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Jerry

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  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "No plot although some funny quips; reader is good"
    Overall

    The reader of this book is very good. However, the book itself just goes nowhere. Halfway through I kept asking myself--where is this book going? Unfortunately there was no pay off. It's just a random string of events concerning a bunch of people that are very un-likeable. There is no payoff and no real redemption for any of the characters. The only thing that makes up for it is the sometimes very funny quips and odd "insights" that the fictional author comes up with. The reader is also very good which made getting through the book bearable. However, I was very disappointed after hearing/reading True Grit. I can't believe the same author wrote both books...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (446)

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    Overall

    This is by far my favorite Piers Anthony Series. It has one of the best plots involving science fiction and fantasy of any author in either genre. The dialog sometimes is a little stilted but it's a fun adventure and is great for those who aren't die-hard fantasy fans. The overall plot involving a world with two different "frames"--one of science and one of fantasy--is wonderfully done and easily justifies the three books. The last book in the series, Juxtaposition, is a roller coaster ride of increasing stakes as the hero overcomes his enemies and saves both worlds. This series is really meant for adults and older teens as it includes nudity and nongraphic sexuality. There is no "bad language" but the themes are very much adult-oriented. I wish someone would buy the movie rights to this series as it would make an awesome set of movies to rival the best fantasy/sci fi out there.

    I didn't like the narrator very much at first but he kind of grew on me. By the third book I actually enjoyed listening to him. He has a rather "bland" voice but is able to differentiate some of the characters so you can tell who is who. If you like reading and have the time I recommend reading this series first. But if you don't, definitely get the audio book and give the first book a little bit of time. It starts slow but picks up pretty fast and then never stops until the end!

    In short, if you like Piers Anthony, you will LOVE this series. It's his best by far. And if you've never read Piers Anthony before, read this series first! It's far superior to his other works.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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