I love the Joe Pitt series, because it is something so unique, extremely well written and a great performance. The series embodies the very elements of the Hero’s Journey. Yes, we know, this is book 3 of a 5 part series, and it was recorded after My Body, which is the last book in the series. I almost bought the hard copy last fall when My Body was released so I could fill in the blanks. Needless to say this book was worth the wait.
Half the Blood of Brooklyn is a Fantastic book in the Joe Pitt series, which is the tale of a Vampire who is a detective, or is it a detective who is a Vampire, set in modern day New York. In preface of the book Charlie Huston both thanks and apologizes to Raymond Chandler and Bram Stoker for the liberties taken in the book, which is the perfect blend of both genres of fiction in the creation of THE Vampire Detective novel. The prose of the story is so rich and dialog so seamless that one can’t help thinking that perhaps Huston was channeling Chandler at some level, but through the writing he has created something that is very much his own style. There is an element of mystery that surrounds the story and you are easily transported into the multiple clans of the vampires in Huston’s novel as well as the violence that permeates this world with its own set of rules. It is also just a great detective novel.
Scott Brick’s performance (and I say performance rather than narration) in the series has been GREAT. What Scott does in this book exceeds the bench mark with everything he has read previously. He brings the written word alive and sets the words on fire. His performance is so passionate and dynamic that through his narration you feel the world of Joe Pitt come alive You are effortlessly transported to the world of Joe Pitt where he has to strike a balance between the vampire clans. Fantastic job! One hopes that if this book is made into a movie he will get to play the role of Joe Pitt.
This is a fascinating and interesting book. I have eread all the books by Dr. Robert Hare, so when I learned that Dr. Kiehl had worked wtih Dr. Hare I was sold on this book. Dr. Kiehl has taken this very complex field of neuroscience and the psychopath and had made it digestible for the non neuroscience major.
I loved this book. It explains a lot of things about psychopaths. I would highly recommend this book especially if you have read the Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout and Snakes in Suits by Robert Hare.
Wanted to make sure that people know this is a great audio companion to the book of the same name by Arthur Edward Waite who helpd create the Rider- Waite Tarot Deck. The descrptions are great it would be best to listened to with the deck. Otherwise this audio book will not make sense to the listener.
It was nice to listen to his throughts of the cards of the Rider- Waite Deck.
Philip Wylie was one of my favorite writers when growing up. I loved When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide, so I took a chance on Tomorrow.
Perhaps it is that I am not into apocalyptic books as much today as when growing up, and that this was written in 1954 and it projected too many of the values of a post WWII era. It is not very realistic in the portrayal of what happens after a plutoniuim bomb would go off, and yet it was a little too realistic in places. Certainly, what we saw after Hurricane Katrina should give us pause about what the depths and depravity of human nature can involve in the mass exodus of people from an area.
Had there been a nuclear winter from the number of bombs and retaliation of the bombings certainly there would be no kittens or babies or people for that matter. For that reason I would question the sensablity of the publishers to make this book into an audio book. It is dated material and perhaps should have been left on the shelf.
The narrator; Keith O'Brien did a nice job.
Robert McCammon was 25 years old when he wrote this novel in 1979 and it is obvious that he was and is tremendously talented. I remember seeing Baal in the bookstore,but I was in college at the time and didn't have time for fiction. The writing is engaging the story moves along at good pace and keeps the reader interested. The sex and violence in the book is more of a punctuation to the story and is not the focus of the work.
At first I thought the writing might be dated, but found that it was some of the best writing I can remember ever reading. I was concerned how date it might be as it was written before the internet and cell phones, which make up so much of our daily lives today, but the writing was so superb that I didn't really notice.
I spent a delightful weekend with this book and it was worth every moment. I would highly recommend this book.
Ray Porter did a great job with narration.
While the book is well written, it is mostly speculation and not even documented speculation. The work meanders and large parts of the book are spent in the guise of creating the foundation for speculation and how the speculation can be validated.
