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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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  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1572)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "It was a Miserable little Town of Miserable People"
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    Once again all the cops are red neck idiots and they need Aleysius Xingu Leng Pendergast to set them straight. When push comes to shove the cops become sniveling little cry babies. (I sure hope Preston or Child get that parking ticket straightened out.)

    If you are a die hard Pendergast or P/C fan, then you will not like this review so do yourself a favor, mark not helpful and move on.

    This starts out slow like most P/C novels. At chapter 17 it gets real good and stays that way to chapter 38. Then like most P/C novels there is a four hour chase scene, to come to a conclusion that everyone, but an idiot from a small town in Kansas has figured out. That's if you go with the cliche way in which Kansas small town people are treated in this book. All the characters are miserable, not a happy person in the town.

    From the way the small Kansas town is described, I do not believe Preston and Child have ever been in Kansas. The timeline is somewhere after 2002, yet everybody is driving AMC gremlins and Hornets. AMC went out of business in 1987. If you go to Kansas, as I do once a week, you will find they drive mostly Ford and Chevy pickup trucks, especially in farming communities as this is suppose to be. The town is surrounded by cornfields and they want this company to come in and plant evil genetically modified corn to provide more jobs. The main employer is a Turkey processing plant. Hello P&C, Turkey Processing Plants are built next to Turkey Farms, not cornfields. If you have a Turkey Processing Plant then you will also have a large Mexican American Community or Illegal Aliens. You might have a diner in town, which serves meat and potatoes as describe, but you will also have at least one Mexican Restaurant. It's sign will be hand painted in Green and Red. A girl who lives in a trailer park will not have a neighbor with built in lawn sprinklers. The church will not be Lutheran it will be Catholic.

    Pendergast does his going back in time thing again. It is explained as a thing called Chongg Ran, which is taught in Tibet. Essentially if you do lots of research and study this Chongg Ran, you will be able to go into a trance and go back to any time and you will see what should have happened. According to Preston and Child, Chongg Ran has never been published it is a secret teaching and is only taught orally to other monks and Preston and Child. In other words they made it up. May be in the next book Pendergast will do some Remote Viewing.

    I did give this three stars and it does have some great parts, it is just to bad it is surrounded by Cliches, Long Chase scenes and boring miniscule descriptions about law enforcement. No one cares about the politics they keep putting into these books.

    About the narrator. I have made plain before how I feel about Scott Brick. It is hard to explain his style. You know how you have listened to some narrators who are monotone and every line is read the same boring way. Brick is exactly the opposite. Every sentence is read as it is the most exciting thing in the world. In one part he reads about Pendergast picking up a phone and putting it back in the cradle. It is read like The Eagle Has Landed!!!!. Sixteen hours of everything is stupendously exciting is draining. Having said that SB was probably the best person to read this, as he really captures the whole everyone is a miserable character aspect.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwings

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (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
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    (1)
    Story
    (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
    (657)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    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
    (127)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    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
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (598)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "The Prisoner"
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    Pines reminded many, including myself, of The Twilight Zone. This reminded me a lot of The Prisoner. For you younger readers, the Prisoner was a great sixties series, involving a similar town as Wayward and lots of paranoia. I thought this was almost as good as book 1 and certainly better then the middle book in most trilogies. You learn more in this book about what it is like to live in a paranoid society, such as North Korea. This book has it's own separate mystery from book one and there was not a boring chapter, paragraph or sentence.

    There has been a lot of talk about the ending to this book. Yes, it does end with a dilemma, but it is a new problem. It is not a problem at anytime earlier in the book, it is a new situation. This is a stand alone book, except I would suggest reading Pines first, only cause it is so good.

    I will be getting book 3 and reading more Crouch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

    thomas says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "LUDDITE"
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    CRAP YOUR PANTS IN 31 SECONDS
    I was a little slow to get into this. Then I got into it big time and thought it was great. Then it turned into some type of super hero comic book. The intelligence and thought that went into creating the story got dropped by the way side. I got over half way through the book and called it quits.

