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Jesse

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Snohomish, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (277)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Acacia says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Left me feeling empty and hurt"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was a horrible twist at the end, and then it just trails off without any resolution.


    Has The Land of Laughs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just made me more wary of Neil's list. I love Neil Gaiman's work, but I'm now questioning his list.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Saxony.


    What character would you cut from The Land of Laughs?

    None.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (531)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "Very dated and anticlimatic"
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    Any additional comments?

    The author of this book only extrapolates on a few select parts of the whole into the future; the rest of tech, culture, psychology, science, everything is taken straight from the late 1970's as they are, and it shows. I'm sure for its time it was genius, but the author's sever lack of thoroughness (or just laziness) in his world-building made this novel dated by even the 1990's, and by 2014 (as I write this) it's constant throwing of anachronisms in your face while pretending to be a good bit into the future makes the suspension of disbelief difficult at best. Even the science gets several things that were reasonably-well-known back then obviously wrong. There are numerous other examples from within the prior 10 years that got this right and are hardly dated at all, even now, so it wasn't just the time.

    My other complaint about this book is that it is seriously anticlimactic. It almost feels like the author believes that what he's writing near the end is a good climax, but not only has it been thrown in our face from nearly the beginning what was going to happen, the way it plays out makes you feel like, about a third of the way into an action movie's climax, everyone just stops, shrugs, says something like, "Whatever. I'm bored," and walks away to eat some potatoes. There's a little bit of (expected) emotional build-up, but then it just sputters out and the author ends it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Garrett PI meets Hellequin"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It's a bit cheesy at times, but it's a bunch of fun, and if you like Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series and Steven J McHugh's Hellequin series, you'll love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (708)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Sweet, meandering story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a sweet, meandering story of a few weeks in the life of the immortal Minotaur. Very well written, very well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (593)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "Okay story; very hard to relate to the characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The plot was decent but slow at many points, and the characters were shallow and hard to relate to. They felt more puppets, jerking without consistency to the pre-determined plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (418)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Decent story, distracting narration"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is decent, typical Eddings fare - middle-grade to YA, simplistic dialog, obvious plot (thrown in your face some times), but still mostly fun. It's a good "fill-in-the-blanks" backstory for the Belgariad / Mallorean universe. My only real problem with it was the narrator, who was severely distracting in his constant "smarmy-used-car-salesman-meets-movie-trailer-narrator" voice, and often his inflections on things conveyed a very different emotion from what the story at that point was trying to convey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape Route

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jared Doreck
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    The starship Lady Macbeth encounters a long-abandoned alien spacecraft, with its escape route still intact - but leading where? If the crew claims salvage rights, the technology inside could make them wealthy enough to buy planets. But first they need to make sure it's as empty as it seems.

    Billy says: "Narration was distracting"
    "Excellent short story, but horribly over-acted."
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    What did you like best about Escape Route? What did you like least?

    Excellent story, typical of Peter F Hamilton - thoroughly detailed, with every aspect of life well thought-through, down to the individual life stories, views, and personalities of even the minor characters. He is one of the premier world-builders in sci-fi, and even in this short story his attention to detail is amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. The way Peter pulls in every aspect of life, and then


    What didn’t you like about Jared Doreck’s performance?

    His over-acting exceeded even Shatner's, and covered nearly every character, going completely over-the-top for many, making them crude caricatures of their written selves. Further, between every scene there is nearly 30 seconds of distracting


    Do you think Escape Route needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, because it fits into an existing series by the same author.


    Any additional comments?

    It's too bad this story was ruined by the horrible voice acting and production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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