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Michael Janosky

LYNDORA, PA, US | Member Since 2008

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  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (901)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "Zombies and Elivis? Huh?"
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    Let me get something out of the way, I don't like zombie stories. I really like this book though. The zombies are used in a great way as to carry the story forward without spending a ton of time on killing or drama about having to run away from them. The main characters get futher depth in this book as the added characters bring their own to the overall story.

    A real shiny part of this story is the protrayal of Lucifier. There is a joker-like quality to this Lucifier. I won't spoil anymore, go read for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1758)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1489)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "The Anti-Dresden"
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    You need to read this book. Especially if you are a fan of the Dresden File series. This book starts a wonderful series that is a Ying to the Yang. The Dresden Files is methodically, almost seeming like each chapter ends with a commerical break. Sandman Slim goes and goes and goes without hardly enough time to catch your breath before the next thing happens.

    The voice actors also need to be compared with this two series. MacLeod Andrews IS Stark. James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. Just imagine going to a bar only to find that Stark is sitting at the bar itself with Harry at one of the tables.Stark would be the guy who you would want to kick his ass but would kick yours instead. Harry would be the guy who you might buy a drink after a game of darts or pool.

    The comparison is needed here as both characters have amazing depth. The two book series complement each other in a great way. BUY THIS BOOK!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3562)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1958)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Dirty"
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    This book is dirty. Reading it will make you feel dirty.

    The Preface of the book starts by the author explaining that he was writing it during epidemic. This must be why the book reads like there is a cover of scum on it. Everything seemed so downtrodden that I never finished listening to this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1031)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "I just didn't care"
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    The title of this review sums up the book perfectly. I never felt a need to care about any of the characters. Everything about this book seemed like it would be a fun action or mystery type read. Unfortunately, there isn't that much action as well as the problem with figuring out plot points before they happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4400)
    Performance
    (2853)
    Story
    (2883)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "For those of you in need of a laugh"
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    I really don't know how to explain this book to make the someone want to read it. It took me several attempts to finish it, finishing it mainly as someone else was reading it too. The book itself is funny at times. It funny basically until so much implausible things happen that it just gets silly. I guess the best way to describe it is that it falls somewhere between "Time Bandits" and every parady movie you've ever seen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock Vol. 3

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alan Cross
    • Narrated By Alan Cross
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Continuing his definitive history of alternative rock, respected music journalist Alan Cross explores the artists who revolutionized music in the 1990s. In Volume 3, Cross tells the stories of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and others.

    Michael Janosky says: "Behind the Alternative Music"
    "Behind the Alternative Music"
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    Alan Cross does a wonderfull job at explaining why you should want to know the stories contained in the 3 volumes of this series. I found myself listening to several stories again as well as playing them for friends.

    This book series is a must for anyone who loves alternative music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Cross
    • Narrated By Alan Cross
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In the second of four volumes, Alan Cross reveals the fascinating stories behind the music, focusing on the following top performers: Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, U2, Brian Eno, Skinny Puppy, and The Pixies.

    Michael Janosky says: "Behind the Alternative Music"
    "Behind the Alternative Music"
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    Alan Cross does a wonderfull job at explaining why you should want to know the stories contained in the 3 volumes of this series. I found myself listening to several stories again as well as playing them for friends.

    This book series is a must for anyone who loves alternative music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alan Cross
    • Narrated By Alan Cross
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Respected broadcaster Alan Cross narrates the definitive history of alternative rock over the last 30 years. He recounts the stories of David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and Iggy Pop.

    Michael Janosky says: "Behind the Alternative Music"
    "Behind the Alternative Music"
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    Alan Cross does a wonderfull job at explaining why you should want to know the stories contained in the 3 volumes of this series. I found myself listening to several stories again as well as playing them for friends.

    This book series is a must for anyone who loves alternative music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5534)
    Performance
    (4001)
    Story
    (4002)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "Here's what you been waiting for."
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    This is the end of the Red Vampire Plot Arc. This isn't a spoiler, it's a fact. Changes goes at such a break neck pace that it's hard to keep track of everything that is going on. There are many plot twists, deals with this or that devil, and betrayal that makes this book an epic.

    DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ANY OTHER DRESDEN FILES BOOK. It will simply not make sense.

    I've read this book several times. It has been a roller coaster ride each time.

    The end of the book will hit you with a slap and leave you speachless. When I first read this book I immediately scanned several forums only to see that I wasn't the only one left wondering what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5277)
    Performance
    (3986)
    Story
    (3971)

    The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

    Darran says: "Great listening experience"
    "Who wants to go to Comic-con"
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    In Proven Guilty Dresden has to figure out the mystery of why horror movie monsters are coming to life. The monsters themselves show how brillant Jim Butcher here. The monsters themselves are thinly vieled versions of horror movie greats that you already know.

    *spoiler* There is a scene starring a character having to go through the trial that Harry has been subjected to. This is a real eye opener as it explains part of Dresden's personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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