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magicmonster

Wichita, KS United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Little Fuzzy [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

    Carl says: "An old and much loved friend"
    "The awesome tale of Little Fuzzy!"
    Overall

    I was surprised to find one of my most favorite tales finally in audio format. The story teller was enjoyable. I wished that they had used the artwork from Michael Whelen. I believe if they had it would increase the sales of this wonderful classic. Make sure that you get this audio book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taovan: Awaken: Seasons of Light, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By S. J. Saunders
    • Narrated By Lee Strayer
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Nadon-Kesh grows up like any other child abandoned to the Saget riverbank, but his life takes a dangerous turn when the Supremacy, the tyrannical force enslaving the realm, drives him from his home. Thrust into the dangerous world beyond the riverbank alongside his closest friends, Nadon learns of his place in an age-old conflict that may change the face of the land forever.

    magicmonster says: "story seems interesting"
    "story seems interesting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I will never select a book read by this narrator in the future.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This may have been better experience with a different narrator. It took me a full 5 minutes before I could get past how the narrator was putting no inflection on what he was reading. Either he started doing so or I started looking past that. There also was an echo like quality to the recording. I found it hard to follow when the view point changed. To be fair to the author the story seems to be good as far as I went (1 hour) and will think about purchasing the book.


    Could you see Taovan: Awaken being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure since I did not finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A trip to the mall gives Shelby the shock of her life when she finds an extra five million dollars in the bank account Uncle Joey set up for her. She thought he was out of her life for good, but with this fast money, she's not so sure. Now she must decide if she will tell her husband the truth that she can still read people's minds. Including his. How will he feel when he finds out she lied to him? When the Mexican Police tell her that Uncle Joey's been kidnapped and look to her for the ransom, she knows she's in big trouble.

    Dr. says: "Excellent, engaging performance, top notch story!"
    "Great book. Opening really grabs you."
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    If you could sum up Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure in three words, what would they be?

    Gret this you will enjoy it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though main character is a mind reader you can still relate to her.


    Have you listened to any of Wendy Tremont King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one....she did a fantastic job.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2464)
    Performance
    (2256)
    Story
    (2257)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Still want more Sookie!"
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    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    Most of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    Spoiler...cant say


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Still can't say... Spoiler.


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

    Sookie in jail...


    Any additional comments?

    Good plot but end felt rushed. Wanted even more closure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Susan L. Rock says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "This is my favorite Valdemar series."
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    Where does Magic's Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic's Pawn?

    When Van stood up to his father.


    Which character – as performed by Gregory St. John – was your favorite?

    Vanyel


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

    The end but I don't want to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    A well done production spot on. Homosextual main charactor done with such care that you could even let a young adult listen to it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Turned: Book #1 in the Vampire Journals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Brianna Knickerbocker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    In Turned (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18-year-old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her. But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing....

    Captdoherty says: ""Twilight" meets "The Outsiders""
    "Skip it..."
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    Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Brianna Knickerbocker?

    Just disliked the teenage sound ofe the voice and thestory was slow at the beginning and the end was choppy and dis jointed


    Would you be willing to try another book from Morgan Rice? Why or why not?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    whiney teen voice


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1217)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Excellent audio version of this classic novel."
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    What did you love best about Nine Princes in Amber?

    Get this audiobook! You won't be disapointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story line.


    What does Alessandro Juliani bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Much better than prior version that the novelist read.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Magic in the Wind: Drake Sisters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (255)

    Ever since Damon Wilder sought refuge in Sea Haven, he's heard the same breathless rumor pass the lips of nearly every local in the sleepy coastal town. Even the wind seems to whisper her name - a reverie so powerfully suggestive that it carries the curious Damon to Sarah's cliff top home, and seeks to shelter him there. But Damon has not arrived alone. Two men have tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House, where Sarah hides her own secrets.

    Rebecca says: "Good Choice for Narrator"
    "A magical fluff novel for pure enjoyment"
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    What did you love best about Magic in the Wind?

    Good story and magical additions.


    If you???ve listened to books by Christine Feehan before, how does this one compare?

    This author produces enjoyable novels but not a lot of thought provoking after thought.


    What does Eve Bianco bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Almost always better to listen to a book then to read it. You can do other things while listening but not while reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warlock in Spite of Himself: Warlock of Gramarye, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Stasheff
    • Narrated By Dennis F. Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Welcome to Gramayre - where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches, and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.

    Robert says: "Very poor reading"
    "Glad this classic is now advailable in audiobook!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Warlock in Spite of Himself to be better than the print version?

    The story really comes alive when done as a full cast producion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrators and actors does a great job putting the correct feeling into their voices.


    What does Dennis F. Regan bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices really lead to a more enjoyable experience and you can do other things while listening...


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

    Wizard or science - determine for yourself.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • House of Zeor: Sime~Gen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Lichtenberg
    • Narrated By Michael Spence
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The first published novel in this best-selling series asks the question: "What if the basic human nature suddenly changed?" Hugh Valleroy of the Gen Police undertakes a covert mission into Sime Territory to rescue the woman he loves from the Sime kidnappers who would use her to destroy his government. His protector and guide? A Sime who carefully and deliberately plans to kill him!

    Zoe says: "A Life Time Favourite Brought to Life"
    "One of my favorite books now in audio! Great job."
    Overall
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    Where does House of Zeor rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Great job bringing one of favorite cult classics to life!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hugh is so realistic and likeable.


    What about Michael Spence???s performance did you like?

    Nice job providing a difference in the two main characters voices.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10713)
    Performance
    (6168)
    Story
    (6059)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    FanB14 says: "Hilarious"
    "amusing short listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    You can really hear the readers flustration which makes the audiobook more believeable. Adult listen in my opinion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too short


    Which character ??? as performed by Samuel L. Jackson ??? was your favorite?

    Main character


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

    Chuckled....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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