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Caspar

Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Over Rated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Self confessed pathetic protagonist, inconsistent antagonist and deeply unsatisfying ending. The plot is interesting and excellent at building suspense, when it isn't introspection from immature, uninteresting failures, but has no pay off. You can predict the ending and hope it isn't coming, but when it gets there you just wasted nineteen hours.

    Some of that's hyperbole... I'm just mad about how much it sucked. When Julia Whelan reads for Nick she sounds as though she is performing a parody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6972)
    Performance
    (6159)
    Story
    (6154)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "So incredibly terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I expected trash and for my sins I received refuse. Every line is a cliche regardless of context, so it doesn't always make sense. Transparent attempts to make characters seem maximum badass leaves dimensionless ciphers occupied by yet more cliche. Masturbatory firearm description, hack plot from EVERY shlock film you've ever seen, minimalist vocabulary; and mountains of exposition informing me how I feel about characters, rather than demonstrating it with their actions. The narration is so dry and slow, as if waiting for wit that never comes, that I could not finish this miserable banality.

    It is supposed to be akin to B horror films, where the hackneyed is part of the charm, but even they had some originality.
    The protagonist, in whose dull head we must spend the book, is recruited into a secret agency to fight monsters, where he falls for a supermodel babe who is also maximum badass. But she has a boyfriend who is an inexplicable dick, hates the protagonist and out ranks him. But protagonist is the best at monster hunting and also used to fight for money where he nearly killed people, but he doesn't like to talk about it. You know the type. OF COURSE YOU KNOW THE TYPE!

    Zero originality.
    Zero charm.
    Fuck this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Bridge and the River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful. The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.

    C. Ubik says: "Crass, hilarious, and surprisingly touching"
    "Deus ex Bumblebee"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Constantly using a fallacy to justify deus ex. Physics does not prove a Bumblebee cannot fly. If something the size and shape of a bee attempted to fly as though an airplane it would not get off the ground, but they do not do this. They flap their wings and violate no laws of physics.
    Knowing this ruins immersion as it comes up often.

    I seldom read blurbs and, if I can help it, reviews. (apparently not enough to stop me from writing one though)
    I like to go in as cold as possible so I am oft unfamiliar with premise. This can go, as you imagine, splendidly and terribly. On this occasion it was the latter.
    If you do not believe in god and/or dislike religion... Maybe not the book for you.

    Craig Ferguson's writing style and performance are engrossing, however. His prose are florid and littered with modernity; (I love that shit) and he is a captivating orator, painting the characters all the more.

    I'ma go jerk off now, so let that colour your opinion of my opinion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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