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WILLIAM

CROWN POINT, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 123 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (283)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Daryl says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Pretty Rockin'"
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    I got this because I was looking for horror. Turns out it's really more interested in exploring what happens when you live for your art rather than living for actual life.

    Fans of metaphor and hyperbole will love this book. See, the way Jonathan Carroll rolls is to describe things using biting quips that echo what pops into our heads day-to-day -- for example, your lover doesn't "cling so tightly to you that you have to peel yourself away in the morning"; instead, she "scotch-tapes herself to you".

    As for the narrator, Ballerini does a great job with the male leads but it gets hard to tell the voices of the main female leads apart.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10993)
    Performance
    (10244)
    Story
    (10249)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "OH MY GOD READ THIS BOOK"
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    I don't even care if you buy it from Audible!!! Get a braille copy of the book, have a friend email you one word per day, just read it!!!

    When this book brought up the game [spoilers], the first game I ever, ever remember playing, I collapsed onto the hood of my car and wanted nothing more than to lay there for an hour, just being happy. The end of this book goddamn compelled me to walk out into the middle of a grassy lot and gaze up at the stars. The characters in this book helped me to beat back the social anxiety I've been locked behind for a decade.

    The premise of a vast, imaginative virtual world fused with a pop culture obsession are explored in a mountain of ways; right up until the very end I was impressed with how inventive Cline got figuring out different aspects of his own universe. The characters walking through this world are vibrant, struggling, flawed, and creepy and I want to know more and more about every one of them. Cline weaves his plot out of uncountable threads but neither fails to wrap up the ones that need closure nor provides needless answers to questions designed to make us wonder.

    I don't know if this book will inspire you. I know that it inspired and still inspires me - and that I want all of you to read it for yourselves.

    Sincerely,
    - goggleman64

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (504)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "A step above pulpy"
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    This is a simple story which is made victim of an unholy union with horrors from the inconceivable void, built up with either a genuine knowledge of advanced mathematics or a knack for smooth-flowing technobabble and then coated with all the dry jokes about government bureaucracy; all of them.

    I recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1071)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "A nice travelogue"
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    The scenery, so to speak, is the best part of this book. Pratchett's put a lot of interesting things in a world whose inherent mechanics are funny, but this is just a tour rather than an exploration of any part of the world in particular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5937)
    Performance
    (5531)
    Story
    (5530)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "After a while you get used to"
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    the fact that Mr. Wheaton does not do different voices for the characters (beyond very slightly pitching his voice on occasion). Really, you do - though it may not be imaginable at the beginning when (phonetically) "Dall" and "Duvall" are talking to each-other.

    The story, on the other hand -- dang those three codas were enjoyable. Just, dang.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4940)
    Performance
    (4437)
    Story
    (4463)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Wednesday's Voice"
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    was pretty fantastic.

    I'm not sure I agree with my friends who say that this is a fantastic, life-changing book. I do agree with Mr. Gaiman that it is a strange, meandering book and I add that it is very relaxing and endearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Classic Horror: Six Unabridged Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce, Robert Louis Stevensonn, Washington Irving, and others
    • Narrated By Geraint Wyn Davies
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Victorian-era writers featured in this collection are known for their power of invention and command of horror and the supernatural. Included are "A Watcher by the Dead" by Ambrose Bierce; "The Body Snatchers" by Robert Louis Stevenson; "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving; "Dickon the Devil" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu; "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe; and "The Open Watcher" by Saki.

    WILLIAM says: "Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
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    The stories didn't particularly *scare* me, but I believe the narrator gave the characters a quite natural feel and the writing was clever enough to keep me entertained.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    O Pioneers! is a classic moving tale of the frontier told in a powerful style and with a strong sense of character. When Alexandra Bergson’s father dies she is left with the responsibility of raising her younger brothers on their father’s unsuccessful farm. Alexandra is deeply involved with life as she meets the demands of laboring on the prairie farm, and wrestling with her conflicting emotions.

    WILLIAM says: "Setting over Plot"
    "Setting over Plot"
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    What did you love best about O Pioneers!?

    The sub-plot with the younger brother.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking to get a feel for what it meant to strike out on your own in the old west, definitely read this book. I came to it while doing research for writing a piece set in the west and it more than fulfilled my hopes.

    Ah yes, and it also tells a marvelous and bittersweet story about how minds fare when their owners are always working the land, or always sitting at home, or always upset, or perpetually rootless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (898)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Sailors Are Fantastic: The Book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Do you guys know? English sailors from way back when were the best of the best. They mourned and were constant and made very good tenants and broke barriers of class and appreciated the underappreciated.

    It's a decent listen for the side-characters (many of them sailors) and all the things that go on in Jane Austen's world, but the main romantic tension seems to go largely unexplored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wooden Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Brand
    • Narrated By J. P. O'Shaughnessy
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Jim Conover possessed the reputation of a man fast with a gun. But if he had to depend on that quickness today, he would be a dead man. The marvelous deftness of that right hand is gone, ruined in a dynamite explosion. And now he is a respected man working as a prospector.

    WILLIAM says: "Pretty Friggin' Great"
    "Pretty Friggin' Great"
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    Where does Wooden Guns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It still falls below The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Road, but I'd put it on the same level as O Pioneers in terms of enjoyment (if not meaning).


    What other book might you compare Wooden Guns to and why?

    Max Brand's short story


    Which character – as performed by J. P. O'Shaughnessy – was your favorite?

    The doctor. The accent O'Shaughnessy used seemed perfect for the character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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