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Joe

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (686)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Hitchhiker's Before There Was a Hitchhiker's"
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    If you could sum up Dimension of Miracles in three words, what would they be?

    Genius. Hilarious. Perfect.


    What other book might you compare Dimension of Miracles to and why?

    As I said in my title, this book is the Hitchhiker's Guide's precursor. I can't imagine what Douglas Adams must have been thinking and feeling while he was reading this for the first time, apparently after Hitchhiker's had been published. They share so much of the dry, irreverent, metaphysical humor that it is hard to believe that Adams had never read Dimensions before. If you like Hitchhiker's Guide at all, GET THIS BOOK!


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely everything. Neil Gaiman hit the nail square on the head when he asked John Hodgman to narrate this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I found it to be funny and witty and thought provoking. The story was suburb and the characters were charming and well rounded. I started listening to it again as soon as I finished it the first time and I plan on getting any and all other Robert Sheckley books that Audible has to offer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Islington
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1766)

    It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

    Justin says: "The book of a thousand names!"
    "Original and Fun"
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    If you could sum up The Shadow of What Was Lost in three words, what would they be?

    Trust.
    Friendship.
    Time.


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

    As always, Micheal Kramer does a masterful job of narration. He lends an air of epicness to anything he reads. His female voices need a little work. but they don't really take anything away from his overall performance. I recently listened to his narration of a Christian text called Dark Night of the Soul and there were times where I felt I was listening to a fantasy novel. It was kind of a surreal experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book offers up a lot of fresh ideas and interesting plot twists. For an epic fantasy novel, I don't feel that there are too many characters to keep track of or ideas to hold in your mind. Compared to other epic fantasy, such as Gardens of the Moon (which I love!!!) this book has a relativity small cast of characters. The fact that it is only going to be a trilogy pleases me to no end. As much as I enjoy them, I am getting a little tired of fantasy series that are 10 or more books long.

    The author has an engaging writing style that kept me listening, though he uses forms of the word "gape" WAY, WAY too often. Despite that. Despite that fact, I tore through this book in only a couple of days. I am very excited for Book 2 to come out at the end of the year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brand New Ancients

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Kate Tempest
    • Narrated By Kate Tempest
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Kate Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years; her dramatic poem "Brand New Ancients" won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry. Tempest's wholly unique blend of street poetry, rap, and storytelling - combined with the spellbinding delivery of an open-air revivalist - has won her legions of followers all over the UK. Her remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music.

    anne saunders says: "Amazing new talent"
    "Amazing. Brilliant, Captivating."
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    What did you love best about Brand New Ancients?

    Everything. Kate Tempest has amazing insight into what it is to be alive. For someone as young and as relatively new to poetry as she is, her work is second=to-none.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I was introduced to Kate Tempest through her album "Everybody Down", which is an outstanding piece musical art. I listened to the album in it's entirety 3 or 4 times in a row and it is still on my playlist. Of you have every felt, lost, alone, confused, happy, in love, depressed, or any of the myriad other human emotions, I STRONGLY recommend both the album and this collection of her poetry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust of Dreams: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

    Jesse says: "Warning this is book 9 not 8!"
    "WhereThe Hell Is Book 8?!?!?!"
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    Any additional comments?

    What good is the 9th book when Audible hasn't released the 8th book yet? I just got off the phone with Audible and they don't even have any plans to release the 8th book any time soon. The only reason I bought this book is so I could write this review and rant about how stupid it is of Audible to skip an entire book in this series. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. Boo to you, Audible, I except better from you.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1116)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "A Tolkien Rip=Off. But OK"
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    Any additional comments?

    Despite the fact that almost every character and some entire scenes from Sword are straight up rip-offs of Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, the story is still pretty good. Though the obvious thefts can get a little distracting at times, the original portions of Brook's tale are interesting and fun. If you enjoy epic fantasy and can ignore the stolen scenes and characters from LoTR,, or if you have never read The Lodz of the Rings, I think you'll enjoy this book. I plan on finishing the trilogy and maybe check out some more of this world through Brook's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3301)
    Performance
    (2990)
    Story
    (3010)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "King's Take On Lovecraft"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is Stephen King's try at a Lovercraft-ian story and he does a passable job. Lovecraft was and major influence on Stephen King and it is fun to watch Mr. King explore the genre. This story also puts all the people who say that "Stephen King has gone all Christian" in their place. This story has a decidedly non-Chirtian and bleak view of the afterlife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

    bill mclaughlin says: "LISTENED TO THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER"
    "A Scientific Drive Into Hallucinogens"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would. This is a thought provoking and interesting listen. There are a lot of new ideas in here and they are well thought out and researched. This is not just some hippy wanting to tell you about his trip.


