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Christopher

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Embrace the Negative side of things!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I can see how this might not be a book for everyone. Make sure to listen to the sample before buying. David Rakoff had a most unique voice and I loved it but it can be grating to some people. Also optimistic or sunny happy people might not love the dark negative betty loveliness that David just embraces fully and completely. He was an artist and the world is a little less bright because he is gone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2198)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1062)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Bloodsucking Fun!"
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    What did you like best about Bloodsucking Fiends? What did you like least?

    The cover art for the book is pretty dark considering the book itself is not at all gory. This book is a little jaunt into the supernatural with plenty of comedy interspersed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

    Yes. He has a great sense of humor and told a pretty interesting story considering its been told a million times over before. It was campy and fun.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was really good and the writing as well. Its not Shakespeare or anything, but its a fun story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balance: The Divine Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By M.R. Forbes
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    My name is Landon Hamilton. Once upon a time I was a twenty-three year old security guard, trying to regain my life after spending a year in prison for stealing people's credit card numbers. Now, I'm dead. Okay, I was supposed to be dead. I got killed after all; but a funny thing happened after I had turned the mortal coil...

    Cliff says: "Nobody likes me.. Everybody hates me."
    "Story was a bit one dimensional...."
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    Would you try another book from M.R. Forbes and/or Jeff Hays?

    I'll say this, his idea of having a 3rd player in the good v evil tale as old as time was great. BUT his characters all seemed very simple. The lead just going along with everything and not having any intense emotion for this massive change to his life/afterlife was crazy. He sort of doesn't have any real emotion through the entire book except in the end which I can't describe for obvious reasons. That being said, I am going to get the second book in the series because I want to see how or IF the author further describes the mythos of purgatory. Also, I don't understand why the author brought in a character ex-marine/hacker when the lead is supposed to be a hacker to begin with. Its like, why?


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

    I don't know if I can actually credit the narrator on this because I think the tech used to modify the angels/demons voices did most of the work. His voice was smooth and soothing to listen to though. A bit lacking in emotion , but I think that was because of the writing and not the narrators fault.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to give the author another chance to hook me into the story with book two. Hopefully he fleshes out the characters and story more in the 2nd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2253)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "I didn't expect to cry so much from a sci fi novel"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    The description of the techno/electrocution/crucifixion of the father was both incredibly unexpected and disturbing because you just don't think of catholic priests when you think of science fiction. I feel okay in giving that away because well they start off telling you he did not "survive" and all that was left was his journals in the priests tale. Also there is so much more to that storyline I'm not really giving away anything that you won't see coming.


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

    The effect of the time tombs on Rachel and her family was just incredibly sad. The narrator really just did an outstanding job portraying the pain and sadness of it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, great, great story. I am more of a horror/supernatural fan, but this story was so awesome. Book 2 was pretty good also, but didn't come close to as good as this one. The only reason I didn't give this all 5 stars was because of the narrator who portrayed Brawne Lamia. She did not do a good job at all in my opinion. Her voice was just off. She sounded happy/upbeat even through her fight scenes and her emotional scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (5893)
    Performance
    (3954)
    Story
    (3988)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "An excellent end to a long journey..."
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    Where does The Hero of Ages rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly...top ten for sure.


    What aspect of Michael Kramer’s performance would you have changed?

    His characters seemed to repeat in style/voice. He wasn't awful, but I've heard much better. He was just okay.


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

    I had heard reviews elsewhere regarding the conclusion of this series and believed them unfortunately. The wrap up of the storyline was bittersweet, but beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like cookie cutter endings where everything turns out perfectly and everyone lives happily ever after this book isn't for you. I loved the world of the mistborn with all its oddities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7843)
    Performance
    (5316)
    Story
    (5353)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "I need to know more!"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Kramer?

    The narrator is actually not to my taste. Many of his characters seemed to be read in the same exact voice. I actually did not want to buy this because I found him a bit grating on my ears when I sampled it. It says quite a bit about the story that I enjoyed it despite my dislike of him. This is just my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant to buy this because of some information I had read about the series previously, but after now hearing the entire first book I think no matter what the climax it will be a worthwhile read. The author really has created quite an intricate world with so many questions I want to know the answers to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9642)
    Performance
    (8597)
    Story
    (8573)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Hi-larious and Fun!"
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    What did you love best about Hounded?

    Atticus and Auberon's friendship has got to be one of the best and most entertaining I've ever had the pleasure to read. I absolutely adore that dog! Atticus is pretty fun as well. I am writing this review after listening to the entire series and I assure you its always a running gag that never gets old. I mean the supernatural story is almost a side act to the story of a crazy irish man and his dog. The story of the fae and druids is also really entertaining.


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

    Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. It was just really really fun. The author has really got a talent.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is awesome. I love how his character is more than a thousand years old and he sounds like a horny college kid half the time. READ this series if you want to be entertained with jokes and the story of Gods and alternate plains of existence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

    Christopher says: "Creepy alien sex is suprisingly interesting..."
    "Creepy alien sex is suprisingly interesting..."
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    Would you listen to Dawn again? Why?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book on a whim because I had been reading quite a bit of ghosts, vampires, and werewolves stories and I needed a change up. This was certainly a change up. I thoroughly enjoyed the captivity of the last of all humankind lol. Its a good read. In the end I wanted to read more. That is the best compliment a writer can hope for isn't it?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1112)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Feels dated/stale..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't the worst by a long shot, but don't waste a credit on it. You can definitely tell the story was written quite a long time ago and the narrator sort of seems like he was picked to reflect that.


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

    ....mehh. No surprises and pretty much what I expected.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I listened to the narrator on the sample before I bought it and I didn't quite like his voice, but I thought for six bucks what was the harm? I found myself losing interest through portions, but I'm not sure if it was all because of the narrator or just a lack of interest in the story.


    Was Watchers worth the listening time?

    I'd get my money back if there was a way to do it. Def not worth more than a buck at a 1/2 price bookstore.


    Any additional comments?

    There was also an issue with the audio. Now this I can't be sure if it was my device or the download or what??? but the recording seemed off. Can't really describe it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1609)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Zombies can heal themselves?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have to admit it took quite a bit for me to suspend my ideas of what zombies are defined as now - rotting corpses that never look pretty for very long. But once I did it was an interesting read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really liked how the author compared the hunger for brains with the hunger for drugs and how even as a brain eating zombie the heroine was a better person. It was a bit off kilter, but I liked it.


    Do you think My Life as a White Trash Zombie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It already has one.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that really turned me off was the idea that zombies can have sex? It sorta creeped me out and some of the descriptions.....well I can't give it away. So I'll just leave it at that. The narrator really was great though and she brought it all together very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1859)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Supernatural/Crime drama with a quirky twist..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    This entire series is pretty darn good if you think about how great of a writer someone has to be to make a fry cook into an ass kicking hero with supernatural power, but still have him seem like just an average Joe at the same time.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of his other narration, but I have to mention that his voice is the reason why I chose this book (besides the fact that I love supernatural and crime dramas). His voice is very relaxing and smoothly descriptive at least to my own ears.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the first book you will definitely enjoy the entire series. I can't wait to see how it ends, but also don't want it to. Dean Koontz goes from ghosts to aliens and into the future with crazy details of an apocalyptic earth and back again. None of it should combine well together, but it SO does. I just loved the entire series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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