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curt

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Kraken Wakes (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cake, Saira Todd, David Fleeshman
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    At first, the fireballs seemed to be nothing more than a dazzling display of lights in the sky, plunging into the deepest oceans and disappearing without trace. But when ships started sinking inexplicably and the sea-lanes became impassable, it seemed that the world was facing a threat of unprecedented proportions.

    curt says: "Old Time Sci Fi"
    "Old Time Sci Fi"
    Overall

    I did not like it very much. It was stylized like an old radio show, but it just did not translate well that way. And it developed slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1374)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Contemporary Magic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Sandman Slim in three words, what would they be?

    Joss Whedon meets Edgar Allen Poe, with consulting by Jim Butcher, and Kevin Hearne. More harsh then Dresden and not as kicked back to "The Iron Druid", More street smart than the others. Great read! Narrator brings character to life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Homeland security tie in, of course they would know what is going on.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    "Agent Tex Wells" Homeland security. I know this guy in the real world


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but not possible


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dispatches

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Herr
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr's clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its first publication, Dispatches still retains its resonance as America finds itself amidst another military quagmire.

    Darwin8u says: "One of the GREAT war memoirs of ALL TIME!"
    "Vietnam"
    Overall

    Gives you a feeling of what it was like, greatest Vietnam War Book ever written

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (476)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "For a great time!"
    Overall

    A tremendously fun book! Superhero's are real in this world, and here is their story. Funny, inspiring, and sad.
    Loved the writing, made me smile on every page.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tamerlane: Conqueror of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (57)

    In yet another superb historical work, Harold Lamb brings the mighty Tatar leader to vivid life and shows how this ruthless commander used his superior intellect and magnetic leadership to overcome one obstacle after another. Tamerlane was truly one of the most remarkable personalities ever to emerge from the steppes of Central Asia.

    curt says: "The man that conquered Afganistan"
    "The man that conquered Afganistan"
    Overall

    Great book, very infomative on the culture, traditions, and motivations of a forgotten people. Lamb points out that there have only been three successful conquers. Alexander, Ghengis Khan, and Tamerlain.
    Tamerlain was a tarter, not a mongol as most people believe. Great story well written. Kept my interest even while driving in the snow at night (sleepy time!)
    The author looked at the facts--the history having been written by those he defeated--and gave an accurate picture of an ignored giant of history!
    I also recommend Lambs book on Ghengis Khan.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1350)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (602)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Eco in the future"
    Overall

    Very good group of short stories. I do not think that civilization will go that way but I love the argument. I liked the use of the stereo types of the people in each region, NW, S. Cal and the Mid West.
    A lost of good ideas that give you things to think about. I recommend it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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