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Jason Brown

I have something like 216 books in my library at this time, I always mean to be more active but I go nowhere without a book in my earphones

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  • A Demon Bound: Imp, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Debra Dunbar
    • Narrated By Angela Rysk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

    Sharon says: "Can't Wait for the Next One!!!!"
    "well writen with a good flow"
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    What did you love best about A Demon Bound?

    I liked the way the author made you believe that this woman could be a demon without making her to violent or blood thirsty and at the same time made her more bloody thoughts seem innocent as if it was natural to kill a human for no good reason a difficult balance for sure yet well maintained


    What other book might you compare A Demon Bound to and why?

    possibly Rosemary and Rue. the story lines are different but it has that same magic feel and forbidden attraction to another without being a full blown romance novel or having the heroin seem super human, easy to relate to.


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

    I enjoyed the narrators voice it has that quite smoky edge that adds to the she demon idea of the book however I don't think her voice was suited to playing the male characters in the beginning. as the story progressed she grew on me but its still od to hear her say "fuck" or some other swear word she just sounds to nice.


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

    I am half way through book 2 as I write this so its hard to remember any one part but when ever she made a rash decision that should have ended with her death and somehow she managed to pull through (usually because some guy liked her and saved her) she never seemed to learn from it, it was entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    a good read not overly deep or serious yet fun and enjoyable I will be getting the rest as they come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1450)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Mitch says: "The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series"
    "great high school drama so so story line"
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    What did you love best about Vampire Academy?

    it really got you into the mind set of a high school student and the author actually tried to be accurate with many of the problems facing young adults


    What other book might you compare Vampire Academy to and why?

    I guess the twilight books and maybe harry hotter. much better written then twilight however and mainly because they all focus on high school children with super powers who have to deal with normal high school drama


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Wolf – was your favorite?

    I think rose was my favorite character but if asked in regards to who I liked listening to the most then Dimitri because of the accent she used while speaking for him


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

    there were quite a few things that got my emotions going but the thing that moved me the most was a negative. I am guessing that the author wants to relate to high school kids when she wrote this but I did not like the idea that anti depressants are the answer to Lissa's problems I know they work for some people but me and my doctor experimented with them for 3 years and the way they change your emotions just is not fair to a teen who has enough trouble with hormones and puberty. and putting that in a book will make kids reading it think that a pill might solve all of their problems when it really is more of a band aid (just my opinion on that)


    Any additional comments?

    I see that the next few books have different narrators which I really dislike but I think I enjoyed the book enough that I will get them anyway

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dare You To

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock - with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams - and his life - for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

    Katheryne says: "Country boy meets big city girl - worlds collide"
    "a classic tale told in a great new way"
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    What did you love best about Dare You To?

    this book is so far outside of what I normally read/listen to but I was in the mood for a sappy love story that had a happy ending. I picked this book because it was in the teen section and was more likely to end well. its an old story a girl/guy from the wrong side of the tracks falls in love with a member of high society, but it was told very well. I think the best part for me was how the author told the story from both of the lovers perspectives' and managed to bring them both to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beth, she managed to overcome so much adversity though out the book and even though she only did it because of the help of others she did do it, and looking at her mom in comparison it just proves that you have to want to change before you can.


    Have you listened to any of Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is a first for me with both of the narrators but I was impressed and thought they sounded good together, the only think that did not jive well was the voice difference they used for Beth's mother it was a small thing but it did stand out to me.


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

    yes, I normally don't say that in this section but I can say that I did not want to put this book down I even stayed up half the night listening to it knowing I had to work in the morning. I was riveted to the drama of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    again this is not the type of book I normally listen to or read but I think I just may revisit this author and get the other books in this series...the ones available on audible anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4091)
    Performance
    (2944)
    Story
    (2955)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "more dresden more stories the best."
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    Where does Side Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the top. its a book of short stories so any one of them isn't a match for a full book but Jim Butcher does it again bringing life to paranormal's favorite hero


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden of course how could it be any different


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

    James Marsters is by far the best narrator I have heard to date. and as always he brings life to Harry Dresden in a way no one else could


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

    as they were short stories I was able to listen to each story in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    keep them coming Jim Butcher please keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Satan's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Debra Dunbar
    • Narrated By Angela Rysk
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans...as long as she follows his rules. It's never easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially now that Sam's brother, Dar, has found himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries. It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple.

    Jason Brown says: "a good book that builds up the story"
    "a good book that builds up the story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I would. this book is a great continuation of the imp series the author has done a good job fleshing out the characters and the storyline is shaping up to be quite interesting I am interested to learn what new adventures our wayward demon gets into


    What other book might you compare Satan's Sword to and why?

    I think these books so far are most similar to the October daye novels. a slightly ditsy heroin with more powerful friends and enemies who still manages to fumble through although toby is more intelligent who knows the series is still young.


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

    she has a...idk smoky tone that helps convey a better mental picture plus I like hearing female lead books read by a female narrator. in the first book I thought she had trouble with the male voices but I was well pleased with how she did this book


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

    it did keep my attention but as it was more of a fun book for me and not quite so life or death serious I did not feel a compelling need to keep listening...but I did still finish it in under 2 days so it was enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    i see that there are several more in this series out on paper back i am looking forward to when thy come to audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passenger: A Surviving the Dead Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James N. Cook, Joshua Guess
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead. Two years later, he wakes up. Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected!"
    "it will grab and hold your attention"
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    What did you love best about The Passenger?

