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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
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    (1860)
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    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.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • They Thirst

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (219)
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    It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

    Cidney says: "McCammon’s Nudge & Wink"
    "Better Then Zombies"
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    This is a fun, could be the end of the world novel, that never takes it's self too serious. There are few writers that can keep me entertained for 19 hours. Off the top of my head they would be Robin Hobb, James Michener, Stephen King, Bryce Courtenay and Robert McCammon. He even dinks one of his earlier works in this book. I also appreciate getting this in one volume. This was written in 1981 and had it bee written today by another writer, he would have added 10 boring hours and made it a trilogy. See Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain, The Fall, The Night Eternal (a good series, just would have been better done in one long book.)

    The story is about Vampires and McCammon stays true to all the legends. Only instead of being dark and secret, they launch a campaign to take over the world, starting with Los Angeles. It is well done and will not bore you in any part.

    If you are a fan of Zombie books, give this a try, it is very similar.

    Ray Porter is by far one of the best narrators around. That being said I will say he only has one female voice. I also relate him so much to Joe Ledger, that it often takes me a few minutes to get my brain to forget Joe Ledger and get in the present story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Door says: "It sticks in your head."
    "I'LL DIE WHEN I'M READY"
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    DREAMS TELL A MAN WHO HE IS.
    This story is told in first person, by a guy who loves to hear himself talk. I might have liked this better if written in third person. At times I just wanted the kid to shut up. I am always weary of people who brag about themselves. Tell me they are smart, honest or tough. It usually ends up being the opposite. This guy was tortured at 10 years old and now at 14, he is a bad ass, okay we get it, now let's get on with story, shall we. The first half of the story is all about convincing you that this fourteen year old is a bad ass. He even kills without warning his own followers, sometimes because their looks irritate him. I fail to understand how you can get a group of guys to follow you if they never know when you are going to kill them next. I listened to all of this and there are glimmers of real writing, but it is surrounded by double talk. The second half of the story reads more like Conan the Barbarian. The late middle part of the book, where he is under the mountain and fights necromancers, is the best part of the book. When he is doing something and not talking about doing something.

    I SWALLOWED THE NIGHT AND THE NIGHT SWALLOWED ME
    I always feel it to be a cheap trick to do a lot of double talk. A lot of people seem to think it clever and you even it see it in some of the classics, but this guy does it constantly. I DON'T LIKE TO BE ANGRY, IT MAKES ME ANGRY. ALL OF A SUDDEN IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE. YOU LOSE THE GAME AND WHAT DO YOU LOSE? YOU LOSE THE GAME. IN A REAL FIGHT AND MOST FIGHTS ARE REAL. EVEN AS THEY LEFT ME, THE WORD SOUNDED HOLLOW, CHILDLESS.

    AND IF PEOPLE CALL YOU KING, THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE.
    Probably the biggest fact that you comes out of this story, is that kings are nothing but the biggest bully on the block. That is how they get started and then it is nepotism from then on.

    I'M A SOLDIER (reviewer) AND THAT'S THE END OF IT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (400)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "COLUMBO IS HERE, ISN'T HE?"
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    FEED US, WE HUNGRY
    NO BOUT A DOUT IT, this is gory. There is a part where this guy cuts both his legs off, that will probably never leave my memory. That is only one of very many. At first I thought this was going to be very silly. The writing as a whole and in the beginning are not real professional. Sigler's ability to make you cringe and to tell an interesting story and to tie all the loose ends together are uncanny. Amongst all the gore, there is a mystery, a very intriguing mystery, that keeps you reading. Things said and done early on, start to make a lot more sense towards the end.

    SOMEONE'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR,
    A few problems kept this from being a five star. As already mentioned the writer seems a little less polished in parts, a good editor was needed. I got tired of the, I was abused by my dad theme (not too original). Towards the end of the book, he even seems to approve of abusive fathers. Scott is a better narrator then a lot of author narrator, he does good voices, but the main narration part, is very boring at times. A good professional narrator could have made these parts more interesting. Course, a good editor would have eliminated a lot of these parts to begin with.

