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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

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  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
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    (195)
    Story
    (200)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Anger is Fear in Disguise"
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    The first six chapters are very funny and sound a lot like something written in 1955. RH's very conservative values really come through and he takes a stab at nepotism which I really like. The whole book is an internal monologue of the main character.

    When the main character leaves Earth the book take a drastic change in style, mood and values. There is no more laughing, the language becomes crude, and it becomes a soap opera. There still are some good parts but it is no where near as good as the beginning.

    I am not a big fan of publishing material in an authors' name after he is gone. RH started this in 1955, yet he never finished it and he never tried to publish it. There had to be a reason. Maybe he did not want his name on something until he was happy with it. He also never in his life had a co author and there was probably a reason for that. Robert A. Heinlein means something when it is on the cover of a book and RH may have not wanted that soiled in any way.

    I did give the book four stars, because of the first six chapters and chapters 17 and 18.

    My favorite Heinlein books are: The Green Hills of Earth, Starman Jones, Double Star, Have Spacesuit Will Travel and Starship Trooper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off Season

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River - off season - awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

    Barry says: "Wow!"
    "CRAZY AS A WHORE IN THE VATICAN"
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    Backwoods, backward, cannibalistic inbreed Yankees, my kind of book. This is Ketchum's first book, which explains the inconsistences in the writing. At times you think great and at others NOT. Overall it is a good read if you are into this type of stuff. Konrath writes better, but I don't know if I have read his first book, so we may not be comparing apples to apples.

    It has gore, it has lots of sex and yea, it is a little sophomoric. If you are not into this genre, you will not like it, if you are into it, you will have a hoot.

    I thought the narrator was pretty good. He is the kind of narrator, which makes you forget someone is narrating. You feel like you are reading it in your head, can't see how anybody could object to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year's Top Short SF Novels 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Carolyn Ives Gilman, Kij Johnson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Vanessa Hart, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
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    (7)

    Short novels are movie length novels that may well be the perfect length for science fiction stories. This unabridged audio collection presents the best-of-the-best short science fiction novels published in 2011, by current and emerging masters of this form. In "The Ice Owl", by Carolyn Ives Gilman, an adolescent, female, Waster, in the iron city of Glory to God finds an enigmatic tutor who provides her with much more than academic instruction while a fundamentalist revolt is underway.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "GOD CREATED HEAVEN, MEN CREATED HELL"
    "GOD CREATED HEAVEN, MEN CREATED HELL"
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    PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW ENOUGH TO BE PROPERLY TERRIFIED.
    Anytime you see Allan Kaster's name on something, turn the other way. I should have know better, having been disappointed by Kaster before. This had four stories from authors, I had interest in. I had recently read stories by Gilman, Steele, and Kowal that were good enough to draw my attention to them. Reed is almost always reliable for a good story, so I took a chance on Kaster, figuring that there were surly one or two good stories in the batch. Wrong, wrong, wrong. When Kaster says Top, what does he mean. Top of the crap, top of the left overs after Dozier, Hartwell, Strahan and everyone else have picked the top stories, top of WHAT?

    WE'LL MAKE THAT HARNESS, WHEN THE COLT IS BORN
    Gilman and Kowal's stories were so bad, that I could not finish listening. Reed's story was silly, and Liu's story barely good enough to listen to. Steele's story was a little better. Kiji Johnson's story was the best and supposedly won a Hugo. As an experienced reader, let me tell you that awards are not a good indicator of rather a story is good or not. Early on I tried reading most of the award winners, figuring they were the best, WRONG. In this case it is the best read of the group, but not good enough to buy the collection.

    There is also problems with the production of some of these stories. The first story sounds like the reader is in a sub basement reading through a mega phone. Some of the others also have problems. The narrators I did not think were terrible, but they won't be winning any awards for their performances. It sounds like they are just getting started in their careers and most will have to go back to their day jobs.

    Also, don't bother looking for The Year's top Sci-Fi stories under in the category Science Fiction/Fantasy and Short Stories and Anthologies, as there are no anthologies included under that category, except WE Robots. You will not find any of Kaster's collections there, none of Dozier, George R.R. Martins or the many anthologies by John Joseph Adams. It seems to be the home of Neil Gaiman's stories. Audible is in bad need of a Science Fiction editor. They seem to be overrun with young editors that read Romance and Teen books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (932)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "EVERYBODY IN CALIFORNIA IS A BUDDHIST FOR ABOUT 15"
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    MINUTES, THEN THEY FIND OUT THEY CAN'T EAT CHILI DOGS.
    I would not recommend reading this before book one. This makes more sense if you read book one and this is not as good as book one. It is still a good book, I mean how can you not like a book, which has a CZECH, GYPSIE, PORN STAR, ZOMBIE KILLER as a main character. James ,Sandman Slim, is still a sarcastic potty mouth with a constant string of one-liners that will have you rolling in the aisles. His sidekick head, now has a way of moving around on his own and he is even funnier in this book then book one.

