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Huntingdon Valley, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 251 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • 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"
    "SOLID modern magic novel, great sense of humour."

    Great, great, great.
    Book: What an enjoyable, easy, solid book with a fresh point of view. It doesn't take itself too seriously, either, which is great. I love the old-school punk with a crappy attitude being the protagonist. He's a true, consistent character.
    Narrator: MacLeod Andrews was the perfect - PERFECT! - choice for this. I'm often neither impressed nor disappointed with narrators, but his character acting (without overdoing it) really brought it to life. Couldn't imagine anyone else reading it.
    Overall: SO worth the credits. Can't wait for the next book. This is much more my style than the Dresden books, but does justice to the "modern magic" genre well.

    0 of 0 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

    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"
    "Glover handles it well... but I do want JM back."

    It's a hard act to follow James Marsters, butin all fairness, John Glover does a good job. I, like many others, am hooked on JM reading the Dresden Files - no one else can represent the voice, timing and charm that James Marsters has used to bring Harry Dresden to life. I hope John Glover doesn't read these reviews and get disheartened - NO one could follow JM without incurring the wrath of the listeners.

    I desperately want JM back as the reader. The released statement is that JM had an unfortunate scheduling conflict that caused him to not be able to get the audiobook recording done by release date, and so they went with a substitution.

    John Glover does a fine job, and if one tries to focus on the story and not the reader, you'll all see that it's the same great writing with a competent and compelling reader.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "One-trick pony - but an entertaining trick."

    Dan Brown has written three novels, but basically the same exact story. This one was the weakest incarnation of it, but not without merit.
    After reading Angels & Demons, which I enjoyed immensely (it was my first DB novel), Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbol... well, I had every character's plot path figured out 1 minute after they were introduced.
    Spoiling nothing here, he's got a physically-striking lone antagonist (well-built Arab, albino, tattoed man) in every book, as well as a lovely female scientist and some sort of harsh-tempered law-enforcement character.
    How about changing it up a bit, Mr. Brown?

    Why did I read the third book after realizing the second was identical? Well, he does his research, and I love art history. They're still entertaining, which is why they sell.
    I keep going to see M. Night Shamaylan movies, too. :)
    If you've never read the other DB novels, try one of the other two first (unless you want the American History / Natl. Treasure kind of background). If you've read them and remotely enjoyed them, you'll like this too... but don't expect the trick to have changed any.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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