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Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1 | [B. V. Larson]

Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.
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When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash?

After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute. It seems he is one of a special breed, a person with unusual powers. He’s also the prime suspect in a string of murders linked by a series of seemingly mundane objects. The deeper he digs and the harder he works to clear his name, the more Quentin realizes that some truths are better off staying buried….

©2012 B. V. Larson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rush BENBROOK, TX, United States 09-02-12
    Rush BENBROOK, TX, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More good than bad"
    What other book might you compare Technomancer to and why?

    The base them is pretty similar to Sci-Fi channel's mini-series, The Lost Room, as another customer mentioned.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really enjoyed the way the narrator read the book up until I heard him do his first accent. It got worse when I heard is second accent. Whether he's doing an Oriental accent or a Hispanic accent, they all sound like they're from India. It was really bugging me, so I just pretended like all of the accented characters were actually Indian and it wasn't so bad after that. The rest of the narration was gold.


    Was Technomancer worth the listening time?

    Yes. Once I got past the bad accents, the story was quite fun. B.V.Larson is really good at making you feel the details with his descriptions. There's also a lot of both contemporary fantasy and horror in it. Fans of both genres will likely get a kick out of it.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 05-27-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"

    I have been trying out new series to find ones I like while waiting for those I am currently reading. I decided to give this one a try and I am glad that I did.

    I was pretty concerned at first as the first few chapters are almost directly lifted from Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. It was well written though and gets into more unique territory quickly after that. The premise of the series is very cool and is similar to the lost room series on sci-fi years ago.

    The main character has amnesia and I hate that trope. Other than that the character development is good, the story is very interesting and the world makes sense. You really can like the main character and root for him. The meta-story is good enough you want to find out what happens not only in this book, but in the ones that follow. There is a lot of action and it is well written and fun.

    This is technically a Sci-fi novel, but it reads very urban fantasy as well. it reminds me of the Harry Connoly 20 palaces series, and in a good way. It is a very dark and dangerous world.
    I really loved the narrarator. If I had to pick a person to do a film noir, detective voice Mr. Lane is the go to guy. He has a great range and I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job reading this book.

    The warning is the second book. I finished this one and was anxious to move onto the next one. I read the reviews and they all talked about how bad the new narrarator was. I thought it might be because the one for this book was so good. So I bought it and started to listen.

    My first impulse was, oh hell no! I stopped the book after about two minutes. The guy sounds like Kirby Heyworth with a sinus infection and I am not overly fond of Kirby Heyword WITHOUT a sinus infection. I will try again in the future, but I am not sure I will be able to listen to it. Be aware you might not like listening to the second book and may have to read it to enjoy it rather than listen on audible format.

    Other than that, Technomancer is an excellent book, great voice acting and although it leaves a lot of questions it stands well on its own.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 09-30-13
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "In a world similar to Peter Clines "14.""

    I really enjoyed this book once it got going. For me,i had to get about 3 hours into it before the story really picked up. I honestly feel like this could be a character and story line form Peter Clines book "14," it had some of the odd creepy things going on that could be linked to 14.

    Everyday objects having magical qualities,very creepy aliens,cultists,dirty cops and russian gangsters.

    Cool idea,fun listen,great narrator. The only complain was its slow start.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Professor United States 07-25-12
    Professor United States 07-25-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Great beginning, let's see what will be next!"
    What made the experience of listening to Technomancer the most enjoyable?

    It has a very good plot, in fact it is so good that i still can't decide about the genre.
    I'm not sure whether it is Urban fantasy or Science fiction !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is fine


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

    The idea for this plot is very similar to a tv show " The Lost Room"
    at least part of the concept was taken directly from the show http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0830361/


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 01-18-13
    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2014

    a dedicated dilettante

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    "Hardboiled PI meets SciFi Aliens - fun read"
    If you could sum up Technomancer in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting collusion of worlds


    What did you like best about this story?

    Technomacer takes the best of conspiracy theory, parallel existences, aliens and the shady world of private detectives and melds an interesting narrative and cast of characters.The characters are really fabulous.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If Sam Spade read a book, he would sound like Christopher Lane. The amazing part of Lane's reading isn't just that he can out Bogey Bogart, but that he has a terrific range for all of the characters. This is my first book with Lane as a narrator. It won't be my last. He is one of the few readers that make the book better.


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

    If only I could listen at one time. :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 08-17-14
    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "A new take on the "modern magic" genre"

    It is nice when someone comes up with a totally new description of the world, as in "here is what is really going on and most of the world does not even realize it!" Whether you want to classify the items in the story as "magic" or "advanced science" does not really matter. What does matter is the seamless way that Larson has taken the worn-out pulp private eye genre and imbued new life into it by setting it in a place where all is not what it seems. Definitely room for some more books if it becomes a series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K 06-15-14
    K 06-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "An interesting read for SF/Fantasy Fans"
    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher's reading added a 40s PI story flavour to the story. This really added to the plot and capitalised on Larson's style of writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story but it didn't hold me enough to go and get the next book in the series straight away as the plot closed of most of the leads that held me and only minor plot issues remain that didn't compel me to buy the next book straight away. But I will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Surprise, AZ, United States 05-23-14
    Ted Surprise, AZ, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid rock climber and adventurer. Lover of sci-fi and Action-Adventure. Advocate of revolutionary thinking.

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    "Memorable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good book, particularly if you are a fan of the fantasy genre with a touch of science fiction. It wasn't particularly strong in the hard science realm, but made up for the deficiency in other ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was very endearing, in a similar fashion to that seen in the swarm series by the same author.


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    James 05-10-14
    James 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""The Lost Room" in book form."
    Any additional comments?

    I think that this premise is based off the TV Mini Series "The Lost Room" which when I checked was made in 2006, the Objects and the way they work is exactly the same even that they are believed to be created in the 60's, I must say it is one of my favorite Sci-Fi shows so I am always comparing the book to the show.

    I and found the book easy to listen to, I have found B.V Larson to be a bit hit and miss for me but this series has started out quite good, I found the characters to develop at a pace that suits the story, it is a bit slow in places for how the story runs but I find that with this writer, all in all a way to spend the day on the tractor with the headphones on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Grover Beach, California, United States 02-09-14
    Patrick Grover Beach, California, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Vegas like you've never experienced!"

    A fun read, kept me wanting my tired body to stop and finally get some rest but unwilling to wait for the next spellbinding chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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