    THE NICEST DEAD GUY, I'VE EVER KNOWN
    This book is a four star, unlike book one, which is a five star. Just like many other authors who write character driven series, such as Maberry with Joe Ledger, there seems to be an attempt to make the character more likeable and more down to earth then the first book. In the first book James is Sandman Slim not James Stark so much. In the first book he is out for revenge and all he cares about is himself. In this book, we are encouraged to feel more empathy for him. This results in him being a little whinny at times. He is striving to be liked and to be nicer. He is nicer to his bodiless sidekick and there are these moral issues about family, that we get hit over the head with. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO RESCUE FAMILY, EVEN ASSHOLE FAMILY. FAMILIES ARE DIFFICULT, BUT HAVING NONE IS WORSE.
    To me there are plenty of books out there with high morals and feel good endings. Occasionally I want something that is dark and funny and that is why I liked book one. I would not want all my books to be dark and mean, but it is a release sometimes to indulge in such books. Making James, cute and cuddly, is not what I want or why I would read a Richard Kadry book. MAYBE WHAT YOU NEED IS AN ENGLISH TO ASSHOLE HANDBOOK?

    HE WAS GANGBANGED BY A THESAURUS
    The narrator is pretty good, but I do think Ray Porter would be better.

    I would not normally continue a series once it drops below a five star, but due to the strength of book one, I will go one more to see if he regains his nastiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Watch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sergei Lukyanenko
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (488)

    Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

    Parusski says: "Lyrical, haunting and engrossing!"
    "INFINITE GAME OF CHESS"
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    IN THE TWILIGHT
    This book consists of three stories, with Anton as the main character in each. If all I had listened to would have been the first story Destiny, I would have given this five stars. Destiny is so good I almost gave the whole book five stars. To me this was the most intelligent fantasy I have ever listened to or read. This was one of the few times in my life, that I got it! This is an infinite chess game between good and evil and both sides are right and both sides are wrong. There is some action, but this is mostly a head game. You could compare this to Simon R. Green's, In The Night Side or China Mieville's The City, The City and maybe even Butcher's, Dresden's books, only this is better, more stimulating to the brain. Some have compared SL to King. Both use scary or fantastical elements to get a message across. King message is usually political, where as SL is more psychological. SL shows how doing good can lead to evil and vise versa. That good and evil is not a black and white issue. The second story, Among HIs Own Kind, is good, but not as good as Destiny. I would give the second story four stars.

    AN EXPERIENCED KAMIKAZE
    The third story, All for our Kind, is bad. Anton becomes a big whiney baby. Even the characters in the story complain about his whining. The plot does not develop until half way through the story and then it is not enough to save the story.

    I would suggest buying the book, but only for the first two thirds. The first story is worth your credit. If you are not enjoying the third story, quit the book. Don't be one of those who have to finish every book they start. I used to be that way, until I realized that I was only punishing myself, which was stupid.

    MY FRIEND AND ENEMY
    I think I will try the next book in the series, even though it goes against my rules. If I don't give the first book five stars, I don't go on to the next. If he can repeat the genius of Destiny, it will be worth it.

    Paul Michael is a very good narrator and if you listen closely, he sounds an awful lot like Rod Serling. Even if you don't agree, you have to agree his talent makes this book a better listen then a read.


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  • The Elvenbane

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (598)

    Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

    Jo Dangerously says: "A fun listen"
    "Totally Different Authors and Styles"
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    WHEN AN ELVENLORD WAS UNHAPPY, IT WAS HIS HUMANS , WHO USUALLY SUFFERED.
    Chapter one is great. It is dark and very adult. I like dark and thought I was really going to like this. The Elves have captured Earth and turned humans into slaves. The best a human male can expect to be is a gladiator and a woman a concubine to an Elf who will not beat her. It is the first time I know of that Elves are depicted as bad guys and they are really mean.

    The dragons are not really dragons, they are shape shifters. I even thought that was interesting. Around chapter three we obviously change authors and we go from an adult dark fantasy to something written for six year olds. I might have been able to hang on if the book had been 10-12 hours, but 19? I had better books to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cycling Nutrition: Maximize Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Correa (Certified Sports Nutritionist)
    • Narrated By Andrea Erickson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Ultimate Guide to Cycling Nutrition will teach you how to increase your RMR (resting metabolic rate) to accelerate your metabolism and help you change your body for good. Learn how to get in top shape and reach your ideal weight through smart nutrition, so that you can perform at your very best. Eating complex carbohydrates, protein, and natural fats in the right amount and percentages, as well as increasing your RMR will make you faster, more agile, and more resistant.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Buy the paperback"
    "Buy the paperback"
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    I got this mostly for my wife. She and several of our friends are serious cyclists. My wife has knee problems, so she does this, swims and lifts weights. She should get in about 3,200 miles this year. The benefits are that I have a 56 year old wife with an ass most of the college students she teaches would envy. The draw back is the expense and the time. My wife bought a used bike for $1000 and we have a friend who has a $6,000 bike. Most people will spend around $2500. That is only the beginning. A pair of bike pants, runs over $100. And there are more expenses, much more. Then a bike ride of 40 to 50 miles takes about four hours once you get started. Several of the bikers try to ride 100 miles a week.

