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Pie

Saint Petersburg, FL, United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (331)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "Dark, brooding and enjoyable :)"
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    Well written. Layered and complex (enough). Slow unveiling. Dark and brooding storyline. No cheating by the author to make it all fit. Wow as to the end. The story twisted and turned and twisted again (hurricane winds you know). Not a HUGE surprise but an enjoyable ride. All I asked for, from this book, was some solid entertainment and it delivered :) I found the denouement and the questions asked by the author ghosting my mind afterwards.... Jeez.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (610)

    It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.

    Nancy J says: "Just Keeps Getting Better"
    "Unexpectedly excellent."
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    I wasn't sure what to do with the first book (somewhat misdirected expectations, a la other reader's reviews). The second book came via a sale...so I read it. Wow. Not mind boggling, just very nice. I KNEW where to put it now (in my mind): An Entertaining Read. By the time I finished book 3, I must admit to a bit of disappointment that book 4 is not out YET. LOL. This series is Very Nice and Quite Enjoyable...like a cup of very good, strong dark coffee (or, I guess "tea" would be more appropriate). Nothing over-the-top, but still QUITE hilarious. AND, nicely subtle. Police procedure is followed, witticisms flow and fantastical details... accumulate in a British sort of way....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (741)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "NOT Pratchett. NOT Potter. Different. Excellent."
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    Once I opened my mind to the reality that this series is not really like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and/or the Harry Potter stories (albeit an adult version).... I was able to see the story for what it is: very witty, very nice and (in my humble opinion)... well written. I'd read too many reviews and, unfortunately, that colored my perception. Don't get me wrong...that IS what made me pick up this series in the first place. I never would have given the books a second glance otherwise. Ironic, eh? There are common threads...but only in an overall, generalized sort of way. British humor for one and an apprentice learning magical skills. That's (roughly) about it. This series has a unique identity and that's awesome :) I'm glad I picked up book #2 in a sale. BTW: Book #2 (Moon Over Soho), is a tad different from Book #1 (Midnight Riot)... Have you ever heard the classic line by an actor/actress: I'll do nude but only if it's relevant to the story line...? THAT applies here. There is nudity and sexuality but it is not over done and does not linger for a page-after-page-after-page sort of nonsense ...just to be sensational, etc. There's actually a reason for it. Anyway. This book is very witty, the characters are allowed to grow, police procedures are followed and there is entertainment to be had. Enjoy. I did. That is one thing that this series really does have in common with Terry Pratchett...it makes me laugh a LOT. LOL.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1333)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "No Monty Python/Terry Pratchet, but VERY Witty"
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    The Pratchet/Python mentions in other reviews drew me in. This book is DEFinitely none of that (over the top extreme craziness), ...but it is VERY witty in a dry, understated way. Very Nice, if you like that sort of humor. The tale DOES travel across magical spaces and into mythological places... but not in a flamboyant sort of way. Low key and Understated are very good words for this tale. Interesting. Unusual. Entertaining. Ok. Very thorough in the police procedural sort of department. Not sure how I feel about it actually. Very real world for all the fantastical slant (and NOT in a "reality TV" sort of way :) LOL. There is a "quality" to the story and that's a fact. Anyway. I'm not a professional critic. I'm an artist who like a book with LOTS of imagination. Form your own opinion. Book 2 was on sale and I picked it up, but I think I'll take a little break in between.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "Not FASCINATING ...but VERY interesting :)"
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    Interesting. Entertaining. Enjoyable. Reminds me of old-school sci-fi sort of thinking... why, how, etc. (re:mankind). Reminiscent of the "golden age of sci-fi" sort of thinking... but from a modern perspective. Some VERY interesting thoughts included within the premise :) Note: The author likes to be in control of the story and tends to hold some things back in order to surprise you...but he doesn't keep you in suspense about it for tooooo long. I'd rather be a part of the story rather than an audience member but that's a teeney thing really. Don't know if I'll be looking up more from the author... but I DID enjoy this ride. It didn't wow me, but it was very nice. The story wasn't what I expected... even when deeply into the tale, it kept trying to move around and change. I like that. LOL. Anyway..."interesting" is the word that keeps coming to mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4420)
    Performance
    (3069)
    Story
    (3107)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Scandalous and titillating details... blech. barf."
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    Nice balance of description vs. dialog, etc. Well done... it's just the choice of details I don't care for. In The KingKiller Chronicles, you are given DETAILS. "Boring" details, interesting details... the kind that make a Life (or at least simulate it somewhat)...and it just happens to occur in fantasy land. It's not all titillating and scandalous things that only happen a LOT on TV, etc...with the window dressing of fantasy. I mean really... the only way to show movement in a story is NOT by JUST setting up adversarial relationships between a whole bunch of people. If I wanted THAT kind of story...I'd head for "fiction" baby...or watch some "reality" TV. Ugh. This is SCI FI/FANTASY. I wish they'd come up with a new category SCI FI FI? "Reality" Fantasy? LOL. Anyway. This story doesn't drag as much as many of this sort....but it does start bogging down as the "characters" gain "momentum". I mean, we have to find out about the slave collar that makes women do things that they'd rather not... and the sad widow who is turned on by the beautiful, mysterious young lady... and the bureaucrat who is more wealthy son than fair minded official... and the boy charged with rape who didn't really rape THAT girl, the slavers and their past, etc. etc. etc. Jeez. It's a shame. I REALLY enjoyed the Dresden stories. They got kinda dark in the details...but...the story MOVED along nicely and had humorous highlights (Bob, the Skull, etc.). I got EIGHT HOURS into this one and said, "I've had it." Stopping here baby. Not my cup o' tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1495)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "ABSOLUTELY flabbergasted... and embarassed. LOL."
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    I can't believe that THIS series was counted as one of my FAVORITE's for soooo long. Jeez. I JUST got book 1 ...with tons of trepidation. I have recently re-purchased a few books that I had put in that "Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy Books of All Time" category ....which did NOT live up to expectations. Well, just add another one to the bunch. I am amazed. I realize NOW that this was a mild precursor to George RR Martin's series: very early soap opera (a feuding fantasy royal family dancing across magic space, etc.). Wow. Don't get me wrong. The first time I read George RR Martin's books I was amazed. I loved them. It was when I went to re-read them to get up to speed for Feast Of Crows... that I realized how much I disliked them. To this day I haven't read Feast Of Crows...although I do own it. LOL. All the soap opera elements: double-crossing EVERYONE, adultery, murder, etc. etc. ... while the fantasy elements are pushed into the background. At least the Amber series was VERY mild in that aspect (that's why it was a precursor). The magic is MORE present than the soap opera.... or at least they're running even-Steven. Anyway.

