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A. F. Merriam

Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 305 titles in library
  • 65 purchased in 2014
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  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2: Burning Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    Bracing for a final clash with the evil warlord Morgarath, the Rangers rally the kingdom's allies, and Will is chosen, along with his friend Horace, as special envoy to nearby Celtica. But the simple mission soon takes an unsettling turn: the Celticans have disappeared, their town abandoned. The scheming hand of Morgarath, it seems, has been far from idle. He has found a way to bring his legions over the once impassible eastern mountains and is planning to ambush the king's army in a rout.

    Leslie says: "A good read"
    "Pick the other Narrator for this burining bridge"
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    The first Night Ranger Apprentice book had left me wanting to hear more about Will and I eagerly picked up the second book in the series. I was extremely disappointed. This narration was *unlistenable*. His accents were over the top. His timing was off. He emphasized the wrong part of the sentence. (Who emphasizes the words "he said").

    I had just about decided to read the book instead of listening when I determined that there was another audio edition of the exact same book. The other edition was much more enjoyable.

    In summary... this is a poor exposure to the world of the Night Ranger's Apprentice. There is another narration of this exact same book. Save your money and look for it.!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (591)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Inconsistent, Incorrect, and overdone"
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    It was somewhat interesting although I had to roll my eyes at some of the statements.
    (1) There is no question that "New Coke" was a really stupid idea. It is not true that they went back to the original formulation with Coca Cola Classic. They replaced cane sugar with corn syrup.
    (2) Any marketing failure is not a "worst idea" ever. All of the new soft drinks that didn't succeed Crystal Pepsi, Pepsi Blue, Coca-Cola BlāK might have been a hit. Which of us can predict the next software drink success? Note: Some of the soft drink products still exist in niche markets, they just don't work everywhere.
    (3) The Apple Newton was not a worst idea ever.
    (4) Drafting one basketball player over another isn't the worst choice ever unless you have the ability of hindsight.

    I could go on and on but why bother. It was worth the 99 cents I paid on the daily deal. If you have to pay more than ninety nine cents, forget it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Counterfeit Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    The first rule of a supernatural fight club? Don't kill your opponent. When the fighters come with lethal spells, werewolf strength, and half-demon powers, that can be a lot tougher than it sounds. It's hard to attract talent if they know they might not leave the ring alive. So when fighters at a California club start dying, it's bad for business. Witch detectives Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine take the case.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Too short . . . too many loose ends"
    "Follows a formula"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is the only Kelly Armstrong book I have listened to and it likely to be my last. The story was a shallow mystery with different kinds of people (witches, demons, etc) to fill out the pages.

    The most memorable (and not in a good way) thing about the book was how the primary character was always looking to have sex with her husband.

    This might be interesting for 14 year old girls, otherwise forget it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Space Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Godwin
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly, the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them. Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs!

    A. F. Merriam says: "Just the story"
    "Just the story"
    Overall
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    This was very enjoyable. The style of the book makes it seem as though you are sitting around a campfire listening to the story. Very little dialogue and individual character development. The story itself is the focus of the book.

    Unlike the books written today, there is no chance of a sequel :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival". But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business.

    Kimberly says: "Meh"
    "Clever word play does not make something funny"
    Overall
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    Very clever wording. Each line stands alone but they don't mesh together. Overall this is a formula book, nothing special.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lindsay Buroker
    • Narrated By Starla Huchton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: She can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed. Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down.

    Sandrine says: "Indiana Jane leaving a bloody trail"
    "The Heroine's Actions are unbelievable"
    Overall
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    I almost didn't finish listening to the book. There were the normal unbelievable plot devices. (Competent intelligent woman interests emperor on chance meeting). I can swallow those plot devices.

    The story lines that me cringe were the "I need help, meet me at the location tomorrow morning and you can trust there is a huge reward on my head" type of lines. You just don't tell anybody that kind of thing, much less multiple people. It is unbelievable that she wasn't turned in by a reward seeking opportunist. That and the lines extolling the attractiveness of the upper male body make me think that this was written for the gullible, early teen female audience.

    The pacing was excellent. The description of the world was good. The villains were believable. If you can get by the faults I mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is a good listen.

    I think Lindsay Buroker is only going to get better. I will probably try another book in the series because the book makes you smile.

    Lindsay's Amazon page say that she has been writing a long time but has only recently been finishing books. She has 18 books published, all in the last 2.5 years. She probably started this book when she was younger.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1148)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Bathroom Humor"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The Fool seems to have a great fondness for jokes about bodily functions. He doesn't seem to care whether it's snot, piss, farts, defication, or even ejaculation. If you are the person who thinks bodily functions are awfully funny, then this might be the book for you. It seems as though 50% of the book falls within the discussion of those subjects. I gave it an hour hoping it would have some redeeming feature but then I gave up and stopped listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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