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Ryan

CA, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7578)
    Performance
    (5338)
    Story
    (5331)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Bill S. says: "Still Good"
    "A Narnia-esque tale with Stephen King approach"
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    What I really enjoyed about this book was the author's approach to the Narnia-type tale. I say Narnia because that's the first thing that spring's to mind, but many stories have navigated those same waters, from 'Alice in Wonderland' to the film 'Labyrinth'. King takes that literary trope and paints an alternate world setting that makes for a great adventure.

    I give this book 4 out of 5 stars only because Stephen King's style and outlook don't quite resonate with me. That's not unique to this novel though. I've read many of this other works while I think he's quite talented, I don't get that resonance I feel with my favorite authors.

    That's just a matter of preference however. I admire Stephen King; he is so prolific and consistently produces quality craftsmanship.

    If you're a fan of Stephen King and the kind of story I've described, you'll no doubt give this 5 stars. If, like me, you're a fair-weather Stephen King reader and like the premise of this book, I' still recommend it even though you may like it a shade less than folks with that King connection.

    In either case, you're in for something nice, and the 28 hour length makes it well worth a credit.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dealing with Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (617)

    Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

    Leon says: "Clever story, unspeakably awful performance"
    "Performance/narration is god awful"
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    Read this book 25 years ago as a child. Loved it. Thought I'd revisit it in audio book form. But my god, the performance/narration makes it un-listenable. The voice acting was a little bit over-the-top. That I could forgive. But the timing was off by an order of magnitude. It's either the voice actors speaking on the heels of the preceding line, or the editor who cut the audio.

    Audible, please for the love of god, commission a new reading.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unnoticeables: A Novel: The Vicious Circuit, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Brockway
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Emily Foster, Scott Merriman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (620)

    There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is "you" gets solved.

    Michelle L. Baron says: "Left wanting"
    "Love Brockway's columns, but not this novel"
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    Brockway's work on the website Cracked was my reason for checking out the book here on Audible. But the book just couldn't hold my interest.

    I'll definitely give another Brockway novel a shot in the future.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Christy Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4480)
    Performance
    (4220)
    Story
    (4213)

    In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

    Claudia H says: "This whole city is a butt that farts horror."
    "Love his other books. This one, couldn't finish."
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    Other novels by David Wong, 'John Dies at the End' and 'This Book is Full of Spiders', I adore. I've listened to them each twice. I'm also a fan of the author's columns on the website Cracked. But I just couldn't appreciate this book, and not for lack of trying.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (3925)
    Performance
    (3359)
    Story
    (3335)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Theodore says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "A pox on all who rated this more than 1 star"
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    If you rated this more than 1 star, please know you are the reason ratings should be weighted by IQ. Right now, you may feel a compulsion to click 'Unhelpful' in regard to this review, but aren't quite sure why. Let me explain. It's because you don't understand what an IQ-weighted rating system entails, and in a world where "chance favors the prepared mind," quite rightly, you've come to hate complex matters of the mind. Or you may be at the cusp to the point that you have a slight understanding, but only enough to know an IQ-weighted system would benefit you not at all, and benefit humanity as a whole incredibly.

    The substantive matter in this book could have been summed up in a pamphlet. If you've read the Wikipedia page, you're good.

    The remainder of the "book" falls into two categories: filler and anecdotes. The filler is Trump University-type nonsense. The anecdotes add nothing to the substantive material and aren't interesting enough to give the book merit.


    Save your credit or your dollars.



    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbows End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (614)

    Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

    Steve says: "Great Discovery"
    "Decent premise to start, quickly falls to pieces"
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    The premise of the story was great, but the multiple plots are disjointed, characters unsympathetic...to me the fact that this won a Hugo award is an indictment on how Hugo's either hit dead center, or miss by miles.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12364)
    Performance
    (11497)
    Story
    (11491)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Joshua says: "Best Fantasy Debut I've Read!"
    "Must quit fallin for hi-rated sword-sorcery series"
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    I really have to quit falling for these high-rated sword and sorcery series. No offense to the people that rated this book highly. To each their own.

    There are some sword and sorcery series that knocked my socks off, like Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards series, and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. (All of these are available here with Audible and I highly recommend them).

    But I'm finding the ones I just cited are exceptional and relatively rare. They are at the vanguard. And then, there is a legion of other series following in a distant, distant second. All of them well-reviewed, but I'm finding it's because they just intrinsically resonate with a certain class of reader.

    As I said, that's wonderful. Nothing to deride there. I have certain genres/motifs that hit me the same way. This just isn't one of them.








    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5123)
    Performance
    (4742)
    Story
    (4744)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Isobel says: "Not what I'd feared"
    "Concept better handled by earlier book 'Replay'"
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    Maybe if I hadn't read earlier books with similar premises like 'Time Traveler's Wife' and 'Replay' that were sublime, this would have been more enjoyable.

    This book intrigued me at first but began to drag to the point I couldn't finish.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Fold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27856)
    Performance
    (25971)
    Story
    (25933)

    The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Star Trek: Q-Squared"
    "Good, but not one of Cline's excellent books"
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    I'm rating this five stars because it's Peter Clines and I'm pretty sure that if I could weigh on the scales of morality the enjoyment I've received from his works and the cost I've paid him for it, I'd find I still owe him a pretty big check.

    Love everything he's done on Audible and I'll keep reading. I'd letter grade this one a B, but still def worth a listen.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • KOP

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Warren Hammond
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Juno is a dirty cop with a difficult past and an uncertain future. When his family and thousands of others emigrated to the colony world of Lagarto, they were promised a bright future on a planet with a booming economy. But before the colonists arrived, everything changed. An opportunistic Earth-based company developed a way to produce a cheaper version of Lagarto’s main export, thus effectively paupering the planet and all its inhabitants.

    Ryan says: "Hard-boiled detective story w/ sci fi backdrop"
    "Hard-boiled detective story w/ sci fi backdrop"
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    If you like noir tales of the Dashiell Hammett variety, and aren't afraid of a little sci fi, then I think you'll enjoy this. The sci fi setting isn't overpowering given the premise - interplanetary travel is possible, but the detective is working on a destitute planet. The poverty keeps the story grounded in pulp feel, and there's enough sci fi for the author to play with some fun scenarios.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwelcome Quest: Magic 2.0, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14241)
    Performance
    (13218)
    Story
    (13205)

    Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,"
    "For me, the magic is gone...."
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    I loved the first book, the second book was mediocre, but the this third installment downright dragged.

    No intention of deriding the author Scott Meyer. If I met him, I'd thank him with all my heart for the fun I had reading the first book in particular and let him know that with more people like him, the world would be a better place.

    It's just that the third book wasn't for me and I would have passed given foreknowledge.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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