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Old n' Foolish

brassart

EastBay CA | Member Since 2003

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  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (400)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Cliff says: "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"
    "Dresden's Third Cousin"
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    If you can get over the comparison to Harry Dresden, at least not let it affect you negatively, I think this is worth a go. Actually the author's usage of similar style, and a popular setting, yet different enough to be mostly original come together.

    The author has done a good Jim Butcher impersonation. In a good way, with a few twists. He nails the narrative style, and brings his own originality to a familiar setting.

    It's not Dresden. Also a good thing.

    The voice actor is superb! What can I say? Interesting, resonant, capable. Great to listen to.

    So...If you liked Butcher's Dresden...and you liked Green's John Taylor...I recommend adding Jacka's Alex Verus to your audiobookshelf.

    I've only heard this one so far, but I will be getting the rest.

    So take a chance - enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3115)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Make it longer!!! Now!!!"
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    What can I say? I wish this was a full length book or collection of short stories based on this character. It's original. It's humerous. It's interesting. It's intriguing.

    Mr. Sanderson - write more about Mr. Leeds!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (153)

    C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.

    Jack says: "A must-have!"
    "If you've wanted more C.S. Lewis...This is it!"
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    Absolutely great collection of his essays combined into a collective whole. Many of these aren't available elsewhere.
    Also - great reader! Does a wonderful job, you would think Lewis was there speaking it himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Rohr presents Paul’s all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul’s revolutionary thinking about sin, saints and spirituality.

    Robert says: "Deeply Compassionate, Engaged Theology"
    "Interesting, but only semi-biblical."
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    Well, I will say he is an interesting writer and great speaker. He does have some interesting speculation, but personally I think there's a little bit too much of that and it trends into unbiblical territory.

    Worth a listen if you're a solid Christian.
    Listen with a care if you're not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel Lapin
    • Narrated By A. C. Feliner
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (244)

    A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds. The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture.

    Jeremy says: "Great book, changes the way you think of money"
    "Not what I was expecting."
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    I'm sure this book is for someone, just not me. I found it an odd mix of religion and history that flip-flopped back and forth. Didn't see the relevance of much of it.

    Didn't really care for the narrator either.

    If you think you'd be interested in this I recommend getting it and if it's not for you use Audible's Great Read program to exchange it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Norah Vincent
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

    Holly says: "Abridged"
    "A must for both men and women."
    Overall
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    An interesting trip into the male world and psyche by a woman.

    She brings a unique view and understanding to a long hidden world, and understanding that's been lacking for too long.

    Yes, she's opinionated, and yes there are points and conclusions you can disagree with her about, and yes you must understand that the author by her own admission deals with mental illness, but is still worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antares Dawn: Antares, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Gavin Hammon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew. That is disturbing news for the Altans....

    Marc Phillips says: "I enjoyed it, but it was terribly out of date."
    "Classic Grand Space Opera!!!"
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    I loved these books when they first came out. Classic space opera - Starships, damsels, aliens, war, supernovas...it has it all wrapped up in a good story.

    The narrator is good.

    I see they have also listed the second book in the series Antares Passage.
    Let's hope that they will conclude by also listing the third and final book - Antares Victory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hour of the Octopus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joel Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In an ancient world of magic, Kami, the Discover-of-Truth, must use his detective skills to investigate the murder of a nobleman on the eve of a royal wedding, a crime in which the bridegroom becomes the prime suspect.

    Old n' Foolish says: "An Excellent Story"
    "An Excellent Story"
    Overall
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    Great story, lots of humor. Kami was an acrobat, now he is a Discoverer of Truths, and some truths are best left unrevealed. Especially since it might cost him his life if he does.

    I've loved this story from the first time I read it a few years ago

    I only have a couple of reservations about this audiobook, but I don't think that should keep you from getting it.

    The first problem I had was the reader. It sounded like he had drank a whole bottle of Nyquil before coming in to work. A bit sleepy with a decided neutral drall to his tone.
    Also to start with, the reader didn't have a lot of inflection and expression to the various characters and settings.

    This did clear up as the audiobook went along. Perhaps all that was needed was to get used to this particular reader. By the middle of the book these complaints were barely noticeable.

    My only other complaint is that this is the second book in the story. The first book is called "D'Shai" and it would be nice if it was also available. There are many references regarding people and events that happened in the first book.
    While I've read the first one, anyone who hasn't will have to pay careful attention and mentally make the connections as to what is being spoken about on occasion.

    As I said - GREAT STORY, and if you've never read it, this audio edition will be something you listen to more than once. You pick up on things re-listening to it that you missed the first time through making it all the more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5464)
    Performance
    (4644)
    Story
    (4643)

    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....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Good story, but would have waited for Marsters."
    Overall

    Bad decision to go ahead with a different narrator.
    Don't know that I will purchase anymore of the audiobooks unless they bring back Marsters.

    As a matter of fact, why don't you just redo the whole thing, use Marsters, and make us - the customer - happy?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In their new book, Unfit for Command, John O'Neill and co-author Jerome Corsi bring together the words of more than 200 Navy veterans who served with John Kerry and who feel it their duty to tell why Kerry is unworthy of the presidency.

    Richard T. Betz says: "Unfit For Command"
    "Surprise!!!"
    Overall

    Listen to the reason why so many americans are now re-thinking whatever view they held on the Vietnam war. Apparently we were given a very one-sided view back then. Time for another viewpoint.

    Learn about Kerry from the people who knew him and worked with him, and why they wouldn't trust him to bag their groceries let alone lead the free world.

    Of course if you are a mentally deficient liberal never mind, these two hundred true war heroes are all deranged liars. Not!!!

    38 of 60 people found this review helpful

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