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Jeremy

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Stuart says: "Methadone your Gaiman or Pratchett fix"
    "Evil Humor"
    Overall

    Hilarious book, one of the few I've listened to that made me laugh out loud. Funny characters, very dark humor. There was a lot of missed thematic potential, though, so don't expect deep personalities who seek redemption or anything similar. Just people with questionable morals doing really funny bad things - the book made me think of a world populated with Edward Gorey characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (580)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "Beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perfect narration, exciting story, heart-rending tragedy... couldn't recommend more. One of (if not the) best fantasy books I've ever had the pleasure of reading (listening).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague Ship: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Du Brul, Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (277)

    Clive Cussler returns with a new novel in his New York Times best-selling Oregon Files, as Captain Juan Cabrillo and the motley crew of his high-tech spy ship take on their most extraordinary - and lethal - mission yet. Captain Juan Cabrillo finds a derelict cruise ship full of hundreds of corpses - the victims of the Responsivists, a group attempting to control the world's population by means of a deadly virus.

    Gilbert says: "My Favorite Series"
    "Action Flick #3123"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're a huge Clive Cussler fan, just ignore this and continue on, because this is aimed at listeners, like myself, who have never read or listened to a Cussler book before.

    Take the last 5 action/adventure movies you've watched, mash them together, and you've got this book. Bad dialogue? Check. Former Eastern European Soldier turned villain? Check. Near misses, perfect acrobatics and heroes who can't feel pain? Oh yeah. Impossibly strong, intelligent and handsome leading men with ruthlessly smart, beautiful and coy women? Puh-leeze.

    Sure, there's goofy fun in listening to the book - I actually finished it, as opposed to some others, but I definitely feel like I could have spent that time listening to something better, and not so... generic.

    My favorite line? Has to be the "Millions of lives hang in the balance. I know that sounds like a bad line from a spy film, but.."

    When your characters call you out on your dialogue, you know something's wrong. Just sayin'.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1297)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Crazy Mr. Stephenson"
    Overall

    This is some old-school Stephenson, with a giant helping of wacky ideas and good humor. If you like his humor you'll be chuckling for a good part of the book as the various characters go about their crazy business. The overall story could have used a bit more trimming - the number of characters and plot threads that simply 'disappear' is quite surprising, and the ending is too short. The ending is... okay, but don't hope for a nice wrap-up of everything that happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (406)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Slow start, great finish"
    Overall

    The first half of the book was a bit slow and almost rambling. As the story progressed, though, the pacing sped up and the book really started to shine. Some very interesting ideas in this one, and recommended for scifi/mystery/adventure fans. Good stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23327)
    Performance
    (9945)
    Story
    (10017)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Time to go brew some coffee..."
    Overall

    It seemed to me that every five minutes or so the characters were either consuming coffee or going off to brew some more. Didn't really mind it (I do love a nice cuppa myself) but the more I thought about it the more I noticed it. Never really read a detective story before, but this one was rather entertaining. Ending wrapped things up nicely, but I found it difficult to care for the (in)famous Lisbeth Salander - I was much more interested in Mikael (sp?), despite his predilection to try and sleep with any woman who says "hi" to him. Pacing was a bit odd, but I'd recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2123)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "Darkly Beautiful Book"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of what I guess I call 'real' fiction - books with characters like myself and people I know, people that cuss, lie to each other, do stupid things, and have problems. People that aren't all amazing heroes and do-gooders, but can still have nice things happen every so often and appreciate the finer points of life. That's what this book is all about - people with real issues, albeit in some fantastical situations. The magic in the book is believable and fascinating, and the intricate, almost circular plot is brilliantly executed. Fantastic novel, one of my favorites downloaded so far. As far as narration, also top notch. Highly recommended, if you are a fan of gritty, beautiful novels that don't pull punches.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5259)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2157)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Absolutely loved it"
    Overall

    If you like Stephen King in any way, I'd recommend this book. American Gods is not really a 'horror' book per se, but Gaiman's narration is very similar to King's. They both have a talent for making you believe the impossible through description of the mundane; Odin loves bad diner food, and the dark god Chernobog (the demon at the end of Fantasia) likes to play checkers. A good amount of mythological knowledge is recommended, as you'll better appreciate the diverse cast, but not totally required.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (681)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Never finished"
    Overall

    The book started out okay, and the switch from male to female narrator was fine with me. The only problem is that as the book moved along, I just lost interest. The characters and their struggle were too generic, and the situation they were in was not explained adequately enough for suspension of disbelief. I'm a big fan of steampunk, so I probably held on longer than someone who might not be into the genre. I figure the last third of a book should keep you hooked, and this one most definitely did not.

    Not a bad book by any means, but there are other books out there that better deserve your time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9648)
    Performance
    (5321)
    Story
    (5398)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Good book, odd narration"
    Overall

    This was my first experience with the book in any form, and the story and characterization were great. I liked the way Herbert merged Sci-Fi with Fantasy in a believable way. There were voice actors for most of the parts; however, what bothered me is that they didn't act for the whole book, just 'interesting segments.' For the other parts, the narrator would do all the voices, and many times his voice for a character would be nothing like the actor (tempo, inflection, depth, whatever..) This was distracting at best and a few times downright confusing, implying more characters than actually existed.

    Other than that, though, great book, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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