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Old Man Parker

Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (7032)
    Performance
    (6395)
    Story
    (6409)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Pulp LIVES!"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Vintage, supernatural, acton-adventure = PULP!


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    I could say "Spell Bound" but that's the 2nd book in this series. I gues I'll say 7 wonders. An Action/super hero novel seen from an adult view point, written with wit, smarts, and no fear of hard core action scenes.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brilliant reading, acting really. He a whole cast in one man (both women and men with many accents and ages) and I can paint while "reading" books... my two favorite things to do!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, if I could. This was a near perfect book. I liked that is was LONG... so much good story!


    Any additional comments?

    I love so many things about this book. It's amazing how many things on my strange check list of "What I would want to read about in a book" that this book got right! 1.) I Love the time period. 2.) I love the magical powers that were used with like super powers. 3.) I love the very well researched historical tid-bits and frame work. 4.) I love the action-heavy scenes that go on and on in great exciting detail. 5.) I love the sense of humor, yet the very serious situations and violence. You never feel the material is being taken too lightly, as a joke. No, it's a deadly serious situation, with real people with a lot of real skills and powers who rely on their own dry wit and humor to make it through crazy things and come out sane. And 6.) Magic & Monsters! Magic powers & Monsters well thought out. Smart writing. 7.) Bad guys with real reasons behind what they do and why they are doing it. 8.) A great big ending... I love a pulp/action/adventure writer who can bring up the story to a bigger and bigger earth shaking climax! Larry Correia is just such a writer. He's good... he's really damned good. He's GREAT at writing PULP! I love good pulp, and I hope Larry Correia writes a whole mess more! Bravo!

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  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3344)
    Performance
    (3087)
    Story
    (3095)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Shoot 'em all let Cthulhu sort 'em out!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter Nemesis to be better than the print version?

    No.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank, he's got depth, and internal battles.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Frank.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There Are Real Monsters in the World. And, we have the blow every single Mother forking one of them away.


    Any additional comments?

    It's great fun, but is getting to be of epic length, too bad Mister Larry C just isn't a writer of Epic Strength and thought and Wisdom like a J.R.R. Tolkien

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  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (176)

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
    "Another reason to I love John Lithgow even more."
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    Would you listen to The Poets' Corner again? Why?

    Yes, over and over, and over and over, the study and contemplation of each poem is a grand and important way to spend an hour, or a day, or a life time. Listen to them. Read them. Speak them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Lithgow - he is the object of a powerful man-crush that I have for him that started when I first saw him in the film "Buck-a-roo Banzai" and my marvel at his skill and talent has grown ever since. I like every thing I've seen him perform. I love each "acted, read, spoken, emoted" word that leaves his wise and wonderful mouth - he is a national treasure to American theater, and to all literature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any and all utterances words and general noises of any kind that involved the spoken words of John Lithgow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite poet? Hard. However, it was Edgar Allan Poe who emerged blood-red out of a book and changed my whole world forever! Winding time to Blackest-Midnight at his sorcerous writings and altered forever my understanding of the power of words when I was a young boy of 8 or 9 I think. So, Mister Poe's work always moves me deeply, shivers me cold as a tomb... & rattles my bones till the day they dance apart and fall to the floor dead.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be mandatory listening for every girl & boy as soon as they are old enough to hold still and appreciate the magic experience of listening to a good story teller, or poet perform the ultimate form of communication.

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  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1414)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Bronson Pinchot over-acts and tries for an "Oscar"."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. It's not a "reading" of a book so much as an "Over-Acting" of a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, it was a twisted tale, from multiple view points. That was nice.


    What didn’t you like about Bronson Pinchot’s performance?

    He grossly over acts this book. All I need is a nice clear reading, not an over-dramatic "Performance"…I mean, wow, he is way out-of-control, and off-the-charts, - yelling and screaming and playing to the cheap seats way in the back of the theater! Wow, take it down a bit, please! Just "READ" the book, I don't need a one-man-radio-play! Urgh, some of his over-done scenes were so "hammy-Alabamy" and over-blown it made a mockery of the material. I was cringing as Bronson "Screams" his lines…. please, bronson, just reel it in, and take in down a few notches, let's not over shadow the story with your "Great Acting". OK?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cringe with embarrassment and many times I had to turn it down, least someone hear to the ridicules over-dramatic "Blasting-Acting" coming from my speakers.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little insulted by the overtly "gay" and lisping bad-guy. Sheesh! This is almost a homophobic piece of writing and acting when it came to the "EVIL QUEEN" of a bad guy. Way too over done!

