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Sean Dustman

Doc in the Box

hanging out in San Diego | Member Since 2008

ratings
125
REVIEWS
11
FOLLOWING
9
FOLLOWERS
3
HELPFUL VOTES
48

  • Beyond the Gate: The Golden Queen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In Book 2 of the "Golden Queen" trilogy, Maggie Flynn has become, by test of combat, the new Golden Queen. Maggie and her companions, the bounty hunter Gallen O'Day and the sentient bear Orick, face an attack by Dronons on a planet where humans have achieved the pinnacle of genetic engineering. The trio must stop the invaders while guarding the secret of Maggie's whereabouts, for she is only the Golden Queen until her champion, Gallen, is defeated by a Dronon challenger.

    Sean Dustman says: "Great series but the Audible is missing chapter 32"
    "Great series but the Audible is missing chapter 32"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite series and I saw it was on sale and jumped on the deal, I finished Beyond the Gate then started book 3 only to find something missing. Chapter 32 (which I recommend stopping by a library and reading) closes out book 2 and is the opening into book 3. By the audible book alone, you'll spend days wondering when are they going to explain about so and so. So just a warning that the chapter is missing, Peter Ganin does an excellent job bringing the story across and with the discounted price, I highly recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (362)

    How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

    Tango says: "Reads like a graphic novel"
    "An information intense fantasy download"
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    This is the first book of the Hellequin series that opens a door in to a fully fleshed world that lives underneath the skin of ours. I purchased this on Audible because it popped up on my feed based on other fantasy that I had purchased and it had good reviews and was cheap, like 7.34 cheap for an almost 11 hour book.

    What can go wrong?

    In the present, the main character, Nate Garrett, had woke up 10 years a prior with no memory of who he was and found out that he can do magic and has since turned into a magical thief for hire. Then the next chapter takes place in the middle ages and he is a warrior sorcerer who is the is the hit man for Merlin. In the present, his past catches up with him and the stories come together to something that links these two times together.

    This book was information dense, meaning if I wasn’t paying attention, I would miss plot points. I tend to fall asleep with my MP3 player on a 15 minute timer and this book kept me up for hours past my bedtime resetting the timer. This is sort of the way I judge audiobooks, this was fast paced, the plot twists were devious and what plot holes it had were totally left there intentionally. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Advice? Pick it up while it’s still cheap in any format and hold on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "I judge books by how late they keep me up"
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    I have a sleep timer on my MP3 player that I set for 15 minutes when I go to bed, Callis Rose kept me up for 2 hours past bed time. Callis Rose is a girl who finds out early in life that she can control the physical actions of people around her, mostly when threatened and almost every time she uses her power, bad things happen. Mostly by chance and she's a sweet girl that he gets you to care about who takes care of the people around her but she keeps handed a bad hand and then there was a straw the broke the camels back.

    Good job Mark, as usual, I ate it up. This isn't for the faint of heart, it shows what happens to a person when you push them beyond the breaking point.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (537)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Answers, "why in the heck" of the series"
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    The entire series is based on events that took place thousands of years before and is only vaguely hinted at and over the years, I have read all of them because I can't leave a stone unturned in an epic fantasy. Some of the books were great, specially the early books but others could have been edited out in its entirety and just over-fleshed a series that was a bit bloated to begin with. Some of the speeches could have been given by an Ayn Rand character. Sorry Terry, it's true.

    First Confessor on the other hand filtered many of the far flung plot points and distilled it down to a point. Not all prequels need to be written, this prequel reads like it always existed as a part of history. Things I didn't like, his enemy's do sort of come from the same mold and made me want to punch them in the face and there could have been a few more listen through's so words didn't get repeated in the editing process but overall, it tied up an bunch of why in the heck would anyone do something like questions which was satisfying to me. The reason I gave it 5 stars if because I couldn't stop listening. Good job on filling in the blanks Terry.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.

    Sean Dustman says: "One of my favorite Fantasy Series"
    "One of my favorite Fantasy Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In the book format, this was a series I could fall back into time and time again. The audible version has great narration that is flawless, I fell in love with the characters all over again and am looking forward for the rest of the books to come out.


    What other book might you compare Magic Casement to and why?

    Nothing really compares to the Man of His Word series, I compare other series to it. I guess you could compare Robin Hobb or Trudi Canavan, this is Dave Duncan's strongest work.


    What does Mil Nicholson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the only book on Audible that I've heard Mil read, he does it like he's been doing it for years. He sounds like the voice in my head.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Magic, true love and an adventure that you will never forget.


    Any additional comments?

    Try this out, you won't be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David DeVries, Kristin Kalbli
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    The long-awaited new novel by the award-winning, best-selling author of Startide Rising and The Uplift War- an epic novel set 50 years from tomorrow, a carefully-reasoned, scientifically faithful tale of the fate of our world.

    Sean Dustman says: "David has an inside line on the future"
    "David has an inside line on the future"
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    What made the experience of listening to Earth the most enjoyable?

    The narration was great the characters came alive.


    What other book might you compare Earth to and why?

    Accelerando by Charles Stross, it's a strong view of a possible future.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just got done re-reading David Brin's "Earth" written in 1989 after a 15 year break to see how well it holds (the Audible version with a nice short story at the end that takes place in the same universe). In some of the sub-plot lines, he talks about the leaders with Swiss bank accounts? Check A world linked by computers and camera's recording everything done by the people? Check. Ice melting? Check. Earthquakes next to the coast taking out nuclear power plant? Check. The cost of connecting to the world wide web dropping to less then the cost of gas and food? Soon. Clearly he has a good inner line on projecting what could go on in the near future, check him out of you're looking for a good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John Rocket: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Conner
    • Narrated By Thom Devine
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Welcome to 1953, where "superheroes" are treated as vigilantes, P.I.s, bail bondsmen, and bounty hunters as a means to supplement law enforcement. Though not completely accepted by the populace, their presence is welcomed when law enforcement is overwhelmed, or when law enforcement itself is the problem. John Rocket takes you through the lives of Clarence Fairbanks, his wife Shirley, and his niece Mildred, as you explore an alternate reality of superheroes and science fantasy set in Colorado's past.

    Sean Dustman says: "Great Super Hero story but..."
    "Great Super Hero story but..."
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    Would you listen to John Rocket again? Why?

    The book was full of great super hero ideas and I liked the characters but there seemed to be gaps in the story. I had to go back and look to see if I had missed the first volume. It seemed like it was written in short spurts, each a short story that tied into the entire story like the author wrote 500 words in a day then came back a week following to write anther 500 words. The characterization was good but import plot factors would just be dropped into the story at random without proper build up. I think this could have been a great book if it was put together a cohesive whole and fleshed out, right now, it feels a bit unfinished.

    I did still enjoy it and am planning on buying book 2 if it comes out but I think more editing work needs to be added in the next volume of the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    The Five features a rock band skirting the margins of success while touring the American Southwest. Life on the road, however, takes a strange turn when they encounter an Iraq War veteran. Soon thereafter, violence descends on the group, and their lives are tuned to a terrifying pitch.

    Sean Dustman says: "This story flows like a river"
    "This story flows like a river"
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    With every word of this book, Robert McCammon builds an elaborate web that goes across the American southwest, an epic and yet still a personnel battle between good and evil, makes you question your decisions and lays the groundwork and the reasoning behind deeds done later. The heroes of this book are hugely flawed, and the villains even after doing horrible crimes, aren't beyond redemption. The book is magic but it's not quite a fantasy, there are magical elements. It's the magic of what lies under our perceptions and the movers that are behind the scene.

    The book takes place from the viewpoints of the band members, their manager and a damaged Veteran of the Iraq war who was at the point of suicide at the beginning of the book and see's a music video that the band made protesting the war and it touched him.... but not in a good way.

    Like most of McCammon's work, at the end of the day, you'll leave after grieving, laughing with joy, shivering in the shadows, saying, "Oh no!" and falling in love with the characters. Good job Sir!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6104)
    Performance
    (5420)
    Story
    (5418)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "From the world of the Graveyard Book"
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    Not really but it could have came from the same place, magic hangs in the air and the smooth way the story is written, it almost make sense that magic be real. Smart, tightly written story in a world that I would love to visit again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flinx Transcendent: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Alan Dean Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Flinx is the only one with even the tiniest chance of stopping the evil colossus barreling in to destroy the Humanx Commonwealth (and everything else in the Milky Way). With time running out, Flinx is a man in search of a solution and in search of himself. His efforts take him to the land of his mortal enemies, the bloodthirsty AAnn, where chances are excellent that Flinx's discovery - and summary execution - will eliminate all his demons and doubts in one masterstroke.

    Sean Dustman says: "A series that I've followed for 26 years"
    "A series that I've followed for 26 years"
    Overall

    I started reading about Flinx in 6th grade, 1983 I just happened to pick it up the first day it came in at the library at Humboldt Jr High and from there, I became a fast fan of Science Fiction. The last few books of the series seemed to be fillers then this. It brings the entire universe back together, loose ends are tied off and the great mysteries of the Commonwealth that are mentioned in other books are put to rest. This book is no lightweight. Good job Alan, I've been around for the long haul and I'm happy to have such a great ending to this road. Now it's time to get my son hooked on the series, thanks!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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