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  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The funniest accountant ever written

  • By Cam on 15-05-16

Very apt title

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

What did you like best about The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant? What did you like least?

Best:* Good language* No crude humor or content* Interesting title.Least:* There is no overarching story. Just a set of disjointed episodes.* The "episodes" I find largely unengaging.* The title suits the book, I feel.

Would you ever listen to anything by Drew Hayes again?

No

What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

Matches the voice our mostly wimpy hero would have quite well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bill the Vampire, Scary Dead Things, The Mourning Woods, and Holier Than Thou

  • The Tome of Bill Series: Books 1-4
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 33 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

There are reasons we fear the dark. Bill Ryder...isn't one of them. Gamer, geek, and legendary vampire - The Tome of Bill is the tale of an unlikely hero trying to survive in a world of undead horrors. Despite awesome supernatural powers, loyal allies, and an attitude the size of Brooklyn, the odds are still stacked heavily against him. Bill Ryder must fulfill his destiny and save the world from the ancient terrors that threaten it - all while trying to work up the nerve to ask out the girl of his dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill rules!

  • By Peter Sweeney on 23-05-16

Story OK but humor unsophisticated and crude

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less crude underpanties-humor. For that reason stopped listening early.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Gualtieri? Why or why not?

No. Authors tend to be consistent in their language and humor.

Could you see Bill the Vampire, Scary Dead Things, The Mourning Woods, and Holier Than Thou being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

The percentage of people who can identify with the hero is small. Single gamers mainly.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Juvenile

  • By Sally on 14-04-17

Scalzi Scalped

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

Story not that original or engaging. Lacking his usual witty dialogue. Degenerates into stereotypical profanities - f**k used hundreds of times, indelicate references to sex and bodily functions. To top it up, he steals The Culture's style of naming ships. Had this been his debut story, he would have gone unnoticed. Good narration though.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writersAfter hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some issues with this recording

  • By carl on 24-12-17

Engaging, but sex obsessive

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

Reviewed: 18-10-15

If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

Grand. Original. Smutty.

Would you be willing to try another book from Peter F Hamilton? Why or why not?

Great storyteller. But dragged down by totally unnecessary and quite explicit sexual scenes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The meeting of Quattox and Restorai. "That's not something you see every day."

  • Poseidon's Wake

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 27 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

This novel is a standalone story which takes two extraordinary characters and follows them as they independently begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Their missions are dangerous, and they are all venturing into the unknown...and if they can uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel then new worlds will be at our fingertips. But innovation and progress are not always embraced by everyone. There is a saboteur at work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gets tedious

  • By BJXRN on 21-06-15

Gets tedious

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

Reviewed: 21-06-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Too drawn out. Way too much uninteresting dialogue. Towards the end of the book I couldn't stomach any more.

If you’ve listened to books by Alastair Reynolds before, how does this one compare?

Other books I've read by him are better. More inventive.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator in and of herself is good - but the high pitch, squeeky, African-simulated voices get annoying after a while, espc. as there is so much dialogue.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Arrows of Fury: Empire ll

  • By: Anthony Riches
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

The Battle of the Lost Eagle saved Hadrian's Wall, but the new Roman governor of Britannia must stamp out the rebellion of the northern tribes or risk losing the province. Rampaging south with sword and flame under the command of their murderous chieftain Calgus, they have stretched his forces to the limit. For Marcus - now simply Centurion Corvus of the 1st Tungrian cohort - the campaign has become doubly dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting

  • By Binkie on 07-08-18

One-dimensional decapitational porn

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

Reviewed: 30-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really. Half of the story consists of detailed descriptions of how the invincible, near-superhero Two-Knives disembowels and decapitates his adversaries. Gets old real quick.

The rest of the story isn't really all that exciting. No interesting plot. Little character development. Starkly unrealistic - the hero is in the thick of battle most of the time, never a scratch. And with no discernible weaknesses.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anthony Riches again?

No.

Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

The narrator is pretty good - my favourite character would be the head of the Syrian archers.

Was Arrows of Fury: Empire ll worth the listening time?

Barely. Considered returning the book for something else several times over.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful