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Jim "The Impatient"

I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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  • The Dying Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (188)
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    (154)
    Story
    (160)

    The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

    Jefferson says: "A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth"
    "WHAT IS BEAUTY?"
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    IT ELUCIDATES
    Trees fruited with many intoxications overhung his path, and flowers bowed obsequiously as he passed. An inch above the ground, dull as agates, the eyes of mandrakes followed the tread of his black-slippered feet. The whole book reads like this. The first chapter I was wow, this is cool. It is almost like reading Shakespeare and understanding it. Makes you feel smart. The language is beautiful. Each chapter is a short story. Well, not so much a story as a fable. After you get done congratulating yourself on how smart you are, you will also realize that you know how the story is going to end, long before it does. Chapter after chapter you figure the plot out or lack of plot early on. The only surprises are the strange creatures and vegetation.

    If all you care about is pretty language, you will love this. If you want to be surprised or have a wow factor involving the plot or story line, you will be disappointed.

    The narrator is excellent.

    2 of 2 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
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1646)

    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."
    "HUMANS ARE ALWAY NEGOTIATING,"
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    THAT'S WHAT CONVESATION IS.
    This is entertaining and it is smartly written. It starts out similar to Wool Or Silo. One reason this appeals to most people is the, can do attitude, of the main characters. The book starts with The Reds, who are the most oppressed group in the Universe, a Universe they do not even know exist. Once they do realize that they have been lied to all their lives, the odds against them seem unsurmountable. Many times I thought the author had really gotten his characters in so deep, he surly was not going to be able to get them out. It has been a long time since an author has been able to make me wonder how in the world things were going to turn out.

    RULERS HAVE A TENDENCY TO DISLIKE THOSE WHO BREAK RULES.
    Then the book turns a 180 degrees. What was a story about a primitive, downtrodden people changes to high tech. In the past when an author has done this to me they lose me. This time I stayed with it and enjoyed the ride.

    PRICK LICK
    The last half of the book is similar to Hunger Games with Greek Gods. I liked it a lot better and there where no whinny characters. This part of the book reminded me of the writing of Robert Reed. The only complaint I have is that I did think this section of the book went on a little too long. It was very entertaining for the most part, but I was ready for them to finish the game, long before they did. When they do finish, it is a grand finale that you don't want to miss. I will be getting the sequel.

    The narrator is excellent

    CHEAT OR BE CHEATED.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9140)
    Performance
    (8628)
    Story
    (8658)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "I AM A STICK"
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    WE HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT OR WE WILL BREAK YOUR BRAIN
    I have dreaded this review more then any review I have ever written. I am a huge fan of Sanderson. I have been telling people for the last two years that Brandon Sanderson is going to be the biggest thing in Fantasy. I loved, The Way of Kings and bought copies for my grown kids, for Christmas a couple of years ago. I was excited about this book.

    A BELLY THAT STRETCHED TO NEXT WEEK
    I could not get into this book at all. It may have started with the talking pattern. The pattern that Sanderson could not describe. Let me get this straight BS, you think this up on your own, you are a writer and you can not describe it to the reader. Why would you not come up with something you could describe. Then this pattern starts talking. It was just lame. I got tired of the Sea of Spheres. I got tired of the Dark Eyes whining about the Light Eyes. Someone said that it picked up in the last 25%, so I have to listen to 38 hours before it starts to get good?? Someone said he is now writing like Robert Jordan. I think trying to write like Jordan, has ruined him. I like Sanderson, bring him back. Actually I think he hired a ghost writer, cause this is not Sanderson.

    Narrators: I have always been a fan of Michael Kramer. His deep rich voice makes chills run up my spine. The jury is still out for me on Kate Reading. Her voice is unique and I even recognized her in the commercial she did a few years ago because of that unique voice. I put her on 1.25 speed a few times and liked the result. I don't know maybe I need them to say Aes Sedai every other line?

