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David

Just a guy that likes a good story.

West Lafayette, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5563)
    Performance
    (5171)
    Story
    (5170)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Infriga!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Marsters is back hell yeah!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Molly, because she is always awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry was at the Winter Ball and killed the Nobles. Hands down, so awesome


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Infriga!!


    Any additional comments?

    Butcher is a genius story teller! With Marsters readin/acting it is a match made in heaven. I cannot recommend this series enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (459)

    How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

    Christopher says: "Excellent World"
    "Masterful Start"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have to multiple people. This is a great listen with spectacular action and interesting takes on classic characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way it has 'Highlander-like" flashbacks to help build the characters.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Great vocalizations for the characters and he manages to keep all of them straight never missing a beat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What if you forgot the last 1600 years of being a thief, a spy, an assassin, and a sorcerer? Who could you trust?


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up this series on a whim while it was on sale and wow, it is one of my new favorites. If you like contemporary fantasy and high action this has it in spades. It is Dresden Files meets Highlander in an all out Spartacus romp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2733)
    Story
    (2725)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Wow what a great end to the Trilogy!"
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    If you could sum up Warbound in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing Airship Magic


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the main thing was the action and the characters. Also the twist on magic is cool.


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

    Great characterization. I loved him as Balki and I love it when he reads a book.


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

    The very end. Jake and Taru. The warriors honor they display is always moving.


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone who enjoys a good pulp read this is your series. I highly recommend it. It has great Heroes and Heroines, great characters, and a ton of action. The writer takes a few twists but nothing overly complex. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and the narration. If you are a contemporary fantasy fan, pick this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (502)

    Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy. Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners. Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first.

    David says: "Gail Carriger is truly an author of Quality!"
    "Gail Carriger is truly an author of Quality!"
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    If you could sum up Curtsies & Conspiracies in three words, what would they be?

    Deliciously delightful deceit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vieve. The child is truly an evil genius of the highest caliber and everyone has to love an evil genius. Also, Steam. Propelled. Roller. Skates. That is all.


    Which character – as performed by Moira Quirk – was your favorite?

    I do not believe I can name just a single character. Moira Quirk is absolutely brilliant. She breaths life into the characters and the world. Listening to this series would not be the same without her.


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

    I laughed out loud at several parts and had more than one moment of concern for the characters throughout. The 'fall' was one of the better scenes in the book. I will not spoil it for all by pontificating further.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are reading this then you should be using your credit to purchase this and the previous books immediately. This is one of the best written and performed books on audible. It is a rare mixture of adventure, comedy, supernatural, and steampunk executed with a masters stroke. Each consecutive book from Miss Carriger gets better and better. I guarantee, gentle reader, that you will not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Chill in the Blood: Vampire Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Take a bite out of the newest Vampire Files! A delicious new novel of the The Vampire files - in which our undead detective finds himself caught in the middle of a Chicago gangland war!

    David says: "I just found this and Wow, Jack is back"
    "I just found this and Wow, Jack is back"
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    What did you love best about A Chill in the Blood?

    I remember reading these books when I was a teenager. It was a gritty mix of supernatural action and organized crime from the 20s. I loved them so much and then, they just stopped at book 6. A few days ago I was trolling for new books and saw this and I literally yelped in joy! I immediately ordered up enough credits to purchase all of the books through 12 and set to listening. So what did I love best about the book? PN Elrod's take on the 20s and vampires has always been the best thing for me. The fact that I have been waiting for 25 years for this, just icing on the cake and worth the wait!


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many things to choose from, gangsters, tommy guns, dirty money, convoluted plots, and yes, vampires.


    What does Johnny Heller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really brings the cadence of the speech for the time. When I listen to him I feel like I am listening to someone from the 1920's telling me a story.


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

    No laughing or crying, but I sure gave a few fist pumps when Jack saved Shoe's butt.


    Any additional comments?

    PN Elrod, if you are out there...Thanks for bringing back Jack!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty in the Underworld: Kitty Norville Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (220)

    As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack's territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf.

    Tracey says: "Kitty lite - might have worked better as a novella"
    "That's a good Kitty"
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    Where does Kitty in the Underworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it in the 60s of the thousand or so I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormac is and always will be my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As not to spoil, I will just say the part when the woman is standing over Kitty's shoulder.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Kitty series. This was a good story that moved the overall arc along. In the end my only real complaint is that I wish it would have been longer. It was just way too short and I think it 'felt' more so because it was all in the same location. Pretty much that is what made it miss the five start rating. Of course Ms. Gavin is magnificent as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1097)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "A glorious Start to a Book on Finishing"
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    Where does Etiquette & Espionage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I do not think I can rank it in terms of other books because it stands so far apart with its unique humor and setting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Etiquette & Espionage?

    The scene where the Finishing School is first viewed is likely the most memorable simply because of the wonderful description.


    Which character – as performed by Moira Quirk – was your favorite?

    I love the Maccon's so I have to say Lady Maccon (not Alexia mind you) was my favorite.


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

    Yes. I listened to it for one entire day all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Gail Carriger and Moira Quirk are a match made in Steampunk heaven. I cannot describe adequately in word how much I love all of these books. I long for the next in the series.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1570)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Witches and Demons and Elves, Oh my."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good story with a solid Heroine. This book doesn't go down the path the smut novel motif and keeps to the strong independent powerful woman. Not all guys like a girl that can kick their ass but I for one do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Algaliarept. The depth of his character keeps expanding.


    What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Gavin is a marvelous reader! She is able to breath life into the characters and gives each of them a unique quality. I have actually bought other books I did not know just because she is the reader!


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

    When they tore that arrogant putz apart. I was so ready for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series of books here. I highly recommend the read. My one complaint is that the main character is always getting out of trouble with more luck than skill and she is suppose to be highly skilled. I would really like to see her just tear down the house sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5084)
    Performance
    (4622)
    Story
    (4671)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A wonderful ending to one of the Greats"
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    What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

    The fact that no character was sacred. In war there is no guarantee of safety and that really came across which in turn kept you guessing until the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    There are so many it is hard to pick just one. I think Thom Merrilin absently throwing a knife into the back of one of the black ajah and then stuffing her body into a crevas was definitely one of my favorites.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    For Mr. Kramer it was definitely Perrin. For Ms. Reading it has to be Egwene.


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

    Yes, though a forty hour listen in one sitting is unreasonable.


    Any additional comments?

    Even as I write this I am getting choked up thinking about this book, These characters became like old friends over the series and not all survive. On top of that the loss of a Master Storycrafter like Robert Jordan hits you hard as you read this. I loved this world, I loved these characters, and I loved this book. Hopefully there is truly no beginning or ending to the wheel of time because this is one reader who could do with a few more stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (10673)
    Performance
    (9939)
    Story
    (9943)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "This book is a geek-tastic Scifi Romp"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    I think the best part of Ready Player One for me was the 80s references, I grew up in the 80's and it really spoke to me. I mean the first time he logged in he used the last Star Fighter Mantra, how cool is that? AND it is narrated by Wil Weaton!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Artemis, because she was a smart geek girl that kicked A$$.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is a toss up betweent he tomb or when Perzival uses the pod.


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

    No particularly, though I was definitely rooting for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't often recommend books, but this is one of them. It is a fun read filled with a good amount of scifi and story. There is a lot of hype about this book. Let me be clear and say that I would not consider this a hard core Scifi book in the realm of Asimov or Niven, but it is charming and fun-loving with a good "coming of age" story. It is well worth the read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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