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James

Powderly, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 36 titles in library
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  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2951)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2757)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Good book"
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    What did you love best about Warbound?

    Really liked this series and loved Bronson Pinchot's narration. The only part I did not like was the ending. I'm not going to spoil anything, but would have prefered something in a little different direction. Having said that, this was a good book and a great listen!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11174)
    Performance
    (10140)
    Story
    (10162)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Excellent Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter did an amazing job with this book. Very cool story with a cool array of characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The author did a fantastic job of giving each character a moment of coolness and plenty of good scenes to go around.


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

    Scooby Doo and the gang with NO f'n scrappy!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and found the mystery part very entertaining. It's kind of en vogue to use Lovecraft and Clines does so without infringing on the originals. Old meets new, loved the style, cast of characters, and the humor.

    I can't say enough about Ray Porter in this book. He did an amazing job with each character. The story reminded me a little of John Dies at the End, in as far as the characters and how shit just happens, but they all just rolled with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Kimberly says: "Fans of Dresden Take Note"
    "Not bad, Not great, but worth the listen."
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    Would you listen to Fated again? Why?

    No, it's not that great. I will listen to the rest of the series, however, it was that good.


    Would you recommend Fated to your friends? Why or why not?

    Most of my friends don't listen to fantasy, unforturnately.


    Did Gildart Jackson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. I thought the book was pretty well written, but GJ fell short with different characters IMO. When it came to conveying emotion or surprise he was very flat. I think the main character required more intoned emotion with the fight scenes and while dealing with Luna. His female voices were very flat.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading all the reviews comparing this book to The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid characters is unfair to all the authors involved. All authors borrow and create, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Harry and Atticus are great characters with much better readers. Alex has that potential as a character, but I think a better comparison would be John Steed from the Avengers (British, not comic book). I will continue to listen to the rest of the series, I really do like the style of the author, and to be honest he has left a lot of room for other characters and the whole magical landscape has barely been touched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in Vegas, Dies in Vegas: Files of the BSI, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    After faking his own death, Kal Hakala is free of the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation and can finally focus his energy on destroying the monster that murdered his sister. With the help of trusted former teammates, he embarks on a quest to find an artifact to activate a magical Tesla Coil, the only device powerful enough to kill a legend. But wherever Kal goes, trouble isn't far behind. It's not easy to locate an artifact without alerting the BSI.

    David says: "Not as good as first but worth a listen."
    "Cool Book!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kal Hakala......but there are some other pretty cool characters


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

    I think he does an outstanding job. Perfect voice for the main character, very passable for the others. Most authors have difficulty switching characters without using the same phrases and semantics of the main characters. This does happen in, but can't blame the reader.


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

    Do you feel lucky, punk? Too damn bad!


    Any additional comments?

    This is fast becoming a favorite series for me. The main character is flawed like a good character should be, he battles internally as well as externally. This book took on new perspectives without losing the main character and most importantly, without straying away from the heart of the story. Kudos to Stone, he's creating a MHI type series with a Dresden persona main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead: From the Files of the BSI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    For 10 years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation's top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. The World At Large has no idea that The World Under exists. And its vampires, demons, zombies, and mythic monsters are growing increasingly restless. In all Kal's time with the Bureau, there has been no case he couldn't crack, no monster he couldn't kill. Then a plague of zombies comes to Denver, along with a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor.

    Qatarcutie says: "very, very enjoyable. a great listen"
    "Pretty Good Listen"
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    Would you listen to Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead again? Why?

    Maybe. I'll probably get throught the rest of the series first.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Really liked the backdrop to the story. Took a while for it to unfold, and not real sure about how it will all end, but it was unusual and interesting.


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

    Really enjoyed DA's performance. I thought he was perfect for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started out slow IMO, but after it picked up, I thought the author did a fantastic job of tying a pretty good story with really good characters all together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balance: The Divine Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By M.R. Forbes
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    My name is Landon Hamilton. Once upon a time I was a twenty-three year old security guard, trying to regain my life after spending a year in prison for stealing people's credit card numbers. Now, I'm dead. Okay, I was supposed to be dead. I got killed after all; but a funny thing happened after I had turned the mortal coil...

    Cliff says: "Nobody likes me.. Everybody hates me."
    "Better than most"
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    Would you listen to Balance again? Why?

    I will probably listen to more of the series, not sure I would go back and listen to this one again or not.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

    I really liked the narration in this book. I personally think Jeff Hays made the book better than it was, fantastic job by him.


