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Rush

BENBROOK, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 10 reviews
  • 92 ratings
  • 197 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7475)
    Performance
    (6614)
    Story
    (6607)

    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"
    "I a trudging read for me."
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    The thousands of people that love this book series will probably hate this review. I have been looking for a new contemporary monster-hunter series to sate my appetites. I did not enjoy much of this book unfortunately. It reads like a comic book or pulpy action novel. If that's what you're looking for in a book however, then this story might be for you. I'm just not big on pulp.

    Most of the dialogue was either a confident person who knows something talking down to someone who is ignorant of something, empathetic comments from people while someone else talks about something sad, or a juvenile back and forth between people who dislike each other. I prefer more breadth in dialogue, personally.

    The writer really enjoys talking about guns and ordinance. Unfortunately the majority of his descriptions consist of name-dropping the name of gun manufacturers or simply translating an acronym without going into further detail, so if you're not a gun nut then you have no idea what the weapon he's getting so excited about even looks like without hitting up Google (which I did on multiple occasions). Even the one gun he goes into great detail about gives relative descriptions compared to another gun of it's type rather than giving you specifics. The handle was longer than normal? Well how long is it normally!? I'm obviously not in the writer's target audience.

    All in all, I was hoping for more intelligence from this story. I really liked the writer's ideas and portrayals of both the old man in Pitt's head and the Cursed One. The narrator also does an excellent job. The few positives were not enough to counter the negatives for me however, so I will not be continuing the series. Luckily I still have a good list of other first-books of contemporary monster-hunting series to go through on my Audible wish list.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Feels like old-school Lovecraft"
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    The Good:
    It was a very well written book. I found myself feeling dread just from the author's description of a log in the ground. Not something easily done for me! I can't go into too much depth without giving anything a way, but it does have that Lovecraftian journal-writing feel that slowly injects you with growing dread of something that shouldn't be.

    Jeremy Northam does a good job as the narrator and by the end of the book you really feel he is the voice of the protagonist.

    The Bad:
    There are a few thoughts and declarations of male homosexuality that Michelle Paver crams in near the end of the book that I didn't feel were really needed, but the story was still great despite it. Not sure why she decided to add it. There isn't any physical homosexual contact. It's all in the guy's head. However, you won't miss anything by skipping the few tiny bits that she included if you are the homophobic type.

    Also, if you are seeking an action-packed read, then you will not find it here. You should probably look for a different novel if that's what floats your boat.

    Overall:
    All in all Dark Matter was a great horror story that I enjoyed a great deal. Anyone who enjoys tales of growing dread and creepy horror stories, but isn't looking for action, should definitely give this audiobook a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10686)
    Performance
    (9549)
    Story
    (9525)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Funny and action-packed without being pulpy"
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    Kevin Hearne made a modern-day novel about magic and monsters that actually comes across as believable. The Iron Druid's ability to be both aloof and caring about something at the same time is extremely amusing. He loves his dog and cherishes chilling on the front porch with a little the old lady down the street. He's not bothered by innocent people who ignorantly walk into death when they are disrespectful or have a bad attitude, but he tries to make sure that their deaths don't get him in trouble with the law. I was very pleased with the writing and the characters.

    Luke Daniels did a great job of narrating. His accents are well performed, which is where a lot of narrators tend to fall short in my experience. I do think that Oberon's voice (the dog) could've used a bit more intelligence in some scenes, as it didn't always match with the ideas the dog was conveying later on, but it's an understandable voice for him if the narrator hadn't read the full book before choosing it and the rest of the narration was very good, so I let it slide.

    All in all, from the delight I obtained in this novel, I'm already to pick up the sequel when my next Audible credit comes in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Falling: Forever Twilight, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Crowther
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    First, the flash. A glare of light, just before dawn, followed by utter darkness. A vast blanketing nothingness that covers the whole Earth. Then, the disappearances begin. Friends and strangers alike, swallowed by the darkness…. A lucky few are returned, but they are altered, changed. For the people of Jesman’s Bend, it feels like the end of the world. But this is only the very start.

