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Mark J. Carroll

USA | Member Since 2014

  • 13 reviews
  • 212 ratings
  • 217 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "It drags on a little"

    Gaiman is a good author. I loved American Gods and liked Anansi Boys. There is no great climax and the main character is a bit of a wet drip - you really don't get to see him as much of a hero even though his character has one of those 'aha' moments.

    The story reaches its climax and then drags on for him to have another moment hours later.

    I did not like The Graveyard Book much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "Cleaver, sharp and a great all round listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eifelheim to be better than the print version?

    I really liked this book, the characters, the plot and the progression of the story. The author manages to wrap science fiction and history into a great read. I look forward to more of his imaginative works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beggars in Spain

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nancy Kress
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    Rachelle says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Horrible, boaring with zero character development"

    One large sloppy collection of words with no editor and yet people are talking about it like it is the crucible of audio entertainment. The narrator does her best with the thin story line - which lacks logical direction. Characters are less then endearing - couldn't give a hoot if the the main character even if she was to get her hair caught in a industrial shredder while being doused with gasoline and having a sparking chainsaw at thrown at her. The whole things sounds like an abridged version - short snippets of story. Characters are introduced at will or pop up every now and then and then you are expected to believe that they care about the outcome of their actions. Children are born, then grow up in two paragraphs to have meaningful discussions with other characters about philosophy in the next paragraph. There is very little actual in-scene action. Most of the story is around conversations in different locations.

    Absolutely nothing about the plot, writing style or politics would endear me to any more of her works. This one is just blah, blah after blah blah blah.

    If you want some good sci-fi to read then take a look at Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land), Neal Stephenson (The Diamond Age), Robert J. Sawyer (The Terminal Experiment) or Ben Elton (Blind Faith) for a good laugh.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    Cherry says: "Wish I could rate it higher - skipped audio"
    "Great writer - awesome story - super narrator"

    This is the first book by China Mieville that I have listened to. The man can paint a story with words like no other! 5 Stars John Lee (this narrator is one of the best). The story is very engaging and imaginative. It is more fantasy then sci-fi but I didn't mind that too much (not a huge fantasy fan). This book does not have a fairytale ending and there are a few areas that are a little loose. The author seems to have a problem ending the story effectively as some things were not wrapped up neatly enough - similar to the way that Neal Stephenson ends his stories - on and on a little... I will still listen to more of his audiobooks as he has a superb way with words.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Onion Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his stunning works. Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life: Newford, where magic lights the dark streets, myths walk clothed in modern shapes, and a broad cast of extraordinary people work to keep the whole world turning. At the center of it all stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair and paint-splattered jeans, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city's shadows.

    S. Walker says: "It was OK"
    "Slow, passive and longwinded"

    This story has good intentions: marry the world that we live in with a fairytale world. People are able to move between them in their dreams. The flow of the story is very, very slow. It is hard to find the apex of the story as it just meanders along. The ending of the story does not conclude much as it happens too far away from the climax - so it drags on there too. All in all it was not a horrible listen. Some of the the characters were great (liked the bad sister and her friend a lot - they at least had drive in the story, some sort of passion). I did not find myself rooting for the anyone in particular so found it hard to attach to the story - it just did not grab me as other stories have in the past.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Faith

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney

    Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person "feels" and "truly believes" is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith. Imagine it. Or just wait until After the Flood.

    Mark J. Carroll says: "Wonderfull - wished it was longer"
    "Wonderfull - wished it was longer"

    This is a great story, a projection into our possible near future if things carry on the way that they are going. The internet has become ingrained in the lives of the characters and there is a possibility that things are not what they seem. The writing is wonderful, the narration is exceptional. You really feal for the characters and pick up the story and subtle plot - its a great ride.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey

    As "Scarecrow" Schofield watches his mission turn into a bloodbath, he realises he has been tricked - and that now he's become the prey rather than the predator. For a shadowy consortium has included his name on a list of 15 targets to be eliminated without fail by 12 noon that same day. Now, every high-powered bounty hunter on the planet is on his trail, while he must simultaneously track down the perpetrators of a conspiracy about to reduce many of the major cities of the world to ashes.

    Mark J. Carroll says: "WOW"

    Explosive action drips from every minute of this audiobook.

    Listened to this in the basement at the office before work - you know the kind of audiobook.

    It is not hard for the author to make the technology live inside his words. If you like truly world-wide action then this is a great read.

    I am a huge fan of the authors and can not tell you the joy at finding his audiobooks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Not for adults"

    This is a children's book. Not for the Potter fans as this is really just a children's book.

    Great for the kids though!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht

    A hiker meets a man whose upper body is covered with illustrations so vivid and beautiful that they literally come to life. One by one, the images quiver with fantastic tales guaranteed to stir your imagination. The illustrations tell tales of a future where space travel is commonplace and technology has a tendency to turn sinister. Full of realistic details and dialogue, the stories make what was unthinkable believable, blurring the fine line between reality and fantasy.

    Michael says: "Nice Tattoos"
    "Short stories"

    I love the author's other works. I am a huge fan of SciFi. These short stories are not connected in any noticeable way but are great on their own.

    I really should have looked deeper into the description of the audio book to see that it was not a long, 6 hours book.

    The authors attention to detail, vision of the future and love for ideas makes each of these a great listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's more than 20 years since Spider Robinson revealed the existence of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, and the original bar is gone. Mike Callahan is gone, too, but his spirit lives on in the new bar, named Mary's Place for his daughter. On this particular day, nothing seems to be going right for Jake Stonebender, proprietor of Mary's Place.

    melody333 says: "What Fun!"
    "Good but not SciFi"

    The Scifi runs very low but there are good points in there. The story happens every now and then but overall it is not a bad story. The author is very eager to display his skills of collecting puns and his knowledge and love for music of all forms.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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