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Brent

Dewey, AZ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1567)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    If you enjoy a charater driven story that just happens to happen in the old west, this is your best bet. The author constructs his people with care and empathy. One is truly sad when misfortunes occur and can revel in the humor and humanity of those who overcome their adversities.
    The sexual content is relevent without being puriant or gratuitous. It just all rings true.
    It took me a little while to get used to the narrator's voice and chararcterizations. I thought that at the very beginning he moved a little too fast. But once he did slow down the pace was perfect.
    Complaints about Gus' voice are understandable. But because Gus is so outrageous, his voice needs to be outrageous as well. After a while, it just made me smile when he spoke.
    This book is wonderful and tragic all at the same time. If you have ancestors who lived in some of the places that this story covers at the time this this story takes place, it may give you a new respect for the lives they may have led and the times that they lived in. I look forward to listening other books by L.M.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (627)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "Great Book, reader, not so much."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought it was just me, but after reading other reviews, I see that I wasn't alone in being annoyed with the reader. To be fair, I am getting used to him as the story progresses, but I will look out for the name "David Chase" as I order other books and probably avoid them in audio form. I read Shogun 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was looking for a different experience with this book and that's what I got. The one thing that makes the reader acceptable, is that his voice, after Blackthorn encounters the Japanese and their culture, actually conveys the kind of foreigness that a person like Blackthorn in this situation might perceive in his initial clash with Asian customs and mores'. That's the best positive perspective that I can think of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal City: Alvin Maker VI

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, cast
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America.

    Cheri says: "This can't be the last of this series!"
    "I Was Ready For the Story to End."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Crystal City is probably my least favorite of the Alvin Maker series. It got to the point where any obstacle was overcome by Alvin's, or somebody else's knack. It eliminates any tension or sense of danger to the characters when one knows that all they have to do is run real fast, make a fog, or miraculously heal someone. Even though he was very infuriating, and mostly downright stupid, Calvin became more interesting than his brother Al. Toward the end of the book, I really didn't care if they made the Crystal City or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (871)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got this title due to an interview with Peter Heller that I heard on the radio. I've always had a soft spot for "End of the World as We know it" stories. I read "Earth Abides many years ago and many times since and love it. "Dahlgren" by Delaney, while freaky as all get out, kept me riveted even though I didn't understand half of it. And of course, there's "The Change" series by S.M. Stirling. If you're looking for something along any of these stories lines, forget it. The plot is pretty basic but it's the presentation of the characters and setting the I found remarkable. Heller's love for poetry saturates his writing. It's like he can't help it. The book reads like one big poem with lots of stream of consciousness thrown in. Don't let that turn you off though. Mark Deakins, the reader, goes through this book so smoothly that it took me a while to realize exactly what Heller was trying, and succeeding, to do. The book is entirely written in the first person from the viewpoint of the main character named Higg. Heller conveys Higg's thoughts, feelings, emotions and motivations beautifully without being overly verbose. Like poetry, it is language stripped down to it's barest essentials but with full meaning. No small feat.
    It may be that this could be a difficult book to read. I'm glad that I listened to it on an audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rocket Boys: The Coalwood Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Homer Hickam, Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    The New York Times best-selling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir - a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space... and who made those dreams come true. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a marvelously entertaining chronicle of triumph.

    Joseph says: "A memoir that reads like a novel"
    "Very Enjoyable. Not just for young adults."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I recently rented the movie October Sky from Netflix. I had seen it years ago, but thought my daughter might like it. I became curious about Homer Hickam Jr. and decided to give Rocket Boys a listen. I found Homer's description of his hometown and the people in it during the late 1950's facinating. It's good story with good Characters. A peek through a slightly sooty window into a now quickly vanishing past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1716)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (1006)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Disappointed in the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've loved this book for over 30 years. But to tell the truth, for a while, I had almost convinced myself that the "reader" was artificial. The HAL9000 conveys more warmth and expression than the reader of this book. I've found it very distracting and I'm not sure I can finish.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4012)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2579)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Fun Stuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Mercy Thompson series is just plain fun. Not deep, doesn't moralize, but here and there you might find bits of common sense that are useful. Guilty pleasure at its best.

    0 of 0 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
    (3698)
    Performance
    (2649)
    Story
    (2663)

    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."
    "The Emperor is Naked"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like a few others, I'm trying to like this book. All the glowing reviews caught my attention. But, I have to say after six hours of listening, it ain't happening. I will finish this book and I hope something changes. I will then post another review. Right now, I just feel frustrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1809)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to River Marked the most enjoyable?

    I like the character Mercy. She's interesting and self reliant, but not a super hero.


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

    I think she adds a dimension of reality to the characters that one might not find for themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26349)
    Performance
    (20263)
    Story
    (20447)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Not Disappointing, Disjointed or Poorly Written."
    Overall

    Possible Spoiler Alert:
    One only needs the attention span greater than that of a mayfly to enjoy this book. It does not have a Hollywood ending or a romantic resolution. Nor should it. The characters of Katniss and Peeta each go through their own forms of hell over and over. To expect that all will be cheery and bright at the end is naive. After the first Hunger Game, Katniss has begun her journey through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Subsequent experiences and losses only make things worse and culminate in a final act of violence. To expect a miraculous recovery and a happily ever after right after the war's end would be fantasy indeed. Even though the setting of these books is set in a alternate future, the entire series is a comment on our society's embrace of the shallow and morally corrupt where right and wrong can be rationalized by a change of perspective. If you're looking for the drivel to be found in the Twilight series, this ain't it. This is the whole steak: Meat, fat, bone and gristle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Taint in the Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Long ago, homo nocturnus ruled the Earth, able to manipulate the forces of nature at their most basic level. Before the dawn of recorded history they were overthrown, leaving behind them only legends---our legends of shapeshifters and blood-drinkers, of cruel gods and evil magicians, of ogres and goblins, succubi and incubi.

    John says: "Aweful, just aweful."
    "Trying to Like it. Trying to Care"
    Overall

    Vampires, soft porn, characters who are wealthy beyond all reason, and a damsel in distress. Good formula to make some bucks given today's fad in the above. Unfortunately, not anywhere near S.M. Stirling's best so it just lies there in the crud with the Twilight books and others like them. Ann Rice did it better 20 years ago. It could be an explanation of the Nantucket occurrence in the change series, but there are some contradictions to be overcome. If you get it, don't go in with your expectations very high.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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