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Christopher

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 27 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 144 titles in library
  • 59 purchased in 2014
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  • I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josh Kilmer-Purcell
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly---a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives.

    Joseph Tacy says: "Great Read, Hilarious!"
    "Unxpected diamond in the rough....."
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    Would you listen to I Am Not Myself These Days again? Why?

    Yes because it is just fun and wild with just the right amount of bittersweet after taste. I didn't actually know this book would be about a drag queen when I started it guess I should have paid more attention before selecting, but after the surprise of finding out it was just a fun read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Not Myself These Days?

    The description of the Christmas "performance" by one of the drag queens with the candy-cane prop had me crying I was laughing so hard and the finality of the end and push forward in time and sad pathetic "death" of Aqua also had me in tears but this time from sadness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Getaway God: Sandman Slim, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (294)

    Sandman Slim must save himself - and the entire world - from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times best-selling series. Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude - not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer - James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya - the old gods.

    Kevin says: "Apocalypse Now... with an extra side of donuts."
    "It needed a bit more God fight I think..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Let me start out saying I love this series and Sandman Slim. Every single book, till this one I would give 5 stars all the way. This book wasn't "bad". The take down of the old gods just seemed way to easy and the battle between our god against the old gods just seemed way to anti climactic. I expected more of a blowout and more magical demon fighting and whatnot. But still I think Richard Kadrey is a great author.


    Did MacLeod Andrews do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he is a great voice actor. I sometimes will give a book a chance simply because he does the voice work.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was an okay read. But I mean it was god fighting Old gods! I expected more fire and brimstone and lightning and magical weapons and spells. I mean its gods fighting each other here. Now the ending. The storyline that goes off into makes me very excited. I hope he does follow up on that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1059)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "Soooooo much better than that crap movie they made"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Its got some heavy duty emotional stuff in there. It has a love story for someone looking for that. Its got action and adventure. Its just a fun book.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie they made of this book is a travesty. I will say this though, in the follow up books in the series when the focus changes to someone else's perspective. Well all I will say is I liked Davy's storyline much more. But.....I did enjoy the rest of the story and conclusions of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1165)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Very surprised...."
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    If you could sum up Red Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Futuristic Genetically Modified.


    What other book might you compare Red Rising to and why?

    It clearly is just a dystopia cookie cut out, BUT the action is so well written and the coniving and backstabbing and killing. Its just wild.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Darrow of course followed probably by Severo.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well no. I have to warn readers here that the beginning first chapters are very slow and are just about a boy who loves a girl. Once that is over and Darrow agrees to be the hand of vengeance it just gets better and better from there.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like the start, stick with it. It gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12098)
    Performance
    (10989)
    Story
    (11015)

    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!!"
    "Xfiles meets fringe meets old gods...."
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes. It was interesting. I did find the build up to the action a bit slow, but it didn't take away much from my enjoyment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The beginning several chapters sort of bored me and I had to force myself to keep going, but I was rewarded with a really well written science fiction/horror story at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely pick it up if you like the idea of different dimensions and government cover ups.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7309)
    Performance
    (6818)
    Story
    (6847)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A good read...."
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    What did you like best about Steelheart? What did you like least?

    This caught my attention because it switched up the paradigm of hero's with super powers. I have read the follow up books and I want more information about the cause of the powers.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a quirky book. I liked it, but I'd like further explanation of the storyline. Not killing off the dictator super powers, but where the powers came from and why? And why is almost everyone evil who has them?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    A community in the southwestern United States falls prey to a plague of vampire bats with a virus which compels them to feed on everything in their path. Martin Cruz Smith, author of the best-selling novels, Gorky Park and Polar Star, mixes Indian mythology with virology in this masterful thriller.

    S. Burrows says: "Excellent book."
    "I bought it on sale for $3 bucks..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I expected a more horror/sci-fi mashup. It wasn't particularly scary at any point. It seemed more like a story about the politics between Indian nations and their struggle for their land.


    What was most disappointing about Martin Cruz Smith’s story?

    I thought there would be more of a mystical line that would flow through the story. The hallucinations at the end from the herb he was chewing was pretty much all that was mystical. The bats were just big bats who carried a rabies/virus/plague thing.


    What didn’t you like about Richard Ferrone’s performance?

    It was fine I think the storyline just wasn't working for me so I didn't like his performance automatically.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can't think of any.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is more of a political view of Indian affairs and hardships. I didn't find it at all horrifying or particularly interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (813)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "Conclusion or just a hiatus till the fourth book?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wormhole the most enjoyable?

    First of all I have to say comparing from book one to book three it just seems like two different authors almost. Book one was so meandering and slightly boring, but by book three the action is high intensity and way more interesting. I enjoyed the small glimpses into the alien world and description of them. I wish we had learned more about both races, but I'm very satisfied with where the story went. I see they left a bit of a hope for a fourth book there at the end. I would buy it just to hear more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could go back to my original review on book one and put a notation in saying to stick with the story because it gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (959)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "Far better and more exciting than the first...."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting aspect is definitely the high school and parents storyline which is why book one was so....I don't want to say bad, but boring maybe. As soon as the author did away with that part of the storyline the book became more interesting.


    Was Immune worth the listening time?

    I wanted to see where the story was going with the alien tech and alien conflict that downed the ships. That is basically the only reason I went on from book one. I can say happily that the author does a much better job in creating conflict and action in this book. It still wasn't a hardcore drama, but the sci fi does ramp up a notch along with the action.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this series is probably not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but its an okay sci-fi story. This book graduated several levels above the previous book so I think I will go ahead and see the conlusion to the series - or the next book at least - since I don't know if that one will end in a cliff hanger or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1514)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Hell,Humor, and lots of violence sounds like fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, but I know it would not appeal to everyone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled upon this series a while back and gave it a shot. I really cannot describe how much I love the entire series. Its dark and a little dirty, but there is a great story in there also with alot of wise cracks. Kadrey really made me feel like I knew the characters. He really does an awesome job of bringing you into the world he created in this book. Props to Macleod also for doing great narration even though the french accent for one of the characters really got on my nerves, I got used to it. This series is not deadly serious, but it shows you into a vision of the occult/hell/beasts/demons/angels with such in depth description. Sandman Slim is just a beast that loves to drink and isn't afraid of a bar fight now and then......or quite alot actually. Great,fun,dark, and emotional journey. I recommend reading the entire series or buying all the audio books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1431)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Long winded and low on action BUT...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Meh......it was okay to kill some time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A description of the two types of alien races and their agendas would have been a good start, but I realize they are just holding that back for the series. The idea of the different characters taking religion to its extremes seemed oddly paired with the main storyline as well. But again, maybe the author will tie in the storyline more and it will make more sense in the following book/s.


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

    I've heard his narration before and he is a favorite of mine especially in the Sandman Slim series.


    Could you see The Second Ship being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe. I'd have to read through the rest of the series first to say for sure. But the Roswell show didn't do so well so it wouldn't bode well for a series like this with another set of teenagers with alien powers or whatnot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not hooked, but my ocd will not let me not finish a series once I start unless it is truly just awful. I did like the writing and characters, but the gee shucks american as apple pie parents were off putting. Don't pickup this book if you want an action packed novel. It builds very slowly and doesn't last long. It has the potential to be a good if not great read though so I will go on to book two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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