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Geekomancy Audiobook

Geekomancy

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Publisher's Summary

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this original urban fantasy book about Geekomancers - humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?

©2012 Michael R. Underwood (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Philip South Norwood, United Kingdom 10/04/2013
    Philip South Norwood, United Kingdom 10/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a bad book, but a HORRIBLE reader"

    I was looking forward to this book after I read about it elsewhere, and after downloading it I put it near the top of my "listening queue", that was until I started listening - Julia Farhat ranks as one of the worst narrators I've heard on audio books, and that's going back quite a few years (to when they were on cassette) - she reads the book as though a child is reading, with slight pauses between each word, and although some of her characterisation isn't bad, the reading of the descriptive parts is just painful



    The book itself is an interesting idea, with magic being "powered" by the genres (sci-fi, fantasy, etc), and it being a "secret world all around us" (what isn't, these days), it could have been a geek's dream book, instead it's nearly ruined by the horrible narration, and I truly hope this was her first book and that she's got better over the other books she's narrated on here, because if this is her standard manner then I know I'll be avoiding those books (having listened to a few samples, some are better, but quite a few are in this tone)



    Can the list of narrators be that limited that people come back to Julia from lack of availability, or is it that she's cheap compared to the others? Whatever the reasons, I know that I'll be listening to samples before buying, because I don't think I could make it though more books in this tone



    Anyway, my advice would be to actually read this book rather than suffer through the terrible reading that this book has been subjected to - only buy this if it's on a deal, because as a full price book, you will probably be disappointed, and all because of the reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niall Manchester, United Kingdom 30/05/2014
    Niall Manchester, United Kingdom 30/05/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Pretty good, better if you're geeky"

    Actually, this probably deserves a little more than 3 stars, and on Amazon (where the scale is different) I'd give it 4. With the style settled, I suspect that the future novels in the series might be a little better. For the first time in a couple of books I am inclined to consider finding out.

    On the plus side we have a feisty, geeky heroine who discovers that magic is real (and weird) and sets out on a quest to save people from forced suicide (and there's a twist, of course). I liked Rhi. I liked the conception behind it all. I liked the role-playing game references.

    And there-in lies my issue. I didn't think it was going to be an issue, but damn it if I didn't find myself wondering whether White Wolf had considered suing over copyright. There have been other works of fiction which have sounded like someone lifted them right of the the pages of Mage: The Ascension (The Matrix, Dark City), but Geekomancy is pretty much a novelised version of the game. That is both awesome (it's a great game) and annoying.

    In short, well worth a read, especially if you get all the pop-culture references. I'm very much hoping that Underwood's style will settle a little for the follow-ups, which I'll very probably put on my waiting list.

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    Andrew LondonUnited Kingdom 18/05/2013
    Andrew LondonUnited Kingdom 18/05/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "Great concept poor execution"

    Great idea might be a better read -the narrators voice is annoying and leads to u wanting to tune out - no idea how it ends I couldn't listen any longer

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  • jorge
    15/01/15
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    "Good story, shitting shit narration."

    Would not listen to another book read by this narrator. was really hard to hear sometimes and voice could be grating at moments.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Flemington, NJ USA
    21/11/14
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    "Possibly a good book. The recording is unbearable"
    What would have made Geekomancy better?

    The style and writing was intriguing and I was looking forward to the recording getting better, but it didn't. I actually liked the narrator's voice quality and style, but it FAdEs IN aND oUt aND tuRNS AN othERwISe PLEasant VOicE into a completely insufferable mess. I'm not sure if it's Ms. Farhat's natural volume control, crappy microphones or horrible engineering, but unless you have audio equipment with some sort of dynamic range control, I wouldn't recommend even attempting this audio book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael R. Underwood again?

    Not at this point. I'm going to get a paper copy of the book and see how it stands up. I might consider something with another narrator, but if it's an issue with the studio that produced it, I'll stick with paper.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More consistent levels on the recording. The volume swings are intolerable.


