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Troy

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Roadside Picnic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Olena Bormashenko (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty", something goes wrong.

    Ryan says: "Gritty, resonant sci-fi classic"
    "Fantastic Forgotten Classic"
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    Any additional comments?

    Aliens have come and gone, leaving behind zones of strange and lethal artifacts. Like moths to a flame, some people who still live near the zones are fascinated by the mystery and thrill of obtaining bits of alien refuse, though most pay for it with their life. It's hard for me to remember that this book was written in the early 70's. And as a life-long reader of science fiction I can't believe I am discovering it for the first time at age 46. What a fantastic read! And what a great reader! Forster's voice fits the story perfectly. The only thing I struggled a little with was that each of the four sections of the book represents a jump forward in time. If you are looking at the print, the white space and bold section headers shout out the importance of these shifts, but in listening they fly by quickly. If you are not paying close attention you may get a little lost.

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  • The Tombs of Atuan: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    A bold young wizard enters the labyrinth of the sacred Tombs of Atuan to steal the magical ring of Erreth-Akbe. Instead, he finds an unhappy priestess in need of a hero to save her.

    Troy says: "In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy"
    "In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you liked The Wizard of Earthsea, this is a must-read sequel. I love how LeGuin pulls on a few threads from the first novel but mostly departs into a completely different tale ... in tone, structure, plot, and even in geography. Marginalizing Ged as a character until halfway through is a brilliant stroke and gives us a new character to care about in the form of a young girl, chosen one of the old powers of the Earth. The result is powerful ... lyrical, dusky, narrow in scope. Wow. It probably works best for young adults, as a coming of age story for girls. But it has a universal appeal.


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  • Morlock Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By K. W. Jeter
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Just what happened when the Time Machine returned? Having acquired a device for themselves, the brutish Morlocks return from the desolate far future to Victorian England to cause mayhem and disruption. But the mythical heroes of Old England have also returned, in the hour of the country’s greatest need, to stand between England and her total destruction.

    Troy says: "Great Idea, Disappointing Execution IMO"
    "Great Idea, Disappointing Execution IMO"
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    What did you like best about Morlock Night? What did you like least?

    The premise - of carrying forward in some way from the amazing story of The Time Machine - is a great one. I like that idea very much and it is probably the primary reason I purchased the book. However, the loose plotting, lack of internal consistency in relation to the source material, and general goofiness was not to my taste.


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  • The Farthest Shore: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    Return to Earthsea with Ged, the brash young wizard who survived the enchanted labyrinth of The Tombs of Atuan. In the third episode of this brilliant fantasy saga, a much older Ged sets off on a harrowing quest for the source of a terrible darkness that is taking the magic out of Earthsea.

    Dana says: "Lovely voice"
    "A Decent End to the Original Trilogy"
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    If you could sum up The Farthest Shore in three words, what would they be?

    Ged appears as a mature wizard of great power, but he faces a pervasive and insidious evil.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ursula K. Le Guin? Why or why not?

    I have. Many. She is a great wordsmith. I've read all the Earthsea books and they are all good.


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

    Inglis is fantastic. Having him read both this and Lord of the Rings is a real blessing to the fans of both.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure what I wanted out of this book. I first read it as a child and was a little ... I don't know. I expected something different, but I wasn't disappointed exactly. As an adult it resonates a bit more with me but it still has a kind of understated power. The Earthsea fantasies really are quite a bit different from just about any other fantasy you will read. They have a dignity and wisdom to them.

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  • 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
    (10730)
    Performance
    (7635)
    Story
    (7639)

    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"
    "An Imperfect but Charismatic Beginning"
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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Would I? Well, I have. Twice.


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

    This is a great book to swallow in a few gulps. Maybe over a really long drive or two. The chapters move along quickly and never grow dull.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a perfect book. There's a lot going on ... maybe too much. But it establishes a bunch of great characters and staple ingredients of the Dresden Files that will pay off again and again over the next dozen+ novels. This is where it all begins and it is undeniably charming.

