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Gary

Las Vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 150 titles in library
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  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (506)
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    (290)
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    (289)

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "Loved it."
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    I am hesitant with any prequel but after Streets of Laredo I wanted more from this writer. Dead Man's walk was an amazing book. I loved it, and I'm starting to realize the order in which McMurtry wrote these books might be genius.

    Will Patton is the best reader in this series in my opinion. Loved every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (867)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "This book is THE MOST FUN I've ever had in fantasy"
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    If you didn't already know. This book is the last in Abercrombie's First Law universe. Basically, the First Law series is a trilogy. An awesome trilogy. Then he wrote three more stand alone books that take place in the same universe. Red Country being the third stand alone book, and sixth overall in the universe.

    I've heard some people read these stand alone books by themselves. I don't necessarily think that's wrong, but I read them all in order, and for me, the experience was perfect. Red Country is amazing on it's own. But as part of the whole, it can't believe how much I loved it.

    So if you've already read any of the other books in this universe, DEFINITELY READ THIS ONE. It's the best one in my opinion BY FAR.

    But if you are new to the universe, and are interested in a 6 book commitment, you might consider reading the other 5 first, and let this be the wonderful final adventure that it is. All of it is worth reading.

    Or just read Red Country first. Any of those choices is a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (910)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "If you love action, this is for you"
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    This book is ACTION PACKED. If you are looking at this, you hopefully have read the First Law series. I enjoyed The Heroes more than those books. It's a lot of fun, and great characters. Highly recommend it.

    If you haven't read First Law series, you probably should cause they are great and make this book more fun. If you haven't read Best Served Cold, you can if you want. It will make The Heroes more fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (874)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Worth getting through for the next books."
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    This is a tough review. If you are thinking of buying this book, then you probably have read the First Law Series, which was amazing. Best Served Cold isn't nearly as amazing. It's a fun book. The narrator is a disappointing change but I got used to him.

    HOWEVER, my recommendation is that you plow through this book really fast. Yeah it's not great, but it's ok. And when you are finished, you get to read The Heroes, and Red Country, the next stand alone books by Abercrombie. The Heroes is amazing and Red Country might be the most fun I've ever had in fantasy EVER.

    So Best Served Cold is not bad, but DEFINITELY worth slogging through to get to better books. Just take it like cough medicine so that you'll have fun later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3255)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2412)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "LOVE this series"
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    If you are debating continuing with this series, keep going. I loved it. It only gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3010)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Action Packed Fantasy"
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    This book doesn't start out as strong as the trilogy ends. This trilogy and series is definitely worth reading. It gets way better from here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judging Eye: The Aspect-Emperor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By R. Scott Bakker
    • Narrated By Kevin Orton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A luminary in the fantasy genre firmament, R. Scott Bakker returns fans to his acclaimed Prince of Nothing universe with The Judging Eye. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus is waging a terrifying war, subjugating all nations in his path. There are those willing to stand together against him, but these rebellious souls must act quickly and decisively to thwart his mad schemes of power and domination.

    Gary says: "Go ahead and continue"
    "Go ahead and continue"
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    If you liked the Prince of Nothing series, you may as well keep going. It was a little hard in the beginning, getting used to the new narrator and starting a new set of characters, but it was worth it.

    Narrator's not as good as the last trilogy but the story itself is just as good. May as well keep going if you've come this far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By R. Scott Bakker
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

    Andy says: "Finally in audiobook!"
    "Great and brutal fantasy."
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    I love this series so far. However, It is not for the feint of heart. It is brutal. Awesome though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (495)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Fun book, didn't blow my mind."
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    Got this audiobook for a road trip. It was a fun listen. Pretty simple and straight forward. Love the concept.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (830)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Great reader very long book."
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    This book was brutally long for me. I love the story, but not the length. The reader was fantastic. So if you are thinking of listening to les mis over reading it yourself, this audiobook did a great job. Be ready for a marathon though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Days

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Annie Potts
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read, not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale.

    Ron says: "Good McMurtry, not great"
    "Annie Potts is one of my favorite narrators."
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    I'm a big fan of McMurtry. This is not one my favorite books of his. It's really good, but I'd read other books of his first if I were you. BUT that being said, Annie Potts was one of the best readers I have ever heard of my entire Audiobook experience. She did a fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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