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Michael E. Casto

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  • Those Who Walk in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Ridley
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    John Ridley, the best-selling author of The Drift, is renowned for his gritty, violent tales and their razor-sharp dialogue. This foray into science fiction is an explosive thriller. In the near future, superheroes are very real. But so are supervillains. When San Francisco is toasted during a superbeing clash, America has had enough. All metanormals must leave the country, or face extermination at the hands of an elite new law enforcement branch.

    Richard says: "Terrific narration, story needs an editor..."
    "Maybe this review doesn't belong here ..."
    Overall

    I should point out that I haven't listened to this audio book. Maybe the reader is simply atrocious. I did, however, read this book in paperback and enjoyed it quite a bit. The "uprising" another reviewer mentioned wasn't really what happened though that is sort of the impression given early in the book. Later more details are given and the underlying reasons for the animosity toward the mutants comes out - the normals are really ticked at themselves for putting all their faith in the mutants. And when the good guy mutants failed to save the day the normals got ticked. They, IMO, overreacted (and I think that's part of the point the author intended) but once the details are understood, the results make more sense.

    For anyone who was disappointed with the audio book, I'd recommend picking up the paperback. It still may not be your cup of tea but at least you won't be put off by a poor reader (which, from the sounds of it, this one has).

    I agree that the plot is somewhat slim and something of a knock off of X-Men in some ways - but, then, it'd be hard to do anything related to mutants these days and not have it compared to the X-Men in some way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset and Sawdust

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Joe R. Lansdale
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It begins with an explosion: Sunset Jones kills her husband with a bullet to the brain. Never mind that he was raping her. Pete Jones was constable of the small sawmill town of Camp Rapture ("Camp Rupture" to the local blacks), where no woman, least of all Pete's, refuses her husband what he wants.

    Michael E. Casto says: "Excellent, as usual"
    "Excellent, as usual"
    Overall

    As with all of Joe's books that I've read, this was a top-notch story told with a "from the hip" style that draws you in and keeps you on your toes with twists that sneak up on you - there are clues and you may even figure out the gist of it but there's almost always some little something you've overlooked - some thread that helps tie it all together that much tighter that you overlooked even though the clue was sitting there to be seen.

    And Joe is great at transporting the reader to a different time and place. It's not always a comfortable time or place and it's not always prett but it's always a fun ride that you're not quite ready to leave when it's run its course.

    Normally, I prefer unabridged versions. But to hear Joe read his own story - even abridged - is truly a treat not to be missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset and Sawdust

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Deborah Marlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Sunset Jones has just killed her husband. Never mind that he was raping her. Pete Jones was constable of a small sawmill settlement called Camp Rapture where no woman refuses her husband. So everyone is angrily surprised when Sunset becomes the new constable and investigates murders in which her late husband might be implicated. Yet, no one is more surprised than Sunset when the murders lead her, not only to the conclusion of the case, but to a well of inner strength she never knew she had.

    J. says: "TERRIFIC TERRIFIC TERRIFIC"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    As with all of Joe's books that I've read, this was a top-notch story told with a "from the hip" style that draws you in and keeps you on your toes with twists that sneak up on you - there are clues and you may even figure out the gist of it but there's almost always some little something you've overlooked - some thread that helps tie it all together that much tighter that you overlooked even though the clue was sitting there to be seen.

    And Joe is great at transporting the reader to a different time and place. It's not always a comfortable time or place and it's not always prett but it's always a fun ride that you're not quite ready to leave when it's run its course.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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