    If I wanted to be popular I would join the crowd and say I love this, but what few followers I have depend on the truth from me. I got through ten hours and called it quits. If they offer this for free, that is 48 hours of your life you will never get back. At least my belly aching only lasts a couple of minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter for Men: The War Against the Chtorr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Gerrold
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    With the human population ravaged by a series of devastating plagues, the alien Chtorr arrive to begin the final phase of their invasion. Even as many on Earth deny their existence, the giant wormlike carnivores prepare the world for the ultimate violation--the enslavement of humanity for food!

    Patrick says: "Great books- but know it was never finished."
    "Great Courses, NOT!!"
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    GOOD WORRING IS NEVER WASTED
    As mentioned by another reviewer this is written in a 60ish style. Early on we have several lectures by a guy who thinks he is God's gift to intelligence. The lectures are very political, long and boring. He spends quite a bit of time telling his students how mean and tough he is. I find that real tough guys don't have to announce there toughness. When he asks a student a question, you know whatever the answer is, it will be wrong. The student will also be humiliated in the process, such as the girl he calls a whore. A reviewer mentions that this is straight out of Heinlein's Starship Troopers Universe. In the hard back copy, he acknowledges Robert and Ginny Heinlein among others.

    Our hero, as mentioned by another reviewer , is stupid. He survives because of his stupidness.

    I will not continue this series. When Harlie was One, is Gerrold's most famous novel. That one I will try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3311)
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    (2507)
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    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "IN WAR, THE ONLY CRIME, IS TO LOSE"
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    AH, YOUR WIT IS SO VERY SHARP, I HARDLY NOTICED I WAS EVER CUT.
    This is book three and to really enjoy this series you need to start at book one. The best fantasy writers build their stories around the characters, not the story and Abercrombie is one of the best fantasy writers. I enjoyed book one the best, then book two and then this book, but all three are great books. Superior Glokta is my favorite character. You have to be a good writer to make a man who makes his living torturing people, a favorite character that you rout for. There has been a lot of talk about the ending. I believe he left it open ended so he could return to it, if he wanted. Nobody's story ends until they die, so the only why for a final, final, would be to kill off everyone.

    YOU CAN'T REALLY HATE A MAN, WITHOUT LOVING HIM FIRST.
    If this book would have ended about four hours earlier, I could have given it five stars. Towards the end of the book, The Seed takes over. For over twenty hours I listened to some of the best writing I have ever listened to, and then it was like a light went off in JA's brain, Oh Yeah, this is a fantasy. Everything to do with The Seed was just a distraction and just did not seem to fit in with the rest of the story. Also, even though Glokta was my favorite character, he was getting too predictable toward the end. He constantly talks to himself and it got to where I knew what he was going to mumble to himself before he did. These are small complaints, but it was enough to rank the story itself at four instead of five stars.

    Narrator was excellent

    Now let me leave you with a few of the powerful lessons of life, I learned.

    LIFE IS A SERIES OF THINGS WE RATHER NOT DO.
    LIFE IS FULL OF DISAPPOINTMENT.
    LIFE IS MEAT.
    LIFE IS THE MISERY WE ENDURE BETWEEN DISAPPOINTMENTS.
    THAT IS WHAT LIFE IS, A BUNCH OF ERRANDS.
    IT IS BETTER TO DO IT, THEN LIVE WITH THE FEAR OF IT.
    SOMETIMES IT CAN BE BETTER TO LIVE WITH THE FEAR OF IT, THEN TO DIE DOING IT.
    IT'S NOT HOW YOU DIE, BUT HOW YOU LIVE THAT COUNTS.
    FRIENDS ARE THE ONES WE PRETEND TO LIKE IN ORDER TO MAKE LIFE MORE BEARABLE.
    SOMETIMES LOSING AN ENEMY, CAN BE WORSE THEN LOSING A FRIEND.
    POWERFUL MEN CAN AFFORD NO FRIENDS.

    YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY KNIVES.
    IT'S ALWAYS THE BLADE YOU DON'T SEE THAT CUTS YOU THE DEEPEST.

