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Jason

Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.

Manassas, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 217 titles in library
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  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (464)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "Death rides a sweet car"
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    This is my personal favorite book of all time. I love the way piers mixes magic and science, His outlook of hell and heaven, and Zane. The book is both fun and light as well as addressing some very intense topics.

    I first read this book as a child in the 80's and have since read it once a year. Sadly the later book in the series are not as good however still worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Stars: The Starfolk, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Rigel has found a new home and new love in the Starlands, the magical realm responsible for his half-human, half-elfin heritage. But despite ridding the kingdom of horrific monsters and using his unequaled swordsmanship to help a new queen ascend to the throne, he has no time to savor these early victories.

    Matthew says: "A Satisfying End to the Duology, With a Caveat"
    "More Amulets, More Power.... AND..the end?"
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    First I want to say if you hate endings that leave you hanging STAY AWAY. I wont say more than so as not to ruin the story.

    You should read the first book in this series King of Swords before reading this one, as not doing so ill leave you wondering about a ton of things. This book as not as good as the first but does a great job of moving the story forward as a whole.

    There is plenty of back stabbing "Court" intrigue,great fights and great magic, the book however leaves you hungry for more in a bad way. Books should tie up at least SOME ends before ending, this one really does not.

    I will say in favor of the book that the fights are very well described, and the pacing is perfect. So to close, read the first book, if you enjoy it pick this one up. I really cant recommend starting here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of Swords: The Starfolk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    Rigel has always known he is not quite human, but the only clue to his origin is the otherworldly bracelet he has worn since childhood. His search for his parentage leads him to the Starlands, where reality and fantasy have changed places. There he learns that he is a human-starborn cross, and his bracelet is the legendary magical amulet Saiph, which makes its wearer an unbeatable swordsman.

    Benjamin says: "Forget the mattock; dig in with a teaspoon"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    I picked up this book without a lot of hope but was a little bored. Next thing I know I was sucked in! There are truly many twists that you do not see coming, and from a huge reader that is hard to do to me!

    The book does a great job of making you feel for the lead, while also filling out the other players in the story very well. The world is fleshed out amazingly well, and leaves you wishing to go yourself!

    If you enjoy good Sc-Fi or Fantasy you will almost certainly enjoy this book as it does a wonderful job of weaving the two together.

    I highly suggest you give this one a try, I am currently reading book 2 of the duet and it is just as good as the first and for the price these books are a steal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (379)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Very disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about The Magic of Recluce?

    Frankly the book was just boring for me. The reader seemed monotone and horrible. The story itself felt very stale and done before. I tried giving this book a chance a few times but for whatever reason it was just a very poor listen for me.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3074)
    Performance
    (2873)
    Story
    (2871)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "A step down for the series sadly."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Honestly, I wish I had spent my time listening to another book. This book was such a step down from the first in the series. It is not horrible by any means it simply does not invoke the emotional responses the first book did.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    They truly needed to get back to the heart of the characters, their emotions, and motives. The book needed more in the way of heart and less in the way of bang.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Bronson did a good job of keeping pace, and not resulting to a monotone in the many points where others would have.


    Did Spellbound inspire you to do anything?

    Sadly the only thing Spellbound inspired me to do was go back and read the first book in the series again and hope for a return to that in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend you read Hard Magic instead of this book if you have not already. If you are following the series expect a slip from the deep writing of the first book into what felt like a quickly written follow up.

    If you truly loved the first novel then this one is worth listening too, otherwise it is simply an O.K. novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vortex: Insignia, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By S. J. Kincaid
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom and his friends are midlevel cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom's loyalties are again put to the test. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything - and everyone - that matters to him?

    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies says: "Just as good as the first!"
    "A trip into the mind of man and machine"
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    Would you listen to Vortex again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to Vortex again, though it will be some time. It is a great book but everything it has presents itself right up front, so unlike other books with fine detail attention you really would not find much you missed the first read.


    What other book might you compare Vortex to and why?

    Vortex runs along the lines of something like Ready Player One, you have the same sense of a man (or boy) truly interfacing with a machine.


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

    Lincoln Hoppe does a great job of bringing to life each and every character. Yuri and Vic are done especially well. You never feel as if two people sound alike, which is a true feat in a book with so many different people.


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

    This is a book I DID listen to in one sitting! It is a bit slow to start but picks up quickly and always has something going on that you just must find out what happens!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend you read the first book of this series first. Vortex does stand on its own, and you do not NEED to read the first book in the series but it does add a lot to the second one.

