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C. L. Turner

Tutivillus

Provo, Utah, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 30 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 321 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Roadside Picnic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Olena Bormashenko (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty", something goes wrong.

    Ryan says: "Gritty, resonant sci-fi classic"
    "Classic and beautiful!"
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    I don't speak Russian, so I can't tell you if this is a good translation. I can tell you it's a beautiful novel. Classic science fiction. The language and narration are just enough to make me smile at the memory. A devious story with some marvelous characters and an ending that makes you listen twice...or three times.

    Listen to the foreword...it's important. Then enjoy the book.

    I'd been waiting a long time for this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crux

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

    Robert says: "Awsome listen about the birth of post humanity"
    "Just a lot overwritten"
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    I enjoyed the first book. Nexus was Naam's first novel, so there was an energy there and I liked it. This book just turned me off. Overwritten, seemed a bit rushed (on the editing) and just kind of beat you over the head. I couldn't finish it and will return this if I can.

    The performance of Mikael Naramore is a bit over the top too. The screams...ohh, the screams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interrupt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Hunter Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind. Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens. Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China - but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man...

    C. L. Turner says: "Please. Shoot this story."
    "Please. Shoot this story."
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    I saw this book on a "Recommended Reads" list and it sounded interesting. After reading the synopsis and a few reviews I was even intrigued!

    Then I listened to it.

    The premise is pretty good, but it's ruined by what seems like a desire, by the author, to write a movie rather than a good novel. The characters are insanely irritating. The story lurches along like a hobbled puppy. Several times I wondered if it was a Young Adult novel trying to look big in its father's clothes. The heroine is someone you just want to dislike. The hero is flat and pretty stereotypical.

    I ended up rooting for the protagonists because I just wanted the main characters to die.

    Performance.

    I think Hunter Davis did the best he could and took the only option available...lifting the characters from Seinfeld.

    Putty, Elain, Bania...they make appearances.

    It was just sad how much effort he put into polishing this turd.

    So, avoid this trap. Really. It's bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadhouse Gates: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (389)

    In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

    Joshua says: "An Epic Tale of War and Tragedy"
    "MORE!"
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    This series is dense, deep, rich and can be confusing if you're not paying attention. So many names, so many places and so many things going on. I would love to see the entire series on Audible (it would be nice to have a complete, long series ready to go!)

    I can't say too much that's negative, it's just all good! Characters are memorable and you invest yourself in their stories. The plot seems pretty solid, although I have no idea where it's going, yet. The writing is quite good and at times you feel the language elevate you to more emotion than you probably want while sitting in an office, listening to a book. And its scale is epic. A nice, long listen.

    Download it. Download it now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (441)

    The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

    gary says: "The Epic Space Opera Peters Out"
    ""Star Trek" Ending"
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    I would write a review of the whole series...but why. Why? After spending so much time listening only to be left with something short of nothing as an ending.

    Metaphor? Sure...it's a metaphor.
    Lazy? That's what I don't quite understand! These novels were work for the writer, obviously. They were entertaining. Yes, there was some amount of over-explanation, but overall, enjoyable. Then, in the end? !Whomp! It's done and over without much of the careful description, back story, care and craft that's preceded the end credits.

    Enough to make me pound my head against a desk until I work a better end through sheer delirium!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Said Bang: Sandman Slim, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (491)

    What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer? Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it... again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.

    Cliff says: "Sympathy for the Devil"
    ""I've seen how the sausage is made...""
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    Sandman Slim has become a toothpick of his former self and he's jumped several sharks along the way. I was disappointed with the last book, saw several positive reviews for this one, was bored and in a forgiving mood.

    Damned if I do that again!

    MacLeod Andrews saves this hot mess, as usual. There are some great one-liners, but I think Kadrey has a machine to churn those out (or people just send their best to him via Twitter). Even the best, favorite characters get sent backfield on this one.

    Implausible situations (considering the context), convenient superpowers, an "unending", you never actually get the sense that Stark is ever in any real danger, so why bother, and you're just kinda sick of him after the first page. There are several points in the story that caused my eyes to roll and think "well, THAT was convenient...what handy thing happens next?"

    Contrived...yep, that's the word I was looking for.

    Ah well. Should have known better!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9804)
    Performance
    (8907)
    Story
    (8919)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "My Head Lit up with the Joys of Eldritch Horror!"
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    I'll REALLY try not to give spoilers...

    This is great! Not deep, but it's fun, fast and twisty. We're talking a mystery that combines pop-culture icons, steampunk, nods to some of the greatest horror written and ties it all together into something entirely new. You'll like the characters, you'll probably see the twists coming (and say "YES!" out loud when they hit) and laugh your ass off at parts of the story where you probably shouldn't.

    Hell, there's even some Office Space in here, for good measure.

    Unless your sense of humor and sense of mystery left you at some point you will love this book. Get it. Get it now.

    Do it. Do it or The Family will come to get you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6032)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Entertaining Tale of the Dead"
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    Not bad. Not great.

    I wonder *why* someone wouldn't want their kids to read/listen to this book? My kiddo would have loved it when she was younger (she's in University now). Perhaps they're afraid of something a bit more "pagan"...shame. That's the only reason for objection I can think of.

    Neil Gaiman is a great narrator, flawless. His writing is spot on. The book just wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. The book has a great spooky vibe and creatures you'll recognize, but aren't announced in bold letters -- which is nice!

    It's short, sweet and to the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (704)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Better than "Cold""
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    The Heroes was almost up there with the First Law series...close. Had Steven Pacey been narrating, it may well have been right on pace. The writing is bit better than "Best Served Cold" although there is some repetition to it (J.A. reuses quite a few phrases and descriptions...almost formulaic in places). I did enjoy the change of pace and the implied movement of the overall story arc. You know there are twisted things coming...and it will be fun.

    Can't wait until "Red" makes it to audio.

    Please have Steven Pacey do it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (673)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Revenge? Or a setup?"
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    It's pretty obvious that J.A.'s two books (Best Served Cold and The Heros) are bridge novels from his trilogy to ...something coming. Characters and situations are introduced, some are pulled from other novels (almost conveniently) and placed in cameo to help readers find their footing.

    Out of the two "bridges" so far, this is my least favorite and I can't quite put my finger on the why of it. No good reason for it, really...I just wasn't crazy about it. It seemed to lack some of the polish J.A.'s other books have had.

    Narration: I really miss Steven Pacey. Michael Page is fine, but he's just not as versatile. His Ninefingers is a screeching harpy of a voice. God forbid he ever does Glokta!

    In the end, however, you'll need to make a run at this book for anything else to make sense and it isn't a bad journey! Just not as good as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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