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anthony

I'll see ya in the smoke.

lower lake, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 18 reviews
  • 593 ratings
  • 1075 titles in library
  • 158 purchased in 2014
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  • The Edge of the World: Terra Incognita, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    In a world of sea monsters, mermaids and lost islands, ghost ships, leviathans and weather witches, only the impetuous, the brave or the mad seek adventure at sea. . . After generations of friction, the leaders of two lands meet in the holy city of Ishalem to bring an end to the bloodshed and to divide the world between them.

    Krista says: "Epic"
    "Don't be a dope like me"
    Overall

    LOL, I can't believe what a dope I am, I listened to both part one and two, and halfway through part three before I gave it up. This book is most likely the first in a trilogy, or worse (more than three). If you like to hear a very boring narrator recite the rules and beliefs of a made up religon, and a made up history of a planet, and a boring war, then read on. If your not sure, please listen to the sample first. If you can take Scott Brick's monotonous reading for more than ten minutes, you might like the story. But don't blame me if you lose interest well before I did. I feel kind of bad that I don't remember the names of narrators that I like, but I'll never forget the name Brick, and I'll never listen to another of his titles.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1700)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "SHOULD BE A MOVIE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Because it is stupid and insipid it's sure to be a blockbuster. The bad guys are so baaaad. The hero is so gooood. The doggy is so cuuuute. Jeez, it's a hyper cliche of the entire genre of story.
    Oops I almost forgot, the women are so seeeeexy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (856)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Note to self"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    this is an old book, and it reads like one. basically a oldfashioned space opera, corny and boring. I read it as a kid and thought the whole series was cool, this time I was impressed only by the skill of the narrator. sadly that isn't enough to recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (699)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Really quite a stretch of the imagination"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ewans main character is some kind of odd fabrication that doesn't add up to a believable person. For example (only one of many) he is a thief fantastically adept with locksmithing, but unable to identify a pistol when he finds one, and doesn't know how to unload the pistol, or even to know if the pistol is loaded or unloaded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1928)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1388)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Not so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Written as the first book of series, this book labors on and on establishing a zombie origin, without establishing any character more interesting than any of the countless zombies. Should have been listed as a book written for young adults, or by one.
    The narrator did a good job and instilled a kind of comic book manner of speaking that fit well with the comic book characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13669)
    Performance
    (6057)
    Story
    (6137)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "easy listening, like elevator music"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this book was okay, it was pretty fun to listen to, but ...oh heck, it kind of felt like I was reading a young adult book. That's all. The Narrators did a good job though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (472)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "miles away from Elvis"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is tense, with a kind of sharp edge all the way through. If that makes any sense. The Elvis books include humor and some "tongue in cheek" attitude within stories that may be very tense and violent in places. For me this book was a lot like "Cujo" by Stephen King. Very often I would need to put the book down and walk around for a while before I went back to it. Not a book I would want to read (or listen to) at night before going to sleep.
    In a way, it kind of feels like the book was written to become a movie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "I had to put the book down to warn other readers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Read the reviews by Nan and Wayne before you decide to buy, from what I have listened to so far I agree with them. Although the auther has a lot of his facts straight, his style is stilted, and uncomfortable to listen to. I don't care much for the narrator so far, but that may be the fault of the book itself.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The First Rule: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Robert Crais
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

    Mystery Addict says: "Not Elvis but a good listen"
    "I know what I like"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I may not know if a book is "Great" or not, but (refer to title). I liked this book, and I enjoy reading or listening to all of the Crais books. Sure, some I like more than others, but that just makes them seem more like individuals to me, as if a book were a being. Anyhow, I want to go on the record in support of Robert (do you go by Bob?) Crais narration on this book. I'm not absolutely positive, but this might be the only one of Bobs books I've listened to that had no mispronunciation of southern calif. place and/or street names. See, I like that too. Thank you Mr. Crais.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35906)
    Performance
    (26910)
    Story
    (27294)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "An adult recommended this book to me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, an adult recommended this book, I would even call this person very grown up (these titles not being equal in my opinion) and responsable. So I can only infer that our tastes are quite different. Therefore my review of this book and the small portion of the second in the series that I could force myself to listen to, is of course only my opinion. And we all know about opinions, and opinions are not like elbows.
    I thought the book was childish to the point of a fourteen year olds daydream. The heroine, and all the rest of the characters were shallow and seemed to be only partly developed, again it felt like I was reading some adolescents daydream.
    The narrator spoke in baby talk, I'm sorry I hate writing that, but that's what it felt like. Maybe the narrator felt she was telling the story to children, and maybe that's the whole problem I have with the book. It's a kids book. If you don't want to read a dopey kids book, use your credits on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1590)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1334)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "A little bit too far out for me this time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy the Walt Longmire series, but this time the the supernatural events in the story were stretched out a little too long for me. And Walt is starting to resemble some of the movie characters of California's most recent governor. That boy can sure take a lot of punishment. If this trend continues, I'm afraid Walt is going to turn into some kind of comic or cartoon character, and I'd much rather be able to relate to the character as the man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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