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Cliff

I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

madison, MS, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    For the first time ever, the full story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - not only what really happened but why, and how mythology has led us to completely misinterpret the real history of the frontier. Combining cinematic storytelling with prodigious research, The Last Gunfight upends conventional wisdom about what the West was really like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday really were, and what actually happened in Tombstone on that cold day in October 1881.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better Than Advertised - An Important story"
    "A new view"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. This book gives the reader a better idea of what actually happened in these events rather than the myths and legends we all know. You also, get a really detailed background of the players. the actual players are much different than what hollywood would have us believe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Gunfight?

    just hearing the background of the people involved.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could have emoted more. I know this is a history book, but the reading was pretty dry.


    Do you think The Last Gunfight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think it hits all the important points quite nicely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really interesting book for history buffs as well as folks who just want to know what really happened at the OK Corral.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chicago, The Windigo City: Files of the BSI, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
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    Kal Hakala is the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s best agent, but even he needs a break after his last case, which brought him a hair’s breadth from death and killed the fiancée of his best friend, a Mescalero Apache agent named Canton Asate. Kal’s temporary desk-job is nothing less than leadership of the entire BSI. Now it is on his head to assemble teams of agents to fight the latest Supernatural incursions and man up if they fail.

    Cliff says: "Cool book, but mainly one big flashback scene"
    "Cool book, but mainly one big flashback scene"
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    The story is passable, but it really takes a backseat to long flashback scenes on Hal's friends. They are really great flashbacks, but it does take something away from the story so I tagged it a star. No matter how cool the flashback scenes are and I enjoy learning about the characters it is no excuse to short change the main story.

    It is still a really good book and worth a credit, but I have to be honest and point out the flaws. Also, it seems as though they may be transitioning Hal out of active field work and into a desk job. I don't know if the series will hold up as well in the future, although a Canton POV book would be pretty cool as well. I hope they find an archenemy for the group and start edging away from monster of the week stories.

    Still worth a credit and curious to see what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Left My Haunt in San Francisco: The Files of the BSI, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    After avenging himself on the mythical monster that killed his sister, Kal Hakela is back at the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation. But, with only a few months left on his contract, he's tempted to retire along with his new love, former MI-7 agent Jeanie. When a friend and former BSI agent in San Francisco kills himself, he leaves Kal a clue, one he cannot ignore. The city is full of bad memories for Kal. In his last mission there, he killed a deranged serial rapist who used magic to murder his victims.

    Randy says: "Look up how to pronounce words"
    "Even better than the last two."
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    This book was great. All out action, cool characters and they kill lots of elves. I hate elves so this was fun for me. All the components of the last two books are there. It has action, humor, cool fights but with the bonus of seeing the protagonists lay the smack down on some snotty Tolkien-esque elves while saving the world in the process.

    Once again the author doesn't shy away from killing off major characters. It lends tension to the series because you really feel anyone but Hal is fair game at any time. This series has been steadily improving and I look forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in Vegas, Dies in Vegas: Files of the BSI, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    After faking his own death, Kal Hakala is free of the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation and can finally focus his energy on destroying the monster that murdered his sister. With the help of trusted former teammates, he embarks on a quest to find an artifact to activate a magical Tesla Coil, the only device powerful enough to kill a legend. But wherever Kal goes, trouble isn't far behind. It's not easy to locate an artifact without alerting the BSI.

    David says: "Not as good as first but worth a listen."
    "A great new series"
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    Sorry, I can't write a review for the first book in the series. I listened to it on my daughters account and it won't let me review. Obviously I liked it or we wouldn't have this review.

    This is the second book in the BSI series. This is a really fun book with lots of action, a well-definied world and interesting likeable characters. Some folks said this wasn't as good as the first book, but I actually liked this one better myself. Basically this is a story about an agent in what is the equivalent of the monster control bureau in the Monster Hunter International series. It's the supernatural equivalent of the FBI.

    The characters are all dialed up to 11, but they still have their own flaws. I also, like that the author has no qualms about killing off major characters. The job these folks do is very dangerous and the high mortality rate is reflected in the stories.

    If like action packed urban fantasy this is a good series to follow. MHI fans will love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (457)

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    Bruce says: "There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it"
    "Good, but with reservations."
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    Let's get straight to the point. This is a good novel. It has some pretty major weaknessess but it is still way better than anything Ms. Rice has written since Queen of the Damned. Plus, Vampire the Masquerade borrowed heavily from Rice now this book pays homage to the new ideas VTM brought to her world as she in turn borrows heavily from that work. I will break it down as follows:

    The good:

    1. Brings closure to the series. She could walk away from Lestat at this point and all loose ends are tied up.
    2. Well written, it meanders (A whole lot) but the writting is good enough you overlook it.This is the best thing she's written since Queen of the Damned.
    3. Gives a chance to revisit characters we love from the past.
    4. The narrarator does a very good job with a multitude of characters and accents.

