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  • Stuff and Nonsense

  • Threadbare Series, Volume 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

Meet Threadbare. He is 12 inches tall, full of fluff, and really, really bad at being a hero. Magically animated and discarded by his maker as a failed experiment, he is saved by a little girl. But she's got problems of her own, and he might not be able to help her. Fortunately for the little golem, he's quick to find allies, learn skills, gain levels, and survive horrible predicaments. Which is good, because his creator has a whole lot of enemies …

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing tale you can't help but love

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

perfect mix of rpglit and humor. I hope the other 2 books in the series are added audible. 5his will be an autobuy if they do.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,526

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Philip to Remember / A Britt To Forget

  • By harbinger on 07-11-18

Not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This book focused on the relationship between Brit the younger and Philip and the philosophical questions raised by their being multiple brits. AKA is Brit the younger actually doomed to repeat everything done by Brit the Elder. Unfortunately as a central plot and driving force for the book, this was just annoying. The net result is that I just dislike Brit at this point. Fortunately, the B plots are great. Gwen and Martin are quite fun and Martin trying to solve a mystery that doesn’t need to be solved is pretty entertaining. The B plots almost but not quite make up for the A plot being a complete dud. I quite enjoy the works Scott Meyer’s books and will definitely buy Magic 2.0 book 6, but if Brit is completely out of the next book, it wouldn’t bother me at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Space Police: Attack of the Mammary Clans

  • An Almost Funny Scifi Space Comedy, Book 1
  • By: David Blake
  • Narrated by: Jack Dundon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It's the 25th century, and the American President has taken over the world. Meanwhile, after a cleaner unplugged his cryogenic freezing machine by accident, Detective Inspector Capstan wakes up to find that he's been in a state of suspended animation for more than 400 years. As he's forced to adjust to life in the future, he finds himself reinstated as a policeman, and together with the great-great-great-great-grandson of his former subordinate, Sergeant Dewbush, he's put on the case of a missing cow.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • IF demolition man was an absurdist comedy

  • By John Williams on 08-10-18

IF demolition man was an absurdist comedy

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Police man from the past, becomes police man in the future and then hunts for expensive cows.

The danger with absurdist comedy is that it tends to be very binary; it either connects with you or it doesn't. If you don't get hooked on the premise, then the books as a whole isn't gong to make you laugh. I'm usually a big fan of the genre, but this book didn't connect with me at all.

  • Baker's End: Gobbleknoll Hall

  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker, Katy Manning, Diane Morgan, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Ghost-hunting TV show Manifest Yourself is filming an overnight vigil in the infamous Gobbleknoll Hall, deep in the murksome woods somewhat near the village of Happenstance! When Mrs Frimbly gets wind of these swervish developments, she is terribly excited: she's a huge fan of the show. But the spirits of Gobbleknoll Hall are not to be messed about with, as the King of Cats knows all too well!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I'm not British enough for this book?

  • By John Williams on 08-10-18

Maybe I'm not British enough for this book?

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Performance quality is great, the actors are great, but this audio performance didn't connect with me. I suspect that I'm lacking context that would make it better. You seem to need to already have some thoughts on the real life actor Tom Baker and perhaps understand him how he is understood in the zeitgeist of England. I am just vaguely aware of him as one of the actors who played Dr. Who.

Still there were bits that made me laugh. Unfortunately the vast majority just left me confused. It felt like there was a joke there but the punchline was inaccessible to me.

  • Kill the Farm Boy

  • The Tales of Pell Series, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 829

A plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, and the Dread Necromancer Steve....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Bruce D. Parker on 07-18-18

funny light nonsense

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

quite enjoyed this story. light reading. very silly. this book will not help you grow as a person but if a sardonic talking goat with an obsession for old boots tickles your tips than 5hos book will entertain you for some hours.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Silas Kane Scrolls

  • Authors and Dragons Origins, Book 2
  • By: Rick Gualtieri, Authors and Dragons
  • Narrated by: Matt Haynes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Upon the shores of an ancient sea in a long-forgotten land, the slaves of Kel - the city of tears - cried out for a hero, one who would save them from their tormented existence. What they got was Silas Kane, the most inept paladin to ever defile a holy symbol. Raised by insane monks, he’s out to spread the love of his god whether or not anyone wants it. With a high tolerance for pain and a dump stat in intelligence, Silas is on a quest to end the suffering of those in need - one way or the other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny story about misguided zealot

  • By P. C. Gardner on 10-22-18

Authors and Dragons: Keeping and eye out for more

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I had never heard of the Authors and Dragons Podcast and only picked it up because the price was good and I like humorous fantasy. Also, I have read some of the Bill the vampire series by Rick Gualtieri and while I eventually got tired of the series, I did enjoy the first several books.

This book was hilarious. The main character is a straw man exaggeration of religious extremism, but just seeing how he interacts with the world and how the world reacts to him is great.

As a bonus, I ended up looking up Authors and Dragons and finding the podcast which I've also been now listening to and enjoying and which has introduced me to a few new authors who works I think I will enjoy.

  • Carpet Diem

  • Or...How to Save the World by Accident
  • By: Justin Lee Anderson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Fifteen years after losing most of his family to a devastating, pudding-related tragedy, Simon Debovar has settled into a life of self-imposed exile from the stinking, selfish morass of humanity. Content that his daily highlights will include hazelnut coffee, a long bath, and the occasional jar of olives, his life is completely upturned by the discovery that his ornate living room carpet is the deciding factor in a bet between God and Satan.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck did I just read?

  • By Jasmine Wahlberg on 12-20-17

Enjoyable ride

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

I quite enjoyed this absurdist comedy. The story is satisfying and the humor will bring a smile to your face. The story circles around a man who has absented himself from society until one day an angel and a demon show up on his door step demanding he pick one to give his living room carpet to and thus decide the fate of the world. After that, the story starts to get strange. This wont be your book of the year, but it is fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

A fun romp

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

There have been a number of this humorous takes on the D&D / Warcraft type universe. Many that focus on the world as a game and others that simple borrow game mechanics but give them a logical consistency in the world of the story. This is one that keeps it own logical consistency. Characters get XP and level up but its done through membership in a guild etc. for example.

I have read quite a few of this general theme, and quite like J. Zachary Pike's take on the sub genre. The story is interesting, the humor is pleasing. There is one seen about "Aggressive sales tactics" that had me laughing loud enough to get funny looks from my wife.

Overall I quite enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun ride.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • I, Humpty

  • By: Eric C. Wilder
  • Narrated by: Bridget Fitzgerald
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

I, Humpty is a collection of mock-tabloid satire marrying the reality of everyday life with popular elements from fairytales, folklore, and nursery rhymes. Rejoice with the Beast as Belle grants him permission to convert the den into a man-cave. Learn why the third little pig grows weary of his live-in brothers. Follow the courtroom drama of Rumpelstiltskin's indictment in the Straw-To-Gold Scandal. I, Humpty covers all of these stories and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't for me, but ...

  • By John Williams on 11-17-14

Wasn't for me, but ...

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

Reviewed: 11-17-14

I have given this a very low rating, but I want to be fair. I don’t think the content was poorly done and I think the author achieved what s/he intended, I just didn’t find it funny.

This is a collection of mostly unconnected short stories written in the style of tabloid articles where the subjects are various characters from folklore. Things like Cinderella gets google glasses and accidently calls her step mother or the Beat and Bell get into a fight over his behavior.
Each story is about 3-5 minutes long and basically works like setup a slightly odd situation include a fairy tale character, play it out and use sensationalized language.

It didn’t connect with me, I got about half way through and just turned it off. However, I could see people liking it who also like people magazine and similar celeb gossip mags. It did a technically good job of satirizing the writing style and topic selection of such publications.

  • The Lightning Thief

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,643

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narration.

  • By Ariel on 02-05-14

Wrtten for very stupid children

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

Reviewed: 10-28-13

The book isn't bad. But it telegraphs every reveal so much that I feel like its going. "Hey can you guess what is about to happen, can you? What if I give you a hint? TWO HINTS? Eh? eh? eh? You guest it yet? Don't you feel cleaver? Good for you."

Seriously, I wont give the details exactly in case someone reads my review who would otherwise enjoy the "surprise!"

But if you can't guess who Percy's Jacksons father is long before the book tells you, then you may not be very bright or you are a very young kid with no previous understanding of Greek mythology.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful