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Charles

Thomson, GA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "zzzzzz!"
    Overall

    This book can be summed up in one word- boring! The way the story unfolds in fairly interesting but the "mystery" isn't powerful enough to drive the story forward with any momentum. I found myself longing for the book to finally end. I'd recommend that you skip this one.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (563)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Good book. Bad production"
    Overall

    Woken Furies is a solid entry in the Takeshi Kovacs series of books. One thing I really like about this series is that, though they are all sci-fi, each has a unique identity in another genre(s). Altered Carbon is a noir thriller set in a sci-fi world, Broken Angels is more standard alien/action genre fare, and Woken Furies mixes both.

    That being said, I really felt compelled to write a review for this book, as opposed to the other two, because the producer of this audiobook should be drawn and quartered and then fed to swamp panthers.
    The mispronunciation and proper pronunciation of the main characters name is well covered in the first book. It would be one thing if we were all guessing at the pronunciation but anyone that has listened to or read the first book knows exactly how to pronounce "Kovacs". You'd think the audiobook company that produced the first two books would know how to as well. I know it may seem nit-picky but Kovacs' name is said about a million times in the book and hearing it pronounced "co-vacks" (as in Ernie) made me cringe every time. I suppose there is some reason why Todd McLaren didn't continue as narrator but it would have been nice to have him back. Narrator continuity is important.
    The overuse of reverb and audio effects only adds to my hatred for the production crew of this audiobook. We aren't dumb and we don't need aubible clues that we are listening to a flashback or dream. There's a reason why professional voice actors narrate these books, afterall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (834)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "The beginning of a fantastic series"
    Overall

    This book and the entire Saga of Seven Suns series so far are some of the most interesting, exciting books I've read/listened to in a long time. Some reviewers feel that the books are slow or that there are too many characters. For me, it was exactly the opposite impression. The story and the characters captivated me. Each character is well developed over the series and they are unique enough that I never confused them as some others have commented.

    As for the story, I classify the entire series as "page turners". I couldn't wait to find out what happened next as the plot and intrigue between the different groups in the story deepened. New mysteries present themselves just when you feel you have a hold of the current ones, holding your attention and pulling you further into the story. I was actually somewhat surprised at how much I enjoyed the story, as the genre of Space Opera has never really been one of my favorites.

    One warning to Audible listeners, The Saga of Seven Suns actually encompasses SEVEN books, with the first three available here, two others with audio versions available elsewhere (read by another reader), and the sixth and seventh books due in June 2007 and June 2008 respectively. Having finished book five I'll say that the worst part of the series is having to wait a year to find out what happens next.

    I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (933)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "An excellent, fun read"
    Overall

    Strange to call a book like this "fun" but that is exactly what it is. The book is funny, exciting, and disturbing all at the same time. I'm looking forward to more books from Jeff Lindsay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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