobook, I found it was lacking something and I plan on buying a hard copy of this since I suspect that there will be more to the story than just the words on a page. I was constantly left with the feeling that the books layout was including tons of cute graphics or maybe some of it was laid out like documents from the DODO people.

  • Woken Furies

  • Written by: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great author, terrible sound quality

  • By The Lichmeister on 2018-05-07

Great author, terrible sound quality

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-07

Do not let the sample fool you! As soon as the 50 second introduction chapter ends, it is like listening to the story from the end of a long tunnel. I will assume that the story is Richard Morgans usual excellence but, after about 12 minutes, straining to hear what William Dufris was saying was giving me a (literal) headache. I'm not sure if I can blame it on Dufris since I have listened to a number of other books he narrates (Cryptonomicon comes to mind) and they were superb. Honestly, I don't think William Dufris' narrative style is the best match for a series like this, either. He is a very polished speaker and Takeshi Kovacs is a very gritty sort of guy. If/when the audio gets fixed or (preferably) the production company brings back Todd McLaren to narrate this, I will definitely purchase this. Until then it get 1 star overall and performance and no rating on the story since I still have not heard it.

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