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J. Willis

dragonsgift

Tustin, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 240 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Starman Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (254)

    Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

    Jeanene says: "A typical Heinlein Juvenile"
    "Top Notch"
    Overall

    I originally read this book in High School. I bought it now because I remembered it being a good read. I have to admit I enjoyed it as much now as I did then.

    For me this is an old favorite that I can now enjoy over and over when I have the spare time to listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1082)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Good book but...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Outlaw Demon Wails? What did you like least?

    The story is the usual top notch.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    They changed narrators for this books, and since I've been listening to them and am used to the pronunciation of the other, the new woman takes a lot of the fun out of the book because she doesn't pronounce anything the same way.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would go see any of these made into a move if they did them well, but somehow I think they'd just make it cheesy.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's hope they don't change the narrator again, Keep with the original, makes those of us that listen to the entire series able to pay attention more instead of being distracted by silly things like "why is she saying the name THAT way?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11036)
    Performance
    (7928)
    Story
    (7930)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "FREAKING AWESOME BOOK"
    Overall

    Jim Butcher creates a world much like our own but with little changes, like say....magic.

    Harry Dresden is a wizard and he will do whatever it takes to get the job done, after all, he needs the money. He works for the Chicigo PD and free lance and lucky for him, they all end up being tied together in the end.

    He faces demons, monster arachnids, shadow villains and one ticked off police officer trying to figure out what is going on. He seems to be one step behind the bad guys but he never gives up trying.

    Definately worth getting this book. If you watched the television series don't expect it to be 100% to that, the books are 1000% better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (642)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "Brings back so many memories"
    Overall

    I used to stay up all night to read this book in High School. I loved it then and love it now again. Audio makes it so convenient, now I don't have to miss a day at work from staying up all night reading it, I can listen to it on the way in and at work during breaks.

    This is one of the best Pern novels for someone that has little or no experience with them. Listen to this one and you'll be hooked and looking for your own fire lizard eggs on the beaches.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsinger: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (515)

    Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

    debra says: "Discription Diffrent"
    "One of my Favorite books to revisit"
    Overall

    I have read this book numerous times and have enjoyed it each and every time. Now listening to it I find even more depth to it. I enjoyed this book and will listen to it many times in the future just for the pure pleasure of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7480)
    Performance
    (5544)
    Story
    (5522)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "A Howling Good Book"
    Overall

    Harry, Murphy and every flavor of werewolf you can think of and perhaps a few you didn't think about at all. Susan shows up in this one and she and Harry expand a bit on their relationship. Very good book, lost of twists, some you can intuit and some that just plain blindside you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6593)
    Performance
    (4819)
    Story
    (4816)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "One of the Best so far"
    Overall

    Harry is at it again, getting into trouble, taking his friends with him and finding out that no matter what having a fairy godmother is nothing like the fairy tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (232)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Enchanting"
    Overall

    All I can say is that you need to read or listen to this book yourself. It is enjoyable. The author is great at making all the characters individuals and everyone is sure to find at least one or more they can identify with.

    I love the series to read and I love the series to listen to. I hope they get more in so I can get a fuller library of one of my favorite authors on audio.

    Unabridged of course....anything else would be sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (515)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "Yippee!!!"
    Overall

    I bought this book more for my boyfriend than for me. I have read this entire series several times already but he had not heard of Piers Anthony.

    For me this is like being able to listen to an old friend over again but I have greatly enjoyed being able to talk about it with my boyfriend as he gets into the series.

    He feels as I do (so far at least) that this is by far the best book in the series so far.

    Death as a job, the idea alone is enthralling and draws you in, makes you wonder how you would handle the situations that the character faces.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sun of Suns: Book One of Virga - Free Version

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Karl Schroeder
    • Narrated By Joyce Irvine
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon 3,000 kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.

    Maureen says: "A very good... listen."
    "Huh?"
    Overall

    This book is confusing. It starts out and you are left trying to figure out what kind of world or place it is taking place in. I consider myself to be above average on intellect but this book left me with more questions than answers till well over halfway through it when my guesses were confirmed and some explanations were given.

    The first long sci fi book I ever read was one by Heinlein and was well over my head at the time (I was in 7th grade) and this book left me feeling like that one did. Like I read it and understood it but that I'd have to reread it when I'm older to fully understand it. Well...I'm older now than 7th grade and I doubt I'll get the rest of the books in this series.

    If you like a book that is written so that only graduates of MIT will understand it go for it, otherwise you might want to find something better to listen to, like a book on quantum physics, it will make more sense to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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