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Mark S Clingan

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  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Cliff says: "Fun and Refreshing"
    "No Sparkly Vampires"
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    If you could sum up Bill the Vampire in three words, what would they be?

    A good premise if not believable. Wimpy nerd becomes Vampire King. At least the Vampires don't sparkle. No whinny teenage love struck girls. A little heavy on the gratuities language that is not necessary. An truly intelligent author can express their story and be humorous without resorting to the Fin-himer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1282)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Death and dismemberment with no plot."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Sycos


    Has Dead Six turned you off from other books in this genre?

    maybe


    What aspect of Bronson Pinchot’s performance would you have changed?

    There are two main male characters which the book switches frequently between... but the voices for both are nearly identical. So it is sometime difficult to discern who is speaking.


    What character would you cut from Dead Six?

    All


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (568)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Brian says: "Refreshing!"
    "Good premise but too much whinny teenage girl BS"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Gould and/or Emily Rankin?

    maybe


    What could Steven Gould have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much whinny Teenage girl


    What aspect of Emily Rankin’s performance would you have changed?

    I did the high school BS a long time ago... Really don't need to read about it again.


    What character would you cut from Impulse?

    The main one


    Any additional comments?

    It had a good premise, just wrong characters and setting.
    Needs maturity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5502)
    Performance
    (4906)
    Story
    (4920)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Vampires don't sparkel"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

    Very good read. Nothing silly like Love struck sparkly vampires. Vampires eat their girlfriends as it should be. Starts out fast... lags a little about 2/3 in, but ends in a bang.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (312)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Amazon Customer says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "Gag... Gay Wizards... REALLY?"
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    What would have made Magic's Pawn better?

    Next thing you know they will try to sell us on sparkly vampires.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing in this series/author


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Any series but this


    What character would you cut from Magic's Pawn?

    All of them


    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon King: A Seven Realms Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cinda Williams Chima
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (249)

    The first of a new young adult trilogy, The Demon King features a former thief, Han, who’s trying to provide for his mother and sister. One day Han, who sports mysterious (and certainly magical) silver cuffs on his wrists, confronts wizards setting fire to a sacred mountain. Now possessing one ofthe wizards’ amulets, Han faces more trouble than he ever could have imagined.

    Sharon says: "Sooooooo Good!!!!!"
    "Great Serries and Reader"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Demon King to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved, was interesting, inventive, and the author had a clear path.


    What about Carol Monda’s performance did you like?

    In general I don't like woman readers, the usually don't have the voice dinamics to make all the characters believable. But Carol is the exception! I will look for other books read by her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too long for one sitting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (152)

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    Batman says: "History can be entertaining."
    "Like Reading a History Book Time Line"
    Overall

    I hated history in school. Thought this might help change my opinion... it did not.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29371)
    Performance
    (22844)
    Story
    (22930)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Too Wordy"
    Overall

    I like listing to hours on hours of descriptions of meaningless tabors and battle flags this is your book. Get on with the story already!!!
    The book has no flow, it more a less 6 different stories with no coherent connection and split up and placed in random order.
    And who ever told the reader that he could sing should be flogged.
    If you like long never ending, meaningless soap operas this is your book.
    If you want a real book about knights and such try Ken Follett's "Pillers of the Earth".

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful

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