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  • Tales of the Weird 2

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: RK Meier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Welcome to the second jam-packed volume of Tales of the Weird by the internationally recognized expert of the supernatural - Tom Slemen. From teleportation secrets to a mysterious being that tried to entrap a girl in a nightmare world, you will hear of horrors and intrigues across the world which will send a tingle down your spine and give you nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Weird Gems

  • By Admiralu on 11-10-18

If Art Bell made you feel skeptical, this will make you feel insulted

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

At what point does fanciful stop being entertaining? The author sets out to find this threshold, then dives far, far beneath it. Even worse is the narrator's grade school "Read for emphasis, Bobby" style. Emphasizing every fourth word confounds the listener's attempts to make sense of each sentence. Worth noting is that the author is also the publisher. No doubt the editor as well.

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  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Recommended reading in the study of the Marty Stu

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

More important than "enjoy" are the teachable moments for starting writers. This is an important example of the "Marty Stu" character, not so much due to the Perfect Protagonist Syndrome but as a clear representation of author self-insertion.

What was most disappointing about Ian W. Sainsbury’s story?

Multiple POV's crowding into the same scene/timeline. I recognize the talent of mentally visualizing action sequences as a resource for story development. These scenes need a careful conversion from imagination into storytelling. The first casualty of an unsuccessful conversion is losing the readers' willingness to suspend disbelief.

What about Todd Boyce’s performance did you like?

Mr. Boyce is clearly a professional who knows his craft.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The World Walker?

I wouldn't try to put the book on an operating table. Instead I would recommend working with an editor who knows how to translate personal fantasies into an immersive experience for the reader. Then start fresh.

Any additional comments?

These are my issues as well, across 50 years of writing for myself. Identification is such a powerful source of energy, and so alluring as well. I am daunted by the task of getting readers to climb inside and stay within the skin of my protagonists. So, I make no pretense at having mastered this myself.

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  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One

  • By: Neil Clarke - editor
  • Narrated by: Amy Tallmadge, Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 28 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Neil Clarke has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hit and Miss; Many more misses than hits

  • By Terrence Feenstra on 09-15-16

Annoying biographies before the stories

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-16

What did you like best about The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One? What did you like least?

It's difficult enough to trust Amazon and Audible reviews to be written by actual customers. Now I'm restricted to answering specific pre-package questions. So the question for me is why bother? Maybe you will like this book and maybe you won't. Audible reviews will not help you answer that question. So spend your money and buy this product. That's the business model.

What does Amy Tallmadge and Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Voices.

Was The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One worth the listening time?

All but the biographies. They did not port gracefully.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this is more the case with science fiction than other writing, but I did notice that the "tell" to "show" ratio was was wildly out of balance.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician's Land

  • The Magicians, Book 3
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,655

Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful ending to a great masterpiece

  • By Mor on 09-30-14

Prerequisite: Visit Narnia

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I wanted to like this series, but it depends so much on the reader's at least passing familiarity with C.S.Lewis' "Narnia" series that, without some background, much of the character motivations seem little more than simply anachronistic.

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  • It Can't Happen Here

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find how many people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close to Home

  • By Peter on 01-03-09

Sounds relevant until after the election

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If Ayn Rand had written Orwell's "Animal Farm" it would probably read a lot like this.

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,595

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too childishly written.

  • By Sherrie The Fox on 09-05-18

Half way through and waiting for a story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Kate Mulgrew?

I came here to read the reviews in order to figure out what's been going on. I'm half way through this book and it all seems so directionless. With all the Mary Poppins references, I'm starting to wonder if Joe Hill will eventually draw some kind of didactic relationship between The Fireman's ability to contain his fire and P. L. Travers' more philosophical thoughts.

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  • 2012

  • The War for Souls
  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Patrick Pacacha on 03-26-08

A fun ride, but a few pot holes at the end

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

Stephen King spins immersive yarns that make up for his anticlimactic endings. Mr. Strieber does the same for the first half of the story. As long as I could follow his protagonists and antagonists, it was an enjoyable ride -- especially with the nimble and evocative voice work of reader Joe Barrett.
*
The tease toward the didactic in Martin's transformative experiences seemed short on an adequate supply of gold leaf. The references felt out of place in the context of this story, where a lighter touch would have been as, if not more, effective.
*
The long and fun ride hits pot holes in the final chapters. Characters suddenly display amazing attributes, convenient for the storyline, by having historic information about the character quickly backfilled to explain the unexpected turn of events.
*
Strieber may have thought that the alien location of these scenes offered a blank canvas, but without any reader preparation, this technique was more like early draft notes for a different book had been left in the wrong manuscript.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful