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Clayton

I am a sucker for a good story

Millgrove, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • 14 reviews
  • 262 ratings
  • 827 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • The Uplift War: The Uplift Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (144)

    Earth has been allowed to colonize the planet Garth only because its previous occupants went berserk and wiped out virtually all life there. But now humans, chimps, and their alien allies on Garth are being held hostage in a conflict that could affect the fate of the entire Five Galaxies.

    Andrew says: "BIG ENTHUSIASTIC WOW"
    "Not liking this . . ."
    Overall

    Well, I don't know if this is because I skipped the first two books in this sequence or I am just not a fan of simians as the star of the book (I don't think that is it, since I am a fan of the original Planet of the Apes movie), but I am not enjoying this book. It is another book that I am listening to at double speed, in an effort to get through this as quickly as possible. I am getting to a point where there the story is starting to show some potential (3/4 if the way through) . . . however, I doubt that I will be reading any more in this series. I had about a 25 hours of driving from Lauderdale to Toronto with a pitstop somewhere just west of NY City, and I still did not make it all the way through this book. I would not think that this would be considered a glowing recommendation.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5202)
    Performance
    (4788)
    Story
    (4785)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "An amusing read"
    Overall
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    Story

    A quick and fun read. There is enough here to make me want to continue reading the series. I think that is a testament in itself - that there is some entertainment value here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2852)
    Performance
    (2550)
    Story
    (2559)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "I like this Author!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the third book from Suarez, and it continues to be a pleasure. I like the fact that he is able to produce stand alone novels that are able to set the stage, draw me and leave me wanting more by the time I get to the final page. I will continue to look for more from this author in the future. Great Read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (823)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "My Favourite SHOW of all time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very attracted to the idea of reading the book. I am writing this at a point where I am just halfway through. I am enjoying the core story where the focus is on the central characters. However, the history associated with the story (giving us great context) is often a bit too unrelated for my current attention span. So I currently have mixed feelings about this classic. I do not regret reading this, but I have to admit that I have not listened to every single word.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10285)
    Performance
    (9187)
    Story
    (9162)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "For Fans of Harry Dresden - this is a sure winner!"
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    I really enjoy the action packed and witty nature of the Harry Dresden novels. I found the style of this book very similar. For those of you who who wander how your pragmatic dog might react when faced with Witches, Gods, Vampires and Ghouls - Oberon (the Druid's dog) gives a grreat impression. Despite my comparison to Dresden, the Iron Druid definitely stands out as an unique series. I would recommend probably reading the entire Dresden series and then coming to this, as you might confuse some of the back story. I look forward to reading some more adventures of Iron Druid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5427)
    Performance
    (4134)
    Story
    (4130)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "It just keeps on getting better"
    Overall
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    Another Dresden book that spirits me away from the real world during my commute. Very easy to come back and the single character perspective makes this a very easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3942)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3281)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "There is something contagious about these Zombies"
    Overall
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    I am not sure what it is . . . but lately I have been on this Zombie kick in my literary choices. I think it is mostly due to great reads like this. This is the first in the series and even though I like to mix up my reading between scifi, fantasy, real science, and so on . . . authors like Maberry make that a difficult pattern to keep as I just keep coming back for my Zombie reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1594)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "The Bad guys just don't die"
    Overall
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    And that is okay - it gives you someone to continue to root against. I think the entire series a real quick and engaging listen. I have only heard of Maberry about a month ago - but in that time - I have devoured 4 of his books. Keep on writing and I will definitely keep on reading.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (2422)
    Story
    (2430)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Impatiently awaiting the next volume"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Luckily I came to this series later in life (about two months ago in August of 2011), and had a whole whack of books to keep my curiosity sated throughout. But after madly reading through the first 5 (?) books, I am now like many others waiting for the next volume in the series. I enjoy the military scifi genre. They are generally easy reads following a single storyline that always keeps my attention. I consider this series really one book that is cut up into several volumes, and that is okay. It keeps me coming back for more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27571)
    Performance
    (21375)
    Story
    (21583)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "I Heard "blah blah blah""
    Overall

    I did enjoy the first book, but felt my interest waning towards the middle of the second and this third book continued the trend. I actually had the second half of the book on double speed on my iPod and had my finger down on the fast forward all through the last chapter and epilogue. I did not find this book all that engaging. The best thing that this book has going for it (for me) was the fact that we did get closure. Any author able to end a series gets a nod of respect. I would recommend the first book, but not the rest.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (794)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "An Ending that I enjoyed"
    Overall

    I enjoyed these series of books even more than the original Hyperion saga. Knowing that it was going to end - always brings an element of finality to each page that you read. This is so unusual in this genre it seems (to have an end in mind) in multivolume series. There are a few slow parts were philosophy of religion and such is debated among the priests . . . also the whole episode on Earth could have been fast forwarded . . .but I made it through those sections to the more interesting pieces.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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