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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.

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  • The Holmes-Dracula File: The New Dracula, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    World-famous “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes faces a terrible crisis: a ring of criminal masterminds has threatened to loose thousands of plague-infected rats into the streets of London. But the Black Death isn’t Holmes’ only problem. A lone killer haunts the city. His calling card is a trail of corpses, drained of blood to the last drop.The key to solving both crimes rests in the hands of a mysterious nobleman recently returned to London on a personal matter. His name is Dracula.

    Melinda says: "Robin Bloodworth's narration is top notch!"
    "The ultimate Villain vs the best Detective ever!"
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    Would you listen to The Holmes-Dracula File again? Why?

    Yes, and I have - I paint, and listen to great books while I work - and this is one of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say - Dracula turns out to be just as interesting and enjoyable as Sherlock Holmes!


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

    Not yet -but he's amazing. His Dracula is hypnotic , his Holmes is cleaver & witty...excellent!


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

    The Ultimate Villain vs the Best Detective of all time! The winner saves, or enslaves, the world!


    Any additional comments?

    I have searched for a book like this. Found a few Holmes vs Dracula books, However, NONE are as good as this one! This is so far superior than any of the others... I'm so glad I found it.
    I now want to read the rest of the Dracula tales. If only now Fred Saberhagen would write Dracula vs Batman, what a tale that would be!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century---he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan was not the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination.

    Keith C. Parsels says: "Well Done"
    "Pilgrim of Grim."
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    Would you listen to The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane again? Why?

    Oh yes! These are great action tales with a twist toward the dark! It's Earl Flynn meets Cthulhu! While savage Conan was the birth of "Swords and Sorcery", grim Kane is the birth of "Swashbuckling vs Supernatural"! Leaves you wanting more!


    What other book might you compare The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane to and why?

    Kane smacks of Robert E. Howard's other horror tales, but with a great dashing and dark caped crusader as the leading man.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Paul was good and clear and deep, and brought forth all the male bravado and creepy chills required.


    If you could take any character from The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Wha? That's the dumbest question from an audible review yet! Who wrote this silly thing?


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, and a wonder flu listen. I was promoted to go out and watch the recent film of Soloman Kane, and they did a fine job, great monsters, beautiful art direction, fine acting, however, the film got a tad too grim I thought. When Robert E.Howard's hero beat evil, you felt completely validated by justice and righteousness. The movie dips a bit down the sado-masacistic scale for me, and you end up feeling like you need a good wash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6041)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2200)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Mystic Ninjas in a heart wrenching revenge tale!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Across the Nightingale Floor the most enjoyable?

    Great story telling - constant surprise twists. Ninjas and samurai in a tale so exquisite & full of action & high emotion, building to a climax nearly unbearable in it's intensity. This is the tale of mystic ninja warriors I have waited to hear snce I was a young martial art student... a life time ago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sixteen-year-old Takeo - his slow discovery of his powers and heritage, intelligence, and passions for love and sex and revenge- everything ins in this tale..and I mean everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending is amazing - it just builds and builds in drama and action, both physical and emotional till I was stopped at my art, gasping, waiting to hear what was gonna' happen next!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did both! Plus, I was amazed at the skill of the writer Lian Hearn bringing in so many elements of suspense, passion, and mystic powers and martial skill... it's the book I always wanted to read / hear since I studied martial arts so intensely as a young man.


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes to the brink of sanity in it's build of anticipation, thirst for revenge, and such beautiful depiction's of obsession & love... it's like poetry. What made me re-wind several time to get all the slight nuances of what was going on in this complex yet gripping tale, was it's great ability to swing from one extreme to another, and have it all so seamlessly fit. What made me re-listen to a scene three times to make sure I got it right was the brief but so gorgeously touching so tastefully written was the homosexual love of the young monk for our hero near the end of the book - after we've been through so much blood, broken hearts, burning revenge, heterosexual love and passion, mystical ninja powers of deception , fighting and killing, then, a really touching moment of a young monks's adoration, and love, for our hero as he is blood soaked from his so delicious rage filled revenge, yet still, sadly in need of some real kind tenderness- and he finally gets it form this most wondrous turn of the tale near the end... wow. That shows Lian Hearn - the highly skilled story teller at the height of his craft. This life long martial artist got moist eyed and shaken to the roots of my understanding of "love" in a tale I thought was about "revenge". Bravo Lian Hearn! I bout the second book instantly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1245)

    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
    (2823)
    Performance
    (2649)
    Story
    (2641)

    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
    (34)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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
    (200)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    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
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    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
    (5466)
    Performance
    (4950)
    Story
    (4962)

    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
    (6858)
    Performance
    (6052)
    Story
    (6046)

    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
    (3699)
    Performance
    (3446)
    Story
    (3441)

    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

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