Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010
Sorry, so sorry. I know that I am only one of four people that gave this story just one star. The majority of you gave it five stars, but I have to be truthful. If your tastes, our similar to mine, you will find this to be a snoozer. I could not get into it. I tried for four and a half hours and could not go any farther.
This is one of those books were the characters talk a lot. The talk about what they are going to do, what they did and what they should not have done. There is some action, but it is quick and then they talk about what they just did.
A lot of people who love Eddings, fell in love with him back in the eighties and his writing reflects what fantasy was like back then. I am just glad things have changed and if you are of the younger generation you will probably not get into this either.
Narrator was great. One of his characters sounded actually like Sean Connery.
ONCE YOU BECOME A MAN, YOU START TO DIE
This is six short stories or novella's. I liked one of the six, thought that two were okay, didn't like one, but thought it had potential and was not crazy about the rest. All stories were predictable.
1. The Book of Blood. B-, This sets up the reason for the rest. It is written in a sort of Lovecraft style with masturbation thrown in.
2. The Midnight Meat Train. B-, Had potential, was probably the goriest. Has lots of butchered bodies. The word blood is in every other sentence. When will writers realize that for adults, just saying blood, does not scare us?
3. Pig Blood Blues, D+, A long drawn out story. Early on we find out that this pig eats people. We are told this several more times, each time as if it is a new revelation. This one was not mentioned in the summary.
4. The Yattering and Jack, B+, Kind of funny, closest to a surprise ending, entertaining. If ever sold by itself worth purchasing, but don't buy this whole collection for it.
5. Sex, Death & Starshine, C, Starts with a blow job and later has a corpse giving a blow job. The bj's were not enough to save the story. It's another, the people in arts should be worshiped and perhaps given another award show.
6. In The Hills, The Cities, C+, just an excuse for Barker to write about men having sex with men, the story was pretty stupid.
The Barker worshipers have hit the unhelpful button on anyone with the balls to tell the truth, so read this while you can.
Q: WHERE'S YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE?
A: I FORGOT TO PACK IT.
SHUN HIS TORCH DOWN THE STAIRWAY
This is British, but not overly British. He does use the often never used word in London, THE, even in the title. The Brits do not go to The University or The Hospital, the just go to University or Hospital, if it fits in their sedule, that is.
I was expecting to not like this and I ended up loving it. I had read Haunted and thought it too slow. This started fast, right out of the gate. The action is fairly constant. I would have liked to have had more mad scientist stuff, but it fits well with the writing of the time. Most of the action is unique and will keep your interest. plus you have the added sometimes comical, keep an upper lip and don't get rattled. I say old boy, I see no reason to get upset, (as a horde of rats are breaking down the door.) Those reviewers that you use the training wheels that audible has, are often asked, Would You Listen to This in One sitting. I did listen in one day. The only problem was around lunch. There are plenty of scenes with half eaten corpses and rats are just creepy doing nothing, much less eating people. Maybe, not real gory compared to what Killborn (Konrath) writes, but for the time it had to be fairly shocking. I was also shocked by the amount of sex in it. It is obvious that Stephen King was inspired by Herbert's writing.
It is not perfect, in the middle around chapter 9 and 10, I was thinking not another rat attack, but after that, he has some rat attacks that were worth exploring, I know I will think twice before going to a theatre again.
I am looking forward to book 2, Liar.
Narrator does a great job.
IT'S ALL COMEDY TO YOU TWO.
You take out chapters 8 thru 16 and this is a five star book. If you are listening and you are between these chapters and tired of all the sophomoric joking, skip to chapter 17, you will not miss any of the story.
I got this during the horror sale, and it is not a horror story. Joe R. Lansdale is known best for his western horrors, but this is not even close to those. It is a fun story, with lots of joking about Blacks, gays, gangsters and sex. As mentioned above I liked it except for the middle of the book, when I got tired of the all the silliness. Lansdale writes a lot of short stories and this is suitable to that, but in novel length it does not work as well. This is basically an adventure story and a remember the sixties story. Having been born in 1958, I was fairly young in the sixties, but I do remember the attitude of the young people of that time and this is spot on.
Narrator is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of the book.
With the exception of the very beginning and the very end, this story is told through letters and telegrams. It is exceptionally well written, intelligently done, and gets creepier as it goes along. I would not say it is exceptionally scary, yet it is troubling. It is a mystery. You might find yourself having empathy for a killer. I promise you will not be bored.
Narrator does an excellent job.
These are not bad stories. Matter of fact there is not a bad story in the lot, pretty unusual for a group of stories. I always have a story or two I don't like. What else is unusual, is that there is not a great story in the bunch either. I always find a story I love. Neither are these stories dark by today's standards. The first story is a good example. A mother is in a bakery to buy a cake for her son who died 12 years ago. She talks to other people about him almost like he is alive, yet she come right out and says he is dead. The dark part of the story is her attitude toward her dead child. In many of the stories the dark deed is implied as something that happened or will happen.
These are off the wall human interest stories about a few difficult subjects, but none of the stories are scary, gory or dark.
