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Erik

Sooke, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Paul Blake
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    The fourth volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar - an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal.

    Konrad says: "Interesting novel series. Bad bad Audible service!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Emperor?

    A complete package, but this narrator is excellent! Obviously classically trained, he manages all voices most expertly. The story is good, and it must be remembered this is fiction. Die hard historians should look elsewhere.


    What does Paul Blake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best narrator I have listened to so far. I will take notice of any other work he takes on.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this is fiction. I love "true" Roman history as much as the next person, so I had to remind myself those times the story wandered from actual events.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By David Mamet
    • Narrated By Gordon Clapp, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    A group of low-ranking real-estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company's wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

    Nothing really matters says: "Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story."
    "Good, but leaves you hanging"
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    First up, the performance was excellent. I wish I could have seen the stage production after listening.

    As for the story, that suffers from the time constraints that a play imposes. It seems like the book is just getting going when it ends. The subject matter itself is a little on the week side. It highlights the cut-throat atmosphere of high pressure salesmen, but this is a segment of society whom with anyone would have a hard time empathizing.

    A short listen, I recommend you give this version a try even just to experience the full cast performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1710)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1447)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Dark and irreverent - a good combo!"
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    This book/series is not for those easily shocked, especially those with a pious background. If, however, you enjoy stories of the touching on the occult then this should appeal to you.

    The hero of the story is indeed a dark hero. How else would you describe a character that is basically the spawn of Satan? This brings me to second observation: familiarity with Christian concepts and mythology is almost a must. I can't see someone from Tibet understanding the religious references in this book.

    The irreverent part is the dry humor suffused throughout. This was one of my favorite aspects of this book, as I have a bit of a penchant for dark humor myself. Some one liners are true "groaners", but there are also some pretty good ones in there. The book is a bit silly in places, but hey, this is a story about someone who returns from hell and moves into a video store.

    Give this a try if you enjoy the fringe. This is like a dark adult version of Harry Potter that is centered around Christian lore, but with much more humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3085)
    Performance
    (2772)
    Story
    (2782)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Entertaining, but keep your expectations low"
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    What can I say about a Zombie story with comic book super-heroes? This is pretty rough material to make a masterpiece out of. What is surprising is that the author pulls off an entertaining story that kept my interest up.

    One of the better aspects is that you actually have super-heroes that perish. This isn't all that usual in this genre, and it helps keep you engaged as it is something you really don't expect.

    So, if you liked comic books as a kid, and enjoy the recent trend of zombie fare, this book should appeal to the kid in you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (557)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Cliff says: "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"
    "A refreshing and imaginative new series"
    Overall
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    Refreshing, as the main character and hero, Alex Verus, relies on knowledge, albeit knowledge gained through divination, to survive and defeat the villains. Imaginative, as it expands the magical worlds created by works such as Harry Potter, the Dresden files, etc.

    Others have compared this to the Dresden Files series (the author even alludes to the main character of that series in this book) and that is a fair comparison. I found the two series compatible as opposed to comparative. Perhaps the two main characters/authors can collaborate in the future?

    If you have a good imagination and have enjoyed some of the other works I've mentioned here, you should really like this book. I found it well worth the credit and will continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (782)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "An entertaining way to self reflect"
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    I have read McRaney's other book "Now you are not so dumb" and found the two almost identical. In fact, some of the topics and examples are the same. This being said, there's still enough new content to keep you thinking, even if not too deeply.

    Don't get this if you are expecting deep thinking on any one subject. If, however, you are like me and the other 95% of the population, the presentation and information makes for an entertaining and thoughtful book. There is enough here to grab your attention and make you ponder without making you think your in a university psych class.

    In summary, recommended, especially if you want to educate yourself as to some of the things you may be doing without realizing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (941)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "A well crafted YA story"
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    I'll start by saying that I enjoyed this book. The narrator did a good job and increased the listening pleasure. The story was well crafted and aimed at the YA audience. There were topics, however, that put this in the mature YA category.

    I think the author may be Canadian. There were many emotive and "touchy-feely" scenes. The fact that the hero's version of vengeance included a group get together in the desert illustrates this. In the end, though, I guess this is a positive observation. Not every story has to see the bad guys blown up.

    In summary, recommended for both male and female young adults, and for older adults who realize there are many good stories in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (884)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "The dark version of Enders Game"
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    I was a bit hesitant to try this book; a new author and, unfortunately, reviews that were perhaps too good.

    I needn't have worried. Pierce Brown crafted a well paced story that kept my attention. As my review headline states, I couldn't help but keep comparing the work to Enders Game. This is unfair, as they are definitely different works, but the basic premise of young adults being trained for conflict is the same.

    One interesting aspect of this novel is the more in depth concepts of various leadership styles. It also refers to the Roman Empire frequently, which this future society borrows from in various aspects of it's social structure.

    Of course, there are a few annoying facets. One I commonly encounter with the "Young Adult" genre, is the amazing abilities, abilities normally requiring a lifetime to master, these teens have. I do overlook this, but it does jump out at me from time to time.

    If you liked Enders Game, Hunger Games, or other militarist sci-fi/fantasy, then this will be worth a credit. Even if this isn't your normal genre, you should give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (514)

    Vlad Taltos, a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha, is given the largest contract of his career, but the job is even more complicated than he expects.

    D says: "Dragons, Assassins, and Intrigue"
    "Solid Swords and Sorcery, even if a bit cheesy"
    Overall
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    The story was bit slow to get started, and even a bit to cheesy at the beginning. It did, however, start to move along a bit faster and it slowly drew me in and entertained me on a long drive.

    Although it reminded me of a Dungeons and Dragons saga, there were some novel concepts in the story, but I felt they we a bit undeveloped. Perhaps those parts were sacrificed to editing.

    If you like the Fantasy genre, you should be pleased with this book. It's nothing earth shattering, but it is entertaining enough to warrant a recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1502)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    ""God, No - An apt title"
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    God no, please don't make me listen to this anymore.

    I finally found an audio book I just couldn't finish. I really did try, but couldn't do it. Maybe I'm to blame, having never heard of Penn Jillette before. I should have done more research first.

    I purchased this book thinking it would be an interesting discourse on issues surrounding religion and atheism. Having investigated the works of Richard Dawkins, I was excited when, during the prologue, Mr. Jillette referred to Dawkins work. Unfortunately, this is as deep as this book went in it's discussion of religion and atheism.

    So, what is this work? From what I could tell, it was a vehicle to tell outrageous stories about Mr. Jillette's outrageous life experiences. Profanation and uncomfortable situations were used to express atheism. It all started to become clear when the author described how he was a regular on the Howard Stern program. Even then, I kept trying to move through the work.

    In the end, I couldn't take anymore of Mr. Jillette describing yet another "amazing" story he was part of. Having this playing in my car was like having an overbearing blowhard join me for my commute.

    Save your money and get a book written by someone who can put together a cohesive argument.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (776)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Dated but still entertaining"
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    I found this book a bit too predictable in it's story line. Maybe it's because I'm looking at it from the perspective of 2014 and when it was written some of the concepts presented would have been revolutionary.

    The narrator really assisted this book. With the story just keeping my attention, the narrator managed to bring the characters out so that I was more engaged, thereby making a very long drive more pleasant.

    Can I recommend this book? Yes, but don't expect too much. It will entertain you, and maybe even give you a laugh as you contemplate how things have changed since this was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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