It was a complete waste of my time, and I am deeply saddened by the lack of scholarship.
History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time is a great little book. It is quick and very detailed about Ten Conspiracies that are the foundation of the history of American.
I loved every aspect of the book from the lack of John Wilkes Booth conspiracy to what is stored at Fort Knox to the Spear of Destiny (once owned by Heinrich Himmler-one of the authors of the "final solution" the Nazis used to justify what we now call the Holocaust.
Makes me want to buy a shovel and a submarine and learn how ot extract DNA.
This is the ideal holiday gift for any history fan.
Bonus: It is excellently narrated by Scott Brick!
I wish I could give this book more than 5 Stars.
The story is interesting, but I hope it dosen't end up like the 4400 did. It is hard not to see the tparallel in some instances, although they didn't appear out of a lake. Still the return of dead people is interesting. to see how the story will progress.
In years to come Double Feature will be considered one of the "Great American Novels" from this generation of writers. It is not horror or suspense; it is about life and tells the story of growing up in this age through the story of Sam Dolan an everyday college student working on his college film project. It is as beautifully written as Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day, and could become the Catcher in the Rye of this generation. The writing and storytelling in this book is exquisitely beautiful.
This book is the journey of the hero. It is very much a coming of age story as we see the main character of the story and his growth from a young self absorbed film director into a person. He is not perfect by any means and there are painful parts of the story that make you want to scream at Sam Dolan because you see the train wreck happening that you would like to stop.
Everyone who has made a student film in college, especially those that failed, should read this book. It is a way to relive the anxiety of giving birth to a movie and get it out of your system if you are holding on to the film making tragedy.
Amazingly, this book defines life of today in many ways born from dysfunctional families searching for meaning. Our lives have become so complex and probably the 75 Things That Cause Unnecessary Fatigue that Wesley lives by is ridiculous in a most entertaining way of portraying today’s complexity and yet don’t we all wish to be more misanthropic at the end of the day. The viral video, reality TV, cell phones and a centaur all make up the world of today and Owen King has described it perfectly, because we are all living in a TV documentary.
I loved this book.
I love this story, I only wish that someone else loved it as much.
Happy to see this available, but these recordings of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, etc are the Library editions that were created over 20 years ago. It is hard to believe that the publishers don't feel that they had enough NEW interest in the books to make new recordings. of the books, certainly the hundreds of millions of dollars made by the films would have warranted new recordings of the book.
That said, Bob Inglis did a great job on this book; It is sad that I had listened to this before.
If you have never heard the book I highly recommend it to you.
Dreams come true.
Never thought this book would make it to Audible, The subtitle -The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB really describes the book that took Mitrokhin 18 yesrs to compile in the about the KGB and clearly it was his obsession. Many consider the Mitrokhin Archive to be the Bible of the Cold War from the KGB side and clearly it has tremendous historical importance as one of the main books of this age.
It should not be only book or even the first book you read, but it will be the one you keep and refer back to again and again. This book will give you a very detailed glance into the inner workings of the KGB -Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti 0 Committee for State Security. The importance of this book from a historical perspective cannot be lost of the current generations in Russia as the current president Vladimir Putin was a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s.
Robert Whitfield (Simon Vance) does an absolutely fantastic job narrating this book and the author Christopher Andrew has done an equally fantastic job writing the book. It is easily one of the best written books that I have ever read. It was a joy and pleasure to read. Whitfield's can actually pronounce the English as well as the Russian names correctly, which is a pleasure to listen to in this book.
Although this book was published in 2000 it is still a great historical account of the KGB. If you are interested in the fictional accounts of John LeCarre, Len Deighton, and other writers of spies during the Cold War you will love this book. If you like Spycraft by Wallace, Melton and Schlesinger you will love this book.
I loved this book and you will love it too.
The book is very long. I love that it is in audio format on audible.com, but I would also get a copy for your reference shelf. It is a wonderful book.
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