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greg

Puyallup, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Harlan Ellison
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain…by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective.

    Katherine says: "Amazing audio performance"
    "The Hands Down Best!"
    Overall

    Ellison is the greatest short story writer ever and there is no one out there that reads a story like he does. He will make you a believer as soon as you here him narrate. He makes any story better. In particular, 'Jeffty is Five' from this volume is one of my all time favorite stories and will become one of yours as well. This volume contains many of his best and most loved stories and they are all worth a listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight at the Well of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Peter Macon
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived.… Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands. But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design.

    Michael says: "Step Through The Portal, And Be Changed Forever!"
    "Finally! Chalker's Best Series!"
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    This is the first book in a wonderfully imaginative series that takes me back to my early teenage years when I first discovered it. Chalker creates a weird and detailed setting for the novel and the characters are memorable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intelligent science fiction stories.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3005)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1842)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "The Master of Science Fiction!"
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    This is one of my favorite Heinlein stories. The characters and action are amazing and the narration is perfect for this story. If you have never read any Robert Heinlein books, this one is a can't miss. I would recommend anything he has written without question. We don't have authors like him any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1302)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Another Great Mike Talbot Adventure!"
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    Mark Tufo has found a new and fresh take on zombie fiction and his main character, Mike Talbot, is just an average guy with faults and issues which really helps you to connect to him and the stories. Every book in this series was a great read/listen and I would completely recommend them to listeners that like zombies, adventure, suspense, humor or emotional stories. There is something here for everyone. Additionally, the narrator for these books is amazing. He completely gets Mike Talbot and characterizes him perfectly. I hope there are going to be more stories to come. This climax to the series doesn't disappoint...I couldn't stop listening!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5364)
    Performance
    (4937)
    Story
    (4933)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Fantastic Adventure!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    100%. If you are a lover of great adventure stories that are witty and have great characters then you will love this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    The main characters, Royce and Hadrian. They are humorous and sharp-tongued master thieves but they have the hearts of heroes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The freeing of Ezra Hardin. I loved his dialogue.


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

    Royce and Hadrian taking on the mission for the girl in the second part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a sweeping epic like Lord of the Rings,you won't find it here. But, if you want rousing tales of adventure with lovable scoundrels who are really heroes in disguise and action that is very well paced, I would highly recommend this book. I found my self smiling and laughing from start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dying Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (152)

    The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

    Jefferson says: "A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth"
    "Vance Is A Master Of Words"
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    Would you listen to The Dying Earth again? Why?

    Absolutely. Jack Vance's writing isn't like mere fiction, it is like reading a long lost ancient scroll. His style is timeless and also brings up a feeling that it was written eons ago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Turjan. He is the keeper of all the spells that remain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation with Chun the Unavoidable.


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

    Fantasy The Way It Is Supposed To Be!


    Any additional comments?

    Vance is an amazing storyteller and if you enjoy well written thoughtful fantasy you will enjoy his writings. Also, if you grew up playing role-playing games, you will recognize many details that were taken directly from Vance's writings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of the Dancing Gods: The Dancing Gods, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Joe and Marge, minutes away from death, are rescued and brought from Earth to the magical world of Husaquahr by the wizard Throckmorton P. Ruddygore to battle the forces of Hell itself!

    Cliff says: "A fun classic."
    "Finally We Get Jack Chalker!"
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    Where does The River of the Dancing Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you want a good; fun fantasy novel, it is a great little read. This is not epic fantasy but there are some great elements to the story and a lot of poking fun at fantasy cliches.


    What other book might you compare The River of the Dancing Gods to and why?

    Magic Kingdom for Sale by Terry Brooks


    What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good narrator but not my favorite.


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

    There are many funny moments in the book. I love Chalker's writing style.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible definitely needs to produce the Well of Souls series by Jack Chalker. It is a better series than this one and would be very popular. This book brings back memories of being a 13 year old kid exploring this world for the first time. I would definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Dragon: Guardians of the Flame, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Keith Silverstein
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    It began as just another evening of fantasy gaming with James, Karl, Andrea, and the rest ready to assume their various roles as wizard, cleric, warrior, or thief. But sorcerous gamemaster Professor Deighton had something else planned for this unsuspecting group of college students. And the "game" soon became a matter of life and death as the seven adventurers found themselves transported to an alternate world and into the bodies of the actual characters they had been pretending to be....

    greg says: "Great Memories From My Teenage Years!"
    "Great Memories From My Teenage Years!"
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    What did you love best about The Sleeping Dragon?

    I first read this book as a kid and I loved the idea of it being based on kids playing a D&D like game and getting transported into it.


    What other book might you compare The Sleeping Dragon to and why?

    Dream Park by Larry Niven. It is another great example of people playing a role-playing game in real life.


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

    No.


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

    Fantasy Becomes Reality!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a lover of dungeons and dragons or role-playing games you will enjoy this book. I hope the other books in this series will be available soon.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (714)

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "Miles Hits His Stride!"
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    Would you listen to The Vor Game again? Why?

    Absolutely. These early Miles Vorkosigan stories might just be my favorite. Unadulterated adventure at its best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles. He has qualities in his personality that anyone can relate to and his intelligence and wit are the keys to his success.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner is probably the best narrator in the business and he gives Miles a voice. Gardner gets the sarcasm, wit and humor that Bujold was writing into the character of Miles Vorkosigan and delivers a pitch perfect performance.


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

    Yes. This book and series stands out amongst its competition and is truly original and just so much better than all of the generic, two dimensional and cookie cutter sci-fi that has been produced in recent years.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and read this series. You will absolutely not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (802)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Miles Vorkosigan is Brilliant!"
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    Would you listen to The Warrior's Apprentice again? Why?

    Absolutely. The Vorkosigan Saga is wonderful and the narration is perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles of course. He is really one of the most fun, interesting and fully realized main characters I have ever read. You will fall in love the stories and root for Miles from the first book.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is amazing. He absolutely gets the sarcasm and wryness in Bujold's writing and gives uniqueness to every character.


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

    I laughed out loud several times throughout the book and also had real emotional investment in what happened to the characters in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of witty well written stories that are original, you have to give these books a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (603)

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Vorkosigan Rules!"
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    If you could sum up Mirror Dance in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic characters & storytelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles Vorkosigan. One of the best thought out characters I have ever read. Miles uses intelligence and determination in a world dominated by strength and aggression.


    Which character ??? as performed by Grover Gardner ??? was your favorite?

    Miles but I could say any of them. Grover Gardner is the best and the Vorkosigan saga would not be the same without his narration.


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

    Mark's longing for a name and identity of his own.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't had the pleasure of reading or listening to this series, do it now. You will not be disappointed. These books are some of my very favorite and have something for everyone. Adventure, suspense, mystery, drama, romance, humor...I could go on and on. This series is a rare gem amongst series written today that are formulaic and get pumped out like they are on an assembly line. Now, go out and get them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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