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  • Murder on the Orient Elite: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (723)

    In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

    Hassan says: "Wonder If There Will Be More??"
    "Magic Noir"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Elite to be better than the print version?

    don't know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our Gruff Hero.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can paint my art and still get to hear my favorite's author's amazing work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the back and forth tween the cold psychopathic Hannibal the Cannibal like Doctor, and our gold hearted mountain of a man. Noir and Horror and mystery all wrapped up in the best steam punk world yet mad. Pure genius!


    Any additional comments?

    More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13415)
    Performance
    (12181)
    Story
    (12212)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Come stay at the H.P.Lovecraft Apartments."
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 13.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The here, a great every-man. I pictured John Cusack.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Well, sometimes I don't dig how he does "woman" voices. but, I love most of his work, he has an amazing range…from young dudes, to German Landlords, to 80 year old women. Wow… that's not easy to pull off, but he makes each one different. Just some of his women are … ah… too "cute" sounding (?). This is a good solid performance and didn't get in the way of the story at all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a good "Edge-of-your-seat-Jeepers Creepers This can't be happening and what's gonna happen next" adventure story. Real page turner. Extremely inventive.


    Any additional comments?

    The only disappointment is when we are finally lead to the ultimate grasping of exactly just what is REALLY going on, and our hero comes face to us "face" with the "Thing-That-Cannot-Be", I wished he would have had a little bit more exotic way of describing the thing that you cannot disc rib with-out going insane. "Squale"? No, no. This was the only part where I wish Peter Clines had been a little more "Lovecraft" in his writing. The creatures from the other dimension: their meaningless form is so alien to our senses, that gazing upon these "things" would have certainly been the death of anyone. The monsters are "One of those who walk behind the stars". It needed to be described as really heavy duty scary other world stuff… I think the author could not have laid it on thick & heavy enough at that point, since the build up to discovery had been so great. So when they kinda' just "deal" with it, called it a squid-whale… well, I was a tad disappointed.

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  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (835)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    D says: "A Few More Hours"
    "Pacific Rim in the Grimnoir world!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a great part of the Grimnoir history/world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    To see an aged Japanese Iron Guard, older and a little bit weary of the world, inter act with Jake's son almost as a new father figure - it was very amusing. But I really almost hoped he was gonna stay in Japan and be a new Iron Guard!


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice, he really sells this world and the people in it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeas… I could not stop! Edge of my seat!


    Any additional comments?

    Boy, I hope we get more books about this Grimnoir world!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Company: The Secret History of H. P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Rawlik
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Shoggoths attack in this adrenaline-pumping novel set in the world of H. P. Lovecraft, where the horrors of the cosmos know no limits… It was in a way humanoid, as it stood on two legs and possessed two arms that ended in delicate digits that I would dare to call hands. Its skin was a pale blue, like the eggs of a robin, and curiously dry looking. The head was massive with a huge bulbous cranium, a large lipless mouth, and three blood red eyes that stared out at the world with nothing but hate.

    Justin says: "Great book. PHENOMENAL NARRATOR."
    "H.P. Lovecraft's Villains Band Together, WEIRD!"
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    What did you love best about The Weird Company?

    Great idea, and a GREAT further explanation of Lovecraft's genius ideas. THE Best Lovecraft inspired book I've read yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An explanation of the bad guys motives. You hear the "other-side" of the story. Get ready to Learn the whole truth… you'l get the story of everything revealed… you may just go insane!


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

    Annoying. Whine. Horrible.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    We are shown exactly just what it is that is in the sky behind the mountains of madness that so disturbed the hero in the original tale by Lovecraft. Awesome work.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovecraft, further explained and, amazingly, made even better! No writer has ever improved on Lovecraft till now. I just wish the reader had not used such an annoying "character-voice" as his main narration. It about made me stop listening several times, but I stuck it out because the story is so good. I was rewarded by the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century---he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan was not the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination.

    Keith C. Parsels says: "Well Done"
    "Pilgrim of Grim."
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    Would you listen to The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane again? Why?

    Oh yes! These are great action tales with a twist toward the dark! It's Earl Flynn meets Cthulhu! While savage Conan was the birth of "Swords and Sorcery", grim Kane is the birth of "Swashbuckling vs Supernatural"! Leaves you wanting more!


    What other book might you compare The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane to and why?

