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Nathan

London, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Mr. Monster: John Cleaver, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.

    Paul says: "Sympathy for Socios"
    "I'm a little disturbed at hoe much I love these"
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    John is a teenager who is a diagnosed sociopath and knows he got all the signs of a future serial killer. This is book 2 of his struggle not to become one and consequences from the first book start to catch up to him.

    Horror elements are still present but less prominent. This book deals more with relationships, feelings and being different.

    If you ever self-analyzed yourself this is a fascinating read as this is what the main character does. Readers who have difficulties understanding others will be a little disturbed at the familiarity they have with the main character. It will also show signs that they will not be able to relate to (hopefully).

    The narrator is a little unemotional but I think that intentional as it conveys the main character well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34666)
    Performance
    (25767)
    Story
    (26129)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I will read the sequel"
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    At the start I was concerned it would be too teen romance from the female prospective. Thee was a bit much in the center but not bad and I liked the analytically take on it. World building is good as you can sense the greater world behind the scenes.
    Two things stories tend to ignore are the physical pain and injuries from fighting and the time it takes to heal. Both were handled well here. The ending was fairly predictable but the journey was exciting. I was worried when the plot changed that it was aiming for a happy ending but it actually helped the story grow. Looking forward to reading the sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (221)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Satire at what happens after 'happily ever after'"
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    If you like satire and sarcasm this book is funny. Looks at what happens after the princes and princesses have their 'happy ending'. What if they aren't as competent and heroic as the stories make them out to be but 'almost' normal people.
    It gets slow at times and there no real emotional or thrilling moment.
    Narrator is very self aware playing off your expectations and familiarity with tropes. The main characters are very different with unique voices from each other, sometimes streached too far one way.
    If you like fairy tales it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (241)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "The real travesty is how pop culture sees this"
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    Going in I knew it would be about the person Frankenstein and not the monster, yet I was still surprise. The Monster play a very little role other than as a plot device.
    This is not a monster or horror book but a literary work (lots of words) on a man's decent into madness. A depressing character study of a man driven mad by guilt, grief and self-blame as he witnesses the creation from his past reckless self destroy everything he holds dear. It also deals with the dangers of loneliness.
    Overall I liked the story although the self-loathing got a bit tedious at times. It would of been nice knowing what I about to read when I started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11833)
    Performance
    (9496)
    Story
    (9612)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Just buy the sequel now"
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    A traditional fantasy coming of age tale of a boy growing into the hero we're told he will be through harsh and romantic life lessons.

    Most of the book is told in a narrative style from the perspective of a storyteller which allows foreshadowing to keep reader interest but means it's the journey not the final destination that counts. This will probably turn some readers off.

    It has a Unique, interesting and carefully thought out magic system. The world is just as throughout, rich in history that the author takes his time revealing it to us. The characters are also believable allowing us to care and hate them appropriately.

    It is a long book but I was surprised how fast I read through it. I often found myself not wanting to stop, however it does slow down near the end.

    This is NOT a standalone book. It was written with the intention of being a trilogy and thus I found the ending not completely satisfying.

    Nick Podehl does an excellent job narrating bringing unique voices and accents to every character.

    I will definitely read the sequel, hopefully the third gets finished soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayhem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A new killer is stalking the streets of London’s East End. Though newspapers have dubbed him 'the Torso Killer’, this murderer’s work is overshadowed by the hysteria surrounding Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel crimes. The victims are women too, but their dismembered bodies, wrapped in rags and tied up with string, are pulled out of the Thames - and the heads are missing….

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Supernatural Mystery"
    "Doesn't make me want to start reading this genre"
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    This is a dark, grim, paranormal, mystery taking place in London during the late 19th century. consciously parallels Jack the Ripper series of murders as if demonic forces are at work.
    As a period piece it works well showing how police investigations worked back then and understand why Jack the Ripper was hard to catch.
    However, I have issue with the structure or narrative of the story. Starts off as a mystery but reveals the villain before you have any real chance of guessing. The whole story is slow and drawn out which makes the sudden ending feel anti-climatic. A lot of side questions were left unanswered and not in a prepare for sequel kind of way.
    I don't normally read paranormal or horror. This book does not make me want to start.

    As a side note: The main character is named Dr. Bond? Seriously, Every time the name is mentioned I was taken out of the story. Kept waiting for him to say "The name's Bond, Dr. Bond.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7033)
    Performance
    (6692)
    Story
    (6704)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "If you ever go to Mars bring this book & duck tape"
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    One of NASA's first human Mars mission is abandoned and crew evacuated during a dust storm. But a freak accident has left Mark Watney behind with everyone thinking he's dead. No one knows he's still alive, the next mission is in four years, he only has one year of food and much of the machinery is broken. Told in a series of humorous & blunt personal logs this is a story of one man's struggle to survive literally alone on an hostile alien world. Fortunately he has been trained in mechanic, botany and has duck tape.

    This is a very hard sci-fi book, about 80-90% is technical talk but it is presented in an entertaining way. The author did his research as everything from Mars climax to equipment a mission would need to the type of screws NASA would use. All of this has been researched and presented in a realistic and thrilling manner.

    There is no Deus Ex or author shortcuts. Practically everything that could go wrong does.
    The only downside is sometimes it can get overly technical and you learn that once things start going good, something bad will happen.

    What I learnt: Potatoes is an excellent source of calories, Duck tape is magical and we can pee rocket fuel (add electricity).

    Narrator did an excellent job delivering the emotion, humour and tone of the character.

    If you like realistic science fiction, read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10648)
    Performance
    (9781)
    Story
    (9830)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Read this book to know whats it's like"
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    This book should be required reading for anyone who has not witness someone go through cancer firsthand so they can learn what it is like. People who have witness a love one should read to know that their feelings are normal. I'm going to review this in two parts: General and Cancer.

    General:
    This is a teen romance novel first and foremost, at least for the first two thirds (Guys be warned). It took till the fourth chapter before I could stop rolling my eyes and start getting into it. Girl falls for good looking guy and has self-doubts about herself. But the plot manages to make several twists despite seeming to be simple including one very emotional twist. Several situations are exasperatingly good and bad. Characters seem real, except for the boyfriend whose too perfect, although that could be just from the protagonist view. The world is very real, bad things happen but good things happen to.

    Cancer:
    I witness two siblings go through cancer and this book does an excellent job at showing the real emotion and situations of the victim and those around them.
    Cancer affects different people differently and it strikes at random times where someone is healthy one morning then suddenly hit with pain and spend the next two weeks in hospital. It shows the frustration people feel not being able to do anything, anger over others pity, the urge to be treated normally and the absurdity of how society expect victims to act and be treated. Finally it shows the cynical world view that creeps in and can take over.
    Yet cancer is still not all consuming to ones life. Life continues and goes on, we continue to experience good and bad moments. I'd also highly recommend this book to anyone who has witness someone go through cancer to show these feelings are normal.

    This book makes fun of itself as not a typical cancer book, it's not all depressing all the time nor is it unrealistically heroic. It's just real.

    Narrator does an excellent job making the characters sound like they are, whether in pain, out of breath or slurring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6645)
    Performance
    (4870)
    Story
    (4868)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "More intrigue, magic, pain, self-doubt & Excellenc"
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    Book waste no time getting started. The third book in the series it assumes you know the main character so it skips the standard slow introduction and gets right into the mix.
    Continues the detective Noir style where the detective is a wizard. This is a modern vampire tale with touches of angels, demons and a devious fairy godmother. The previous books only hinted at what Harry Dresden could do, here we get to see him fully use his power and the consequences.
    More political intrigue, more powerful magic, more pain, more self-doubt and daunting moral decisions. Switching some of the side characters keeping it fresh. Several series changing twists and no easy dilemmas with no easy solutions
    It was a bit jarring at times as the protagonist refers to previous cases the reader has and has not been a part of in previous books. Overall a good and fresh addition to an excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7534)
    Performance
    (5596)
    Story
    (5573)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Very good modern urban fantasy detective Noir"
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    Picks up a few months or a year after the previous book. References are mention and previous characters are shown but this is a stand alone Harry Dresden story. Modern and interesting take on the werewolf mythos but this is NOT a book for children. People will die and other dark things will happen.
    Everything that could go wrong does, there is no Deus Ex here. and Harry Dresden is put through The writing style is so detailed and descriptive it felt like I was feeling the pain along with him.
    Characters feel very real and in depth. Like the previous book it continues to hint at the bigger world while taking it's time not revealing too much. I expect some of these threads will take a few books to resolve. Harry has to make some tough choices and there are consequences.
    The main complaint I would have is that I can't tell how much of the references were from the first book or just used to make the world seem bigger. Maybe that is a good thing.
    If you like Noir, modern Urban fantasy and not scared of a long series I'd recommend this book. Also if you like to see someone describe their experience with pain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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