    LET THEM IN
    This book is worth your consideration, if you are not bother by gore and bad language. I know that I will listen to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forest of Memory: A METAtropolis Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Katya deals in Authenticities, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. But when she encounters a stranger who calls himself Johnny in the woods - even she can't say whether it's real or not.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IF YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION"
    "IF YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION"
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    MAYBE HE WAS WORKING FOR THE DEER.
    This was one of the stories from METAtropolis green. I read the first book in the series and was not impressed. I love John Scalzi, but his friends can't write. Kowal had a great story in Rip-Off called The Lady Astronaut of Mars. I then read Kiss Me Twice in a Short Novel anthology and could not finish it. This I could finish, but barely. The story is that this woman takes movies and tells stories about simple things she does on earth and sells them to people who never leave their homes. She was filming deer cross the road when the story starts. From then on it is blah, blah, blah. She slowly tries to remember what happened as she tells the story and she is extremely detailed to the point of nausea.

    Skip this and skip the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (579)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Charles says: "Engrossing"
    "JOSEPF MENGELE 2.0"
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    ISLAND WOMEN WERE LIKE CHRISTMAS TREES, NOBODY WANTED THEM AFTER THE 25TH.
    This is a gruesome story, not the grossest I have ever read, but it was up there. I like mad scientist and I like biology gone wild, so this was a great book for me. It was a great look at the kind of kids who are in scouts these days and most kids were good, but!!. The story about the tape worms was not gory enough Cutter brought in a few evil characters.

    The only complaint I would have is I believe it dragged on a little long. The children or people that are killed are killed one at a time, which takes a long time and we get a background on all the kids. Edit out about two hours and this would have been much better. It is still a five star listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (669)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "HALF OF NOTHING IS STILL NOTHING"
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    EVERYTIME I GO ABROAD I END UP IN THE SLAMMER
    It's 1992 and Mike our main character is 19 and living on the dole in Ireland. He gets caught working a job, while collecting the dole, so to avoid going to jail, he agrees to not collect the tax payers money. There is 30% unemployment in Northern Ireland, and he does not want to do physical labor so he goes to New York City to work for a small mob boss. He would rather shoot someone in the knee caps then do physical labor. He is screwing the mob bosses girlfriend, dreaming of the day she will leave the boss and come to him for good. I could only take 4 hours and 40 minutes of this. In that time no plot developed. The main character is not likable. I will say the dialogue in this is excellent. The author can write great dialogue. This reads like a bio.

    I don't know how accurate the narrator is, I have worked with one man from Scotland, but his brogue was no where near as strong as this guy's. The lilt at the end of each sentence may be cute for the first hour, but really gets on your nerves after that. The good thing is, that I only paid $5.95 for this.

    The $5.95 secret unannounced sale.
    This had been in my wish list. When I put it there the member price was probably around $18.00, it was not $5.95. Audible takes books from time to time and lowers their member price to $5.95, so you have to check you wish list from time to time to see, if something in your wish list has been lowered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition): All You Need Is Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Hiroshi Sakurazaka
    • Narrated By Mike Martindale
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

    Benavin Stanciano says: "Military Sci Fi Grind at it's finest"
    "ALL YOU NEED IS KILL"
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    STARING AT THE GROUND LIKE A FARMER WATCHING RICE GROW
    The best thing about this book is the main character Keiji. He is a very likeable guy. He seems like an everyday average sort of guy. This makes it easy for the listener to put himself in Keiji's place. The story was enjoyable, had a twist at the end and yes it would make a good video game. The aliens are cool, the battle suits are cool and the writing is above average, of course that is hard to tell since it is translated. It is not a five star book, but close and worth $5.95, which brings up my next topic.

    The $5.95, unannounced secret sale.
    At the time I am writing this you can get this for $5.95, but it will not stay that way. If you cruise through your favorite categories you will find more books for this price, such as Dream Catcher and Hearts of Atlantis by Stephen King. Horns by Joe Hill. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. There are lots more. You will not get any notice of when these books go on sale. It will not be printed in Red. It might end tonight or tomorrow or a month from now. Last year I bought Battle Royal and Krampus at this low price, today these are selling for around $19.00.

