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Cliff

I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

madison, MS, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Dating a Stripper is A Recipe for Perspective: An Essay from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Patton Oswalt
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    An essay from Things I've Learned From the Women Who've Dumped Me.

    Cliff says: "Freaking hilarious!"
    "Freaking hilarious!"
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    Where does Dating a Stripper is A Recipe for Perspective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It isn't really an audiobook, more like a comedy bit.


    What other book might you compare Dating a Stripper is A Recipe for Perspective to and why?

    None.


    Have you listened to any of Patton Oswalt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is an essay, but it pretty much is a stand-up bit. If you like Oswalt this is really funny.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed... A lot...


    Any additional comments?

    This is funny and if you are a hard core fan get it. The problem is that it is incredibly short (8 minutes). So, don't waste a credit. It is less than $2 to buy. If you don't like Patton Oswalt pass on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Song: Daniel Faust, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Schaefer
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Daniel Faust, Las Vegas sorcerer and career criminal, has never pulled the trigger on an innocent man. When the infernal Prince Sitri challenges him to do just that, though, he can't walk away. His lover, Caitlin, is Sitri's right hand... and if Daniel refuses the job, he'll never see her again. While Daniel works to unravel Sitri's twisted game, putting his principles and his life on the line, Caitlin has problems of her own.

    Cliff says: "Fun and keeps you guessing"
    "Fun and keeps you guessing"
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    This is the second book in this series. If you liked the first book you will like this one as well. I really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. I only have two minor complaints.

    First, more Caitlin would have been nice. I understand the reasoning but the author needs to have more developed supporting characters in his stories and she's about the only major character in the book other than the protagonist.

    Second, the series is most definitely low magic in nature. I don't mind that, but I would like to see the main character use his magic more. There were reasons for this as well, but it was the same in the first book so I am sensing a pattern here. It would be nice to see what the guy is really capable of doing. Also, while he is doing a great job of describing infernal issues and politics we really have no good explantaion as to how magic works in this world and what it can do. I am hoping he explores these issues in more detail in future books.

    Other than that this is a great series and lots of fun to read. This is very dark, adult story so leave the kiddies at home for this one. This is much closer to a Mike Hammer protagonist than a Harry Dresden and that is good. The main character is more real, flawed and interesting than alot of the more recent batch of heroes in current urban fantasy novels. I like a small number of pop culture references but some series are getting out of hand. Mr Schaefer avoids this and some of the more cutesy items you see in other series. Good for him as it helps the reader focus more on the characters and what is happening.

    The best part is this book has a lot of twists and turns to it. I read alot so often the plot of a book is clearly evident and you know where things are going to end up. It is nice to have a book that keeps you a bit more off balance. While this book does stand alone you will definitely benefit from checking out the previous book first if you haven't already done so. This one is worth a credit for certain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1813)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Good but read rho inception series first"
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    This is an excellent book but as the title says at least read the first book in the Rho Inception series first before starting this novel. The Jack Gregory character is an enigma in this story and if you read the first rho inception book you will understand a lot more about who he is and why he is so abnormally skilled. I reviewed those books (in short they are good albeit very light on sci-fi aspects) and you can look them up easily. Be warned the Rho inception books are alot more adult oriented than this series. The items he glossess over in this one get full detail in that series.

    This is a nice YA science fiction series. The great thing is it has enough adult elements that adults can enjoy it just as much. In fact calling it a YA book is not quite fair. It is more like an adult book with teen characters that writes very adult situations with just a deft enough hand to make it easily accessible to young adults as well. This book has some pretty dark stuff in it like rape and torture. It is inferred but usually not spelled out in enough detail to warrant warning mature young adults away.

