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Aging hippie

benson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mercury Falls: Mercury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Irreverent, inventive, witty."
    "Irreverent, inventive, witty."
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    It's time for the apocalypse, isn't it? All the signs are lining up: wars in the mid-east, the anti-christ has been selected, and six of the seven books about that boy sorcerer and his friends have been published.

    So why is Christine always in the right place, at the right time, to do what? Is she supposed to help or hinder? In fact, it's not really clear who is in charge and what they are trying to accomplish. Angels seem to be operating at cross purposes.

    As Christine bounces around the world to interview the general for Israel, her house is being vandalized. Why would anyone use ketchup to draw a backwards swastika on her carpet? And, because it's backwards it doesn't count as a hate crime? Oh, well, now she has a new linoleum floor in her breakfast nook, thanks to the premature death of a neighbor. At least it is a "welcoming" pattern ...

    Don't miss the apocalyse vs flooring theory of history. Countless times flooring issues are ignored because of the expectation that it won't matter anymore soon, only to have to deal with it after all because the Apocalypse fails to appear on schedule. Again.

    The book has a great assortment of characters, acting rationally and irrationally. Humor abounds and it even all makes sense, in the end, mostly. Don't miss the cherubim who works for tips - tips he insists on giving out such as "ants walking single file means rain".

    The story flows well without slow spots. The reader is well matched to the material to bring the whole squirrely thing to life. It does for the apocalypse what "Caddyshack" did for golf.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue: A Tor.com Original

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By James MacKenzie
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Here is Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

    Lady says: "Wish I'd Read the Reviews"
    "Like they said, just a prologue"
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    Everyone that actually paid for this should be entitled to a free book. Come on, this chapter is just atmosphere; the story doesn't even get started. This teaser appears to be written to interest a publisher. Really not fair to expect readers to pay for what turns out to be a brief writing exercise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martians, Go Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Martians, Go Home,originally published in 1955, is a comic science fiction novel that tells the story of Luke Devereaux, a science fiction writer who witnesses an alien invasion of little green men. These Martians haven't come to Earth to harm anyone - just to annoy people.

    Amazon Customer says: "Entertaining Roots of Science Fiction"
    "Entertaining Roots of Science Fiction"
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    Remember when you read books for enjoyment? Return to a time when you could buy a working (for a while) car for $150. When you could live on $56 for 7 weeks. When a long distance phone call could cost over $100. And a week in a sanitarium cost $100.

    Also return to a time when a science fiction writer had a working grasp of engineering, and a sense of humor, and hope.

    Be amazed at a time when a writer would expect world powers to stop paying for armies because their citizens needed social services.

    Oh, well, just sit back and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (609)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "NOT Stephanie Plum"
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    There are characters and there are relationships - or failure to have relationships. For the first 3 chapters there is no a plot. There is no action. The first chapter tells us 3 people were shot at, but only tells us as a past tense aside. The action is not narrated. It is left to the third chapter to mention, not explain, why they were shot at. So by the fourth chapter we have not seen anything happen and only had brief, non-informative conversations.

    The first three chapters are used to set up the back story for introduction of an unavailable hot male. We now have a plot of "He said he wasn't interested", versus "Why is she avoiding me".

    The performance is adequate for the material provided but the writing and bland humor cannot carry this turkey. Avoid it.

    PS. Maybe the writer gets better in later books but I'm not interested in investing anymore time or money to find out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Staying Dead: A Retrievers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Emma Woodbine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while....

    Anne says: "Great Urban Fantasy!"
    "Readable book, Wrong Narrator."
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    I read this book in paperback maybe 3 years ago and liked it well enough to buy the rest of the series, so looked forward to hearing it in Audible.

    Mistake. The book narrated here seems like a different book then the one on paper. The narration makes that much difference.

    The reader sounds like she is 15 years old and reads the book as if it were a slightly amusing fairy tale - totally wrong for the book. In fact, the book is actually trivialized by the childish tone. It is hard to remember the characters are adults and the situations are dangerous. Murder, bullying, and racism sound more like high school hijinks when read by a child. Half way through the book it is mentioned that the story is set in New York. I was surprised because the tone of the reader had led me forget and assume it was Seattle. That is a sample of how much the book suffers from selecting a childish voice.

    (The narrator is actually good, for children's books.)