    The audio book
    As an audio book, this book is the worse. It is certainly not something to listen to as you are driving. The main part of the book is a list of foods and portions. You need to take notes, basically you need to rewrite the book as you listen. I can not believe there was not a PDF with this. If you are a serious rider, get the paperback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (988)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "YOU KNOW YOUR HORSEFLESH"
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    WALLS CAN'T THINK, BUT THAT DOESN'T KEEP THEM FROM CARING.
    Four hours was the perfect length for this novella and for Sanderson's genius. If you have not read Sanderson before (and I don't know what rock you have been living under) then this is a great place to start. Sanderson has practically rewritten the fantasy genre. He has set new, higher standards. Fantasy is no longer just Dragons and Sorcerers, it is stories with depth and characters.

    AS GOOD AS YOU ARE, SOMEONE ELSE COULD BE BETTER
    Sanderson has not yet replaced Robin Hobb as my favorite fantasy writer, but he is getting close. He can write the long stuff, (The Way of Kings) and he can write the short stuff, like this. What is most amazing, is his abilities to come up with different magic and make them as interesting as the last totally different magic he wrote about. The Way of Kings, Elantris, The Rithmatist, The Emperor's Soul and Mistborn are all different, but great. He is not stuck in one universe. I will have to mention that I was not a fan of Steelheart or Warbreaker, but they were not terrible either.

    BOREDOM MADE PEOPLE EASY TO MANIPULATE
    Did I mention that this guy is a genius?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
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    (1976)
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    (1985)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Sequals Are Not Always Bad"
    "I Hate Mike Talbot!!"
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    BUT PARDON THE PUN
    I have given four stars to Calis Rose and Timothy. I think I gave three stars to Zombie Fallout book one. I like Mark Tufo, but I hate this character. Every single line is a middle school joke or pun. I might have laughed once in seven hours. It was like a 1970 sitcom without the laugh track. JEAN LOOKED SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED. If there was a story, I totally missed it. I have gotten bored with a lot of books, but this one made me mad and the longer I listened the madder I got. I had to quit listening to let my blood pressure settle. I have a sense of humor, I love Richard Kadry's Sandman Slim and Maberry's Joe Ledger. They are both characters who make continual wise cracks and I laugh. Talbot is just annoying.

    CASH WAS NOT A MENSA MEMBER

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call to Arms: The Corps Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (520)

    The attack on Pearl Harbor swept America into the raging heart of the war. The stormy South Pacific presented a daring new challenge, and the men of the Corps were ready to fight. An elite fraternity united by a glorious tradition of courage and honor, the Marine Raiders were bound to a triumphant destiny.

    Aser Tolentino says: "The USMC Goes to War against Japan, and Itself"
    "Chick Lit"
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    THAT YOU TRUST ME AND LOVE ME
    I listened to book one and wrote a glowing review on it. I bought this book, because I liked book one. At the half way point, we still had not gotten into the war. Seven hours of a military book and no action. Instead the book was a love story. Some of it taken directly out of book one, but in book one where it was a side story, here along with another love story, it takes center stage. I wanted to learn about the war, instead I was told that marines are attracted to sluts and attract sluts.

    FOR SOME REASON YOU BRING OUT THE BITCH IN ME.
    I mentioned in book one that I found it odd that a boy from Pennsylvania, from a poor home, where he was abused and who went no future then high school would speak Chinese. I also mentioned that the Chinese speak many languages with two main languages and the Chinese often have trouble understanding each other. Someone must have pointed this out to Griffin, cause in this book he says the boy speaks two Chinese languages. This seems even more improbable to me. In this book the second main character is a born pilot. In the past he had no interest in planes at all. We are even told that this happens maybe one in one hundred thousand recruits. The instructor had never seen it until our hero shows up. I have two more Griffin books in my library, I sure hope they are as good as book one of this series and that they are believable and not Chick Lit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of Sleep: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kayla Fell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
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    (149)
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    In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy-tale-inspired novel, The Serpent's Shadow, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey re-imagines Sleeping Beauty-as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practioners of Elemental Magic. But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her 18th birthday-by the hand of her own aunt.

    Kaylon says: "Fantastic and compelling!"
    "WHAT KIND OF GOWNS DID SHE BRING?"
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    IT WASN'T HER BUSINESS WHY ELIZABETH WOULD NOT MARRY HIM.
    Your may be wondering why a He-Man like me would read this. The truth is I read the first book in this series and liked it. I have read some of Lackey's stand alone novels and liked them, such as Take a Thief and Brightly Burning. I also enjoyed Owl Flight. This had a good start in Chapter One, with this mean spirited witch putting a death curse on baby Mirana. In the next chapter Mirana is talking to water sprites and seeing the magical world, others can not see and I am still with it. Then we get into teenage angst and talking about hats, gowns and corsets.

    This was obviously written for the female audience and I am sure many women will love this. I on the other hand am not interested in gowns, hats, corsets and teenage angst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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