Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow William

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow William

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

William

ratings
123
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
3
HELPFUL VOTES
88

  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4009)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3520)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Recommended but with caveats"
    Overall

    The story takes place on a planet 150 light years from Earth. We meet Jack, a prospector for the mining corporation that holds exclusive rights to exploit the uninhabited planet's resources. The day the story starts is a busy day for Jack: he discovers a rich vein of valuable minerals, and later discovers a new type of creature trapped in his house.

    This book is an engaging remake of a classic story. It's the sci fi we loved as kids (new planets, amusing creatures, cool gadgets), modernized (how was it that none of the classic sci fi ever really got the idea of modern computers or the internet?).

    However, if the old style sci fi was often called "cowboys in space" due to the shoot-'em-up frontier town attitudes of the main characters, this modernization brings in the current craze for courtroom dramas: call it "lawyers in space"? So, if you hate John Grisham novels, you'll dislike a good chunk of this book.

    Also, there are times when you're wondering how the characters could be so stupid as to not see what is plainly obvious, so it's the experience of knowing ahead of time what the characters are taking their time discovering.

    Finally, understand that the novel is only 7 hours long (7:19). At the end of Part 1, the novel is finished. Part 2 is actually the novel that this one was based on. I haven't listened to that one yet. If you're not the type who would go watch earlier versions of modern re-make movies, then you may not be into listening to what is (probably) nearly the same story twice, so if you've budgeted for 14 hours of listening, please understand that you're actually getting only half of that.

    This is a touching story with a modern twist to it. It'd make a good movie.

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (2161)
    Story
    (2143)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Helped wash away the bad taste of Tom Cruise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For Reacher fans, this will help you to finally wash away that sour taste we all got after watching the cocky bantam Tom Cruise try to play Jack Reacher in the movie "Reacher." However, I can't see this book being of any interest at all to people who aren't already fans.

    The story was bland. Not much happened. We get long drives on dark highways described literally turn by turn. I can understand the suspense of driving as a fugitive, when every turn and every headlight might mean trouble, but in a novel, it gets tiring after a while especially when (spoiler alert) absolutely nothing ever happens.

    Also, it got tiring to hear the phrase "50/50, like tossing a coin", because not everything is an even probability.

    However, it was great to hear the familiar "Reacher said nothing" phrase again. And there was enough action to let us know that Reacher is still Reacher.

    We also get to see a different side of Reacher briefly, while he contemplates an alternative way of leading his life, but when that works out differently, we see him shut that down, and we feel his sense of loss before he covers it over.

    Overall, I would recommend this book to hardcore fans of the Reacher series. This book had some depth and its fair share of great "Reacher" moments.

    If you're a new(ish) fan who hasn't exhausted the oeuvre yet, I'd suggest holding off on this one until you've finished the rest. Otherwise, it could be a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (320)

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, the narrator. I don't know if all Audible subscribers have a choice, but being in Japan, I was given the choice of the USA and the UK versions. They differed by only one minute in length. I listened to both samples (which covered the same part of the narrative) and chose the British one because it seemed more expressive, and the characters depicted in the short portrayal seemed to me to be better differentiated. Just in case anyone is curious, I'm an American from Boston.

    Also, as an aside, I completely loved the moments when the narrator's father sounded just like Eddie Izzard.

    At the moment, I'm just a few chapters in on the second of the four segments of this novel, and I am already disappointed that it will someday come to an end. This novel by this narrator is astoundingly good. If some recommendation or other has brought you this far, then this is without any doubt the best book you will listen to this year.

    While listening to this book on various busses, subways and while cycling and walking, there have been moments so tender that tears spilled from my eyes, which is embarrassing. There have been moments so fierce that I've probably pumped my fist. I've actually laughed aloud. I've grinned fiercely. This is a talented storyteller telling a tale that's well constructed. The characters are alive. I'm so happy that I am experiencing this story.

    I came upon this book through a "This Week in Tech" podcast in which one of the pundits said that someone influential in the tech field had once said that he judged people by their reaction to this novel. If a person didn't like this novel, the story went, then that person was deficient in some essential way that made that person not worth doing business with. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but that was enough to make me want to listen to the book.

    All I knew about the book was that it was in the fantasy genre, the writing was supposed to be good, and that it was a kind of "coming of age" tale. I couldn't figure out in the beginning whose coming of age it was supposed to be, so the tale evolved around me in a very interesting way. I think this is a good way to experience the book, so I'm not telling you any more details about this book.

    Just so that you have a perspective on where I'm coming from: I'm mainly a sci-fi reader, not space opera but the techie sci-fi, but I also like good spy novels. I'm not really much of a fantasy guy outside of what I read before college. I also like modern fiction and good writing in general; my favorite writer is Milan Kundera, but I'm eclectic in my tastes. Having said that, I'm telling you that this is really good writing (regardless of genre).