    All in all a good book. If you read at least the first book of the previous series prior to this one a lot of the mystery of Jack will be solved for you. This book stands alone just fine if you choose not to do so. Let's just say there are some really good reasons why he is so good. This one is definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lifeblood: The Vampire Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    Jack Fleming was an investigative journalist in Prohibition-era Chicago until he got shot by an unknown assassin, bitten by his vampire girlfriend, and then became one of the undead. Now, this nice-guy nosferatu has a bunch of crazy vampire hunters on his trail, armed with crosses, silver bullets, and sharp wooden stakes. He doesn't know how they found out about him or why they are "out for his blood," but it's not a problem for this street-wise gumshoe, until someone starts shooting.

    Cliff says: "Not as good as the first, but still pretty good"
    "Not as good as the first, but still pretty good"
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    The title says it all. The novel is good and entertaining but just lacks a bit of the grittiness of the first novel. We do get to learn more about the main character and some of the past of the woman who made him a vampire. This one is a lot less dark and a lot more predictable than the previous book, hence the lower rating .

    You could read this one as a stand alone but it will be more enjoyable if read following the first novel. Once again, the main character is pretty much the only supernatural element of the story. That's not a bad thing, just how it is. The main character does come off a bit more sappy and weak than in the first one but still makes a good main character. I hope the author toughens him up a bit in later stories.

    Alll in all, it is still a very good book and definitely worth a listen. Just be aware there are about 12 novels in this series so if you get hooked you may be buying a lot of books. ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.

    Joseph says: "A unique perspective on vampire novels."
    "Kind of Like the Shadow.."
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    This is a good read. It is a fast paced action filled series. It is a bit thin on explanations of the vampire world, but hey, it works.

    This is basically the novel equivalent of an old radio serial (much like the shadow). The only supernatural element in this book is the fact that the main character is a vamire. Everyone and everything else is plain old vanilla human. Really, you could just have easily removed the vampire element and this would be a very good pulp-style mystery.

    Much like in a pulp novel the charchters are a bit on thin thin side, mainly just sterotypes. The thing that makes the books work is the author does a great job of presenting the emotional elements in this book. There is a lot of violence, but none of it is glamorized and is shown in all its brutality. The main character is powerful, but balanced by inexperience and naiveté.

    There is a romance element to the novel, but it does not dominate the story. This is a vampire book with a romance involved not a romance novel that happens to contain vampires. That is a major distinction in my book. While a bit stereotypical in places this is a fun read and well worth a listen. It kind of makes me wish someone would write a full-length Shadow novel though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half a Prayer: The Tome of Bill, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The end of the world is rapidly approaching, but Bill Ryder - gamer, geek, and legendary vampire - finds himself with more pressing concerns to worry about: the women in his life. Sidelined from action, he's forced to reevaluate his feelings. Sadly for him, it's a luxury he can ill afford.

    Cliff says: "Another fun outing for Bill and friends"
    "Another fun outing for Bill and friends"
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    If you liked the previous books you will like this one too. In fact, I will say this book was much better than the previous one. This story advances the meta-plot without making it feel incomplete like the last novel did. There are still a lot of loose ends to be dealt with at the end of this one, but you don't feel like you are left hanging.

    The characters haven't changed much, and unlike some of the complainers I prefer it that way. The characters have matured a bit but have not lost the charm that made them interesting in the first place. When a lot of people say grow they really mean dark, emo or angry. Bill is maturing but keeps the bright outlook that makes this series work. Change that element and the story won't work as far as I am concerned.

    The book is much longer than previous ones and that's a good thing. Despite the change in length the story keeps the same fast pace of the smaller books in the series. This one is definitely worth a listen and I look forward to more books from the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prison of Hope: Hellequin Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    Long ago, Olympian gods imprisoned the demon Pandora in a human - Hope - creating a creature whose only purpose was chaos and death. Remorseful, the gods locked Pandora away in Tartarus, ruled by Hades.

    Cliff says: "Action packed urban fantasy"
    "Action packed urban fantasy"
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    This is another good book in the Hellequin series. This book is pretty similar to the others. lots of action and a current story told simultaneously with a historical backstory ala Highlander.