    If you enjoy virtual reality style books, or a well woven love story that is not the main point of the book, you WILL enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (3011)
    Story
    (3008)

    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."
    "A Wonderful return to older times of Sci-Fi"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    The book truly made you fall in love with the Fuzzies, while enjoying the rapid development of the lead. For the length of the book its amazing how well the character development took place.

    Also being that this is a rewrite and the original is included, it was wonderful to hear the different takes on the same story.


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

    Fuzzy Nation is very hard to compare to other books. It is pretty unique in many ways. I can say if you enjoy "buddy" books, or those that involve alien life that is truly different, then odds are you will enjoy this one.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    After listening to Wheaton's performance in Ready Player One, I was impressed he was able to keep the same great performance going in a much shorter much different novel. I hope to hear many more book read by Wil Wheaton!


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. Being that it was less than 8 hours long and kept a frantic pace throughout the entire book, it is very easy to get lost in.


    Any additional comments?

    Some may miss that this book, though it has 2 parts, is actually the same book twice over. However the book was rewritten, and there are many differences between the two. I personally recommend you listen to the older version of the book first, which would be part 2.

    I was very surprised at the difference between the two books, they had many things in common, but were greatly different, yet in the end told the same story. It is truly rare to find this sort of thing, and its an experience well worth having.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Star Force, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (825)

    Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride. In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force. Are they potential allies, or vicious tricksters? And why are the oceans of their world heating up?

    Jonathan says: "It could be so much better!!!"
    "StarForce at its best... As always"
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    Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

    I would Listen to this book at least one more time this year alone, Its engrossing and has such fine attention to detail that there is certainly many small things I missed. Larson does an AMAZING job of sticking to the possibility of the Nanos and Macros being something we could actually make.

    By the time you are done with this book, you truly believe humans are on their way towards such things, though hopefully less Violent!


    What other book might you compare Annihilation to and why?

    I can not think of any other book I could compare Annihilation to other than other books in the series. This series is truly one of a kind, and in a world flooded with vampires in love and Orson Scott Card Clones, Annihilation stands out Fresh and on its on 2 feet!


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett truly makes each person sound different. You do not need to hear the name of the person before you know who it is after the first hour or so of listening to any book in the series, and that is simply not easy to do.

    He also keeps a perfect pace, never monotone, and never over excited. I could not imagine this series without him. I can only compare him to the reader of the Dresden Files series. In that series a single book had a different reader and it took the book from what would have been 5 stars to 3!

    That same example applies here, If anyone other than Mark where to read StarForce to me it would be a great loss.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A venture into the mind of machines and the soul of humans.


    Any additional comments?

    This series truly shines in a couple of ways. The first being how Mr. Larson never strays far from what science could truly do given time so it never feels silly. The second is how truly the machines show absolutely no Humanity, and act exactly as a computer does. Finally the wonderful attention to detail is incredible. This may turn some readers off as it does slow the pace of the book from time to time, though never in truly intense scenes.

    Every choice that the lead character makes slowly evolves him, and truly show his morality and sense of justice.

    Finally I HIGHLY recommend that you start with Book 1:Swarm so that you can see the amazing development of the characters in this series. By book 7 Riggs is truly a different man.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4136)
    Performance
    (2958)
    Story
    (2978)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "A country kid gets a fast introduction to life"
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    The Lost Gate has been in my wishlist for a while now, and i finally decided to download it, and wish I had not waited so long. The book is at times very funny when it decides to be and very dead serious at other times.

    The spin given to the Ancient gods (Both Greek and Norse) is really inspired and new, though I would expect nothing less from Orson Scott Card.

    The simply review of it is that Danny has a forbidden form of magic, when he thought he had none at all, he is then at the age of 12 thrust from his home on a farm he was never supposed to leave, right into washington D.C.

    The only issue I had is the person reading the book did not do a great job of acting out the different voices, many people sounded enough alike that if i was not paying attention I got them mixed up a couple times.

    In the end I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy, even more so to those that enjoy Urban Fantasy such as the Dresden Files, or the Druid Chronicles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (852)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    M. M. Robinson says: "Entertaining listen"
    "Very crude"
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    Beware,very intense words, used VERY often, along with VERY intense Sexual content. Great story but I simply could not look past the constant words, and sexual content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (2124)
    Story
    (2124)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "A Rock'n walk through the Big Easy"
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    Faith Hunter introduces a whole new world with Skinwalker. A world of Vampires, Witches, and Magic based in today's time.

    The story is simple, Jane is a Skinwalker with a twist. She hires herself out to slay Vampires who have gone "rogue". However that is not what made the story so good. It was the many twists and turns I cant reveal.

    I look forward to reading more books as you only got a tease of what the rest of the world was like in this one but I look forward to spending more time with Jane Yellowrock and hope to have more questions answered both about her, and about the world she lives in!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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