Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
After the 20-min point Correia could have stopped and the story could have been fine. but after that point (not just the action which was fun but it was the characters I found interesting) the writing felt awkward and often contrived or even downright immature to adolescent. In fact that is it for me, this book was not about the characters, it was bullet porn (pointless descriptions of weapons and ammo) and the story felt not bad really, but also it was not captivating with far too many evil everywhere but the core characters were somehow immune. I also was put off by the poor to mediocre character development. OK, so for me, it was not a great story and perhaps not credit worthy especially given the series nature, sill the narration was good and I will give the 2nd in the series a shot but if it is just more bullet porn for Idaho survivalist sorts, it's all 1's for the ratings. Hey I like the fun "Son's of Gun's" TV series but I don't need weaponry descriptions as part of what is supposed to make the story good...I suppose Correia is just not the polished writer I prefer, or he needs a better editor.
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In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.
First and foremost Wil Wheaton was an uncomfortable reader to try and listen to. I had two issues the primary was cadence of his reading/speech. Except at the end of a sentence or paragraph he spoke very rapidly with often garbled annunciation. It felt as if he was late for an appointment and trying to get done soon as possible. Second issue was he doesn't do a very solid job of differentiating the characters - as in his use of voices for characters was essentially nonexistent which when combined with the cadence makes for a listen which needs us listeners to concentrate more to follow the story. It's not as if is not experienced as he has read a number of titles here. I do think he could be a great reader if he could learn better tempo and to take the time to finish one word before starting the next. And also learn to do some basic voice types to help differentiate characters. (-1 star)
Now about Scalzi's take on Little Fuzzy. All I can say is I know why the estate of Piper "loved it"...Scalzi's version will drive most people to the original so they are happy to take the added sales of print edition of Piper's original (I know it's PD but some still prefer a print edition). There is very little about the Fuzzy's themselves in this book. It is almost completely about business intrigue, and of that it swings from overly technical or takes huge jumps of the shark. (-3 stars) The only saving grace of this Audible edition is it includes a very well read version of the ORIGINAL Little Fuzzy (+1 star for value added) as the entirety of "part 2". For that reason alone I don't consider the credit wasted. I do fell Scalzi has spent too much time consulting for Hollywood because his books feel more and more rushed and not well developed. Has Scalzi simply been assimilated by the big Hollywood money? He has, to my perception, regressed significantly from Old Man's War. Disappointing to say the least, he has been taken off my "always worth the credit" list.
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Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chris Miller published in National Lampoon about his experiences at a Dartmouth fraternity, is among the most beloved and successful comedies of all time. In fact, its portrayal of college party life is still imitated on campuses across the country: toga party, anyone? Now Chris Miller can finally answer the fans who all want to know one thing: was it really like that? The answer: yes, but much, much more out of control!
Seriously this book is NASTY. :) But darn it, it's how college life worked! Beer, booze, bimbos and barfing...that pretty much sums this book up to me...one of the best credits I ever used.
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This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.
Funny I found this book to be a bit of fun escapism yet I also enjoyed the subtle (or not so subtle) indictment of how we tend to treat (and/or judge) those we encounter every day.
Excellent reader too...
Belongs on my all time favorite list.
It's more than 20 years since Spider Robinson revealed the existence of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, and the original bar is gone. Mike Callahan is gone, too, but his spirit lives on in the new bar, named Mary's Place for his daughter. On this particular day, nothing seems to be going right for Jake Stonebender, proprietor of Mary's Place.
I like the story well enough but for me Spider Robinson is not experienced enough to read his books. The tempo of the reading was too rapid for me, though once I got accustom to the reading pace it was not awful. But I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the author. Well worth the credit.
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Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.
It took me several reads of the book to fully "get it" about this story. Not that it was bad by any means. It was just so different and so much hapening that it took time for everything to sink into my aging grey matter...but finally I "get it" so we had to have the audiobook version...excellent reader and great listen. Well worth the download credit!
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Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.
A great fun conspiracy plot without a doubt. And better then even the Da Vinci Code, at least I think so anyway. The reader was also "most excellent". Grabbed this book simply because of the reviews and the sample listen...it's now an all time favorite. Even bought the hardback first edition...very recommended...
Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.
While not disappointed by this book, it was not as fun as Snow Crash. Still worth the credit...
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Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.
We simply have not been able to progress beyond the endless profanity and vulgar scenes in the first portion of the the book. So, in all honesty we do not know if this is overall good or bad...but, are very disappointed by the experience...and it has been over 6-months we still have not gotten to part two of the three downloads...too bad...
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While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
We have had a blast with this title. The story requires suspension of disbelief, but then again don't the all? But, it also is a fun ride...we cannot wait for the movie nor can we wait for the next Robert Langdon book...and yes, it's a silly story...or is it? ;)