    The bad:

    1. Listening to ancient vampires squee over Lestat like a group of teen aged girls at a Justin Beiber concert. It not only is annoying but makes no sense whatsoever.
    2. This is a long book. The pace is slow and it wanders aimlessly through the first 2/3 of the book. She pulls the threads together at the end but it is weak at best. The book hit the finale then goes through 3 hours of housekeeping that could have been summed up in one chapter.
    3. Lots of self-promotion. If I hear one more reference to her previous books in this novel I would have started shouting profanities.
    4. Another reader pointed out that this novel feels like it is on rails. This is true. She is superb at writing but to me the whole thing is like she wrote a fan fiction of her own work (if that makes sense).
    5. Highly predictable. If you haven't figured the story out before the characters do please find a nice hospital and check yourself in. The characters take FOREVER to figure out what is plain as the nose on their faces to the reader.


    Still it is a good book and worth a credit. Just go into it with realistic expectations and you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (611)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    Teresa says: "Jake's & Origami's Son."
    "The Grim Noir meets Pacific Rim"
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    Jake Sullivans's son piloting a giant freaking robot aginst a giant demon in the Grim Noir universe! If you are a fan of the series that should be enough to convince you to buy the story. I usually don't like short stories but this is a good one. My only complaint is that it could have been a whole novel. I will say that while it is a stand alone novel you won't get as much out of it if you haven't read the previous books in the Grim Noir series. As usual Bronson Pinchot knocks it out of the ball park. The guy is phenomenal as a narrarator. You definitely should give this one a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.

    Wesley says: "Just got much better!"
    "Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good"
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    This book is really more of a spy novel than a fantasy or sci-fi book. There is just enough of a sci-fi fantasy element to give the protagonist a direction and reason to do what he does and that is about it. I hope they expand upon the sci-fi aspects at a later date, but I am halfway through the 2nd book in the series and not so much has been added yet.

    The novel is good for a spy novel. All the characters are turned up to 11. I mean everyone is the absolute best at what they do. No person or thing in this series is anywhere near the normal end of the spectrum. It is a bit irritatingly over the top at times, but not enough to really hamper the book. That is more me whining than actually a complaint.

    I really have to hand it to Macleod Andrews. I thought he was good narrating Sandman Slim but he takes it to a whole other level in this series. Each chapter is from a different character POV and every voice is completely unique and distinct. He has accents from all over the world and doesn't mess up even once. Even if I didn't care for the book the skill the narrarator shows alone would be worth a listen.

    If you like spy novels (I don't usually read them). You should like this one. In the future if he expands on the sci-fi aspects the series should be even better. It's worth a credit as long as you understand you are getting a spy novel and not urban fantasy or sci-fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (300)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    Professor says: "UNDERAPPRECIATED Masterpiece!!!"
    "The second book is even better"
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    The first book in the series is good, but this one is better. If you liked the first story you'll definitely approve of this one. The pace of the tale picks up and the stakes rise rapidly. The only bad thing about this book is that the follow up has still not been written. The author says he is working on it and I am looking forward to it. This is definitley a series to watch in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (461)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    "A fresh take on urban fantasy"
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    This is a really good novel. It's about a vet who recieves an eye transplant and learns he can see and interact with the dead. The story is basically a group of short stories placed together showing how he adapts and learns to deal with his situation. The writting is crisp and well-paced. The character development is good and the world is fun and interesting. The author is to be commedned for this one. The narrarator does a good job as well.

    This is definitely one to add to your collection. It is certainly worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Jeffries: Hell Bound: Live at The Comedy Store London

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Jim Jeffries
    • Narrated By Jim Jeffries
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Australian born Jim Jeffries is a headline performer Worldwide. Regarded as one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world, his brash confrontational style has made him one of the most sought after comics on the world stage. Jim gets away with jokes that most comedians wouldn't touch due to his ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measures. Recorded at The London Comedy Store, Hellbound, is Jim at his very best. Hard hitting unrelenting gags!

    Cliff says: "Jim Jefferies is great but the audio sucks"
    "Jim Jefferies is great but the audio sucks"
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    The title says it all. If you like Jim Jefferies you will like the material as it is some of his older stuff. The problem is I have heard bootlegs of people recording sets in comedy clubs on i-phones that had better audio quality than this one. This one definitely is not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Down: Daniel Faust, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Schaefer
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control. Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human.

    Cliff says: "Urban fantasy noir. Done right.."
    "Urban fantasy noir. Done right.."
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    As the title states this is an excellent urban fatsy noir novel. Think what if Mike Hammer was a wizard. Be warned this not Dresden or Iron Druid. There are no cute pets or funny sidekicks, and no pop culture references.This is dark stuff and I love it!

    If I didn't make it clear earlier, this is not for the kids. The whole thing starts around the murder of a porn starlet and spirals quickly into the dark from there. No one really gets a happy ending, although some do better than others. The story leaves a lot of room for future novels (Please write fast!) but ties up most loose ends by the end of the novel.

    The narrator does a good job and has a fairly good range of distinctive voices. The only problem is he has one of the worst creole/Caribean accents ever. This is only is small problem though, and takes nothing away from the book.

    The characters are well developed and fun to read. the world and magic system are left purposely vague. I usually like a better formed magic system for novels, but in this case it helps to maintain the myster of the series. If you like Dresden and Iron Druid this will be a much more dark, adult alternative for you. Don't miss this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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