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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 2014

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  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1848)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "Got Wit!!"
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    As the title says this is #2 in the series. If you have not read book #1 you will not enjoy this book. Book one, develops the main characters and if you start here you will think he is some whinny sick boy. You must read book one to understand the characters.

    If you have read book one, then you are in for a treat. When I first read this series I actually liked the second book better then the first. In this book there is less of Chade and more of the Fool. There is more about the wit, a talent I believe would be great to have. Fitz starts the story out sick and pretty much stays sick and hurt throughout the book. Regal has a bigger meaner part in this and Verity leaves Buck Keep.

    Like most of Hobb's books you really get caught up in the lives of these people. Hobb does better character development then anyone I know. For the second reading this did get a little long, yet I still enjoyed it, though not as much as the first time. All of Hobb's characters are flawed, even though the leading character tries hard to do well. I did get a little frustrated with the way Fitz treated Molly. If I had been in the same situation I am sure I would have chosen the girl over the King, but I am not Fitz.

    The Liveship series is my favorite series by anyone and then Hobb's Forrest Mage series and then this series. I hope to soon complete the Dragon series, which may bump this series down to 4th place.

    I have also started to enjoy reading Hobb's first books, written under the name of Megan Lindholm, I hope they come out on audible.

    Narrator is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hynes
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (141)
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    (131)

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    William says: "Good advice and sobering truths"
    "SHOW, DON'T TELL, EVOKE"
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    IN MY NEXT LECTURE
    I did pick up some pointers and learned some things. My beef is that I could have picked it up in 2 to 3 lessons. I listen to this in two days. You do not want to do that. It is just too boring. I suggest that you listen to a lesson a day, if you make the mistake of getting this. There are shorter more to the point references out there.

    NEXT
    Not to harp on the failings of this professor, but how can he tell us how to write great fiction, when he as never done so. He hints that he does not like reader reviews and I can see why. With the exception of this course, he has three books available here at audible. "Next" has been listened to by ten people and has a 3.3 rating. "Kings of Infinite Space" has been listened to by 95 people and has a 3.1 rating. "Publish and Perish" has been listened to by four people and has a 3.8 rating. It is easy to see why he rather have some easily influenced academia type at a newspaper review his books as opposed to real readers. I would prefer someone like myself give his opinion, then be told by some Egghead what I am suppose to like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowbound

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (253)

    For Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Every day for the past five years, they wonder where she is, if she is - Will's wife, Devlin's mother - because Rachael Innis vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway, and suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Now, Will and Devlin live under different names in another town, having carved out a new life for themselves as they struggle to maintain some semblance of a family.

    Barb says: "Better Than A Good Movie!"
    "NOT THE PIECE OF COMFORT PIE YOU WERE LOOKING FOR"
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    THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT A 12 GAUGE, IS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A GREAT SHOT.
    Extremely entertaining from start to finish. A strong female lead who may or may not be a good guy. A few twists and a mystery that needs solved. This book starts in Arizona goes through Canada and ends up in the middle of nowhere Alaska. It involves a family man lawyer, a former FBI agent, a teenager with Cystic Fibrosis, a rogue special forces group that goes bad, a truck driver and the Alaskan Mob. What's not to like? The rating is a little low in this because some women who didn't read the reviews and who had absolutely no idea what they were getting into rated the book. This is a shoot-em up mystery that involves lots of sex and violence and I don't believe the author has tried to hide that at anytime. It is also written by Blake Crouch, who is famous for this type of book.

    THE LEATHERING OF HER FACE
    The book has flaws and is a little unbelievable in parts. A father taking his child into some very dangerous situations, one too many twists (as mentioned by other reviewers), people getting the crap beat out of them or frost bitten or chewed up by wolves and then coming back from the dead so to speak to kick ass (as mentioned by other reviewers). For me the entertainment value, the fast pace, the evil characters, and the real feeling of what it might be like to lose a loved one in this way, over shadowed the flaws and kept the book at a five star rating for me. I am really liking the books I have read by Crouch so far and will listen to more. I see too, I believe they have made a series on one of the channels about his Pines series. I hope to catch that.

    Jeffrey Kafer does a great job and belongs in one of the top two tiers of narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (770)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "BUSTER FRIENDLY"
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    DIAL A MOOD
    PKD has a huge following. If you have already read a couple of Dick's books then you already know if you are a fan or not. This book has the cerebral feel of his work. Dick was a very troubled individual, who was married five times and was clinically mentally disturbed. I only mention this, as his personality comes out strongly in most of his writings. You will never come out of a Dick book feeling uplifted. He was highly intelligent and that also comes out in his work.

