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John V. Higgins, Jr.

John V Higgins, Jr.

Bradenton, FL United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Emperor's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (464)

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    Jackie says: "Fascinating Ride!"
    "I almost liked it"
    Overall

    This title has a few things going for it - reasonably good plot, and EXCELLENT villains. However, the protagonists, all two or three of them, are both boring and implausible. I soldiered on as long as I could, bolstered by long views of the bad guys' side, but I finally had to remind myself that I would only waste a few dollars by forgetting the story and turning to some other book.

    I generally like Scott Brick as a reader, but this wasn't the kind of script that was good for him, even if the script was any darn good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1887)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Let's Pretend I Never Bought This"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)? What did you like least?

    It is light - not too 'thoughty' if that is what you like. On the other hand, it is by and about an immature young woman of no great discernment. You need to have a sense of the larger issues of life to properly make the silly stuff funny. Or believable.

    And her vocabulary... really, not funny in this decade - just tiresome.


    Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - give up 3/4 through. I hate wasting that money!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4296)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3226)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "I Can't wait for more"
    Overall

    I'm a skeptic about long series - often a lot of so-so filler bulk them out. This may be true here, too. I'm only 2/3s through the first book after all, but the plot and characters are super, and things are charging along. I was reluctant to try out Bujold and King, such popular writers, but not seeming my style...but they just consistently delivered as if they couldn't help it. Joe A looks to be in that same form. We'll see. I look forward to trying him out. Oh - and the reader is outstanding.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

    A User says: "Horrible Narrator"
    "The Wizards First Rule Indeed!"
    Overall

    That rule is: People are Stupid. Apparently so are publishers. I certainly felt a few IQ points slip away as I listened to this.

    Unconvincing plot, terrible dialog, and a bad reader make this a train wreck. The only excuse I have for finishing it was a fascinated horror of the experience. Or maybe it was just the Wizards First Rule.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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