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J. Parkes

Winter Springs, Florida | Member Since 2004

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  • 14 reviews
  • 300 ratings
  • 1215 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (4087)
    Performance
    (2287)
    Story
    (2319)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "Yeah, right, you'll buy it anyway, just like me!"
    Overall

    Sure, read the first TEN books and skip number eleven cause some reviewer didn't like it? RIGHT!! the book was a good one, and I have the same complaint as the other ten from RJ, too heavy with Aes Sedia plotting, too light on the boys, and a total setup for number twelve. Ain't it grand!!
    We RJ fans will always happily spend our money on books in this series and complain later, at the same time trying to get our friends hooked on the wheel of time series and extolling it's virtue to the world.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (488)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "Half of the book is great, the other half sick."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is good, except for the psychosexual devience.
    BDSM, rape, is ugly...it's disgusting to listen to, but worse is that there are people who like it. It's an expression of a twisted and sick mind.
    There are some people who do good work in this world but have a sickness in them that comes out as psychosexual behaviour...
    Soldiers are exposed to the ugliness in the world more so than most, i can understand some of that leaking out into their personal lives. I'm sorry for them. They don't need to suffer it without some help, they need more help than we give them.
    Outside of my disgust, i found the action/adventure part of the story to be quite good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boston Jacky: Bloody Jack, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    Jacky Faber makes waves, even when docked in her adopted city of Boston to attend to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps too much exuberance for the Puritan populace, she quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a town roiling over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers, brought in on Jacky's Lorelei Lee.

    Aser Tolentino says: "How Much Farther Jacky?"
    "As usual an amazing story superbly performed..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For a book so very well written and superbly narrated how do i describe my disappointment...even anger...with the direction the author took with this book?

    There have been ten books prior to this one and my chief complaint was the whining of Jacky over her always missing love interest...ten books so well written, so cleverly paralleling world history, taking us on fantastic journeys through harrowing and exciting times with the ever so lucky and opportunist character of Jacky.
    I won't ruin what is otherwise another great story by telling you of what happens in book eleven...i will simply say i nearly didn't even bother to review it, but then i realized that even if it got some bad reviews i would have purchased and read it anyway. So i shall share my frustration while admitting it was still written with the same skill as its predecessors.
    Don't look for a pleasing or even satisfying end to book eleven. Rumor has it this book will finish the Jacky series as it has been and perhaps an end to jacky's tale as told through her as the primary character. Now i don't really know what this means for the series, nor do i make any accuracy claims for that statement...hearsay is all that it is at this point. Look for the authors blog or web page for confirmation.
    One last point...even had i known of my pending disappointment i would have read this book...the first ten in the series had earned my loyalty. I don't regret the purchase even now, but i am angry about how things were left.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1284)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Excellent book, worth a read with one exception..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reason i gave the story 3 stars...there is an academy for children in the book, the treatment of the children is evil and made me want to vomit, i was beyond disturbed to red hot anger.
    On balance the book is good, other than the obvious i enjoyed it. Perhaps i'm a little over sensitive where child abuse is concerned and if you are like me in that prepare yourself or skip the book.
    The book was great and didn't need the added drama of abuse to entertain or add to the drama. It was simply gratuitous, in my opinion.

    23 of 32 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
    (5148)
    Performance
    (4680)
    Story
    (4732)

    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."
    "Jordan's epic will never end, it will branch out.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I feel unsatisfied by this series ending...not that this was a bad end, but because any end would be bad...there is something too epic in Jordan's creation for this to end, it has felt like perhaps it should have branched into a series of linked, but independent novels to explore and tell the stories of a few of the many characters Jordan created...the work is just that rich with potential.

    Many times during this series we leave favorite characters behind to follow another leaving untold much that would be of great interest in this epic world. I would see those tales told, by new authors of course, but in the rich tradition Jordan spoiled us all on.

    This tale has been a part of three decades of my life...and though i'm not a part of the 'fandom nation' he garnered online, nor am i so well versed in the detail of each book as some, i suspect there is a great market for a few branches in the storyline and more material than even a handful of authors could handle.

    Over these past decades i often wondered what would happen should, god forbid, Jordan should pass, and leave the tales untold...or would i go before he published them...neither were welcome possibilities, but i have read them all, and yet, i still feel there should have been more...Thom Merillon pondered in this book when to end the telling of a tale, and his answer was to leave town while you were still a novelty among the people...not in those words of course, but close enough. I feel like we were left wanting more, that much goes untold, and of course that makes for a great storybook ending...but Robert Jordan is lost to us now...there will be no 'next big thing' from him...I don't feel ready to move on, to not look forward to what's next in 'The Eye of the World' epic three decade long series...

