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Anthony

Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

Dunnellon, FL. United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1174)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Koontz hits again"
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    After reading everything Koontz has written and not to happy about the last couple I was delighted that he is back in form.
    He continues to show us insight into the human condition. At the ending I found the appearance of one of the main characters a complete surprise. All thru the book I was racking my brain to figure out what the deformity might be and missed it by maybe not a mile but a few country blocks!
    This book runs the gamut of emotions. I felt anger, remorse, sadness, joy, tenderness, and shock. Amazingly all at the same time.
    A definite "ear" turner [as opposed to page :) ].
    I would recommend that you listen to this when you have time to spare as you won't want to stop listening.
    It's difficult to really say what the book is about without being a spoiler. I can say that it makes you rethink what is ugly as we perceive it in other people. You will not be able to pass anyone with some type of deformity again without remembering 'Innocence.' One can't help but admire the main character who is IMHO a Saint. It's akin to a fairy tale sort of like Beauty and the Beast.
    The book will definitely make you think and take a good look at yourself and how you treat others you deem different.
    Best thing, BUY IT. For sure you won't be disappointed. This book is for everyone really not only those of the Sci/fi genre. I think Mr. Koontz really tapped into our psyche through the years and he is spot on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (97)

    Eleven years have passed since SHEVA was discovered in human DNA, a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence...and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths are also ticking time bombs that could exterminate the "old" human race...

