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Jason

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  • 28 reviews
  • 85 ratings
  • 423 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • The Glass Bead Game

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

    Michael says: "Great – but be warned"
    "Like a History Book"
    Overall

    This book revels in the concept of being a history book about a man who never existed. Unfortunately, it has taken that concept too far for my enjoyment, as the dry, divorced narration (not the reader, but the narrator itself) and the endless examinations of socio-political issues without any context caused me to have flashbacks to a high school teacher, forced to teach a subject that they do not care about in the slightest.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (562)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "A weak entry into a strong series"
    Overall
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    This series has been extremely strong, yet I felt like the pacing in this book was off (it seems to climax at about the midpoint) and I really didn't like how it ended (there seemed to be amazing potential for character growth that was just shut down at the last minute in a deus ex machina). Holdbrook-Smith's performances have breathed wonderful life into these characters, but I didn't like how he chose to perform this one. Peter is in a bad place, emotionally, and so Holdbrook-Smith chooses to perform the book in a dour, withdrawn fashion. This is great, in that it reflects how Peter is feeling, but it makes for a difficult listen and really saps a lot of the fun out of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renegades

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shaun Hutson
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As a member of the Counter Terrorist Unit, Sean Doyle thought he'd seen it all. Every violent act, every depraved action man could perpetrate against man but he is to discover that there are much worse things in this world than even he has encountered. Tracking a group of renegade terrorists from London to the Republic of Ireland, Doyle and his partner must discover who is funding these men and why. What he discovers is beyond even his experience and threatens not just his life but his sanity too.

    Jason says: "If Michael Bay wrote X rated novels..."
    "If Michael Bay wrote X rated novels..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was one of the few books that I have just given up on. The action is so over the top and exaggerated as to be comedic, yet the descriptions of the sex and violence are so disturbingly graphic as to ruin any mote of comedy. The charterers are deplorable and, at least over the first hour or two, feel very two dimensional and predictable. The book feels like it was assembled from a grab bag of tropes. The reader was fine, but I wouldn't recommend this book based solely on his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (609)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Dark but Excellent Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This historical fantasy takes place during World War 2, with a mystical twist. Tregellis doesn't pull any punches, taking the book and many of its characters to dark places. The war is horrible and we find that even good people can do horrible things amidst so much suffering. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3336)
    Performance
    (3080)
    Story
    (3088)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "A weak entry in a strong series"
    Overall
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    I've really enjoyed the Monster Hunter series, but I felt that this was a weak entry in it. It pulls back the curtain for a certain character, showing their backstory in great detail. It's a fine backstory, but it's not nearly as fun as the mystery was. The plot is fine but not great, the main villain is certainly villainous but is not particularly interesting and his motivations aren't really understandable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (413)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Interesting idea, forced story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the idea presented in Amped. Were that idea explored in an essay or a piece of speculative fiction, I think that I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, it is presented as a novel and the story of that novel ends up feeling very forced. I feel like I Wilson was trying very hard to make a mystery where the reader could be pleasantly surprised as the story twists and turns, implying one villain and then another... but it just came across as muddled.

    The story works so hard to cast certain characters as villains (callously killing innocents, etc.) and then abruptly flips their role while only providing the thinnest veneer of reason. Along that same line, it is obvious that Wilson wanted to tell a story of a social dystopia, but his world fractures into this state through a completely (to me) unbelievable series of events. As I was listening to it, I kept asking myself, "Really? Who would do that? Why would anyone do that?" over and over again. The world did not feel logically consistent and so ended up very artificial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1748)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Fun Story that Really Comes to Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Aaronovitch has created a very fun and detailed world for his Peter Grant novels. Police procedural is melded smoothly with the supernatural, creating a London that is both wholly unique and yet feels like a natural part of the world.

    The narrative is written from Peter's perspective and is very well put together. The character's voice is very strong and consistent, adding color, flavor and humor to the scenes.

    Holdbrook-Smith gives a FANTASTIC performance. As the narrative is written is a strong and distinctly characterized voice, Holdbrook-Smith's performance brings that voice to life in remarkable ways. He is not simply reading the book to you, but is rather performing the book for you and is able to bring a whole additional level to the story through his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2058)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Interesting Ideas, Odd Pace"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story had a lot of interesting ideas but I never felt that it went anywhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3568)
    Performance
    (2831)
    Story
    (2843)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a really engaging story. It deals with some pretty awful situations, and though it doesn't hesitate to let you know what's going on, it also doesn't revel in the awfulness and pain. I think that the book handles those difficult situations with graceful storytelling and is to be commended. My only complaint is that the production has some weird pauses. There are some silent stretches that were sufficiently long that I started reaching for my stereo to ensure that it hadn't turned off or something before the next bit started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Beat: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Aron Christensen, Erica Lindquist
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The dead really aren't that different from the rest of us. Some work honest jobs and pay rent on their host bodies every month, right on time. But some of them refuse to play by the rules. Police Exorcist Arphallo Sirus and his murdered partner, Sam Trent, hunt down the ghosts that break the laws of the living and the dead. The Dead Beat is a short-story serial. This volume contains stories 10 through 21.

    Jason says: "More Depth to an already Fascinating World"
    "More Depth to an already Fascinating World"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Volume 2 adds more depth to the already fascinating world that Lindquist and Christensen have created with their Dead Beat stories. An overarcing plot comes to light, tying together events from most of the short stories into one grand scheme, while adding history and weight to the ghosts that inhabit this world. I can't wait for Volume 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When True Night Falls: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (315)

    Two men, absolute enemies, must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known. One is a warrior priest ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the cause of humanity's progress; the other, a sorcerer who has survived for countless centuries by a total submission to evil. In their joint quest, both will be irrevocably changed.

    Adnan says: "Dark epic saga continues"
    "Strong Continuation of the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is a strong continuation of the story created in the first book. I continue to like the characters and it flirts with being a really amazing book, but it didn't quite feel like it realized that potential. Still, it was very solid and enjoyable, adding depth to the world and telling an interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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