    SOME MEN ALWAYS WANT MORE.
    GREAT JOURNEYS START WITH SMALL STEPS.
    FREEDOM IS FAR OVER RATED.
    HOPING FOR A THING, DON'T MAKE IT HAPPEN.
    AMAZING, THE RUBBISH IDIOTS WILL BELIEVE, IF YOU SHOUT IT LOUD ENOUGH.
    DOES THE DEVIL, KNOW HE IS THE DEVIL?

    THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH ANSWERS, THEY ARE NEVER AS EXCITING AS THE QUESTION.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1129)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Arctic is Greek for Bear"
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    WHEN IN DOUBT SHIT IT OUT
    If only school could have been this exciting. Number one priority for me is to be entertained. Number two is to hear or learn something I have never heard or learned before. Number three is for the story to be believable. By believable it is something that could happen, not necessarily something that would most likely happen. If everything you read was what would most likely happen then it would probably be boring. Brown scores five stars on all accounts. Arctic comes from the Greek, arktos, which means bear and Antarctic means no bear. Just one of those things I will always remember that I would not have remembered in a school setting.

    AIR FORCE ONE, BIG DICK
    Like most of Brown's books he hits the ground running. The entire book takes place in about two days. The book is very fast paced. It covers most of the sciences, Astronomy, geology, ocean, volcanoes, whirlpools, deep ocean, plate tectonics, ice cores, entomology, origin theories, bioluminescence, panspermia etc... Then there is all the politics and some things about the government you may not have known.

    YOU WILL FIND PATIENCE, A VIRTUE
    The book is not perfect, as the believability factor is stressed pretty hard in some places. I was also turned off by some of the teasers. In the beginning we are told of this great find in the Arctic, but we can't tell you, you must see it. It takes several chapters and about an hour to get to this great find, all the time being teased about it.

    I thought the narrator was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Sylvia Day, Brandon Sanderson, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, R.C. Bray, Amy McFadden, and others
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    This outstanding collection of short stories features some of the best of Tor.com original fiction, in audio for the first time. Written for and originally published exclusively on Tor.com, this audiobook includes Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated short stories, brand-new fiction from best-selling authors, and tales that feature characters and worlds that listeners already know and love. In this unique story collection, listeners will enjoy fiction from Sylvia Day, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and many others.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Feast or Famine"
    "Feast or Famine"
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    I AM SURE THAT NOT HAVING A BRAIN IS FATAL.
    I am not sure what the theme was for this collection. These stories cover the gambit for types of Sci-Fi, as well as quality. You will probably find a story in here that you like, but you are also certain to find some you don't like.

    THERE ARE ALIEN GROUPIES?
    My favorite story was After The Coup, by John Scalzi, but I had already read it, as it is part of The Human Division. Brit Mandelo wrote a really cool, yet haunting story called "The Finite Canvas" (also in Dozier's 30th annual). Scalzi had another good story called "The President's Brain is Missing". Ken MacLeod's "Earth Hour" was good and should appeal to techies. I was disappointed in Sanderson's "Firstborn". It was not bad, just not as good as what he usually writes. Charles Stross had two entries from his Laundry series. I am not a fan of British Humor, so I could not finish these long stories. Day, McCarron and Swirsky had paranormal chick lit stories that put me to sleep.

    The narrators are top notch, everyone a professional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science Fiction Favorites

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Isaac Asimov
    Overall
    (257)
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    (76)
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    (78)

    This selection of some of Asimov's most enduring and unforgettable stories is read by the author himself. These vintage tales encompass the full range of Asimov's versatility, while displaying his puckish sense of humor.

    Jeff says: "Entertaining and personal"
    "HALF OF INFINITY IS STILL INFINITY"
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    SHOW ME THAT MULTIPLICATION TRICK AGAIN
    If you are a fan of Asimov and you have never heard is voice, than this is a must. I have been a fan for decades, but never heard him speak. I was expecting an old man voice. Maybe like a college professor? I knew he was Jewish, but this was interesting. He sounds like the caricature of Brooklynn Jews you hear on TV and he sounds young. He also talks likes he writes, which I always suspected. Asimov has the knack of writing like he is a friend of yours sitting across from you talking about the weather.

