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  • War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson (editor), Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, and others
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Nineteen gut-wrenching reports from the front lines of the War of the Worlds, as logged by Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, H.P. Lovecraft, Winston Churchill, Jules Verne, and many of the other most famous writers of the time. The most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers of today relive the Martian invasion through the eyes of their famous predecessors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GLOBAL

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-08-15

More hits than misses (eventually)

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

This book didn't start off on a strong footing to my mind. I was ready to give up until Night of the Cooters. After that I thoroughly enjoyed a majority of the stories with Einstein's and the 2nd last being stand outs. It does end (excluding the wrapper arc) on a jarringly different story and while amusing I felt that maybe it would have meant more to someone with a fine arts degree rather than IT. I'm pretty sure it was loaded with inside jokes that would have enhanced it had I a more "cultured" literary taste.

I will say however that the narration is spectacular, McLeod Andrews does an amazing job of convincing character voices. I was certain there must have been other narrators at points! He is definitely one of my favourites and was a pleasure to listen to.

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 694

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Terrible narration ruined passable story.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

From the opening moments of the narration I had one of those sinking feelings when I realised the voice introducing the book would be in my ear for the next 8hrs or do. I often wondered to myself if he was slightly tipsy as sections of the book became increasingly slurred.

I persevered though and found the book distracting rather than engaging. It's not bad, just not great. Worth a listen if on sale but there are many better books in the genre worth your time. The concept was pretty interesting but the characters didn't sell it to me.

I feel bad leaving a less than stellar review, often when I read "bad narrator" reviews I dismiss them and generally don't regret the purchase, as long as the don't use music to highten tension ;). Something in this one just rubbed me wrong, if you buy it I hope you disagree and enjoy it.

  • Ghost Road Blues

  • The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling tale

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-16-15

A fair horror novel

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

Reviewed: 07-06-12

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to fans of Stephen King, while it doesn't have the epic feel of a King novel it feels much the same. The characters quickly become recognisable

Responses to other criticisms of this book:

Poor narration: I guess that I must have a fairly high threshold for bad narration because this narrator did not give me any problems at all. I don't expect a narrator to provide a full cast of voices and honestly find it annoying when they attempt it but are inconsistent or each voice sounds like a variation of a 80 year old crone (I'm looking at you Game of Thrones). Weiner has a deep voice with excellent diction and enunciation, I have no problems with him.

Jumps around between too many characters: Again this isn't a problem for me, I have listened to books where there is no indication that the perspective or character being followed has changed but I didn't find this the case with this book. Thinking back I don't remember being lost at any point, the writing is fairly straight forward and the author uses numbered breaks in chapters to separate each scene... well I'm pretty sure he did though it is possible that he didn't break up every scene... anyway I had no problems with jumps in narration.

The book doesn't resolve anything: Considering this book is a trilogy and one with a grand plan that is obvious pretty early on I had no problem with the end of the book. There were some minor resolutions and there is a lot left unsaid but this makes me want to move on to the next book. To me the ending was logical and satisfactory.

Not Joe Ledger: Yep it definitely isn't... while there are horror aspects to the Joe Ledger novels this isn't a pulp action novel. There is action but it really is more like a standard horror novel. I don't have a problem with this fact it is what it is and the summary of the novel doesn't hide the fact as far as I'm concerned.

Boring: Again this is a personal opinion. I wasn't bored there are a couple of lulls in the action like with any novel and I did want to move on from a couple of scenes but nothing more than you would find in any 12hr+ audiobook.

Verdict:
I liked the book and will definitely be starting the next one tonight. This isn't a earth shattering piece of literature, it does borrow from lore and legend but the fact that I'm not sure what the villain is exactly, how the disparate horror tropes will all be tied into each other and finally who the book will end has me intrigued not put off. Give the book a go it is worth a credit and I like knowing there is a limited number in the series and I'm not looking at a huge investment with no end in sight like the Vampire Earth series.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Incubus Dreams

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 12
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

As consultant to the Regional Preternatural Crime Investigation Unit, Anita's called in on what appears to be a case involving a serial killer - a vampire serial killer - who may be preying on strippers. She's sure that none of the local vamps are responsible - but her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Anita Blake XXX, book 11-13 waste of time & Money

  • By masino on 09-10-11

At least it gets a little better in the next books

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-11

If I had to write a synopsis for this novel it would be "Anita Blake enters a room and sexual acts ensue. Anita Blake has a conversation and sexual acts ensue. Anita Blake trips over and skins her knee and sexual acts ensue.". Yes this book is that tedious.

I'm a fan of the series but this is a definate disappointment. I'm guessing that Ms Hamilton received enough outcry against this book that she has is slowly navigating away from the smut in the future novels. Well that isn't true, it is there but not the sole plot line. Give this a miss, nothing happens at all and the next books in the series start to get better.

  • Let Me In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saw the movies. The book is different

  • By Mark on 04-17-12

Slow Paced Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-10

If you are looking for a fast pace horror novel look else where, this book is slow and at times frustrating. However ultimately it tells an interesting story and is well worth a listen for those who have some patience.


Being set in the '80s is an odd choice but with all the references to Rubik's cubes and leather vests it can be amusing and awkward at times. This story is more about the relationships of the characters than the horror of vampires and this is what helps it stand out as different and worthwhile.


On a technical note I had some issues where the first part would play each chapter twice, this may be isolated to my iPhone as downloading the file again did not help. Also, while I initially did not feel that the narrator was right for the book I soon got past it as the quirkiness of his accent fits in eventually.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful