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Myusollo

Virginia, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1845)

    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    Katherine says: "Required reading"
    "Not Lovecraft's best stories, but a good entry."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would be much more inclined to recommend virtually anything else that Lovecraft wrote first. Call of Cthulhu has become his most well-known work, but it is not his best by a long shot. To be fair, this recording also includes The Dunwich Horror, which is a much better story, so your time would not be wasted if you bought this audiobook on sale. This reader does an excellent job of making the weaker works more engaging than the print versions, so I would probably recommend this version over the print version.


    Was Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories worth the listening time?

    I would say so. I like Lovecraft, but I've never been crazy about Call of Cthulhu itself. Hearing William Roberts' performance, however, did improve the material in my esteem.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29779)
    Performance
    (27744)
    Story
    (27711)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Jared G says: "Wow, what a performance and what a story"
    "Old-school meets new-school sci-fi"
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    A lot of people compare this book to modern popular works like The Hunger Games and A Song of Ice and Fire. While these comparisons are not inaccurate, I am reminded of much older sci-fi, as well. The moral lesson on racism, literally using colors to indicate strict social castes, reminds me of the sci-fi stories of the 60's and 70's.

    I also want to make clear that this work, despite all this, is not strictly derivative. There is great world-building here, and the elements it borrows from other books are implemented in interesting ways. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22656)
    Performance
    (20945)
    Story
    (20887)

    Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

    Gus says: "i love this story"
    "Suffers a bit from middle-book syndrome."
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    I greatly enjoyed Red Rising, and I was looking forward to this book. The meat in the middle is fantastic, but the beginning and end are more rough. It feels like you start off slogging through to get to the good part, which fortunately doesn't take all that long; then, after the majority of the book is great, the ending is obviously trying to bait you into buying the next book immediately. This type of ending is a pet peeve of mine, and, if the book had not been 90% good, I would have been disinclined to read the next one on principle. As it is, I will absolutely be reading the next one at some point, as I still want to see what happens with these characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4909)
    Performance
    (4520)
    Story
    (4520)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Worth hearing, even if you've seen the movies."
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    Any additional comments?

    I am, of course, familiar with the movies, but I had never read the book. It really made me appreciate the adaption work of Coppola, and it told a lot more of the story than I had known. The story also follows side characters like Johnny Fontane and Lucy Mancini that are barely covered in the movies. At the same time, certain scenes that are fantastic in the movie are not as interesting in the book. In the end, I think the two versions are roughly equivalent, but for different reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Felicia Day
    • Narrated By Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7465)
    Performance
    (7061)
    Story
    (7031)

    In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

    John S. says: "Don't dismiss this one out of hand!"
    "An interesting, quirky memoir."
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    What made the experience of listening to You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) the most enjoyable?

    Easily Felicia Day's reading. She is an entertaining performer as it is, and hearing her own, somewhat awkward delivery of the words she wrote is much funnier than they would be read by someone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not usually a big autobio reader. They all come across as too narcissistic to me. I felt that here, too, but I don't think that this was the intent. And even if it were, it still made me laugh. Also, the chapter on Gamergate, while more depressing than the rest of the lighthearted book, was valuable to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: The Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20057)
    Performance
    (18255)
    Story
    (18230)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    Zenpaca says: "Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole"
    "A worthy sequel"
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    What other book might you compare Firefight to and why?

    I recently listened to the first book of Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes series. The superhero comparison is obvious, but it does bear mentioning.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Heroes Will Come.


    Any additional comments?

    Sequels are always a dicey prospect, but Brandon Sanderson nails it. He expands the world, reveals more about the characters and the rules of superpowers, and tells a new story rather than rehashing the first one. Also, the delightfully bad similes are back in force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27929)
    Performance
    (26040)
    Story
    (26002)

    The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Star Trek: Q-Squared"
    "14 done right"
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    What did you love best about The Fold?

    When I listened to Peter Clines' 14, I was disappointed by the solution and ending. Although this is its own story, the two books are clearly related, and I like how this one is told much better. In fact, I enjoy 14 more retroactively now that I have experienced this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery elements of this story were solid, which is difficult in sci-fi and fantasy because the rules differ from those of reality, making solving things much more difficult. The story makes sense, however, and the pieces click together even with the main pseudoscientific premises.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Most of the time that eidetic memory is used in fiction, it annoys me. Actual people with eidetic memory have serious difficulties as a result. It is not a superpower. But with Mike, I like it for some reason. Yes, he is far more high-functioning than normal people with eidetic memory. But the way that they describe it and the way he utilizes it in this story just works. Peter Clines is good at creating interesting, quirky characters, and Mike is no exception.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending was genuinely tense. I don't want to say more, since it would be spoilerific.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (3361)
    Performance
    (3066)
    Story
    (3089)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "A weak start, but has potential"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending hammered home for me that the protagonist is somewhat of a Larry Stu. It also makes it clear that this is the first part of a larger epic.


    Any additional comments?

    This book feels more like Part 1 than a complete work on its own. I haven't listened to the others yet, but if a collection ever gets released, maybe consider getting that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (530)

    A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

    HL says: "Quaint collection of short stories"
    "Lovable business-minded space scoundrel!"
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    Where does The Sam Gunn Omnibus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most fun audiobooks I have listened to in recent memory. Sam Gunn is one of those characters that you like even when he's being a complete jerk, and that you find yourself rooting for even when he appears to be acting monstrously.


    What other book might you compare The Sam Gunn Omnibus to and why?

    While it is not an exact comparison, I did find myself thinking of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller while listening to this book. Sam has Milo Minderbender's business acumen and Yossarian's sex drive. While not quite as absurd, there are definitely moments where the same irony shines through, almost like a French farce.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Multi-narrator books can be dicey, but I think they all worked well. Each account of the escapades of Sam Gunn felt very personal, and they felt more like interviews as a result.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If you're asking whether or not the book was engaging, then yes, extremely so. But I like sleep, so one sitting would probably have been pretty draining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Great Barrier: Frontier Magic, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (826)

    Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Except she's not sure she wants that kind of responsibility. Everyone keeps waiting for her to do something amazing - or to fail in a spectacular way. Worse, her twin brother, Lan, a powerful double seventh son, is jealous of all the attention she's been getting. Even as Eff protests that she's just an ordinary girl, she's asked to travel past the Barrier Spell with one of the new professors at her father's school. The land west of the Barrier is full of dangers, both magical and wild. Eff will need to use all her strength - magical and otherwise - to come safely back home.

    David A. Jones says: "Another excellent book by Patricia C. Wrede"
    "More magical western awesomeness."
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    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda Ronconi's performance is stellar, as it was in the last book. She captures the character of Eff in a great way, and her performance of all the characters is exemplary.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I practically did, in fact.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the first book a bit better, I think, since it covered so much ground in such a short amount of time. This book slows things down a lot. That said, they are in the meat of the story now, so some may prefer the pacing of this book to the last one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crime at Black Dudley: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (330)

    When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

    Meep says: "I LIKE this narrator quite a lot!!!!"
    "Not worth it."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader would have done a lot for me. Unless it was a masterful performance, however, I don't think it could hit 4 or 5 stars under even the best circumstances.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Margery Allingham again?

    Probably not. This book didn't grab me at all.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    David Thorpe was fine with only one gigantic exception: his voice for Albert Campion is the most annoying voice I have heard in an audiobook. Considering how important a character he supposedly is, that's a major problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this story to anyone. It's not a very good mystery, and the "dramatic" scenes throughout are unbearably tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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