    Jim says: "Serious Science Fiction"
    "Different"
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    At the beginning I thought I knew where it 'might' be going---I was wrong. At first I wasn't sure I liked the path Bear took the novel and was disappointed. Having a strong science background I liked the science part and thought his departure from where I might have taken the book, if I could write that is...disappointing, but I finally came around to appreciate it was written by a different perspective than say hard core sci-fi, or hard core scientific influence.
    Having segued into that mind set I enjoyed the last part. It was kind of like having two books, once separate then conjoined, sort of juxtaposed unity. Sorry don't mean to be glib but it's the only way I know to decribe my perception of Darwin's Children.
    The first book had more scientific overlays which contributed to my conflicting views: I like it, I don't like it, maybe I will like it, not bad.
    All told it is a different book then I normally listen to (although I didn't know that at the onset), being a Robert Hamilton, Sanderson, Stephen King kind of sci-fi reader/listener, but I have to say I came to enjoy the different path that Bear took, at least this once. Hmm I think I'm rambling so just get the book, put aside any self-perceived notions at the start and enjoy going somewhere you might not have bought a ticket for. The scenery will be enjoyable if not spectacular. Good doesn't mean mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4762)
    Performance
    (3211)
    Story
    (3244)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Great sci-fi"
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    Only 4 stars for performance because it was difficult to get past the woman's voice. It, to me, just didn't seem to match the character at all. However the story is good enough to overcome that slight.
    Does end abruptly but that's not unusual for a first (or more sometimes), book in a series.
    Totally different, throughly enjoyable!
    You don't want to miss this if you're into seriously great science and fiction.
    Loved it..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void Part 3: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Nathan W. Hiatt says: "Quite good. A little hard edge"
    "Truly Adult Sci-Fi"
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    With many sci-fi/fantasy books it's hard to take them seriously, not so with 'most' of Hamilton's and especially this one. You need to pay attention if you want to have a grasp on what's happening with the different names of people, planets, technology (sort of could it , maybe it could be in our future type thing), and the physics. Not too many steamy scenes but enough to be realistically transported to that person/time. I mean really people, adults do have sex in their daily lives so to get a real sense of the story and immerse yourself into their lives it just makes them more realistic and brings the story into "life." So if you hate to read about normal things like that (er uh sex), skip the parts or leave the book alone.
    I'm looking forward to the next book. Have characters you can really care about which in itself is a feat when we're talking some strange....aliens hey? If you've read Hamilton you'll really like this 1st book in the Void Trilogy, if you've never tried him NOW is the time!
    By the way I read Pandoras Star & Judas Unchained first so I don't think it matters how they're read. I'm glad I read them in this sequence tho so I knew little bit about the characters in this one and to be a bit familiar with the now almost outdated technology of Pandoras Duo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4891)
    Performance
    (3132)
    Story
    (3169)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Stick it out"
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    Yes it takes a long time to introduce characters but if you want to know them and understand why they do the things they do, it's a must. So much of the first part of first book makes you at times want to say, ok already just get on with it, but I didn't write it so I had to be patient. I am very glad I had the patience, the book is worth it. It has about everything one could ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy. Lots of technical stuff that isn't always understandable but makes sense anyway; the good guys and the really bad, nasty guy..struggles by the under-dogs over the rich and powerful. If you can just give it your time you will be happy with where Hamilton takes you: On an interstellar space ride that sounds like way more fun than the best roller coaster made! Where do I sign up?I'm definitely ready for the second part!
    BTW, don't know what problem people have with John Lee. He is one of the best narrators I've heard in my 3+/- yrs. as a member of Audible, and I'm not alone thinking this. I believe the main problem is that the recording quality isn't the best, Audible or Author?? I don't know, but Lee is spot on as always. The sound seems to lose volume in parts that make it difficult. I'm hoping the second book has a better quality, but happy Lee is narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2336)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1833)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "2nd and Ready for #3"
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    I can't say this book was as good as the first cause they are both great. I sincerely hate Corelings! Who is the Deliverer? Anyone, no-one? Beats me, but can't wait to find out if there is one or not.This 2nd book of the Trilogy took some surprising turns. I thought I knew who Arlen (sp?) would choose. Don't know if I know yet. Also thought I knew who/what he was. Again, don't think I do yet. It's a pleasure to 'listen' to a book where the author can turn the tables on you before you can guess what's going on. The people could certainly be real along with the demons, well almost anyway. The dichotomization of the major regions in the book to our East and West world culture is totally believable. How can you dislike a character so much while really liking him/her? No, I don't know either but if you have read the Warded Man & The Desert Spear, continuing on to The Daylight War, you probably already have this conundrum, but what a pleasant one to have.I know that I'm going to be sad when I finish Book 3, but I can't wait to do just that. Then maybe I'll read/listen again. The big war is coming up. I hope my heart can take it. Most of the time I want to tattoo myself all over and go fight in it, the other half of the time I want to hide under my bed and never....go out at night. What a world this would be if we had to contend with the wood, fire, clay, et al demons every night. No, huh uh no way.Great series y'all so go for it is you're still trying to decide on your next series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3233)
    Performance
    (2540)
    Story
    (2554)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Fantasy aka G.R.R. Martin"
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    This is what I was waiting for after finishing Game of Thrones. At least it is starting out to be a great series. I'm off to #2 now.The character development in the beginning was worth it. The time period exact. I like the take on the "Creator vs Demons" especially right after listening to 'Between Two Fires' by Christopher Buehlman which was pretty good! Unexpectedly good as a matter of fact. Even tho this book deals with demons as well and a 'creator' they are very different.If you like fantasy, and I didn't use to....this is the series!Some twists in the book were completely unanticipated which I really like. The 3 main characters at least up to this point are easy to care about and their trials are similar but different at the same time. I think Arlen rocks and I would love to meet Allessa(?) anytime..Can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed it. But warning.....no, not a spoiler..BUT....it does drag a bit in the beginning, so much so that I almost gave up. Lucky my wife has more sense than I. She made me keep listening and I am more the fortunate for it. So wait it out, you won't be sorry!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Two Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm - that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen behind the lines of conflict. Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon.

