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John W. Pavia

Pittsburgh, PA USA
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  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

  • By: John Ringo, Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947

When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My first in the monster hunter series

  • By Randall on 06-20-18

Monster Hunter Grunge

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

This was funny and fast paced. I recommend as a good read or audio story.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,736

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

The Dispather

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

This short story by John Scalzi is very entertaining. Zach Quinto is an excellent choice as reader because of dark subject matter (death and resurrection). He has a serious mood to the reading. There is a lot to think about here.
I was glued to the story and could not put it down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,225

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Review of Aeronaut's Windlass

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

This new world of spires and airships from Jim Butcher was a great read. It never lost pace and always brought in interesting situations. Definitely worth reading.

  • Libriomancer

  • Magic ex Libris, Book 1
  • By: Jim C. Hines
  • Narrated by: David DeVries
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A reasonable start

  • By Simon on 04-08-13

Libromancer

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Liked the story and found that hero had same taste in books as many readers. This is a nice touch.

  • Time Patrol

  • Area 51: The Nightstalkers, Book 4
  • By: Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Hidden deep beneath the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the Time Patrol, a secret agency charged with protecting the world's timeline from the evil forces who wish to alter it. When the patrol disappears without a trace, only 12 short hours are left before all life on Earth ceases to exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like this book and this series

  • By Joseph on 07-02-18

Time Patrol Review

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Time Patrol was great story. Nice to see author moving forward on a new trajectory with Nightstalkers. Enjoyed idea of time travel.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,086

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

Scifi and Nostalgia blended together

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

Reviewed: 10-13-11

The writer and narrator both have enjoyed themselves in this creation. If you listen along with the same sense of mirth then you will have a great time. I was listening in my car and found myself driving around to get more of the story. This is not the next Dune saga but it is a tribute to all that has come before it books, tv, movies and gaming. Also, since the fields are crossing over all the time with movies on popular games and games about popular movies and tv shows the mixed media of the OASIS seems likely to happen someday. This is a great story for a road trip and I enjoyed it a lot. However, if you are looking for a complex "Wheel of Time" style story, look elsewhere in the list. There is a time and a place for all forms of writing and this one hits is great just as it is. Hopefully it will NOT spawn terrible sequels in the future.