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Chap Walker

tattooed viking

San Diego, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3775)
    Performance
    (3512)
    Story
    (3513)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "The Iron Druid saves the world again!"
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    First off, I feel I need to mention the narrator- Luke Daniels- is one of the best readers that I have heard on an audiobook. His range is great, and he really brings the characters to life(I would heartily recommend the Foreworld series that he has also narrated). Don't go into this series expecting serious fantasy that will become a new religion for you, this is more of a comedy type fantasy. Well written with loads of nerdy cult references as well as a lot of interesting plot lines. I highly recommend for your entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter Stenson
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he's no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.

    Mike Naka says: "trainspotting meets zombies...not for everybody"
    "Zombies versus Tweekers-how can you go wrong?"
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    If you have ever spent any time around tweekers, then you will get a chuckle out of this book. Its a pretty accurate portrayal of meth addicts and their particular brand of hell. The guy doing the reading nails the subtle "accents" of the drug addict, and sounds a bit like Mitch Hedburg (but faster). Don't approach this as a serious story, although it does cover some serious facets of drug abuse fairly well, for the most part it is humor. Think of it as "Spun" with zombies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bird, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    When a fame-hungry scientist brings an impossible, living specimen of a creature long thought extinct back from the wild jungles of South America he unwittingly brings along a passenger. Something with the potential to destroy every living thing on our planet. The infestation begins, rapidly overtaking medical resources and resisting all treatment.

    Kim Venatries says: "Exciting Beginning to Wild Ride"
    "A strong start"
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    This is a classic pulp style adventure into the jungles. Great characters, lots of adventure, very entertaining. When I finished this one, I couldn't wait to listen to the next one. One word of caution: the 3rd installment stinks, but the good news is that its not entirely needed for the story. Just listen to the first two, and then make up your own ending for the third one, because anything you come up with will be better than the crap ending they drop on us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bird, Episode 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Matt Kearns and the remnants of the scientific team return to a ravaged America. Modern medicine has failed to halt the spread of the flesh-consuming parasite, and humans have been forced to hide, even from one another. The infected roam the cities and suburbs of a ruined nation. But the devastating effects on human physiology are only the beginning. Something has been let loose, something that the team were not prepared for - human nature itself.

    Kim Venatries says: "One Cliche Too Many; But Still a Good Listen"
    "Dissapointing ending to a good story."
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    After listening to the first two episodes, which take place in the Amazon jungle, the last installation of "The First Bird" was disappointing. The actions of the female characters seem designed to frustrate. You can expect a certain amount of that in any action fiction, but these characters go from surviving a jungle hellbent on eating them to a modern urban outbreak situation in which a ranking CDC doctor can't seem to get past the idea that invisible things can kill you-REALLY?!?! Come on. If you didn't feel up to writing that third installment, maybe you should have gotten someone else, don't torpedo the whole thing. I was ready to check out this author's other works until this third episode, its really that bad. My advice would be to read the first two, and then just pretend they all lived happily ever after. The closure you are looking for won't be found here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Solitary Man, Volume 1: Countdown to Prepperdom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ron Foster
    • Narrated By Duane Sharp
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This book focuses on building a "bugout" location from scratch, with permaculture and disaster psychology applied to an unfolding catastrophe. takes his adventure story and weaves in prepper tricks and introduces some new survival supplies that most folks haven't thought about, integrating them into his storyline.

    Omar says: "Not much fiction in this novel"
    "Interesting information presented as fiction"
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    This was one of those audiobooks that I almost gave up on in the first couple of minutes due to the idiosyncratic reading style of the narrator, but I'm glad I didn't. There is a wealth of information being presented here, and the author has obviously done extensive research on the topic of survival after a solar flare. This is one book I might have to pick up in hard copy (you know, because if a solar flare does hit, I doubt anyone will be listening to audiobooks). The author covered a wide range of topics, and discussed at length agriculture considerations that I had not even thought of before. Even if you aren't a "prepper", there is a great deal of food for thought contained in this book. If you can power through the first couple of minutes of the narrator's deadpan reading style, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Hibbert
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame. The Borgias were notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder. The story of the family's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the highest position in Italian society is an absorbing tale.

    Cookie says: "No starting point"
    "Covers the bases, but falls a little flat."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After watching the Showtime series, I wanted a little real history on the Borgia family and this did provide it. In fact, I was surprised at the liberties taken by the TV series after listening to this historical account. I am glad I took the time to research their recorded history a little.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The actual substance is a little dry, which is amazing considering the subject matter. This is a traditional "this happened and then this happened and then this" type of narrative, amounting to a compilation of information from various sources without any gloss. I guess that is a good counterpoint to the TV series, which went too far in the other direction and changed a lot of the history behind this colorful family. I don't know that I would change that about this book, its just different from other representations I have encountered.


    Was The Borgias and Their Enemies worth the listening time?

    I would say that this audiobook is worth the listening time.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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