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Brian L. Parker

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  • Straight Outta Fangton

  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Peter Stone is a poor, black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car is. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift, as being a vampire isn't all that impressive in a world where they've come out to mortals. Exiled from the rich and powerful undead in New Detroit, he is forced to go back when someone dumps a newly-transformed vampire in the bathroom of his gas station's store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny, you'll die!!!

  • By Jason on 09-29-17

Buckle up, Buttercup!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect with this book. I mean, “A Comedic Vampire Story” sounds kind of hard to pull off to me, but the author did a great job of balancing levity and levitation — pun intended.




The premise is that the undead and mythical creatures have stepped from the shadows where they’ve always resided and into the night to fill the power void created in the United States during a financial collapse. The Vampire Nation’s wealth, accumulated over the centuries, was enough ti bail out the government—or was it? This new world set up the creation of New Detroit, a vampire-owned playground of casinos, brothels, blood banks (literally), and your general seedy businesses that you’d expect in a scenario like this.

The story follows Peter, a down on his luck vampire who is decidedly not part of the rich class who own everything. He works at a convenience store for Christ’s sake (yes, I know that the vampires in this story can't mention Jesus). He becomes embroiled in a plot to overthrow the Vampire Nation by rival supernatural and human elements and learns a few things about what the true meaning of power is.

The story flowed well, for the most part, interrupted at times by flashbacks or comedy banter in the middle of fight scenes—but it wasn’t too distracting. The audio performance was strong and the narrator did a good job of affecting the different tones and accents for each character.

Overall, I’d give it about a 4.7 if that were an option. In other words, pick it up and be prepared to be entertained.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Locker Nine

  • A Novel of Societal Collapse
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201

Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE WORLD HAS BECOME GRAND THEFT AUTO

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-01-17

Another winner

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is the second audiobook by Franklin Horton narrated by Kevin Pierce that I’ve listened to. It does not disappoint.

Not gonna go into details, but the scenario is entirely plausible, brought about by coordinated attacks on public and private targets. It seems like our society is already hanging on by a precarious fingernail and it wouldn’t take much for these scenarios to come to pass.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Random Acts

  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 176

Teenager Amanda Castle was like a lot of people, posting pictures of her everyday life to a variety of social media sites. Not everyone who viewed her pictures was there to share in her experiences. One was there to steal her profile pictures. A terrorist in Frankfurt was desperate to please his leadership. He planned the perfect attack, one in which vulnerable people would be invited through social media to participate in a flash mob. There, the unwitting participants, thinking they were taking part in a random act of kindness, would find themselves engaged in a random act of terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riviting Book

  • By Lia on 04-14-18

Yes!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I genuinely enjoyed this book. The characters were incredibly relatable and reflect a true understanding of our global society.

Looking for something different? Pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tomorrow War: Serpent Road

  • The Chronicles of Max, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717

During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation cripples the United States economy, and postwar armored military vehicles are patrolling the streets. One man has now stepped forward and continues to push back the dark wave of tyranny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best ever

  • By Eddie Muñoz on 07-28-17

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

While the narrator’s accent was inconsistent — especially with dialogue, the storyline was engaging and well written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,859

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ummm...what just happened???

  • By sirdroid on 12-02-17

Exciting story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I've had 14 on my wishlist in ebooks for years, but simply never got around to reading it. Now, with my 3-hour a day commute, the audio was perfect.

To be honest, I was not expecting where the story went and was totally surprised at the twist mid-way through where the author weaved history, Victorian literature, and modern science fiction together. It's a fun, exciting ride with great pacing; well worth picking up!

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Boneshaker

  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to potential

  • By Tracey on 02-14-13

One of my favorites revisited

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

Boneshaker is one of my all-time favorite novels and when I recently thought about re-reading it, I looked up the audiobook. Dang! I loved the performance and the dichotomy of the male (Wil Wheaton!) and female narrators, depending on the POV for the chapter.

Now I just need to get Mr. Wheaton to narrate one of my titles...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,066

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of free porn.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 08-11-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I wasn't sure what I was getting with this book, but I'm glad I listened to it.

It's so interesting to see the far-reaching effects that free, streaming online porn has had on our society.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wayward Son

  • By: Joseph Hansen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

His perfect life in its late autumn years, Bob Johnson is offered the chance of using a prototype technology to traverse gateways into alternate realities. A chance to change the course of history and possibly the nature of certain people. Bob seizes the opportunity to rescue his soul and get revenge on those who are trying ruin everything he cherishes. His reality will never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No expectations

  • By Tasha on 07-21-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Are certain people inherently evil or are they a product of their environment? That’s the premise behind Wayward Son. The proverbial nature versus nurture argument. I’m not going to post spoilers or give a summary of the book, just take my word for it that the author examined both sides of the idea in this book as the characters attempt to alter criminals’ personalities through experiential learning.

Perhaps the strongest part of this book was the dialogue. It was as if I were listening to a conversation, not a writer trying to write about a conversation. In fact, I think it may be the most naturally flowing dialogue that I’ve ever read.

The narrator’s voice complemented the story perfectly. His portrayal of Bob was spot on and he was able to vividly portray the emotions that the character must have felt during some of the situations.

I loved the book. Absolutely loved it. Great job all around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lucifer's Star

  • By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
  • Narrated by: Eric Burns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Count Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising

  • By erobbins33 on 05-22-17

Another Phipps hit

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

This is the fourth or fifth book I've read (listened to) by CT Phipps. He's gotten continually better and his storylines have become more robust and developed with each novel he writes.

Lucifer's Star is a high fantasy book masquerading as a space opera. The themes and elements of the story would be just as comfortable in a George RR Martin kingdom as they are hurtling across the universe. Murder, intrigue, misplaced loyalties, and warfare abound.

Pick this one up!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,658

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Blown Away!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Wow. Just wow. People have been telling me for years that I needed to read this book and I always found reasons to avoid it. Work. Writing. Family. There was always an as to excuse why I couldn't get to Ready Player One THIS time around.

But I finally read it (ok, listened to it) and geez, I loved this book! The plot, character development, and pacing were spot on. So original and just...perfect.

Highly recommended!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful