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HARRISON

SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (738)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Patti says: "Good book terrible narrator"
    "Cheesy on the outside..."
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    If you're a fan of the series, or of Nathan Fillion, buy this book, then read the rest of this review. If you're not, well ...
    It was said long ago that Humphrey Bogart didn't play parts, he simply was Humphrey Bogart doing all those things. Nathan Fillion is the same, every part he plays is the same - it's just him there pretending to be these things and doing them like he'd do them if that was his real job. Rick Castle is Nathan Fillion if Nathan Fillion were a cop-story novelist. This book is the book Nathan Fillion would write, if he were a cop-story novelist. If the publisher had gotten Nathan Fillion/Rick Castle to read it, it would have been perfect. Read by anyone else? Complete flop. Never had a chance. Sorry.
    The book itself (not talking about the narration/performance here) is, frankly, terrible. It is, unfortunately for me, not the worst thing I've put in my head in the last year, but it's in the top (bottom?) ten. Five, even.
    The performance/narration? This IS the worst Audiobook I have put in my head, ever. I don't know who Johnny Heller is, I am sure he is a very nice man, fun to hang out with, probably very attractive. He can date my sister (no, scratch that, I don't have a sister. He can date my Girlfriend) so long as he never reads anything to her. Ever. I don't ever want to hear him read to me again. Ever.

    So in short.... Bad book, worse narration. Fans of the show: buy it. Everyone else: Skip it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (3100)
    Story
    (3105)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "You have got to be kidding me"
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    There's a whole lot of unbelievable here, and a great many unlikeable characters. Brain candy is all you can say for it. After readin reviews of the rest of the series, I'm done with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3012)
    Performance
    (2870)
    Story
    (2851)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Oh My Freaking God, Harry, What Have You Done?"
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    These books just keep getting better and better. This time, Harry's new boss asks him to do something that goes totally against his own morals and ethics. Or, you know, die horribly, taking everyone he loves with him. What's a Wizard to do?
    Oh, wait... Cheat. 'Cuz that's what Wizards do best, in Chicago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torn Shapes of Desire: Internet Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Anne Mohanraj
    • Narrated By Sita Monroe
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Sexual content has certainly received a disproportionate amount of the attention paid to the Internet. What sometimes gets overlooked in the discussions, however, is that the Net has indeed provided an outlet--if not exactly a market--for writers attempting artistic and literary treatments of erotic themes. One writer who earned online celebrity status for her posts of literary erotic fiction is Mary Anne Mohanraj--a writer of powerful voice and impressive range.

    HARRISON says: "Fun collection, great reader, HOT."
    "Fun collection, great reader, HOT."
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    (Important note: I am a friend of the author)
    I bought and read this book when it was first published, many years ago (it is, I believe, out of print now). I read most of the stories when they were first published on the internet in the years before that. I LOVE these stories. Though they certainly show the author's relative youth, they also show what she's grown into. Please, please, please listen to this collection. I promise there will be at least one story that will excite you.

    I love this reader, and I hope we hear more from her in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stars Change

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mary Anne Mohanraj
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On the brink of interstellar war, life (and sex) continues. Humans, aliens, and modified humans gather at the University of All Worlds in search of knowledge...and self-knowledge...but the first bomb has fallen and the fate of this multicultural, multispecies mecca is in question. A thought-provoking work on sexuality and the connections between people - whether male or female, human or alien - The Stars Change is part space opera, part literary mosaic of story, poem, and art. The Stars Change: an erotic science fiction novel-in-stories.

    HARRISON says: "Love, Love, Love this story"
    "Love, Love, Love this story"
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    (Important note, I am a friend of the author)
    I've been a fan of Mary Anne Mohanraj for years. She writes good characters, believable, likable. She writes good sex, descriptive without being flowery or clinical, realistic, fun. In this story she's taken both out into Outer Space and proved that aliens are just like us, and we're just like them, even if that means some of us aren't very nice.
    The first half introduces - and binds together - all the characters in unexpected ways. The second half? That's where things get good. If you're a fan of sci-fi, erotica, or both, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    That said, since all the human charaters of the story are (or more accurately were when they left Earth) of the Indian diaspora, I only give four stars for Performance because the reader is pretty obviously not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes of Honor: An October Daye Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (283)

    It’s been almost a year since October "Toby" Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities - training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills - but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters. To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight....

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Series"
    "Each better than the last"
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    I absolutely LOVE the nearly-but-not-quite overwhelming levels of stress that Seanan subjects her characters to. Toby must be super-human, because no human would every have made it this far.
    But hey, any book you make it to the last page of is a win, right Toby?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (542)

    Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

    Brian says: "Bad style - at least for audio version"
    "It's dark in space"
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    Wow. This is the darkest thing yet in Scalzi's OMW universe. We all knew life on extrasolar colonies was hard, but wow......

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (583)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Love the concept, love the execution!"
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    Excellent. I adore this universe and the prior stories in the OMW series, and this series of shorts that make up a coherent whole look to be a great addition. Don't wait, buy them as they come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5306)
    Performance
    (4925)
    Story
    (4923)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "He's Baaaaaaack!"
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    OK, so, a lot of Dresden fans that I know were disappointed in Ghost Story. An overlapping subset were disappointed in the lack of James Marsters narration in Ghost Story. In this book, both Harry and James are back in full form.
    Harry Dresden is Harry Dresden, right down to the overprotecting his friends who don't need it and too dense to see what's in front of him. This book has action, combat, frenetic running in the wrong direction, little bit of romance...All the best things about this series. We also get some backstory on a couple of major characters in the series who have looked like minor characters up to now. Things are going to get really interesting for poor, tired, Harry now..... but who needs sleep anyway, right?

    The narration is spot-on, just what we've come to expect in the first twelve books. Butcher's writing remains superb, and I love that in Harry's pop-culture references (always scattered through the books) he's finally worked in an homage to Terry Pratchett. Thank You, Jim!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (747)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Admiral Naismith, Sir."
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    Well Miles has fallen into the deep ...stuff... now. Sometimes, you get what you asked for in the worst possible way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (649)

    In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

    Karen S. Coyle says: "Lois Bujold always delivers!"
    "Things start moving now"
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    This is the one that explains Miles' physical limitations to us all, for the books to come. It also gives us a good look into Barrayaran politics, which is important to understanding the "why" of most of what happens later.

    These books are ALL wonderful, and you can't go wrong reading, um, listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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