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John

hendersonville, TN, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Imprisoned by the Pharaohs and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Gareth David-Lloyd, Staten Eliot
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    This volume showcases arguably some of Lovecraft's best work. "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" was originally written for the world-famous escape artist Harry Houdini and was published under Houdini's name in the magazine Weird Tales.

    Sharyn says: "Wrong Choice of Narrator"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    From one of my favorite childhood writers, I couldn't bare to finish this story. Dull is all I can offer.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10633)
    Performance
    (9500)
    Story
    (9474)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Dresden revised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. well written, well performed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The dog, Oberon, always made me smile.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the Dresden Files like I did then you'll enjoy this series. Its creatively unique with a similar feel and the characters, antagonists and allies alike, could be interchangeable. If you're craving more Dresden then give this series a listen, I think your cravings will be sated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5185)
    Performance
    (4909)
    Story
    (4893)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Always well crafted stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors for this very reason; his stories never disappoint.


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

    James Marsters is these characters for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Jim keeps writing and James keeps telling. its a winning combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Zahi Hawass
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The great pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and the purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization; in the sixth century B.C., Herodotus was the first of generations of explorers to travel to Egypt in an attempt to unlock their secrets. Recent cutting-edge research has uncovered information, unimaginable to previous generations, about how and why they were built.

    Carol Motsinger says: "Good book"
    "Foundational Egyptology"
    Overall

    Zahi Hawas makes a splendid History Channel host but his true talent lies in his ability to express concepts and truths for subject matter that he is no doubt passionate about. This book will remain in my library as a fundamental work. Read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2763)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1342)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Kyle says: "Wildly Entertaining"
    "Worth a second read"
    Overall

    I read this story 20+ years ago. Recently I was able to re-read (listen) it and I found it as enjoyable as ever. Certainly a classic American Novel and not just a Sci-fi work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (531)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Unsatisfying Nonsense"
    Overall

    I know many who would disagree but I found this story filled with uninteresting nonsense and the ending was particularly unsatisfying. A shame too, it certanly had promise.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "A joy to read (hear)"
    Overall

    More interesting than the subject matter is the author's peculiar style. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1212)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Classic Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    I see why this story has garnered so many awards. Absolutely a "must read". A true classic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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