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Since you can get these five books for one credit, go ahead and get it, instead of one book at a time. Believe me if you buy the first book, you are going to want the second and if you buy the second, etc. Since this is five books I will go over each, in case you buy one at a time. I will try an be brief. I mean if if takes you as long to read the review as the book, why not just get the book.
1, The Sword and The Stone (1938). This is the best of the five and is mostly a fantasy. Wart/Arthur is turned into several animals to learn about life. There is also an interesting part on boar hunting. Did you know on a boar spear there is a cross piece to keep the animal from running up the spear to get to you.
2.The Witch In the Wood (1939) This is shorter, darker and not as funny, nor as good as the book before and after, but necessary as it explains the origin of the Round Table.
3. The Ill-Made Knight (1940) This is all about Lancelot. You really get to know his character, matter of fact there is more character building in this book then the others. This is the longest of the books and actually goes on about three hours longer then it should have. Did you know that Lancelot was extremely ugly? This is one of the reasons he became such a great Knight. It is such a big part of his character I can't believe so many movies chose to make him some stupid Handsome Hunk. He is a lot more complicated as an Ugly Man. You are introduced to the tragic character Elaine, who starts out as a trickster, but who you end up feeling strongly sorry for. Guinvere turns out to be one horny queen.
4. The Candle in The Wind (1958) Does Might Mean Right is the common theme in all these books. It is especially in this one and the book has several long speeches. I myself as a child never understood why John Wayne won ever fight he was in. Until True Grit, John Wayne strongly believed he should never be killed in a movie. Heroes don't die and never lose fights. King Arthur's mother dies at the age of 70, in bed with a young man she seduced. In the original "Once and Future King" this was the last book, as it should have stayed.
5.The Book of Merlyn (1977) This was published after T.H. White's death. He wanted it in the original (Once and Future King), but the editor would not allow it. That was one smart editor. This book brought the whole series down from Five stars to Four. This book has no plot and is 97% anti-war speeches. There is a part where the King is turned into a ant and then into a goose. Those parts and the end which explains what finally happens to everybody are the only good parts to the book. This is mostly a debate where White argues both sides. I also am aniti-war, but no explanation is given about what to do about people like Hitler. White seems to say let him keep murdering Jews.
All in all this is very well written, is very entertaining and if you are a fan of the Legend of Arthur, then it is a must read.
The narrator is excellent.
LAST GOOD THING SOCIETY DID TOGETHER, WAS KILL HITLER
Missed the fifth star by that much. The way this started I did not think I would finish it. In the first hour we find out that Ellis Rose has a terminal illness and that his boy committed suicide, that his wife blames him for the suicide (as well as himself) and that his wife has an affair with his best friend since high school. Not a good start for me, I don't care for depressing self pity type books. It picks up when he travels to the future Ola, H.G. Wells. Then we have a major improbability, in which the whole story relies on. This situation is solved fairly quickly, which must have been the short story this is based on. Then I thought we were just going to explore the marvels of the future. A very interesting future, but not worth a book.
ELLIS WASN'T A COP AND HE DIDN'T SERVE IN THE MILITARY, BUT HE WAS FROM DETROIT.
About chapter 8, the whole story gets better. We now actually have a story and we have grey areas. You think at first, you know where you stand, but Sullivan throws some things at you, that make you think, hmmm, who is right? It seems that Utopia is not as great as it seems. Although I agree with removing the Y chromosome.
YOU WANT TO USE YOUR INDOOR VOICE, MR BUNKER.
The second half of the book makes the book worth getting, at least to me. The relationship between Ellis and Pax is worth it. It is a little strange, a lot touchy feelie and maybe a little gay? You have to listen to know what I am talking about. This is a long way from Riyria, so don't expect that.
THE VOICE WAS SERENE, GENTLE.
Country Time Lemonade (Not Really) spokesman Davis was probably the right pick for this, as his serene gentle voice was probably the mood Sullivan wanted. Davis does accents, but not voices, so if you don't pay attention, you can get confused on who is talking. Warren, Ellis and Geo 1 and 3 all sound the same.
