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Immortal Audiobook

Immortal: The Immortal Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Surviving 60,000 years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the 21st century, Adam confronts new dangers - someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide. Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

Immortal is a first person confessional penned by a man who is immortal, but not invincible. In an artful blending of sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, and humor, Immortal introduces us to a world with vampires, demons and other magical creatures, yet a world without actual magic.

At the center of the book is Adam.

Adam is a 60,000 year old man. He doesn't age or get sick, but is otherwise entirely capable of being killed. His survival has hinged on an innate ability to adapt, his wits, and a fairly large dollop of luck. He makes an excellent guide through history, when he's sober.

©2010 Gene Doucette (P)2016 Gene Doucette

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    Amazon Customer 11/06/2017
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    "Original and exciting ideas delivered in a boring box"

    I really liked the beginning of the story but about half way through I realised that not a lot had happened and I was starting to get bored. The fact that the guy likes to drink gets a bit tedious, he doesn't do anything fun when he is drunk. Just reminisces constantly, which is what most alcoholics do I guess. The back stories and anecdotes get a bit tiresome after a while and the main story plays second fiddle for some time. The writing style can be a bit laborious at times: constantly over explaining where little to none is needed. Also, there were several sections which had no need to be in the book, they may have even been full chapters and they didn't add anything. The dialogue could be terrible at times with forced attempts at humour. There were good points, some nice zany touches, interesting and entertaining ideas for characters and I really like the overall concept, just needs a good editor on board to chop out the tedious stuff. The narrator is a good narrator, but I think he doesn't suit the story. The protagonist is meant to be physically 34, but the narrator is over 60. This adds to the annoying interruptions in that it feels that a rambling old favourite uncle has just, yet again, interrupted the story to tell a vaguely amusing but tangential anecdote. I liked the beginning and the final finale, but the middle three fifths could really be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • MJP
    Frederick, MD
    22/12/16
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    "Great story that will make you think about life!"
    Where does Immortal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I typically listen to sci-fi and this was a deviation for me. This is one of my favorite non sci-fi listens ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Immortal?

    Not one moment, but throughout the book the comparing and contrasting past to present in ways that made me think. This book made me ponder the idea of being immortal, seeing civilization come to be, witnessing everyone you've ever know die, and seeing history repeat itself over and over.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Carlson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I found him easy to listen to though at times I would have inferred different inflection and tone from the text.


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

    Not extreme but I did laugh out loud a couple of times. Mostly this book made me think. The story is good and held my interest but what I remember most is thinking about life and how short and fragile it is.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're into sci-fi and would like to venture out, this book may do the trick. I've tried other fantasy and mystery novels with little success, I found this book suited my tastes perfectly.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Edath A. Feston
    SW Washington
    14/02/17
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If I had not already purchased the second and third books of this series, I would be doing that now. The first installment was so enjoyable I nearly cried when it ended, not because it had a sad ending but because I was sad that the story was over!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam is a hero. He denies it, but he is. He is an immortal who has seen all the good and bad that life can offer and still hasn't lost his humanity. And he has a sense of humor about it all that is rather uplifting for the reader.


    Which character – as performed by Steve Carlson – was your favorite?

    Steve Carlson was the perfect voice for this book. His performance of all the assorted characters was as perfect as I could wish for.


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

    Oh, I could have listened to all of it in one sitting, but I spread it out over two days. A book this good doesn't come along every day and I wanted to savor it as long as possible.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • janet
    USA
    11/02/17
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    "Quite Good"

    I enjoyed this book very much. The humor is on point and the history references are very imaginative. The author manages to make a impossible scenario seem not only just feasible but so believable you become lost in the story. The adult scenes are not graphic, even if the references to sex are plentiful. I have only one warning, the main character is an atheist and disrespectful about faith. That can feel very offensive to believers.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • B. Jordan
    16/05/17
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    "Good performance of a dull story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The author plays with the aspect of a thousands years old immortal, and starts fine. But after about 2/3 of the book, it begins to wear thin. You'll get 2 paragraphs of the in media res story line, then he will flash back to the 'normal' time line for 10 pages, only to do a throwaway, unrelated, side story for 20 pages, back to the current for 10 pages, repeat.

    It's interesting at first, but the gimmick wears thin when the character starts to know every single historical famous person to have ever existed, and had brunch (or sex) with them. It's also frustrating because the story goes nowhere, and it does so at an infuriatingly slow pace.

    There is a good amount of very interesting world building going on in the novel, but it's hampered by the authors incessant need for navel gazing. It's like having your dotage age grandparents explain the great depression; the core story is compelling but they won't stop spitting out meaningless asides and side stories long enough to tell it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Doucette again?

    Possibly; the writing style is good and technically competent, if a bit dull.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Carlson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to his performances before, but he was quite good.


    Could you see Immortal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This is the single most idiotic question I've ever been asked.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey C. Coyne
    Chapel Hill
    24/07/17
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    "An old theme with a disappointing story"

    From the earliest story of Gligamesh to the legend of the wandering Jew to the legend of the sorcerer's stone, the theme of immortality has been discussed with many a twist. The Immortal takes this well treated theme and adds...wait for it...corrupt businessmen and overly focused scientists. This plot could have been generated by computer. The interstices are no better filled. Our hero observes that beer is good, women are unique and life is sometimes harsh. Throw in some vampires, pixies and demons with a liberal atheistic message and voila, something for everyone. Except me. Seen it done better...often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elspeth
    24/04/17
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    "Not bad"

    Love the premise. The story was researched and the characters were interesting with spotty humor. My only complaint would have to be the narrators voice. Although he did a fine job overall with the narration, his voice sounded to elderly for a main character who was only supposed to be around 33 years old. Even with that I will buy book two.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Louisville, KY United States
    13/09/17
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    "Great story!"

    Loads of fun. The narrator really brought it to life. I loved the short stories within the story. They are told as asides but are always important to the current situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesse
    Boise, ID, United States
    01/09/17
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    "Didn't get through the first chapter"
    Any additional comments?

    I just didn't like the foul language. I know it's commonplace and I can't change what other people do, but I don't have to include it in the things I buy. There's better books out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • julio mendez
    20/08/17
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    "Enchanting Entanglement"

    This was a enchanting entanglement of history, science, humor and nuance in a masterfully spun tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamey Sultan
    16/07/17
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    "Great read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Immortal to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the concept of an immortal who just kind of exists without doing anything important or knowing everything


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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