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Joel

Joel

Jonestown, PA | Member Since 2012

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  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Tye
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

    Eddie says: "A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
    "Exhaustive, yet shallow"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Tye? Why or why not?

    Mr. Tye's account of the history of Superman as introductory material. I would enjoy a book he had written if I needed a cursory introduction. As long as you are starting with little knowledge of his subject, I would recommend Tye.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is great at not getting in the way. His read is not boring or monotone, neither is it affected or overwrought.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (605)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Must read scifi for superhero fans"
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    If you like superhero comics but struggle to find interesting reading, Wild Cards is perfect. The sophistication and quality is remarkable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (6416)
    Performance
    (3940)
    Story
    (3971)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Not my thing"
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    Performance
    Story

    Like Doctor Who, this is something my general taste points toward as a good bet, but I just don't love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6695)
    Performance
    (6022)
    Story
    (6026)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Worth the wait...and not the corset ripping"
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    I struggle with this series as a male reader. The series feels like a mix between Indiana Jones and Harry Potter...wonderful! The Twilighty romance is tolerable, but at times it just makes me wonder if I'm reading a book I like.

    This installment of the series was as enjoyable as the first, but the action and scholar as hero themes were displaced too much for my taste. Itfelt like it tookforever for any real danger to show up. An emotionally charged moment in the narrative felt entirely glossed over to me (no spoilers from this guy!), and it took me out of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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