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Kamal

Brampton, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2001

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  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (487)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Author has a hard time making up his mind"
    Overall

    The book has an interesting premise, discussing the world of superheroes and villains from the perspective of the world's greatest super-villain. He's the smartest man in the world, but he's also trite and can't help falling into the super-villain stereotypes. The book seems to waver between an almost serious and a mocking tone as the perspective switches between the two main characters, who are linked. An entertaining listen, but the ending was a little too abrupt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Komarr: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (558)

    Komarr could be a garden with 1,000 more years' work, or an uninhabitable wasteland if the terraforming fails. Now, the solar mirror vital to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course. The emperor of Barrayar sends his newest imperial auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to find out why.

    Nathan says: "More of a set up book for the rest of the series"
    "Unlucky in love"
    Overall

    Another good read by LMB. I've been happy with every one of her Vorkosigan novels so far (well, except for the first one, the Vor Game, which was probably the weakest). Her characters are believable, and have depth of character. This chapter of the Vorkosigan saga finally takes Miles closer to his personal fulfillment, and I wish him the best of luck in his future adventures (I have only two more left to read!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1091)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Supernatural sci-fi"
    Overall

    Poor Odd Thomas. Tortured by his visions of the dead and the "bodocks", his rest and recovery is interrupted by more tragic events that require his special skills and intervention. He's a sweet, loveable hero, but I just don't see how he's equipped to succeed so many times - he should be dead by now with his lack of any type of believable training or skills. He's a fast-food diner cook for heaven's sake!

    The setup for the sequel at the end is intriguing, and it makes me hope that the author has a cool follow-up already in the works.

    Much better than the second novel, which was kind of confusing, but not as good as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "Interesting premise but ultimately peters out..."
    Overall

    An interesting story, with some clever premises. However, the main villain is revealed very early on, and seems like a very shallow character, and many of his scenes are really rather childish and gratuitous. The reason why is revealed nearer the end of the book, but there are very few redeeming characters. The ending was a bit too neatly tied together for me, kind of anticlimatic, but I guess it shows you, the best laid plans of mice and men...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3500)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1179)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "I really wanted to like this book"
    Overall

    But I just can't believe that Koontz wasted a rare visit to the land of Odd (Thomas, the protaganist) with such a shallow, and ultimately pointless story. The plot was extremely thin, there were really no surprises or twists, and the characters were trivial.

    I demand that Mr. Koontz write another, proper Odd Thomas novel, and this time, spend more than 30 minutes developing the plot!

    Since this is unlikely (its been a couple of years since the last one), get this book for a (short) light read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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