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Glen

Delray Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (2850)
    Story
    (2859)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "Finally, hooray!"
    Overall

    After I had major surgery in 2005 a thoughtful friend gave me a box of books to occupy my recovery at home. Tucked in the box was the first 4 books in the Dresden Files, as the books are known. To this day I still remember my delight at discovering how much fun they were to read, and still are.

    Harry Dresden is a great twist on the two-bit private eye. Like a typical P.I., he packs a gun and he works for peanuts (or sometimes pizza). He also packs a wizard's staff and gets involved with things Sam Spade never imagined.

    As the series has evolved Dresden and his world have developed so well and clearly that I know his world as well as my own.

    DO NOT judge the books by the Sci-Fi channel series, which did reeketh mightily. This is great!

    My only complaint is that this, Audible's first offering of a Dresden story, is book 10 in the series. First time "readers" would benefit from listening to the stories in order, since each, to varying degrees, does build on the stories before.

    Hey Audible, PLEASE give us the rest of the stories, unabridged. Thanks for this one.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    John Carter returns to the red planet 10 years after his Martian death in search of his wife, Princess Dejah Thoris. His adventures reveal the truth about the Gods of Mars...This is the second in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

    Christopher Tower says: "Awful narrator"
    "An annoying triumph of form over substance"
    Overall

    Burrough's Mars novels may be my favorite escapist literature of all time. I was not prepared for a reading where the reader adopts a broad southern accent, I guess because John Carter is from Virginia. I would have much preferred a simple straightforward reading. The affected accent is very annoying and detracts from the enjoyment of the story.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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