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Flavius

Morro Bay, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2887)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2670)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "MHI Fans Won't Be Disappointed"
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    Most people reading this review have already read the three previous books in this series (if you haven't, stop reading now, and pick up "Monster Hunter International--you'll be glad you did). If so, then don't hesitate to download this book. Correia is back with a great new story, ably assisted by Oliver Wyman, who is at his best in this book.

    The writing is tighter in this installment than in at least the previous two, but Correia seems to have lost none of his enthusiasm for his characters. Most of your old faves are back, plus the guys you love to hate. MHL introduces new players to the scene, and makes more expanded use of some which heretofore had been minor characters. New allies, new enemies, new monsters--with Las Vegas as a backdrop. Fans of MHI can't go wrong with this one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

    Greg says: "It's as if this book was written for me!"
    "The "Citizen Kane" of Comic Book Companies"
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    It's been a while since I've been drawn so completely in to a work of non-fiction. "MCTUS" was a wonderful, informative read, and ultimately, for me, a bit of a sad one.

    It's difficult for me to gague how much appeal this book will have for people who aren't comics fans or interested in publishing. It's well-written, and moves quickly, but the repeated rises and falls of a pop-culture phenomenon might not thrill casual observers.

    But this book meant the world to me. I grew up reading Marvel Comics, and so many of the characters and creaters seemed almost like old friends to me. I was suprirsed at how much I didn't know about the behind-the-scenes maneurvering, marketing-driven titles, and revolving editorial mandates.

    This book is a rich tapestry of Marvel history, from its derivative, pulp beginnings just before WWII to the mega-movie franchises of today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside. The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.

    And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Good Psychological Horror + Monster"
    "A Fast-Moving, Engaging Thriller"
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    Okay, I'll admit that I'm a sucker for a creepy setting, and an isolated, snow-bound madhouse offers plenty of that. The setting is very much a part of the story, and its effective use by the author, along with a collection of characters we can identify with (or at least recognize) and care about, contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the book.

    Not all of the characters are likable, by any means, but I enjoyed them all, and often, I was a little suprised wihen some of them (no spoilers) were killed, even though I'd been expecting it.

    "The Loon" is a fun, unashamedly B-movie of a read, with equal parts mad-science horror and psycological terror. This was a quick, satisfying listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descent Into the Depths of the Earth: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Kidd
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The ranger and the faerie are back! Fresh from their encounter at White Plume Mountain, the Justicar and Escalla are on the way to Hommlet. But life around a pixie is never exactly...stable. Escalla is drawn into the intrigues of the faerie court. Before he knows it, to save her life the Justicar is on his way into the depts of the earth to fight hobgoblins, drow, and the queen of the demonweb pits. For an adventurer, it's all in a day's work.

    Flavius says: "No One Touches The Fairy!"
    "No One Touches The Fairy!"
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    Haviing listened to "White Plume Mountain" (the first book in this series; it's not absolutely necessary to listen to it first, but I recommend it), I knew excactly what to expect from this book, and I got it: a fast-moving and light-hearted dungeon crawl with plenty of action and humor. In addition, this book also has a fun element of court intrigue.

    The trio from White Plume Mountain retuns in "Descent," with the addition of a new, unskilled team member, Private Henry. I particularly enjoyed the development of this character.

    This was a fun, fairly light listen that kept my interest throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (367)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    J. Green says: "So entertaining"
    "Another Gritty Triumph For McKinty"
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    Sean Duffy can't seem to catch a break. Though clever,well-read,witty and possessed of a certain broken charm, Duffy is a man constantly asking for--and receiving trouble. A catholic cop who lives in a protestant world, Duffy has never yet been able to bring a killer to justice, and all he has to show for his efforts are a lot of scars.

    "Sirens" brings us to a Belfast which has been given a sliver of hope in the form of the DeLorean Motor Company. As McKinty seems to do so well, he seamlessly weaves his fictional world around the sometimes stranger-than-life events of actual history.

    I can't speak highly enough of the narrator, Gerard Doyle, who hops effortlessly between accents and dialects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Kandahar Battle Described As Never Before"
    "A Soldier's-Eye View of the Afghanistan Conflict"
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    'Lions of Kandahar' brings the combat close--sometimes too close for comfort. It's a gritty, valiant look at one man's experiences in the recent conflict. This unique focus has its advantages and disadvantages. The author's intimate knowledge of the subject makes for a detailed and compelling read, and because the team is so small, it's easy to keep track of the various participants in course of the battles. However, at the same time this narrow focus does not lend itself to an understanding of "the bigger picture" regarding Afghanistan, or how the events depicted in "Lions" fit in to that bigger picture.

