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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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  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (155)

    “The green warrior decided to close in and end the battle; just as he rushed me, a blinding light struck full in my eyes, so that I could not see Zad’s approach and could only leap blindly to one side to avoid his mighty blade...." Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter finds himself the captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him is the lovely Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.

    Teresa says: "This book was a pioneer back in 1912."
    "Wish Upon a Star"
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    IT WAS LOGIC, GOOD EARTHLY FEMINE LOGIC
    If you have read "At The Earth's Core", you will be amazed in how similar the plots are. In both books John or David enter their new world in the nude. The gravity is less, although more so on Mars. He is taken prisoner, but is aloud to roam around and make weapons and plan his escape. He meets a dark haired Princess who is naked on Mars and scantly clad In Pellucidar. He falls in love each time. He kills for the Princess, but immediately follows that up by insulting the princess through his ignorance. Each time he could have proclaimed her his wife, but he does not. Both men are great physical specimens of Man and are rich. There are ape like creatures and humans on Mars and in Pellucidar. There are tall 8ft to 14ft creatures in both who lay eggs. Telepathy takes place in both books.

    Princess of Mars, differs in the way John gets to Mars, has more and better characters. Sola is an interesting character and the ten legged Woola is very cute. This story is a little longer and has more fighting. I liked Princess of Mars better then At The Earth's Core. It seemed like more time and thought was put into this book.

    Some of the weakness are glaring. I was very disappointed in how he got to Mars, basically he wishes upon a star. At one point he says he was in the military so long that he can't help, but follow orders and ten minutes later he is leaving his post to see his girlfriend. At one point he just happens to hear a plot against him at a most opportune time. He often explains things by saying, "I don't know why, I just knew it."

    I was not crazy about the narrator. The books starts out by the author saying he is around 100 years old, but he does not age and that he seems to be around 30 years of age. The narrator ignores this and reads it like an old man talking, slow and gravely.

    1 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
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1057)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (176)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    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
    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
    (735)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (678)

    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

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