Category Archives: AudioBooks

AudioBooks, Skype Outages, and Windows Defender Fixes – A Year ago on Port16

Last week I had Monday off, and I never got around to doing my 1 year ago post, so I’m really combining two weeks into this one. Work was so busy that I didn’t even do my wallpaper post, or Friday links post. I’ll try to make up for it this week.

A year ago I had just started getting into Podcast books, and told everyone about a great site to download Podcast Novels. I still make great use of this site. As a matter of fact, just today I posted about how to help a podcast novel author, and I first discovered her work over on PodioBooks.

Continuing on with the podcast novel theme, I also did a review of EarthCore and the author, Scott Sigler, was kind enough to drop by and leave a comment. Scott illustrated one facet of podcast authors, they love their audience, and really respond to their fans. Just the other day I received a response to an email I sent him.

On the technical side of things, there was a huge Skype outage, which was blamed on Windows Update rebooting a whole bunch of computers at the same time, and I told you how you can manually download definitions for Windows Defender.

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Almost Done: Review of 7th Son Podcast Novel

imageI’ve been listening to the 7th Son Podcast since before I posted this review of the EarthCore Audio book by Scott Sigler. Now I seem to have some time on my hands, you see, I caught up with the author.

What does that mean? Well, like any other podcast, the books are released on a episode by episode basis. Depending on the release schedule, and the length of each episode, this can take awhile. When I listened to EarthCore, the podcast was finished already, so I was able to listen to it as much as I liked.

When I first started listening to 7th Son Book 1 Descent, and 7th Son Book 2 Deceit, they also were completed. Once again, I could listen to as much of the book as I had time to. Since 7th Son Book 3 Destruction is still being produced, I have to wait for the next episode.

JC, J.C. Hutchins that is, If you are reading this, stop! Go record some more of that book!

I’m just kidding. Everyone has to take a little bit of a break.

On with the Review (Contains general statements, but no plot specifics)

When I first heard the Promo for 7th Son, it didn’t really grab my attention. It mentioned cloning, and a 4 year old killing the President. Not sure why, but it didn’t really have me jumping over to get it.

The book is so much more than the promo can ever cover. Book 1 was very interesting, but it was all kind of setup, until the end.

Book 2 was where the fecal matter strikes the oscillating object. It was non-stop from the get go, and you really have to rethink what has been going on from the beginning.

Book 3 is still non-stop action. I finished Chapter 17, and I’m waiting for Chapter 18. Of course, I don’t know how many chapters are left. Book 1 and 2 were 27 chapters and 29 chapters respectively, so hopefully at least 10 more.

I’ll try and update this as soon as I finish the Podcast, but I wanted to get some more people turned on to this great book. You can subscribe at either JC Hutchins’ site, or at PodioBooks, the primary difference is that there is much more fan stuff on JC’s site, some of it is really cool, and it’s kind of neat to see all of these other people who are such big fans.

Technical Details

Files are in MP3 format, no DRM.

Bit rate is 128Kb.

Files are around 30 or 40M each.

Play time is about 30 – 50 minutes each.

Bonus content can be much longer, and file sizes vary.


If you know what’s good for you, go subscribe now!

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Review of EarthCore Audiobook / Podcast

I mentioned in an earlier post about the free audio books and podcasts at, that at the time I was listening to EarthCore by Scott Sigler. I finished it, and I loved it.

It took a little while for the action to get going, but to be honest, I was very interested in the character and plot development. The characters and interactions held my interest, so it didn’t seem slow while I was listening.

Let me tell you though, when the real action started, I was just hooked. I think I listened to the last half of the book in about 4 days, rather then the 3 or 4 weeks it took me to listen to the first half.

My biggest complaint is that during a question and answer session that was part of the podcast, Scott said that he was going to really get cracking on the sequel, and should have it out in 8 months or so. Although the podcast wasn’t dated, I figured that was a year or more ago, now I learn that the sequel isn’t out yet.

I can’t wait!

Currently I am listening to 7th Son Book 2: Deceit, written by J.C. Hutchins. I finished “Book 1: Descent“, but I’m so into the story that I’m spending every free moment listening to it. I’ll write a review eventually.

One warning though, while I was looking for all of the links for this article, I found out that “Book 3: Destruction” is currently underway, so unless I catch up with the author, the review may be awhile. Here is a quick one, just to hold you over:

Its great, go listen to it.


EarthCore’s page

Scott Sigler’s Web Site

7th Son Book 1: Descent – on PodioBooks

7th Son Book 2: Deceit – on PodioBooks

7th Son Book 3: Deceit – on J.C. Hutchin’s web site

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Download Free Audio Books at PodioBooks

EarBuds_Small I spend about an hour a day driving back and forth to work, and I’ve been using my iPod to keep the drive interesting. Not too long ago I ran across PodioBooks, which offers free Books in podcast format.

Although you do have to create an account, I don’t think I have received even one e-mail from them since I signed up.

You can browse through their large selection of free books, and once you have decided on what you want to listen to, a RSS feed is created which allows you to subscribe using your favorite feed reader.

New installments are delivered at the schedule you define, and that’s about all there is to it. The site is easy to use, and the podcasts are delivered in a timely manner.

The first podcast novel I listened to was EarthCore, and I liked it so much that I have downloaded pretty much everything by Scott Sigler.

I definitely recommend this site.

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