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Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 133 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Heard it was good - very disappointed"
    What could Ernest Cline have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book itself is extremely predictable and bland. The story is simplistic and the characters are flat. I'm not sure exactly what could be done to help it - it would need a significant overhaul in order to be quality fiction as far as I'm concerned.

    To be clear - I'm no English major - I don't read great works of fiction as a habit. I love sci-fi and fantasy - this just isn't a very good book.

    Did Wil Wheaton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Wil Wheaton, though very famous, is not a very good reader. He doesn't differentiate the characters unless they are utterly inhuman (I could usually tell when a computer was talking). His cadence is repetitive and contentless - it sounds like he doesn't know what he's saying.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    There were a couple sections where I was genuinely excited, but generally I felt irritated while I was listening to this book.

    Any additional comments?

    Essentially, if you want to feel like a hip nerd when you hear the names of your favorite games, movies, and TV shows in a book that takes place in the future, this book is probably for you. I, however, felt like the author was using nostalgia in the cheapest way possible - literally just mentioning old things - to engage the audience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Surprisingly Bad"
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    I've never met anyone who raved about the Dresden Files, but I'd been hearing about them more and more lately, so I thought I'd give them a try. The idea of a fantasy/detective novel was appealing to me. But it was surprisingly bad.

    And so, I will not try another book by Jim Butcher, but I'd consider another read by James Marsters.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    No. His characters are flat and the writing is bland, but the thing that really got in my craw was his treatment of women. The women in the story participate in the story exclusively as sexy damsels in distress. The main character is sooooo chivalrous, don't you just admire his old fashioned ideals? No. No, I don't. It reads like nerdy, white, male, hetero, wish fulfillment: "Wouldn't it be great if I were a badass wizard and all the women around me were hot objects of my desire that liked my black trenchcoat?" I see that it is a kind of reference to old pulp novels, but it carried so much of the bad along with the good. I'm frankly a little surprised there are so many of these books.

    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I love his vocal quality. He laughably mispronounced "spellslinger", but other than that he did a pretty good job. I'd totally listen to another book that he read.

    Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to write this review in the hopes that the average rating will go down and other people will be warned not to spend their money and time on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Cheesy, but delightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book will not change your life, but it is definitely entertaining if you enjoy sci-fi/fantasy. It reads a bit like it wants to be a movie, the characters aren't deep and neither is the plot. But its just odd enough that I really couldn't stop listening. Plus the reader is quite good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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