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James

Powderly, KY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (333)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    colleen says: "Cute-almost funny"
    "The anti-hero in vampire form!"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For me the best aspect of the story is the twist on the lore. The least interesting aspect is the way Bill kinda BS's his way through much of the story.


    What about Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance did you like?

    Great Job!


    If you could take any character from Bill the Vampire out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None, as I would probably be on the menu.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun book. Not the best new vampire story, Bill is too mediocre in personality, but better than most the romance novels disquised as fantasy out now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellenic Immortal: The Immortal Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Doucette
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    An oracle has predicted the sojourner's end, which is a problem for Adam insofar as he has never encountered an oracular prediction that didn't come true . . . and he is the sojourner. To survive, he's going to have to figure out what a beautiful ex-government analyst, an eco-terrorist, a rogue FBI agent, and the world's oldest religious cult all want with him, and fast. And all he wanted when he came to Vegas was to forget about a girl. And maybe have a drink or two.

    James says: "Good 2nd Book"
    "Good 2nd Book"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a better book than the first IMO. Better pace, more action, better story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (5642)
    Performance
    (3978)
    Story
    (4013)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "An Amazing Adventure"
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    Would you listen to The Alchemist again? Why?

    Yes. This is a very profound story.


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice that resonates inside your brain.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story. It's a blend of ideas that have been around for eons, but is told in such a way, it seems new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1572)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Uniquely Good"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very long (over 23 hours) epic piece of fantasy. The story is a good blend of several different stories blending together. Oliver Wyman does a superb job with all the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (500)

    When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled - and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The Druid order is threatened.

    Paul says: "Call It A Comeback!"
    "Well told fantasy"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Rosalyn Landor is absolutely spectacular as a narrator. The story is a good, well written piece of fantasy, not any new ground, but good all the same. This was an enjoyable listen and again, Rosalyn Landor was the star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Men's Boots: Felix Castor Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (333)

    Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.

    Cliff says: "Another great book."
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This has become one of my favorite series. This is a fantastic installment. Castor just keeps rolling and the dry humor is phenomenal. If you're a fan of urban fantasy, this series is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gene Doucette
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century, Adam confronts new dangers-someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide. Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink. An artful blending of a first-person confessional, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, and humor, Immortal introduces a world with vampires, demons and other “magical” creatures, yet a world without actual magic.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great"
    "Strange beginning"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Immortal in three words, what would they be?

    Slowly - Good - Better


    What about Jeff Steitzer’s performance did you like?

    Jeff does a phenomenal job- really keep me in the book, especially the beginning, which is not so great.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took a while to get going. The beginning is a drunk guy wandering around nonchalantly. It's not until at least a fourth of the way, the story finally picks up. The main character is difficult to take seriously through a lot of the story and this is unusual. He is funny for the most part, though. Not a great book for sure, but good enough I will listen to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watcher of the Dark: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself. But now Hunt is back and on the run in Watcher of the Dark. But when he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to Los Angeles, city of angels, a temporary sanctuary.

    James says: "Another good installment"
    "Another good installment"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Anthony Bowden does a fantastic job narrating this installment of Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle. The story is not great, it's a good story with what I would call an interlude in L.A. Jeremiah is developing and becoming something of an anti-hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4722)
    Performance
    (4238)
    Story
    (4234)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Spooky"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

    The story was just weird enough, strange enough, different enough, and spooky enough to make for a very entertaining book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very unique take on zombies and the zombie apocalypse, told from several different participant perspectives. Way cool story with great narrration(with a name like Finty how could it not be!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (3109)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2840)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "Somebody likes hotdogs! SPOILERS BELOW!!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a pretty good short story. I listened to this mainly to get a feel for the series, like whether I wanted to start listening.... or not. I really think I could have enjoyed this more if the super bad guy wasn't so easy to beat. I mean really, you sing bad songs and he goes sploosh! I liked the characters, but the story left me really undecided.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (410)

    Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor.

    Cather says: "A worthy sequel"
    "If you liked the first, you will like the second"
    Overall
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    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Michael Kramer does a fantastic job. He is soooo gooood with subtle nuances and inflection. His voice carries emotion and feeling without drastic changes in tone.


    Any additional comments?

    The 2nd installment rolls right along where the first left off. Good story, great characters, and a phenomenal narrator. I'm really curious where this series leads, the next book should be a pivotal point in the story, creating stages for an uber supernatural showdown of sorts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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