    If you like quality writing, great characters and a good storyline, and if you are not squeamish about sword fighting, and if you enjoy a bit of speculative fiction (whether sci-fi, fantasy or magic realism), you will love this book. I suppose there are some people who won't love it, but, has has been said before by others, those aren't really the type of people I think I'd enjoy knowing anyway.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4059)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3036)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Tom Clancy writes "The Passion of the Christ""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was a slow climb up Calgary Hill as insurmountable yet apparently easily vanquished foes inflict injury after injury on our unstoppable hero. I was initially excited to start in on book one of a new series, but this soon turned into a comic book for me; I just could not in any way find this tale credible. There were a few wry laughs along the way, but the biggest one was unintentional, I'm sure: A woman who had helped our hero witnesses him kill, and from then seems to consider him "an animal" ... by which the author means she was distant, maybe disgusted, but this woman was A VETERINARIAN'S ASSISTANT, she *loves* animals!

    OK, your mileage may vary with this book and its series. I'm giving up on it. The guy just runs along like a video game character, blasting left and right, with dumb luck playing such a major role. If you're into assassins and you want to start an interesting series, I'd recommend skipping this and jumping into Barry Eisler's series about John Rain. Rain is also kind of super-human, but the books are filled with tactics, planning and intelligence.

    However, please read the other reviews. The author has obviously made a career out of writing books in this series, so there must be people who like this type of story. I just know that I'm not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (884)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "John Rain is back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Barry Eisler does a good job reading this book. His voice for John Rain made me think of the Japanese guy who played Rain in the movie version of the first novel. If you're a fan, you know that the readings of the audiobooks have been uneven -- worst was when the narrator of the John Reacher books read it, and made Rain sound like a 6'5" slugger. In this novel, the characters sound the way we'd expect them to.

    This is classic John Rain, familiar without redundancies. The narration alternates well between first-person John Rain and third person narrators to follow other characters. I don't want to give any of the story away, so I'll just say, if you like John Rain, you will be very happy with this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5498)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2875)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Good if you're into retro sci-fi"
    Overall

    I wish I read this when it came out in 1993, because it would have been amazing. Now, I just can't get past everything the author got wrong about the world. If you don't mind sitting through descriptions of technology that are now either commonplace or already out of date, you'll like this. The Metaverse is like a crowded street in Second Life that can hold about 10% of the people who are on facebook right now, and who have to travel from place to place (no portals, etc.). We learn that video tape is cheap, so helicopters decide to take a short video. (These days, digital video constantly records.) We learn in great detail about the electronic map system that help our hero deliver pizza -- yeah, you've got a better digital navigation system in your car. We're still returning video tapes to the store. In 2011, with the Internet and Google, YouTube, Second Life, etc., this book is like a weird alternative universe in which microchips and memory never got powerful or cheap. It seems good (I'm still in the early parts of the book) but I don't know how much longer I can listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra Nichols Found Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George V. Higgins
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A dead body, discovered by a hapless plant thief blithely trespassing in a rural Massachusetts wetland, turns out to belong to a woman with a past by the name of Sandra Nichols. Wrongful death? Murder one? We'll leave that to Jerry Kennedy.

    William says: "Might come back to it later"
    "Might come back to it later"
    Overall

    I stopped listening to it a few hours in because it seemed to consist of a series of long monologues, like testimony and people telling long, rambling stories. The characters behind these stories had their own identities and voices, so that much of it was enjoyable, but I just found my attention drifting too much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rain: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (467)

    John Rain - half-Japanese, half-American, raised in both countries but at home in neither - is trying to leave his life as a freelance assassin. After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. But then Tatsu, his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI, comes to him with one last job.

    Anthony says: "great ride"
    "Wrong narrator for a great book"
    Overall

    The narrator, Dick Hill, was great in the "Jack Reacher" novels (Bad Luck and Trouble, etc.), but he's not as good here. He's certainly able to portray huge self-confidence and swagger, but John Rain is not a person who stands out in a crowd; his confidence is quiet and subtle. Hill also struggles with the Japanese language, and one Japanese character sounds Mexican when he speaks English.
    The narrator of Rain Fall (the first novel in the series) was much better. He obviously could speak Japanese.
    These books are great for a look into Japan. Eisler has a knack for the apt description of Japanese behavior, customs and mind-set.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (931)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "The Movie Was Better"
    Overall

    I was surprised and disappointed to discover that this novel just isn't that good. Despite a good narrator, large chunks of this book are boring. Usually, if a movie is based on a novel, and you like the movie, then the novel will add layers of enjoyment to the film. With Fight Club, though, the quality of the movie just ruins this mediocre novel. If you loved the movie, just watch it again and leave this book on the shelf.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9640)
    Performance
    (5313)
    Story
    (5390)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Six out of five stars"
    Overall

    There are many voices on this production, which makes the listening experience much richer than expected. If you liked the book, you will love this audio recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.