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GameMaker

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 57 reviews
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  • 397 titles in library
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  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (790)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Above average Alex Cross book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For James Patterson fans, yes. It's what such fans (like me) have come to expect, so delivers the goods, even though it's not great.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    Of course. With James Patterson you can't stop at one, even though you occasionally need to hold your nose in doing so.


    What about Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer ’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he has a good voice for Alex and reads it really well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Professor and the Poison: A Cats in Trouble Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Between her kitty quilt-making business and her three beloved cats, Jill has her hands full. That doesn't stop her from wanting to solve the mystery of the milk cow that's gone missing from her friend's farm. But imagine her surprise when a stolen cow leads to the discovery of 50 stray cats and one dead body - a victim of cold-blooded murder....

    Linda says: "WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY"
    "I Continue To Be Impressed By This Series"
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    Performance
    Story

    At first when I started this series, I didn't expect much. Just some cute stories about cats, and oh by the way, a murder mystery thrown in there, was my expectation. But no, it's actually just the opposite. Very compelling murder mystery stories that oh by the way just happen to feature cats and a cat loving woman.

    I'm definitely hooked and look forward to listening to the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intriguing Science Fiction Short Stories and Tributes: Thrilling Adventures in Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By James M. Lowrance
    • Narrated By Dan Absalonson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Among the subjects covered in this audiobook are time travel, living prehistoric monsters of the deep, Alfred Hitchcock - a master of Sci-Fi as well as suspense, Bigfoot, and UFOs - a subject of reality and science fiction.

    GameMaker says: "Unoriginal, and just plain bad"
    "Unoriginal, and just plain bad"
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    Performance
    Story

    Don't bother with this book. The stories in it are awful, and the bit about ufo's wasn't even a story really, more of a dissertation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 3 Short Stories, Book 3, by Philip K. Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Gregg Rizzo
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This audiobook contains three stories from the pen of Philip K. Dick, a science-fiction writer of the 1950s. The stories are: "Beyond Lies the Wub", "The Gun", and "Beyond the Door".

    GameMaker says: "Nice Sci Fi Shorts"
    "Nice Sci Fi Shorts"
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    Performance
    Story

    I've been reading/audio-booking a lot of short stories lately, and most of them have admittedly been pretty awful. Not these though. Really good little bite sized stories. I can't say I cared for the reader much though. His voices sound like they would be more appropriate for muppets or seasame street rather than a sci-fi novel. Oh well, I still enjoyed them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael White
    • Narrated By Tim Wright
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (213)

    With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors. Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

    Pavel says: "was it really written by J. Patterson?"
    "Not Bad At All"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Patterson book have been a guilty pleasure for a while for me, and I really like the "Private" series. This one measures up really well with the rest of the books. Good story, likeable characters. I enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glitch: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?

    GameMaker says: "Johnny 5 Is Alive!"
    "Johnny 5 Is Alive!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    C'mon, why write a story that is already a cliche? Seriously, from the first couple of minutes into the book, you know everything that will happen. To do a story like this, you have to infuse it with something new. Bad, bad bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5708)
    Performance
    (4928)
    Story
    (4981)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Trav says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Interesting Concept, Characters Not So Bright"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the book overall and am glad that I got it. The two stories that it reminds me of the most are the tv show "Lost", and the movie "No Escape", where it's part survival story, and part inexplicable "things are not as they seem", messing with your mind, kind of story.

    The reader was really good, it's got plenty of action, and the story moves right along at a good pace. The thing I didn't like about it though, was that it seemed like throughout the story I kept feeling like the characters were all doing ridiculously stupid things, and that the storyteller didn't even realize that they were doing stupid things. Which also made it difficult to identify with some of these characters who were clearly written to be likeable.

    So overall, I find the book to be kind of mediocre, but still generally likeable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (557)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Excellent Short Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a very big fan of John Carpenter's, and my favorite movie of his is "The Thing". I had no idea this was based on an "ancient tomb" (this book) though. So this was a special treat for me.

    The story is actually very close to John Carpenters "The Thing". The book delves a little more into the philosophical issues and such, whereas the movie has a few more exciting action sequences. The ending is also slightly different (I like the movie's ending better).

    Still,this was a very fun listen, and the reader was brilliant in the role.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bless Her Dead Little Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Miranda James
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    With the Mississippi sun beating down, An’gel and Dickce are taking a break to cool off and pet sit their friend Charlie Harris’s cat, Diesel, when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up at their door unexpectedly, with her ne'er-do-well adult children not far behind. Rosabelle's selfish offspring are desperate to discover what's in her will, and it soon becomes clear that one of them would kill to get their hands on the inheritance.

    GameMaker says: "Awful Book With No Ending... Also Not About Animal"
    "Awful Book With No Ending... Also Not About Animal"
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    Story

    First, the book itself is misleading in that if it were being truthful, instead of a picture of a cat and a dog (which really had nothing to do with the story other than "cameo" appearances), the cover would show a bunch of 80 year old ladies squabbling about money.

    The book is a "whodunnit", about elderly southern belles who are trying to off one another for a larger piece of inheritance. The book has an extremely slow, plodding pace, no characters that I can really identify with, and also no ending. The book just kind of ends with very few things tied up, and us not really understanding what the killer's motivation was (or even for certain who did the murders, there was just an accusation). Awful, awful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3605)
    Performance
    (3337)
    Story
    (3343)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Fun Story, I'm Hooked!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but I'm glad that I got it because it surprised me how good it was! It's a slightly light-hearted time travel story, with lots of interesting twists. It's a really good story, but at the same time doesn't take itself too seriously. I also really enjoyed the reader who added a lot to the experience and was perfect for this part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.

    Linda says: "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."
    "Very Good Whodunnit Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was actually surprised at how much I liked this book. The story is complex and interesting, and the fact that it had cats as central characters in the story worked nicely and added interest to a cat fan like myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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