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James

New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    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.

    candyceschenck 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.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (255)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "DADDY, YOU CAN HAVE ME"
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    IF YOU WANT ME
    Within the first two hours and chapters, Hugh manages to get three women naked and commit adultery while his wife is drugged on the other side of the curtain. The daughter knows about the adultery and approves, making friends with the woman. She also admits that she would love to sleep with her dad. Three men and three women survive an atomic blast. They live by their selves for months. All the women are interested in the old man Hugh, they have no interest in the two younger men.

    HE MADE FAST TIME TO THE SLUT'S QUARTERS
    Sluts and Studs are a major part of the second half of this book. There is a science fiction story in this book and I was able to listen to the whole thing, as I wanted to know what was going to happen. Parts of the story bothered me, such as why these survivors never explored to see if anyone else survived. I also knew right away what happened to them, but they came up with two other ideas and never thought of the real one, that you has the reader will suspect right away. We are led to believe that Hugh is okay to commit adultery because his wife is fat and a drunk. We are led to believe it is okay for Hugh to threaten to shoot his own son, cause he is a stupid spoiled mamma's boy. Hugh is pictured as the perfect he-man. His wife and son are not his fault. When you read this you will realize that his wife and son are the way they are, because of Hugh. There was a very tense time, when Hugh's daughter has a baby. This chapter was well written.

    My library is now empty of Heinlein books. I will continue to read Heinlein, but it will only be his earlier books and I will check out the reviews, to make sure they are not in the pro incest category. I hope reviewers will be truthful and call a spade a spade. I hope those who are truthful will not be banned to the back pages, by dreamy eyed Heinlein fans that think his #### don't stink.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prelude to Space

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Here is the compelling story of the launching of Prometheus - Earth's first true spaceship - and of the men who made it happen. Dirk Alexson, chronicler of the greatest space adventure of all time: He was chosen to immortalize the incredible story of the men and their heroic mission. Sir Robert Derwent, Direct-General of Interplanetary-London Headquarters for the International Space-Flight Project: He was the man who got the mission off the ground and into the pages of history. Professor Maxton, the world's leading atomic engineer: He designed the huge ship's drive units....

    Darryl says: "Another good early Clarke"
    "PRELUDE"
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    Most likely no other novel has been title so accurately. This was written in 1947, published in a magazine in 1951 and hardback in 1953. It is written before the Apollo missions and reads like a How To Manuel. If you are a Clarke fan, you have to read it ,as it his first book to be published. If you are not a fan or you are just getting started this is not the place to start. It is fairly dry science and since it is before actual space travel, it is wrong in a lot of places. It is hard to write Science Fiction of the near future, as you can soon be proved wrong, that is why you find most sci-fi stories take place way in the future,.

    The City and The Stars is my favorite. Most people like the Rama books, as I do too. 2001 is what he is most famous for.

    The narrator is great and makes the listening better then reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset: The Life and Loves of Maureen Johnson (Being the Memoirs of a Somewhat Irregular Lady)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (170)

    Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat. The cat is Pixel, well-known to fans of the New York Times best seller The Cat Who Walks through Walls. The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead.

    William says: "Do not make this your first Heinlein!"
    "Don't Dilly Dally, Dolly"
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    Counting the Heinlein I started after this book, I have read three Heinlein's in a row, in which a female character, states that her dad sexually excites her and that he could have her in bed anytime he wants.
    In this book a girl born in the late 1800's sets out to lose her virginity at the age of 15. She not only has her dad's blessing, but he encourages her. He also tells his daughter that adultery is good. He tells her to keep his conversations with her about sex a secret from her mother. I don't want to see it, but I have noticed that RAH never has a boy who wants to sleep with his mom. I wonder if he thought that was perverted.
    I think it is obvious to most normal people that Heinlein was a sexual deviant and I am amazed that these books ever got published. I listen to erotica from time to time and I have several reviews available on the books I have listened to, so I have no problem with sex, I just think these manuals on incest are sick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (336)

    High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

    Casey says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Where is The Coat of Many Colors?"
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    THE CONCEPT OF UNTHINKABLE CONCEPTS
    I must hurry and type this before the Oversoul causes me to forget. The Oversoul controls the minds of people in order to keep the peace and stop war. These are not the drones you are looking for. I read this book 30 years ago. I remembered it as a book I loved. The Oversoul made me forget the boring wordy dialogue that started to infiltrate Card's writing in the 90's. The stretching out of a story in order to be able to write sequels.

    WE DON'T GET TO CHOSE OUR BROTHERS.
    Card takes the story of Moses and Joseph and combines them to make this story. We have brothers who hate each other, a common theme in Card books. Another ploy that Card started using around this time, the main character questions every move and decision everyone makes. The main character has no sense of humor again. If you have read more then three Card books written after 1990 then you have read this book, only the names have been changed.

    YOU SHOULD HAVE NEVER GIVEN MEN THE VOTE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (102)

    Nia Simone Bijou is a woman who has it all - and is driven by the desire for more. Born in Trinidad, reared in Los Angeles, living in Atlanta, Nia is a writer, a thinker, and a woman in conflict. She's dealing with two sides of her Gemini self, feeling as if there are two women living inside her, both struggling for domination.

    Victoria says: "Not a Romance Novel"
    "Pleasure, NOT"
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    THE HEAT OF JULY LIVED BETWEEN MY THIGHS
    Right from the start we have this main character pleasuring herself. Even though through out what I listened to she keeps telling us what smart, independent, and accomplished woman she is, she has all kinds of trouble reaching the peak. She wants a man for sex, but does not want any emotional ties. Later when she has the chance to make her fantasies cum true with a set of beautiful rich male twins, she chickens out. She spends a lot of time talking about sex, but nothing else. This may have changed after six chapters, but I could not take this bitch any longer.
    NEEDS BROUGHT OUT THE SELFISHNESS IN US ALL.
    This could have been titled THE YOUNG, BROWN, RICH AND HORNY. Our hot chick meets a couple of guys and they start talking about their trips to Europe and how much they love cricket. Really, what are the chances you would find three people in Atlanta, who love cricket? She is also a writer and hates anyone who uses your for you're and the wrong their, there or They're, etc. I now some people like that and who think they are better then others cause they have a talent with words. Well, we all have a talent in something, it doesn't mean we have to have the same talent or that anybody is better then anybody else, so get off your high horse. She prefers married men. She speaks constantly in short clipped sentences, often giving several descriptions for one thing. I think she has orgasms listening to her self talk.
    TO MYSELF BECOME A PHILOSOPHER.
    Needless to say, I did not like this character and when the first real sex scene ended up being a guy blowing another guy, I moved on to another book.
    WOMEN WHO MIGHT OUTLIVE ME, BUT MY COFFIN WILL BE EASIER TO CARRY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard A. Muller
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the "energy question" is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before.

    Neuron says: "Excellent overview over current and future energy"
    "Fracking Shale Gas"
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    Look Mom I Did it.
    I almost want to pat myself on the back, or Muller's back for getting through this. I love science, but I am not that knowledgeable (although I know more then most in the Media). This review is directed at those like myself who just want to know the basics without all the scare tactics.
    The Media and Scare Tactics
    I felt Muller gave a level and mostly unbiased look at Global Warming, man made disasters and our future in energy. Most of the material, I as a normal layman could understand. There were some parts especially toward the end which went over my head, but overall I stayed a float. I first read Muller when he wrote a book several years ago on the Theory of Nemesis, a possible companion star to Sol, which is responsible for the regular cycle of extinctions on our planet. I devoured that book and was glad to see he had something else out. In the past few years I have become more and more angry as the teleprompt readers on the nightly news keep spouting death and destruction for sensationalism. I felt Muller was even tempered, giving the pros and cons on each subject, leaving the conclusions up to us.
    Natural Gas
    In the book Muller warns us against theories that are the end all for all problems, then he keeps slamming Natural Gas in our faces. Every time I turned around he was telling me how great natural gas was and how it was the answer to all our problems. I have a bigger respect for natural gas, but I still have to be skeptical.

    The narrator
    Pete Larkin sounds exactly like the guy who narrated all the science films I watched in high school, or like the guy who does the safety films I listen to at work. Well, that might not be a good comparison as those put me to sleep. I guess I am trying to say he sounds professional. Plus they put me to sleep because I have watched them a million times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deathworld

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960. In it professional gambler Jason Dinalt who has "psionic" ability is hired to win a great deal of money for a mysterious and very imposing stranger. When he "breaks the bank" their expertly timed escape gets them off-world just in time. The gambler learns he has helped the dwellers of Pyruss otherwise known as "Deathworld" - a planet that appears to be fighting and trying to destroy its inhabitants.

    Wilbur says: "Great stuff!"
    "MY ARM IS YOUR ARM"
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    HE'S A QUAKE MAN
    There were several things I enjoyed about this book. I always like wild biology books. One of the main characters is a strong woman and by strong I mean physically as well as mentally. There are some cool inventions such as transparent metal and a gun I like to call the windows 8 gun (very touchy). What I didn't like were the huge amount of politics and the PSI stuff. PSI was the explanation for most things happening and that just seems like a cheap way out to me. At the time this was written, PSI and telepathy were big in a lot of books, so Harry is just writing what was being written at the time. I also felt that Harry held back on some of the science to make this more pulp.

    I like some of the books Harry wrote later, but audible does not carry these books. His Eden series was excellent and I would love to have that in audible. He also wrote a book called Captive Universe which was pretty cool. If you like the biology gone wild stuff, Audible does carry Neal Asher's books. I have only read one so far, but hope to read more.

    I used to have a problem with Jim Roberts. I mostly connected him to cheaply done stuff, but I have grown used to him for these older books and he has grown on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swords Against Death: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts. When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate.

    Katherine says: "Classical rogue"
    "DAY OF THE TOAD"
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    The best part of this book was when he gave you dates. The year of the Lion or Behemoth, the month of the Dragon or Hedge Hog, the day of the mouse or Toad, etc... The rest of the book was narration, the main characters barely spoke.

    I knew I was in trouble when Gaiman began the narration. Audible had a project where Gaiman introduced some books that where no longer popular, but he loved and wanted to bring back. A great idea on paper, but there was a reason, these books did not stand the test of time and before you get all cranky with me, do your research. Take a look at the ratings on these books and most of them were bought by fans of Gaiman, who really wanted to like these books. Almost all of these books where failures.

    Since I have already PO'd a few people let me continue with Davis the narrator. I have yet to like a book, he has narrated. I do not like his style, I do not like it with green eggs and ham, I do not like it Sam I Am. It is now to the point where I will not buy a book if he is the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (921)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "Magical,Enchanted, Elven"
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    I don't know if it is the author or just this these Forgotten Realm books, but I can't into these. Everything is magical or enchanted, the plethora of adjectives and adverbs are uncountable. To me good writing does not need all of these descriptive narratives. For my fantasy I prefer Robin Hobb, she gets in my head.

    This is very popular with a certain set of the fantasy world. I believe if you like Terry Brooks, you will love this.

    The narrator was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (299)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "Full Figured Amazon"
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    This was published in 1963 and marks the beginning of when RH seems to have one hand on the typewriter and the other. This is nowhere near as bad as what he will write in the future, but you can see it coming. I found this silly and not worth my time.

    I am a fan of the Heinlein of the 50's, I wish I would have never read anything after Starship Troopers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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