Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.
This is the third time I have purchased A Princess Of Mars from Audible. Finally, something worth listening to! Thanky you Tantor Media for finally hiring a good reader.
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....
While I was waiting for the next Harry Dresden novel to be published I went looking for something else to listen to. I found this in a sale and gave it a try. I couldn't "put it down". Good story, good action, and a good sense of humor. I am now going to purchase the next 4 audiobooks - oh yeah, and a good reader.
The American guy is not to be confused with a husband, father, hunk, or intellectual, says guy expert Dave Barry. Published just in time (the American guy faces extinction due to feminism, the men's movement, and stricter sanitation laws), this guide gives women helpful advice for understanding Him (or It) and offers men useful tips on remembering the names of their children and other dilemmas of life.
Who in their right mind would abridge a book like this! It's one of the funniest books I've ever read - and I always loan to women friends who are having guy problems, they laugh and they learn. After all, the best humor has a lot of truth in it. Abridging this is like cutting out half of a joke and still expecting to be funny. I guess it's my fault. I was so happy to see this audiobook available that I didn't stop to check to see if it was abridged. Don't do it mon!
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Serge Storms, that loveable thermonuclear vigilante and one-stop-Florida-trivia-shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authorities—especially one tenacious state agent—have begun to notice the exponential body count, and send a police task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out?
After listening to all the Terry Pratchett and Carl Hiaasen that Audible had to offer I was looking for something "interesting". I picked up some Tim Dorsey on a sale. This one is definitely my favorite. It is so insane it's wonderful. In addition to what the other reviewers mentioned it has some of the funniest parenting advice in history regarding a 5 year old boy: "I don't know, give him something with lots of sugar (to drink)", "Hey Serge, he's chewing through the leash". Serge is persued by Mahoney, an FDLE agent trapped in a Raymond Chandler novel who's as least as crazy. And don't forget the Doberman, the most accident prone prime time bounty hunter in history. Lastly, I really like Oliver Wyman as the reader. Serge is a serial killer who refuses to take his medication and drinks multiple pots of coffee each day. Wyman gives Serge a higher pitched and slightly faster voice, which fits nicely with this behavior. Enjoy, it's not your grandmother's humor.
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No one wanted another war. Thomas Theisman didn't. Not after risking his life to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution. Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.
The book downloaded in 5 parts. So far I have listened to the first 3 parts and almost nothing has happened except conversation and exposition. A good editor could have saved this book.
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Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter finds himself the captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him is the lovely Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lie a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.
Ay Chihuahua! Can't anybody read like a normal human being! I panned the first Princess of Mars because the reader affected a really bad southern accent for John Carter. Now, in this version the reader does a good voice for Carter and the exposition, but, all other characters sound like Hollywood savages - a slow halting "Me no want bad thing to happen" kind of voice. NOTICE: I will pay a bounty to anyone who can deliver a version of this book that sounds like it was read by a normal intelligent human being. ARRRGGGHH!!!!
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.
The first time I listened to this I dismissed it as not one of his best - nothing of consequence was happening; no wars, murders, dragons etc. But when I listened to it again with out the expectation of momentous events, I was enchanted. Pratchett's humor and love for his quirky characters comes through on every page. This is very much worth a quiet listen.
Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.
The original recording of this story used an ensemble cast that had as much feel for the material as a centipede does for a bicycle. I'm annoyed that I had to purchase this audiobook twice, but I'm glad that I finally got a good reading of an excellent story. If, like me, you purchased the original recording, buy this. You'll be glad you did.
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Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.
This is the third novel Moore has written about Pine Cove, the previous being Practical Demonkeeping and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. While Moore is an absolute master of off-kilter humor, his novels sometimes lack simple humanity. You just don't care about the characters; sort of a mild case of Douglas Adams disease. In the Pine Cove novels Moore has developed a cast of off-beat characters that you truly care about, while telling their story with his charcteristic humor.
Angel and the other Pine Cove novels don't have the sharp edge of Dirty Job, but they are somehow more enjoyable. I will reread this before I reread Dirty Job. Maybe its just a nicer place to be.
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No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.
After I had major surgery in 2005 a thoughtful friend gave me a box of books to occupy my recovery at home. Tucked in the box was the first 4 books in the Dresden Files, as the books are known. To this day I still remember my delight at discovering how much fun they were to read, and still are.
Harry Dresden is a great twist on the two-bit private eye. Like a typical P.I., he packs a gun and he works for peanuts (or sometimes pizza). He also packs a wizard's staff and gets involved with things Sam Spade never imagined.
As the series has evolved Dresden and his world have developed so well and clearly that I know his world as well as my own.
DO NOT judge the books by the Sci-Fi channel series, which did reeketh mightily. This is great!
My only complaint is that this, Audible's first offering of a Dresden story, is book 10 in the series. First time "readers" would benefit from listening to the stories in order, since each, to varying degrees, does build on the stories before.
Hey Audible, PLEASE give us the rest of the stories, unabridged. Thanks for this one.
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