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Winford

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4855)
    Performance
    (4320)
    Story
    (4336)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Wingnut Political Garbage"
    Overall

    The book is full of gratutitous Randian attacks on the evil guvmint. While the self-righteous Alabama hillbillies represent all that is good and wholesome. MHI is one part Westboro, one part Branch Davidian, and one part Haliburton.

    5 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7772)
    Performance
    (6980)
    Story
    (6999)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Great Book, Fantastic Reader"
    Overall

    My only complaint is that the books are too short. I would like to spend more time in this universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6994)
    Performance
    (6180)
    Story
    (6175)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "Teabagger Worldview"
    Overall

    A shameless Randian fantasy. Everything good and wholesome is associated with the South, Alabama of all places. The author dismisses the states' racist states rights past as just a few bad apples and is magnanimous enough to include a mexican, a black, and a chinese hunter in the mix.

    The guvmint, on the other hand, is only slightly less evil than the monsters and isn't good for anything, except in true teabagger tradition, funding the monster hunters.

    Keep yer guvmint hands offa ma P.U.F.F!

    Do yourself a favor and avoid this one.

    4 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10121)
    Performance
    (8426)
    Story
    (8498)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Eat your heart out GRRM"
    Overall

    This book was well worth the wait. Rothfuss is the man. I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Kvothe. Keep up the good work.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3934)
    Performance
    (2872)
    Story
    (2884)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Best value in 4 year audible membership"
    Overall

    When i write my first book I want it to be just like this trilogy. It has complex and interesting characters, clever dialogue, intense action, devious plots, and surprising twists. The heroes are noble but flawed. The villians are dastardly, and come to suitibly satisfying ends. The narration was excellent. I found myself laughing out loud at serveral points and I could not stop listening to it.

    The final straw, it was under $10 for more than 20 hours of listening pleasure per book. In four years of being an Audible member, I have never listened to a better series of books. When the quality and length of the trilogy is combined with it's bargain price, The First Law trilogy is the best series I have listened to in four years and hundreds of books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12117)
    Performance
    (9766)
    Story
    (9885)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Extremely Credit Worthy - Shades of Robert Jordan"
    Overall

    Hands down one of the best books I've ever listened to. I can't wait for the next book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2761)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1787)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "Well worth the credit"
    Overall

    Well paced and engaging. Excellent narration. I'd love to see this book made into a movie in the tradition of Tolkien/Peter Jackson's LOR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3655)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1848)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "I miss Frunk Muller too"
    Overall

    With Guidalls's narration, it's sometimes hard to distinguish between characters during dialog. Muller did a much better job of capturing the different character's accents, genders, ages, and tones. I was so disappointed in this reader, I am now seriously considering not finishing the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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