    All the stories are good, none are bad. The Ugly Little Boy was the greatest. I have read this story several times and read the book he wrote with Robert Silverberg and it is still a tear jerker. Asimov even cried when he read it. Satisfaction Guaranteed was my next favorite. This is a story which has Dr. Calvin in it and she is trying to perfect robots.

    Asimov explains before each story, why he wrote it and says a few words after each story about the story. This adds a lot of charm to the listening. One interesting thing he said, was that if he had to take a college class on his writings, that he would probably flunk. When they go to analyzing his work, he would not understand all the deep underlining meanings he was suppose to have in his writings.

    If your already a fan, this is a must or this is a good place to start, if you don't know him..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (162)
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    (164)

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "YOU ACT LIKE YOU HAVE A SAGGY DIAPER"
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    MAYBE HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THIS WORLD DOMINATION THING?
    This is my seventh book by Konrath and the more of his stuff I read the more I like him. None of his writings will ever win any awards for being great literature, but I have never been a fan of great literature. The story is very far fetched and not too believable. It is escapism literature with lots of lol moments. Think more in terms of John Scalzi. I can't really mention the characters, as that is part of the story concept and could ruin your listening ahead of time.

    This is a quick read that won't tax your mind much. If your up for a light funny read give it a shot.

    One more thing. I usually don't comment on other reviews, as everyone has a right to their own likes and dislikes, but toward the bottom of the page one reviewer who seems to be some type of homophobe goes on about two characters being homosexuals. Number one, if there are homosexuals in the book, I don't see how that would detract from the entertainment value and fun there is in listening to this book. Number two, if there are homosexuals in the book, I totally missed it. There are two guys in the book, Roy and Bert, who start out hating each other and who end up best buds and there antics are some of the funniest parts of the book. I am not giving anything away here, it is pretty obvious from the start how this relationship is going to turn out. Parts of the book are predictable, but that is part of the fun and there are parts that will surprise you and that is fun too. If joking around with a friend of the same gender makes you gay, then call me queer.

    Bill: How's if feel to get your ass kicked by William Shakespeare?
    Tom: It's better then reading your plays.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (237)
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    Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

    Bradley says: "Amazingly Absurd"
    "person one: I WAS ONLY AMUSING MYSELF."
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    person two: IT'S GOOD YOU HAVE SUCH AN UNDEMANDING AUDIENCE.
    When I was young I thought I had to read Douglas Adams, since he was so popular. I read every single book in the Hitch Hiker's series. To be honest, I never became a fan. I have found that when books are written with the sole purpose of being funny, that they are usually not funny. I love a book with funny parts in it, when you don't know they are coming and they are part of the story, but when every line is expected to get a laugh, I get bored.

    I like dramatized books and thought I would give this a try, but even in this form I did not become a fan.

    YOU MUST TELL ME THIS AGAIN, WHEN I'M INTERESTED

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
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    (1070)
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    (1084)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "IT'S FULL OF STARS"
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    2 CHILD LAWS, NEWSPAD (I-PAD), STARGATE
    I have lost track of how many times I have read the book, listened on tape, watched the movie, and now I have downloaded it. Arthur C. Clarke is in a class, all by himself. To hear his voice in the introduction was a real treat. It is amazing the amount of things he wrote about in the sixties that are now everyday things.

    Kids under 40 may find this book and the movie to be a little slow and a little technical. That is only in parts. The story as a whole is a masterpiece.

    The book differs from the movie slightly and that is explained by Clarke in the introduction. A good look into the making of a movie and the writing of a book. To be honest I felt that the tension built by dealing with HAL was done better in the movie. I loved this, but I really liked (The City and The Stars )and (Rendezvous with Rama) better.

    I had not realized until this reading that Clarke was part of the group warning us about overpopulation, Pohl, Harrison, Asimov, and Silverberg among many. He talks about Americans having meatless days and about many countries having 2 child laws. If you are over 50, you may remember the hysteria about overpopulation and the dire predictions for the turn of the century. Things we need to think about as today's writers call us stupid for not freaking out over there warnings about the most popular predicted crises of today.

    Dick Hill is my favorite narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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