    Rush says: "Couldn't get through it"
    "Couldn't get through it"
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    I only made it a quarter of the way into the novel before putting it down. I was put off by the level of detail in the history of the characters. There was simply too much of it. The book starts off by telling you what has happened then spends an extensive amount of time talking about the past and thoughts of the people it's introducing you to without telling you why. I was disappointed by how far I got into the novel without it giving you more information about the event the books is supposedly revolving around. I know this is the start of the series and such books often start out slow in order to introduce you to it's players, but this one took it too far for me to put up with. I'm not big on books that try to cram an entire person's history into your face before getting to the actual story. I prefer getting to know characters by their personality being spread out and interspersed with the actual story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (295)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Daryl says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Confusingly Entertaining"
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    I am not sure what the hell it is that I just read exactly, but oddly enough I liked it. It was well written and the narration was not bad. It reads more like standard fiction than sci-fi until near the end of the book when you suddenly get slapped in the face. The story revolves around relationships and the quirkiness of small town life meshed with a rather unexpected, zany secret. I strongly suggest not going into this book with any expectations in your head as to what it's supposed to be or you will be disappointed. If you can manage to wrap your head around that idea early on, then you may find yourself enjoying it as I had.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4357)
    Performance
    (2778)
    Story
    (2809)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Good story, bad dialogue"
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    I only made it 2/3rds of the way through the book before putting it down. I really enjoyed the story and the descriptive fashion of the objects and environments. But the two-dimensional characters and the dialogue drove me far enough away that I couldn't enjoy it anymore. I really wanted to like this series as it has been hard for me to find a good contemporary sci-fi book about monster-hunters and/or paranormal investigators, which is slightly infuriating as Howard Phillips Lovecraft, August Derleth, and F. Paul Wilson have all made it one of my favorite genres.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2088)
    Performance
    (1607)
    Story
    (1615)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "More Warded Man goodness."
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    I strongly suggest reading the Warded Man first before picking this sequel up. Also, be aware that the first half of the book is from Jardir's point of view (as indicated in the synopsis). That being said, if you enjoyed the first book, then you will enjoy this one as well. The characters are definitely maturing, but also have not changed radically from who they were before. We are also given a slight glimpse into the inner workings of the Core and the demons that live there, along with being introduced to some new elite demons that aren't the simple, mindless brutes that sprout up from the ground every night. I was very happy that they kept Pete Bradbury as the narrator as he does an excellent job. I look forward to grabbing the third book as soon as it is released.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2881)
    Performance
    (2210)
    Story
    (2227)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Surprised me and pulled me in against my will."
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    I was looking for more of a contemporary, post-apocalyptic fantasy book when I came across this novel. The synopsis was very intriguing and the narration in the sample wasn't bad, so I picked it up despite it not being what I was looking for. I expected to not make it very far in, as I tend to give up on books quickly if the first chapter can't hold my attention. I thought the demons would feel hokey and put me off to the rest of the story. Surprisingly, I found myself unable to put it down. The characters and world are well-detailed and quite engrossing. The narration is good as well. I liked it so much that once I was done with it instantly had to pick up the sequel, The Desert Spear.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Infective People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Todd Rose
    • Narrated By Nicholas Tecosky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Through a heady cocktail of drugs and the occult, Bosley slips through time and space and glimpses The End. Cities lay in ruins, and those who still cling to life hide in the rubble like frightened animals. Walking carcasses shamble through the debris exacting a horrible fate upon any living they find. This horrific future is the only world fourteen year old Ocean has ever known. Starving and alone, she struggles for even the most basic of necessities: food, water, shelter, love….

    Amanda says: "WEIRD YET CAPTIVATING"
    "Uniquely Awesome"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was very well written and narrated to boot. Not your average zombie book. In fact, you rarely see any zombies in this story. The horror and fun that happen in this book revolves around people and the things that they do to survive and protect. I loved the main character. I got to the end of the book and wanted more. Too bad it's a one-shot. I definitely appreciated the time I had with this story though, otherwise I wouldn't be disappointed that it ended. :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (360)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Cliff says: "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"
    "More good than bad"
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    What other book might you compare Technomancer to and why?

    The base them is pretty similar to Sci-Fi channel's mini-series, The Lost Room, as another customer mentioned.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really enjoyed the way the narrator read the book up until I heard him do his first accent. It got worse when I heard is second accent. Whether he's doing an Oriental accent or a Hispanic accent, they all sound like they're from India. It was really bugging me, so I just pretended like all of the accented characters were actually Indian and it wasn't so bad after that. The rest of the narration was gold.


    Was Technomancer worth the listening time?

    Yes. Once I got past the bad accents, the story was quite fun. B.V.Larson is really good at making you feel the details with his descriptions. There's also a lot of both contemporary fantasy and horror in it. Fans of both genres will likely get a kick out of it.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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