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I guess I'm just a book fan, always have been. Anything with a dry sense of humour, an epic sprawling story but in Particular- anything Cthulhu...What can I say; I love my horror. From Lovecraft and Poe to modern classics and pulpy fun... I also don't read as much as I should

Perth, Australia | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 236 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • Hissers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ryan C. Thomas
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the last weekend of summer break in the small town of Castor, and four teenage friends are about to attend the most popular end-of-summer high-school party in town… with a massive wave of mutated undead about to crash the party. It's The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil as the teens of Castor fight to stay alive.

    Mike Naka says: "stephen king of zombies"
    "fun with mutant zombies and angsty teens"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If that friend was a fan of pulpy, pop-corn zombie horror with gore, action and a cast of generally troubled high schoolers then yes,
    Hissers is fairly standard within the zombie/survival horror subgenre with enough cliches and tropes to be farmiliar along side some interesting new takes and a genuinely engaging cast of characters (though they do get a little whiny and annoying at times throughout)

    It is also a lot of fun to listen to. If you are already a fan of the genre you will like Hissers, but it probably wont convert you if you aren't already itching for some bloodthirsty zombie action.

    Hissers also feels geared more towards a teenage/young adult audience than a straight up adult horror but it doesn't lack for want of gore, violence and horror

    Would you recommend Hissers to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - I have a lot of friends who are horror/zombie fans

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were times when his readings of various characters was a little flat and homogenized and could have done with a little more variation, but was fine overall.

    Could you see Hissers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    absolutely, though visually I can't help but think hunger-games vs lord of the flies...

    Any additional comments?

    Hissers was fun, comfortably farmiliar zombie horror with enough turns and departures from the standards to keep it interesting and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Phoenix: Monster Squad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Heath Stallcup
    • Narrated By Jack Voorhies

    Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go "bump" in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America 's military came together to form an elite band of rapid-response teams. Their mission: To face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Fun military story about fighting monsters"
    "Give it a miss...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't really encourage anyone to read it - but I suppose if you drooled over the Monster Hunter series and their likes, and were desperate for something to fill the gap between books then this may be just passable ? mostly not though.
    Go read something by Jim Butcher instead.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Heath Stallcup again?

    If this is an example of his typical writing, then no.

    Did Jack Voorhies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    More or less, His narration was mostly fine though he did seem to struggle with keeping several character voices consistent. Voorhies is generally a solid narrator

    What character would you cut from Return of the Phoenix?

    The senators son is terribly written though his existence was purely for the motivations of other characters...

    Any additional comments?

    Look, in short- its a bad book : pacing is off, dialogue is often clunky or sophmoric and it's overly long and incredibly boring.

    The focus jumps between juvenile military training sequences and locker room antics, awfully written romance sub-plots and something that might be comparable to a political thriller if it were written by a teenager with no political knowledge.

    It's also incredibly heavy handed, full of forgettable characters and with a length of about 10 hours it barely manages to include 2 combat sequences (3 if you count a play fight that involves a joke about werewolf boobs).

    For a book sub titled Monster squad that includes an opening narration about the struggles of the people who fight in the shadows to keep us safe from things that go bump in the night there is very little bumping (though there is a fair amount of sex,sex-talk and sex jokes if that's what you look for in a horror/military thriller). What there actually is of monsters and their like is for the most part poorly imagined cliché's of the usual suspects of recent monster movie history.

    It also doesn't actually end: its closing pages are merely there to set up the continuing storyline of the on-going series so don't expect a nice resolution to what little plot there is.

    Once again, its just a bad book. honestly give it a miss

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Sci fi comedy and copyright law= amusing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - while year zero has a very specific kind of humour to it, relating to a particular sub-set of tech/nerd culture it wont appeal to everyone - but it really did to me.

    If you appreciate the likes of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and absurd premises that happen to include a great deal of focus on actual copyright law and music piracy then Year Zero is both entertaining and a little informative.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Rob Reid? Why or why not?

    Yes - his humour is dry, intelligent and more than a little silly and as such enough to make me interested to read/listen to more of his books

    Which character – as performed by John Hodgman – was your favorite?

    While I enjoyed the narrators portrayal of Nick, the central characer, I also really enjoyed his readings of Carly and Frampton and a number of the books smaller, outlandish characters. Hodgman is a great performer and had brought a wide range of characters to life.

    Was Year Zero worth the listening time?

    Yes- a relaxed, easy listen with plenty of humour and amusing characters who make up for the occasionally wavering plot. Year Zero is a genuinely fun listen that got me through a number of long commutes to and from work. Would definitely reccomend

    Any additional comments?

    Year Zero is the kind of book that will appeal to a specific group of people, and while not everyone will appreciate the subject matter and humour, those who do will get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. Year Zero is easy to listen to tech/nerd/sci fi humour

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Christopher says: "what a trip"
    "Solid, fun pleasant surprise"
    What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

    a great performance by the narrator

    Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Konrath? Why or why not?

    yes, I enjoyed Origin - his writing style is laid back and easy to listen to.

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

    Better the Devil you know

    Any additional comments?

    Orign really was a lot of fun to listen to. I bought it after a quick look at the title and synopsis, and I am glad I did. It is a simple enough story with hints at a larger mythology. It is (and I mean this in a good way) a popcorn creature feature technothriller. Its central character is both likable and easy to empathise with, if not a little too 'all around nice guy'.
    The creature in question 'Bub' is a great, menacing creation. Origin has some great horror moments balanced by relatively fast-paced action and storytelling.

    Though the story pans out more or less as you'd expect (and yes, a few moments of predictability and genre cliches), Origin is genuinely a fun listen with interesting characters and good imagery. It even takes a couple of unexpected turns, and delves into some interesting pholisophical subject matter.

    Konrath reads a little like Lincon Child (particuarly the Relic) story wise, and shades of a simpler Chriton... it isn't perfect, but it really is entertaining.

    Short version;If you enjoy occult/creature feature horror with a dash of sci-fi - you will enjoy Origin. And it's begging to be made into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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