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Clifton

Houston, TX, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1068)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Gotta Love Kevin Smith"
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    I saw Clerks in the art house movie theater, after finishing up a shift at the video store, where I worked as a clerk. I've been a huge fan ever since. After following all his movies, and thousands of hours of podcasts over the years, there was no way I would miss this book.

    Anyone who knows anything Kevin, knows he's a chatty mother F-er. There's not much in this tale that I hadn't head in one form or another from him. But it doesn't matter, just listening to him relating his life story and the lessons derived from it is heartening and inspiring.

    Loaded with profanity, filth, self deprecation, pot-holes, and enlightening metaphors. Be prepared for a hard R rating, but you probably already know that

    One note on the performance, I absolutely love how even while reading his own memories, Kevin still manages the occasional meandering side story and parenthetical commentary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5058)
    Performance
    (3545)
    Story
    (3553)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "My favorite in the series"
    Overall
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    Story

    I've been reading Dresden since they first started, and later found these wonderful audio books. James Marsters is perfection, and really does inhabit every character in this series.

    Over the series Butcher has built an array of elements that make Harry who he is.

    This story strips them away one by one, and leaves Harry alone and with nothing left, for the final shocking page.

    I can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (752)

    After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

    John M says: "Very enjoyable - could have used more action"
    "Love this Series"
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    If you like: alternate history, time travel stories, The Sand Pebbles, empire building, Lemurs, naval combat, or any outrageous adventure, then listen to this series, you won't be disappointed.

    Well written, funny, historically accurate (until time changes of course), a wonderful start to an SM Stirling style empire building adventure series.

    Loved it, loved the narration, recommend it to all my friends and family, and now to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17213)
    Performance
    (15292)
    Story
    (15245)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Atmospheric and Unexpected"
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    I'm huge Stephen King fan. One of the things that he's best at is crafting am atmosphere. I grew up in small town Texas, as did my Dad. I missed the sixties, but I still recognized elements that I remembered. I got this for my Dad, eager to see if what he read matched with what he remembered from his childhood. And it did. From the taste of fresh root beer, to the high school sock hop, all of these rang true.

    This was not the story I expected, and like most of King's worth, the long, steady run up to the denouement is engrossing and fulfilling, while the end seems rushed and a bit of let down.

    So A+ for the setting, A+ for accuracy, A+ for a well told tale, A+ for time travel. B- for story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love begins with his telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. His story continues with Time Enough for Love, Volume 2.

    Keith says: "Renato is right"
    "One of my favorites"
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    My father introduced me to Heinlein when I was a kid, and I've loved everything he's written. Time Enough for Love is one of those books I revisit every couple of years and get something different out of it each time.

    The memoires of Lazarus Long are detailed, complicated, ribald, and enlightening.

    All of Heinlein's work carries his voice very strongly. This one more than most.

    If you're a fan of his work, give this one a shot. Be prepared though, this is an examination of love in all its permutations, and there's plenty of eyebrow raising combinations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (825)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Not what I remembered"
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    I first read these books in the 80's around the time of the mini-series. My memory was of amazing battles, tons of history, and some wicked characters. Re-reading these as an adult, I found the story a little pedestrian, full of clich├ęs. Still great fun walking down memory lane with a series that led me to love affair with historical romances. One issue that distracted me, Grover Gardner also read the Shelby Foote Civil War History. After listening to hundreds of hours of that epic, his voice is stamped into my mind. Throughout the North and South books I would suddenly get confused as to which book I was listening to. Not a big deal, but it did happen multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (24044)
    Performance
    (17994)
    Story
    (18049)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Give me MORE!"
    Overall

    This book reminds me of the Dune books. Complicated political double dealing and and vast tapestry of characters high and low. Not my favorite reader, but the material alone makes up for lackluster narration. (Besides, how can you blame the guy for running out of accents in a 33+ hour performance?) I eagerly look forward to volumes 2, 3 and 4.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful

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