    Tango says: "Mesmerizing Knight Errant Tale"
    "Different...Medieval Demons"
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    I enjoyed this book a lot. The fact that the characters were so different from most quasi-type Evil Vs Good. Tomas was interesting and you could really get a sense of how he thought what changed him and why. The female lead was also very different from most 'touched by angels' characters. Yes, it's a book of demons vs God in a battle for men's souls,,seemingly a God who has forgotten earth and his creation. Demons who always remember His creation. But they are different in this story and I enjoyed it. The Author's second book I think, but certainly with a lot of promise.I would definitely read another book by Buehlman. And I really liked the unexpected ending, what a nice surprise.This book isn't over religious and I don't want to give that impression. It's more about how we interact with and treat others and some of the consequences that result. It is a novel and not written as "This is the way it is" feeling one gets from reading an Author who is trying to state that his point of view is the only one, the true one. That sort of judging is not in this book. If you like a good story that has really scary parts, really gruesome parts, really endearing parts that span the continuum then get this book. You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
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    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2058)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Enjoyed but not as much as others!"
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    I thought Corrie was much different than in past appearances in the series. At times she was bloody rude, ungrateful, selfish, and almost disdainful of Pendergast. If it had been me I would have told her to, er, "take a hike" more than once. Then towards the end Pendergast himself gets silly. Too much explaining the obvious, way too tolerant of Corrie. His character just didn't seem all that Pendergast....and I love these books, waited with bated breath for this sequel. Was also glad as others that the attentions was not focused on his wife, although I enjoyed those books thoroughly.
    Would I have read this book knowing what I do now? YUP. As I said it is still Pendergast. I do hope that the next in the series will go back to Constance and D'Agosta who I find much more enjoyable than this...Corrie. Or at least change her back to the character she was...that one had promise.
    Sorry people, but in good conscience I just couldn't let this one by without expressing my disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10660)
    Performance
    (6620)
    Story
    (6664)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "My First Robert Jordan Experience, but not my last"
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    I don't write reviews on every book although I read many reviews before I choose. Hmm, guess I should write more? However, after reading Brandon Sanderson's "The Way Of Kings" and finding I'll have to wait ?? For Book 2, I stumbled on to Wheel of Time series. Having only finished Book 1 I'm not as impressed with it as WoK, but it's only one out of 12, 13+/- so I'll reserve judgement. The reviews tell me it's worth it though so I've already bought Book 2 in the series.

    The world Jordan builds is much like most in the sci-fi fantasy genre no big surprise, but his characters are coming from a different POV, IMHO. Having listened to an interview with him at the end of Book 1, I now understand that. It's refreshing to find a 'Hero' who really only wants to be back home with his father tending their sheep. If I had to face some of the trials he and his friends faced I'd be packing now to find a lonely country lane myself!

    I've only recently started reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I'm more of a Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Adam Johnson fan and so many others in the Horror/sci-fi genre, Elizabeth Peters, Preston & Child, Ken Follett, Martin Cruz Smith to name only a few in the Fiction Genre. Only a smattering of authors and books in my vast Audible library from Great Courses to Classics, History, Science/Medicine......But, I read George R. R. Martins Game of Thrones and got hooked. So far, so good! I'm not sorry about any of them I've spent a credit on.I believe that the Wheel series is going to be a good ride down Fantasy Lane but I'm worried about saddle sores by Book 5/6 maybe. Don't know yet.

    This first book seems to be laying the foundation for future books (at least I hope so), so wasn't knee deep in substance. If Jordan can deliver the goods since the main characters have now been solidly introduced then it will be a fascinating ride....if he can't lets just say I'll be eagerly awaiting Sanderson's Book 2 WoK, ha, who am I kidding, I'm already waiting with baited breath for it regardless of intermissions! Still uncertain rather I should have picked Mistborn series before this one but I'll get to it eventually and won't have to wait for the dang sequel(s)! Still Jordan is a great interlude and who knows I might be pleasantly surprised and hunger after every book in the series as much as I am for Sanderson's . Have nothing to lose since Sanderson is having to "unfortunately" write the last(?) in the Wheel series since the untimely death (aren't they all?), of Jordan.

    Long and short of it.....if you like this genre I think you'll be glad you got this one. In fact my wife who normally IS NOT a Fantasy/myth fan type, loved the book and can't wait to start listening to Book 2. Go figure...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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