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Jim "The Impatient"

I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Mildred Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.

    P. Giorgio says: "Mildred -- you pierce my heart"
    "You can get arrested for bad morals"
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    This is like historical fiction. Cain writes about the common man or woman. I like it better then books about presidents or rich guys. Cain's writing is usually exciting and he has mastered the ability to keep you interested in the story and the characters.

    Mildred Pierce is a housewife who divorces her worthless husband and starts a business on her own in the 30's. She is hard working and you really want her to succeed. Unfortunately those around her just want to take advantage of her. The relationship between her and her daughter is different. The daughter is a major bitch and all Pierce wants to do is make her happy. Some people might find it unrealistic that a mother would cow tow so much to her daughter, but I have seen such things in real life.

    In the thirties if two people want a divorce they must go to court and one of them must bring charges against the other. In one part of the story a young man is threaten to be taken to jail, because he may have gotten a young lady pregnant, because evidently we once had moral laws. It is very interesting to see how life has changed in the last 80 years.

    The first half of this book is better then the second half, but none of it is bad. I have now listened to all three Cain books offered by audible and liked them all. The Postman always rings twice is my favorite.

    The narrator is very different. It is like she is yelling at you from across a crowded room. Everything is read in a rush and as if each sentence is extremely exciting. You get used to it and it may have even helped some of the slower parts of the book. At other times it is little distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1160)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Don't Mess with the Johnsons"
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    HIS STOMACH LOOKED LIKE IT BELONGED TO A COMIC BOOK SUPER HERO.
    I did listened to all of this, but I almost gave up several times. This is another book that suffers from Trilogyitists. It also suffers from not knowing what it wants to be. The author writes mostly a YA book and then throws in gory fight scenes. In one scene a guy is strangled with his own intestines. There are also some sexual innuendo's, but not much. All the gory scenes put together could probably fit on two pages, but they are there. The plot is so convoluted that it almost gets silly. Do we need another teenage super hero book? If I heard, I FORGOT TO BREATHE, once I heard it ten times. How original is it to have the cheerleaders and football players be mean and evil? The theme of the book has been done so many times it worn out. The book is not terrible, it is just very common and over done.

    The narrator is so bad at voices, that at times I not only could not tell which character was speaking, but I could not tell what gender they were.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Lives He Led: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    When Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it gave so little warning that Pompeiians were caught unawares, and many bodies were preserved in volcanic ash. Two thousand years later, in 2079, Pompeii is a popular theme park eagerly anticipating Il Giubeleo, the Jubilee celebration of the great anniversary. But Vesuvius is still capable of erupting, and even more threatening are terrorists who want to use the occasion to draw attention to their cause by creating a huge disaster.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ANYWAY"
    "ANYWAY"
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    Pohl has written some great stuff: Space Merchants, The Tunnel Under The World, Alternation Currents, Man Plus, Gateway, Starburst, The Merchants War, The Coming of the Quantum Cats, and The Voice of Heaven, but this is not one of them, not even close. I already know at least seven people will disagree, as witness by the other reviewer. I Jim the Impatient have spent my money, so you don't have to and don't even download this for free.

    This is about some future loser and reads like a travel guide, of some place you don't want to go to. Pohl has plenty of good writings, just pick from the list above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tommyknockers

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (646)

    Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

    Grant S. Burroughs says: "The old Stephen King"
    "SHOOT A PICKLE"
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    ALL THE GI JOE'S
    As with most King books you get a good flavor of the time it was written. This was written in 1987. Do you remember Art Linkletter, Dr. Hook, Pat Summeral, Allen Ludden (hint: Password), Gary Gilmore or Hill Street Blues? The cars of the time, such as a Valiant are mentioned. The story concept will appeal to Sci-Fi fans, Horror fans and Fantasy Fans. I am not giving away anything by telling you it involves a space ship buried near a small town in New England. You learn that pretty early. Towards the end it gets a lot more complicated then that and sort of has a paranormal aspect to it. It also has the flavor of Dome. A character even mentions at one time that there seems to be a bowl over the city. I also believe that King mentioned he had been working on the idea for Dome for over 20 years.

    ALL THIS SH## HAS BECOME ONE BIG DULL BORE
    I could not give this five stars, as I have with many King books. I usually like King's long books with character development and little horror thrown in. This one seemed more like a bunch of short stories that were connected. Some stories were real good and some not so good. In part one there is very little scary and we have the development of a character who is an alcoholic. This guy is okay, a little pathetic, but not really someone I grew to care for. I know it is a sickness and I should care, but I have never had much sympathy for alcoholics.

