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William

SciFi-Fantasy Fan

astoria, OR, United States

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  • 10 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 1576 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2663)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2225)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Worst Narrator for Vince Flynn books."
    Overall

    Took away stars because I could not listen to this narrated by Nick Sullivan. Maybe the director or producer is at fault, but the result was terrible. Made the characters turn out differently than the other novels. If this had been my first Mitch Rapp book, I would have never read a second. Please redo narration.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrificial Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (193)

    When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity, her boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the old sparks between them.

    Lupdilup says: "JUST MAGIC!"
    "Enjoy 1970's ghetto slang & narrator Bahni Turpin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hope book five is better because I like Terrible's character, plus the 1970's ghetto slang is fun to hear. I agree with others that this book is not as strong as others. I would have rather had more characters added (and more of the current characters developed) in place of her talking about feeling inadequate. Also, talking about the drugs the same way, so very often, got old. Although I purchased and liked the first three books (and listened to them twice each), I found myself getting bored about 3/4 into this book number four. I hope book five is better so this author can continue to make it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1202)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Narrator continuity was awful."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know who is suppose to manage this sort of thing, but someone should have helped transition the characters' previous audio development (which was performed wonderfully by Marguerite Gavin in Kim Harrison's first five Hollows books) to this new narrator. After cringing about 20 times, I purchased the book.

    I would buy another copy of this audio book if it was re-read by Marguerite Gavin.

    Kim Harrison does another great job. Thank you Kim Harrison!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fate's Edge: The Edge, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (626)

    In the latest entry in Ilona Andrews's Edge series, Audrey Callahan is determined to stay on the straight and narrow - but when her brother gets into trouble, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with lawyer, gambler, thief, and spy Kaldar Mar.

    Vinity says: "This one is WONDERFUL!"
    "Fastastic listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fate's Edge is a must listen, as are Ilona Andrew's first two books in this series. The Edge "world" is filled with unique people and fun lands. One book each year is not nearly enough. Plus, Renee Raudman is a perfect choice to bring this world to life. Thank you so much. Written by: an Edger!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Boycott audio purchase?"
    Overall

    Say it isn't so!!!! Wait for Marsters' schedule to open up!!!!! How UNFAIR to all us loyal audio listeners. I am so disappointed, so saddened. Should we boycott this book in audio?

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (506)

    The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors band together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future - and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

    Mark says: "Great End to a Great Series"
    "Not up to the quality of Koontz other projects."
    Overall

    Although I enjoyed the first three Frankenstein books in this five-book series, I found book four to be a rip-off of a credit (because it was a rehash of the previous plot, then just kinda ended), and book five to be filled with too many one-liners and unlikely behavior. Sometimes it felt like I was a fly on the wall of some good old boy's poker night. For example, the "on-air talent pep-talk" discussion happening while the world is being invaded seemed ridiculous.

    Also, annoying and disappointing was using a southern accent for nearly half the characters who are suppose to reside in Colorado. Either change the venue or the accents next time, please.

    I consider myself a Dean Koontz fan since I have well over 25 books and/or audio, but these last two books motivated me to write a review. Sorry.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1073)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Could not finish it."
    Overall

    Premise was good. But, I did not care about the story or the characters enough to finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (144)

    Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

    Ilah says: "Bring other narrator back!!!!"
    "Contains Sexual Child Porn Imagery WARNING"
    Overall

    Had I know about the child porn I would have skipped this one. Have purchased and read ALL her other work. What was she thinking about her loyal fans? Not much apparently. Please do yourself a solid favor and skip this one. I am not kidding. This upset me for days. I avoid this type of writing and feel like I was somehow tricked into paying for this horror. I choose to pay and read Barr's Annie Pigeon series because her character is a national park ranger. (This work should have been with a different heroin, and that would have given us a heads-up about the 180 degree directional change of the series). Warn us more openly next time! I certainly feel like I got burned!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Four: Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (372)

    In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman.

    Lane says: "Frankenstein Lost Souls"
    "should be 1/2 credit"
    Overall

    Although I love Dean Koontz's books, we should have been warned that this is only half a book.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (475)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "great narrater"
    Overall

    lol fun thriller

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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