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M. W. Modrall

Boston, MA | Member Since 2009

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5429)
    Performance
    (4614)
    Story
    (4612)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Some good, some bad"
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    It took us a while listening to the other Dresden audio books to stop hearing Spike and start hearing Harry from James Marsters, but the last half dozen books had really sold it.

    So it was jarring to get the switch to John Glover on this book. Glover's got a nice voice, but frankly, he sounds too old to be Harry - more curmudgeonly old fart than late-30-something action hero. He also lacks the edge of sarcasm that Marsters brought (we thought correctly) to the characterization. We missed Marsters.

    This book returns more to the noire gumshoe storylines that made the series famous and that the last book (Changes) kind of dropped, so that was a good thing.

    Like all books, there are a couple of plot inconsistencies but on the whole it's a return to roots. It moves the story forward, and (for readers of Changes) brings the series back to a point where you can see it going forward.

    On the whole good to get back to Chicago...

    66 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2779)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2598)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "I hope this isn't the end..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A lot of urban fantasy writers show you their craft in the story - the formula a little to obvious, themes repeated, etc. Larry Correia doesn't. Monster Hunters is a fun romp, but the depth and texture he puts in Grimnoir is *amazing*. The pseudo-quotes from Darwin, Arthur Conan Doyle, et al preceding the chapters, all the historical characters worked in, and how they'd react in a world with magic. If you like the genre, you'll love this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to pick. Truly. Has to come down to Jake or Fay.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    The number of different vocal characterizations - he's so versatile and he gives each different character a nuance.


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

    Sam Spade Meets Harry Potter


    Any additional comments?

    All of Larry Correia's stuff - he cranks out *tons* of verbiage but it feels so light and fast paced. We look forward to every book he releases. This installment of Grimnoir *could* finish the series, bu I really hope it doesn't. Can't get enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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