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John

Davis, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "He is a serial killer"
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    Performance
    Story

    The dichotomy of the viewpoint character and the villain was astounding. The author successfully made the main character much more creepy than the villain. I can't say that I've ever read anything quite like this. I would recommend this to a friend if that friend was able to endure a creepy viewpoint character. This was a very good book. The only problem which I had was that the narrator was very much a monotone.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1598)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Snuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a decent book. I, as a reader, have read many Pratchett books. This is not an amazing Pratchett book, but it had its points. If I were to suggest that a friend start reading Pratchett, I would tell him or her to start with the Tiffany Aching series rather than this. As a Pratchett book this was good, just not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bards of Bone Plain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Scholar Phelan Cle is researching Bone Plain - which has been studied for the last 500 years, though no one has been able to locate it as a real place. Archaeologist Jonah Cle, Phelan's father, is also hunting through time, piecing history together from forgotten trinkets. When they unearth a disk marked with ancient runes, Beatrice pursues the secrets of a lost language that she suddenly notices all around her, hidden in plain sight.

    Katherine says: "The power of music, language, and love"
    "The Bards of Bone Plain"
    Overall

    Very good. I've read multiple of the authors books, and I would rate this as slightly worse than the Riddle-Master Trilogy and slightly better than Ombria in Shadow, which I had previously considered to be her two best stories. Excellent narrator. Is set in a Victorian setting, has themes of archaeology, music, magic letters, and harping. Also has steam powered cars. I'd recommend this to a friend.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Od Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od.

    Carol says: "Magic and mystery"
    "Od Magic"
    Overall

    Like other commenters have written, this is not her best book. Here are the good aspects of this book:
    -Unique writing style
    -Unique plot(kept me guessing)
    -Unexpected(which was good), but abrupt, ending
    -Interwoven story lines were very well done, not forced like other book's I've read recently
    -Fairy tale fantasy, not D&D/Tolkien based fantasy
    -Lighter subject matter (no one dies, battles), but like all of this author's work, this is pulled off exceedingly well. Makes for easy reading while still feeling the tension.
    -Cool and different magic and just enough history to feel like a complete world.
    -Many fully realized characters: everyone mentioned had a full story behind them.

    Bad parts include:
    -Narrator when she tries to be a male character, she sometimes changed her voice too much. She was a good narrator overall.
    -Abrupt ending, no truly fullfilling 'moral of the story is' moment as you would expect from a Fairy tale
    -Valoren being a idiot(Really?! Your that blind to everyone around you?! Really?!!). Same goes for the king. They were never really fleshed out as characters. We never really learned their motives for being so ruthless.
    -No real battles or deaths. Lots of threatening of them by one party or another, but we never get the chance to believe them. A threat without a weapon is not a threat

    This gets 4/5 because, despite its flaws, it's still awesome to listen too. Go in expecting lighter fare, non-Tolkien based stuff. As a one shot, non-series, story it's great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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