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Scott

Scooter

Arroyo Grande, Ca | Member Since 2004

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  • 8 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 361 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (593)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "Time to Kill= 4 stars/ King of Torts= 1 star"
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    A Time to Kill is a well written story with excellent characters and an interesting plot (solid 4 stars). I was engaged and interested throughout. King of Torts on the other hand, for me, would be a one star novel at best. It started off interesting (Tequila Watson case), and then turns 180 degrees into the doldrums and never looks back. The rest of the book which is about 90% of the story goes absolutely nowhere. A HUGE disappointment. One of the most unavailing books I have ever read or listened to. I still have no idea what was the point of the story. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting until the very end, but BAZINGA, there is none!! What about the characters? To quote Shakespeare's Henry VI ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.'' Would have greatly improved my rating, and cut my misery short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1839)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Surprised, not my usual, but I really enjoyed it."
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    This book was a pleasant surprise for me. It was recommended by a friend so I bought it for my kindle, and I really enjoyed the story. I bought the audiobook as a refresher before reading Two for the Dough. C.J. Criitt performs this book well, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic comedy movies such as Knight and Day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (408)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "Ready for Part 2"
    "Left me wanting more/novella made me feel cheated."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my kind of audiobook. It combines Sci-fi, and mystery/thriller which are both genres that I enjoy. The story is very well done, and I was engaged by the characters in the book. Amber Benson was fantastic, but Wil Wheaton is an excellent reader so I assume that his performance is great as well. I have two complaints, and the first is really a positive. Firstly, the book felt too short and left me wanting more. Secondly, the last 2+ hours is a novella about Haden's syndrome, but I found this uninteresting and could not finish it. As I got close to the end of the story there were still several chapters left so I expected a plot twist, or some further story development that did not happen. This left a negative impression that ultimately lessened my enjoyment. I wished they used that time to further the story, or to elaborate more on the history of the two main characters: Chris Shane, and Leslie Vann.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Queen: The Golden Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Insectoid Dronons have slain the queen Semarritte, throwing into chaos the ten thousand worlds over which she reigned. Desperate to save mankind, Lord Veriasse, Semarritte's near-immortal consort, has created a new queen: Everynne, cloned from her dead mother. Born to rule, Everynne instead is on the run, often only one planet ahead of advancing forces of the invaders, who recognize that Everynne is a powerful rallying point for threatened humanity.

    Brad Swift says: "Captivating Story"
    "Not good/not bad just average."
    Overall
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    Story is a decent mix of sci-fi & fantasy. The problem is sometimes it drags on and I would lose interest, and other times was quite entertaining. The overall result is just okay. Also, the reader is somewhat drab which does not help. I did enjoy all of the different characters/villians in the book. That being said, the second book in the series is just AWFUL!! Not sure how I made it all the way through, and tuned out large sections while listening. It is to this date the only audiobook I have ever returned for a credit and I only paid $4.95.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5617)
    Performance
    (5094)
    Story
    (5107)

    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."
    "X-men/Watchmen/Sci-fi noir = Hard Magic = FUN."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a FUN book to listen to. It has all the elements of a Hollywood summer blockbuster. Lots of great action sequences, likable heros and evil villains, and an interesting story that moves the action along well. I also enjoyed the parallel universe type twist on real historical figures, cities, and inventions. I visualized the human X-men and Watchmen set loose in the 1940's, and pummeling each other until one side is victorious. Good performance/narration with the exception of Faye (nails/chalkboard) which is why 4 star performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11379)
    Performance
    (8248)
    Story
    (8255)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Must have first in series, but not the best."
    Overall
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    This is a better than average audiobook; a solid 3.5 stars. The story is entertaining, but the narration is more along the lines of a reading than a performance. James Marsters has evolved into one of my favorite audiobook readers. His performance in later books in the series are brilliant, but this reading is somewhat flat. This one feels like a first effort, and while very good, it is not great. Still is well worth the credit and was a huge bargain as I picked this up as a $4.95 sale. This is a must listen for me as I highly recommend The Dresden Files series as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22300)
    Performance
    (13700)
    Story
    (13842)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great beginning and ending; slowed in the middle."
    Overall
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    Giving this book a 3.5. I wanted it to be great, but for me it just did not achieve that level of storytelling throughout. Found myself losing interest in the middle as things seemed to get bogged down in details (i.e. Demosthenes and Locke). The performances are better than average and worthy of 3.5 to 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3655)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1848)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "Don't think about it, just proceed to checkout!"
    Overall

    This is my favorite book of the Dark Tower series. So much is happening within the subplots of this book it is like getting a half dozen interrelated short stories in one title. While I believe that all the books are great (and should be read) I recommend this book as the one to buy if you are thinking about listening to the entire series. Yes, it helps to have read the 4 previous books for character developement, and a complete understanding of the storyline. I also believe that many of the interstories such as the Priest's tale, Granpere's tale, the fable of Gray Dick, and the main story involving the people of the Calla (including Andy messenger robot "many other functions") and the Wolves are unique to this book and do not require a further knowledge of the storyline in able to enjoy them. It has it's own beginning, middle, and end even though it leaves the series at a precarious crossroad. This book contains noble yet ruthless heros(gunslingers), vampires, robots, a fallen priest, betrayal, travel between our world and theirs, a mystical artifact of pure benevolent evil, and a final showdown worthy of any great adventure story. What else could you possibly ask for? Stephen King's true talent lies in his creation of imagery so powerful you will feel as though you are right in the middle of the action. This story made me want to pick up one of Roland's talismanic guns and join the fight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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