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Last Call Audiobook

Last Call

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Publisher's Summary

Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.

Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, this World Fantasy Award–winning novel is a masterpiece of magic realism set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas.

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©1992 Tim Powers (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A dizzying, stimulating magnum opus.” (USA Today)

“Brilliant! Compelling and satisfying! Tim Powers is one of our best writers, and Last Call is his best book yet.” (Raymond E. Feist)

“Distinctive and commanding…a strikingly inventive novel.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Adam Johnson 03-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Started out good but lost me halfway thru"
    What would have made Last Call better?

    If Diana died, her brother should have known. Many of the characters didn't make sense.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tim Powers again?

    His descriptions were good. Story and characters seemed to be made up to fill the pages. They weren't planned out


    Did Bronson Pinchot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narration was good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    frustration with main character's attitude


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    Jeffrey Purvin San Francisco, CA 03-15-17
    Jeffrey Purvin San Francisco, CA 03-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Imperfect, but Worth it"

    Last Call is too long and can get occasionally confusing. But, the story idea is really interesting. The reading by Bronson Pinchot brings the motley bunch of characters vividly to life. And, the author is a very good writer who frequently finds the absolutely perfect words to describe a character's feelings or actions. I liked it!

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    RipperX 09-01-16
    RipperX 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story. mediocre reader"

    The book is fantastic and complex and highly enjoyable. Tense, mystic and modern.
    The reader actually got quieter when narrating gunshots and people shouting. That choice made no sense at all and really detracted from the mood.

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    Chickie 08-29-16
    Chickie 08-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Pinchot Surprised Me"

    Love Powers, love the book, enjoyed the performance. Pinchot is better @ narration than acting.

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    Lynn Maudlin 08-15-16
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    "A pretty good reading overall"

    I love this book and have read it multiple times in the past 20+ years but this is the first time I've listened to it. Bronson Pinchot does a good job overall but there are a couple of characterizations that just don't work for me, where he was too far off the sense of the character in my own head. I figure this is the risk when you listen to a well-known and well-beloved book and probably will impact very few other listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marnylee 06-01-16
    marnylee 06-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "It felt like walking into the middle of a play"
    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Bronson Pinchot fan, which is why I gave this a listen. He does not disappoint, and the writing is good. But the story is very dark and felt incomplete, as though I were missing some background that would have made it less of a struggle to follow.

    In the story, there is some great cosmic reality that touches on anything involved with games of chance, particularly those involving cards. A periodic super-game of poker determines the flavor of the world that follows, depending on who wins. The anti-hero and the villain, the winner from the last game, are vying for that spot even before the game takes place, giving us a moderately action-packed lead-in to the climax. Between disappointed hopes of personal connections and unexpected losses, though, it felt a bit flat.

    Still may be worthwhile for dedicated Pinchot listeners. May you get it better than I did.

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    pugmom 10-08-15
    pugmom 10-08-15
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    "too long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Characters were interesting and narration was good however the episodes just dragged out too long. For me it was like watching a 3 star movie on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen. I gave up 3/4 of the way in. I may try again later.


    Would you recommend Last Call to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


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    Cheryl 12-11-14
    Cheryl 12-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story; sometimes annoying narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Last Call to be better than the print version?

    Having read the print version twice, I would recommend it over the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Call?

    The final show-down on Lake Mead was both thrilling and made very visual. The image of the fool (Dondi) dancing on the "tower" while the water bubbled and hell was breaking loose was amazing. The last scene of Crane and his father was actually quite moving.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Every time Pinchot whispered, I wanted to throttle him. I had to hit the rewind and jack the sound up as loud as it would go in order to hear, then of course, immediately turn the sound back down when he was done. His female voices are, literally, weak, as he delivers his feminine voices with reedy, light tones that make them sound slow-witted.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No; it is too much to absorb. It is such an original book that I prefer to let in sink in more slowly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Scott 05-30-14
    J Scott 05-30-14
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    "Suspending your disbelief isn't enough"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could lift this to that level.


    What was most disappointing about Tim Powers’s story?

    The lack of any association with credibility. Characters that are supposed to be crazy strive to be so crazy that they aren't believable in any sense. This feels more like an plot outline strung together by stream of consciousness verbiage than a cohesive story. It seeks to be be intellectually entertaining but just keeps being weird, outlandish and unbelievable. He never develops the story, the history or the "magic" enough for you to buy into the things that he has happen to the protagonists. Feels like a bunch of dungeons and dragons guys sat around saying "what if next everything is ....." and tried to weave it into a plot.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The main character seemed accessible and engenders empathy.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 10-30-12
    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Buy the Book, if you can."
    What did you love best about Last Call?

    Tim Powers Makes Poker games into engaging action scenes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Call?

    The magic in the book is mysterious, ever-present, used very well. The whole world is a part of the system, like they belong together.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The book is great, but I was dieing for it to end. It does drag a bit. However, I blame that on the narrator. You need a powerful reader voice to drive you through a 20+ hour book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, not the audio - if you can. This Book is so good. WORTH IT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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