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  • Mustaine

  • A Heavy Metal Memoir
  • By: Dave Mustaine, Joe Layden
  • Narrated by: Tom Wayland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • peace sells...I'm buying!!!

  • By michael on 09-19-10

Hello Me, Meet The Real Me

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

Reviewed: 02-22-12

What did you love best about Mustaine?

I never liked Dave Mustaine, he always came across as kind of a jerk. This book confirmed all of my suspicions but also makes him a very sympathetic character. A lot of times he's his own worst enemy and he comes close to admitting that but in the same breath always manages to blame someone else. He's an alpha male rock star and being a jerk comes with the territory but Megadeth backs it up with a career filled with legendary songs. He has lots of great stories about Metallica, Megadeth, and the many people who came and left the band. He's very open and upfront about his substance abuse and the difficulties it caused. A lot of unintentional humor comes from hearing him tell a story and then imagining how other people in the room saw the same story play out but drew very different conclusions. The man is a legend but he's also the neglected kid who lashes out at everyone because he learned early on that no one was looking out for him so he would have to do it himself.

What did you like best about this story?

All the stories about early bands, Metallica, and all the Megadeth stories.

Which character – as performed by Tom Wayland – was your favorite?

Dave Mustaine. He does Dave better than Dave does Dave.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Angry Again

Any additional comments?

The narration is incredible. Tom Wayland sounds like Dave Mustaine and he delivers the stories with the intensity and righteousness that they deserve. I always liked Megadeth's music but never liked Dave himself. This book really helped me understand who he is and where he came from and why he is the way he is and it has a lot of great stories about the various band line-ups and the trials and tribulations of touring while addicted to drugs. I've read/listened to many musician autobiographies and this is one of the best.

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  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,952

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-22-12

Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

I would not try another book by Kevin Hearne. Luke Daniels tries gamely to bring the book to life but is hampered by the wretched prose.

What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

The fact that a 2100 year old druid has spent all this time alive and has no wisdom to show for it. The main character is shallow, adolescent, and not sympathetic.

What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

Luke Daniels is a fine narrator. He reminds me a bit of Fred Berman who narrated

What character would you cut from Hounded?

All of them. This book is a waste of time. It's possible that this writer might develop into a decent author but this book is half-baked and that's the nicest thing I can say about it.

Any additional comments?

I finished the Dresden novels by Jim Butcher and was looking for something similar. I knew a story about a 2100 year old druid who runs a book store in Arizona had a good chance of sucking but I didn't realize just how bad this book would fail. Jim Butcher certainly has his flaws but they are insignificant compared to

0 of 5 people found this review helpful