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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

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Long After Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (132)

    Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

    Iola says: "Another Bradbury Worth Listening To"
    "Mars, Childhood, good ole days, and a No No"
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    Read much of Bradbury and you learn two things about him. He would like to go to Mars and he would like to be twelve forever.

    These stories were written before 1944, which makes it seem funny to us that he writes about how much better things were in the good old days. This is a theme he uses often. Times were better when the roads were made of dirt. The stories are dated. What he writes or the way he writes could not be done today. Several of the stories talk about his love for his male friends, to the point that today it would sound very gay (not that their is anything wrong with that), but I am pretty sure at the time he did not think it gay. One story is about a 14 year old boy who falls in love with a 24 year old teacher and she falls in love with him. Recent news stories remind us that, that is not legal today. I felt a little uncomfortable listening to that one. Writers are mentioned often in these stories. George Bernard Shaw is the main character in one, Thomas Wolfe in another and Hemingway thru a parrot in another.

    Of the 22 stories I would give six of them five stars, my two favorites would be The Burning Man and A piece of Wood. There are five stories at the four star level and then the rest are three or less. Darling Adolf is long and boring. The Burning Man is scary and even talks about genetics. None of the others are scary.

    Narrator was good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion: Skin Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1573)

    As the new story begins, Leeds and his "aspects" are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there's a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous.

    B. says: "A Pleasure"
    "ASK HIM ABOUT THE ZOMBIES"
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    SARCASM WAS KIND OF HER NATIVE TONGUE.
    This is listed as story 2, yet does more to explain the main character and why he is the way he is, then the first story. Don't hesitate to get this for free. Their is one line in the book that refers back to story one and it is just a passing remark. Having said that, I liked story one better. I am not that big into sleuthing and that is what this series is about. The concept of creating imaginary characters who interact to help solve mysteries is unique and done well. This should be enjoyed by both Sci-Fi fans and Mystery/Detective fans. This story had a slower start to it then the first story, which is why I enjoyed story one better.

    I HATE ZOMBIES
    There is a theory that William Shakespeare was not one man. That one man could not have the wide range of knowledge that is covered in Shakespeare's work. Sort of like today's Jack Campbell, in which several writers write under that name. Some day in the future the same may be said about Brandon Sanderson. His work is wide and varied, yet usually of high standard. This series reminded me a lot of Robert J. Sawyer. Sawyer is probably kicking himself that he did not come up with this idea.

    Wyman has been around for awhile and does good work. I did think for this story he read very slow, really dragging it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (891)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

    Kindle Customer says: "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"
    "HE DID NOT KNOW EVERY WEREWOLF IN CHICAGO"
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    This is listed as a romance, yet? This was probably the most smartly written werewolf book I have ever read. Briggs understands wolves/dogs. Included in the story are the smells, sounds, and noticeable body movements of a canine. Anybody who owns a dog, knows that a dog's world consists of these three things even more keenly then eyesight. My dogs know my body language and pay more attention to it then any human. This is obvious in Briggs writing. I did not see this so much as a romance, although I believe it becomes more so in the series. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unstrung: An Unwind Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman, Michelle Knowlden
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (107)
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    (107)

    How did Lev Calder move from an unwillingly escaped Tithe to a clapper? In this revealing short story, Neal Shusterman opens a window on Lev’s adventures between the time he left CyFi and showed up at the Graveyard. Pulling elements from Neal Shusterman’s critically acclaimed Unwind and giving hints about what is to come in the riveting sequel, UnWholly, this short story is not to be missed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "WE LEARN DEEPLY"
    "WE LEARN DEEPLY"
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    PARTS PIRATES
    Not sure this answered any questions? If you are a huge Un Fan, you will want to listen. If you are just a warm fan, it will not be that interesting. Book one is great, everyone should read that. I have not read book Two yet, but I will. Lev spends time with some Indians, sorry Native Americans, sorry Chance People and he is treated well, But and it is a big But.

    CHANCE PEOPLE
    The newness of the whole Un, may be wearing off on me and I found the Chance People with their stilted talk and different beliefs, just a bit boring. Not that their is anything wrong with believing in Animal Spirits and transplanting animal hearts into humans is not any more unbelievable then being Un, I just could not get into it. I might be too old?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (530)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD"
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    NEVER TRUST A MAN WHO WON'T HAVE A BEER WITH YOU
    I very much enjoyed this book. The miles went by very quickly as I listened. It is not great literature, the story ain't that complicated and there are not a whole lot of twists or turns. It was the characters that made this book. Every character in this book is that, a character, not your everyday Tom, Dick and Harry. Often they make you laugh. This was written in 2012, but it takes place in 1990 and has men with mullets, bag phones, etc.

