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ComicGurlGeek

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Roswell, GA, United States

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REVIEWS
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  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (325)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "One of the best example of humorous fiction EVER"
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    It's Douglas Adams. If you are any reader who enjoys humorous fiction, and Brit-humor specifically, that should be all you really need to know. The author of Hitchhiker's Guide and coauthor of Good Omens does not disappoint in this story of Norse gods in modern London.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If Not for the Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By David DeBoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

    Maika says: "Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!"
    "Interesting"
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    Really interesting premise, and enough action to pull through to the end. But ultimately the characters and the contrived way their stories intersected to prove a point failed to impress me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1324)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Best of the series, bad editing was distracting"
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    I really like the Ex's series for pure thoughtless entertainment value -- superheroes AND zombies, it's a geek dream! -- and the third book proved to be my favorite so far.

    However, the audiobook was obviously a rush job as the editing was no where near as good as the previous two. Numorous time during the listen, the wrong character would speak, and at least twice lines were duplicated. The flaws distracted from a cool story enough to be a little irritating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Little Vein: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments), created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fall back for their great experiment.

    A User says: "Ignore the prude"
    "It was okay"
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    That's really the best I can give it.

    The story was interesting, and I saw where the author was trying to go with it; an ironic "present dystopia" taking elements of our everyday life that we take for granted to their inevitable extreme. But ultimately the characters were one-dimensional and all equally unlikable, the sarcasm was too heavy-handed to be funny, and the whole project just fell flat.

    I felt like the author was trying to emulate Christopher Buckley, but this novel was to "Thank You for Smoking" as a Big Mac is to a well-grilled steak.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1469)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Surprisingly spiritual"
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    This book is first and foremost a coming-of-age tale.

    The narrator meets Jesus (Joshua) when they are both children. From the beginning, the young Joshua knows who he is, but not exactly how to go about fulfilling his difficult destiny. Josh must travel to the ends of the land in order to learn what he needs to do, and Biff needs to go with him because Josh would get himself killed if he went alone. Together they have adventures as fantastic as those in the Bible, but not nearly as bloody.

    Biff's tale is about a wonderful man striving to live up to his divine origins by embracing humanity. To a hardened apostate like myself, this portrayal as Jesus as a good man who would not only associate with sinners, but consider them his best friends, warmed my heart. If the church I was dragged to as a child had preached about this loving man, instead of his jealous, violent, judgemental and distant father, I might still have faith.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (427)

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Unscientific"
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    I absolutely can not stand the idea that people are reading this book and going away thinking that they have learned something.

    The conclusions that Dr. Hare have reached are based on an extremely limited sample, using an incomplete analysis and without a contemporary understanding of neuroscience. I had to stop listening when he referred to the lateralization of brain hemispheres (right brain does this, left brain does that) as a fact, when it has been debunked as a myth since the early 90s.

    I do have respect for Dr. Hare in that he was, at one point, a pioneer in the study of clinical psychopathy, in that he actually went out and tried to study people who were obviously afflicted. But his theories need to evolve with current research if he is to be taken seriously. What outside research he did call upon in the book was limited and obviously cherry-picked to support his own outdated theories. That is no behavior for a man calling himself a scientist.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1395)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Very cute"
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    This was a fun little story. Mostly the focus is on the mundane - the pressures facing female professional chefs in a male-dominated industry, the woes of a man going through a messy divorce with a harpy. There just happens to be vampires. Vampires to cook for, no less!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12125)
    Performance
    (11013)
    Story
    (11039)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Very enjoyable, not expected at all!"
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    I was not expecting the story to go in the direction that it did, and I was pleasantly surprised when it did. I won't ruin anything for you, but I'll put it this way; I was feeling kind of down, so I sought out a horror novel to listen to and found this one. When it turned out that this wasn't the usual scary story, I was too intriqued to stop listening...and ultimately the story pulled me out of my mood entirely!

    The narration was great, too. The actor was able to differentiate between the characters nicely without resorting to bad accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10686)
    Performance
    (9549)
    Story
    (9525)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Less than outstanding"
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    The story was merely okay, the characters two-dimensional and the protaganist was portrayed as so powerful that he was obviously never in any real danger. I found myself tuning out for several minutes, but never felt like I was missing anything.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David J. Linden
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure-and how pleasures can become addictions. Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In The Compass of Pleasure Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain.

    Jenn says: "Great technical, mediocre presentation"
    "Informative, great listen for a lay audience"
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    I think this book, or Linden's other book "The Accidental Mind" are great introductions to recents developments in neuroscienctific research.
    A friend of mine who is finishing his PhD in the subject was surprised that I grasped the more salient topics of current research into oxytocin, which I learned partially thanks to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3157)
    Performance
    (2839)
    Story
    (2851)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Just fun"
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    Zombies, super heroes, zombie super heroes. What's not to like? This book won't change your life or the way you look at the world, but it's a fun listen for someone who enjoys the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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