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  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (685)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    Yahtzee Croshaw does more than just bring a touch of madness to Mogworld in this novel, he brings it on a silver platter that is lugged about from place to place by his reluctantly alive and equally reluctantly heroic main character. This novel is rife with dry humor and reminded me so much in places of something Monty Python might put together that I half expected to see King Arthur and Patsy clomping over the next hill (in fact, I wouldn't be surprised that the main character, Jim, just happened to be named in honor of Tim the Enchanter from the Holy Grail movie.)
    In any case, the story line was engaging if not just a touch predictable and the author mixed in enough existential and moral questions to give substance to the hilarity. Two thumbs up.

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  • Tales from the Radiation Age

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jason Sheehan
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In a post-apocalyptic America that has shattered into a hundred perpetually warring fiefdoms, anyone with a loud voice and a doomsday weapon can be king (and probably has been). Duncan Archer - con man, carpetbagger, survivor - has found a way to somehow successfully navigate the end of the world, with its giant killer robots, radioactive mutants, mad scientists, rampant nanotechnology, armed gangs, sea monsters, and 101 unpleasant ways to die.

    Michael says: "A Martini For Your Mind! Shaken AND Stirred!"
    "A lot of things to like, but not enough to finish"
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    While I found the writing and word choice excellent, the portrait of the post-governmental landscape imaginative, and the narration to be both well done and entertaining, I just could not force myself to care enough about the story to get more than halfway through the book. I think my biggest complaint was that practically every scene was done with a seriously heavy-handed foreshadowing that pretty much made the whole thing a series of flashbacks interrupting the story line.
    True, the premise was presented as a kind of campfire telling of a legendary character which in its own right should make the reader suspect a certain amount of this, but I'm afraid I found the constant soliloquies about what had happened detracted significantly from the actual journey itself.

    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
    Overall
    (11541)
    Performance
    (10486)
    Story
    (10508)

    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!!"
    "Would make a good suspense/horror flick"
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    Things that are too good to be true, often are. In 14, the insanely low rent apartment complex holds a great number of mysteries for its tenants and for the reader. Peter Cline does a good job of keeping the reader guessing through the first 3/4 of the book. I enjoyed the way that each discovery seemed to increase the overall tone of suspense as things became more distinctly Lovecraftian. The ending was perhaps a little heavy-handed in places and there were some small holes that left unanswered questions, but overall it was a very entertaining listen and I would not hesitate to listen to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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