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Tim

Poulsbo, WA, United States | Member Since 2016

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  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (320)

    “Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

    Shaun says: "Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation."
    "I love everything Hunter Thompson"
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    I think a lot of people can relate to Hunter Thompson in the deeper recesses of their minds, but he rarely kept his deepest darkest thoughts to himself. With very few filters he was a wealth of outrageous statements, wrapped in paranoia and probably self doubt...but its hard not to laugh at his correspondence that tells someone that he'd "like to kill them or at least shove their manuscript up their ass" and then signs the letter "Sincerely" and an encouraging "keep up the good work" and " have a nice day", now come on, that's funny.
    The book skips around a bit but overall covers his years with Rolling Stone Magazine including his most notable writings and musings of friends and acquaintances.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (989)

    The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

    Chris Robbins says: "Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone"
    "Standard Christopher Moore Fare, top notch"
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    Zany characters, funny dialog, hints of social comment without offending, this is what I expect from Christopher Moore and he successfully delivers. Whats not to like about a stoned local cop, a crazy B movie actress, saucy old bar owner, crooked sheriff, prescription happy mental health therapist and pharmacist, an insecure biologist, a town in the throws of sexual urgency, oh, and a 100' creature from the ocean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1775)
    Story
    (1769)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    John says: "The Dangerous Gamble"
    "Among the most reliable good authors in my library"
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    Once again I am taken back to the period known as "The Troubles" in Ireland and am reminded of the Intense violence, stress and anxiety that was part of that time. I personally really enjoy the authentic Irish brogue Gerald Doyle brings to the book. Another journey into the police vs. IRA, the north vs. south, British vs. Irish rule, Catholic vs. Protestant and the personal toll it took. Imagine being a police officer and having to check under your car each morning to be sure no one planted a bomb under it, or entering a city that held constant threats to your well being. Wrapped in a mystery these books offer very colorful description of the Troubles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (12615)
    Performance
    (9889)
    Story
    (9890)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Improves on American Gods"
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    This book is a backstory of one of the characters introduced in American Gods, so it is helpful to have read that book but in no way a requirement. Short of a little background I think it stands on its own fairly well. The narration is great and the humor and story line combine for an interesting and original tale. The story captures the British humor Gaiman often shows in his work along with the sing song, proverbial nature of the main characters of African descent. It is the humor that raises this book above American Gods, in my eyes, or ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
    Overall
    (37581)
    Performance
    (34855)
    Story
    (34823)

    Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

    Nightveil says: "10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read"
    "Almost great"
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    First let me recommend one of the follow ups to this novel, "The Anansi Boys" which takes a thread from this novel and details it in a much lighter more captivating manner. After reading this book I was left wondering what I was supposed to think, rather than having a strong like or dislike for it. Am I supposed to understand that America has created its own gods that are less relevant or important than ancient gods? Or should I think that all gods are equal, should I be offended that the writer thinks Americans are shallow, blind? I don't think any of these things are true. Every country I have lived in and visited is filled with sophisticates and dullards, workers and users, kind hearted and shiftless, god fearing and pragmatically scientific. The story was too jerky to feel comfortable to me and held just a hint of elitism that was off putting. I suspect the fact that I missed the overall point, if there was one, is indication that I was not Gaiman's target, but I still enjoy many of his other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locker Nine: A Novel of Societal Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Franklin Horton
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1076)

    Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE WORLD HAS BECOME GRAND THEFT AUTO"
    "So hard to write a great prepper book"
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    This was a 3.5 and after many reviews I really would like to see audible make it a 10 point rating, some lesser books, like this, are worth the read but just not up to the 4 star stuff.
    I really enjoyed the first part of the book, young girl in peril, smart and lucky enough to have been acquainted with the outdoors and survival. The second half of the book, more intense but somehow less satisfying. It was filled with action sequences but they didn't delve enough into what some the characters were thinking, the action didn't flow well.

    The narrator, Kevin Pierce , was not bad, but not good enough to really draw you into the story. A little more emotion during action scenes, a little better differentiation of voices would help along with a more appropriate voice for the antagonist.

    Overall I would give it 3.5 and I may read book 2 depending on reviews I read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2478)
    Performance
    (2296)
    Story
    (2292)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    David says: "I NEED A CIGARETTE!"
    "Lots of action, storyline pushes credibility"
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    good time overall action ride. not enough angst to compare with the best military thrillers and the protagonists crossed so far over the reality line it lost my attention part way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1874)
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    (1869)

    Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

    Billy says: "Brilliant. I do have one criticism."
    "I skipped large sections and missed nothing"
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    I know a lot of people love this guys writing, I find it lacking in flow and inconsistent in message and character. The use of blood and gore and violence became so oversaturated it was beyond Reservoir Dogs or the Wild Bunch and even less focused. No humor in his writing at all. Mans fall into insanity and depravity and then redemption is no new story and this is offers no new view of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spook Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    A thrilling fourth installment in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series. What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don't remember they're secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good? These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Service to watch him.

    Aaron says: "Great Series"
    "All my favorite stuff"
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    Curmudgeon old spy with wonderfully outlandish dry British humor. Staff of misfits, intrigue from without and within, brilliantly read, what is not to love?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1748)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Raymond says: "Great Listen for IT People"
    "too much jargon"
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    Like many others I came across this book because my favorite genre's include fantasy, technology, mystery, science fiction, humor (British humor particularly appeals to me) and heroes, especially the triumph of the little guy, Yay! Well this book had all that but the story just didn't hang together well. Way too much jargon, mixed factual with made up tech theory, a little too much British jargon. I'm pretty well versed in the colloquial and slang (from a U.S. point of view) but there were so many British initial and references that I was not familiar with I was a bit lost sometimes. This story would have been easier to read with less of the made up techy stuff, I get that the author probably has a good background in physics but this was just too much.

    The narrator did a good job with all the characters. I just found many of the characters not "fleshed out" enough and the book ended up being not quite as much a spoof as Men in Black, not quite as clever as Hitchhikers Guide and not as compelling as Dresden. Much of the book I actually enjoyed but with so many series to follow I think I'll let this one go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3909)
    Performance
    (3603)
    Story
    (3590)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!"
    "Maybe a few too many suspects"
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    This story is certainly professionally written in that it flows well and includes interesting characters and a good balance of action, intrigue and character development. I enjoyed the narrator who, as is expected these days, infused the story with emotion and voice variations for different characters.

    I am on the fence regarding reading follow up books because:

    1. Some of the twists in the plot were not well camouflaged so no surprise when they were revealed

    2. The main character made a number decisions that were inconsistent with his previous actions (he's a smart worldly guy, so why did he.... ok, no spoilers but some of his decisions were real head scratchers). We've all read, otherwise good books, where the author builds a character who is smart, intuitive, strong... and then does something so naïve or foolhardy it doesn't fit the character. This is one of those books.

    3. Rather than the main character slowly putting the pieces together via the plot, about 2/3 of the way through this story, one of the secondary characters simply gives us a basket full of relevant information that heretofore could never have been divined.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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