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Jason

I'm a big fan of si-fi, but I'm finding that a love for mysteries budding up in me. I also like a lot of nonfiction.

Amarillo, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 299 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • Dracula

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Marc Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!

    Darwin8u says: "Captures Anxieties/Stresses of Proto-modernist Age"
    "Unique writing style"
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    Dracula was written in a rather unique style. It is actually a series of journal entries and letters. I found it weird at first, but later I got to like. It allows the author to present the story from different point of view and make it clear from what point of view it is from. It also encouraged me to keep up my journal. (Nothing about vampires in mine though.) It is also great to see where all the popular views of vampires comes from. I was a little disappointed about the climax. Dracula just laid there, and he didn't seem like he was the enemy, just a target. I still recommend it to any one who is into vampires. It is what set the standard.

    The performance by Marc Nelson was not very accurate. I like to read along in a lot of my books, as I did on this one, and for that reason he made a lot of mistakes. I know that a most readers make mistakes, but not anywhere near as many as this one did. In fact he skipped over entire lines in his reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Jason says: "All Stars"
    "All Stars"
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    The all star cast makes all the difference. Good actors make great performances in a narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4654)
    Performance
    (4227)
    Story
    (4240)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "A different point of view."
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    This story is of an adventure from Harborger's view. It lets us know that not all the stories are about Pitt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: House of Night Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (855)

    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx.

    Tizroc says: "Warning, *Young adult*"
    "More witch than vampire."
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    The House of Night series was written by a teenage girl (and her mother) for teenage girls. If I were a teenage girl, I would like it better, however; if I were a parent of a teenage girl, I would probably hate it.

    An extra note. Although it is technically a vampire story, the pagan style of magic would appeal more to those who like witches than those who like vampires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayed: House of Night Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (655)

    Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs-like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night.

    A User says: "Great Series"
    "Ment for the girls."
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    The House of Night series was written by a teenage girl (and her mother) for teenage girls. If I were a teenage girl, I would like it better, however; if I were a parent of a teenage girl, I would probably hate it. An extra note. Although it is technically a vampire story, the pagan style of magic would appeal more to those who like witches than those who like vampires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7024)
    Performance
    (4228)
    Story
    (4256)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Starting in Traps"
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    In this book all three of our young start off all feeling trapped in one way or the other, and this gives them bad attitudes towards the Aes Sedai and, in turn, the parts they play in the pattern. They all get separated and take their own roads through the story. All the fighting and refusing of these parts they play make a lot of conflict. This brings out changes in the characters and they start growing up real quick.

    In this book the the charters split up making multiple plot lines. These plot lines tend to get more complicated in later books, making the story hard to follow at times, but it also adds dimension to the story. If you like seeing pieces of a story fall in place, then you'll like this whole series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9998)
    Performance
    (6004)
    Story
    (6048)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Better than typical."
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    This book is the beginning of a very long series called the "The Wheel of Time", and it has become one to the greatest collections of fantasy books in the world. I've heard it being compared to "Lord of the Rings" time and time again, and with good reason. These books are at the same level. "The Eye of the World" start out as a lot of typical books. That being, a mentor goes into a small town, go-no-where town and takes one of the boys there and basically says, "If you go with me, you will save the world." In this book; however, there are three boys, albeit, Rand Al'thor is more so than the other two. There is also the possibility that the world will be destroyed in stead of saved. In addition, there is no love between the mentor and the three boys like there would normally be in other stories. Two of the women also get caught up in the stories from the very beginning and they also become very important parts of the salvation/destruction of the world. Before the end of the book, all three boys end up being cursed in some form or fashion that actually helps them in their individual parts in later books. There are a lot of things that don't make scene in the story, but those things become clearer in later novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (974)

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "The perfect flaws"
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    I once heard is said that the best characters are the ones with flaws. Sherlock Holmes is one of the best examples of that. He is eccentric. He is so obsessed with facts and practicality that he seem heartless. Ironically he is willing to go above and beyond for people who are more deserving of he services. Even to the point that he will of letting the criminal go free if the crime was, at least in Sherlocke's opinion, justifiable. He is also a bit egotistical, but is willing to set his ego aside and admit he was wrong at times. Worst of all, he is constantly criticizing Watson for his lack of deduction as well as other issues, but Watson is the only person Sherlock Holmes ever loved. For those of you who believe relationships are important in a story , the relationship between Holmes and Watson is the perfect example of how true love between men can happen without sexual attraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2866)
    Performance
    (1963)
    Story
    (1980)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "The perfect flaws"
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    I once heard is said that the best characters are the ones with flaws. Sherlock Holmes is one of the best examples of that. He is eccentric. He is so obsessed with facts and practicality that he seem heartless. Ironically he is willing to go above and beyond for people who are more deserving of he services. Even to the point that he will of letting the criminal go free if the crime was, at least in Sherlocke's opinion, justifiable. He is also a bit egotistical, but is willing to set his ego aside and admit he was wrong at times. Worst of all, he is constantly criticizing Watson for his lack of deduction as well as other issues, but Watson is the only person Sherlock Holmes ever loved. For those of you who believe relationships are important in a story , the relationship between Holmes and Watson is the perfect example of how true love between men can happen without sexual attraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7644)
    Performance
    (4009)
    Story
    (4070)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "A little dissapointed."
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    I haven't read much of Stephen King, but of what little I have read from him I really liked, so I was excited to see that he had written a series (I really like series). This book really seemed a bit dogmatic. It is about a gunslinger who is meant to enforce the law. He is an antihero that can't seem to keep anyone close to him from dieing by his own hand. In the end you find that he is being taunted to find this Dark Tower and he is meant to be alone. It is unpredictable which I like, but the character is so miserable, that it makes him really hard to care about, and for that reason you really don't care about what happens to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1250)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Just a start"
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    This has the potential to be so much more. I felt like I never left the beginning of the book. The whole book was nothing but an introduction. It did, however; make me curious about the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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