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David

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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10786)
    Performance
    (9787)
    Story
    (9807)

    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!!"
    "Weird - You don't say."
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    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    I liked the ideas in the book but not how they were expressed. This book had a lot of very interesting perspectives and twists. However, most of the dialogue sounded like two people making pointless small talk and attempting to see which one can say, "That is weird," the most. This is not a bad book, but it is not one I would recommend.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5465)
    Performance
    (4949)
    Story
    (4961)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Hard Magic is not a hard read."
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    The dynamics. It is not a cookie cutter story in the slightest. Correia mingles more themes in this one book than most writers do in a lifetime of writing. Even better, he does this without them tripping over each other or detracting from one another.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. They had depths like the Mines of Moria.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Jake because he had this drawl that made his character so believable. It tied together Jake Sullivan's best and worst aspects.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a superb book. It was perfectly dynamic; involving aliens, zombies, and magic all stemming from a simple premise that just makes sense. That itself is rare in most fantasy stories. More so is finding an antagonist you can relate to (which this book does superbly). There are a few things I could see people not liking about this book. For instance, the characters do spend some time talking about their guns. If for some reason you can not stand that sort of thing; To you I say, "Bummer." I thought it was great. Also, whenever I start a book, the narrators voice always seems off. It is just one of those things that happens whenever I switch between narrators. Although once I warmed up to Mr. Pinchot's style, I would not want it done any other way. He captures these characters perfectly. The people who did not like the performance mostly only listened to about an hour of the book and barely had enough time to get to know the characters. Sure Jake might sound like an oaf at first, but that is because that is the idea. His voice adds to the noir style of the book. Lastly, this is historical fiction. Take it as such.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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