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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
    (3622)
    Performance
    (3357)
    Story
    (3366)

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    For the first time ever, the full story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - not only what really happened but why, and how mythology has led us to completely misinterpret the real history of the frontier. Combining cinematic storytelling with prodigious research, The Last Gunfight upends conventional wisdom about what the West was really like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday really were, and what actually happened in Tombstone on that cold day in October 1881.

    K. says: "Better Than Advertised - An Important story"
    "The Gunfight They're Still Talking About"
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    I really liked Jeff Guinn’s The Last Gunfight. It had remained in my wish list for some time because I wasn’t sure that a thirteen hour book about an event that was over within minutes would hold my interest. TLG more than held my interest—I found myself listening to it every chance I got. It was an enjoyable and educational “read,” and I was satisfied when it drew to an end.

    Guinn depicts an Old West that is at times different from what we’ve seen in movies, but it is every bit as exciting. The author does a good job of bringing his characters to life, and at times clearing up myths. A standout aspect of the work is how skillfully Guinn depicts the web of events which led to the so-called “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” putting them in context, so that the reader can easily understand the motivations of both parties leading to the fight which it appears nobody really wanted. Moreover, the author does a great job of showing not only how history affected events in Tombstone, but also the impact those events had on history.

    As at least one other reviewer has pointed out, the author does take some license with his characters in ascribing them motives and thoughts he could only be guessing at. This seems largely to be even-handed, except in one or two instances where Guinn seems to have taken an active dislike to his subjects, and seems to magnify and dwell upon their foibles.

    This book was a nice surprise. I particularly recommend it for readers interested in American history or the Old West. The narrator was well-suited to the material and delivers an enjoyable, unobtrusive performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "WOW"
    "The Fall of a Great City"
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    Returning to the once-thriving Detroit after a prolonged absence, native son Charlie LeDuff , much like the narrator in Shelley’s “Ozymandias,” encounters a ruined wonder, its former glories in tatters and serving now only to mock it. The difference is that the fabled Detroit of yesteryear is not ancient history to LeDuff, but a very real part of his memory (or perhaps social memory, as the city had already been in decline according to LeDuff), and all the more painful for the seeming impossibility of changing its course.
    There are some upbeat moments in “Detroit,” if no real happy ones, but they are few. Mostly, it is a gritty and passionate look at a doomed city, riddled with corruption, cronyism, inefficiency and despair. LeDuff manages to care enough about his subject that reading through this list of tragedies doesn’t feel too lurid The author injects himself liberally into the book, and sometimes it’s difficult (deliberately so, I suspect) to separate the author’s story from the city’s story, but it is in these comingled themes that the book is at its most personal and most powerful.
    Ultimately this book is akin to battlefield reporting. It focuses on skirmish after skirmish in a much larger and altogether more murky war. This is not a redemptive book. There are no answers, only troubling, heartbreaking pictures. LeDuff believes that Detroit is a bellwether for America in general, having signaled the nation’s postwar rise and now serving as a grim harbinger of things to come. As intriguing and provocative as this notion is, LeDuff never explores it in any depth.
    “Detroit” was informative, and kept my interest throughout. Eric Martin’s narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (871)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "Post-Apocalyptic Fiction With Character"
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    "The Junkie Quatrain" took me by surprise. The reveiws I read were rather lukewarm, and while I've enjoyed some of Clines' other stuff, he's never wowed me, so I was essentially looking for something which wasn't awful.

    Not only is TJQ not awful, it's pretty damn good. It's composed of four shortish stories, all of which function well enough on their own, but when taken as a whole provide a much richer experience.

    This book features a diverse variety of characters, but they're believable and human, and are the real stars of the story. The infected are merely a facet of the environment and setting (although they're a big facet; never fear). The story remains rooted in people with whom we can, if only in some small way, identify.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    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
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    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
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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.

    Graymouser65 says: "Hoopie!"
    "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
    (643)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (566)

    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?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "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
    (247)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (222)

    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
    (84)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    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

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