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M. Mott

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  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (272)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    M. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    Overall

    This book is just as disturbing as you think it is. It's also a good story, and the beginning of what could be a good series.

    ... If you can stomach having it read to you by someone who sounds like Robert Stack of "Unsolved Mysteries." The narrator would be perfect for a hard-boiled detective book, or some kind of adventure/war story, but his choppy, monotone narration grates the whole way through this book, along with his strange EMPHASIS of CERTAIN WORDS for no apparent REASON. This book needed a quiet, expressive voice to read it, somebody who could have pulled off a more "believable" serial killer.

    Still, the book was worth it for the story, if nothing else.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Fairly good. Worth the credit."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all James Marsters is, as always, excellent. Let me get that out of the way now before I start in on this one. I have never been disappointed by his readings, and this book is no exception.

    Now then. Was this a great book? No, it was not. It was entertaining, assuredly. The world is pretty well thought out, though it felt like the steampunk theme had been shoe-horned in on a story that would have been fine without it, and didn't really gain anything by its inclusion. Does the Greyfriar wear a mask? Yes. Also, he wears goggles. Because you see, it's a steampunk book.

    Don't get me wrong, Im fine with the genre, I just didn't feel like this particular story had any reason to -be- steampunk. There isn't enough history to explain why there is steampunk, but I guess that isn't really important.

    The story is standard adventure fare, with a vampire twist. The 'shocking secret' is neither shocking nor a secret, but i'm not sure it was meant to be. Somehow I doubt it.

    I don't know that I will read or listen to the sequel. It was entertaining, but there are a lot better books to be had. However, if you are a big fan of vampires, alternate history, steampunk, or oldschool adventure books, you will probably like The Greyfriar. If nothing else, the portrayal of vampire culture and mindset was certainly interesting.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lt. Leary, Commanding: RCN Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    Lt. Daniel Leary of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy commands the corvette Princess Cecile; his friend, Signals Officer Adele Mundy, has the latest in spy apparatus and the skill to prowl the most tightly guarded database. All they lack are enemies, and fate is about to supply that need in abundance! A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom, and his throne.

    Professor says: "Entertaining"
    "Average, but entertaining."
    Overall

    While I believe that David Drake read the Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O'brian, I'm not sure he understood what about character interaction between Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin made the books so great.

    It's clear that he has aped the style, as was his intention, and as long as you aren't expecting Aubrey-in-space, then this series is perfectly fine. It's entertaining, written well enough that I'm not cringing throughout, and I enjoyed it.

    I wish he hadn't mentioned anything about O'Brian's series, because it's difficult not to contrast the two now, but the RCN books stand on their own well enough.

    Unlike everyone else who has listened to this series I didn't have a problem with the narrator.

    If you are looking for a better-than-average series (unlike this very average one) in a similar vein, the Honor Harrington series by David Weber is far superior, and can also be found here on Audible. Alternatively, if you haven't yet, you should certainly listen to the Aubrey-Maturin books, which can also be found on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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