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John Williams

Charlotte, NC | Member Since 2005

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  • Loxfinger: An Israel Bond Oy-Oy-7 Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sol Weinstein
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Israel Bond may seem like a simple-if-sexy salesman for Mother Margolies' Old World Chicken Soup, but when the Holy Land needs his skills - his quickness with a pun, his second-to-none semitic seduction techniques, and (if absolutely necessary) his abilities at actual espionage - then the man known by the code name Oy-Oy-7 (licensed not only to kill, but to say prayers over the corpse) is there to do what needs be done. In a land surrounded by its enemies, Oy-Oy-7 is called on to guard the nation's great benefactor, the generous but odd Lazarus Loxfinger.

    John Williams says: "Neither particularly good or dredfully awful"
    "Neither particularly good or dredfully awful"
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    Honestly, I’m not sure why this audio book exists. It is too stupid to actually be offensive, but so stereotyped that it isn’t funny. I’m not sure what the author was trying to accomplish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1794)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "Wrtten for very stupid children"
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    The book isn't bad. But it telegraphs every reveal so much that I feel like its going. "Hey can you guess what is about to happen, can you? What if I give you a hint? TWO HINTS? Eh? eh? eh? You guest it yet? Don't you feel cleaver? Good for you."

    Seriously, I wont give the details exactly in case someone reads my review who would otherwise enjoy the "surprise!"

    But if you can't guess who Percy's Jacksons father is long before the book tells you, then you may not be very bright or you are a very young kid with no previous understanding of Greek mythology.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by "stepping". A new "America" - Valhalla - is emerging more than a million steps from Datum - our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.

    Amazon Customer says: "Meh"
    "A Long War to Humanity v Next"
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    The Long war continues exploring the universe created in the long world. In this book Baxter and Pratchett explore what happens to human society when the pressures of scares resources and space is removed. Specifically, how old mental paradigms and the people who have lived all their lives with them deal with no longer being valid. The long war is specifically the conflict between those who adapt quickly to the new realities and start taking advantages of the new freedoms and those who want to deny that they need to change to live in a universe that has two new demotions.

    Unlike a majority of Pratchett’s works, this is not a comedy. There is humor in it, but this book is more a philosophical exploration of human society, prospecting, exploration, colonization driven through a science fiction setting. There is little attempt to explain jumping, why it is possible, but a lot on the consequences of it. The root appears to be a variation of the multi-world theory based loosely on a branch of quantum theory. This is however, not hard science fiction; more Douglas Adams than Isaac Asimov.

    Overall, it was a fun read with an interesting insight into humanity. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to explore new and interesting worlds.



    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • X Minus One: Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series

    • ORIGINAL (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others
    • Narrated By Old Time Radio
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dying Art Form: Great Old Time Radio Sci Fi"
    "SciFi Classics in 30 minute segments"
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    X – 1 does a wonderful job boiling down some of the best science fiction of early 20th century into 30 minute dramas. Like with any abridgement, the stories as written by their original authors are almost always better, but this radio series gives you exposure to stories and authors you might otherwise have missed.
    Additionally, the show is just entertaining. It was well put together and performed.

    Finally, this is an interesting peek into entertainment history. Before the TV was king, these radio shows were are central part of the American persona.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Night of Blacker Darkness: Being the Memoir of Frederick Whithers As Edited by Cecil G. Bagsworth III

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN AUDIONo one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real.

    Bruce Allred says: "A tale of vampires, money, mishap and great minds"
    "Gothic Farce"
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    Pretty much says it all. “A Night of Blacker Darkness,” is a ?fresh? take on the classic genre of the British farce. Set in a world of vampires, vampire hunters, criminals and constables, this book follows the unlucky protagonist as he tries to convince everyone that a he is not a vampire. Overall, it made me laugh and if you are looking for a light read with silly circumstance and a touch of gothic, this may be the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gone-Away World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

    David says: "Awesome style, kickin' story with many tangents"
    "Good book however, not like Pratchett and Adams"
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    This book is uneven. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t bad. It is in fact very good verging on quite excellent in places. I think I’ll remember Master Wu and his story of hunting ninjas and the secret for quite some time as cleaver, funny, and touching.

