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Fredric

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Degerfors, Sweden | Member Since 2007

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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4536)
    Performance
    (4157)
    Story
    (4178)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "New kick-ass thrills for geeks!"
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    For those of you have have read the previous IDC-books, this is more of the same. And by that I mean, more of the same awesomeness. Oberon is very present in this book and that adds to the story in a very sausage and beef way.

    For those who haven't read the previous IDC-books, aww... I wish I had five unread IDC books, I would feel like the richest man on earth. Buy and listen to:
    Hounded, Hexed, Hammered and Tricked first and enjoy!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (283)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Henry says: "I was impressed!"
    "Mr Gould, you really need to crank up the speed!"
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    I first discovered Steven Gould’s Jumper Series from one of Audible's sales. I really liked the first two installments, but I found the second book "Reflex" a tough read since it took me to some really dark places. The third book "Impulse" is more like the first book and a very enjoyable listen. I would have preferred if they had kept Macleod Andrews for Davys voice and let Emily do Milly and Cent (she does an excellent job, but for me it was a bit distracting). Although the book is a coming-of-age story of many sorts, I still found it intriguing. It was with some dread I listened to the book since I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I am satisfied how things plays out.

    Regarding my choice of headline... Come on, Mr. Gould. Three Jumper-books in more than two decades, I am sure you could cut the time between books in half. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6268)
    Performance
    (4282)
    Story
    (4258)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Repetitive narrative, right?"
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    This was my first Jack Reacher book and, if my memory serves me right, also my first Lee Child book. I thought the narrator did a fine job given the material, but the book could have been much better with more editing. I lost track of the authors abuse of ending many dialogue lines with "..., right?" I find it highly unlikely that all these characters would use that kind of language given their varying background. Since I usually keep to the less "gory" side of the mystery/techno/thriller aisle I was kind of put off by the gratuitous violence which in many situations seemed overkill. Some readers will probably find that kind of gory detail exhilarating, but I did not care for it. To end this review on a more positive note, I found the storyline somewhat plausible and it could work both geographically and chronologically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10596)
    Performance
    (9617)
    Story
    (9637)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Terrifying and excellent! (Non-spoiler review)"
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    I won't give the story away in my review. I will summarize the books in three short statements.

    1. The book is sometimes mind-bogging.
    2. The book is sometimes nightmare inducing.
    3. The book is not just a book.

    The book has been compared with Lost, in someways the comparison is true, but in others false. Where Lost doled out nuggets here and there "14" is not the same. If you have an open mind or just enjoy getting lost in a great story, listen to "14". I would, however, advice against listening to it shortly before bedtime. Especially while staring into the glowing embers of a fire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (676)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Katherine says: "Lot's of fun"
    "Excellent story with captivating narration"
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    I stumbled upon Steven Goulds books in the Jumper series through one of Audible's sales. I bought the second book (Reflex) at the sale and then bought the first one. Jumper is not an easy listen, it is sometimes a very heavy experience. So if you are the kind of listener who only wants to be excited and never saddened, you should perhaps look elsewhere. All things considered, I still loved the book as well as the sequel.

    Since I don't believe in spoilers I won't give away the story. Instead I will borrow a phrase from one of my favorite tv-shows: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, it will change your life".

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (3797)
    Performance
    (3331)
    Story
    (3331)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "I laughed, I cried and it really made me think"
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    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Among other recent books I have listened to (Royal Spyness series and the Iron Druid Chronicles) it's up there with the very best. It was quite a different different read from "Agent to the Stars" (also written by Scalzi and narrated by Will Wheaton), adding more dept and drama while sacrificing some of the comedy. Even though Scalzi's books take place in a science-fiction setting, they have a take home message with is applicable to life on earth in the year 2012.


    What other book might you compare Fuzzy Nation to and why?

    It's like an amalgamation of a story concerning exploitation of the new world with HHGTTG.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. Just take my word for it since I don't want to spoil the story.


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

    Yes, and I made it so.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (5483)
    Performance
    (5060)
    Story
    (5052)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "One of the best "listens" so far"
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    Where does Tricked rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I like fantasy, I like suspense but I love the Iron Druid Chronicles. Excellent books paired with excellent narration brinks the characters to life. Like I said to my friends: If you hate to laugh, read and life in general this book isn't for you. Otherwise you should read or listen to it.

    I would put "Tricked" on par with Frank Muellers narrations of the Dark Tower series.


    What other book might you compare Tricked to and why?

    I really haven't read any other books like it. Suspense and comedy with a fair dose of kick-ass.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of the Iron Druid Chronicle-books and they are all top notch.


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

    Yes and no. You don't want the book to end but you still can't turn it off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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