    TOMMYKNOCKERS WEREN'T MUCH INTO METAPHORS
    In Part 2, we totally forget about the two characters in part one. Each chapter is usually about one person. We get their entire history (rather you want it or not) and usually by the end of the chapter they are done away with and never appear again. We also start getting a ton of metaphors, more then any other book King has written. I often think that over use of metaphors is a writers way of covering up the lack of a plot. King also seems to be preoccupied with semen. MAYONAISE THE COLOR OF BULL SEMEN and WIZARD OF OZ SEMEN.

    HER BRAIN HIT THE CURRY AND IVES WALL CALENDAR WITH A SPLAT
    Part three is the action packed grand finale. I like the concept that Aliens would not be friendly. In the 80's Carl Sagan and several scientist tried to convince us that any civilization who had conquered space travel will have had to learn to cooperate and get along with each other. A view that still persists today. Yet the only reason we went to the moon, was to show the Russians how much fire power we had. Since the end of the Cold War, we and no nation have done much in the way of space travel. Stephen Hawking has put out the warning that announcing our presence to the Universe, might not be the smartest thing. Competition is what motivates and often that is military.

    CHERNOBYL
    King uses this book to preach against nuclear reactors, giving some very alarming stats and paints some fairly gross results of nuclear accidents. I agreed with a lot of what he says, but one must be careful, a writer who manipulates both sides of a debate in a book to get the results he wants is not much different then Rush Limbaugh preaching on the radio with no one to keep him accountable.

    EDWARD HERRMANN
    The narrator has an excellent voice. He is also a fairly accomplished actor. Look him up on the web, you will recognize him. I am not sure, but I believe he was one of the early readers for books on tape. His voice took me back to my beginning days when I first experience listening to books through my car radio. His voice is a treat in it's self and when he reads, ALL THE GI JOE'S, if you don't tear up, you are a robot. I am about to tear up just thinking about it.

    King fans will enjoy this book, but it does move pretty slow at times and it is not as good as most of his books. The Shinning, Cujo, Misery, Different Seasons, It, Gerald's Game, Rose Madder, Desperation, The Green Mile, Everything Eventual, Thinner, The Running Man and Cell are all much better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assignment in Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: Gulf, in which the greatest super-spy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us. And Lost Legacy, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league - or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

    Trip Williams says: "You'll like it because you can think..."
    "USING LANGUAGE UNUSUAL TO HER AGE AND SEX"
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    WHATS XXXXX XYOUR GAMEX XXXXX
    The first time I tried listening to this I did not realize it was four short stories. The first story Gulf, is pretty long and pretty silly. I listened for two hours and deleted it from my player. Later, I found out it was four stories, so I started over. I tried again for over two hours on the first story and ended up skipping to the next story.

    ELSEWHEN
    This story is better, but not by much. This involves time travel to alternate earths and the different concepts on different societies is interesting. The moral of the story seems to be that you have to believe.

    LOST LEGACY
    I liked this story, and it seemed to be quite deep. It also seemed a bit liberal for Heinlein, a lot different from the man who wrote Starship Troopers. This group of people try to change the world to make it more peaceful. They use telepathy, immortal god like people and the Boys Scouts. I thought it would make a great comic book.

    Jerry Was A Man
    This story was excellent. It was a sort of satire on Intelligence, slavery and what it means to be human. It may have been one of the best things I have ever read from RAH.

    I am not crazy about the narrator, nothing I can but my finger on, and not bad enough to keep me from enjoying the book, he just ain't my favorite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "Melodramtic"
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    Melodramatic, swarmy, silly, not well written. Half way decent concept, just needs a good writer to do justice to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3079)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2851)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "THERE'S A LOT TO BE SAID FOR BOREDOM"
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    NEVER KID A KIDDER, KIDO
    I love Stephen King and most of his books, and Jim the Impatient, listened to this whole thing, so it is not boring. It is not horror, it's kind of a cheap imitation of Water For Elephants. As much as I love King, I will advise you to read Water for Elephants instead. It is better written, more involved, scarier, and a better look at circus life then this is a look at Carney life.

    WHEN IT COMES TO THE PAST, EVERYONE WRITES FICTION.
    If this had been a true story, it might have been a tear jerker, if we had been more invested in the characters, it would have been less cheesy. Like Howard Stern says on America's Got Talent," Mr. King, I believe you fell a little flat tonight, I loved what you did in previous nights, but tonight something was missing." Bachman's version of this story would be more to my taste.

    MAKE IT JOB ONE
    I also wonder if the mother had not been drop dead gorgeous if our hero would have befriended the cripple. Sorry kid, your mother's too plain looking.