    It's a F/U world with F/U rules , so F it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (880)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
    "SCIENCE, IT WORKS"
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    EARTH IS A SHIT HOLE, BUT IT'S OUR SHITHOLE.
    Is shit hole, one word or two? First of all, I hate to burst some bubbles, but this is not as good as book one. I was amazed that I listened to this right after listening to Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The future world that Kloos describes, sounds actually like Haldeman's future. Everyone lives on the dole, everyone gets paid in calories, everyone hires body guards and the army is full of idiots. Haldeman had more guns, but it looks like Kloos is headed that way. So, it is a liberal future, where everyone depends upon the government (and it is not good.) It is a conservative future where everyone owns a gun and it is not good.

    The story starts out pretty good with these 80ft tall Aliens, who think we are just bugs. An interesting concern, especially when you considered how we treat anything smaller then us. They are in the very beginning and one of there ships is in the very ending, but between times our hero fights, the Russians, the Chinese and then his own country. I also find it unbelievable that a group of home troops who spend there careers killing North Americans, would all of a sudden grow a conscience when they go to another planet. I felt that there were too many conflicts, which made this too unbelievable. It is not a bad book and if you like Military Sci-Fi and you don't need it to make a lot of sense, then you will enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (560)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "Scary Reviews"
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    Guess, I will get blasted for this, but someone has got to tell it as it is. Just buy the movie. The movie is scary. This is long and boring. This was more a study in psychiatry then anything else. A lot of the story dealt with the life of the divorced, actress mother. My biggest horror was seeing the rating and the reviews after I read the book. Someone needs to exorcise these reviews.

    Narrator was great. I was expecting to hear complaints about the author reading his own work, but I was with everyone on this one, they guy has a scary voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Murray Leinster, Horace Brown Fyfe, and others
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey, Kevin Killavey, Jim Roberts, and others
    Overall
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    The fifth set of Favorite Science Fiction Stories contains the following titles: "The Skull" by Phlip K. Dick, "Sam/ This Is You" by Murray Leinster, "Manners of the Age" by Horace Brown Fyfe, "Omnilingual" by H. Beam Piper, "Heist Job on Theiser" by Gordan Randall Jarrett, "The Yillian Way" by Keith Laumer, "The Ultimate Vice" by A. Bertram Chandler, "Backlash" by Winston Marks, "Adolescents Only" by Irving Cox, "Project Mastodon" by Clifford Simak, and six more!

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IF YOU LIKE BIG BOSSOMY BLONDES"
    "IF YOU LIKE BIG BOSSOMY BLONDES"
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    IT'S GREAT LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN
    Fritz Leiber has a story called A Pail of Air, which almost makes this whole collection worth buying in itself. It may be one of the more collected stories, when it comes to older collections.

    BREAK THE CLASS OR THE CLASS WILL BREAK YOU
    Like most collections there is a variety of stories and they range from great to not. I thought there were five stories that make getting this worth the price. I already mentioned A Pail of Air and there was The Dictator by Milton Lesser, Manners of the Age by Horace Brown Fyre, Sam This is You by Murry Leinster, and Backlash by Winston Marks. A couple more are good and then there are several which are not so good. These are from the 40's and 50's and that should be considered.

    FALSE MODESTY IS THE REFUSE OF THE INCOMPETENT
    There are several narrators, although most are narrated by Jim Roberts. Several people have complained about his lack of professionalism. It did bother me, when I started listening to these older stories years ago, but after time, Roberts starts to grow on you. I also believe he is the driving force behind getting these collected. These are all in public domain and if you search you can find them all individually. I appreciated that Jim has saved me the work and gathered them together like this. I also believed when he first started recording these, it was at his own expense. So, get off your high horse and give the guy a break.

    IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO LEAVE THE NEST.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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