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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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  • Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself ;and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams...and her adult fantasies.

    Candyce says: "Not sure why it was in the erotic section..."
    "Girl gets boys"
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    In reading the summary, I thought this would be girl gets pretty comes back and gets revenge. Not even close. It was girl leaves town because she is fat and ugly due to mothers bad cooking (even though her older sister was prom queen, head cheerleader etc., guess she was eating elsewhere.) She comes back to town successful writer of sex books, she is now so beautiful that all the men in town fall in love with her. This town by the way is a woman's dream, all the men are in there twenties, muscular and well hung. We are told that Rory, are heroine, is better then the rest of the sluts in town, she has more respect for herself. She proves this by going to her knees on the first date ever time and swallowing. With one guy, on the second date she lets him tie her up, etc. We are then told that she is a very independent girl and she proves this by letting a man give her a collar that marks her as his property. In this town everyone is into Bondage and Submission, so all know when they see Rory's collar that she is his property,but that she is still an independent girl.

    At first I thought I would enjoy this book, it started out fairly well, made some good points and seemed halfway intelligent. Chapter Five is an extremely good sex scene. After that it got stupider and stupider. The author often gets sex mixed up with love. The sex gets boring, it is all bondage and submission, which is fine every now and then, but nothing but? These guys need some imagination. You see the plot unfolding way ahead of time and you keep hoping no, don't be so stupid, but no it happens. The author uses cheats to get what she wants to happen to happen.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Rats: The Rats Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Book One in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!

    Kim Venatries says: "Who Will Survive?...The Rats!"
    "THE VERMIN RIVER"
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    SHUN HIS TORCH DOWN THE STAIRWAY
    This is British, but not overly British. He does use the often never used word in London, THE, even in the title. The Brits do not go to The University or The Hospital, the just go to University or Hospital, if it fits in their sedule, that is.

    I was expecting to not like this and I ended up loving it. I had read Haunted and thought it too slow. This started fast, right out of the gate. The action is fairly constant. I would have liked to have had more mad scientist stuff, but it fits well with the writing of the time. Most of the action is unique and will keep your interest. plus you have the added sometimes comical, keep an upper lip and don't get rattled. I say old boy, I see no reason to get upset, (as a horde of rats are breaking down the door.) Those reviewers that you use the training wheels that audible has, are often asked, Would You Listen to This in One sitting. I did listen in one day. The only problem was around lunch. There are plenty of scenes with half eaten corpses and rats are just creepy doing nothing, much less eating people. Maybe, not real gory compared to what Killborn (Konrath) writes, but for the time it had to be fairly shocking. I was also shocked by the amount of sex in it. It is obvious that Stephen King was inspired by Herbert's writing.

    It is not perfect, in the middle around chapter 9 and 10, I was thinking not another rat attack, but after that, he has some rat attacks that were worth exploring, I know I will think twice before going to a theatre again.

    I am looking forward to book 2, Liar.

    Narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an east Texas white boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a black, gay Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a fire storm. But that's just the way they like it. So when as ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that's when things get interesting.

    Matthew Ortiz says: "Hap and Leonard, a series you shouldn't miss out"
    "SUE ME, I'VE GOT A JUVENILE STREAK"
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    IT'S ALL COMEDY TO YOU TWO.
    You take out chapters 8 thru 16 and this is a five star book. If you are listening and you are between these chapters and tired of all the sophomoric joking, skip to chapter 17, you will not miss any of the story.

    I got this during the horror sale, and it is not a horror story. Joe R. Lansdale is known best for his western horrors, but this is not even close to those. It is a fun story, with lots of joking about Blacks, gays, gangsters and sex. As mentioned above I liked it except for the middle of the book, when I got tired of the all the silliness. Lansdale writes a lot of short stories and this is suitable to that, but in novel length it does not work as well. This is basically an adventure story and a remember the sixties story. Having been born in 1958, I was fairly young in the sixties, but I do remember the attitude of the young people of that time and this is spot on.

    Narrator is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some of Your Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Theodore Sturgeon
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge receives a confidential folder containing the letters, memos, and transcripts for a young soldier named George Smith - a quiet young man with a terrible past and a shocking secret. As Outerbridge conducts George’s therapy, he gradually discovers the truth about George’s traumatic childhood, his twisted romance with an older woman named Anna, and the unusual obsession George keeps hidden from the world.

    michael king says: "sturgeon's horror masterpiece"
    "THE FATHER"
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    With the exception of the very beginning and the very end, this story is told through letters and telegrams. It is exceptionally well written, intelligently done, and gets creepier as it goes along. I would not say it is exceptionally scary, yet it is troubling. It is a mystery. You might find yourself having empathy for a killer. I promise you will not be bored.