    THE EARLY BIRD GETS BREAKFAST, BUT IT'S A ROUGH DAY FOR THE WORM
    This is about how the other half lives, no not that half, the underground half, the off the grid half. Some may have trouble with what these people do for a living. These are criminals, but they are criminals with morals. There are certain things they won't do and they police there own. I don't agree with how they live and I would never live such a life, but it was fun watching them do it. Fun is the best way to describe this book. So, put your BEER GOGGLES on and have fun.

    I don't think I have ever heard this narrator before, but he was great. Alexander Cendese, I must remember that name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (399)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "Ditto, Flavius"
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    If it was true, it would be scary. It is written as if it is true, yet you know it is not. I have read plenty of made up stories that were scary, see: J.A. Konrath, Stephen King, Blake Crouch or Dean Koontz.
    How many times do you have to find your wife floating out the window before you leave the house? For this guy it was more then once. It was very convenient that no one had to go work. Are all priests this big of a coward? What kind of parent subjects their three kids to this for so long?

    You want scary seek out the authors listed above.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (4764)
    Performance
    (4181)
    Story
    (4220)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Snoozzer"
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    This is not seven connected stories, it is seven chapters. It was also quite the snoozer. It may be free, but it is a waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (2278)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2088)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "American History"
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    The main reason to read this is for the American History. This gives a good look at what life was like for Teachers in early America. The horror itself is not so much, more of a fun prank that scared our main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Cockroaches and Rats: A Digsuting Adult Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Steve Campen
    • Narrated By Steve Campen
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A Brief History of Cockroaches and Rats is a brief but hilarious look at the history of those crawling, scuttling pests that everyone loves to hate. Cockroaches date back to the time of the dinosaurs and they have evolved over the years to be able to survive without air for more than forty-five minutes! Rats, unlike cockroaches who like toenails and eyelashes, like to eat their own poo.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Yuck!!"
    "Yuck!!"
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    I have always been amazed by rats and insects and the more I learn the more amazed I am. I believe I had heard most of this before, but it was cool to hear it again. Roaches are almost indestructible. If you are into gross stuff, then this is for you.

    My only complaint was occasionally they would go to Professor So and So and he would speak in a heavy fake accent. They did this to add variety, but I could rarely tell what he was saying. This makes up only a small portion of the narration. This is also very much adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Box: Romance For Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Icefloe Jackson
    • Narrated By Serena Scott Thomas
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Realizing that the end-of-the-world can only be averted by Icefloe's superior sexual prowess, President Obama calls on him to use his penis to save us all. This carnal mission will take Icefloe from The Hot Nuns of Assisi (hidden beneath the Vatican by the Pope) to The Nazi Babes of the SS in their terrible lair on Fuhrer Island. Sick, twisted, and profane, Jack Icefloe Jackson is America's newest hero, and Romance for Men: Pandora's Box is its most hilarious new book!

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Get past the first hour."
    "Get past the first hour."
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    This starts out pretty silly and I was sure I would not finish the book, but I wanted to give it at least an hour. Once I got to chapter 16 and past the introduction and the wife and her sisters, then the book got tight and interesting. Then the story started and all the silliness became witty, lots of fun and I loved it. Anyone that is offended by foul language will not enjoy one minute of this. At first it may seem pointless, but once you see what Jackson must go through to win over Pandora, well, it turns out to be a Romance.

    I also enjoyed the wicked witch, as a shoe salesman. I hope there are sequels and that she is in them. This is a good stand alone work, but is also set up for continued adventures. I want this to get popular so this YA author will write more for the adult world. I will also listen to his YA novel that is offered at audible, as he is a good writer.

    I was not a fan of Go To F A Sleep, but fans of that should love this book.

    It sort of reminded me of that WIZARD STORY with the witches, scarecrows, tin man, lion, etc...

    At first I thought a female narrator was the wrong gender, but she does a great job and at the end of the story proves why she was chosen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bethany's Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Bethany's Sin is a tiny, picturesque village in rural Pennsylvania. Its tree-lined streets, beautiful houses, and manicured exteriors offer - or appear to offer - both peace and a place of refuge. Evan Reid, a man haunted by his memories of the Vietnam War and by a history of viscerally disturbing dreams, comes to the village with his wife and daughter, hoping to make a fresh start after a series of discouraging setbacks. At first, all goes as planned.

    Kim Venatries says: "All New Meaning to Battle of the Sexes!"
    "IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO TALK, PERHAPS YOU WISH TO"
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    SCREAM.
    I am following a person who gave this five stars. I will have to disagree slightly. It was probably very good 30 years ago, but compared to today it is a little slow and a little talky. I liked it and listen to the whole thing. It is different and I stayed with it to find out what was going on. This involves a sort of werewolf, amazon clan? It is a scary town for men to live in.
    One of the main characters, Kay, is not very empathic to her veteran husband. I did not care for her at all.

    A little less talk, more building of suspense, less evil eye crap, and this would have made five stars.

    Ray Porter is one of the coolest narrators out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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