The narrators are excellent and give the audio an extra star.
Starts out with lots of promise, then drizzles. This is pre-hunger games. It is obvious that Collins got her story from here. Many have claimed this to be gory and it is, maybe. 15 year old kids are shot, stabbed, etc... by 15 year old kids and by soldiers. Kids are killed in gory fashion, but the way it is written or translated, it does not come across that way. I did not cringe at the gore, nor did I feel the intensity. Some have blamed this on the narrator. I thought the narrator was okay. He is no Dick Hill or Ray Porter, but I honestly did not feel it was his fault.
I found it interesting that a Japanese writer made Asia the bad guys and America the good guys. I also never quite understood why the government wanted these games. Collins does a lot better job explaining the reason for the games then Takami. This game is also secret and not televised, which keeps making you wonder why.
We start with 42 students and one by one they are knocked off. After the Introduction, prologue, chapters 0 thru five, we get into long dialogues on students deciding on if they should play the game and who they should trust. We consistently have this debate and then someone is killed and then the debate starts over. For most children we get a background. Their is lots of talk about who has a crush on who, etc... From chapter 11 thru 21 this sounds a lot like a teen book. Around chapter 22 with 10 hours still to go in this 19 hour marathon, Jim The Impatient said no more. I just didn't care no more.
ONCE A WOMAN, ALWAYS A WOMAN
THEY ARE CONSEQUENTLY WHOLLY DEVOID OF BRAIN POWER, AND HAVE NEITHER REFLECTION ,JUDGEMENT, NOR FORETHOUGHT, AND HARDLY ANY MEMORY. The text goes on to say that women are dangerous when irritated. My point is, that this novella is satirical as well as a great explanation of dimensions. You can read this for either reason or both. Known best for explaining one, two and three dimensions, it also talks about Victorian England and how everyone is expected to be on a certain tier of society and stay there.
Such a unique story, it is understandable that it has stood the test of time. Written in 1884, it is as good today as when it was written. This is probably the best way to describe dimensions and it is entertaining. If only all math could be this way.
The book ain't great, just four stars, but it is short and worth your consideration. It is unique.
I WATCHED ROUM FALL A SECOND TIME
I don't know why RS never wrote Historical Fiction? He often puts European or Middle East history in his futures. In this book we go to Roum and Paris. I enjoyed the main character who is a Watcher. He is watching for an alien invasion that has been predicted. Watchers have been watching for hundreds of years and no invasion has happened. He uses equipment in which he does not understand the workings. He is given his life to this, but people don't take his job serious, since no invasion has happened.
WE WOULD CONQUER OUR CONQUERORS NOT WITH WEAPONS, BUT WITH LOVE
RS's very liberal side comes out in this book. Man has bankrupted Earth and gone from a leading planet to one of the poorest. A lot of people have been genetically changed. The title of the book involves genetically altered humans into fairy type creatures. One of the main characters is one. She has a very slight figure, is flat chested with a high squeaky voice and all the main characters fall in love with her. She can only fly a night, cause the solar winds are to hard on her during the day.
Rudnicki does a usually great job.
I PITY YOU, BUT I FIND IT UNGRACEFUL OF YOU TO PITY YOURSELF
This is the most stilted thing I have listened to since, first grade with Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and that damn Ball.
I have been in and around trucking for almost 40 years and I can say Ing gets it correct when he talks about the trucking industry. To combine Science Fiction and truck driving sounded like the ultimate to me. Alas, the writing of everything else is not good. I really wanted to like this, but after the prequel and first chapter, it became a chore to listen to. The Narrator is also bad, he sounds like he should be reading Dick And Jane.
I prefer Historical Fiction over History, but with Philbrick I make an exception. This is my fifth book by Philbrick and they all have been very readable and informative. This book would make a great companion to Moby Dick. NP always picks interesting topics. I started with Mayflower which gave me a complete new outlook on the history of New Amsterdam, I'm sorry I mean New York. My favorite is The Last Stand, which is about Custer.
This is a history on Sperm Whaling and on Nantucket. Among other things I was surprised to find out that a lot of captains of whaling ships were in their mid twenties. Through years of tv watching, I figured them to be old white haired men. I believe that I felt more in the boat with the whalers in this book, then I did in Moby Dick and I really liked Moby Dick. I think NP does a great job of explaining just how dangerous this type of job was and how terrifying these huge beast could be. It becomes obvious that the main reason most whaling captains were young, was cause they did not live long enough to get old.
One indirect sad truth that NP really does not talk about that much, was how many whales there were back in those days. Nantucket got into whaling, because of the of amount whales they could see from shore. In the beginning they could go out and catch one and still be insight of the island. Later they were traveling all the way to the pacific.
If the subject interest you at all, you will enjoy this.
Do not worry about FOSB, fear of Scott Brick, he does well in this. The production was a little weird. At times he sounds like he is talking through a cheerleaders megaphone. Sometimes the change from one paragraph to another is extreme and sounds like they squashed the recording to make the recording shorter, like some radio stations do to programs, so they can get in more commercials, but it is not bad enough to detract.
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