    I enjoyed the view of life from a dead man's eyes. it was well written one would think there is only so much to be said about what a zombie does with its time but the authors pulled it off nicely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    again I would have to go with the zombie the other characters were well written and narrated but it was the zombie that held my attention the most


    Which scene was your favorite?

    that would be a spoiler but it was when the zombie finally got what he wanted.


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

    no. it was a good book but for me it was really just a palate cleanser between bigger books I enjoyed it and will look up the authors for further work but it did not move me to tears. and its a zombie world there was not much to laugh at.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (484)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "not great, not even a palate cleanser, just bad."
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    Would you try another book from Mike Shepherd and/or Dina Pearlman?

    I am always willing to try again maybe a book written a few years down the line when he has had time to get his style nailed down as for the narrator she did not do to badly with what she had to work with.


    What was most disappointing about Mike Shepherd’s story?

    it lacked substance. I see most people bash the military discipline (it WAS bad) but I can forgive almost any deviation from realism as long as the book is well written, this one was not. granted I did just finish listening to skin game from Jim Butcher and narrated by James Marsters and few can hold a candle to that duo but I had intended to just clear the palate with a short book before going onto another 20-30 hour book...I couldn't even finish it. the concept of her being put in charge of a backwater that she had to whip into shape reminded me of a poorly written attempt to copy on basilisk station by David weber. maybe if I had read this one first I would have enjoyed it more.


    What three words best describe Dina Pearlman’s voice?

    child's book narrator. I cant really say anything bad about her voice but the inflection and tone she uses just sounds well suited to children's books to me.


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

    it wasn't really any one scene that ruined it for me, it was his writing style and ideas on how his military works. the views of the characters and reasons they do what they do just did not seem real to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to sound like an armchair expert by critiquing someone's work who is a far better writer then I will ever be, but I did not enjoy the book. I think it better suited to a younger crowd who wants excitement without any realism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (3935)
    Story
    (3915)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "books like these can change your view of the world"
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    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    on Buffy's level. I never watched the tv show because I did not want it to change the way I envisioned the books, but Dresden files is one of those series that develops a following. its impossible to listen to James Marsters giving voice to Jim butchers creation without being drawn into the world that our hero Harry calls home. I am not a religious man but these books really give you a feel for the difference between good and evil and redemption from it. it evoked more emotion then any tear jerker movie and was at the same time as funny as any comedy. it may never reach the heights of star trek simply because it was not based on a tv show and fewer people have the drive to read anymore but it is every bit as good as any of the classics and will stand the test of time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skin Game?

    I don't want to give any spoilers but watching butters grow into...something more, was inspiring to listen to.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden of course, James Marsters is quite talented writing comics, being a singer and a fantastic actor but he will always be known as spike and harry Dresden (my 2 favorite characters)


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

    I teared up several times throughout the book and Harry's child like insolence to his betters made me grin ear to ear on several occasions as well. i think it impossible to hear this work without being emotionally charged and inspired by it.


    Any additional comments?

    if you are new to the Dresden files please start at the beginning. and here's hoping with fingers and toes crossed that Jim Butcher will write many more novels and that James Marsters will narrate them. Harry just is not the same without his vocally emotional contributions.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1105)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "a unique spin on an often told story"
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    If you could sum up The Emperor's Blades in three words, what would they be?

    an enthralling tale. the whole idea of a parent dieing and leaving the children with a mess to clean up is not a new one but Brian Staveley did a fantastic job of adding his own flavor to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annick wins my vote. she was not a main character and in most of the book she was labeled as a possible villain, but there is something about her snipers aloofness that I rather enjoyed.


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

    Simon Vance has narrated quite a few books over the years and I do believe I have heard a few of them. I cant recall any title right off hand however but regardless he is a fantastic narrator giving each character a bit of personality that brings them that much more to life in the mind.


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

    the book was very well written and I did find myself reacting to what happened to the characters as they were introduced, insulted, or killed. I did get a bit misty eyed when one of the characters died, I wont spoil it with who though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Wolves: The Rage of Kings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Andy Remic
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain. Now, a new terror stalks the realm. Orlana the Changer has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody hunters, summoning mud-orcs from the slime and heading north to battle the mighty region of Vagandrak where, it's said, the King has gone insane.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very Bad Book"
    "this book highlighted the darkside of human nature"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, this book was very dark and gritty. the main characters were by all accounts evil men and woman bent on doing the right thing one last time. and I think everyone needs to read a book without a happy ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    it would have to be Nanok. he went through the most "horse shit" as he would say, and still managed to be the most noble member of the iron wolves. I would go so far as to say he wasn't even evil like the others just worn out by a hard life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the fight scene between Dek and Nanok. I don't think the fight itself was any better or worse then any other but the author built up to this one with the past that the two fighters shared.


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

    the book was really to long to make that feasible. but it did keep my attention the whole time.


    Any additional comments?

    the author spent the whole book working to a conclusion that took only 20 minutes. I was a little disappointed I know that there are supposed to be more books coming out so maybe the open questions he left hanging will be answered there. I don't know it just felt like he rushed the climax a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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