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John D. Grote

Covington, KY | Member Since 2001

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  • Titus Groan: Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    Benjamin L. Alpers says: "Count Me Among the Peake Fans"
    "Not your average novel"
    Overall

    Titus Groan is unlike most novels that rush to get to the end. Peake treats his story like life, that it is not so much getting to the destination that's the real goal, but the journey itself that's the real fun of it all. And what a journey it is! He writes in silvery images on moonlight that creats a portrait of fine art, not just a story.

    The Gormenghast trilogy is (like Carroll's Alice in Wonderland) a satire on British society which is both funny and tragic. It explores a marvelous wonderland of its own behind the endless sprawling walls of the Groan's castle and puts the reader inside the workings of a stuffy upperclass and into the shoes of the working class peasants, all the while making us laugh at ourselves.

    The Gormeghast books are a masterpiece of 20th century literature. The environment Peake creats IS the point of the story, a world that can immerse the reader and make you hope that you don't get to the end too quickly or you might miss the roses growing along the way.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • 2012: The War for Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

    Patrick says: "Meh..."
    "NOT for Strieber Fans"
    Overall

    I have been reading Whitley Strieber's books for 35 years when I first picked up a copy of "The Wolfen". I have followed him through fascinating books such as "The Hunger", my personal favorite "Billy", and the Lilith vampire series. I found his "Communion" novels fascinating and enjoyed his return to fiction with "The Grays". Thus I had high hopes for "2012". It is a mess.

    "2012" is a tale of parallel universes with various characters moving from world to world, changing names and allegiance, all serving no real purpose. Following a cohesive story line is nearly impossible. It's as if the author took every cliche he could think of, tossed them in a hat, and picked a new theme for each chapter. Therefore we are presented with a tale of aliens, zombies, mutilations, psychics, right wing conspiracy, auto-writing, Mayan myth, religious ideology, ecology, ghosts, and cannibalism.

    I really wanted to like this book, but poor editing and improper tenses make the non-sensical plot hard to find. One of the charecters in the book is writing a novel because he needs "a book that sells in order to put food on the table." That book is finished by his adolessent son. One wonders if this is too close to the truth for "2012 the War for Souls"

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "One of Preston's best"
    Overall

    As a longtime reader of Douglas Preston's books, I found this to be one of his best reads to date. I would give the book itself five stars, but the barely adiquate reader would only merit a three. Like his previous efforts, Mr Preston mixes cutting edge science with enough fiction to create a great ride that is hard to put down.

    Dispite its title or some other reviews, this is NOT an anti-Christian book or an anti-religion book but it does have some charecters that behave in very stereotipical ways which actually add to the fun of the novel.

    If you are a fan of Preston/Child or Michael Crichton techno science, give it a try. I went out and purchased the hard cover to read on my own without the reader and enjoyed it even more!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "All Action, No Passion"
    Overall

    This book seemed to have everything going for it... Lots of action, romance, and Scott Brick. Unfortunately it had no soul, no passion, and no excitement. There was nothing to make the reader want to take the trip with these charecters and it quickly became boring and dull, even with the James Bond like battles. After each cliff-hanger escape it's just a ho-hum, what's next. What promised to be a great read turned out to be a poorly prepared book that tried to put everything but the kitchen sink in with snippits of plot from every action thriller he could steal. The result is a miss-mash of sequences with nothing much to make it exciting. Well read by Brick which is the only reason it rates two stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (367)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "Clone wars-CSI: volume 2"
    Overall

    This is a great followup to Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. This installment has a little less dective work, a little more action/adventure, and a lot more humor. I did miss the fantastic narration of Scott Brick from the first book, but John Lloyd does an adequate job in giving life to some of the best characters that Dean Koontz has created in a long time. If you enjoyed Book one, you've probably already anxiously awaited this volume. Other than the narration, it doesn't disappoint. If you haven't started this series yet, you're missing one of the best sci-fi-horror-police-mystery series to come along in a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (505)

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "CSI -Transylvania"
    Overall

    I have read most of Mr. Koontz books over the years, and dispite several disapointing recent books, I believe that when he is "on" there is no better writer in the country today. With Frankenstein, Koontz is definately on! Presented as the first part of a series, this is the volume that lays down the backround and introduces it's odd but believable characters. Read with emotion by Scott Brick, we are treated to a modern day, historical, science fiction, horror mystery, police detective story with just enough humor to hold your interest all the way through. Plan on listening to this title in one session, because you won't want to put it down.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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