    However, it starts out as a collection of lightly inner connected pros that could easily be independent and then enters a long story of the core of the book and switches quite a bit. The pacing changes frequently enough to distract from rather than enhance the story telling. It actually reminds me quite a bit of the works Haruki Murakami, however Haruki is more skillful in changing pace.

    All that being said there is no page, nor paragraph that I could point to and say that it is not witty, well written and entertaining. I did however at several points have to stop, and listen to or read something else before I could return to this book.

    Now, here is the point I really wanted to talk about. I bought this book because when I read reviews here and at amazon.com, I saw several that compared this work to those of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Nope. Not a thing like. Sure there is humor, but this is more like Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. Which is to say it is honestly and truly well writing and does have a dry and sarcastic wit to it, but it isn’t a thing like the over the top and silly dry humor of Pratchett or Adams. Shame really as I would love to find someone like Pratchett, Adams, Wodehouse, possible more Adams and Pratchett than Wodehouse really. This book is, alas, not it. Eoin Colfer is also quite good though most of his books are targeted at a teen and younger audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Folklore of Discworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

    Sara says: "An interesting listen"
    "Mostly a very interesting listen"
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    I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett and I quite enjoyed listening to some the background behind the myths and tales from which the discworld borrows. My only complaint is that is spent far too many chapters talking about the Tiffany Aching novels and not enough time on the earlier works. Further, I would have loved to have Nation and Long earth included in the analysis even though they aren’t discworld books. However, overall it was quite informative, interesting, and entertaining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Gulliver's Travels: The Complete Series 1 (BBC Radio 4: Comedy)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Dare
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson, Mariah Gale
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    We hear about Brian's travels in Gelbetia, a country run by doctors; Juradia, where every other person is a lawyer; Osminia, a land where marriage is outlawed; Sham, a country where alternative therapies abound; Erosia, which has a very different view of sexual politics; and Jampoa, where fame definitely equals fortune.

    LeahH says: "Excellent dramatisation. Very funny"
    "Light hearted and fun to read."
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    This light hearted comedy follows the travels of Brian Gulliver into marvelous and very fictional lands. Each of these lands represents the logical extreme of many of modern ideas including a land run by doctors, a land run by back to earth people, a land of just 1 law and many other fantastical scenarios. The stories are well told and very funny. If you are a fan of BBC humor, you will very likely enjoy this series. I am personally hopeful that there will be a series 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delete This at Your Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Neil Forsyth
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This is a hilarious collection of email exchanges starring the anti-hero of spam, Bob Servant. Spam is the plague of the electronic age, comprising 90% of all emails sent and conning over £150 million a year from British victims. Into this wave of corruption steps the brave figure of Bob Servant - a former window cleaner and cheeseburger magnate with a love of wine, women and song as well as a keen sense of fair play.

    John Williams says: "Too much and Too redundant"
    "Too much and Too redundant"
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    I quite enjoyed the first story. After years of getting spam, it is quite enjoyable to hear someone putting one over on the scammers and the spammers. However, the pleasure is quickly reduced as the overall theme simply repeats over and over again. I would say this is the equivalent of prank calls with the sole difference that the victims are getting their just treatment.
    I could see why others would enjoy this book, but for me, the humor was shallow. Perhaps 1 short story would work, but as a large collection it is just appalling.

    The author can be quite witty and as such, I would give this book a 2 even though I couldn’t personally finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Nathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Curt Weeden, Richard Marek
    • Narrated By Wyntner Woody
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions,and Rick Bullock is about to learn just how true that is. Bullock takes the road less traveled when he quits his job as an advertising executive to become director of a homeless shelter. Trading in a six-figure salary for paltry pay and even less respect? Costly. But helping one man get back on his feet? Priceless. When Zeus, a mentally challenged gentle giant and longtime shelter resident, is arrested for murdering evangelist Benjamin Kurios, Bullock wants answers.

    John Williams says: "Fun and humorous"
    "Fun and humorous"
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    Fun little adventure into conspiracy and corruptions. The story is light and entertaining and while it centers around one of America’s largest political hot topics, the author doesn’t express favor for either side of the argument and it only serves as a driving force and background for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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