    This takes place after World War Terminus. Most of the world has migrated to other planets. The radiation of Earth shortens the life and affects the mentality of the people who have stayed on the mostly abandoned Earth. Everyone on Earth owns a pet to show his empathy. The problem is that most animals are extinct and the ones left are very expensive. Some people have robot animals, as they are much less expensive, but you hide the fact that your animal is not real.

    I prefer PKD's shorter works. The shorter works give you a chance to experience his brilliant mind and innovated ideas on how the future will be, without the hours long depression his books give you.

    I ask the PKD followers to not unhelp me simply cause we disagree. The type of people who like the books I like and dislike the books I dislike, should not waste there money on these books. The PKD followers should get the book. Reviews of differing opinions should be allowed.

    Scott Brick's narration fits the mood of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1118)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "A GOOD MEDICINE WOMAN IS A GOOD MEDICINE WOMAN"
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    LEARN TO UNDERSTAND WITH YOUR HEART AND MIND
    I believe this is my third time to read or listen to this. I know I read it in the eighties and I believe this is my second time to listen. Ayla is a strong female character in a world dominated by men. A world where a woman can not speak to a man without permission. Auel researches her books more then the average writer. Her books are normally published years apart, because of the amount of research she does. To some, the detail of the medicines, herbs and rituals may be overly taxing. The first time I read it, I thought what a great book, but so much survival detail. At an older age, I find myself appreciating the work that went into making this series as accurate as possible. The story of Ayla is the main reason for listening. She will tug at your heart strings, sometimes breaking them. I am sure this is not the last time I will listen.

    Almost every book in this series is a five star listen for me. This book and the follow up Valley of Horses are my favorites. This is a classic. This could fit in lots of genre's and it is a classic in all of them. The ending is controversial for this book. I recommended the book to my mom and she loved it until the ending and then she refused to read any more in the series. It made her that mad. This book causes that much emotion. It is not a text book.

    I thought the narrator was okay. Not great, but also not distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Undead: Deleted Scene

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By R R Haywood
    • Narrated By Dan Morgan
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

    Mark says: "Fresh, British, dark humour!"
    "FOR POSTERIORS"
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    DELETED SCENE
    The main word is scene. This is not a short story, it is not an episode, it is an introduction scene. A deleted scene at that. It was okay, a bit cute and a lot British. Several gay jokes, which I found weird, since I thought most of England was you know, a little light in the loafers. A big part of the scene was taken up with each individual introducing himself. Before that we got a list of characters and the weapons they use and there was a slaughter part to show how they use the weapons.

    I was intrigued that there is a Zombie series out where they actually go out with the sole purpose of killing Zombies. I have read so many Zombie books and watch Zombie series and movies, and I always wonder, why are they not out there purposely clearing the area. If the first book in the series goes on sale (and the $4.95 first in a series sale should be any day now) then I will give it a try. This Scene did not sale me on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ashes of Worlds: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (386)

    The culminating volume in The Saga of Seven Suns weaves together the myriad story lines in a spectacular grand finale. Galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and the factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale eight years in the making. The Saga of Seven Suns is one of the most colorful and spectacular science-fiction epics of the past decade.

    David Arbogast says: "Satisfying Conclusion to a Great Series"
    "WE ARE UNDER ATTACK, BUT"
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    BY WHOM
    I liked this a little less then the other books in the series. Mostly it got to the point of ridiculous. Trees that uproot and become spaceships, a water spaceship, etc. I can take the two dimensional characters, I have read plenty of KJA to expect that, but the fantasy just became too much. I would love Anderson to write more in depth about the Ildirans or Klikiss or the Roamers and forget all the silly stuff.

    If you are new to the series you of course must start at the beginning. The ratings for this series are similar to the ratings for a short story collection. Anderson has so many elements, that some appeal to some and some do not. Each book is like about five different books.
    Here is how I rated the series.
    Prequel---Veiled Alliances B
    1. Hidden Empire= B+
    2. A Forrest of Stars= A-
    3. Horizon Storms=C+
    4.Scatter Suns= B-
    5. Of Fire and Night= B
    6. Metal Swarm= B
    7. The Ashes of Worlds= B-

    My favorite character was Patrick Fitzpatrick the 3rd. In the first two or three books, I hated him, but he grew as a character and by the end, I liked him. The Roamers were pretty cool, they were the McGuyvers of space. They could take anything and make a working space ship out of it. They mined the gas giants for ekti star drive fuel. The Ildirans were a human like race that breed different breeds of people for different jobs. They were also all connected telepathically. The Klikiss was a race of giant insects and the Klikiss Robots rebelled against them and formed their own group. The green priest were telepathic with the world forest. If they could touch a World Forest Tree on one planet they could communicate with other priest on other planets who were connected to a World Forest Tree. So, there was plenty that I liked about the series.

