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A. Kessel

Anthem, Arizona

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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 16 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two: The Ballad of M

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    I just can't believe I slammed the door in Reagan MacPherson's face last night. Is her situation just like mine? Does she have some sort of smartass alien entity inside her brain? Is she registered? Do her friends know? Is she stronger than me? Does this somehow make me look hot to her? Is Liberty - the World's Greatest Hero - going to come after her like the way he's going to come after me? My name is Gabe Garrison, and this is the second volume of my story ...

    A. Kessel says: "Supers are still...SUPER!"
    "Supers are still...SUPER!"
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    Where does Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two to and why?

    It's difficult to compare Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two to any other book I've listened to as it is quite different than most of the books I've listened to. And that's NOT a bad thing!


    Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

    Still have to say "M". I LOVE his sarcastic attitude and pompous manner. Bryan Reid performs all characters in this series very well, but "M" stands out.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where Being Super is Not Necessarily a GOOD Thing!


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Sevan Paris pens an exciting, humorous and engaging story. Continuing where Book One leaves off, we are introduced to a new character (voiced superbly by Reid) and learn a great deal about "M" which may explain WHY he is such an....well...you know! I eagerly await Book Three!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thief Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheree Alsop
    • Narrated By Michele Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When her brother's sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom's crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

    LilMissMolly says: "Outstanding YA adventure!"
    "A Great Young Adult Story"
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    While most young adult novels can be quite formulaic and become very boring quickly, the Thief Prince is not one of those. Wonderfully crafted characters, with rich backgrounds; an entire world created for them and a story that compels the listener to continue on sets this book far above many in the genre.

    Michele Carpenters voice is a complete joy to listen to. Her character voice development was good - it was very easy to differentiate the characters from one another, and her delivery style is flawless. Great tone and great skill! I would most definitely look for more titles by this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius.

    A. Kessel says: "Forget Gladiator."
    "Forget Gladiator."
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    I love the Roman era of history, and most stories and movies, provided they are done right, endear themselves to me for a lifetime. Solder Of Rome IS not only one of the best I've encountered, but very close to the top! This is a terrific story of a great, romantic and horrible time in a nations history, told extremely well. Through James Mace's wonderful narration, Patterson's novel is brought to life in such a way that I could actually 'see' every word as if it were a movie. The narrator did a wonderful job of giving life to Patterson's beautifully crafted characters, and if it were possible to give a 10 star rating for performance, I would. Great job to both writer and narrator, and I hope to see more from this duo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Moor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Graeme Reynolds
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life. It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods.

    Denise says: "A 'howling' good time!"
    "Wow.....just WOW!"
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    What did you love best about High Moor?

    The character development and the fact that although this story is packed with scare the hell out of ya' goodness, it NEVER goes over the top!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John. I loved the development of his character in that you felt for him a great deal.


    What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! Yes, High Moor is a really great story, but Chris Barnes brings such a terrific life to Graeme's words that you do at times forget it's just one person narrating! And, Chris' Scottish accent lends a great authenticity to the read that would not have been there in the hands of an American narrator, and through his narration, gives just enough 'piss and vinegar' to the characters! I look for great things from this narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    From the moment I pushed play!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see this story turned into a screenplay, however, would miss the narrators voice in a movie version! Great job to both writer and narrator - a creative match made in entertainment heaven!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunters Moon: The Fae Medallion (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Geraldine Allie
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    To this day, it is said that the descendants of the Fae left behind still wait for the return of the Seer's and guardians…As a young teenager, Victoria is sent to live with an Aunt and Uncle with a sinister and deadly secret. For over five years she has taken the harsh punishments from the hands of her evil Aunt and Uncle who have a craving for the blood of the Fae. Now a young adult, Victoria will come up against the biggest threat of her life to fulfill a prophecy; and find the one that history has destined her to be with, a Fae Prince who never expected to be made a prisoner by vampires.

    kelly says: "good listen"
    "A Great New World of Wonder!!"
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    What did you love best about Hunters Moon?

    The development of the characters and the story, was so complete that I could 'see' the world!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Percy. I love how he knew he was 'different' in the mortal world, but didn't realize just how special he was until it was time to know!


    What about Alex Hyde-White’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Mr. Hyde-White is an amazing actor and brought very believable life to all of the characters.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to future installments in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes in Prose: Welcome to Prose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    "Imagine you have the power to fly. Pretty awesome, right? Imagine you have the power to levitate or crush something the size of a Winnebago. Equally awesome. Now ... here's the catch: having the power means you are bonded irreversibly to a smartass, sociopathic alien life form. Not so awesome. So, what would you do with all of that power? The way I figured it, I had one of two options: Option #1) Use it to commit crime or Option #2) Use it to fight crime. My name is Gabe Garrison and I chose Option #2."

    A. Kessel says: "Supers are...SUPER!"
    "Supers are...SUPER!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Superheroes in Prose to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, however the audio edition ROCKS.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept and the narration.


    Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

    M.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say 'moved' me, but the entire book was very good. I loved the story concept.


    Any additional comments?

    Superheroes in Prose: Welcome To Prose is a fun, exciting and very engaging story. I loved the 'world' the writer created - it was perfectly sarcastic and ironic! On its own, this story is a great thing. Narrated by Bryan Reid, well, it's a must listen to. Bryan's narration style is perfect for this story. He brought a unique and very believable live to Gabe, M, Deathbot, all the Supers and every other character in Prose. I can easily see this story being made into a movie, however, it will not be as awesome unless Bryan narrated! Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dark Brings

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edward Lorn
    • Narrated By Richard Bryant
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    What the Dark Brings is a collection of 19 short stories, beginning with "Literary Sweets," a tender jaunt into Christmastime that proves all is not lost for one jaded gentleman. But by the time you reach the final tale, "Come to Jesus Meeting," the darkness is all encompassing.

    A. Kessel says: "Interesting Stories Made Better By Narration"
    "Interesting Stories Made Better By Narration"
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    If you could sum up What the Dark Brings in three words, what would they be?

    Eclectic, Interesting, Different


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Since this was a collection of short stories, it wasn't a 'typical' ending. But interesting to say the least


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

    First Richard Bryant book I've listened to.


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

    Yes. Very much so.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is outstanding. To be completely honest, although some of the stories are quite interesting and have potential, Richard brings all of the 'guests to this party'. Through the rich narration, it is easy to 'see the film' run in my head, which is something only very good storytellers can accomplish. Richard's ability to separate character voices is a skill that narrators must possess in order to bring life to stories effectively. Every character voice is done very well and brings a unique life to this collection of stories. His laid back, natural way of delivering the lines is very addictive to listen to, making it very easy to listen to the entire audiobook in one sitting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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