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Wil

Kenner, LA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
    "A must listen for Star Wars fans"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars (Dramatized) again? Why?

    I definitely will. I doubt an explanation is needed, but its such a joy to revisit in depth a story that shaped my childhood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars (Dramatized)?

    So many memorable moments, I cant pick just one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one where Luke raced his friend because it was a new scene i hadnt already seen in the movie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, and I did. It was so much fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, I think you know what your getting here. It was a credit well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8815)
    Performance
    (7835)
    Story
    (7808)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "I'm Hooked"
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    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the top 10 percent. It's not one of my all-time favs (yet, I'll see where this series takes me), but I've listened to hundreds over the last 15 years so thats pretty good.


    What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

    The Harry Dresden series maybe. That might be unfair because I don't listen to much urban fantasy and I guess that's what these are so of course there would be natural similarities. It maintains it's uniqueness though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed quite a bit. I wouldn't call it extreme however.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on one of those $5 sales on a whim mainly because it had so many high ratings. It took me a long time to actually getting around to listening to it because of all the preconceived notions I had. I was worried it would be too young adultish or possibly romancy. There was little to no romance and while there may be somewhat of a YA quality about it, this 42 year old didn't mind it a bit. This turned out to be one of those books that I just couldn't stop listening to. I have normal times when it is convenient to listen to books and all the best books make me listen outside those times. I found myself trying to listen whenever I possibly could and now that I have finished I desperately want to go straight to the next book in the series. Okay "Hexed", let's go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4050)
    Performance
    (3713)
    Story
    (3702)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Zaaang, that was great!"
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    I loved that I was captivated from about 30 seconds into the book instead of a couple of hours like most books are for me. Additionally, this was one of the few books that I did not want to miss even a second of. Many books, if I am interrupted for just a few seconds. I will just continue on. In this book, it didn't matter how short the interruption was, I would hit the 30secondsback button.

    I love all of the characters. Royce and Hadrian are compliment each other well, but they still have their own individuality and distinct personalities. I would have been able to know who said many of the line without being told by the narrative or by knowing the voice. The other characters have important roles and are easy to follow as well.

    I love that I basically received a 2nd book for free. I'm not sure if they put 2 books together in each of these volumes just to have the length that many other epic fantasy books seem to have, but they did't have to that. Most of the other books in my library are about 11 hours and that's about how long these would be if they weren't bundled together.

    I love that the greater story is only just unfolding. I can't wait to get the next volume.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that even though they are thieves, they are still good guys. Another of my favorite books is "the Lies of Locke Lamora". In that book, the thieves are good guys too, but they do steal from people who don't really deserve it and people get hurt through their misdeeds. In "Theft of Swords" it is implied that they have done some unsavory things, but we never actually journey along with them on anything but good deeds. It makes it easier for me to resolve liking and caring about them.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, Great job on this one though. Spot on


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Umm, can't think of anything at the moment. Maybe thats's the one negative I have so far. There were many parts that were somewhat moving, but none that stand out as particularly moving.

    Wait, I just realized one part that did move me, but it might be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    So, I have given "Theft of Swords" a glowing review. But, while it is already among my list of favorites, I'm not exactly ready to put it in my top 5 just yet. I stated that the larger story will unfold in the next 2 volumes and I'm hoping that will put this series in my top 5. I read somewhere (maybe another reviewer) that Sullivan intentionally (and at some risk) wrote this series so that it could build how he wanted to and end with the best part and have a satisfying conclusion despite the fact the 1st book would be the weakest.

    One more thing. Each book in this 1st volume had a decent conclusion. While they did hint at the larger story and leave room to grow, the "smaller" story contained within each book did finish and didn't leave me annoyed that I HAVE to get the next book. I appreciate not being strung along like that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2083)
    Story
    (2082)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Good story, Didn't stick with me"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, I think Johnson knows what he's doing


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect for me is that it is set in an area of the country i dont really know much about. Maybe learning about the term sharp shooter.

    Don't really have a least interesting. It was mostly all interesting.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall is among the best and I never have anything but praise for his performances.


    Was The Cold Dish worth the listening time?

    Yes, I am happy I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll put my only negative comments here. After I finished the book, I just moved on. I finished it a week or two ago and hadn't really thought about it since. I don't really have anything to point out as not good. But, usually a good book sticks in my mind a while. I will want to read what other people have said about it or what the next book in the series is about. Nothing like that happened for me. I had almost completely forgotten I listened to it until I went through my library just now to review another book I just finished. Thinking back upon it now, It was a good story. I liked many parts of it. It just didn't have that lasting effect on me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2005)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Great zombie book. Maybe a better read than listen"
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    Almost immediately I thought this book was great. I just happened to have listened to quite a few zombie books recently and was starting to get tired of them. This book refreshed the idea of "fun" I feel from the genre. It was imaginative and compelling. I will be continuing this series.

