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az | Member Since 2008

  • 16 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 1286 titles in library
  • 108 purchased in 2014

  • Mech 1: The Parent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis

    After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings - creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh.... When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren't coming back.... MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead.

    Mike From Mesa says: "This book needs a prologue"
    "good story, feels like early work"
    If you could sum up Mech 1: The Parent in three words, what would they be?

    narrator distracts classic larson

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mech 1: The Parent?

    interesting to see from the aliens point of view. aliens jumping out of toilets, that's why I've always been a little nervous sitting on a toilet in the dark.

    What three words best describe Mirron Willis’s voice?

    character voices are good, but rest of narration is distracting, kind of sounds like that guy from original star trek- George Takei.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, character development was not strong enough to identify with, felt kind of choppy, I got this because I enjoyed Larson's star force series so much. It feels like an earlier work, with more of a space opera tone.

    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed it well enough to get the next book in the series, not sure if I will stick with the series after that though, hoping it gets better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "excellence, just the right mix and tone."

    Light hearted, funny at times, but serious at times. Urban fantasy, this guy and Dresden would be buds, but it is not a cheap imitation to hold you over. The narrator hit it spot on, very entertaining. There is excellent world building and character development. I wish I had found this author sooner, will definitly be looking for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Man in the Empty Suit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sean Ferrell
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman

    Say you're a time traveler and you've already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That's why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks 12-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be.

    Frederik says: "Up there with the best."
    "excellent book excellent narration, a rare jem"

    This book was one of those rare finds that really draw you in. I loved the moving story line. there was only one spot that stalled briefly, but it really fleshed out the characters and turned them into real people. The narration was perfection, the voice matched the character quite well and drew you into the story. I was very impressed with this book and will be looking for more by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "great naration, slight change in style"

    great and long awaited end to a series. Gerard Doyle is the perfect narrator for this series and style of writing. I cannot put my finger on what has changed, probably just a more mature author, but it just didn't drum up the same excitement in me. It is still well written, and I still enjoyed it. It may have been better if it was edited down a bit more. Thank you Mr. Paolini for a great ride. I look forward to reading your next project.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    Windy says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "fun and nostalgic"

    at first i wondered if it had been written in the 70's, it had that kind of good old sci-fi feel. I was surprised to see how recent it had been written. It was a fun and entertaining story and well read. Loved the classic gum shoe style.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"

    please don't compare this to dresden, felt like some wanna-be tough guy tried to write another urban fantasy. I feel kind of slimy for listening to it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "an trying journey that leaves you elated"

    verrry sloww start, like the first half of the book at least, but ends well and while the first part was painfull to get through, the information gained there, and the feel you get for the characters makes the journey worth it. it's like struggling up a mountain on a shadowed trail and bursting onto a sunlit view of the valley below. the endorfins are coarsing through your veins, you feel great, and it's all down hill ahead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Sunday: The Keys to the Kingdom #7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The house is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it. Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy are caught in the chaos, separated by events but drawn together in their fight to survive. They must use every power at their disposal magical or practical to defeat the enemies attacking them from all sides.

    Summer says: "Interesting..."
    "great ending"

    a wonderful and unique ending to the series. tied everything up nicely with a good twist. nice narration as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clash of the Demons: The Last Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the Spook's apprentice, Thomas Ward's first duty is to protect the County from ghosts, boggarts, and other dangerous creatures. But now his mother has come back from her homeland to seek his help. One of the most dangerous of the old witches, Ordeen, is about to return to earth, bringing with her suffering and devastation. Tom's mother has mustered a powerful army - including Tom's friend Alice, the Pendle witches, and the assassin Grimalkin - to confront Ordeen.

    Todd A. Hamblin says: "Great Book - Crappy Audio"
    "a wonderful addition to the series"

    I found this book enjoyable and entertaining. My only quible is that it's too short. I also enjoyed the narrator. He does a wonderfull job with the different character voices. I would definitly recommend as bigger things finally start to happen, and you begin to get a feel as to where the series is going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden City: The Fourth Realm, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Struggling to protect the legacy of his Traveler father, Gabriel faces troubling new questions and relentless threats. His brother Michael, now firmly allied with the enemy, pursues his ambition to wrest power from Nathan Boone, the calculating leader of the Brethren. And Maya, the Harlequin warrior pledged to protect Gabriel at all costs, is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.

    Martin says: "Didnt feel like the end of the trilogy"
    "better than i would have thought"

    previous reviews left me hesitant to buy, but it was good. I thought the ending was handled quite well, even though it did leave room for a fourth book. the rants and raves sounded a little like ayn rand, but instead of focusing on capitalism, it focused on government control and loss of freedom. It is certainly extremist in it's view, but it does make you think. It is along the lines of george orwel's "big brother", but with an air of hope for the future, more excitement, and less depressing. I wonder if Big Brother is still required reading in the schools?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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