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Bradie Ormond

wyswyg

Utah | Member Since 2010

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28
REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Fall of the Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordspoint is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself - and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

    Dave says: "Scholars with Teeth (and Tongues and Lips)"
    "Story goes nowhere, slowly and without purpose"
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    Performance
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    Kushner's style is very very very dialogue heavy, I know that. This book was even more so. The story went nowhere and it went there very slowly. This story felt like a soap opera, all smut and no substance. The characters that were engaging were rare and had small parts. Then suddenly all the action happens at the end and no one really talks about anything. It's like the writers had a deadline to finish the book.

    The performances of the readers are the only reason to listen to the audio. Even with such great readers, you'll find yourself struggling to stay until the end.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (498)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    Ryan T. Nichols says: "Ron McLarty?"
    "Jerks, Violence, Drugs and Vomit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hunter Thompson is no Jack Kerouac. There's nothing redeeming about a single character in this story. I know there's a huge audience for this type of material, but it is not my drug of choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

    Amazon Customer says: "Difficult story, awful narration"
    "Audio quality is really bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tried to get past the bad audio quality but the obscure language of this story was another hurdle. I like SciFi and I like it in audio, but I could not engage with this story. Just wasn't my thing.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10970)
    Performance
    (9954)
    Story
    (9975)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A Haiku Review for You!"
    Overall
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    14
    N. Tesla in Shield?
    Kavatch and Stark Tower same
    Chitauri go home

    If you like the Avengers, you'll like this book. Its a little bit slow to get started, but hang in there because there is excitement to be had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (676)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Meh Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cherie Priest and/or Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading ?

    I wouldn't seek out this author, but the narrators were wonderful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cherie Priest again?

    Probably not.


    What does Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would not have finished the book without the personality created by the voices.


    Did Boneshaker inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid steam-punk zombie apocalypse stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1329)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Usually love Bryson, but this is a snooze fest."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Bill Bryson?

    Yes. I am anxiously awaiting the audio version of Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society .


    Has At Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe Bill Bryson???s performance?

    milk toast


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Bryson laments the lack of history written and taught about the home. Maybe its because the history of the home is tedious, boring and depressing. I expected so much more having just finished the audio of A Short History...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (849)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "Not the performers' fault."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story without a man who talks to cats, a cohesive story line, characters that a reader/listener actually cared about instead of hoping they would die.


    What was most disappointing about Haruki Murakami???s story?

    What didn't disappoint would be more appropriate. It was trite, stolen from classics, over written, absurd in its effort to be obscure and lame.


    Which character ??? as performed by Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur ??? was your favorite?

    Couldn't get past the trite dialogue to care about any character.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. It could've been a nice Haiku and saved me 16 hours. Here's my summary:Oedipal complex portal to another worldold man talks to cats


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it, even though Gaiman endorsed it. Can't get it right every time Neil. Get Pavane instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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