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Glenn

Encino, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • Immortal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gene Doucette
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century, Adam confronts new dangers-someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide. Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink. An artful blending of a first-person confessional, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, and humor, Immortal introduces a world with vampires, demons and other “magical” creatures, yet a world without actual magic.

    Robert says: "Great"
    "An Entertaining Book"
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    I have to admit - I almost gave up on this one about 1/3 of the way through. But Im glad I stuck with it, because by the end I really liked it. The main character is an immortal who reminds me a lot of Duncan Mcleod of the Highlander TV series. The book has a nice plot and I really liked the characters. It's a little hard to follow at times because it jumps around in time so much, but it works. Jeff Steitzer does a really nice job with the audio.

    I recommend this book, and plan on purchasing the second book in the series when it becomes available on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (475)

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "One of the Classics"
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    I remembered reading this book when I was a teenager. I'm glad I went back and listened to the audiobook. It's an absolute classic. One of the great series of all time. If you like the Fantasy genre, it's a must-read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crash and Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (143)

    At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him-from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends. Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam.

    Hillary says: "[Narrator Fail] Comic Genius+Depression+Drugs=Mess"
    "Not a lot of laughs"
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    Artie's first book was pretty entertaining. His second book is just depressing and sad. He tells us that he was lying to us in the first book when he says he got his life together, but now he is telling the truth. But then at the end of the book he says he was lying earlier in the book.

    Artie did not narrate his own book , and that was part of the problem. If he had, I might have laughed more, or at least understand when he was being sarcastic vs when he was lying.

    The only value this book has it that it might help you understand the mind of any drug addict friends that you might have.

    I'm a fan of Howard Stern and was a fan of Artie Lange. Until I read this... not, not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon Bound: Demon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Marquitz
    • Narrated By Zachary Jernigan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon. As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he'd always had his uncle's influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world.

    Glenn says: "Has Potential"
    "Has Potential"
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    You have to get past the amateur narration on this one to enjoy the story. There's a tiny bit of low hiss in the background - apparently they didn't have access to a soundproof studio, and the narrator has some odd long pauses and minor stumbles. Maybe I'm just spoiled, being used to pros like Luke Daniels and Oliver Wyman. Once you get past that, it's a mildly entertaining story. The Protagonist is interesting... a little like Kadrey's Sandman Slim. Only problem is that the author doesnt really give us any reason to like the Protagonist. That should be rule #1 of every book - give the readers a reason to root for your guy. If there's a second book in this series, I might check it out... If someone didn't talk me into giving Harry Dresden 4 books worth I might never had discovered the best series ever. I'll say this: this has potential to be something great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead: From the Files of the BSI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    For 10 years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation's top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. The World At Large has no idea that The World Under exists. And its vampires, demons, zombies, and mythic monsters are growing increasingly restless. In all Kal's time with the Bureau, there has been no case he couldn't crack, no monster he couldn't kill. Then a plague of zombies comes to Denver, along with a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor.

    Qatarcutie says: "very, very enjoyable. a great listen"
    "Not a Good Book"
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    The summary of the book makes it seem like a lighthearted version of Monster Hunter International or the Joe Ledger Series. It's more like an amateur version. The characters are not particularly likeable. The antagonist is barely memorable. The story is OK but doesnt go in depth. Unlike the Joe Ledger series, the martial arts is not believable, and the science is not well researched. It's the kind of effort that would get a C+ in a college creative writing class.

    I wouldn't recommend this book.. The nicest thing I can say about it is that it's not the worst thing I have ever read. I made it all the way through and don't feel like asking for my money back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1815)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1602)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "This Series Just Gets Better and Better!"
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    Another great book in a great series! Joe Ledger is one of the most entertaining tough guys in all of today's fiction. The one thing that makes this book even better than the other great books in the series is the introduction of a new character: Ghost, the Dog. I recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1077)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Hassan says: "Didn't Expect This!!"
    "Not the Best Book in the Series"
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    I love this series! If you read the other books in this series, you will enjoy this nice episode with the lovable characters. But it's kind of a low impact episode. Not the usual level of action and drama... I enjoyed listening to it, but kinda wished for a little more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3956)
    Performance
    (3300)
    Story
    (3292)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Excellent Action Hero Fiction!"
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    As another reviewer pointed out, ignore the cheesy looking cover that implies this is a horror novel. This is an action novel, centering around a Bad*ss hero who must stop a terrorist biothreat to save the world. The author is a real life 8th degree Jujutsu Black Belt, so the fighting is crisp and realistic. The protagonist, Joe Ledger, is both tough and likable.. a little similar to Jack Reacher. The story is easy to follow, and the narrator is fantastic.

    If you like action noverls, I recommend this book!

    0 of 0 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
    (524)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (494)

    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!!!"
    "not a great book"
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    Other reviewers warned that the protagonist is chauvinistic, so I was picturing someone like Sandman Slim or even Jack Reacher, who are somewhat old fashioned about women/ Those guys are chauvinistic. The protagonist of this book is way beyond that: He fantasizes about raping women and in the middle of rescuing female hostages, informs them that he will be expecting oral sex from them afterwards. This is explained later in the book as "he needed to shock them". But... really??

    Also, this book reads like it's written by Glenn Beck. The word "liberal" is used throughout the book as if anyone who is not conservative is a horribly naive or stupid person. It is used the same way one would use the phrase "cocaine addict" or "murderer". Every chapter has some kind of insult directed at people who don't vote Republican and there is a lot of rhetoric in there about how Fox News is the only station that tells the truth.

    The story itself is just not that good. It starts strong, but there's not a lot of suspense or surprises (although I was suprised at how unlikable the protagonist was).

    Unless you are a male who is really into reading about males who hate women and want them to be raped, I don't think you are going to identify or empathize with the main character. I can't recommend this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1712)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1449)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "A new Badass!"
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    If you are a fan of heroes like Jack Reacher who do not go by the usual "good guy rules" you are gonna love Sandman Slim! Great story with some really enjoyable dialogue. Not sure why they used a guy who sounds like Corey Feldman as the reader, but you get used to it.. I recommend this book. Cant wait to read the next one in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1790)
    Story
    (1798)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "Elite level audiobook!"
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    The first book in this series was good... the second one was great! Very entertaining story and very well performed.

    A really fun superhero/zombie book... If you liked the show "Heroes" you will like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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