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G. Parish

WILLOUGHBY, OH, US
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  • Angelmaker

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192

Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-13

Unexpected Delight

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book was undersold by the writing on the tin. It isn't just some sort of generic steampunk novel. It is an in depth dive down a fantastic rabbit hole where the imagination runs rampant and characters stand out in full Technicolor. In short, it's awesome and well worth the coin.

  • Common Sense

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America's political freedom, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in history

  • By Johan on 05-18-15

Treatise from our Founding

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This is an excellent political treatise from our founding, laced through with subtle philosophy, witty banter, and more than a trace of wry humor. Well worth reading, even today.

  • The Sword of the South

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Know thyself. Its always good to know who you are, but sometimes that's a little difficult. Kenhodan has no last name because he has no past...or not one he remembers, anyway. What he does have are a lot of scars and a lot of skills - some exhilarating and some terrifying - and a purpose. Now, if he only knew where he'd gotten them and what their purpose was....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weber has done it again

  • By wayne on 09-15-15

A new chapter

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This us clearly a new chapter in the War God's own series. While some previous characters are present, new stars also emerge. My only regret is that the next book in the series isn't yet available.

  • Moby-Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,472

Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

  • By Dave on 05-09-12

Moby Dick: An almost spellbinding tale

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-18

To be fair, this really is a great classic of literature. It, however, assumes two things about the reader that might not be necessarily true of all readers. First, it assumes you have a classical education. To be blunt, so many references assume a thorough knowledge of history, mythology, religion, and even philosophy that if you lack such a substantial portion of the wit will be lost on you. The second thing it assumes is that, in addition to the tale itself, you want to hear a breakdown of whaling, as it then stood, with an eye to a level of detail that borders on the pedantic. The detail happily refers, again, to a classical education on a regular basis and thereby avoids becoming to stale. If you have the wherewithal to under his quips and the endurance to survive his endless descriptions of whaling you will find an intensely passionate tale in here.

  • War Maid’s Choice

  • War God, Book 4
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

In Wind Rider’s Oath, Bahzell became a wind rider - the first hradani wind rider in history. And, even if Bahzell is the War God’s champion, because the wind riders are the elite of the elite among the Sothoii, Bahzell’s ascension is as likely to stir resentment as respect. What’s more, Baron Tellian’s daughter, the heir to the realm, seems to be thinking that he is the only man - or hradani - for her. Now, War Maid’s Choice continues the story - and things really get complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • # 4 Good, and I want more.

  • By Gary B. Lamph on 12-10-12

Love & Sacrifice

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This series only acquires more depth with each book. This isn't just world building, but depth of the characters within. It is no longer just about Bahzell, but also about a growing and interesting cast of characters in the world. Add to the mix magic, love, & devils and you have a tale worth reading.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,513

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Another Drumline of Brilliance

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is yet another book by John Scalzi where he not only delves into hard sci-fi, but also delves into deep issues like disability, rights, and all that is both pure and unpure in the human soul. If this book doesn't convince you that Scalzi is the best sci-fi writer of our time, nothing will.

  • Crusade

  • Starfire, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Steve White
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 976

Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

  • By Brian on 03-12-16

Great Tale, hamstringed

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This particular tale has everything you could want and more. It really is wildly well written, but it's willingness to jump from point to point is more than a bit disconcerting.

  • Another Man's Moccasins

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,653

Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best writer and the best reader get together

  • By Patroo on 09-30-08

Both Mystery and Character development

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This novel, while being an excellent mystery, also develops the backstory of Longmire and his friend Bear. The flashbacks to Vietnam really add depth to both characters and their long friendship. Extremely well done.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,245

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Scalzi does it again

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is yet another triumph for Scalzi. This is a well thought out future for humanity, if a bit of distopian one. It's darkness makes it all too believable.

  • The B-Team

  • The Human Division, Episode 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whole Series – Just OK

  • By Michael on 05-19-13

First of the B-TEAM

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is the first of the B-Team series. The writing is extremely well done and the story is gripping. This is not the ideal way to get the piecemeal stories. Ideally pick up Human Division which has all of them, as far as I can tell.