    Kane smacks of Robert E. Howard's other horror tales, but with a great dashing and dark caped crusader as the leading man.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Paul was good and clear and deep, and brought forth all the male bravado and creepy chills required.


    If you could take any character from The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Wha? That's the dumbest question from an audible review yet! Who wrote this silly thing?


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, and a wonder flu listen. I was promoted to go out and watch the recent film of Soloman Kane, and they did a fine job, great monsters, beautiful art direction, fine acting, however, the film got a tad too grim I thought. When Robert E.Howard's hero beat evil, you felt completely validated by justice and righteousness. The movie dips a bit down the sado-masacistic scale for me, and you end up feeling like you need a good wash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6430)
    Performance
    (2531)
    Story
    (2546)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Mystic Ninjas in a heart wrenching revenge tale!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Across the Nightingale Floor the most enjoyable?

    Great story telling - constant surprise twists. Ninjas and samurai in a tale so exquisite & full of action & high emotion, building to a climax nearly unbearable in it's intensity. This is the tale of mystic ninja warriors I have waited to hear snce I was a young martial art student... a life time ago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sixteen-year-old Takeo - his slow discovery of his powers and heritage, intelligence, and passions for love and sex and revenge- everything ins in this tale..and I mean everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending is amazing - it just builds and builds in drama and action, both physical and emotional till I was stopped at my art, gasping, waiting to hear what was gonna' happen next!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did both! Plus, I was amazed at the skill of the writer Lian Hearn bringing in so many elements of suspense, passion, and mystic powers and martial skill... it's the book I always wanted to read / hear since I studied martial arts so intensely as a young man.


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes to the brink of sanity in it's build of anticipation, thirst for revenge, and such beautiful depiction's of obsession & love... it's like poetry. What made me re-wind several time to get all the slight nuances of what was going on in this complex yet gripping tale, was it's great ability to swing from one extreme to another, and have it all so seamlessly fit. What made me re-listen to a scene three times to make sure I got it right was the brief but so gorgeously touching so tastefully written was the homosexual love of the young monk for our hero near the end of the book - after we've been through so much blood, broken hearts, burning revenge, heterosexual love and passion, mystical ninja powers of deception , fighting and killing, then, a really touching moment of a young monks's adoration, and love, for our hero as he is blood soaked from his so delicious rage filled revenge, yet still, sadly in need of some real kind tenderness- and he finally gets it form this most wondrous turn of the tale near the end... wow. That shows Lian Hearn - the highly skilled story teller at the height of his craft. This life long martial artist got moist eyed and shaken to the roots of my understanding of "love" in a tale I thought was about "revenge". Bravo Lian Hearn! I bout the second book instantly!

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  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2836)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1737)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Ron Perlman Has Risen From The Grave!"
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    What did you love best about The Strain?

    It was a great, scary, horror story written by one of the best story tellers of our time: Guillermo Del Toro, and read by one of my favorite character actors: Ron Perlman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strain?

    There are many, and Guillermo Del Toro slowly turns over cards like a carnival Fortune Teller, each card more frightening and darkly illustrated than the last... but... the first time a naked dead body walks, and attacks, in times square, with it's mouth full of vampire alien leech tentacles - that was a good moment!


    Have you listened to any of Ron Perlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I will hunt them out now! I LOVE Ron Perlman. His deep voice is a special effect all by itself! He never strains to create a silly female voice, but uses all his acting skill - I can only feel he is leaning a bit towards Bela Lugosi in this frightful tale of Nosferatu! It's like being read a bed-time story by Hellboy, or Hannibal Chau! Ron's deep voice rumbling out this horror-story brings with it all the depth of a dark and stormy night glowing with an EC comic read by flash-light under the covers! What a treat!


    If you could rename The Strain, what would you call it?

    Nosferatu Take New York! ...or (Where is Blade When you Need Him!)


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book is really a special gift to us horror-fans! Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, these wonderful actors are all gone. However, Ron Perlman, he is here, and we are so lucky to have him willing to sit with us... maybe in a midnight darkened room, perhaps by a low flickering fire, or a ghostly glowing candle, and read to us... this delicious dreadful delight. He is one of the few living actors of such caliber to deliver to us this brilliant tale by one of the best horror and pulp writers of our time: Guillermo Del Toro with such perfection! I cannot wait to hear the rest of the books! Oh...so great! This is a rare treasure, indeed! I am so excited I found it, and now, how nice would it be to have Mr. Perlman read a few HELLBOY books? Hmmmmm?

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