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Max

KANSAS CITY, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Shirley
    • Narrated By John Shirley, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In a future uncomfortably close to the present day, the apocalypse has surpassed all expectations. Hideous demons roam the streets in an orgy of terror, drawing pleasure from torturing humans as sadistically as possible. Ira, a young San Francisco artist, becomes involved with a strange group of scientists and philosophers desperately trying to end the bloody siege. But the most shocking revelation is yet to come.

    Laurie says: "Tedious and not what I expected"
    "The Other Reviews Are Sour Grapes"
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    Here's the thing. It should be obvious from the other reviews that the reviewers not only are not objective but apparently have an ax to grind. Specifically, many of them have objected to what they see as anti-capitalism in much the same way as a certain type of reader finds anti-capitalism themes in The Lorax and The Muppet Movie. If you're one of those people (i.e., a slightly derranged, barely literate, avid Fox News viewer), you too are going to despise this book. However, for the rest of us, the book has an extremly unique voice in a world overcrowded with cookie cutter books and movies.

    Is the book perfect? No. The reader was profoundly mundane, which I think marred the book a bit for me. But the story itself is not so much anti-capitalism as a cautionary tale about the quest for wealth and immortality without the consideration of the consequences. It is scary? Not at all. If you want scary that is the same only different, look to Dean Koontz. If you want a book that is lyrically visual, this is an allegory for our time, that is both at times funny and at times tragic, then this book is for you. I enjoyed it and believe that you will too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bitterroot

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Set in the rugged Bitterroot valley of Montana - home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life and xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia - Bitterroot features Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky country at the request of an old friend in trouble.

    Ray says: "Bitterroot"
    "Another Formulaic Burke Novel"
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    This performance is head and shoulders above Cimarron Rose with it's irritating and intrusive dobro interludes. No interludes here, but Burke started phoning it in about 10 years ago. His books have become as formulaic as Dean Koontz. There is always the creepy, sexually deviant psychopath, the rich family that is involved in some dirty dealings, the cardboard cut-out mob guys who are somehow involved, and the hero who gets sexually involved with every female character, normally to his detriment. That said, even the worst Burke is better than 90% of what is out there. Will Patton, as usual, does an astonishing job of bringing Burke's characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartwood

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In this story of haves vs. have-nots, past vs. present, justice vs. the justice system, Texas defense attorney Billy Bob Holland has his work cut out for him.

    Cecil says: "Not Burke's best, but a good listen."
    "Overproduced and Overabridged"
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    There is little left of substance after the abridgement. Insipid blues guitar pieces separate the set pieces, as well as overwrought, inconsistently used sound effect, give this an incredibly amateurish feel. This is particularly tragic given the excellence of Burke's writing and Patton's narration. The producer and editor should have been horsewhipped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie Railroad, Fisk was a flamboyant exemplar of a new financial era marked by volatile fortunes and unprecedented greed and corruption. But it was his scandalously open affair with a showgirl named Josie Mansfield that ultimately led to his demise.

    Max says: "Dull and lifeless"
    "Dull and lifeless"
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    It's hard to believe that an audiobook on such an interesting subject could be so dull and boring. Part of the problem is Brand's style. It's like listening to someone read a newspaper article to you, a very looooong article. It is just the facts and nothing but the facts. Now if you had a voice talent that could imbue life into even the most boring of subjects, say Will Patton, it would be different. But McGonagle's straightforward reading only makes matters worse. Save your credits and pick a different book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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