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Bruce

Dublin, OH, United States

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  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (624)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Not your parent's Dark Tower"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Written for a preteen. Narrated for a preteen. I could not get more than 3 hours into this.
    This prequel is a teriible downer for a Dark Tower listener eager for more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Jose Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (202)

    For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

    C. Leed says: "Fantastic World"
    "Fugetit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this as a teenager but had no recollection other than I remember enjoying it and several of the sequels. Just goes to show kids don't know much about literature.

    The concept is interesting but character development is poor. If you're a feminist- I am not- this read will repulse you. This book reminds me of Robert Heinlein's general pontification and interest in free love with women with no brains. Moreover, Mr. Farmer is likely a socialist considering his apparent opinions about human motivation.

    Interestingly, Hermann Goering plays a prominent role in this book. He is important in the book I'm listening to now, THE WINDS OF WAR, of course.

    I might have ventured another credit on the sequels but several reader's reviews disuaded me.

    There are thousands of books, including scifi and fantasy, beter worth your time.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (432)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Too slow/too fast"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story started out quite slowly, built up gradually and ended too quickly. Perhaps the lack of a detailed ending is an invitation to a sequel- I'd RSVP in the negative.

    The "science" aspect of the fiction is odd and inadequately explored. I never quite got the significance or origin of the coexistence of 2 cities occupying the same physical space.

    Mostly this is a murder mystery with the fantasy serving only an important piece of background.

    Overall an adequate listen and fairly short, so nothing lost.

    John Lee is my favorite narrator and did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3699)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2270)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Try Peter Hmilton's Dreaming Void series instead"
    Overall

    This is a collection of short stories which are interesting in isolation but put together seem pointless. The ending proves beyond any doubt this is actually one very long book broken up to maximize profits. The futuristic technology description is inconsistent and unbelievable.

    I am not a fan of the ensemble cast method of narrating books and this read reinforces my opinion. This would have been a much more enjoyable listen if it had been narrated by one competent professional. Allyson Johnson is simply awful. Her character is the most powerful of the lot but Ms. Johnson's rendition is so weak as to make the character into a misguided teenager.

    I've just started the sequel and will likely finish the series, but I do a lot of driving and my time in the car is free.

    If you value your time and money (I purchased this book with audible's 3 for 2 offer) buy Peter Hamilton's Dreaming Void series instead.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "good story, excellent narrator"
    Overall

    Not quite as enjoyable a story as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". The character development was not as in depth. The "mystery" was not as mysterious. Simon Vance performs well with the right amount of acting and excellent voice modulation to separate out the various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (747)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "less than captivating"
    Overall

    This read tended to the slow side. It ended too precipitously. It is not nearly as captivating as "The Count of Monte Christo". The narrative centered too much on the demonic antagonist rather than on the honorable protagonists. Nonetheless, it is still a worthwhile listen.

    The author's account of the historical characters of the times is fascinating. One of my next listens will be a historical review of French politics of the early 1800's.

    The use of the English language in the 1800's is wonderful. I wish we still talked as they did.

    Mr. Lee is, as always, a superlative narrator.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (922)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "fair"
    Overall

    Not spellbinder- reasonably entertaining. Narrator good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2082)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "The best by the best"
    Overall

    Most enjoyable read ever, at least partly due to Mr. Lee's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    John says: "Excellent"
    "for too long"
    Overall

    This book went on forever. 95% of the book described horrible things people will do to each other when induced to do so. The 5% of the time when the main protagonists were demonstrating reasonable human qualities was not enough to make this a worthwhile listen.

    This seems to be a Steven King characteristic and a reason I like him less well than other horror writers.

    The narrator was fair. He had a good voice and was easy to listen to but is "acting" left something to be desired.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (745)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "just as good as the others"
    Overall

    This is just as good as the other stories in the "Oliverr Stone" books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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