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Geekomancy Audiobook

Geekomancy

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Publisher's Summary

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this original urban fantasy book about Geekomancers - humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?

©2012 Michael R. Underwood (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-13-14
    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrators voice made me grit my teeth"
    What did you love best about Geekomancy?

    The story, it's a good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ree. Obviously she's the primary character...but she's fun, witty, sexy, sweet, and something that every nerd wishes the girls he built up the courage to talk to would turn out to be.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Farhat?

    Anyone. Her pitch was just at that level that felt like nails on a chalkboard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Flanders, NJ, United States 05-30-13
    Amazon Customer Flanders, NJ, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Did anyone actually listen to this befor releasing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Using a narrator that was capable of producing sounds less like fingernails on a chalk board, for a start.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael R. Underwood again?

    I'd definitely pre-listen, first


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Farhat’s performances?

    NEVER


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Geekomancy?

    All references to the Gamers skill / power rankings. --- very tedious


    Any additional comments?

    Warning to all: please preview / listen before purchasing

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 06-18-13
    Jason 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I hope this one turns into an ongoing series"
    If you could sum up Geekomancy in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Geeky FUN


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ree for sure she is every Nerd/Geeks Dream Girl Gamer, Comics, Movie Quotes and HOT. I got a Superman Kingdom Come shirt because of this book.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Farhat – was your favorite?

    Ree of course


    Any additional comments?

    the stats when she meets new people is great. and the Princess Bride references are great too, my friends and I do this all time. A TV Show or movie version could be GREAT. I vote Kevin Smith to write and Direct.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    phillip 08-30-16
    phillip 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "beat you over the head with pop culture references"

    beats you over the head with pop culture references and never let's up. this is the kind of story that hides it's mediocrity and unlikable characters behind an overabundance of Pop Culture references. every other line of dialogue name drops of a piece of pop culture or someone involved in something related to pop culture such as directors actors and authors. this is the book equivalent of the Annoying kid and who tries way too hard to prove how geeky they in other words this is the most blatant example of trying way too hard to be "cool"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Oliver 06-23-16
    Jay Oliver 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Second read through"

    The first time I listened to this, I came away conflicted, so I thought I'd try again.
    I'm still conflicted.
    Julia Farhat and I didn't get along during this narration. I found fault with her delivery, and she blithely ignored my grumblings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ona 10-27-15
    Ona 10-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Fun and Light"
    Would you listen to Geekomancy again? Why?

    Yes, but not for a while. It was fun to listen to, and I would remember it too well right now.


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

    No, not really. It was a little bit like work by Felicia Day, and borrowed a bit from other works that are based on gaming concepts. It was light, it was funny, and rested gently on my mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kezia Longmont, CO, United States 10-17-15
    Kezia Longmont, CO, United States 10-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Geek Heaven"
    Where does Geekomancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On par with Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Armada, Geekomancy is easily one of my favorite ultra-geeky books!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Geekomancy?

    Start to finish, this is a fun, action packed book, but if I were to pick a favorite moment ti would probably be when Ree is learning what she can do and channels the BBC's Sherlock Holmes. The sheer coolness factor coupled with Underwood's quirky writing kept me smiling despite Ree's serious circumstances at the time.


    What aspect of Julia Farhat’s performance would you have changed?

    Julia Farhat has a lovely voice but reads with a distracting cadence that would sometimes pull me out of the story. Still, it was not distracting enough to deter me from the story and is still well worth listening to.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aamund 08-26-15
    Aamund 08-26-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Lsten to the narration b4 you buy"
    Where does Geekomancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mainly, the audio quality. I don't know if it is the mixing of the recording, or the narrator. Every time she says "Ree", it is annoyingly loud and treble enhanced, and unpleasantly loud in a grates on my nerves way. It's like any bass or mid-level tones were filtered out, and recorded with a flat filter. I really like the series (I listened to the 2nd book first, and really liked it). So sample before you buy, is my best advice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Geekomancy?

    the name "REE" being blasted at me.


    What aspect of Julia Farhat’s performance would you have changed?

    The equalizer settings.


    Any additional comments?

    No, I don't want to dissuade anyone from giving this book a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stickerooni Minnesota 06-10-15
    stickerooni Minnesota 06-10-15
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    "This is why we READ books."
    What did you like best about Geekomancy? What did you like least?

    I love the pop culture references and anyone who is even remotely a 'geek' will get many of the references. It's just pure fun. Like living in a role playing game.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    Good question ... it's not like anything I've read before, but I haven't read a lot of urban fantasy.


    How could the performance have been better?

    ANYTHING would have made the performance better. I've read some of the other reviews that have hated the performance and they are spot on. I can deal with a narrator's voice, as long as there is some inflection involved. This struck me as a 1980's tape recording for the blind sort of reading. Every word was crisp and clear and there was no intent or meaning behind anything. At one point I thought to myself, "Wow...they couldn't get a reader who actually understood the pop culture references that were being mentioned?" And I noticed then that every sentence was being read in EXACTLY the same way. It was like watching a college production of Shakespeare ... where no one knew what they were saying, but they fell in to a rhythmic speaking pattern.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows why it is SO important to get the RIGHT person narrating. A clear speaking voice doesn't mean the voice is right for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13
    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, poor narration."
    What would have made Geekomancy better?

    A different voice reading the audiobook to me.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    This is like the Dresden Files series, but Ree is a lot less jaded at this point than Harry is, and there are a lot more nerd references.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded monotonous. I could always tell she was reading. Her voice also had a quality that irked me personally, which is my fault, not hers.


    What character would you cut from Geekomancy?

    One of the Rhyming ladies. There are three of them all filling the fairly small and simple role of the best friend that is not a part of Ree's new world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun book, not only because of the enjoyable premise and likeable characters, but also because it becomes a sort of game to attempt to catch and place all the references.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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