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Joe

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
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    (1374)
    Story
    (1383)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Audible, PLEASE get the rest of this series!!!"
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    This is a great start to what I hear is an amazing series. With all 10 of the books having been out for some time now, I was hoping to dive headlong into them. But, alaas, all I can get my hands on is Book 1. Please hurry and get the rest of the series uploaded to you site so I can buy them and give you a bunch of money :) Thank you.

    32 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • The Conquering Sword of Conan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    In a meteoric career that covered only a dozen years, Robert E. Howard defined the sword and sorcery genre. In doing so, he brought to life the archetypal adventurer known to millions around the world as Conan the barbarian. This collection features Howard at his finest and Conan at his most savage.

    Jesse says: "Just brilliant!"
    "Blatant Racism Makes It Hard to Read"
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    Would you try another book from Robert E. Howard and/or Todd McLaren?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As Howard's writing style improves, his racism, sexism and white supremacist ideals become a far more open and obvious theme is his Conan stories. The hypocrisy in this drives me crazy. Conan is a man who hates civilization and the existing power structure and also knows the difference between humanity and beasts. However, Howard's beliefs fly in the face of what Conan actually believes. The authors decent into depression and eventual suicide comes across in his hatful descriptions of black men and other non=white races. I had to struggle to get this this entire collection, though I love Conan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malice: The Faithful and the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Gwynne
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    In this epic fantasy debut (perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin), John Gwynne takes listeners to The Banished Lands - a broken world with a violent past. Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule - to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

    Brian L. Manley says: "Wonderful"
    "AFun Little Childrens Book"
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    Would you try another book from John Gwynne and/or John Keating?

    Personally, no. However, if I was 10 or 11 years old I would most certainly read another book by this author.


    What was most disappointing about John Gwynne’s story?

    The mantra of almost every author is "Show, not tell". I think this author didn't get the mimeo about that trick. The author continuously "tells" us about scenes from the past instead of describing those sevens and having them play out for the reader. The story would be much more engrossing if the author let the characters show the readers their lives rather than having the author bombard us with exposition. As my title suggest I think that the author's style would be fine for 4th or 5th graders, and maybe that's who the target audience is, though I sort of doubt it.


    What character would you cut from Malice?

    Most of the characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable. All of the badges are clearly and obviously bad while all of the protagonists are overly nice and simplistically good. Although, some of the characters are simply contradictions of themselves. For example, in the beginning of the book Corban, one of the main characters, is too "cowardly" to fight back against his bully yet insane enough to leap from one thin and narrow tree branch to another while many feet up in the air . And he doesn't even get hurt when he falls, plummeting through branch after branch, and crashes onto the forest floor.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a young reader, or know a young reader, of fantasy, then this book might be for you. If not, it's probably not.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Foxlee
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
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    A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

    HappyReader says: "Lovely story, perfectly read"
    "A Beautiful Take On The Genre"
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    Would you listen to Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy again? Why?

    Most certainly. If I ever have children I will defiantly read this to them/


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fresh take on the fairy tale genre and it was nice to have a strong female lead character. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1511)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Erich von Danken Meets Tom Clancy"
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    The story is fairly original, though the writing and genre are both fairly generic. The characters are bland, the writing style seems amateurish, and the relationships between the characters feel forced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It's the perfect vehicle for a summer block buster. It has everything that that type of movie needs: shooting, explosions, a love story, and religious undertones. In fact, it would make a better block buster than it does a book. As a novel it is derivative in it's writing style and seems more like a paint-by-numbers spy novel than original piece of work. Though as I stated above, the idea of the story is pretty original, it is just the characters, dialogue, and action that are sub-par.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't have anything better to read, you like Tom Clancy books, and are interested in Ancient Aliens, check this book out. It won't blow you away, but is an OK way to pass the time.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8339)
    Performance
    (7897)
    Story
    (7926)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "A Good Sequel"
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    I loved the Way of Kings. I thought it was one of the most original fantasy novels I had read in a long time and couldn't wait for this book to come out. I was not disappointed. While I didn't love Words and much as Way, I still really enjoyed it and will listen to it again.
    What I disliked most, and what I am getting very sick of in fantasy books, is the main character, Kaladin, being kind of a whinny baby for half of the book. It felt right for him to be bummed out in the first book, he was a slave, he was doing a job that was destined to hill him; I'd be bum me rout too. But in this book, he has very little reason to complain, yet he broods for a large portion of the book and it slows down the story. Other than that, I enjoyed everything else in the book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3031)
    Performance
    (1841)
    Story
    (1864)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "Great Story, Amazing Narration"
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    Would you listen to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress again? Why?

    I would. As I stated in my title, but narrator does an amazing joo. Of the hundreds upon hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to, this might be the best one yet.


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

    The unusual accent he gives the main character helps the listener to get the feel that the moon is an amalgamation of cultures, races, and people. Manny is truly brought to life by Lloyd, as well as the rest of characters. Each one has a slight;y different feel that grants them their own personality outside of the words tat they are speaking.. Lloyd Games does not over-act or force any of the voices, they seem to flow khi of him.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a great one, especially in today's political climate. Rebellion and revolution and an important and sometimes necessary aspect of life, but is so often forgotten. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress shows how can happen when people come together and stop letting themselves be controlled by tyrants. This theme combined with an incredibly good narrator makes this a must listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blade of Tyshalle: The Second of the Acts of Caine

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Matthew Stover
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    On Earth, Hari Michaelson was a superstar. But on Overworld, he was the assassin Caine. Real monarchs lived and died at his hands and entire governments were overthrown...all for the entertainment of millions back on Earth. But now Hari, stripped of his identity as Caine, must fight his greatest battle: against the powerful corporate masters of Earth and the faceless masses who are killing everything he loves.

    Daniel says: "Why the bad reviews?"
    "Repetitive, Tedious, and Way Too Long"
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    How many times do I need to read about the "never ending rape" of an 8 year old girl. How many times do I need to I need to hear about the way poop smells? How many times do I need to listen to how Caine wishes he was dead?

    I really enjoyed the first book ion this series. I thought it was original,exciting, and provocative. Which is way I am so disappointed with this book. his book drags on and on. It reputes itself over and over, beating you over the head with how bad things are. It just gets old after awhile. I stopped caring about any of the character after the 100th time I had to hear about how sorry they felt for themselves.

    0 of 1 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
    (647)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (589)

    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"
    "The Worst $9.99 I Ever Spent"
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    This is one of the stupidest books I've ever read. Some of the ideas aren't even bad ideas, and none of the are the "worst ideas ever". At some points the author even provides arguments for why the ideas wasn't a bad idea at all.

    DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House of Chains: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

    Armand says: "Write Brilliance Audio to get Ralph Lister back!"
    "New Narrator is a Bummer"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Steven Erikson before, how does this one compare?

    This fourth installment os more or less on par with the pervious three but it is getting kinda carried away. One of the main reasons I loved the first three books as much as I did was because while there were wildly powerful characters in the story, many more were normal people in the midst of extraordinary situations. In House of Chains most of the characters have near god-like powers and I think it is getting a touch extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    As has been noted in other reviews the new narrator leaves a lot to be desired. The new voices for old characters is pretty jarring, Quick-Ben, for example, sounds nothing like he did in the first three book and it is distracting. There are other voices as well that have been dramatically altered.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Doug Merlino
    • Narrated By Bruce Lorie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The experiment was dreamed up by two fathers, one white, one black. What would happen, they wondered, if they mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school and black kids from the inner city on a basketball team? The team's season unfolded like a perfectly scripted sports movie: The ragtag group of boys gelled together to win the league championship. The experiment was deemed a success. But was it?

    Joe says: "Thought-provoking andiInsightful"
    "Thought-provoking andiInsightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. In fact, I already have. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the race and class divide that exists in the Untied States.There are som hard topics here that are presented in a thoughtful and, sometimes, funny way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did. Actually. I had several. There were a couple of times where I laughed out loud. Doug Merlino does a wonderful job of portraying his friends on the page. It also made me cry. Therre are very few books that can do that, Bridge to Terabithia and the Dark Tower XI being two of them, and this one did. It is an emotional journey finding out what happened to some of those kids after the team fell apart.


    Any additional comments?

    As someone who lives in Seattle, where the events of this book take place, I was fascinated to learn of the city's history. Having lived here for over 10 years now I have seen Seattle' weirdly passive brand of racism first hand. The Hustle does a terrific job of exploring many of the causes and effects of discrimination in the Pacific Northwest.

    Originally, I was assigned this book as an extra credit project for a class I am taking, but as soon as I started listening to it I couldn't put it down. If you are at all interested in the class structure that dominates the USA check this book out. It is the best non-academic source I have ever read. It is funny, emotional, and eye-opwning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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