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Thomas

My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

Auberry, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (661)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "SKIP THIS AWFUL BOOK"
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    I love this genre and started with Charlane Harris but have also read several other authors and enjoyed them. But this one was so bad, the heroin is a bimbo idiot and the hero is a paper thin character with nothing to him but abs. The performer makes the heroin into suchs a ditz that I started picturing her as a clueless stripper. The book also has endless amounts of sex and supposed fire between the two leads but it is so boring and redundant that I wondered if the author had ever had sex in her life. Pick any book but this one and save yourself the time and money. I bailed after about an hour. In traffic no less. I was kind of facinated that while being bored out of my mind I was also constantly rolling my eyes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9924)
    Performance
    (8235)
    Story
    (8309)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Author has abandoned this story so beware"
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    These two books are amazing and fun. But I've been reading fantasy books a long time and all the signs point to the fact that the author does not have an ending to this story. He pre-determined that it would take three days to tell the story but by the end of book 2 you realize that book 3 is either going to be HUGE or there are going to be some unanswered loose ends.

    So if an ending is not crucial for you to enjoy a really good book then I recommend this series. If one is then you should move on cause this one is a dead horse.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (471)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "Great books but difficult to understand"
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    The writing style here is incredible but it takes a bit of getting used to. The story is interesting and complex and sometimes I floundered. But it was a great series and I am very glad I purchased them. I recommend them for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2886)
    Performance
    (1938)
    Story
    (1949)

    Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Great Stories"
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    These books are really pretty good with great characters and science that makes sense. The reason I rated it a 3 instead of a 4 was the books are expensive and fairly short. So, it is a costly experience getting through the end of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (800)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Best Joe Abercrombie yet"
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    This guy is a great writer and I enjoyed this one so much. I have read all of his First Law books and this one is a must read. And the narrator was awesome as well. One thing I liked was it was a stand alone book with my favorite character from his books. Bloody Ninefingers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (3687)
    Story
    (3662)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Just Great"
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    This might be my favorite Dresden book. Loved it. It was fun from beginning to end and made sense too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2036)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Kind of boring"
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    This series reminds me of the True Blood books where they each get progressively worse till you wonder why an author would torment his fans like this. The previous two books in this series were trending down but this one is a huge step down.

    You get sick of the many different little story lines all over the planet that just seem like boring filler. One second there in Japan then India, the Colorado, then Arizona, then, etc.... Sheesh, get a plot before you put a book out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (669)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "Painfully Listen"
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    This book was terrible. To really give it a proper rating I would have to go re-rate all my previous ratings because the bar was lowered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • InterWorld

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Joey Harker isn't a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces: armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

    Gurmukh says: "A good listen"
    "A really bad kids book."
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    It's a short read so kept saying I could make it all the way through it. Well I did, almost. With a huge sigh of relief I stopped with 35 minutes left and immediately deleted it. Now it will soon be forgotten. Thank goodness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (848)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "Really has SF but not bad enough to be good"
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    I liked the first novel in this series for the battle sequences. But his volume was tedious. If your going to read it skip immediately to Chapter 28. That's where the action starts and you won't miss a thing. This author uses every SF cliche out there. Almost to the point you start chuckling.

    The worst is the constantly changing effects of the technologies to make the scenes more exciting. An glaring example was when the human ship was tracking the enemy ship through space. The humans had the advantage of instantaneous travel but for some reason they could barely keep up. It made no sense. The book is filled with these. Sometimes a weapon blows a ship to pieces with ease. Later the same weapon hits it three times and barely damages it.

    There is also a lot of filler such as a ten minute explanation on how a persons computer consul operates by soft touches. You see my point.

    This book is drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8842)
    Performance
    (8118)
    Story
    (8158)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Would Some Thing Please Happen"
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    Sheesh, this story is endless and nothing changes. What makes this book so bad is that it focuses on all the loser characters. You could have skipped this book and not missed any of the story. Lets hope the next book has something interesting or some character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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