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William Shehan

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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4103)
    Performance
    (3611)
    Story
    (3611)

    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."
    "A horrible retelling of Little Fuzzy"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If I could change one this I would delete part 1 of this book. The second part is the original book Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper.


    What could John Scalzi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author turned the main character, Jack Holloway, into a dishonest sneaky corporate flunky. In the original Jack was a strong honest character whom one felt was behaving out of true compassion and concern for the Fuzzies. Nothing can save this rewrite. I suggest just reading the original.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the author could have written a different book and left the classic alone.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would go see a movie based on "Little Fuzzy." However I highly doubt I would see one based on Scalzi's version.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly praise the original book by H. Beam Piper, which is the second part of this book. The only reason to buy this book is for the second part.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather of Kathmandu

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called to a grisly murder scene that could make or break his career, but he’s more worried about impressing Tietsin, his new Buddhist guru. However, Tietsin would rather use Sonchai to help him broker a heroin deal worth 40 million dollars. Left with no easy way out and plenty of moral conflict, Sonchai will have to decide between saving his soul and saving his career.

    Ellen says: "Great, despite some drawbacks"
    "Do not waste your time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is the fourth in a series. My wife and I enjoyed the first book up until the last 50 pages. I am not sure what happened to the author but the book turned from a murder novel into a sex depravity circus. Also the Thai people are not all as portrayed in the book. Lastly the Buddhist perspective is skewed and shows that the author has not studied Buddhism.


    Has The Godfather of Kathmandu turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I will not read such again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Godfather of Kathmandu?

    Books 2-4


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

    Sandra says: "Unforgettable"
    "Needless violence and atrocious images."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is the second in a series. My wife and I enjoyed the first book up until the last 50 pages. I am not sure what happened to the author but the book turned from a murder novel into a sex depravity circus. Also the Thai people are not all as portrayed in the book. Lastly the Buddhist perspective is skewed and shows that the author has not studied Buddhism.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Burdett again?

    I doubt very seriously if I will ever waste my time on a John Burdett novel again. I am sorry I wasted the credits.


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

    I enjoyed the pronunciations of the language and the character he brought to the book.


    What character would you cut from Bangkok Tattoo?

    The characters were fine it was the writing and the portrayal of the Thai people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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