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sgtbuk1

sgtbuk1

Knoxville, TN United States | Listener Since 2003

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  • 22 reviews
  • 157 ratings
  • 257 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Child Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brom
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    The award-winning artist Brom takes us on a haunting look at the true world of Peter Pan, in his first full-length novel. From modern day New York to the dying land of Faerie, The Child Thief reveals the world of Peter Pan through the eyes of an insecure runaway who is seduced by Peter’s charm. But any dreams of a fairy wonderland are quickly replaced by the reality of life and death survival as Peter’s recruits are forced into a lethal battle in which the line between good and evil is blurred.

    Lollielollielollie says: "Very well done."
    "The darkest Pan ever!"
    Overall

    You'll find yourself cringing more than once while listening to this. Fits well in both the fantasy and horror genres. I really liked the afterward by Brom as well, it gave insight into what inspired such a twisted take on Peter and the Lost Boys. The Disneysation of Peter Pan is over! Long live the Child Thief!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (669)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "Needs more swash, less buckling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First off: great performance! Sound effects and everything, like an old radio show. However, palace intrigue stories make me yawn. The swordplay didn't happen enough to get though the tedium of who-said-what-to-whoever. Not my cup of tea, but still well done.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ghoul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.

    Amanda says: "CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!"
    "Yawn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You have to be a master horror writer to have your monster talk in the first few chapters of a book. We dread what we don't understand at first. Keene's monster has his "villain dialogue" right up front, telling us his evil plan and defusing any scares this tale might have brought, if I'd been awake enough to continue. I'll add this to my long list of abandoned audiobooks.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (753)

    In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

    Bonnie says: "Book 3 in the Sandman series The best yet"
    "An awesome wrap-up for Sandman Slim!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Filled with great one-liners and the ultra-violence we've all come to love from our favorite antihero, Sandman Slim, this one packs a wallop and take you back to where it all began. I'll f***ing miss this guy, though I hope I'll never meet him in the hereafter 'cause he would totally kick my ass!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Those Across the River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate - the Savoyard Plantation - and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

    Charles says: "Major Sound Issues"
    "Southern Gothic fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I won't spoil what sub-genre this falls into, but I will say Buehlman did a great job with some incredible literary chops. I love stories set in the Depression anyway.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wasteland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Keith Crews
    • Narrated By John Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Angelo Marchetti is dead. However, death is not the end for the mafia hitman, but rather a doorway into a harsh frontier otherwise known as the Wasteland. Armed with just his Elitario training and signature tools of the killing trade known as Thunder and Lightning, he must confront the forces of darkness in order to survive.Lost upon the flat tundra of a frozen wilderness, he traverses the barren plateau until he finds a small ghost-like-town named “Boondocks.”

    Sarah says: "Loved it!"
    "Unlikable Protagonist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Crews spins a Mafia-yarn with very little in the way of the supernatural category it's listed in. I was almost done with it when the author made a crucial, amateurish mistake: he made the protagonist unredeemable. Sure, we knew he was a hit-man, but his actions spoke louder than the "love" that supposedly drove him. I have to at least have some connection with a protagonist, even if he's a bad guy. Take "Sandman Slim," for example. He's been to hell itself, enjoys violence quite a bit. But ultimately, he's still half-angel, making him do what he does for good. Even the serial-killing Dexter works for the side of justice. Crews' characters are stereotypes, not worth your time.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (10682)
    Performance
    (9948)
    Story
    (9952)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "I'm sorry it's over!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    By far the best book I've read/listened to in years. I can't recommend it more highly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • InterWorld

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    Joey Harker isn't a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces: armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

    Gurmukh says: "A good listen"
    "A fun romp"
    Overall

    Being a Gaiman fanatic, I'm game for anything with his name on it. This one is worthy of a good listen, with fun for grownups and young adults alike. I enjoyed the interdimensional travel the main character embarks upon. A great way to spend your commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3405)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2943)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Don't pass up this little gem!"
    Overall

    Overwhelmingly engaging, I found all the characters delightful. Who knew a Hollywood agent could be so likable? Wil Wheaton brings all his acting talents to bear on this incredibly funny and often profound story. Absolutely brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (676)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "This is Steampunk? Count me out"
    Overall

    With all the hype surrounding Cherie Priest's books, I was really looking forward to this one. But I was sorely disappointed by what it really is: a lame mishmash of Star Warsy "Are you my dad?" and zombies. Even the zombies were extremely uninteresting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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