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James L. Bacon

Los Alamos, NM | Member Since 2012

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5458)
    Performance
    (5071)
    Story
    (5070)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Harry should have staid dead."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a post mortem. Butcher could have pursued high fantasy but instead balked midstream and ran as fast and hard as he could to near advertizement pablem. To say this book is a disappointment is like Harry might say " Golly that sucks" and go ahead and bake my head. God I don't know what I ever saw in these books but it is gone now. Can I puke out my giant hairball that is not a harball but a bunch of bones. Can I puke in peace. There is bad and there is bad this is worse than bad. I wish I had a spell to make me forget it. " Forgetus your annus". How's that.


    What could Jim Butcher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dropped dead and died before he wrote it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no he is very good. but you could tell he thought it was bad too.


    What character would you cut from Cold Days?

    How about Harry and the entire cast.


    Any additional comments?

    God, it sucked.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7003)
    Performance
    (3415)
    Story
    (3468)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "The dark tower is the best series I have ever read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The series is fresh, entertaining, haunting, thought provoking and ground breaking. You really can't anticipate the story and are constantly surprised and amazed at King's creativity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess Eddy is my favorite character. He is profane but demonstrates a wonderful humanity that grows through out the series.


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

    Yes. He narrated the Dark Horse. His performance was better with the Dark Tower as he had more characters and more emotions to work with.


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

    "Go then, there are other worlds than these"


    Any additional comments?

    The series should have won many awards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5565)
    Performance
    (5191)
    Story
    (5187)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Terrible dialogue"
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    What disappointed you about Redshirts?

    Could not get through the bad dialogue. Scalzi cannot write dialogue. It is almost all

    "He said"
    "She said"

    I have had very few things I simply cannot listen too.


    Has Redshirts turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Unreadable, or unlistenable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7405)
    Performance
    (3942)
    Story
    (3978)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Loved it. Very fun."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It expresses a southern viewpoint in an abstract fashion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Until Dark?

    Risking her life to save another in the parking lot.


    What about Johanna Parker???s performance did you like?

    I just love her voice.


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

    Yea, when she saw her brother for what he was and still loved him.


    Any additional comments?

    Life does not end it just changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9073)
    Performance
    (5135)
    Story
    (5179)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Cheap extension of previous great authors."
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    What would have made The Eye of the World better?

    Less blatant characterization of male and female interplay. I don't think this guy ever had a relationship with a woman. It was so extremely repetitive so that I was cringing with comments like blood and ashes and ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh she stared him down or he crawled beneath her gaze or she was so angry. This guy had so strange ideas about women.


    Has The Eye of the World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ???s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eye of the World?

    All this crap about the Ishedie or however it is spelt - remember I am listening. It is such an artificial attempt by a man to invade female culture, and it totally fails. Can I say that again. It totally fails. I am not sure this guy has ever spent a day with a woman. He sounds like an ignorant fool. That is probably the main problem I feel like I am listening to a man that is on an island and has been there all of his adult life reading Vogue magazines and trying to talk about woman. It is just stupid. I don't think the guy ever spent a weekend with a woman or he would know all that stuff is a fabrication from a non-hetro grab bag.


    Any additional comments?

    What is to be added to. I was a fool to buy three books of this stuff. I was impress by Sanderson. But want be again.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (3236)
    Story
    (3281)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Karl Knight says: "Top Quality Audio Entertainment"
    "Crap"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    No. Crap.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Jordan again?

    No. Crap.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did his best. Very good actually.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No just stinks.


    Any additional comments?

    I am amazed my favorite author (Brandon Sandorson) would pick this piece of bio decay up. I have to think he was sorry for the dead.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6366)
    Performance
    (3606)
    Story
    (3629)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Read it because of Sanderson - but it stinks"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just a very poor author that copies Tolkien and then has no were to go - blood and ashes it stinks.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Other Sci-fi or fantasy. Hey lets get this straight I give books a lot of lee way and this guy stinks.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ???s voice?

    Very good.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Really justs stinks. Can't imagine why Brandon would pick it up. This is a real upchuck. Blood and ashes as she stares me down with her cold eyes. I feel like I want to regress as she stareeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees at me. Oh how she stareeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee at me. Oh blood and ashes it is so terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    Just stinks. I have read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy and this is just the worse.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (550)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Could have been a good book."
    Overall

    However,the author's leftish views, childish views of racism, and hatred of God makes this book hard to listen to.

    4 of 27 people found this review helpful

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