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Chris

Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.

Powell, WY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6976)
    Performance
    (6163)
    Story
    (6158)

    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"
    "Not too bad."
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    Two things I disliked about the book. First is that monsters are suppose to be a big secret but about half the world seems to know. Second, I am so tired of the standard fare of monsters, vamps, werewolves, ghouls, etc. I really wish more authors that could be more creative.

    Other than that once I got started into the book it was not bad at all. I like the fact the book keeps a pretty fast pace. I did not care the for last battle though, the fight dragged for more than two hours and could have been a little more condensed. Sometimes the book could be a little predictable. The narrator very is good, but, for me, there was just that spark missing that really makes an audio book shine. His voice is clear and understandable and he does a pretty good with female voices. Looking forward to the rest in the series.

    If you like this book I recommend the Joe Ledger series or if you like a like more fantasy mixed into your military battles try the Black Company. If you're more into urban fantasy with a little more magic and less guns try Dresden files or Iron Druid.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Douglas Hulick
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors - a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.

    Chris says: "Interesting, different."
    "Interesting, different."
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    Drothe is in no way special, not even anti hero special. He has no real talent, can be cruel and mean, and short tempered. He does have his moments of caring and kindness, though. He has the best of luck and the worst of luck, in this mobsters meets fantasy meets mystery tale. He bounces from meeting with people to battling for his life while searching the scant clues he finds along the way in search of potent relic. The end is a bit of a surprise, ending with Drothe in position even he couldn't have imagined. It leaves the second book wide open for possibilities.
    The author does a good job of making you interested in a man you probably wouldn't have as friend or even care to know. The magic system is hardly explained, but happens in strange ways that still keep it fresh. The narrator draws you in even further using his clear unassuming voice and different characterizations.
    I liked this book because the main character is pretty plain and simple, but it is his journey that leaves you wanting to see whats just around the corner.

    If you liked the Gentlemen Bastards, Dark Angel, or Riyria series, you might like this one, but don't expect this to be anything like those.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh & Bone: Rot & Ruin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (299)

    Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists, then humanity itself must have survived somewhere.

    Chris says: "About time!"
    "About time!"
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    I was waiting forever for the audio release. I even wrote Jonathan Maberry to find out when it was coming out and told me it wasn't, my hopes were dashed in ever finishing the story. Well, it was a welcomed surprise to see it one day sitting in the pre-order section.

    This story fills outs the questions from the first two books, but opens more up at what will happen in next book. In this book we find a death cult group and learn about new types of zombies. Not to spoil anything, but if you have read other Maberry books, a certain character pops up in the middle of this one. That put a big ol' smile on my face.

    From the sounds of it, the next book will be the last one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Scholar: The Fourth Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three-Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor.

    Joe says: "This is actually the true beginning of the series"
    "Better than the first three."
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    Just have to say I enjoyed this section better than the first three. To me it seems the pace is faster, the action a little bit more engaging, and the story is tighter. I like the fact that we see how imaging is explored to come up with more tools. In the end though the author comes up with a very powerful magic system, but seems limited in his imagination on how to use it. I like Quaeryt much more, he is more reckless and daring than Rhenn. Quaeryt more roguish by far and little more free and easy. The narrator is still dry to me, but I have come to expect to hear his voice and now associate it with the Imager series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (425)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "Don't myth these adventures!"
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    Out of all the books I read as a teen in the 80's, this is the one I was happiest to see to make it to audible. The wait has been long but worth it. If you ever read Stainless Steel Rat, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Disc World, or Xanth books, you will probably like this one, too. It is set along the lines of medieval times but bounces around many dimensions. The magic of this series is the trouble Aahz and Skeeve manage to get themselves into and out of. There is a lot of word play that is main source of the comedy and interaction. The part I always like best was all the weird and strange worlds and people that Aahz and Skeeve come across. Aahz is a little one dimensional, set in his ways and often falls back on his 'situational ethics'. Skeeve is little more well rounded as he comes into his own, showing a range of emotions and the goodness of his heart. How Skeeve could have ever became a thief, is beyond me, as he always feels guilt towards those he feels he has wronged.
    The narrator does a good job, but I always imagined Skeeve with a little younger sounding voice, but after listening for a bit, that was soon forgotten. He gives all the main characters a unique voice that make listening enjoyable and easy to follow along.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Crilley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    The Invisible Order is the first book in an amazing new series by Paul Crilley, skillfully narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskieā€”a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan.

