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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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  • Pebble in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (199)

    One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil - so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62.

    bonnie says: "Jewel of a book"
    "A lot of talk"
    Overall

    There were a lot of seeds for future novels and stories by future authors in this story. The galaxy is settle by man, a dark age happens and man forgets that Earth started it all. A man is operated on and now he can learn faster then other humans. Everyone must die at a certain age, so others will have more resources and of course the main topic in 1950, the result of atomic warfare. The problem I had was that it read more like a thesis then a story. The whole story took place mostly in a couple of rooms and the main characters talked and talked and talked. At a couple of points we were lead to believe the main character was going to explore the forbidden zone, but it never happened. IA usually has great ideas that are best showcased in short stories, whenever he lengthens them into novels they get to boring or silly.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Assignment in Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (378)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (3068)
    Performance
    (2839)
    Story
    (2841)

    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
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1081)

    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"
    Overall
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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)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (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
  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@"
    "BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@"
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    ANYONE TOO STUPID TO LOOT WAS JUST SMART ENOUGH TO STARVE
    It's mystery told from six different views. Many of these views are from the bad guys. Episode is correct, as at the end you will still not know what is going on. If you are like me you will certainly be captured and want to continue. I love this sort of thing and will be getting the rest of the episodes. All the narrators are good to excellent and make the whole thing more entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: California: Invasion America, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    The invasion of California has begun, threatening to trigger World War III.

    Greater China and its South American allies control Mexico, and their armies are poised on the Rio Grande, ready for the next phase of the North American conquest. It is 2039. The Chinese are launching their secret weapon against the American border fortifications. At the same time, an amphibious fleet steams toward San Francisco. The Chinese have formed the Pan Asian Alliance and signed a war-pact with the South American Federation. Glacial cooling has brought the Earth to the brink of starvation. Now, U.S. soil is the most valuable commodity in the world....

    Pablo says: "Another good book and I can't wait for the 3rd."
    "WE ARE NOT RATIONAL BEINGS, BUT"
    Overall
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    RATIONALIZING BEINGS.
    I think what I like most about Heppner is his political incorrectness. While other authors are jumping on the global warming band wagon, VH is talking about global cooling. While other authors are rehashing the old cold war with Russia, or fighting aliens or wondering off into alternate histories, VH is asking What If, about something that could actually happen. My history teachers in high school often talked about every war we ever enter was a surprise to us and we were never prepared. I assume it will be the same for WW 3.

    Are you Lactose Intolerant?
    If so, you may want to stay away from this series. Keep in mind as I tear this apart, I gave it five stars on all fronts. I lost count on how many times Paul said, that it didn't matter cause he was about to die. It may have happened in every chapter. IT WAS GOOD TO DIE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, THIS WAS IT, IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME, etc... The cheese in this book is very thick, if included in the movie, would make it a B for sure. A research assistant ends up making most of the war strategy for the U.S. The generals are just too stupid. An Assassin hired to kill Paul, warns him ahead of time that he is going to kill him. Of course they become great buds. That being said, I did like Romo, Paul's new side kick, especially since Paul is less hot headed and becoming more legit, then book one. There is a lot of military tech in this and less politics. While I dislike politics on imaginary worlds, I love it on the world I live in.

    You do not have to read book one to understand or enjoy this. I liked book one just a little better, but if this is on sale, get it. If not on sale, get book one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (535)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "IT'S NOT A MATTER OF WHAT HE WANTED,"
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    IT'S A MATTER OF WHAT IT IS.
    I gave the first book four stars and I was not going to continue the series, sticking to my conviction that I will only listen to what I believe will earn five stars. One of the people I am following just loved this book and another said it was as good if not better then the first. Trusting my leaders, I got this when it was on sale. I will say that there is less speech-a-fying in this then the first. On the other hand this story does not differ much from the first and is pretty much a stretcher to get you to buy book 3. If you loved book one and want more of the same then you should love this. They make book 3 sound like a good adventure, but I am jaded now and will read no more Maberry young adult books. I love his adult books and plan on getting everything in the Joe Ledger series.

    YOU CAN'T UNRING A BELL

    Some have sung the praises of the narrator, so maybe it is just me, but I had to put this guy on 2x speed to get through it. I felt he read extremely slow and to be honest at 2x, he still was kind of slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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