    The book was produced by Harlequin so apparently they think the teenage market would enjoy this voice. Adults will be looking for other entertainment. And the author will lose business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightshifted: Edie Spence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cassie Alexander
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (60)

    Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine - from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond. Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose.

    Yvonne says: "A must read urban fanasty"
    "Intriguing, Gritty, Tastes of Real Life"
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    The author has written a richly detailed mystery that is satisfying (and scary) to read. The narrator sounds like an adult woman, which is rare in audiobooks these days.

    Most of us make life choices for reasons besides what's actually good for us. We compromise and make the best of decisions that seem rather self defeating.

    Rather than explain the plot, let's just say that Edie Spence is doing the best she can with a life that seems to be off the rails. She puts up with a low paying, high stress nursing job in the county hospital because it keeps her junky brother alive. And not only does he not know what sacrifices she's made for him, he still seems determined to destroy himself.

    But this book is not a soap opera. It is well designed urban fantasy complete with vampires, ghouls, shape shifters, and "others". The setup simply serves to put Edie into the path of these creatures. A patient leads to a mystery which leads to much danger and a gripping story.

    And boy does she get involved. From rescuing patients from a syphilitic dragon, to rescuing a vampire princess, she goes deeper into her patient's lives then she ever intended. Edie is not a larger then life heroine. She is a person who makes mistakes, like most of us, but she does try as best she can. She does get by. I am not a nurse, but the details of the daily grind in a hospital ring true to me.

    I highly recommend this book and the sequel (I've listened to it twice already and will return to it again sometime when I can't find something new to listen to).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The True Meaning of Smekday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adam Rex
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    When 12-year-old Gratuity (Tip) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest, shes not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens called Boov abducted her mother?

    MissSusie66 says: "Great for young and old alike!"
    "Original, Fun, and Entertaining."
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    Loved the alien. Loved the trip to Florida theme parks. Loved the Roswell visit.

    Not wanting to spoil the plot, I'll just say it was the kind of writing that reminds you why you keep reading - to find gems like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6154)
    Performance
    (5852)
    Story
    (5861)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Exciting, Fun, and no guns!"
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    Hours of on edge of seat excitement with intermittent humor. A joy to listen to. Makes me wish for the good old days of the space race. Too bad, currently it looks like the Chinese will be the first Martian adventurers.

    Only at one point was I yelling at the narrator - "Duck tape, use duck tape." But he finally thought of it.

    If you want to convince someone that math is important, let them read this. The man's life depends on the math he uses to decide how to use his resources and stay alive. Fantastic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Galactic Mage (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Daulton
    • Narrated By David Bodtcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars--a quest that will likely bring about the very consequence he's seeking to escape. Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own--one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to destroy humanity.

    lum says: "Interesting mix of fantasy & sci fi"
    "Long, very long"
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    The story is imaginative and interesting but takes a long time to get anywhere. We are looking forward to the point where the spacefaring humans meet the mage and it takes forever! Actually very near the end of the book. Until then we mostly witness the mage's painstaking steps to get into space. At the end is an enemy that is actually not very interesting, even if very powerful.

    Another book that could be reduced to an easier to swallow short story or novella.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4782)
    Performance
    (4398)
    Story
    (4399)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "A step backward in storytelling."
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    Trite characters battle a lackluster plot. Questions are not asked, because if the characters were smarter the story would never happen. How can a man, after being interrogated about a recent murder, not ask ANYONE who died? Or, anything else about the murder - all leading to misunderstandings and lots more bodies? This is just the beginning of a bunch of contrived plot points that leave the listener to shout at the absent writer.

    The cliches mount up, just as the body count, and the reader needs some chemical assistance to enjoy it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (2139)
    Story
    (2145)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "Disappointing"
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    This is a prequel for novels already published. Fans of the swordplay of previous Riyria novels and forgiving of less than sparkling dialogue, may enjoy returning to the Riyria universe.

    In a sort of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" style, two men of opposite types are brought together to form an improbable partnership. It could have been fun but here the story is trite and contrived.

    A number of vignettes are loosely tied together in a disjointed way that never comes together as a satisfying whole. Characters are moved around like chess pieces, maneuvered by a central character instead of allowing natural events to bring them together.

    The result is flat rather than entertaining. The final chapter leaves the reader feeling manipulated. I was looking forward to this story of how the main characters originally met but it did not live up to it's potential.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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