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Old Man Parker

Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Kiss and Make-Up

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gene Simmons
    • Narrated By Gene Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    There would have been no KISS without Gene Simmons, the outrageous star whose superlong tongue, legendary sexual exploits, and demonic makeup have made him a rock icon. KISS and Make-Up is the wild, shocking, unbelievable story, from the man himself, about how an immigrant boy from Israel studied to be a rabbi, was saved by rock and roll, and became one of the most notorious rock stars the world has ever seen.

    Karen says: "Loved it"
    "The life of a Rock-Star, a Super-Hero, & an Artist"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kiss and Make-Up the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Gene's life in Gene's own voice - the good, the bad, and the cuddly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the American Dream that came true - A boy from far away, but with a dream - what a ride, what a battle, yet Gene is an artist with a vision and a passion who would not let anyone stop him from giving it his best shot... something all artist's need to hear.


    What does Gene Simmons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honesty. Sincerity. Passion, and emotion from the highest highs to the lowest lows. It's all there in his voice. Made it a special honor to hear it in his own voice.... many great artist's have passed on with out us hearing this kind of very personal story telling of their life. Quite special.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His honesty was a bit shocking, and yet refreshing. I enjoyed hearing that he has the ability to look at himself and say he had no idea if what he was doing was going to work or not. You hear the terrible fight it was to go on at some turns in the band's career, and you know a little bit more about why some rock n' roll bands can go on, and others (or most) don't. It takes a lot of heart. Behind the make-up, the black leather and studs, the dragon books, the bat wings, the vomited blood, and the breathing fire - behind the Rock N' Roll Iconic Demon that rocked every teenaged boy's day-dreams in the 70's, you hear the man with all his fears, and foibles. Somethings about Gene are amazingly inspirational. Somethings about Gene are very strange. However, in the end, I love this guy because he unashamedly "Let His Freak Flag Fly!"


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than I thought it would be. Talks about things, that even as a life long KISS fan I never heard about or knew.Strange urban legends and myths about the band. I understand a lot more about what it took, and I really have so much more respect for Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley now. They changed Pop Culture. They are as important as Paul & John.
    I was afraid to listen at first, I kept thinking the Rock N' Roll Demon icon would not be who I wanted him to be... and he wasn't, not really. However, who Gene is - is someone very talented, passionate, afraid (I was going to say fearless, but Gene talks about being afraid, many, many times, and yet going through his fear, so he wasn't fearless, - he faced his fears), and... he's not a genius, but he is a smart guy. Great book. Never a dull moment. What a roller coaster ride of a life! Gene and Paul really changed rock and roll forever, made a huge earth shaking noise in pop-culture, and did something unique and fascinating and oh so damned entertaining. Gene Simmons RAWKS!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1007)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Ron Perlman Has Risen From The Grave!"
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    What did you love best about The Strain?

    It was a great, scary, horror story written by one of the best story tellers of our time: Guillermo Del Toro, and read by one of my favorite character actors: Ron Perlman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strain?

    There are many, and Guillermo Del Toro slowly turns over cards like a carnival Fortune Teller, each card more frightening and darkly illustrated than the last... but... the first time a naked dead body walks, and attacks, in times square, with it's mouth full of vampire alien leech tentacles - that was a good moment!


    Have you listened to any of Ron Perlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I will hunt them out now! I LOVE Ron Perlman. His deep voice is a special effect all by itself! He never strains to create a silly female voice, but uses all his acting skill - I can only feel he is leaning a bit towards Bela Lugosi in this frightful tale of Nosferatu! It's like being read a bed-time story by Hellboy, or Hannibal Chau! Ron's deep voice rumbling out this horror-story brings with it all the depth of a dark and stormy night glowing with an EC comic read by flash-light under the covers! What a treat!


    If you could rename The Strain, what would you call it?

    Nosferatu Take New York! ...or (Where is Blade When you Need Him!)