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

    I was surprised at liking the book. Several of the angel books are utter crap and this one was pretty good. The ending was a little bit of a surprise, figured something was going to happen, but that was a nice twist.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the Dante parts are somewhat strange, in as far as the mythos is concerned. I like books when the good guys aren't all good and was pretty happy with how the character developed throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill City Blues: Sandman Slim, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (511)

    James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in L.A. But he also lost the Qomrama Om Ya, an all-powerful weapon from the banished older gods. Older gods who are returning and searching for their lost power. The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall - a global shopping paradise infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of retail wasteland.

    Cliff says: "Enter Sandman"
    "Hell Yes!"
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    If you could sum up Kill City Blues in three words, what would they be?

    Freakin' Awsomely Awesome


    What other book might you compare Kill City Blues to and why?

    Lots of Urban Fantasy out there, lots of angel stories, but there's nothing like the Sandman Slim series.


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

    Sometimes I pee a little, just a little!


    Any additional comments?

    Kadrey has kept the series alive (dead?) by staying true to who Stark is. It's his F...ed up world and I'm just glad I get to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (466)

    How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

    Christopher says: "Excellent World"
    "Dresden Files?!......NOT!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If you're gonna be Dresden, then you have to be funnier. If you're gonna be Sandman Slim, then you need more depravity. Steveson, man walk right side of road get squashed like grape. Man walk on left side of road get squashed like grape. Man walk in middle is OK.
    Mr. Miyagi's advice does not apply to characters in books. This story has a lot of good possibilities, but it's not getting anywhere fast. The mythos is sorta.... Okay?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve McHugh again?

    This was not a horrible book by any stretch. I think there is a good story in there and I will probably try the second in this series since I already have it, but that will be a make or break situation.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Someone said it best in a previous review, the narrator isn't bad, he's just too posh.


    Was Crimes Against Magic worth the listening time?

    Loves me some urban fantasy and this was, dare I say it again........Okay?!


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of potential in this story, the mythos could stand some work. The characters, especially the main character, needs more building and way less stereotypical male/female roles.......Me strong man, use big club, all women want. / I always fall for the bad boy types, will I ever say no to casual sex and find the right man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (995)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Sighs all around"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Pretty much the story line. Someone has watched a few too many Supernatural re-runs.
    With the exception of human mutilation, the angel story was a mere step beyond the Supernatural series angel mythology. If the lead angel could be any more Edward, only more boring - if that's even a possiblility - oh, wait it was!


    What could Susan Ee have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not enough characters and/or depth to the ones she had. I generally like this type of urban fantasy and I think there could be a good story in there somewhere, it was just so.....simple and predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Caitlin Davies – was your favorite?

    She definately struggled with some of the male voices, but over all I did enjoy her styling and was only able to get through the book because of her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Angelfall?

    The 1st through the last.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't get this book, and now I'm wishing I didn't. I kept thinking the story would develop and the characters would break down and become more. I have hope for the series, even though I personally won't be partaking in the new book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (2494)
    Story
    (2499)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Really Good Listen"
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    Would you listen to Skinwalker again? Why?

    No - I've got too many books to get through. I will definately start the rest of the series, though. I really enjoyed Khristine Hvam narration, she was outstanding.


    What other book might you compare Skinwalker to and why?

    There are quite a few modern day beast/magic personas out there. Maybe the Kitty Norville series, some things I like better in each, personally prefer Kitty, but that's just me and it's early in the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Took me 4-5 days, I just don't have the time to get it all in one sitting and I think I enjoy books more if it's not done in one sitting. This was a good book, but not that intense or spellbinding.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better books by a new (for me) author. I know this is sexist, but I have a hard time with some of the female authors in that there are only two types of male characters - the super hottie (always the mysterious vampire), which is most of the ones the lead character deals with or the middle aged overweight asshole. I know there has to be chemistry and/or romance which can really enhance a good story, but the author kept that really light, not forcing the issue in book one and I appreciate that. Way too many romance novels in the fantasy genre for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (1647)
    Story
    (1652)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Good, but not the best of the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have not read any of the MHI series, don't start here. The previous books were better and you will be lost if you start here. If you have read/listened to the others......well, you kind of have to get this one.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was ok, not any real surprises...sorry!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Frankenstien vs. Wolfman - that scene kicked major ass!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Took me 3 evenings to get it all in.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series, the narrator, and the author. This was however, my least favorite in the series. Franks is one of my least favorite characters in the books, so that played a big part in my Eh!? feelings toward this installment. It did tie in more of the plot leading toward the big Good vs. Evil showdown and I did "like" the book, just not as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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