    The Hydrogues were an alien race that lived in the cores of gas giants. They were okay.

    What was stupid were Wentals and Faeros. Wentals were sentient water based creatures and Faerous were sentient fire entitites living in stars. Bento becoming part of a tree was stupid, Jess Tamblyn becoming a Wental super being was stupid and there was an Ildiran that became a Faeros.

    So, each book had something to hate and something to like. I did listen to all seven books and it is very rare for me to have the patience to go that far in any series. I suggest you start with Hidden Empire and go from there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1453)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Yuvett says: "Not Your Usual Last Action Hero"
    "40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS"
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    If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.

    This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!

    At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.

    R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Carol says: "We Aren't in Riyria Any More"
    "BUDDY"
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    LAST GOOD THING SOCIETY DID TOGETHER, WAS KILL HITLER
    Missed the fifth star by that much. The way this started I did not think I would finish it. In the first hour we find out that Ellis Rose has a terminal illness and that his boy committed suicide, that his wife blames him for the suicide (as well as himself) and that his wife has an affair with his best friend since high school. Not a good start for me, I don't care for depressing self pity type books. It picks up when he travels to the future Ola, H.G. Wells. Then we have a major improbability, in which the whole story relies on. This situation is solved fairly quickly, which must have been the short story this is based on. Then I thought we were just going to explore the marvels of the future. A very interesting future, but not worth a book.

    ELLIS WASN'T A COP AND HE DIDN'T SERVE IN THE MILITARY, BUT HE WAS FROM DETROIT.
    About chapter 8, the whole story gets better. We now actually have a story and we have grey areas. You think at first, you know where you stand, but Sullivan throws some things at you, that make you think, hmmm, who is right? It seems that Utopia is not as great as it seems. Although I agree with removing the Y chromosome.

    YOU WANT TO USE YOUR INDOOR VOICE, MR BUNKER.
    The second half of the book makes the book worth getting, at least to me. The relationship between Ellis and Pax is worth it. It is a little strange, a lot touchy feelie and maybe a little gay? You have to listen to know what I am talking about. This is a long way from Riyria, so don't expect that.

    THE VOICE WAS SERENE, GENTLE.
    Country Time Lemonade (Not Really) spokesman Davis was probably the right pick for this, as his serene gentle voice was probably the mood Sullivan wanted. Davis does accents, but not voices, so if you don't pay attention, you can get confused on who is talking. Warren, Ellis and Geo 1 and 3 all sound the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Graham Masterton
    • Narrated By William Hope
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    The first body was found in Europe. She had once been a beautiful young girl, but with exquisite skill someone had carefully teased the skin entirely away from her body, leaving nothing but a flayed and bloody carcass. A full examination of her ruined body reveals an horrific truth: She had been skinned alive. The second blood-raw corpse turned up in New England. Followed soon after by another, this time a victim of extreme decomposition, a mess of flesh convulsing with maggots.

    Kim Venatries says: "Grisly Horror! Not for the Faint of Heart."
    ""A Scream" said Vincent, "Where is van Gogh?""
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    ONE SECOND OF TRUE LOVE IS WORTH FIVE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
    GM knows how to build suspense. It can be the suspense of horror or sexual suspense. The very first chapter is kind of long, but it builds tension you could cut with a knife. One of the best beginnings to any book I have read. The climax is not disappointing. The story is good. I tried to read Oscar Wilde's, Picture of Dorian Gray, but could not get through it. I listened to all sixteen hours of this. The length did keep it from getting five stars and the séance crap was not something that interested me. I will read more of GM in the future if it is 12 hours or less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cyborgs!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Space Marines are in the Oort Cloud, racing in their insertion pods to the frozen planetoid of Tyche. Alone in the dark, outnumbered and outgunned by the cyborgs waiting for them on the methane-ice surface, the hour of desperation has arrived. This novella is set in the Doom Star series.

    Dennis says: "Very Good Book!"
    "WELCOME TO THE OORT CLOUD"
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    This is extremely good. A know that Military Science Fiction Fans will love this. I am not a Military Science Fiction Fan, but I am a Smart Science Fan. Heppner uses his head to figure his way out of what seems an impossible situation. A group of Space Marines spend two years in space to track down and kill these Cyborgs who are superior to them in every way. It takes cunning and lots of smarts. A love the science in this and I love that it takes place in the Oort cloud.

    As I have mentioned before, Heppner like Larson does not write literature, but they write about things we want to know about. They are always interesting.

    Mark Boyett does a great job, which makes the listening better then the reading, although if I find the hard copy I will buy it for my collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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