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John Fortune

Louisville John

Louisville, KY United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (505)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Outstanding Book!! But not for me."
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    Story

    This book about two men who create a well read comic book hero is really about too men who go through unusual and challenging lives. For example, Joe is trained as an escape artist and is able to escape from the persecution of the Jews in a casket holding a statue disguised as a person. These childhood events shape the rest of these men's lives.

    While this book is engaging and actually quite moving, it was too heavy for me. This was not the kind of escapism for me as it has too much pain and not enough fun or mystery. Not that this book was full of sorrow, there were some fun moments, like the excitement in creating their first comic book.

    I am better off sticking with mystery, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy. But I recommend this to anyone who likes books that build fascinating if slightly tortured characters. Too much like real life for me.

    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
    (24614)
    Performance
    (18706)
    Story
    (18866)

    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"
    "Well written and performed - but not my favorite"
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    Overall - I just sort of enjoyed this book. I am glad I listened to it, but it is definitely just a so so book for me that I will never re-listen to. The story was easy to follow, and some creative and original ideas that I enjoyed and had pretty good characters. Some of the ideas and situations presented in this book will stick with me. This will be a classic book.

    Trying to put a finger on what I didn't like - I guess I didn't identify with all of the feelings Katniss Everdeen expressed throughout the trilogy - I got tired of hearing about them. Also, I didn't buy into some of the ways in which people reacted to events or situations. In general, I probably would have enjoyed a shorter version of this trilogy.

    The narrator's performance of this book was top notch. Carolyn McCormick was very easy to understand. Her voices were good enough to keep things clear. She seemed to be a little whiney at times, but that is how the book actually read.

    As a side note, my wife liked this book a lot more than I did. I am not sure if this trilogy appeals to women more than men or not.

    I hope you enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Cat: The Curse Workers, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Holly Black
    • Narrated By Jesse Eisenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Cassel comes from a family of curse workers people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they'e all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago

    Dave says: "Holly Black's Next Great Trick"
    "A light coming of age, urban fantasy, mob book"
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    This book held my attention for its outstanding narration, light and interesting character and fun plot. I am more of a light book fan as I often multi-task while listening and this book was perfect for me.

    The reader was outstanding, I enjoyed listening to Jesse Eisenberg read this to me.

    The story itself was fun to listen to, it had some elements to figure out, an interesting plot and fun characters. But it was a slightly strange mix of a young character in a fun light story that turns into a killer in a somewhat mobbish violent story. Regardless, I enjoyed it and will get the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1489)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Well written, but too slow for me"
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    You might love this book if you like lots of character development and dialogue. I thought I liked character development, but after this book, I guess I realize that I don't.

    This book was well written in my opinion. The story was good and the characters were believable. The world was developed. But for me, there was not enough tension in the plot. The character development was not enough to hold my interest. I was interested enough to keep listening, but I will not get the second book.

    3 of 5 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
    (6816)
    Performance
    (6098)
    Story
    (6110)

    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"
    "Hearne's Hexed is Incredibly Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    As a reader of sci-fi, fantasy and thriller - and an appreciator of witty prose - Hexed is right up my ally. It easily ranks up there with Dresden Files for me.

    My audible listening usually involved multi-tasking, so I like stories that I can follow but that keep me entertained and distracted from my chores or work-out. This one fits the bill quite nicely.

    I only went 4 stars but could have gone 4.5 - there are books I love more, like Butcher's Codex Alera series, but this one is not far behind. It may catch up by the time I have listened to more of the series.

    If the genre is of interest to you and you like fun and action packed stories, don't hesitate to buy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Margo says: "My Favorite Grisham to Date"
    "Fantastic Escape"
    Overall

    After listening to around 6 Grisham novels, I have yet to find one of his legal thrillers that I haven't enjoyed.

    One reviewer complained about the narrater being breathy? I found the reader, Frank Muller to be top notch - I would seek him as a narrator again. He was dramatic in his reading and his characters were extremely distinct and consistent w/out being corny. They sounded like real characters.

    The book is fairly typical for a Grisham book, which is fantastic. I guess what captures me is that someone is always finding a way to get rich and then hanging on the edge to find out if their scam will work or they will lose everything...

    I love Grisham books and this was no exception to my rule.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4958)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1869)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Well Written, Well Narrated, but ?????"
    Overall

    Gaiman writes very well, I had no trouble understanding the story. The dialogue was interesting and the reader was great. But I didn't enjoy this book.

    Maybe I am dense and the story was over my head, but nothing grabbed me about this book. I was scratching my head most of the story kind of waiting for something to happen. If someone explained to me what specifically is good about the story itself, I would probably enjoy it a lot more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (439)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Great Story..Great Reader"
    Overall

    I seem to be drawn in to stories like this one, that are first person and focus in on the thoughts and actions of the main character. This story was bleak at times, but captured my interest. The main character is a killer that goes through horrible pain and hopes to find revenge.

    The narrater was very good and easy to listen to. I recommend this story for those interested in stories about the mob.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Millions of people are confronting aliens that authorities say do not exist. Now Whitley Strieber, author of the #1 best seller Communion, which detailed his own close encounters, returns with The Grays, a mind-bending journey behind the curtain of secrecy that surrounds the subject of aliens. This audiobook will make you think deeply, not only about the mystery of who the Grays are, but who exactly we are.

    L. says: "EXCELLENT listen"
    "Enjoyable Invasion Story"
    Overall

    This was an excellent alien invasion story that doesn't go too far out. While it bordered a little too much on the violent side - bad things happen to some characters - and I didn't find a charcater to relate to, the story seemed real and made you think. Not my favorite, but I am glad I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (194)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Par for Patterson - Outstanding !!!"
    Overall

    Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I have listened to many books from Audible during the past couple of years, both fiction and non-fiction, and while some of the other books may be more sophisticated or get more stars from readers, Patterson is always the most enjoyable to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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