    The character development is very thin. The story is extremely dialog driven (and it's TV dialog nonetheless). Etc. Etc. Wow. I was SUCH a sucker. Apparently I was.... easily satisfied and at that.... with FLUFF! LOL.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7457)
    Performance
    (6597)
    Story
    (6591)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Not bad but ya gotta like guns :)"
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    The self-deprecating humor of the main character keeps it humble (and funny)... which kinda balances out some of the over-the-top comic book action. Which isn't a bad thing but, it's very much a Game brought to "life" (so to speak). Guns are given loving attention and LOTS of detail but it's not gory. Go figure. This book runs a strange balance. Know these things and you'll probably enjoy it tremendously. Very much in the style of an arranged/managed roller coaster ride (I can't tell you why I say this without really giving away details that could spoil your story and I won't do that). Interesting characters. Interesting situations. But. I won't be going onwards... but I'm sure PLENTY of people will... and... quite happily :)

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Count Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (445)

    A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

    Michael says: "Where've you been all my life?"
    "Young Gibson --> one of the easiest to enter..."
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    Gibson writes with a very dense, thick weaving of concepts... artistically presented :) This early book is very easy to get into and pretty easy to follow (comparatively speaking). Almost plain English from a Gibson-ion fan sort of standpoint. BUT you will have to pay a little bit of attention until you get your feet under you. LOL. Three separate story lines converge, slowly. Very interesting story. Not terribly dated...but a tad...although not in a too jarring way if you are willing to let the story carry you along. I enjoyed it a LOT... but I'm not really "normal". Form your own opinion :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Hard Day’s Knight: Nightside, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside. London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.

    Doc says: "A Dark Green"
    "Cheese to the Xth factor..."
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    Very very cheesy and corny dialog. Think of every old fashioned PI story or movie you've ever seen and THIS incorporates ALL of the cliche lines, etc. ...gathered into one tall tale. You're being TOLD a story by a PI (who KNOWS everything and could NOT be surprised by anything 'cause he's seen it all...). You are not invited into the story, you are sat firmly on the sidelines...outside the story but in reach of the supposed witticisms. Sorry. Don't mean to be a smart a** about it, but the main character tends to bring that sort of thing out. LOL. I laughed all the way through part one (it was THAT cheesy) and when part two started...I realized that I could NOT finish this one. It was just too much. Ugh. Anyway. If you like the TRADITIONAL sort of private eye story (think Barretta, etc.)...you will probably appreciate this one. I didn't even make it back into the nightside (the second half of the story) so I missed out on all of the magical stuff. The irony is that I am a HUGE King Arthur buff, so it is shocking that I just couldn't get through to the end. I guess my tolerance for really corny, cliched dialog did me in. The narration was excellent. Go figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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