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book is really a special gift to us horror-fans! Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, these wonderful actors are all gone. However, Ron Perlman, he is here, and we are so lucky to have him willing to sit with us... maybe in a midnight darkened room, perhaps by a low flickering fire, or a ghostly glowing candle, and read to us... this delicious dreadful delight. He is one of the few living actors of such caliber to deliver to us this brilliant tale by one of the best horror and pulp writers of our time: Guillermo Del Toro with such perfection! I cannot wait to hear the rest of the books! Oh...so great! This is a rare treasure, indeed! I am so excited I found it, and now, how nice would it be to have Mr. Perlman read a few HELLBOY books? Hmmmmm?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2059)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "One of the Best Pulp Adventures stories EVER."
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    Would you listen to Warbound again? Why?

    It's so well written. The Characters so well thought out. The ideas so smart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. The Heavy, gravity Spiker - the ultimate pulp adventure hero.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smarts. Really amazing ideas that set you back on your heels they are so fresh and new.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's climax is nearly impossible to hear it's so intensely good!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the BEST trilogy since Lord of the Rings. It's pulp fiction, taken to it's very best possible limits. Maybe the middle book is my favorite. But Bronson writes his bad guys and good guys with the same deep love and understanding. You feel for them all, cheer for them all, and cringe from the monstrous evil put down in literature since Pulp horror master H.P.Lovecraft wrote about Cthulhu and the great old ones. You love pulp? You love Lovecraft? you got to read / listen to this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Western Art

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Whitfield
    • Narrated By Sebastian Comberti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    What is art? Why do we value images of saints, kings, goddesses, battles, landscapes or cities from eras of history utterly remote from ourselves? This history of art shows how painters, sculptors and architects have expressed the belief systems of their age: religious, political and aesthetic. From the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece, to the revolutionary years of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the artist has acted as a mirror to the ideals and conflicts of the human mind.

    Janelle says: "AWESOME ART"
    "Every thing you need to know about western Art."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The History of Western Art to be better than the print version?

    Dunno


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vincent Van Gogh - he was so ahead of his time.


    What about Sebastian Comberti’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is what makes life worth it. Culture and Art.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to it over and over. A joy to hear. Still, I don't understand why Hockeny was so great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    Old Man Parker says: "Dig the Movie? LOVE the Audio Book!"
    "Dig the Movie? LOVE the Audio Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you liked Pacific Rim the film, this book is all the missing pieces and juicy details you want to know about the story in PR. Deeper knowledge of the Kaiju, where they come from, who made them...and why...! Each character is more fully explained. A great addition of so many more story details!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wow, every character jumps up to life... all with more depth. I love the love / hate Raleigh has with the whole world now. I love the two scientists. I think theyb really care for each other behind their constant fighting. I LOVED Hannibal Chau the pirate in the black market, though, "Ron Pearlman" cannot be surpassed by any reader, no matter how good. However, this character so enthralled me, I may get my missing tooth replaced with a gold one.

    OK, sorry, this might be a "raciest" thing to say, but I will say it: I love the cool British toughness of Stacker Pentecost - and I was amazed that in the book it doesn't say he is black. While, in the film, black actor "Idris Elba" plays him to such perfection, I could not think of him as any one else. I went back and re-watched his performance in the film, and marveled at all the extra depth I got out of his character from the detail in the book, and his really wonderful performance. The best line in the book / movie: "First, Don't you ever touch me. Second, Don't you EVER touch me!" - the book and movie together enhanced my enjoyment of his masterful acting performance!


