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Stein

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Norfolk, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 165 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5092)
    Performance
    (4671)
    Story
    (4698)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "An Emerging Anti-Hero - The Dark Druid"
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    This series captured me from the start and I have really enjoyed both the overall story and the performance of the narrator. However, in this book, a trend that started to emerge in the last book becomes very evident - our 'hero' is tainted by evil. The question is if he has always been that way, or if this is something relatively new? He kills without cause, shows little remorse over causing death and destruction to thousands, and has pretty much screwed up the actual universe because of his own petty pride. As much as I liked him to start with, I am starting to hope he gets served up the punishment he deserves. Pretty odd direction for an author to take a reader, but I am still interested in the series.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (359)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Find Another Path"
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    I would guess this is one of Koontz's first writing efforts - it is heavy-handed and awkward, beating the reader over the head with plot exposition. Instead of discovering strangeness, the author chooses to repeatedly tell the reader what is going to happen using the protagonist's premonitions and dreams. The pacing is painfully slow, and the plot just as painfully obvious. The premise is interesting - but the writing is awful. I ended up skipping to the end to verify my guesses, all of which were correct. This is one to avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Turning point for series, but it's a wrong turn"
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    I really enjoyed the first three books of this series. However, in Scattered Suns, many of the key character actions suddenly become illogical and against established norms. The only reason appears to be continuing the complicated plot, as logical, in-character actions would cut out much of the conflict. Some of the chapters are drawn out for no apparant reason, while others skim over important events in almost a summary. If I read any more of the series, I will probably jump to the last book. The narrator does a good job, though the change from the original narrator was a bit jarrnig at first. There was no attempt to match any of the previous narrator's pronunciations or characterizations, and rather curiously, this younger narrator makes the characters sound older than they did with the orignal narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Elephant

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Judith Tarr
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Once upon a time, the Caliph of Baghdad sent the Emperor Charlemagne a wonderful gift: An elephant named Abul Abbas. That gift brought great magic into the royal court, and a great betrayal. With the help of a stableboy who is more than he seems, and the Elephant himself, the Emperor’s daughter Rowan must learn to master that magic and save her father’s life.

    Stein says: "Good story, OK performance"
    "Good story, OK performance"
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    I like Judith Tarr - her characters are often flawed, and our heroine in His Majesty's Elephant is definately in that mold. The story is interesting and well written. Unfortunately, the narrator seems only able to read short segments, breaking the flow with awkward timing and inflection. It's not awful, but really mars an otherwise really good novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (585)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Highly Recommended Sci Fi Feast!"
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    Aliens, superheroes, mutant monsters, shapechangers and more - Wild Cards creates a world with all of these and more in a series of short stories artfully woven together to create characters and plots that flow consistently throughout the book. Writing styles differ, of course, but the overall quality remains excellent throughout. The fine stories are further enhanced by Luke Daniels' terrific and consistent voicing of a whole world of characters. I ordered Wild Cards because of my enjoyment of his reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I was not disappointed. Read this one before you read Wild Cards 2, but get them both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards II: Aces High

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Pat Cadigan, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    After the alien virus struck humanity in the wake of World War II, a handful of the survivors found they possessed superhuman powers. The Wild Cards shared-world volumes tell their story. Here in book two, we trace these heroes and villains through the tumultuous 1980s, in stories from SF and fantasy giants such as George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Walter Jon Williams, and others.

    Porter R. Rawls says: "Great performance with a classic"
    "Fascinating Collection and Great Narration"
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    NOTE - Before you start this, the first Wild Cards book is a must read! I was amazed at how seamlessly multiple writers were able to create individual stories that not only built on everything created in Wild Cards 1, but enhanced and carried on the plot and characters. I started the first book because I liked Luke Daniel's work in the Iron Druid Chronicles. He does his usual fine job here, despite the wide variety of characters. I could recognize the individuals through his consistent 'voices'. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, this collection of science fiction stories often paints an unpleasant portrait of humanity that is sadly realistic. Yet they also provide moments of inspiration and herosim. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Dragon: Guardians of the Flame, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Keith Silverstein
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    It began as just another evening of fantasy gaming with James, Karl, Andrea, and the rest ready to assume their various roles as wizard, cleric, warrior, or thief. But sorcerous gamemaster Professor Deighton had something else planned for this unsuspecting group of college students. And the "game" soon became a matter of life and death as the seven adventurers found themselves transported to an alternate world and into the bodies of the actual characters they had been pretending to be....

    greg says: "Great Memories From My Teenage Years!"
    "Uneven story, Grating Narration"
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    I vaguely remember reading this novel when it first came out, and thought I had liked it. Either I mis-remembered or my tastes have changed a lot. The premise is interesting: gamers who get stuck as their characters for real. However, the characters in this novel would never survive a game campaign, much less real life. Most are selfish, untrustworthy, and have no honor or loyalty to their companions. Some supposedly high-level characters are whiny and incompetent. Being a long-time gamer, I cannot imagine adventuring with such a treacherous lot - yet Rosenberg would have us believe that these are the 'real' characters translated from the gamer's imaginations. The awkward casting is made worse by narration that is harsh and oddly timed - much like having it read by an angry 'Joe Friday' from the old Dragnet TV series. I struggled to get through the first few chapters and finally erased it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (250)

    Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

    Ken says: "Alien abduction with a twist"
    "Great story and excellent narrator"
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    Oliver Wyman does a terrific job of creating the varied characters of Lost and Found, especially admirable as most of them aren't human. The story itself is fast paced and provides a mix of humor, adventure, and tension that should satisfy most anyone. The only issue, which I hope is short-lived, is that the other two books in this series are not yet available from Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Werewolf's Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bob Powers, Ritch Duncan
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    The Werewolf's Guide to Life cuts through the fiction and guides you through your first transformation and beyond, offering indispensable advice on how to tell if you're really a werewolf, post-attack etiquette, breaking the news to your spouse, avoiding government abduction, and how to not just survive, but thrive. You cannot afford to not read this book. Your very life depends on it.

    Michelle says: "A totally new look at the werewolf."
    "Fun and Educational - Made me want to get bitten!"
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    This was one of the stranger choices I have made on Audible, and I am really glad I took the risk. Pretty much what it says - an owner's manual for your new werewolf body. The narrator is perfect - he has a dry, clinical style that remains interesting and easy to listen too. He could just as easily be talking about how to refinish your dining room table, yet manages to convey a sense of authenticity that reinforces the excellent writing. Too bad most 'real' manuals are not as thorough or well-done as this one. I laughed out loud more than once, and thoroughly enjoyed The Werewolf's Guide to Life from 'cover' to 'cover'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Franklin's Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne Halam
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    How does it feel to morph into a manta ray or slide into the body of a snake? This is what happens to Miranda, Semi, and Arnie, who survive a plane crash. They end up on a tropical island, but become candidates in Dr Franklin's sinister experiments.

    Stein says: "Unique story, good performance, uneven logic"
    "Unique story, good performance, uneven logic"
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    This story's premise is somewhat unique and is surprisingly easy to accept given the subject of physical transformation without the easy-out of magic. The writing is intense, and the characters and dialogue are realistic and believable. Narration is excellent, though I admit a bias for British accents anyway. The logic stumbles a little and things feel a bit rushed towards the end, but overall, it is a good choice for juvenile or adult science fiction readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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