    What character would you cut from Geekomancy?

    Don't know. I didn't get far enough into it to know any of the characters


    Any additional comments?

    I should have read the reviews first. A lot of people have had similar complaints.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    11/10/17
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    "all the geek joy"

    starts out a little rough but really picks up steam as it goes. looking forward to reading the sequels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Gibbs
    Tacotown, Washington
    04/04/17
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    "mind blown"

    Fun, exciting, and serious but not too serious. An adventure that will keep you enthralled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kyosji Kenji
    Georgia
    10/01/17
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    "Poor quality audio and poor voice acting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. There was waaaay too much back story that wasn't important to anything. The person reading it was horrible, and the audio quality sounds like someone recorded it on their phone in their room. The person reading also couldn't stay in one place, causing the audio to sound like the volume went to near nothing as they walked away from the mic.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh yes. This person reading shouldn't be dealing with books. She is horrible at portraying characters, can't stand still, and occasionally reads like she has no interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor voice acting, poor quality audio, very slow story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • phillip
    30/08/16
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    "beat you over the head with pop culture references"

    beats you over the head with pop culture references and never let's up. this is the kind of story that hides it's mediocrity and unlikable characters behind an overabundance of Pop Culture references. every other line of dialogue name drops of a piece of pop culture or someone involved in something related to pop culture such as directors actors and authors. this is the book equivalent of the Annoying kid and who tries way too hard to prove how geeky they in other words this is the most blatant example of trying way too hard to be "cool"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay Oliver
    23/06/16
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    "Second read through"

    The first time I listened to this, I came away conflicted, so I thought I'd try again.
    I'm still conflicted.
    Julia Farhat and I didn't get along during this narration. I found fault with her delivery, and she blithely ignored my grumblings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ona
    Seneca, MO, United States
    27/10/15
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    "Fun and Light"
    Would you listen to Geekomancy again? Why?

    Yes, but not for a while. It was fun to listen to, and I would remember it too well right now.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not really. It was a little bit like work by Felicia Day, and borrowed a bit from other works that are based on gaming concepts. It was light, it was funny, and rested gently on my mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kezia
    Longmont, CO, United States
    17/10/15
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    "Geek Heaven"
    Where does Geekomancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On par with Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Armada, Geekomancy is easily one of my favorite ultra-geeky books!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Geekomancy?

    Start to finish, this is a fun, action packed book, but if I were to pick a favorite moment ti would probably be when Ree is learning what she can do and channels the BBC's Sherlock Holmes. The sheer coolness factor coupled with Underwood's quirky writing kept me smiling despite Ree's serious circumstances at the time.


    What aspect of Julia Farhat’s performance would you have changed?

    Julia Farhat has a lovely voice but reads with a distracting cadence that would sometimes pull me out of the story. Still, it was not distracting enough to deter me from the story and is still well worth listening to.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Minnesota
    10/06/15
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    "This is why we READ books."
    What did you like best about Geekomancy? What did you like least?

    I love the pop culture references and anyone who is even remotely a 'geek' will get many of the references. It's just pure fun. Like living in a role playing game.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    Good question ... it's not like anything I've read before, but I haven't read a lot of urban fantasy.


    How could the performance have been better?

    ANYTHING would have made the performance better. I've read some of the other reviews that have hated the performance and they are spot on. I can deal with a narrator's voice, as long as there is some inflection involved. This struck me as a 1980's tape recording for the blind sort of reading. Every word was crisp and clear and there was no intent or meaning behind anything. At one point I thought to myself, "Wow...they couldn't get a reader who actually understood the pop culture references that were being mentioned?" And I noticed then that every sentence was being read in EXACTLY the same way. It was like watching a college production of Shakespeare ... where no one knew what they were saying, but they fell in to a rhythmic speaking pattern.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows why it is SO important to get the RIGHT person narrating. A clear speaking voice doesn't mean the voice is right for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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