    The author does a great job of providing more definition to the protagonist by the flashbacks in the story. The character definitely changes and grows throughout the series and this book is no different. I thought the main character was becoming a little too nice compared to earlier books, but he goes back to form once pushed far enough. That edge is what differentiates this character from other urban fantasy leads. I hope the author doesn't forget that.

    This book can get a bit graphic with language and violent. It could be listened to by young adults but straddles the border of what would be appropriate. This one is actually more kid friendly than previous books. You could read this as a stand alone but would enjoy it more if you have read the previous books in the series.

    If you like the series so far you will enjoy this one as well. I had this on pre-order as soon as I saw it and definitely do not regret the purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: A Novel of the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (549)

    When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

    Sylvia C. says: "James Marsters IS THE BEST!"
    "Glad to have this one with Marsters"
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    Lets be honest, this isn't the best book in the series. It was better than Changes in my opionion, though. Still, average from Jim Butcher is better than the best of most urban fantasy authors.So, if you are a fan of the series you will enjoy this one too. I will not go into detail about the writing and story as I did that already for the previous book (which you can look up if you want).

    The only thing missing from the previous version was Mr. Marsters as narrarator. John Glover took some hard hits on his narraration. I think he did a great job, we are just used to someone else. I think it was very classy of audible to give this one as a freebie to those that bought the previous version of this book. If you haven't bought this book previously this is the version you definitely want as changing the narrarator mid-series sucks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Not High

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jim Breuer
    • Narrated By Jim Breuer
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    With his goofy smile, sleepy eyes, and stoner's laugh, Jim Breuer might not appear to be the most introspective comedian out there. The fact that Jim Breuer made his mark playing Goat Boy on Saturday Night Live and a recalcitrant toker in the stoner classic Half Baked doesn't help his reputation at all. But in I'm Not High, we meet a whole new Jim Breuer.

    Jan says: "Do not buy a paperback version of this book."
    "A good and honest look at the life of Jim Breuer"
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    First, lets be clear this is an actual book and not just a recording of a series of stand up routines. Although, to be fair, a lot of the material in this book was in his last special. He is very open an honest about his life and beliefs and did not attempt to glamorize himsellf. He covered it warts and all.

    His delivery was great. I don't think I would have liked this one in print or if another person had read it. It really only works because Jim's delivery. This gives a fun and honest view of major events in his life. If you are just wanting a comedy routine this isn't what you are looking for but if you want a real look at the guys life this is a good pick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hilarious as always"
    "Good for Blackadder fans"
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    Keep in mind this is strictly the audio portion of the tv show. The performances are good and the lack of visuals really didn't reduce the fun of the series by much. I gave it a lower rating for performance because the quality of the audio was not that good and made it difficult to hear in places. Although, if you love blackadder this is one you will want.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (896)

    Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "Adventurers with Daddy Issues"
    "An average Star Wars novel"
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    I am a huge Iron Druid fan and when I heard Kevin Hearne was writing a Star Wars novel I got excited. Unfortunately, this is a rather average Star Wars novel and with the exception of a really touching end it has nothing to set it apart from the other 999 Star Wars books out there.

    I don't think you can entirely blame the author. This novel is considered Star Wars cannon so I am sure the Disney folks were very strict with what he was and was not allowed to do with the characters. His main strengths are in writing strong emotion (which jedi's avoid) and humor (which most Star Wars novels do not contain). So you took the two biggest gus out of his arenal right off the bat. he does give Luke a very touching emotional moment at the end, but it was too little too late.

    In fact, this novel has no main antagonist. that's right.. No bad guy.. Who thought this one up? it is just a series of smaller adventures tied together by a main theme. Sort of like a series of short stories. if you like Star Wars this is enjoyable and gives insight into the process of Luke learning about the force and what he did betweet movies 3 & 4 , just don't expect anything exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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