    Narrator does an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Yoko Ogawa
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith, Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor - who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Maybe, more Gray then Dark?"
    "Maybe, more Gray then Dark?"
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    These are not bad stories. Matter of fact there is not a bad story in the lot, pretty unusual for a group of stories. I always have a story or two I don't like. What else is unusual, is that there is not a great story in the bunch either. I always find a story I love. Neither are these stories dark by today's standards. The first story is a good example. A mother is in a bakery to buy a cake for her son who died 12 years ago. She talks to other people about him almost like he is alive, yet she come right out and says he is dead. The dark part of the story is her attitude toward her dead child. In many of the stories the dark deed is implied as something that happened or will happen.

    These are off the wall human interest stories about a few difficult subjects, but none of the stories are scary, gory or dark.

    The narrators are excellent and give the audio an extra star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Dacascos
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English-language audio for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world.

    TCL says: "Not for those with a weak stomach!"
    "THE REPUBLIC OF GREATER EAST ASIA"
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    Starts out with lots of promise, then drizzles. This is pre-hunger games. It is obvious that Collins got her story from here. Many have claimed this to be gory and it is, maybe. 15 year old kids are shot, stabbed, etc... by 15 year old kids and by soldiers. Kids are killed in gory fashion, but the way it is written or translated, it does not come across that way. I did not cringe at the gore, nor did I feel the intensity. Some have blamed this on the narrator. I thought the narrator was okay. He is no Dick Hill or Ray Porter, but I honestly did not feel it was his fault.

    I found it interesting that a Japanese writer made Asia the bad guys and America the good guys. I also never quite understood why the government wanted these games. Collins does a lot better job explaining the reason for the games then Takami. This game is also secret and not televised, which keeps making you wonder why.

    We start with 42 students and one by one they are knocked off. After the Introduction, prologue, chapters 0 thru five, we get into long dialogues on students deciding on if they should play the game and who they should trust. We consistently have this debate and then someone is killed and then the debate starts over. For most children we get a background. Their is lots of talk about who has a crush on who, etc... From chapter 11 thru 21 this sounds a lot like a teen book. Around chapter 22 with 10 hours still to go in this 19 hour marathon, Jim The Impatient said no more. I just didn't care no more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flatland

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edwin A. Abbott
    • Narrated By Jonathan Fried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed audiences for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator, and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women - thin, straight lines - are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "CONCERNING THE WOMEN"
    "CONCERNING THE WOMEN"
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    ONCE A WOMAN, ALWAYS A WOMAN
    THEY ARE CONSEQUENTLY WHOLLY DEVOID OF BRAIN POWER, AND HAVE NEITHER REFLECTION ,JUDGEMENT, NOR FORETHOUGHT, AND HARDLY ANY MEMORY. The text goes on to say that women are dangerous when irritated. My point is, that this novella is satirical as well as a great explanation of dimensions. You can read this for either reason or both. Known best for explaining one, two and three dimensions, it also talks about Victorian England and how everyone is expected to be on a certain tier of society and stay there.

    Such a unique story, it is understandable that it has stood the test of time. Written in 1884, it is as good today as when it was written. This is probably the best way to describe dimensions and it is entertaining. If only all math could be this way.

    The book ain't great, just four stars, but it is short and worth your consideration. It is unique.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwings

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
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    (5)

    For 1,000 years, mankind has lived under the threat of invasion from an alien race. After the oceans rose and the continents were reshaped, people divided into guilds - Musicians, Scribes, Merchants, Clowns, and more. The Watchers wander the Earth, scouring the skies for signs of enemies from the stars. But during one Watcher's journey to the ancient city of Roum with his companion, a Flier named Avluela, a moment of distraction allows the invaders to advance. When the Watcher finally sounds the alarm, it's too late: the star people are poised to conquer all.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I PUT ON A THINKING CAP"
    "I PUT ON A THINKING CAP"
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    I WATCHED ROUM FALL A SECOND TIME
    I don't know why RS never wrote Historical Fiction? He often puts European or Middle East history in his futures. In this book we go to Roum and Paris. I enjoyed the main character who is a Watcher. He is watching for an alien invasion that has been predicted. Watchers have been watching for hundreds of years and no invasion has happened. He uses equipment in which he does not understand the workings. He is given his life to this, but people don't take his job serious, since no invasion has happened.

