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Deejay

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  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1058)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "Why no Stephen Thorne"
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    I don't normally take the time to sit down and write a review, but I felt it was needed in this case. The previous book (john dies at the end) was narrated superbly by Stephen Thorne. It was a surprise to me when I started listening to this book is full of spiders that the narrator had changed from an energized sound Thorne to a drab, slow sounding Nick Podehl.

    It's always a little jarring when there are changes in narrators through a series of books, but this change was almost as bad as the change from Tim Curry to Lemony Snicket in A Series of unfortunate events. It really takes you out of the book.

    As for the book itself, it feels like it's missing a lot of the crudeness that was added by John's character in the first novel. Some might have found that a little distasteful, but it's what gives John dies at the end a lot of it's charm. This book is full of spiders feels like it's been run through the filter press that's squeezed out most of the random banter and frantic jumping around that made the first novel great. There is hardly a mention of soy sauce in the entire novel.

    This book is full of spiders is not the action packed sequel to John dies at the end. Instead it's more like a watered down episode of 24 with the word terrorists replaced with spiders. It takes awhile to get started and when if finally does, you're racing along on a bicycle instead of an awesome dirt bike.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1798)
    Performance
    (1693)
    Story
    (1700)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    Really wasn't expecting much out of this book. The cover and description didn't seem very compelling, but Luke Daniels is a pretty enjoyable narrator and the book was on sale for $1.99 so I thought I'd give it a try.

    Turns out its a very interesting "there is no spoon" take on reality and the idea that you can change reality with a text editor is novel enough. Off to be the Wizard is a short and enjoyable book with a reasonable amount of good jokes and interesting plot twists to keep things going. I'll be keeping my eye out for more from Scott Meyer in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1386)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Horrible to listen to Nick Chamian's read"
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    I made it 20 minutes into this book before I had to stop. Nick Chamian's reading is horrible. What were they thinking, worst narrator change ever. I'll probably end up reading this book instead of listening it to on audible. Complete crap.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Red Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society. On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimics who shape their society after impressions picked up from Clarissa’s mind. Creating a faux London, the alien creatures enroll Clarissa in their Council of Magicians and Aiden in the City Guard.

    Maura says: "Transported"
    "Horribly boring, only made it 20 minutes in."
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    I really enjoyed Mark Hodder's Burton and Swinburne series and thought I'd give his other work a try. This book might, at some point, get better, but after listening to the first 20 minutes of mind numbingly uninteresting family history of an island that's hard to care about, I couldn't take any more.

    If you find the Burton and Swinburne series even remotely enjoyable, this book is not for you. If, on the other hand you found yourself riveted by a book like Tess of the d'urbervilles, you'll find yourself right at home in this dribble.I have no idea how they talked Peter Batchelor into reading this nonsense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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