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James

Audubon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Gil's All Fright Diner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around-until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Amusing. Pretty good."
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    I find myself becoming a big A Lee Martinez fan. I liked this book but it wasn't the author's best work, though I do recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Charles says: "Entertaining, but Overly Rushed"
    "A good read."
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    It isn't my favorite Lee Martinez book, but still enjoyable. It certainly has its moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Company: The Secret History of H. P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Rawlik
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Shoggoths attack in this adrenaline-pumping novel set in the world of H. P. Lovecraft, where the horrors of the cosmos know no limits… It was in a way humanoid, as it stood on two legs and possessed two arms that ended in delicate digits that I would dare to call hands. Its skin was a pale blue, like the eggs of a robin, and curiously dry looking. The head was massive with a huge bulbous cranium, a large lipless mouth, and three blood red eyes that stared out at the world with nothing but hate.

    Justin says: "Great book. PHENOMENAL NARRATOR."
    "Nothing like Lovecraft"
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    This book managed a few Lovecraftian trappings, but not the spirit. I frequently found myself roIling my eyes as the author recapped or retold classic stories to suit his purpose. I realize that there is a long tradition of authors reusing and expanding the mythos to suit themselves, but I don't care for this flavor of reinterpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (562)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Return to form."
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    I think the narrator I'd particularly well suited to this main character. He is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (704)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "The Empire Strikes Back of the series."
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    Wow. This was a very dark turn for the series. Still a good book, I look forward to the next to see where this goes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century---he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan was not the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination.

    Keith C. Parsels says: "Well Done"
    "Skip this one"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I like Robert E Howard. I looked into this book because of the movie that came out a few years ago. These stories, for the most part, are nothing like that movie.


    What was most disappointing about Robert E. Howard’s story?

    Solomon Kane spends a lot of time in Africa. This really gives Howard a chance to demonstrate his terribly racist attitudes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the stories were fine, especially stories NOT set in Africa.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't actually blame Howard for this, he is no more racist then the majority of pulp writers of his age, and I have read other stories from Howard that I quite liked, but here, I thought his regrettable early 20th century attitudes were very much thrown in my face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bruce Campbell
    • Narrated By Bruce Campbell
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

    Bill Shaw says: "One Of The Most Enjoyable Books I Have Ever Heard"
    "Somewhat disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have either given Mr. Campbell a Red Bull, a Snickers bar, or shook him awake.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Bruce Campbell...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr. Campbell sound bored and it is obvious he is reading from a script. I thought that since it was his own story, he would be more animated, but no.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sadly, the best I could say is "Maybe". And I consider myself a Bruce Campbell fan. Even met him very briefly at a convention once.


    Any additional comments?

    This was disappointing. If you want something similar that is NOT a disappointment, check out Adam Carolla's "In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks". In spite of my panning this audio book, I still consider myself a Bruce Campbell fan. Sorry Mr. Campbell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (1758)
    Story
    (1752)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "The reader was perfect."
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    And the book was clever. I enjoyed it and I will definitely listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riki-Tiki-Tavi

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    This is a selection from the The Jungle Book, in which a mongoose saves the day.

    James says: "a classic"
    "a classic"
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    Very good telling of the classic story. A must for young readers. One of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island 731

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

    Shane says: "The Best Listen I Have Ever Had"
    "Very entertaining."
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    Maybe the best of the 4 Project Nemesis books, though they are all good.
    I would have liked to see a little more of the character Lily, but I guess it wasn't really her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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