    WE WOULD CONQUER OUR CONQUERORS NOT WITH WEAPONS, BUT WITH LOVE
    RS's very liberal side comes out in this book. Man has bankrupted Earth and gone from a leading planet to one of the poorest. A lot of people have been genetically changed. The title of the book involves genetically altered humans into fairy type creatures. One of the main characters is one. She has a very slight figure, is flat chested with a high squeaky voice and all the main characters fall in love with her. She can only fly a night, cause the solar winds are to hard on her during the day.

    Rudnicki does a usually great job.

    I PITY YOU, BUT I FIND IT UNGRACEFUL OF YOU TO PITY YOURSELF

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Lifters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dean Ing
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)

    John Peel is a hardnosed engineer and business tycoon whose innovations in air transportation threaten the status quo. Now the trucking industry, the unions and certain Middle Eastern terrorists want him dead.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I MICROWAVE LIKE CRAZY"
    "I MICROWAVE LIKE CRAZY"
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    This is the most stilted thing I have listened to since, first grade with Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and that damn Ball.
    I have been in and around trucking for almost 40 years and I can say Ing gets it correct when he talks about the trucking industry. To combine Science Fiction and truck driving sounded like the ultimate to me. Alas, the writing of everything else is not good. I really wanted to like this, but after the prequel and first chapter, it became a chore to listen to. The Narrator is also bad, he sounds like he should be reading Dick And Jane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (304)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "THE LARGEST TOOTHED WHALES IN EXISTENCE"
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    I prefer Historical Fiction over History, but with Philbrick I make an exception. This is my fifth book by Philbrick and they all have been very readable and informative. This book would make a great companion to Moby Dick. NP always picks interesting topics. I started with Mayflower which gave me a complete new outlook on the history of New Amsterdam, I'm sorry I mean New York. My favorite is The Last Stand, which is about Custer.

    This is a history on Sperm Whaling and on Nantucket. Among other things I was surprised to find out that a lot of captains of whaling ships were in their mid twenties. Through years of tv watching, I figured them to be old white haired men. I believe that I felt more in the boat with the whalers in this book, then I did in Moby Dick and I really liked Moby Dick. I think NP does a great job of explaining just how dangerous this type of job was and how terrifying these huge beast could be. It becomes obvious that the main reason most whaling captains were young, was cause they did not live long enough to get old.

    One indirect sad truth that NP really does not talk about that much, was how many whales there were back in those days. Nantucket got into whaling, because of the of amount whales they could see from shore. In the beginning they could go out and catch one and still be insight of the island. Later they were traveling all the way to the pacific.

    If the subject interest you at all, you will enjoy this.

    Do not worry about FOSB, fear of Scott Brick, he does well in this. The production was a little weird. At times he sounds like he is talking through a cheerleaders megaphone. Sometimes the change from one paragraph to another is extreme and sounds like they squashed the recording to make the recording shorter, like some radio stations do to programs, so they can get in more commercials, but it is not bad enough to detract.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight at the Well of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Peter Macon
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
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    At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived.… Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands. But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design.

    Michael says: "Step Through The Portal, And Be Changed Forever!"
    "ESOTERIC"
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    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU?
    I have found that most of the reviewers that like this, start by saying they read it when they were teenagers. I can see a teenager liking this, especially one new to Sci/Fantasy. They aspect of meeting new creatures such as Cousin Bat, would seem interesting to the novice listener or this could bring back good memories. To the well read in this field this is STAGNATION. The bulk of the book is running around a built world meeting strange creatures, such as human plants, centaurs, batmen, half snake and half walrus, etc... The first few that you meet are interesting and done well by Chalker. I found the human plants and the episode of the twining to be pretty cool. I really liked the Kafka moment of the man turned into a female insect. The problem is that this all gets old and redundant.

    Science/Fantasy
    Another reviewer remarked that this is science fantasy and I feel that is a perfect description. It started out pretty interesting, with an archeological dig on a unpopulated planet of an extinct race. This starts one of our first Introductions. We also meet some interesting characters. The planet had been run by a brain that was the world itself. I was soaking all of this up. I also enjoyed the space truck driver and the introduction to his world. It all seemed pure Science Fiction. Then they fell into the well and the story went strictly fantasy. At first it seemed even this would be worth listening to, but about five hours in, it becomes monotonous. I hung on for two more hours hoping it would return to the well written story it started as, then Jim the Impatient called it quits.

    World of Tiers
    This is very similar to Farmers, World of Tiers. It is also reminiscent of Anthony's, Split Infinity. The book is dedicated to Roger Zelzany and his style is evident. You will find most of Chalker's work in the paperback section of you used book store and it seems their is a reason you will not find him in hardback. I have one more of his books on my wish list, hopefully that will be better, as it seems he has lots of talent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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