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Brandon

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CHANDLER, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • After Dark: Ghost Hunters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Life is tough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist. Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work in Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, a very low-budget museum. She has a plan to get her career back on track, but it isn't going well. Stuff keeps happening.

    Diane says: "Too Much Romance for Me"
    "Cliche with a side order of predictable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After Dark: Ghost Hunters has a compelling title and summary but falls flat as a whole. My only positive note is that Joyce Bean gave an excellent performance. Unfortunately excellent narration couldn't save this book. I would recommend the Dresden Files as an enjoyable alternative.

    -The Good-
    1. Joyce Bean gives an excellent performance.
    2. The audiobook was on sale.

    -The Bad-
    1. The characters are cookie cutter, with some completely unnecessary.
    2. The romance subplot feels awkward and forced, not built up over time.
    3. The world and environment lacks substance. Instead, the author takes everyday items and puts an "alien and edgy" sounding word in front of it. So you end up hearing about Rezz Tea, Rezz'ing up a car engine, feeling so rezzed, etc.

    This book shows potential but comes off much more as a fan-fiction than anything else. As there are more books in the series I can only hope that the problems of this book were corrected. Unfortunately, I won't be continuing the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carniepunk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, and others
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy's biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world....

    Hassan says: "Its A Separate 14 Short Stories"
    "Come one, come all, the carnival is in town!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Overall I jumped into Carniepunk looking for a smattering of short stories to cleanse the palette of novels requiring a longer time commitment (ie: Wheel of Time, Dresden Files). The swirling cavalcade of attractions, seedy individuals, and colorful tents festooned with bright lights provides an excellent atmosphere for the unexpected to happen.

    -The Good-
    1. There are many great short stories that paint the living life of the carnival in many unique ways.
    2. Each story requires a short commitment of time letting you come back to Carniepunk without feeling story fatigue/burnout.
    3. Candace Thaxton provides a stellar performance and a dynamic vocal range that will keep you engaged.
    4. Demonic soul-sucking clowns (no further explanation required).

    -The Bad-
    1. Some of the stories feel uninspired and create a polarizing difference from the stronger ones in book.
    2. Several authors only give the carnival a brief mention before moving on into their own universe.
    3. If you listen to other works by these authors (ie: Iron Druid Chronicles) the change in voice actor might throw a monkey wrench into a particular stories enjoyment.

    -Conclusion-
    Carniepunk as a whole I would give a 3.75/5. The voice acting will keep you engaged and many of the authors clearly had fun writing these stories. Regardless of where you live there is most likely a sense of fun and folly that you associate with the carnival/fair. This creates vivid moments of chilling comprehension which is fun. The only downside that holds Carniepunk back is that several uninspired and bland stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1240)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Beware of the chalk!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brandon Sanderson has once again crafted an excellent tale of suspense, mystery, and intrigue. This was only supplemented by the skilled voice acting of Michael Kramer. The only crime of this book is the short (10 hour) length!

    -The Good-
    1. Exceptionally detailed world that you can vividly imagine.
    2. Dynamic characters brought to life by the voice acting.
    3. Deeply engaging elements of religion, history, and human perception.
    4. A compelling threat to Joel and a great villain.
    5. An unforeseen twist that goes against your post-Harry Potter expectations.

    -The Bad-
    1. Just over 10 hours in length leaving the end feeling slightly rushed.
    2. Untied strings of plot were left unexplained. I can only hope this means that a sequel is imminent.
    3. The use of chalk as a main component of the story.

    To summarize; this book is fantastic and worth the cost of admission. But prepare yourself for the ending and having to possibly wait for the conclusion of story.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10474)
    Performance
    (9511)
    Story
    (9529)

    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!!"
    "Great narration, great start, strange ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook was narrated well and was an enjoyable listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Peter Clines created realistic and relatable characters in this novel. With that said I found the last third of the book to take me out of the enjoyment of the novel. The story feels forced towards the end in order to be "extreme."


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

    Porter does an excellent job giving each character a distinct and memorable feel. The pacing was done well and I could easily visualize the story in vivid detail.


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

    During the developing parts of the story where the characters were being fleshed out was enticing and fun. Towards the end of the book I had a few laughs but mainly felt compelled to finish listening to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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