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Brian Perry

Former Games Journalist, and avid Fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

MESA, Arizona | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
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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
    (5538)
    Performance
    (5149)
    Story
    (5149)

    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"
    "Great next step after Ghost Story"
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    It's nice to see James Marsters return to Jim Butcher's Dresden files, after 12 books any other narrator doesn't just seem right. In this outing of the The Dresden Files, Dresden is finally having to deal with the aftermath of Changes, and manages to lay groundwork for future Dresden novels. It's a nice pace to start to ramp up after a slower Ghost story. I cant wait till the next installment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "Ready for Part 2"
    "Another great Scalzi book"
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    I'll admit from the start that I greatly enjoy most if not all of Scalzi's work, so it's probably no surprise that I'm here to sing praise for Lock In. I wont rehash the plot synopsis but I will say that I found all of the characters to be solid "people", all of the not so future tech to be believable, and the plot was solid the whole way through. Scalzi does fall into the occasional telegraphing trap if you're one of those people who "breaks down" a story as you read/listen to it, but nothing incredibly blatant.

    After the story there is a great added bonus an "Oral History" of the Lock In disease that was almost as fascinating as the actual story, If you liked World War Z, than this is extra fun just for you.

    while I have access to both versions through the audible promotional deal I listened to Wil Wheaton's narration first (I imagine one day I'll come back and give amber benson a shot) and his narration was great, he avoids the pitfalls of monotone narration without becoming a caricature.

    All in all I'm very satisfied with Lock In and hope Mr. Scalzi will return to the setting because I can see lots of potential there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11308)
    Performance
    (8182)
    Story
    (8187)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "A rough beginning down a long and eventful trail."
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    Storm Front is a book that excels at nothing, The story is mediocre, the narrator hasnt gotten his grove down, and the character is rough around the edges for all the wrong reasons.

    But, it's just a beginning. Literally Jim Butcher's first published book it shows, both in lack of polish and in potential because it's a bedrock that the much larger Dresden series is built on.

    StormFront is a necessary listen that isn't fantastic but gives you a starting point to measure the obvious growth that Butcher, Marsters, and even Dresden go through as the series progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1514)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Mitch says: "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    "An intriguing, but unsatisfying start."
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    Into the Storm, is a beginning of a story without an ending. Which , given the following 6 books already written at the time of this review is apparent. It feels as though this was a book that was written and forced to be broken up so you don't have the "decisive" victory to conclude the saga of the internal narrative inside the the broader Destroyer men story.

    Had I Listened to this when it was the only book in the series I would have been disappointed. but knowing there is (quite a bit) more to come I feel it makes a good foundation for an epic tale.


    To the Narration, William Dufris is an excellent narrator with a limited range of distinctive character voices (to my ear 3-4 male, 1-2 female). However his ability to keep his voice active makes him easy and enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 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
    (5656)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5270)

    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.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Short, Fun, but just a bit over the top."
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    A fun jaunt into the meta, but a bit of an over the top ending. The Codas however were some of the best parts of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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