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James

Live naked, eat anything, feel no shame and kill monsters.

Little Rock, AR | Member Since 2011

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  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "Not too bad at all."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed this book almost as much as ALVH. I would have said, as much, but right at the end it seemed that the author got in a hurry and rushed the ending. But, overall it was well worth the time and money.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unholy Night?

    I would have said that it was the Zombie attack, but the action seemed to be abbreviated. Almost as if, like the ending, the story was over edited or rushed to an ending.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not your Mother's nativity story!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good yarn.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Amazon Customer says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "EveryFlavorBean that didn't taste like earwax."
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    What made the experience of listening to Seraphina the most enjoyable?

    I did not get bored and the story was not foolishly predictable. Searching for a new author and new book is like eating everyflavorbeans, sometimes you get something good but alot of times you get earwax. This story was hot chocolate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seraphina?

    The battle between Phina's uncle and grandfather. Fruitbat was like a little half dragon Ninja.


    Have you listened to any of Mandy Williams and Justine Eyre ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Practice Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds - alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own - with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.

    James says: "My favorite Brin novel. Glad it's now in audio."
    "My favorite Brin novel. Glad it's now in audio."
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    Would you listen to The Practice Effect again? Why?

    Absolutely! 20 years ago I discovered an amazing new world in the Uplift novels and like an unsupervised child with a bag of halloween candy, I devoured them. Over the next couple of years I read all of Brin's novels and The Practice Effect is my favorite with Startide Rising coming in a close second. I am very happy that this book finally came out in audio and pleased that the narration was good and did not distract from what I consider an amazing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The practice effect!


    What about Andy Caploe’s performance did you like?

    The narration did not distract from the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed Dennis's Wright Brothers moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I am disappointed that the only Brin novel that ever made it to film was the Postman. The Postman movie/screenplay was an unmitigated disaster and I would have loved to have seen The Uplift War or Startide Rising made into a GOOD film.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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