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Shawn

Artist and Game Designer

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block invites you into the criminally funny world of the most notorious star of mystery fiction: Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day and burglar by night. In this humorous mystery, Bernie's passion for Humphrey Bogart movies leads him to a beautiful damsel in distress, a dangerous international conspiracy, and more than a few incriminating bodies. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.

    WriterGirl says: "Entertaining and funny"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    My wife actually recommended this book to me. I said I was looking for something light, funny, but smart enough to keep me entertained. This fit the bill perfectly.

    I have not read any others in this series but, I certainly plan too. The characters are enjoyable and smart. The writing is well paced. And the reader was good as well.

    I would definitely recommend this to anyone that just wants a good story and a good book. Especially if they are a Bogy fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5148)
    Performance
    (4680)
    Story
    (4732)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "An end. But a good one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I'm sad that Robert Jordan didn't live to finish the series himself. I'll be the first to admit I'm pretty critical of Sanderson. I think his writing tends to be too contemporary and juvenile compared to the pros Jordan. That said, I'm not sure I would take the risk to replace him with anyone else.

    The book is epic. The battles are huge. It is a fitting ending to the series. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (431)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Very Cool World"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Reynolds does a great job creating an interesting world. I hope he continues to write about it, but even if he does not I found the book quite satisfying and great imagination fuel.

    You can tell the Author had alot of fun with this one, and it was a nice change of pace from the big scope hard sci-fi that he does normally.

    If you're looking for good escapism/science fiction/fantasy I'd be pretty surprised if you were disappointed.

    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
    (11200)
    Performance
    (10165)
    Story
    (10187)

    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!!"
    "A breath of fresh air."
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    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ray Porter's performance is spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    Came into the book not knowing anything- and it made the experience that much better. This book will satisfy readers across genres and keep you interested the whole way through.

    I have not read any other of Clines book's, but I am dearly hoping that they are as good as this one.

    -sgw



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17977)
    Performance
    (15986)
    Story
    (15945)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Good Read, Good Listen."
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is for the King fans that's can't always handle his more violent/horror type works. A lovely book that has everything a good fiction novel needs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    Kings depiction of love and relationships is amazingly real in this book. I'm glad he was brave enough to depict it.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Craig Wasson, whose performance I'm not always happy with, did a wonderful job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5577)
    Performance
    (4749)
    Story
    (4745)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Complete Disappointment."
    Overall

    I loved the first twelve books, and was eagerly awaiting this thirteenth installment, even after hearing that Marsters hadn't done the reading. I'm even a John Glover fan, but I far prefer Marsters.
    That said, this book was terrible. I will say first that I'm only disappointed because I'm a huge fan, of all of Butcher's books. He's set a standard, and he fell far short of it in Ghost Story.
    Example: there are at least two separate paragraphs on opposite ends of the book that are identical, Ctrl+C - Ctrl+V. Identical. Second, I appreciate and get the geek references, but the first fifty chapters, give or take a few are made up of Star Trek, X-Men, Justice League - so many Justice League - cracks, one after another after another, with No Dresden content.
    After chapter fifty-one, it's perfect. But after slogging through fifty-one chapters? The ending is great, but it belongs to another book, a better book. The rest feels like it was produced by a different author, with a much less developed voice.
    I'm looking forward to the next installment of the Dresden files, and I know I'm not alone in hoping that Marsters returns.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness Forged in Fire: Book One of the Iron Elves

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Evans
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He has murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most---the forest.

    Amazon Customer says: "worth my time"
    "a light fantasy"
    Overall

    It's pretty middle of the road. Elves, Dragons, and Various other monsters. If you are a fantasy addict you'll probably get some enjoyment. If you looking for "something different" - I'd try somewhere else.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2561)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "good stuff"
    Overall

    Its epic. Give it some time and it will draw you in. Its worth it. If you're looking for some quick fluff go read something else. The second book is equally as good. John Lee does a great job as well.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (887)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "solid sci-fi"
    Overall

    Stephenson reminds me of a modern day Jewels Vern. This book is filled with some fascinating concepts on time, space and thought. It also has more than a little satire on current times.

    Does that make it an 'easy' read? No. If you're looking for bran for the brain- an action packed page turner with guts and glory, pass this one up. If you looking for some solid science fiction- a book that challenges the mind and opens new views on thought, you'll probably enjoy this quite a bit.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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