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Charles Davis

Cibolo, TX | Member Since 2011

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  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (444)

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "An Entertaining Concept"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The idea was creative and engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stiles, the underdog who succesfully overcomes adversity.


    Any additional comments?

    Piers goes a little wobbly toward the end of the series, but this first book was thoroughly entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pride of Chanur: Chanur, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

    Ellen says: "A whirl of worlds."
    "Too Alien to Follow Comfortably"
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    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Dina Pearlman?

    Maybe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The alien names and grammar combined to make the story a bit difficult to follow, at times.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her pronunciation/interpretation of the alien names did NOT flow off the tongue well.


    Do you think The Pride of Chanur needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was written that way.


    Any additional comments?

    The story would have been more enjoyable if the spaceship could do more battle damage.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3874)
    Performance
    (3270)
    Story
    (3253)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "A Bit of the Old Grisham"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Maybe in 10 years or so. Less liberal flavor than most of his recent offerings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist, though he's not a saint.


    What three words best describe J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    Monotone and low.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The sequence of character revelation was non-optimal.

    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
    (3658)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2234)

    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"
    "Dark but Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The overall tone was a little too despairing.


    Would you recommend Hyperion to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not unless they really liked this flavor of novel.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They did what they could


    Do you think Hyperion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes--the end is a bit of a cliffhanger.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3967)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2678)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Not Bad for a Bet Book"
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    What did you love best about Furies of Calderon?

    The plot lines were woven to provide interesting variety.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the female protagonist.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Kate brings good emotion into the book.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1786)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Engaging Historical Account"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It gives an unvarnished synopsis of JFK's presidency & assassination.


    What other book might you compare Killing Kennedy to and why?

    Killing Lincoln was a similar historical recap.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He keeps it pithy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An Inside Look at Camelot


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10547)
    Performance
    (9575)
    Story
    (9595)

    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!!"
    "Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Modern, imaginative, and engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the protagonist--an everyman


    Which scene was your favorite?

    discovering the secret of the building's power source


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't go that far


    Any additional comments?

    The author wrapped it up well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (480)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"
    "HELP! NO PROTAGONIST!"
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    What would have made Red Mars better?

    Someone to identify with and pull for. A cohesive plot rather than a mix of relatively boring diary type encounters might help as well.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Stanley Robinson again?

    NO!


    Did Richard Ferrone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He tried.


    What character would you cut from Red Mars?

    Who cares? Not me. That's the problem with the book. Just a bunch of minimally appealing or interesting characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Red Mars is proof that getting an award doesn't signify that the book is a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9530)
    Performance
    (7052)
    Story
    (7100)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "A Long Dreary Slog"
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    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Yes-but only because I'm talking about A Memory of Light.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was the one redeeming part of the book.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    They're pretty good, but you can only do so much with suicidally depressing material.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson seems to like continually tormenting--rather than challenging--his protagonist here. It's not my cup of tea.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (404)

    From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

    CatBookMom says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Light Fare"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    more character development


    If you’ve listened to books by Mercedes Lackey before, how does this one compare?

    this one was weaker than most


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Ford – was your favorite?

    the heroine


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the ending, but the story felt more like an abridged novel than it probably should have.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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