    What about Christian Rummel and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

    Really amazing...had to think sooo many pepole's voices came from so few. You get lost in the illusion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many... I got a LOT more emotional context of the characters. I got teared up at the end. Some go to their deaths, a fitting hero's end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book added so much more to a already fantastic movie! I would have this audio book (or even paper book) be a strongly urged listen /read after seeing the film - if you liked the film - you will LOVE the book. It fill in all the gaps...gives you all the history... names more monsters, tells U many things about the world you didn't know, really develops a whole new tragic and heroic world. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish it was the first book in a trilogy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. X

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Every year on his birthday, Ned Dunstan is cursed with visions of horror committed by a savage figure he calls "Mr. X". This year, Ned's visions will become flesh and blood. A dreadful premonition brings Ned home to find his mother on her deathbed. She reveals the never-before-disclosed name of his father and warns him of grave danger. Driven by a desperate sense of need, Ned explores his dark past and the astonishing legacy of his kin.

    Old Man Parker says: "Mystery eech!"
    "Mystery eech!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better paced story... this seems to crawl and ramble nowhere in particular.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Straub’s story?

    That Peter Strab wrote it. I always seem to have a problem with his writing. But a friend told me this was about a character who had dealings with H. P. Lovecraft like beings...and I LOVE H. P. Lovecraft. Thought I'd give Peter one more try. But, I'm still fighting my way through Peter's weird writing style to figure out just what the heck is gong on.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    The reader was very good. Very dramatic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do so very much LOVE all the "Eldar Gods" mythos stuff. I dig all the under dog becomes the razor clawed leather winged destroyer of the human race.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps I will give it another try...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4732)
    Performance
    (4292)
    Story
    (4301)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Pulp LIVES!"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Vintage, supernatural, acton-adventure = PULP!


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    I could say "Spell Bound" but that's the 2nd book in this series. I gues I'll say 7 wonders. An Action/super hero novel seen from an adult view point, written with wit, smarts, and no fear of hard core action scenes.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brilliant reading, acting really. He a whole cast in one man (both women and men with many accents and ages) and I can paint while "reading" books... my two favorite things to do!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, if I could. This was a near perfect book. I liked that is was LONG... so much good story!


    Any additional comments?

    I love so many things about this book. It's amazing how many things on my strange check list of "What I would want to read about in a book" that this book got right! 1.) I Love the time period. 2.) I love the magical powers that were used with like super powers. 3.) I love the very well researched historical tid-bits and frame work. 4.) I love the action-heavy scenes that go on and on in great exciting detail. 5.) I love the sense of humor, yet the very serious situations and violence. You never feel the material is being taken too lightly, as a joke. No, it's a deadly serious situation, with real people with a lot of real skills and powers who rely on their own dry wit and humor to make it through crazy things and come out sane. And 6.) Magic & Monsters! Magic powers & Monsters well thought out. Smart writing. 7.) Bad guys with real reasons behind what they do and why they are doing it. 8.) A great big ending... I love a pulp/action/adventure writer who can bring up the story to a bigger and bigger earth shaking climax! Larry Correia is just such a writer. He's good... he's really damned good. He's GREAT at writing PULP! I love good pulp, and I hope Larry Correia writes a whole mess more! Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5956)
    Performance
    (5211)
    Story
    (5212)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Monster"
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    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    Larry Correia is a brilliant writer. He takes horror and action and creates the story you always wanted to hear. It's scary, heart-pounding FUN. Gory? yep. Creepy? Yep. But... FUN!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's unique twist on just about EVERY usual twist in a monster tale.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reader - he brings a whole cast of people men and women all from one man.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are real monsters in the world. And there are also real big guns!


    Any additional comments?

    Larry Correia is a brilliant writer. Did I say brilliant? No. Great Googaly Moogaly Man! I meant SUPER-MEGA-AWESOME-BRILLIANT!!! This guy can freakin' WRITE! His book is a amusement park ride that straps you in and takes you whipping through his alternate reality (one where monsters are REAL) with all the screaming thrills of the best Ghost Train ride any kid has ever thrown up on! Larry Correia mixes horror and action into a perfect high octane cocktail that will blow your creature craving mind! He's Stephen King on steroids. He's Clive Barker with a sledge hammer of frightful high energy fight scenes that are not afraid to go on for as long as they want, and leave you breathless and sweating as if you just had gotten , all wobbily legged, off of the most extreme ride in the park. Whew! Now... let's go on it again! Where's the next book in this series? And let's all hope Larry Correia is a brilliant writer who KEEPS ON WRITING! WRITE LARRY WRITE!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3094)
    Performance
    (2892)
    Story
    (2890)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Maybe the BEST fantasy novel I've ever read!"
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    Would you listen to Spellbound again? Why?