    I'M AS DRY AS TEN YEAR DOG SH@@

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1798)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1084)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "TO SAIL THE CYLINDRICAL SEA"
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    Simps, Biots,holograms, spaceguard,aerobatic flyer,a tenth planet, women in space, marriage contracts, a man with a wife on two different planets, a woman with two husbands, generation ships, etc... You may say you have heard it all before, but with the exception of marriage contracts (Robert Heinlein) you heard it here first. Clarke writes in a conservative matter, but he has sees the future better then anyone. I've mentioned it before, but when Clarke writes, it is like you are there or your watching it on the news. His writing is not as sensational as some of today's writing, but his writing is more realistic. The whole idea of a spaceship like this was amazing to begin with, but if it was to happen, my money is Clarke will have pictured it more accurately then anybody else. You can not consider yourself knowledgeable in Science fiction literature if you have not read this book. This is my third time to read or listen to it. Maybe I am a Raman, they do everything in three's.

    The narrator does suck, but the story still comes through, due to strong writing. I suggest you read the book and listen to the book and then do one of them once more, be a Raman.

    WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY NOTHING AND MOVE ON.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Shift: Fangoria's 'Dreadtime Stories' Series

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Dennis Etchison
    • Narrated By Malcolm McDowell
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Ever wonder what the dead might have to say when they are alone with one another? It turns out that the dead are neither comical nor menacing. They are just tired and lost and in search of peace. They are people like you and me who want to rest now that their work is done. The problem is, the system wants to continue to exploit them even beyond death. It’s a grim proposition but the logical extension of our society when a sinister company reanimates corpses in order to provide free labor for the late night shifts in stores and garages.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "The Summary is a Spoiler"
    "The Summary is a Spoiler"
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    No surprises in the plot, as the summary tells the whole story. The production is top notch and I liked the story and I will be getting more of these. I also thought it was an interesting concept. Next time your in a late night rip and run, take notice of the cashier, he might not be all there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Vernon
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Some stories tiptoe up and whisper in your ear - all sweetness and gumdrops and happy-ever-after-after-there-you-go. Then, there are the weird ones. We're talking talking-chickens, blue plague spam monkeys, tug boats of unbridled and fetid fecundity, tulwar-swinging cab drivers, malls that maul you, gnawing on screwdrivers and jig-lining elder gods coming at you faster than a ride-on mow-down massacre mower shopping cart caravan. This is a collection for the seriously messed up minds of all you listeners who have grown tired of the trite detritus of day-to-day storytelling.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "NOVA SCOTIA SHITHOUSE LUCK"
    "NOVA SCOTIA SHITHOUSE LUCK"
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    WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE, WHITE MAN.
    The first story is a novella and is called Plague Monkey Spam. If it had been a lot shorter and a short story, it could easily have been a 5 star story, but the story just went on and on. It ended up sounding like a bad trip on drugs. The narrator has a creepy Garrison Kelior type of voice. At times it was cool and then after a while it became grating on the nerves. What I thought was going to be a five star story ended up just a 3 star.

    Gnarly Ho-tep Hoedown two-step was very inventive and funny.

    Hunger Time At the Midnite Mall was my favorite and was creepy

    The Last Curl of Gut Rope was okay.

    This book is not for everyone. It is interesting that it is titled the Weird Ones, as everything Vernon writes is weird.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up the Line

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Being a Time Courier was one of the best jobs Judson Daniel Elliott III ever had. It was tricky, though, taking group after group of tourists back to the same historic event without meeting yoruself coming or going. Trickier still was avoiding the temptation to become intimately involved with the past and interfere with events to come. The deterrents for any such actions were frighteningly effective. So Judson Daniel Elliott played by the book. Then he met a lusty Greek in Byzantium who showed him how rules were made to be broken....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Sex and Drugs, No Rock and Roll"
    "Sex and Drugs, No Rock and Roll"
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    YOU THINK I'M AN ORDINARY FOOL OR A GOD DAMN FOOL.
    As a big fan of Downward To Earth, The World Inside, At Winter's End, Sorcery of Majipoor, Starborne and House of Bones, I was wondering why more of Silverberg's writings were not available in audible. I am finding out cause the rest of his writings are not so good. This was written in 1969 and is full of hippie sex and hippie judgment. Talk about gays and blacks and such just thrown in to make the writer sound cool. RS is a big historian who loves to include Constantinople in a lot of his stories. Having lived through the sixties with free love, no bras and mini-skirts, I can see how some writers would think the future would be full of naked people having casual sex. RS forgets that all things are cyclical. I was also surprised that RS seems to call Poul Anderson a bigot. Anyways the story sucks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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