    The drawback and the reason i only gave it 3 stars overall while giving the story and performance 4 stars is the way in which it is written. The journal format used is fine and I don't have a problem with it. I think though, that it might be much more suited for actually reading than being listened to. While I was captivated for much of the book I began growing weary of the same voice and tone or inflection by the narrator for so long. Understand, I think he had an admirable performance, but was restricted by the format. Because he was reading the events the main character scribed in his diary there were "almost" no other lines by other characters, so, there were few other voices to create. I just found myself wishing after a while that I could hear some other characters. There were other characters, but they had very few direct sentences to perform.

    All that said, I really liked the book. I always feel bad when I accentuate the negatives more than the positives and I feel like I've done that again here. Please don't get that impression from me. There good definitely outweighs the bad. This is among the better zombie stories. I do appreciate the timeline that depicts the events that happened. It was read well. The characters are likable and I care about them. I want to know what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

    Wil says: "Entertaining. What I expected"
    "Entertaining. What I expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nope, he has it covered.


    Was How To Survive a Horror Movie worth the listening time?

    Yes, I didn't listen to it as I would a normal audiobook. I would listen to a chapter or two a morning as my day was getting started for some amusement. Then, when it was easier to focus my attention or listen in longer chunks of time I would switch to whatever else I was listening to for more serious "reading". I bought it during a sale on audible and am happy I did. However, I would not spend a whole credit on it. But since the question is "is it worth the listening time", I will say yes. Just understand what kind of book it is first, though, or you may be disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a fun listen overall. I thought it was narrated very well. I often found myself chuckling at one thing or another. At other times I felt like the author was reaching a bit to be humorous and stretch the length of the book.Do not go into this book thinking there is an actual story. It is written in the format of any other kind of survival manual only I am even less likely of needing this one than my zombie apocalypse survival manual (wouldn't have thought that possible). So, it could be a bit tedious to listen to for long periods at a time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (296)

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    James says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    "Got through it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator would have gotten it to at least a 3 star review. I don't think there is anything that could have me commit to a 4 star or higher though.


    Would you recommend A World Out of Time to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends on the friend. If it were a friend that enjoys wildly imaginative worlds and characters and philosophies, I probably would recommend this one. A friend that enjoys a more structured story with character depth I would advise to skip it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He had a repetitive tone. I have listened to narrators before that had inflection and feeling to their reading based on the situation. I never found that here. It even took me out of the story sometimes as I was listening to the same sentence pattern after same sentence pattern. I would just listen to the da da da da daaa. It varied of course based on sentence length obviously, but was clearly evident.

    I should clarify that it wasn't horrible. I have listened to many worse narrators. It was just monotonous for long stretches which is not suitable to my attention span.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadly, no reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my 2nd Niven book; my 1st being Ringworld. If you are a fan of the Larry Niven style and imagination I do think you will enjoy this book regardless of narration. Had I not known it was the same author as Ringworld, I would have noticed the similarity in styles. That said, however, Ringworld was a much better book and while it may not be fair to compare this book to one as acclaimed as that, you should at least be cognizant so as to have lessened expectations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3207)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2230)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Sign me up!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Old Man's War to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer audio for the convenience of multi-tasking. However, with this book I went back and forth thanks to the whispersync. The audio set a tone for me which i found myself replicating in my head when i was on the kindle. I think both editions were equally good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main concept of basically living your entire life before joining the army was very interesting to me. I liked exploring the idea of how different the mindset of a person with so much life experience would handle it.

    I also quite liked the universe that Scalzi created.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he did a commendable job and I won't hesitate to listen to him again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at several parts. This is my 2nd Scalzi book and it had the same witty style as the 1st one I read which was Redshirts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10176)
    Performance
    (7954)
    Story
    (8051)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "My New Favorite Book!"
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    I almost dont even know where to start. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I had read in someone else's review that it was slow starting, but paid off in the end. Thats's exactly what happened, except the reward was so much greater than I expected.
    The publishers summary didn't properly describe this book. I was hesitant to listen to it despite all the rave reviews because I thought it was just going to be stories of a fantasy heroes conquests. In a very small way that's what it was, but there is so much more to it. It is about the journey of a legendary person and how he became a legend whether through factual or fictional means. It is about a young boy as he grows to manhood just trying to survive.
    This first book of the trilogy is really only a backdrop to the story that will begin in day 2 and day 3 of the story. But, It is so richly packed and intricately weaved that I feel the best is yet to come. Considering that this is already my favorite book, my anticipation for the next book (which I will be starting in like 5 minutes) is incalculable.
    As a person that enjoys fantasy fiction, but prefers other kinds, I implore anyone interested enough in this book to read this review to take this ride with us.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4781)
    Performance
    (4466)
    Story
    (4460)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Unexpected Depth"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have already. It is a great mixture of geek nostalgia and pure sci-fi adventure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    probably just Dahl. He was the main character and usually the easiest one to identify with.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    I know im in the minority here, but im one of the few people who is not a Wil Wheaton fan. I feel like he is a little too exuberant. That's probably part of his charm to others, but personally i feel like he reads a bit too fast and a bit too monotone as a result. However, about two hours into the book I quit noticing and became completely enveloped in the story. By the end, I thought Wheaton had made a very respectable performance and I might give other books that I had avoided because he narrated them an extra consideration now.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Scalzi novel, but definitely not my last,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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