    Yes. It's enthralling. Carry Correia is a fantasticly talented writer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Larry Correia is a flood of smart fresh ideas. Some so strange they made the hair stand up on my head. Utterly brilliant!


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He has a great talnt to do many voices. Seemed like a whole cast. Male and female.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! It's amazing! I never wanted it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book. Hard Magic is #1. This series is so darned good I can only hope Larry Correia keeps writing ... for a very long time. His alternate reality starts in the 1900's and continues through WW1 with the Kaiser raising a army of the undead. That is a mere background detail...and then the book really gets exciting! I have not read a story this fresh and this thrilling in so long it made me marvel at the magic that a good book can be this entertaining. The first book is great. The second book is tremendous!! There are ideas so wild and original that it made my hair stand on end. Larry Correia is one of the very VERY best, smartest, and well researched fantasy writers of our time. I bow to his towering imagination. He is a flood of new ideas, and creates a great retro/pulp story. It all unfolds in a beautifully detailed world so real that it lives and breaths with life and heart pounding action. Each book adding rich detail to a ever changing and growing reality with stranger and adding more clever sub plots and characters. Characters? There are NO flat characters - everyone has depth, a history, and growing story arches in a world so much like ours, yet so utter fantastic - it's hypnotic and enthralling. You cheat yourself out of the read of a life time if you do not read these books. I hope Larry keeps going. Keeps writing. Talent this good is very rare... far too rare. I cannot say of any fantasy writer as good as he is right now. And I think he's getting better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Old Friend of the Family: The New Dracula, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Southerland family left the old world to start anew in America, but little did they know that a blood-feud, older than history itself, would follow them through the generations to come. Kate Southerland, the first born of the latest generation of Southerlands, has been murdered, but she is not dead. Her little brother, Johnny, has also vanished, a severed, bloody finger the only clue. But the Southerlands have no clue what they've fallen into....

    Amanda Pike says: "I'm glad these are finally coming out!"
    "Sherlock Holmes & Dracula team up to battle Evil!"
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    Would you listen to An Old Friend of the Family again? Why?

    Yes, it's very good.


    What other book might you compare An Old Friend of the Family to and why?

    Well, Book 2 of this series, where Dracula Meets Sherlock for the first time.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Bloodworth – was your favorite?

    I like his Dr. Watson very much. always the voice of radon. While, Dracula can add in things that make a bit more drama - and in his favor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this team up of Sherlock Holmes and Dracula so much I am longing for Dr. Frankenstein and his monster to become part of that great pulp action writer, Dr. Watson's stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seance for a Vampire: The New Dracula, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bram Stoker portrayed Dracula as a terrifying creature of the night: heartless, soulless, preying on the pure and innocent. Fred Saberhagen, bestselling coauthor of the official movie tie-in for Bram Stoker's Dracula, shows another side to Dracula as the vampire is summoned by Dr. Watson to rescue Sherlock Holmes.

    Amanda Pike says: "I'm addicted to this book series."
    "Sherlock Holmes & Dracula fight ancient EVIL!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I still like Dr. Watson...his is the voice of reason.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Bloodworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is an amazing reader! Love his old accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When an ancient evil threatens all London, Sherloch Holmes seeks the aid of an old family friend: Dracula!


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE these two books featuring Sherlock & Dracula, wish there were more. Maybe against a were wolf, or a wizard, the undead? More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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