    Any additional comments?

    The theory purposed in Supernatural is "out there" for sure, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily untrue or unsupportable. The author's ideas are clear and to-the-point. He seems well educated and uses the scientific method in his search for answers. There are some unique and fresh theories on aliens, UFO's, and even ferries. If you're interested in expanded your mind and challenging your ideas on reality, check this book out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Conquering Sword of Conan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    In a meteoric career that covered only a dozen years, Robert E. Howard defined the sword and sorcery genre. In doing so, he brought to life the archetypal adventurer known to millions around the world as Conan the barbarian. This collection features Howard at his finest and Conan at his most savage.

    Jesse says: "Just brilliant!"
    "Blatant Racism Makes It Hard to Read"
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    Would you try another book from Robert E. Howard and/or Todd McLaren?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As Howard's writing style improves, his racism, sexism and white supremacist ideals become a far more open and obvious theme is his Conan stories. The hypocrisy in this drives me crazy. Conan is a man who hates civilization and the existing power structure and also knows the difference between humanity and beasts. However, Howard's beliefs fly in the face of what Conan actually believes. The authors decent into depression and eventual suicide comes across in his hatful descriptions of black men and other non=white races. I had to struggle to get this this entire collection, though I love Conan.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Malice: The Faithful and the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Gwynne
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    In this epic fantasy debut (perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin), John Gwynne takes listeners to The Banished Lands - a broken world with a violent past. Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule - to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

    Brian L. Manley says: "Wonderful"
    "AFun Little Childrens Book"
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    Would you try another book from John Gwynne and/or John Keating?

    Personally, no. However, if I was 10 or 11 years old I would most certainly read another book by this author.


    What was most disappointing about John Gwynne’s story?

    The mantra of almost every author is "Show, not tell". I think this author didn't get the mimeo about that trick. The author continuously "tells" us about scenes from the past instead of describing those sevens and having them play out for the reader. The story would be much more engrossing if the author let the characters show the readers their lives rather than having the author bombard us with exposition. As my title suggest I think that the author's style would be fine for 4th or 5th graders, and maybe that's who the target audience is, though I sort of doubt it.


    What character would you cut from Malice?

    Most of the characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable. All of the badges are clearly and obviously bad while all of the protagonists are overly nice and simplistically good. Although, some of the characters are simply contradictions of themselves. For example, in the beginning of the book Corban, one of the main characters, is too "cowardly" to fight back against his bully yet insane enough to leap from one thin and narrow tree branch to another while many feet up in the air . And he doesn't even get hurt when he falls, plummeting through branch after branch, and crashes onto the forest floor.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a young reader, or know a young reader, of fantasy, then this book might be for you. If not, it's probably not.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Foxlee
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

    HappyReader says: "Lovely story, perfectly read"
    "A Beautiful Take On The Genre"
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    Would you listen to Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy again? Why?

    Most certainly. If I ever have children I will defiantly read this to them/


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fresh take on the fairy tale genre and it was nice to have a strong female lead character. I highly recommend this book.

    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
    (2235)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2032)

    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"
    "Erich von Danken Meets Tom Clancy"
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    The story is fairly original, though the writing and genre are both fairly generic. The characters are bland, the writing style seems amateurish, and the relationships between the characters feel forced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It's the perfect vehicle for a summer block buster. It has everything that that type of movie needs: shooting, explosions, a love story, and religious undertones. In fact, it would make a better block buster than it does a book. As a novel it is derivative in it's writing style and seems more like a paint-by-numbers spy novel than original piece of work. Though as I stated above, the idea of the story is pretty original, it is just the characters, dialogue, and action that are sub-par.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't have anything better to read, you like Tom Clancy books, and are interested in Ancient Aliens, check this book out. It won't blow you away, but is an OK way to pass the time.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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