ONE SECOND OF TRUE LOVE IS WORTH FIVE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
GM knows how to build suspense. It can be the suspense of horror or sexual suspense. The very first chapter is kind of long, but it builds tension you could cut with a knife. One of the best beginnings to any book I have read. The climax is not disappointing. The story is good. I tried to read Oscar Wilde's, Picture of Dorian Gray, but could not get through it. I listened to all sixteen hours of this. The length did keep it from getting five stars and the séance crap was not something that interested me. I will read more of GM in the future if it is 12 hours or less.
This is extremely good. A know that Military Science Fiction Fans will love this. I am not a Military Science Fiction Fan, but I am a Smart Science Fan. Heppner uses his head to figure his way out of what seems an impossible situation. A group of Space Marines spend two years in space to track down and kill these Cyborgs who are superior to them in every way. It takes cunning and lots of smarts. A love the science in this and I love that it takes place in the Oort cloud.
As I have mentioned before, Heppner like Larson does not write literature, but they write about things we want to know about. They are always interesting.
Mark Boyett does a great job, which makes the listening better then the reading, although if I find the hard copy I will buy it for my collection.
I felt this was a very creepy story. It was an child abduction story with a few twists. This could have easily been extended into a full length novel. I kind of wish it was. It is not so much scary as creepy. Without giving anything away I like the use of appliances in this.
The narrator did read fairly rapidly and I am not sure it was suppose to be or not. I gave him five stars, but would like to hear it again with the suspense more drawn out.
IT'S EASY TO FLATTER A GIRL WHEN THERE'S A STORM COMING
Before I jump on to this with both feet, let me tell you what I liked about it. LET'S MAKE SOME DUST. The lead character is a woman. She is a smart and tough and has to put up with a lot of crap, being a female deputy marshal. She takes her job seriously. In the right hands I can easily see how this character could make for a great western series. She is not perfect or some super hero, she does make mistakes.
SHE HATED ME FROM THE GIDDY UP
Like in most bad westerns, most things seem to fall into the laps of the main characters. Liberty is left for dead in the desert by the bad guys. Just before she dies a young girl appears and saves her life. This young girl just happens to be the sister of the bad guys and she just happens to hate them and wants them killed for killing her dad. She ends up being the soul reasons the bad guys get caught, cause she knows all of their hide outs and what they are going to do and when they are going to do it. Westerns and old Sci-Fi seem to suffer from this bad writing, turning people off on the genre and making them turn to other books. A big shame, since when written well, these books can be so entertaining and you can learn from them. In one scene this woman holds a shotgun in each hand on a fellow. Has this writer ever held a shotgun? Holding one usually takes two hands for the biggest ruffian. I will not be reading anymore books by Steve Hayes or David Whitehead.
WHO GAVE YOU THE REINS?
To make matters worse, the narrator is awful. You want to make sure and listen to the sample. I will listen to this narrator again, WHEN THE FIRES OF HELL BURN OUT.
I got interested in Heppner, because of the Invasion series. I have read the first two books in that series and will continue on with it. I believe Heppner and B.V. Larson to be very similar writers. They are not the best writers in the world, will not win any awards, but they come up with the more interesting story concepts. They write about things, we think we would like to know What If? about.
This is more Fantasy then Sci Fi. Involves a lot of telepathy. I knew there would be some, but did not realize it would be so much a heavy part of the plot. I got half way through it, but could not get myself to want to listen.
If you like telepathy books you may like this.
WE DON'T MAKE LOVE, NEVER HAVE, WE F
Matt Shaw is a sick bastard, every character in the story is a sick bastard and now I am a sick bastard for listening to this. I listen to hundreds of books a year and a lot of horror books, this is not horror. This is out and out, sick and gory. I found very little that was scary, a lot of incest, lots of descriptive cannibalism, but no scary. This story actuals ends up fairly cliché.
