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magicker71

Louisville, KY | Listener Since 2010

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  • Body of Lies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

    Michael says: "Body of Lies"
    "I thought this was a spy novel, not romance"
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    I found this book to be pretty boring. Rather than focusing on spycraft or politics it mainly focuses on the main character's sappy romance. Ignatius is an ok writer, but I simply felt that this book was sold as a CIA spy novel and turned out to be something completely different. I turned it off 1/2 way through.

    Dick Hill is usually one of my favorite narrators, but I didn't feel he read this book particularly well. For those of you that can't stand Dick Hill, you will definitely not enjoy his work on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Wellington
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind a desk rather than out in the field, but medical technology has finally caught up with his ambitions. Coupled with his unstoppable determination, it will take him back to where he thrives: the thick of the action. Drafted into a new war, this time in our homeland, Chapel is tasked with hunting a group of escapees from a top-secret military compound - all extremely deadly, genetically modified killers - and unraveling the mystery behind their existence.

    magicker71 says: "How much did I hate this book? A lot."
    "How much did I hate this book? A lot."
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    I'm shocked that people seem to like this book. I couldn't even finish it... getting about halfway through before finally giving up.

    The main character has no development and seems like a cardboard cut-out. He has a prosthetic arm and for some reason the author is obsessed with it. At first I thought he was simply using the fake arm as some sort of analogy to Jim Chapel being a "broken" man, but in all honesty the arm is probably the most interesting character of of the entire book.

    So our hero Jim Chapel... who as you will hear over and over is missing an arm, is for some inexplicable reason chosen as the ONE person to go flying all over the country looking for some virus-carrying mutants. The whole world ends if they infect anyone. So the US Govt picks a wounded desk jockey who hasn't been in action in years to find these weirdos. But wait... Jim isn't told anything about his mission! We're told over and over how important the mission is...but Jim can't be told anything because of the "need to know". It's one of the absolute dumbest set-ups I've read in a long time.

    The rest of what I read was Jim bumbling around the country looking for these mutants. He saves a girl...they fall in love... it's just a mess of a novel.

    Did I mention the dialogue? It's probably the worst part of the book. Stilted and tired, the dialogue is horrid. Made only worse by the narration because the narrator makes Jim Chapel sound EXACTLY like John Wayne. His other "voices" are not much better and he reads the entire book about 20% slower than he should...enunciating each and every syllable of the bad dialogue.

    I assume the last half of the book was just as bad as the first half... in fact, it was only getting worse when I quit listening.

    I love Jonathan Mayberry's Joe Ledger series and this sounded like it could be a fun listen in that vein. It isn't. Mayberry's prose is Shakespeare compared to this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4697)
    Performance
    (4258)
    Story
    (4269)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Good story but narration almost killed it for me"
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    As a big fan of Correia's Monster Hunter series, I thought I would give his Grimnoir series a try. Fantasy of this sort isn't my favorite genre and the alternative 1930's timeframe has been done many times but all in all it's a good story. Correia does a very good job of providing a framework of magic that makes logical sense instead of just declaring that magic exists and that's that.

    The narration on the other hand just about made me quit listening. I got used to Bronson Pinchot's odd inflections and accents after awhile but I don't know if I could get through another book using him. He makes the main character Jake sound like a backwoods idiot and provides an redneck-hick accent to many characters where it doesn't belong.

    Personally, I would recommend the print version over the audio.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5916)
    Performance
    (5173)
    Story
    (5174)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Much better than I anticipated!"
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    Honestly, I really wasn't sure when I purchased this book that I would like it. I don't care for "light" fantasy type stuff at all but the reviews just raved about it so I gave it a shot. I am so glad I did... what a great series. This is one of those books that make you enjoy traffic because you're able to listen longer. It's honestly one of the most entertaining books I've listened to since the last Joe Ledger novel (if you enjoy the Joe Ledger series by Mayberry you'll love this).

    The author never takes this book too seriously... there's plenty of humor throughout and the man knows how to pace a novel. The action starts within a few pages and never lets up. This is not meant to be a work of literary genius, it's a summer action book and the author understands this. Don't get me wrong, he can actually write too... but he understands that the pacing and action is first and foremost and does this very well. It also helps that the author is a firearms expert and it shows with his detail to the firearms throughout the book.

    Narration is well done for the most part. He loses a star because he sometimes make the main character sound too much like a stoned surfer, but most of the other voices he does very well. While he does "act" out the book, it's usually not over the top.

    Highly recommended series.

    0 of 2 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
    (4774)
    Performance
    (4459)
    Story
    (4454)

    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"
    "Short and sometimes clever"
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    The premise of this book is better than the actual product. It has some funny moments and I really enjoyed the first half. Then it just starts getting kind of silly. Considering that there are three "codas" at the end (I enjoyed the first, but the other two I eventually skipped over) there isn't much here for the money.

    Wil Wheaton was an obvious choice to narrate, but honestly he doesn't do a particularly great job at it. He tries but it would have been better to have a true voice actor do the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (368)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Not good"
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    A collection of short stories from Playboy magazine jammed together into a book, these stories are simply boring and trite. The narration by actor Robert Forster is hammy and overdone. Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Two brutal murders and millions of missing dollars in the growing UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal have led Castillo and his team to an estancia in Uruguay, where the man they seek is murdered right before their eyes. Who is responsible? Most likely, the people higher up in the dirty-money chain - those willing to risk anything to keep their secrets from being revealed.

    Thomas says: "Excellent, but must read in sequence"
    "Dear Mr Griffin, please find a decent editor"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the first two books of this series. They are long, but you really get to know the characters and I enjoy the detailed accounts of how the politics and operations work. But this third book will probably be my last in this series. At least 1/2 the book is spent bringing in new characters and then having the protagonist explain what's happened in the previous stories....over and over and over. There isn't much here, maybe a 1/3 of the book is "new" stuff. With decent editing the The Hostage and this book could have easily been combined into one good story.

    The only bright spot was Dick Hill's narration. I noticed a few comments that they didn't care for him. I thought he was brilliant... really brings the story (what story there is) to life and helps to keep the cast of characters understandable through different accents and voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (168)

    Bringing together all of the James Bond short stories in one volume for the first time, this is the ultimate celebration of suave and deadly secret agent 007. Whether he's making an unexpected discovery in the Bahamas, hunting down a Cuban hit man in wild country, smashing an international drug ring in Rome, or on the trail of a murderous assassin in Berlin's sniper alley, dangerous missions and beautiful women come with the job for James Bond. And this agent is always a consummate professional.

    Gregory says: "Top Notch"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    I've read and enjoyed a number of James Bond novels, but I could not get into this at all. I just don't find that the Bond stories work well within a short story format. I was bored throughout.

    The narrator does a decent job, but his American accent is laughable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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