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Mark Clay Grove

Author of The Serapis Fraktur. Check out mgrove dot com!

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Richard Connell
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness. Here the amoral General Zaroff hunts. And what, you ask, is the most dangerous game? It is the manner and substance of his nightly killings.

    Erez says: "Not bad"
    "A most thrilling classic masterpiece!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Most Dangerous Game to be better than the print version?

    Hummm. No. Just as good.


    What other book might you compare The Most Dangerous Game to and why?

    This is vintage perfection written for the discerning mind. Publisher's Weekly probably would reject it as "old fashioned" because it doesn't begin with a chase scene, or something. You want new fashion? Go see Star Trek. You want perfection like Doyle, Wells, Kipling, or Verne, this is your ticket to satisfaction! It will knock your socks off and make your head spin like no other story.


    What about B. J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. None better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    ...in the tree.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every cent, every minute devoted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1726)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "I didn't like it."
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Perhaps. I liked reading "Old Man's War." But this book makes me reluctant to take the risk.


    Has METAtropolis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I don't like liberal ideas and Dystopian scenarios.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was good.


    Did METAtropolis inspire you to do anything?

    Cut my wrists.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1068)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "EPIC MAGNIFICENT WONDERFUL INTERESTING"
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    Where does The Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number One.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The correct history details.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton is always superb and I would run away with Kate in a heartbeat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It takes a gestation period.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "#1 Best of the Best War Books of All Time"
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    What did you love best about House to House?

    This novel is perfection in every respect, both the hard cover and the audiobook. A super-maximum 10-stars best of all Middle East wars books. THE best hand-to-hand combat scene EVER. It makes the scene in Saving Private Ryan look like girls scouts dry-humping each other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You're kidding, right? SSG Bellavia, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hand-to-hand scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The hand-to-hand scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Bellavia has tried unsuccessfully to run for a Congressional seat in New York State. WTF do they want, a Wiener? For Christ's Sakes!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cherry Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (412)

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    Geoff says: "Fantastic"
    "One of my favorite books in print done well."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, not only is this a terrific detective mystery novel, but it is an artistic masterpiece, probably Burke's finest work. It won the Edgar, it was that good. I've read it twice and listened to it three times.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, like a raptor ready to pounce!


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first. He is excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning when...just read it. You'll see.


    Any additional comments?

    This is situated in Louisiana and the characters are grass roots, down-home, grits, root beer, heat lightening over the salt flats humid with color and flavor. If you want to experience a cornucopia of sensations, read Burke. Or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3892)
    Performance
    (2869)
    Story
    (2872)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "A powerful story delivered flawlessly."
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    Where does Alas, Babylon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks above the top of the top in my view, and I not only read voraciously EVERYTHING, but I am also a writer. Pat Frank nailed this better than Nevil Shute's, On the Beach.. This is gut-wrenching story that I read as a boy in the 1960s when it was in paperback. Nowadays a signed first in hardcover can be well over a thousand dollars. I looked it up in Audible, and when I saw Will Patton was the actor, well, that clenched it for me. I had to get this audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist, Bragg. He was realistic and heroic.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His acting acumen. My god, his range is huge! He must have voices in his head, or something, to be able to do all of the different characters and still keep them sorted. I wish he'd do my book!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mordechai died.


    Any additional comments?

    I see that Mr. Patton also does voice overs for James Lee Burke. ... Now I know HOW I am going to go broke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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