Here is the first ten minutes: We open with a twenty something boy who is screwing his sister from behind, he turns her over and starts hammering her hard. This is not enough, so he starts choking her. Mom pops her head in the room, smiles and makes some commit about the boy doing some of the things she taught him, and that dinner is ready. They go downstairs. A woman is naked, gaged and tied to the dinner table. She is still alive. She tries to scream, but she is gaged. Dad starts carving pieces off of her and putting the pieces on the family's dinner plates. They start eating the woman and she is watching them do so, when she is not passed out. This is only one of the many brutal scenes. This is only one of the sex scenes.
You can call me a prude if you want. I love J.A. Konrath (Kilborn) who has lots of blood and gore and torture. I like Tufo's Timothy. This just made me want to take a bath after I was done. I did not enjoy it. Part of the problem was the whinny main character. I believe Shaw was trying to make it look like he had a conscious, yet he is the first to chop someone's head off. He reluctantly gives in to the sexual demands of his sister and mother. He runs away from home about three times. He constantly questions himself and contemplates suicide. The running away and anguish is the main part of the story and it always leads to him screwing, killing and eating the dead. I think this would have been better if the main character would have been evil or good, but not whinny. There is kind of a twist at the end, but it is pretty cliché.
The evidently takes place in Scotland as the narrator has a strong accent. It takes a while to get used to this accent. Some words just get lost. Several times it sounded like he was saying cheese and much later I figured out he was saying trees. There are several more of these.
One thing is for sure, it may be a long time before I eat ham again. It seems people taste much like Ham. Now excuse me, I need to go take a long shower.
The old west and Zombies. Sounds like a good unique take on the Zombie books. Had it been well written, it would probably be so, had it been average narrated maybe. Neither happened. I don't know how you make Zombies boring, but Brant discovered a way.
The narrator does good voices and characters, but his narration is awful. He pronounces each word with lots of emphasis. There is more narration, then conversation, so this gets real annoying. I hope Martinez did not quit his 3rd grade teaching job. There is lots of blood and gore, but he reads it like a first grade learner.
You want to take a pass on this.
JUST BECAUSE YOU CALL SOMETHING, SOMETHING, DOESN'T MAKE IT, IT.
If you like John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, then you will love this. During the first hour, I thought this is cute, but it is going to grow old. Over nine hours later, I am still laughing. As the story grows, it gets funnier and more interesting. If you are driving be careful, you may miss your exit, it is that engaging.
TECHNICALLY I AM OLDER THEN YOU, I WAS JUST BORN LATER
I am 56 and barely understand computers, so this was not aimed at me, but I loved it anyway. It was a fun light book, with plenty of surprises. After a while some of the jokes become predictable, but they are still funny. There is a little Connecticut Yankee in here, an updated version. This has time travel, wizards, Lord of the Rings, orcs, etc...
SILENCE SO THICK, YOU COULD LEAN ON IT.
I can not say enough about Luke Daniels. His performance is above and beyond. This would be a great book to read, but I believe that Daniels makes it so much more. Don't miss out on this experience.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ME EAT ANY OF THAT STEW?
I will be getting the sequels.
250,000 ACRES OF UNEXPLORED JUNGLE
Remember the old black and white movies they would show on Saturday afternoon. Movies like the Creature of the Black Lagoon. This first episode is a movie like that, only on steroids. I might be a 56 year old man with the heart of an eleven year old boy, but I love this type of book. Also reminds me of Amazonia by James Rollins. An Indiana Jones type runs out of the jungle with a live specimen of the first bird. He brings it back to the United States. Then his skin starts falling off, for he brought back more then the bird.
I read the reviews, so I was warned. The is not book one, this is an episode and it ends with a cliff hanger. Almost no issues have been resolved when this episode ends. I would have rather it had been a full book with sequels, but I knew what I was getting into and I will be getting episode 2.
INSECTS DON'T KNOW FEAR
This is good because of the story. The writing is not above average and the characters mostly suck. I thought he over did it with the Macho Man thing on two of the characters and I did not understand the rudeness of the FBI agent in the beginning. The story is always entertaining and it took me back to lazy Saturday afternoons, when I was Eleven. Probably the best time of life for most boys. The creatures are scary, such as the snake that swallows a man whole. A lot happens in this episode and it ends just when they get to the Lost Island scene (Conan Doyle).
Narrator does a great job.
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