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Douglas R. Pratt

Douglas R. Pratt

northern VA | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 328 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Prince of Chaos: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Treacheries, trickeries, assassination attempts and bloody family intrigues have finally maneuvered Merlin, aka Merle Corey, into the Courts of Chaos. Thanks to a series of conventionally fatal "accidents" engineered by his mother Dara and uncle Mandor, Merlin third in line to occupy the throne.

    shirley says: "great series"
    "The ends of the tangled threads"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book has always felt a little rushed to me, since there was a lot of work to do answering the questions and resolving the story lines. I suspect Zelazny had a lot more that he wanted to say but was constrained by the length of the books. There are four or five fragments, written for fanzines (back before the Internet, remember? Actual paper?) by Zelazny that add fascinating details to the story beyond what is resolved here. Whatever, it is Zelazny, and therefore it is masterfully done. Wheaton gives a performance to be proud of in a very busy and complicated narrative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (726)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "A great ride and a superb voice performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Larry Correia is an excellent storyteller who creates characters we come to know and love. The series has been focused on more than one main character, and now we get to see the world through the (borrowed) eyes of the most enigmatic of them all. Oliver Wyman has delivered a superb performance throughout the series and absolutely nails all the characters, important and incidental. (Now I know what Benjamin Franklin sounded like!) There is absolutely nothing not to love about this book, and I can't wait to see the next in the series...for one thing, whose viewpoint will it be from?

    3 of 4 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
    (6600)
    Performance
    (5804)
    Story
    (5803)

    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.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Splendid beginning, excellent performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only reason I gave the story four stars instead of five is that this feels like a first novel, which of course it is. If I hadn't started on the Grim Noir Chronicles and thereby encountered Larry Correia as a mature, experienced writer, I wouldn't have noticed the little things that make this feel like an earlier work. This really isn't important. Correia knows how to write a rollicking page-turner, and there's enough of that here to satisfy anyone. The Grim Noir books are darn near perfect, and Bronson Pinchot's performance is absolutely amazing. This first Monster Hunter book is fine, and Oliver Wyman's performance is splendid. Since I know that Correia only gets better, I know I'm going to enjoy the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (218)

    Pursued by a fiendish enemy, Merle must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens more than the San Francisco Bay area. For Merle Corey of California is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished Prince of Amber; and the forces, seeking to destroy the royal house, have unleashed sorceries that can strike anywhere, especially at the very heart of Amber.

    chris says: "Zelazny greatest work"
    "Zelazny fleshes out the world we thought we knew"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The second series of 5 Amber novels adds immensely to the depth of Amber as a world. The character of Merlin is excellent, a computer geek trained as a sorcerer...what's the difference? Wil Wheaton performs the voices perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Jonah Goldberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (217)

    According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

    Christopher says: "Thought provoking and funny"
    "Splendid. Much better with Jonah reading it."
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    This is not the kind of brilliant, seminal book that Liberal Fascism was. It's a lot more fun, and listening to Jonah read it is a delight. He brings it to life. I bought six copies for my high school debate team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul M. Barrett
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, arrived in America at a fortuitous time.

    David says: "Not a gun Nut? This is a case study in business"
    "Very impressive, informative, not political"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does a very good job of not taking sides. He doesn't portray gun enthusiasts as nuts, nor does he display anti-gunners as extremists. He is down on the NRA but I agree with some of his criticisms. He picks one of the most respected experts, Massad Ayoob, and spends a lot of time with him learning what self defense is all about. I do not agree with many of his suggestions or conclusions at the end of the book but they are not presented in a hostile or argumentative manner. All in all he has navigated a minefield skillfully. He clearly wanted to present as truthful a history of the Glock firearms as he could, and it would be impossible without putting it in the context of gun culture. A very, very difficult thing to pull off without sounding partisan. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear the facts, not just someone who agrees with their point of view.


    What about Kiff VandenHeuvel’s performance did you like?

    The performance was businesslike and professional. The subject is such a potential minefield, it would be easy to detract from the character of the book, and Mr. VandenHeuvel does a very good job.


    Any additional comments?

    Remarkable from many aspects. I learned a lot. This is more about people than firearms, and that's what matters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trumps of Doom: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    Trumps of Doom is the sixth book of The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author Roger Zelazny.

    Matt A. says: "Another quality performance."
    "excellent performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trumps of Doom the most enjoyable?

    I know it by heart of course, and I have the audio of the first five books that Roger Zelazny recorded (the tapes were discovered a few years ago). Nothing can match Roger's recordings in sentimental value and in accuracy, but that doesn't detract from Wheaton's performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trumps of Doom?

    Roger Zelazny was a poet so the structure of all his work is subtle and delightful. Best of all, he can never resist a good, horrible pun. One of the best is here in Merlin's second hellrun: "It was just one damned thing after another."


    What didn’t you like about Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    I thought it was splendid throughout. However there is one punch edit that was not removed!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you very much for bringing us these performances. Please do some more of Zelazny's books. Someone could have a lot of fun with "A Dark Traveling," the one voiced by a kid in a magical family who is just figuring out that he's a werewolf. Whatever happened to "Lord of Light?" Was there a rights problem? I thought Victor Bevine's performance was one of the best I have ever heard.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5282)
    Performance
    (4779)
    Story
    (4793)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "The hardware is perfect!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The book is excellent and the performance is amazing; I'm on my third listen and bought two paper copies for gifts. I have read a lot of history and written some books about aviation, so I am sensitive to any false note or fakery in the hardware. There are none. Quite the contrary; the author gets the aircraft and firearms precisely right. I cannot help but love a story that makes John Moses Browning an action hero!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Immortal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (127)

    Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about. And as arts commissioner, he's been given a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes - especially since it is apparent that this places him at the center of high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself.

    phelixdakat says: "Master of Sci-Fi"
    "You won't regret buying it"
    Overall

    This is not one of my favorite RZ books, but even his least is light-years ahead of others' best, and all are worth re-reading. I found the narration excellent, just right for the quirky, world-weary Nomikos of many pasts. I am amazed at Victor Bevine's talent. He did a splendid job. If Audible produces more Zelazny books with Mr Bevine's narration I will buy them immediately...I sincerely hope they do. "Roadmarks" or "Jack of Shadows" would be wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By E. J. Wagner
    • Narrated By E. J. Wagner, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Forensic expert Wagner has crafted a volume that stands out from the plethora of recent memoirs of contemporary scientific detectives. By using the immortal and well-known Sherlock Holmes stories as her starting point, Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle's accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact.

    A. Yoshida says: "Science in the time of Sherlock Holmes"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Narrated by the author herself, and beautifully done. I listened once for entertainment and have gone through it three more times to get a grip on all the facts. Things I never knew about the Ripper killings, the Dreyfus case, even the Stuart queens.. wonderful.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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