    What made things worse is I have a bad case of FOSB. Another reviewer came up with this term to describe the fear of Scott Brick. Ray Chase is not quite as bad as SB, but he is close. Everything he says should be written in capital letters. He screams most of the sentences. It is a good voice for announcing movies, but not reading a whole book. I think some narrators such as the two mentioned do not read the book ahead of time and feel that if they read every sentence dramatically it works, this way they can also read more books, since no prep time is necessary. They make more money or they are cheaper, I don't know which. Writers should take a bigger interest in production. Rarely will Stephen King let his books be butchered like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aurora: CV-01: Frontiers Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (342)

    world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

    Joki says: "Decent Modern Military Sci Fi"
    "I'm gettin book 2, now"
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    Through the first two chapters, I was not sure if I was going to like this or not. Although when the young lady says to the young ensign," I think my ass looks great in this dress, what do you think?" I perked up.
    I am a big fan of sarcastic humor and chapter 3 is chocked full of it. There are several more laugh out loud parts in the rest of the book and the action is non-stop once it gets started. Some are calling this Military Sci-Fi, yet the die hard fans of this genre don't seem too happy. I have tried several Military Sci-Fi and I just can't get into them. They are usually filled with long chapters on guns and ammunition etc. I liked the Lost Fleet: Dauntless, but I did not love it. This I love. If this is Military Sci-Fi, then I have found an author that can make it breath for me. I also like that most of the book takes place in space. It surprising how little Science Fiction actually takes place in space.

    This did bring back thoughts of Voyager and of Captain James T. Kirk and of Spock. The Russian Engineer is also a great character (can't believe he is not a Scott.) The story is more complicated then some give it credit. How to figure out who to trust is intriguing. It is short, but I rather pay for a small amount of quality, then for a whole lot of details on how to put together a future gun.

    Narrator is good and adds to the experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Stones: Dragon Stone Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristian Alva
    • Narrated By Adam Chase
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.

    William says: "A fantasy with a gravity to appeal."
    "Pern and Shannara Starter Kit"
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    I GOT A FUNNY FEELING ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU
    If you are a fan of McCaffrey, Brooks or Glen Cook, you will love this, and you don't need to read any further.
    1. This is most definitely written for pre-teens.
    2.With the exception of the prologue the Dragons might as well be wall paper.
    3. Our hero, disobeys his grandmother and gets her killed.
    4. The grief the kid feels over his grandmothers' death, that he caused is about as much as I had over the last spider I killed.
    5. Very little happens in real time. Most everything is something remembered in the past.
    6. The Emperor is evil, everybody says so. Unless I snoozed through it, we never hear from the evil, evil Emperor.
    I AM MUCH OLDER THEN I LOOK
    I love Dragon stories, but the dragon stories I love involve Dragons with Personality. Robin Hobb has a great series called The Rain Wilds Chronicles, in which the dragons each have distinct personalities. Dragons are suppose to be intelligent and arrogant. The Dragons in this book and some others are domesticated or genetically engineered. These domesticated Dragons could be replaced with Unicorns, Pegasus, or dogs and the story would read the same. I will not continue this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4211)
    Performance
    (3751)
    Story
    (3747)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "THEY WERE PACK"
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    DOGS DO WHAT THEY DO TO SAVE US OR TO PLEASE US.
    I am a dog person and that is what held my attention in this book. This is about a damaged human and a damaged dog. Having owned a couple of dogs who had been damaged by previous owners, I know the love it takes to help a dog and the love received in return is something special I can not put into words. In this case the human may be more damaged then the dog. I have been a dog owner for over 30 years, but I was still able to learn something in this book to help with my dogs. If you are a dog lover, then you want this book. YOU ARE A DOG MAN.

    The mystery that needs solved in this story is good and should hold the attention of the non dog lovers. And as another reviewer has mentioned this is a feel good type story. As Paul McCartney would say, What's Wrong With That?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passenger: A Surviving the Dead Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James N. Cook, Joshua Guess
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (220)

    During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead. Two years later, he wakes up. Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected!"
    "THE DAY SCRAPPED BY"
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    You get the perspective of a Zombie, of a military grunt (way in the future, once the military and society in general have pretty much broken down.) and you get the perspective of a seventh grader. I was real disappointed in the Zombie, he had no control and was really just an observer of what his body was doing. If they could have made the Zombie more in control of his body, but have strong urges and the willingness to eat people this would have been so much better, something like Tufo's "Timothy". Although some gore was thrown in, for the most part, this sounded like a seventh grader wrote it. I got impatient after 8 chapters. I have been learning lately that just because a story has Zombies in it, does not make it exciting or interesting. You still need good writers.

    COLD AS BALLS

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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