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  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6386)
    Performance
    (4621)
    Story
    (4618)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Where Dresden Files Turns the Corner"
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    Storm Front and Fool Moon were both good, but this one really kicks the series into high gear. We are introduced to a few new important characters and we see that there is going to be real, substantive change/growth in the characters over time. Butcher manages to make us care about the characters and then threatens the hell out of them in this novel (and the ones that come after). Marsters, as always, is superb.

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  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5523)
    Performance
    (4089)
    Story
    (4084)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Ghouls, Ogres, Fairies, and Vampires Oh My!"
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    What other book might you compare Summer Knight to and why?

    Butcher's love for the Chronicles of Amber really shows in this episode of the Dresden Files. Of all his Dresden novels, this one comes the closest to high fantasy rather than a fantasy horror blend. As Harry moves through the Never-Never one is reminded of the Amberites walking through shadows, being waylaid by all kinds of magical beings. And Harry really is a Corwin-like trickster-hero, pulling solutions to the impossible situations he finds himself in out of nowhere.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read these books in print, Summer Knight was my least favorite. Hearing Masters read it really changed my opinion of the book. He makes it come alive.

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  • The Hot Rock: The First Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    John Dortmunder and company are hired by an U.N. African Ambassador to steal the famed Balabomo Emerald from the hands of a rival African country. But their daring and clever burglarly goes awry, and the emerald slips through their fingers. Undaunted, Dortmunder chases the gem by plane, train and automobile in hot pursuit of the hot rock.

    William says: "Dortmunder is on his game in this fun introduction"
    "Oh No! Not Again!"
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    If you could sum up The Hot Rock in three words, what would they be?

    Really? Not Again! -- "How many times does Dortmunder have to steal this thing?" It's a fair question and one that you will be asking yourself throughout the novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, you can't take it too seriously. Unlike Westlake's Parker novels (written under the name Richard Stark), the Dortmunder novels are penned in a comic vein. The feel is a bit like Ocean's Eleven.


    Any additional comments?

    Woodman delivers a great performance. I was constantly chuckling. The characters are well delineated and Westlake's language, as usual, is spot on. Good stuff.

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  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7250)
    Performance
    (5324)
    Story
    (5301)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Part Kolchak, Part Rockford, Part Dr. Strange!"
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    Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice already. Marsters does a great job with Harry's wry wit and never-say-die attitude. As with most of the early Dresden Files books, there's a lot going on in this one. Maybe a bit too much, but it doesn't mar the enjoyment any. Highly entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Fool Moon to and why?

    I mentioned some fictional characters in a similar vein - Kolchak the Night Stalker (as the bumbler who good-naturedly dives into trouble), Jim Rockford (as the dogged investigator who gets beat up a lot), and Dr. Strange (as the accomplished practitioner of the magical arts fighting all comers). The closest influence, however, might be The Chronicles of Amber - not in subject as much as in tone and flair.


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

    Yeah. He's great. The later ones are more highly polished/produced, but he never disappoints.


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

    Yes. This would be a great book for a long drive. It never bores you.


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  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
    "Amusing Crime Hijinx from Dortmunder and Crew"
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    If you could sum up Bank Shot in three words, what would they be?

    "Stolen bank job." Why waste time cracking the safe onsite when you can drag off the whole bank and crack it at your leisure. That's the hypothesis that Dortmunder and crew test in this, the second book in the series.


    What other book might you compare Bank Shot to and why?

    Westlake's Parker series, written under the pen name of Richard Stark, are incredible heist novels of a different sort. The tone is dark and the main characters are generally competent. The Dortmunder novels are a lighter take on the heist story, filled with quirky characters, sloppy execution, and general hilarity. These are thoroughly enjoyable listens (both series).


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

    Jeff Woodman is the perfect choice for this book. He does a fantastic job, putting just enough character into each voice to differentiate them without sounding like one-man's attempt at a full-cast dramatization. After hearing Jeff, I can't imagine anyone else reading these.


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