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Martin

Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day

NEWBERG, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (2166)
    Story
    (2179)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Disappointing after River marked *spoiler warning*"
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    So after the end of the last book i was really stoked, i thought Mercy was finally coming into her own. getting over some of her past scars, while killing a God/Bugo spirit of Destruction and learning more about her past.

    This book felt more like the series took two steps back, especially the ending. Perhaps Briggs was trying to show Adams badassery off a bit but it just came off as Mercy going into full blown damsel in distress( or like Mercy left her brains at the door ). Not only that but, Briggs has left no where for the series or Mercy to go from here. It feels dead in the water, almost like Briggs is bored/Done with the books and only wrote them because her fans expected her to.



    This would have been a really good book, if it had been written earlier in the series.


    :(

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Oh perry you poor sod"
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    You know an author is good when he can make some thing happen to his character and you feel their pain.

    This book is Amazing.
    Buy it.

    I'll admit, I have a man crush on Sigler now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1217)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "A classic that drags"
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    Over all I am a big cyberpunk fan, and with this being the god father of cyberpunk I thought I would like this.Sadly I just could not get into it, Its not that out dated Ideas that have been revisioned by new works by other people that have me. I love old tech stories and the ways people thought it would grow ( such as Ben Bova's works ). In all honesty it is in large parts the editing.

    This is one of those rare books that an abridged version might be better, there are just times and ideas where this book just flat out drags out to the point of boring the reader.
    I cant help but feel had this book been re-edited in a better way, It could have been amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Dixie: Tales of Southern Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ronald Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleman Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Previously available on audio cassette from Darkscribe Press, this collection was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992. Dark Dixie collects the following works of southern horror by author Ronald Kelly. This audiobook includes all the stories from the original audio and several more: Introduction by Ronald Kelly (2010); "Yea, Though I Drive", previously published in Cold Blood (1991); "Miss Abigail's Delicate Condition", previously published in Noctulpa (1988); "The Cistern", previously published in Cemetery Dance; and five more.

    Daryl says: "Wait for it ..."
    "Generic, but in a good way"
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    Do you like Horror stories?
    Do you like having a southern twist on your horror?
    Do you like cheap books?
    Do you have a short road trip and want to keep your crotch fruit in rapture through out the duration?

    If the answer is yes to any of these than you may want to consider buying this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (625)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "Tolkien Overload...So good it hurts"
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    If you like Lord of the rings, Or The Hobbit than you will like this.


    Pros: Learn more about the workings and history of middle earth.
    Christopher Lee
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    Cons: Lacks some of the charm of his other works, however considering this book was just his notes worked on by his family that is to be expected.

    Get this if you have already read Tolkiens other books, not the best introduction to his work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

    valarie says: "Another AMAZING story"
    "Well worth your money"
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    Sigler is an amazing writer and this book is perhaps one of my favorites that he has written.

    Pros: Damn near every thing.The narator was extremely talented, The characters were well written and you WILL fall in love with them ( Go pookie! ). the books has a sharp wit to it that is both mature and complex with out taking its self to serious.

    Cons: The book is very close to Scott Siglers other novels, not so much a bad thing but it is very obvious. With many of the characters seeming like Re-writes/name changes of older characters and relationships from his Infected series. To be honest tho, I didnt much mind it since the re writting characters are better in my opinion than the ones from his other novels.

    If you like a Mix of Sifi and horror with really dark humor get this book, get your freinds this book, or if you have any brooding teenagers have them read this book.

    In fact even if you dont like horror or sifi normaly, Buy this book!

    You will thank me later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5022)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2873)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    Auban says: "If not for the narrator..."
    "Disappointing but other wise ok"
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    All of the deep complexity of Ender and his family seems to have been lost in this book. I like seeing whats going on with the Hive queen and the piggies but the chapters with Qing-Jao are honestly just painful. All of the intellectual quandaries and debates that the first two books seem to have been replaced by a lexicon of logical fallacies that scott card seems to be trying to push as some higher moral standard that just falls short and belittles the growth and intelligence of his characters from the first two books.
    I would list specifics however I do not wish to spoil any thing for people. This book has me very nervous for the rest of the series, and I may not finish the series if the books keep going this direction.


    With that being said, The narration as usual is AAA+ Stefan Rudnicki is perhaps one of my favorite narrators and the rest of the cast were great as well.

    I loved Enders game and Speaker for the dead, I just hope the books after Xenocide are better

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John R. Hale
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The navy created by the people of Athens in ancient Greece was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world and the model for all other national navies to come. The Athenian navy built a civilization, empowered the world's first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history.

    Matthew says: "Sound narrative history"
    "A must read for any one who likes Greek history."
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    This book has perhaps become one of my favorite books on the subject of Greek history. It is written in a way that people who do not like history books would like this, he weaves the history in story so that you do not become bored with the dates/places/people.
    David Drummond does and excellent job reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Farside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (251)

    Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

    Gordon says: "Not super impressed to be honest"
    "I want more"
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    Pro's: An amazing venture into the SyFi universe that Ben bova has been building for years, and finaly takes us back to the moon, and to the characters from moon wars-perhaps some of my favorite characters that he has written. Filled with the kind of realistic intrigue that his books are famous for. Stefan Rudnicki Did an Awesome job at narrating ( like he normally does ) I honestly don't think that they could have gotten a better narrator for this kind of book.

    Con's: It felt to short, although not much shorter then most of his other books, I wanted more, and the ending felt rushed.

    Other thoughts: if you are new to Ben Bova's books, this is not the best place to start, Moon Base i think is honestly the best book of his to start off with. Also, This is not Star wars, or a Military Scfi book its not about space wizards and lazers pew pewing people. this is very much SCIENCE fiction. So its not for every one

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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