    Sheri C says: "Fun and Imaginative"
    "A mini Dresden"
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    If you like urban fantasy like Dresden files or Iron Druid you might like this one. It deals with much the same lore, but is toned down in violence and sex for a kid level. My 14 year old likes it well enough. I like the narrator, she very English, but has a wide range for voices for all the characters so you tell who is speaking all the time. Not sure if I will finish the series but I will be getting the 2nd book to see where it is headed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (680)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Not for the squemish!"
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    If you like the Iron Druid or The Dresden Files, you might like this series. It's just a lot weirder and stranger. It dares to go a direction most other books could or would not go. Mr. Green certainly has vivid imagination. There is a book series turned into an audio play he does called Deathstalker, that is 180 degree from this story but no less imaginative and fun. Marc Vietor is great narrator, but it did take me sometime to really enjoy his work and get in to it. He also does the Black Company series and if I did not know he had done both books I would have never guessed. He shapes his voice to the book and characters.

    I really like this series, it is fast paced and keeps moving right along. It feels like 20 hours packed into 5 or 6 compared to some other books. It's gruesome, bloody, funny, scarey, and adventurous, sometimes all at once. The Nightside is a dark and horrid place where anyone can find whatever pleasure they desire. There are the abused and the abusers, the tormented and tormenters, it is a place of perpetual darkness. But, there are a few souls in this dark world that do shine some light in the corners. This is one of the darker urban fantasies have listened to so far, I would not recommend it for kids. It seems that one does not really have to listen to the books in order to enjoy them, each story stands on it's own, but there is some information that does come across as the series progresses, so it is best to read them in order.

    There is a book with 4 short stories, including one from Mr. Green that is a Nightside story but read by another narrator, called Mean Streets.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (462)

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "Two worlds, one book."
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    I give this book an A+ for the attempt to merge fantasy and sci fi, but it seems to not have a major punch. The book is now a classic(1980) and that may explain some, but the story is not dated. Feels like it could have been written yesterday. The story flows well and issues are resolved along the way. The plot does a nice twist toward the third book, upending some of what you know at that point. I did think the conversation between the Stiles and Sheen in the beginning was unique and I like the dialog between them, but that is about as deep as the book gets. I guess that between Stile's perceived handicap of being short and his abilities, his abilities out weigh any empathy you might feel for him. I found myself caring about the robot more than anyone else. All in all it is good story worth the read, if anything just to learn about the two worlds. The narrator is just okay, but did his job well though. Was able to listen without complaint. I think this maybe one book where a movie version might do better in showing visuals rather than explaining them, especially when playing the games or using magic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (470)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    L Lee says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Great combo of narration and writting."
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    What a good, fun story. Between the narrator and author the story has this hard boiled 1950's feel. Would like to see a follow up story, enjoyed getting to know Mack and how he gets along in the world. It was nice to see a main character that is not human. I've all ready listened to Gil's All Fright Dinner, plan on getting my hands on the rest of Martinez works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5529)
    Performance
    (4704)
    Story
    (4700)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Another great story to advance the series."
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    I was disappointed that James Marsters was not able to narrate this book. On the other hand, having listened to several series that had narrator changes, John Glover does a very credible job(you know what I mean if you had to put with a Song of Ice and Fire switch from Roy Dotrice to John Lee). James is the voice of Dresden, as if Dresden in sitting across from you telling you his story. John makes this more like he is reading from a Dresden's dairy. It's good, just not great. Would like to hear more of John doing another series as he is a very good narrator. I hope they give James a chance to redo this book, but would not hold my breath. The producers of audio books seem to care very little about continuity of narrators so long as they get it made and kick it out the door. It's like watching a TV series, then next season they change all the actors.
    If you have made it this far into the series you don't need me to tell you anything about this book. The only bad part is that we have to wait for the next to come out. Thanks, Jim for a such a wonderful character and story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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