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Joseph

Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

Ocean Shores, WA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (418)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Well Done Felix"
    Overall

    Well done, brillian and funny with lots of ghostly warmth, delightful characters. I'm looking forward to the next Felix Castor adventure.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (298)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "A Masterpiece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not since the "DUNE" series have I had so much pleasure listening to such a complete and fascinating creative construct, full of intrigue, adventure and compelling drama. C.J. Cherryh has written, with very little doubt, a masterpiece filled with unforgettable characters and some of the most original dialogue that populate what feels like a familiar world.

    The extraordinary narration by MR. May is phenomenal. What a truly gifted narrator he is, each character is distinct and quite individual, filled with personality and easily recognizeable at the sound of their voice.

    I have just completed the second listen, to each of the novels, so far, in this remarkkable series and I am most anxiously awaiting the next book. Thank you AUDIBLE forall the work making this possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3756)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2283)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Delightful, Funny and Warm."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is precisely what one would expect from these two amazing writers, lots of wit and good humored barbs at life in general. The telling of the tale by Mr. Jarvis s "spot on" character wise, wonderfully convincing with extraordinary inflection. I could not stop laughing or listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3600)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2062)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    Michael says: "A Stereotypical Fantasy Story, But Well-Written..."
    "Mere words fail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beyond imaginative, dark and humorous, good and evil with very powerful imagery along with a "campy red dragon" who delivers her lines with a psuedo Mae West/Cary Grant accent. The performance is one of the very best in all my listening experiences, highly emotional and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galilee

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    The Barbarossa family’s roots are far more ancient and ethereal, but they are bound to the Gearys by a shared history of murder, insanity, and adultery. When Rachel Geary and Galilee, the seductive prince of the Barbarossa clan, fall in love, they unleash powerful enmities that could destroy both dynasties. Shorter and more conventional than some of Barker’s other work, this novel is especially rich with complex, passionate, three-dimensional characters, lush settings, and elegant language.

    Joseph says: "An Audiophile's Dream"
    "An Audiophile's Dream"
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    Performance
    Story

    I find myself at a true loss for words in trying to describe the pleasure this listen has given me. Clive Barker is a most remarkable and gifted storyteller. Galilee, is superb.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4869)
    Performance
    (4086)
    Story
    (4085)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Unusually bizzare"
    Overall

    I suppose I'm going to get some flack over this review, because until this installment of Harry's lengthy and novel adventures, yes intended; I have enjoyed listening in the extreme to James Marsters rendering of the characters. It is no doubt unfair to compare Mr. Glovers performance to that of Mr. Marsters, a very hard act to follow and to be fair there isn't a whole hell of a lot to work with in this chronicle. Harry Dresden, ultimately winds up exactly where predicted he will at the conclusion of book 12. "Ghost Dream Story", is an unbelievable and almost unendurable exercise in self-recrimination and guilt on the part of Harry and the almost infantile pratter inside of Molly's, Star Trek mind construct, is disappointing.

    I doubt that I will risk further credits on the next Dresden adventure.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1634)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "a bit disappointing"
    Overall

    Brandon Sandersons work is wonderful, very unique, grand in scope and concept. Unfortunately this recording is flat, dull and almost emotionless. Not the work, just the narration. No inflection, intonation nor, it seems, enthusiasm. I was driven to my local library to retrieve the hardbound to finish listening, in my own mind, starting with chapter 23, after giving up the audio version, upon which I wasted some credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5126)
    Performance
    (2847)
    Story
    (2873)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "The Best Yer"
    Overall

    Without a single doubt, I consider this installment of the WOT series, the best yet. Brandon Sanderson can be very proud of his dedicated contribution, his interpretation of Robert Jordan's final outline, not merely good, but masterful, he has revitalized this epic fantasy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7741)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5378)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Imaginative and Captivating"
    Overall

    This work succeeds on all levels, it is so well done, so engaging and so mesmerizing that I have been unable to stay away from listening to attend to that which I should have been doing. The narration, as always, by these two classic readers is unequaled and the scope of their abilities to bring life and being, from Mr. Sanderson's cast of characters is truly miraculous, what a wonderful and truly remarkable work this is. I look forward to the next in the "Stormlight" series.

    JD

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6507)
    Performance
    (2903)
    Story
    (2900)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Another wonderful narration by Scott Brick"
    Overall

    Stephen King, it is not, but it is good. Good enough that I could not stop listening, only the needs of the body kept me from stopping. It is very entertaining and highly detailed with strange characters, who become sometimes rightening and others that are a mystery, ergo "the sequel" which will be highly anticipated, especially by me. I definitely recommend this audiobook to all, granted it's not a new plot, but it's a new twist on an old one.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (664)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    I have now complleted four of the Pendergast novels, I intend to start at the beginning with Relic and read those I passed over previously. I am hooked, Lincoln Childs and Douglas Preston have with little doubt created a legendary character and filled his world with unique and colorful imaginings. Thanks to Audible for making these books, with great readers available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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