    My compliments to Brandon Sanderson for filling impossible to fill shoes...no one could be Robert Jordan but the man himself...it was brave to take this on.

    There will always be those who claim the book was disappointing...those same people have said that about volumes when Jordan lived, and wrote them himself...don't allow anyones comments keep you from bearing witness to The Last Battle....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tarizon: The Liberator: Tarizon Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchee
    • Narrated By William Timnick
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When a high school student discovers his father is working with the CIA on a top secret project involving aliens from the planet Tarizon, the project is compromised and Peter Turner must accept exile or be killed. When he arrives on Tarizon, much to his shock and dismay, he discovers his arrival has been highly anticipated as there is a prophecy that an Earthchild will come to Tarizon to lead a revolt against a tryrant who has enslaved many of the planet's lifeforms.

    J. Parkes says: "great world but.."
    "great world but.."
    Overall

    I have mixed feelings about this book. The characters seem to have come from 1950's era novel and not in a good way. The world and it's varied life forms are fantastic and well conceived, So the book is worth reading if you like a well thought out world. The potential for that world is terrific for future books, but if the main characters aren't improved there may not be another book.
    This is a book one might listen to while waiting for something better to come along, and really that category makes up two thirds of the books i read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (876)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Great book, great series."
    Overall

    Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
    I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
    Buy this series, you'll love them!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Bloody Jack #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (262)

    In My Bonny Light Horseman, the infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she's secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets--all to save her dear friends.

    Celia says: "Stunning & Engaging"
    "Great Adventure!"
    Overall

    I loved this series! Very entertaining and very cleverly written. I would say it was PG-13 though for some sexual tension and frank, but not explicit, language.
    I recommend this series for fans of every genre', and age save those under 13. I also think you must start from book one titled "Bloody Jack", also a great read!
    The Narration is fantastic, save for the occasional folk song. The singing is very good, and appropriate for the story line, but after 7 books in the series a bit old.
    The book is worth twice what they charge and I would gladly pay it for any single book in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Contact: Escape to 55 Cancri

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth E. Ingle
    • Narrated By Gene Eugene
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    When a lab experiment results in a group of scientists gaining extremely long life, they realize that if they stay on Earth, they'll soon become lab specimens. To escape this, they decide to travel to the stars. Unfortunately, the stars are already occupied.

    J. Parkes says: "interesting concept"
    "interesting concept"
    Overall

    Definitely more intellectual than exciting. I don't mind intellectual writing,but prefer it in equal measures of excitement and either comedy or wit.
    I was led on by the hope that it got better, only to find disappointment in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Left Hand of God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Paul Hoffman
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    The Left Hand of God is the story of 16-year-old Thomas Cale, who has grown up imprisoned at the Sanctuary of the Redeemers, a fortress run by a secretive sect of warrior monks in a distant, dystopian past. He is one of thousands of boys who train all day in hand-to-hand combat, in preparation for a holy war that only the High Priests know is now imminent.

    cresdeen says: "Good Book 1..."
    "Very good, not perfect, but none are."
    Overall

    Very captivating, unique story, with both likable, and hatable characters. Overall a good book, though I would liked to have seen more fighting, and the action there was seemed a little less than exciting, but a book I'm glad to have listened to, and recommend it to fans of fantasy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prison Ship

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Bowers
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Framed for attempted murder against his superior, Commander-now convict-Jacob Steiner receives one last chance at redemption. As the captain of a Penitentiary Assault Vessel, he'll lead a desperate crew of thieves and murderers behind enemy lines in exchange for their freedom.

    J. Parkes says: "Plenty of room for both sequels and prequels."
    "Plenty of room for both sequels and prequels."
    Overall

    I am a sci fi war book junkie. This book seemed perfect for me after reading the intro. The plot is a good one, but it lacks the polish often found in the first in a series. I expect improvement in the next book which often happens.
    There is a lot of room for expansion on this books plot line. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment. As I stated there is also a lot of room for prequels as well, we seem to step into a world that could use a little more background.
    At the time of this review I do not know if there are paper versions of this series, but I'm an audiobook enthusiast, and prefer to find them here on Audible. Unfortunately Audible has issues with releasing all books in a series, to my eternal frustration.
    All that said, this book is credit worthy, enjoy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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