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Fjolnir

Isafjardarbaer, Iceland | Member Since 2008

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  • 15 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 639 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The Strain: Book One of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.

    Fjolnir says: "Great vampire story"
    "Great vampire story"
    Overall

    I liked this one, no pretty vampires suffering from existential crisis, just disgusting evil things. It has a lot of atmosphere and I will get the sequel when it comes. It owes a lot to Dracula of course but so do most stories in that genre. Ron Pearlman does a good job. Feels like watching a scary vampire movie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (682)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Loved the games and loved the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a surprisingly suspensful story, everybody who is familiar with Doom and Quake should be interested in the story behind the games. I was one of those who were waiting (and waiting and waiting) for John Romero's Daikatana and I finally gave up waiting, now I know what happened!!! The reader gives such a great performance that the book is elevated to a new level. I really liked this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    For listeners new to the Dark Tower saga, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

    Fjolnir says: "Great Classic Story Telling"
    "Great Classic Story Telling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have not listend to any other books in the Dark Tower series exept this one. At the beginning I thought I had made a mistake but after about 2 hours the story just sucked me in. I would like to get more books in the series but I would like to start with number 1 (The Gunslinger) and it is not available at the moment (please do something about this Audible!). The story is quite interesting and I must say that I liked it a lot. The author reads it himself and I kind of wished he had not done that. He actually did it quite well but I found myself comparing him to the late and great Frank Muller and he was just one of a kind. Rest in peace Frank, you still live on millions of Ipods.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Bass and Other Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Pratt
    • Narrated By Guy Pratt
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Guy Pratt came of age just as bass playing became sexy. Having dallied with punk legend Sylvain Sylvain, Pratt suddenly found himself on Top of the Pops and supporting David Bowie with smooth Australian outfit Icehouse. He became bass player to the stars, crawling from studio to bar and hotel to stadium Portakabin with the likes of Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Womack &Womack and Bryan Ferry. Guy has recorded with everyone from Madonna and Michael Jackson to McFly.

    Fjolnir says: "Best book on Audible by a bass player!"
    "Best book on Audible by a bass player!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Bass and Other Animals to be better than the print version?

    Yes I guess so because it has some additional information that the written edition does not have (I think)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny stories from the music bussiness


    What does Guy Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The author does a good job reading the book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everything to do with basses, I'm a bass player myself


    Any additional comments?

    I've been looking for stories about (and by) bass players and this is very entertaining book, and it's only 5.95! Buy it if you like music.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to head the investigation. The political dangers of the case are huge. If it's not investigated fairly, the public outcry could make the Rodney King riots look tame. But a full investigation will take Bosch into the ugliest corners of law enforcement.

    Mario says: "Angels Flight-INaudible!"
    "This is just horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Burt Reynolds?

    Not from Burt no!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Burt sounds like he is drunk or stoned. I am a fan of Connelly but the quality of this recording is so bad it's unbearable.


    Any additional comments?

    This just makes me angry, I want my money back!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Louis Rivera, Bruce George
    • Narrated By Adisa Banjoko, Kareem Chadlfy, Chuck D, Jahi, Fide
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members' and street activists' artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.

    Fjolnir says: "It surprised me in a good way"
    "It surprised me in a good way"
    Overall

    I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this book, I didn't realize it was so much poetry but I gave it a shot and much to my surprice I thought it was really good. The readers are very good and poems/prose like Letter to My Son by Luis J. Rodriguez are incredibly moving. I liked this book and it has probably given my some insight into a world I did not know much about (and into the hearts of men)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2012: the Maya Armageddon: Blood of the Kindred Spirit: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John D. Thomas
    • Narrated By Geoffrey S. Ehrich
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    2012 The Maya Armageddon is not for the faint of heart. Apocalyptic rage is brewing in the covens of the wicked as The End approaches. Hear vampire's fangs biting into flesh, Listen to warrior angels slaying beasts and demons as they try to destroy life on Earth. All creatures of darkness and givers of light collide in this horrific tale about the Final Days of Armageddon!

    William says: "Pathetic"
    "Worst book ever"
    Overall

    This book is incredibly bad and stupid. I really don't have words to describe how bad it is, it does not deserve the one star I am forced to give it, it is boring, incredibly stupid and the actors are horrible. Audible should not put crap like this on offer, shame on them. Stay away from this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Odds: My Story

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Chuck Norris, Ken Abraham
    • Narrated By Michael Norris
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Millions of people around the world know Chuck Norris as the star of more than 20 motion pictures, including Delta Force, Missing in Action, and Return of the Dragon. Millions more know him as a martial arts expert, the only man in the Western Hemisphere to hold an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master in Tae Kwon Do. And then there are others who know him from his eight seasons on CBS's longest running series, Walker, Texas Ranger.

    Fjolnir says: "Not bad"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    Chuck comes across as a pretty nice guy, meek and reasonable. If you like his movie and want to know more this is not a bad choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4243)
    Performance
    (2729)
    Story
    (2762)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Very, very good. Exquisite as cured shark!"
    Overall

    You will love this book or hate it. It is a bit like cured shark, you will either spit it out or learn to love it. If you like this book then this is just the start of an audio adventure that is about 100 hours!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Engines of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Conceptually intriguing, but uneven writing style"
    "Not quite interesting enough."
    Overall

    This book is unfortunately not what I was hoping for, if this is the best book about the discovery of artifacts of alien intelligence since Rendezvous with Rama then keep artifacts of alien intelligence away from me please (I thought Rama was a masterpiece by the way). I thought Engines of God was rather boring and things did not quite add up for me. To be fair I really enjoyed the last hour or so but that leaves 14 hours that I did not particularly like. This could have made a good short story or the slow start of a long space opera. I would like to see somebody with firepower take on these Omega-clouds but I don't think I'll stick around, I just didn't like the characters well enough. Too slow and not interesting enough.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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