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marcus

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  • Silverhand: The Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Morgan Llywelyn, Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Kyle Munley
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    They are "The Arcana". Collectively, they are the ultimate symbols of cosmic power. Millennia ago they were the treasures of the gods of creation, honored and cherished in four great cities since swept away by the rivers of time. The Spear of Light came from Gorias. The city of Falias contained The Stone of Destiny. From Murias came The Cup of Blood. The Sword of Flame was enshrined within Findias....

    marcus says: "Unfortunately Uninteresting"
    "Unfortunately Uninteresting"
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    What would have made Silverhand better?

    I feel as though it tried to carve out this epic fantasy world, but Llewelyn and Scott simply didn't spend enough time giving it a back-story.

    There's a lot of unexplained "mystical babble" and elements to build a world, but it doesn't go anywhere.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A different epic fantasy, maybe one that has a finished series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator, Kyle Munley, really phoned this performance in. I haven't listened to any of his other work, but this monotonous tone and performance isn't enjoyable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. I have read Michael Scott's "Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel" books, and was excited for a more adult story, but it couldn't hold up.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the third book had been published, then maybe I would keep interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Artist: My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
    • Narrated By Greg Sestero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (439)

    Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" (Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

    marcus says: "It Starts coming Together"
    "It Starts coming Together"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unfortunately, I wouldn't because most of my friends haven't seen "The Room," but for the few who have, definitely. I think this book is strongest for fans of "The Room".


    What other book might you compare The Disaster Artist to and why?

    I have no earthly clue, it's a memoir describing the creation of a cult classic that jumps between its production and the events leading up to it. I literally can't think of a single book I've read or listened to like this one.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Sestero – was your favorite?

    His imitation of Tommy Wisseau is phenomenal. He could start a TPW animated show playing Tommy and I'd watch it.


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

    "Can you really trust anyone?"


    Any additional comments?

    I reiterate that this book is definitely for those who've seen "The Room" and love its wonderful absurdity. I think that may be a prerequisite to reading this.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11718)
    Performance
    (10460)
    Story
    (10628)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Fairy Tale in heart, Epic Fantasy in Adaptations"
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    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes I would. Rob Inglis doesn't just read the book to you, he performs it much like an eager parent would read a Dr. Seuss book or other children's book to a child. It fits "The Hobbit" perfectly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's down-to-earth fairy tale tone. Having never read Tolkien before, I mistook The Hobbit for some kind of Epic Fantasy tale like A Song of Ice and Fire or the Eye of the World series--dark, adult, and morally ambiguous. "The Hobbit" has more in common with "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "Little House in the Big Woods", or even "Alice in Wonderland" in terms of tone and imagination. It's a serious book, and it's a book for kids, but it respects the reader's intelligence and their curiosity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **SPOILERS**

    I cannot doubt that every moment with Smaug was fun. I love how underwhelming his death is. He flies out to Lake Town, and they kill him with an arrow to the dent in his scales: The End. I cannot wait to see how Jackson bumbles over that detail.

    Honestly though, the end where Bilbo steals the Arken Stone and takes it to the Wood Elves really touched me, and I love the ideas it teaches about "compromising".


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

    "The Hobbit, or There and Back Again" the Tale that changed the world


    Any additional comments?

    Having familiarized myself with the source material, I don't really like the two existing Jackson adaptations, and found a new respect for Rankin and Bass' animated film. Weird because it always came off as too silly, but so does this book. I think everybody owes it to themselves to read (or listen to) "The Hobbit".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (470)

    We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so…sticky…or strawberry scented. Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to audiobooks with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.

    Alyssa says: "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"
    "A very sardonic reimagining of "The Blob""
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    Would you listen to Jam again? Why?

    I would listen to Jam again. Yahtzee's sultry British accent kept me listening, but the overall story--while ironically hokey--is quite gripping and portrays how an everyday man would handle the Jampocolypse.


    What other book might you compare Jam to and why?

    It reminds me of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" in terms of wonderful cynical characters and a lax, yet urgent, tone of a dire situation. "RPO" and "Jam" both have their absurd moments, yet somehow are completely believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **SPOILERS**

    Initially the Plastic Peoples' introduction was hysterical. However, it as well as the Haibatsu Peoples' moments were somewhat long and drawn out, and the jokes sort of just dropped off. The best moment of the book is during the opening, where the reader does not understand the characters and we get to meet them and their peculiarly average ways.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I did laugh, but it is a dark comedy, and so it isn't non-stop laughter. I had many "Lolwut?" moments throughout that triggered a laugh, and it comes off as fresh, so for humor this is a good bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Yahtzee's sultry British voice excites and entices all listeners to ecstasy. That is all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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