    The narration is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Plume Mountain: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Paul Kidd
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    A remorseless ranger. A sentient hell hound pelt with a penchant for pyromania. An irksome pixie who sells intrigue and information. Three companions who find themselves trapped in a city filled with warring priestly factions, devious machinations, and an angry fiend. To save the city, they must find three weapons of power, which lie in the most trap-laden, monster-infested place this side of Acererak's tomb: White Plume Mountain.

    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer says: "A trip down memory lane...with monsters."
    "Fast-paced, Adventuresome Fun"
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    White Plume Mountain is a novelization of a classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure from the late 70's and early 80s. This book is full of action, with plenty of vile monsters and despicable humans to keep the story racing from point to point.

    WPM manages to be well-written and well-crafted story, without ever taking itself too seriously. The characters aren't deep, but they are fun, and the reader knows exactly how to feel about them.

    This is not an epic fantasy novel. If you're looking for 'The Lord of the Rings,' you won't find it here, but what you will find should be a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Five by Five

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson, Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Five short novels by five masters of military science fiction. It’s a war out there. In these pulse-pounding tales, the best (or worst) soldiers in the galaxy are pitted against powerful aliens on distant battlefields. Never-before-published stories about monsters, deadly combat tech, treachery, and honor.

    Flavius says: "Lock & Load!"
    "Lock & Load!"
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    This was a pleasant surprise. Five unrelated sci-fi combat novellas which I could intersperse between other books. I enjoyed all five stories, although some much more than others. I found the stories toward the end of the collection to be the strongest, which I always appreciate.

    I enjoyed the different styles and the authors' respective takes on the genre. These are good fun, not too heavy, but by no means fluff.

    The narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Rise: Thunder Rise Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By G. Wayne Miller
    • Narrated By Joel Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Something is happening to the children of Morgantown... One by one, they are claimed by a strange illness that cannot be identified. Night after night, they are haunted by terrifying creatures that invade their dreams. Moment to moment, they dread the final hours of daylight.

    coreybeth says: "GREAT original plot - nonstop thriller"
    "Forgettable and Lifeless"
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    I don't want to be too harsh in my review, because 1) there's still a lot that's done right in this book, and 2), other readers/listeners might not be put off by the same aspects of the work I was.

    I liked the premise: an unspeakable evil has reawakened to victimize a small, relatively isolated community, preying on the community's most vulnerable members: children. G Wayne Miller writes well, and the book's overall outline/plot arc is entertaining, if overlong.

    However, none of the characters in the book is particularly well-drawn out (in fact, two relatively minor characters are inexplicably given more detailed backgrounds than most of the principles). Moreover, I found several of the main characters to be fairly unlikable, although I don't believe that's the author's intention..The protagonist in particular seems to be kind of a jerk, waging a not-so-private war with his ex-wife (a nasty piece of work herself) at the expense of their daughter. But at the worst, their seemed to be no life to these characters.

    And one VERY big complaint I have, which is no fault of either the writer or the narrator, is that the audio production is very sloppy in places. This ranges from weird buzzing sounds after chapters (tolerable), to long (maybe 45 seconds or so) periods of silence (not too cool) to the volume actually going out for a few seconds and then coming back as if a volume knob had been lowered and then raised, interrupting the text (unacceptable).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rennie Airth
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

    Nancy J says: "New Mystery Written in 1920's Style-What A Thrill!"
    "This Mystery Does Not Sacrifice Story"
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    River of Darkness exceeded my expectations. I thought I was buying a detective yarn, where a brilliant detective would be paired against a wily and diabolical killer, chasing clue after clue until finally piecing together the mystery. And make no mistake, those elements are strong throughout the book, but at the same time, RoD offers quite a bit more.

    Like all the best stories, this is really about living people, not murders. This is somewhat ironic, given that when we first meet him, the protagonist is a man in many respects already dead. Set just a few years after WWI, the echoes of that terrible conflict are still very much present in the world of "River." It seems to stain combatants and non-combatants alike, men and women both.

    Despite the grisly subject matter and the sense of ennui that seems to surround so many of the characters when we first meet them, this is ultimately a positive, redemptive book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (740)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Kim Venatries says: "Go for Maberry…Need More Please!"
    "A Solid Installment"
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    If you haven't read the 4 previous "Joe Ledger" books (plus a number of short stories), you'd be well-served to check them out first. There's a reason this series has reached (so far) five volumes.

    This book is the most ambitious in terms of scope, and hints at developments in future books. "Extinction Machine" is also a refreshing departure from the previous books in that, even with an omniscient narrator, we're not really sure what's going on until the end, and then only maybe.

    Maberry likes to punish his characters, and in this installment especially so. "Extinction Machine" is definitely the darkest book so far in the series.

    As always, Ray Porter's narration is spot-on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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