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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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  • Cujo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

    Rachel says: "Great story, wrong narrator"
    "Player One?"
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    I have yet to listen to Player One, but due to it's response I probably will. One of the things that seem to make it popular is remembering the 80's. This was written in 1981 and like most King Novels includes all the pop of the time. Here are some examples: Pinto's, Ford Fairlane's, cars with distributor's, station wagons, glass ketchup bottles, crank windows, No 911, stay at home moms, Jimmie Carter, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, Snoopy lunch boxes, Atari, Video Recorder, George Brett, Love Story, smoking in motels and restaurants, roller skates, instant coffee, Who shot JR, watches with hands, litterbugs, TV picture tubes, X Rated Movie Theaters, Dig it, chive ass, Good Buddy.

    Like a lot of King Novels this is a well written story with a little terror thrown in like salt and pepper. He grabs your attention at the beginning with a little terror, builds a little suspense thru the book, and then finishes big with it. The majority of the story is character development and about everyday people, which King does better then most. Kind of like Hearts in Atlantis, The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption, it is about people.

    I give four and a half stars for the story and character development and three stars for the terror. I am a dog lover and I have known too many loving slobbering St. Bernards to think of them as evil. I realize this one has rabies, but I believe he should have chose a Rottweiler or Doberman. The story did drag a little in the middle and I did not like the main male character who did not respond like I would have to my wife's infidelity, which may explain why is wife cheated on him to begin with. I did like Gary, Who just doesn't give a sh*t.

    The narrator has really taken a beaten from some other reviewers, I thought she was great. King often narrates his own stuff, but she sounded like a female version of him. I thought during the whole thing that she was perfect for the story. She did not do male voices real well, but that was not important to the overall effect.

    My favorite King books in order are: The Green Mile, The Shinning, Misery, Hearts In Atlantis, Graveyard Shift, Cell, Rose Madder, Thinner, Different Seasons, Gerald's Game and Everything Eventual.

    5 of 7 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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
    (175)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    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.

    Katherine says: "Hooked"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (135)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    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"
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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.

    0 of 0 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
    (576)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (529)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Errand: Tawny Man, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

    K. Harmon says: "The Tawny Man is Here at Last!"
    "A BUTTERFLY OF A DREAM"
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    LEAVE OLD PAINS ALONE.
    This is the next series after the Farseer Trilogy. Some people are going to be confused as all the books in this series have the word Fool in them and the first book in the trilogy that takes place after this also has Fool in the title. If you are not already a fan and you have not read and loved the Farseer Trilogy then you will not like this. This is for fans only. Most of the book is remembering the past and very little takes place. Most of the book is narration. If it was not for the fact that I am in love with Hobb's brain, I would not have listen to all of this. I love the writer, I like the characters and I want to read the rest of the series along with the series that follows, so I had no choice, but I was not happy. There is only about five hours of story in this 24 hour epic.

    A MAN WAS WHAT HE MADE OF HIMSELF NOT WHAT HE WAS BORN.
    This phrase is repeated and is one of my favorite thoughts. The Bastard repeats it to the orphan, yet it is kind of ironic that he is so faithful to the farseer line, simply due to birth.

    PEOPLE SEE WHAT THE EXPECT TO SEE
    I expect the story to pick up in the next two books, so I will continue the series. If you have not read Hobb, I would suggest starting with the Liveship Trader series, it is my favorite. In this story we do visit the Treasure Island that we first visited in Ship of Magic and she is hinting that it may play an important role in the next book.

    SLEEP IS THE GREAT HEALER

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viscount and the Witch: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1.5

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (674)

    Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team. In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds. Join Royce and Hadrian in this short story about one of their earliest adventures.

    Susan says: "Be Careful Who You Steal From"
    "Funny"
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    In the intro, MJS admits that he is not that great at writing short stories, but says he put more effort into this one having good character development and a good rounded story. He was correct and it was funny on top of that. If you don't know if you want to read the Chronicles, then start with this short story. If you like it I know you will like the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of Gath: Dumarest of Terra, No.1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By E. C. Tubb
    • Narrated By Rish Outfield
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Mercenary. Galactic traveler. Survivor. Earl Dumarest is all those things - and more. For he claims to come from the mythical planet of Earth. And those claims have just attracted the attention of the sinister Cyclan. Stranded on Gath with no way off, Dumarest becomes embroiled in the schemes of a sadistic prince and a dying matriarch. Plots within plots unfold. Dumarest is the key to their success. For amid the schemes of prince and matriarch alike, all have come to experience the legendary Winds of Gath.

    Jacqueline says: "Modern Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance"
    "LIFE IS A LOTTERY"
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    THE MAN WHO RIDES A TIGER, FINDS IT HARD TO DISMOUNT
    Cruising the used book stores, I started coming upon these old series in paperback. I thought it might be cool to collect them. Like John Norman's Gor series. I picked up a couple of these with the half naked girls on the cover. I am finding out that there is a reason many of theses did not make it to hard back. They are bad writing. This is no exception. I found it to be very boring and Jim the Impatient will listen to NO boring book.

    I do like George G. Gilman's Edge series (the most violent westerns ever printed). Maybe someday they will appear in audible.

    This book doesn't even have a good cover, skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Wagon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    When the Magic Wagon comes to town, folks get a genuine medicine show that includes a wrestling ape, fancy shooting, and a peek at the petrified body of Wild Bill Hickok himself. They also get bottles of a whiskey-laced elixir to drown their aches and pains. Old Albert drives the wagon, a raw-boned youngster named Buster Fogg does the odd jobs, and "champion" trick shooter and fast talker Billy Bob Daniels owns the show. Billy Bob claims to be the illegitimate son of Wild Bill himself.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "DAMN IDGIT"
    "DAMN IDGIT"
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    MULE SLAYER
    I enjoyed this from start to finish. The first three chapters sound like closely related Mark Twain Stories, but then, what seems to be short stories, gels into a great western story. The characters are well developed and you take an invested interest in them. The whole thing is smartly written and very entertaining. This is only my second Joe ledger book or story, but I want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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