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James

Powderly, KY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    gerry says: "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
    "Lots of mediocre (at best) stories"
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    Has Unfettered turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. There were a few bright spots, such as Shawn Speakman, for whom the book was put together.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a dissappointment for me personally. I'm a big fan of many of the authors, but there were sooooo many boooring stories. I hope Shawn was helped by sales for his condition, as his story was the best of the lot for me.

    1 of 2 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
    (2130)
    Performance
    (1950)
    Story
    (1952)

    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"
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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
    (2617)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2395)

    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
    (632)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    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"
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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
  • Daring: Pax Arcana, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar - keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind - who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile away...no knight except one.

    The Book Nympho says: "Another Great Listen"
    "It's not funny unless it's pun(y)"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really like the main character in this series. He's funny....very funny, clever, vulnerable, likes the action, has woman problems (like every man... sooner or later), and he's funny. The story is not bad, not great, but seems a little MHI esque. I think if I were reading instead of listening this would not have been nearly as good. The delivery by Roger Wayne is incredible, especially with the humor. Overall a pretty solid listen, I did laugh at quite a few different points in the story and will listen to the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Dead: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning.... Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion has a horrific vision.

    Darren says: "Good Sequel"
    "Great Listen"
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    What about Anthony Bowden’s performance did you like?

    Anthony does a perfect job with Jeremiah's character. He's pretty strong with other characters, but has the lead nailed to perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the story a 4, but that's being generous. I like how the author jumped around some with the characters, but the main story lines crossed without ever being really affected by one another. It was Jeremiah on a quest because his lady witch friend said so, meet some spooky characters, deal with death on another plane, and oh by the way, the FBI is trying to get you. All of this and it was all kinda.....casual. I really enjoy the story and all the characters, especially listening to Anthony as Jeremiah. The author writes good characters and that really keeps me listening and wanting more, actually thought there could have been more to the story's other-world side.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (566)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    Michael says: "Correia and Pinchot Hit A Grand Slam"
    "Straight to the action!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tokyo Raider the most enjoyable?

    Bronson does a fantastic job as usual. Very cool short story with tons of Correia's cool world action.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chicago, The Windigo City: Files of the BSI, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Kal Hakala is the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s best agent, but even he needs a break after his last case, which brought him a hair’s breadth from death and killed the fiancée of his best friend, a Mescalero Apache agent named Canton Asate. Kal’s temporary desk-job is nothing less than leadership of the entire BSI. Now it is on his head to assemble teams of agents to fight the latest Supernatural incursions and man up if they fail.

    Cliff says: "Cool book, but mainly one big flashback scene"
    "More of a novella"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was much shorter than several other BSI books. It is another very good story focused more on Cantan and Jeanie, mixed with a windigo problem in Chi-town. Another great performance by DA coupled with a cool story, just wish there could have been a little more to it, was kinda short. Eagerly waiting for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Errand: Tawny Man, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (682)

    For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

    Holly Helscher says: "Hobb is Golden"
    "Amazing Story"
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    Where does Fool's Errand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my 1st Hobb book, and it is very different than most of the audiobooks I listen to. At first I kept waiting for the adventure to start, but was very intrigued by the characters and the way in which Langton told the story. About mid way through the book, which is around 25 hours BTW, I could not put it down. Although this is clearly fantasy, Hobbs reminds me more of a Steinbeck type writer. The story and characters are so compelling you can't put it down. If you're looking for tons of action and snarky characters, this book is not for you.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Revenge of Seven: Lorien Legacies, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Almarie Guerra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (360)

    The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth about our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy. We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

    Teddy says: "It's not done?"
    "The kids are growing up"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was another good installment for the series. As a stand alone book, it's not the best by any stretch of the imagination. The narrators do a fantastic job and IMHO make the series better by a mile. The story is coming along nicely, although, I think it's the weak point as the series goes on. Characters are fine, growing up and all, but the story line itself is not exactly mind blowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1814)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Reads like a movie script"
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    The story is not wholly unoriginal and on the surface sounds interesting, but alas, the story jumps around and takes the long road in story telling.


    What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?

    I think Riddle wrote this with the idea he was gonna get a movie deal.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Bel Davies?

    He did fine, hard to judge since I didn't like the book all that much.


    Could you see The Atlantis Gene being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think that's the authors intention all along.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a wholly bad book, but it doesn't have characters with depth or anyone to care enough about. Pretty generic book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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