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Jim

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  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6448)
    Performance
    (4681)
    Story
    (4677)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Harry Dresden rocks!"
    Overall

    I am completely hooked on this series. I first heard of Dresden through a television show called The Dresden Files, which, while I enjoyed the characters of Dresden and Bob, I felt that the rest of the show was a little two-dimensional. The books, however, are much more rounded with excellent character development. James Marsters' narration is excellent as well.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2719)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Great story, but some continuity issues"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    I do plan on listening to the rest of the sereis. I love how Mark has created essentially two universes with the same characters - Zombie Fallout and Indian Hill. Interesting idea.Really enjoy Runnette's narration as well. Between the writing and the narration, I've caught myself laughing out loud at some of the humorous parts. Speaking of which, there is a decent blend of humour and drama in the book. I found some continuity issues in this volume, and the switch from 3rd to 1st person and back seems to be too abrupt, but I think - for a first book in the series - that these issues will be ironed out in the rest of the series. At least I hope so.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Tufo before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to the Indian Hill trilogy first, which I REALLY enjoyed. Enough so that I thought I'd give Zombie Fallout a try. Listening to the first book in this series is really making me want to check out book two, partly to see if some of the structural issues have been corrected in book 2. And partly because I just like the book!


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character depth, realism, especially when he's doing 1st-person narration


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

    Well, I can only take so much Zombie in one sitting, but it's enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3218)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2770)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Well worth a listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, funny, well written and a great narration by Wil Weaton. I was not disappointed!


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's done a great job of everything I've listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (528)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "A great series"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but based on the narrator I took a chance. I was not disappointed. After finishing 1632, I immediately bought 1633. Very impressed overall by the story and the narration.


    What other book might you compare 1632 to and why?

    In terms of a series, the only other long running series I've listened to is the Dresden books by Jim Butcher. Also great stories and great narration. Unlike the Dresden books though, the Ring of Fire series (I think) needs to be read in chronological order.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice, intonation, characterization. He is a truly excellent narrator and does a great job of bringing the characters to life.


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

    YES


    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
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (251)

    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"
    "Please bring back James Marsters"
    Overall

    Sorry, but Dresden is just not "Dresden" without James Marsters. I love this series - listened to every book, sometimes more than once, but this free preview chapter left me feeling a little flat. I am honestly not sure if I will download the full novel.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this... The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run....

    Q says: "A great "what-if" apolcalyptic exploration"
    "A decent story"
    Overall

    The book was on the long side, but I enjoyed how it followed all the original characters through their entire lives. t did get kind of depressing, but I appreciated the fact that the characters rose to challenges, some overcame, some not. This is a book full of imperfect characters, and to me that made them seem more human and realistic. I'm not a hard science person, so the plot seemed mostly believable, although I did start having a hard time wondering just where all that water was coming from . . .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5058)
    Performance
    (3778)
    Story
    (3771)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Harry Dresden Rocks!"
    Overall

    I love this series! James Marsters' narration is bang on and Jim Butcher's sense of humor and penchant for making contemporary references makes me smile on a regular basis. I've yet to be disappointed by these books, and I've listened to every one of them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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