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Timothy

Saratoga Springs, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4829)
    Performance
    (4336)
    Story
    (4359)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Stellar Full Cast Production"
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    This isn't a review about the story American Gods; others will do that. What I felt important to review here was the superb production presented by this very talented group of narrators. The characterization- depth, realism and building of, and ability to relate to -in American Gods is very well done, but the performance of the narrators brings them further, adding an even more complex and integrated layer of emotion and connection.

    The main narrator is easy to listen to and warm to the tale- I felt the narrator was telling me a story of his experience rather than a recitation of another's work.

    And of Neil Gaiman's own short passages, sprinkled thru-ought: an excellent lift from the main story, giving each break an ethereal yet distinctive separation from the main story.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3475)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1156)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "60 Ch Long.. Story Doesn't Start 'till Ch 30"
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    Odd Thomas is one of the most amazing characters I've met reading fantasy; and the performance is simply astounding by Mr. Baker. Just read some of the other reviews- this story is a super let down! I feel the author tried to express the loss of Odd Thomas' pain and loss of purpose, but instead of artful expression there's just belabored writing and NO STORY and NO EXPRESSION OF PAIN OR LOSS.

    I gave the story 4 stars over-all because the story does take off around Ch 30 and the final Chapter made the entire story worth listening to (for me anyways); the narrator is superb; and Odd's supporting characters all super well constructed.

    I did want to comment on some other's complaints though: I also disliked the continued rehashing of information from the first book; and I disagreed with the complaints about the villain- I found her chilling and crazy and I thought the narrator did a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2277)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2139)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "A Pure Performance"
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    The Shining - Review

    As to the performance: it certainly wasn't monotone. The voices are all immaculate and extremely consistent; with a smooth delivery of the constant insertion and switching of inner voice to spoken voice that keeps the listener immersed and dramatizes the story amazingly well. What people are confusing "monotone" with, I think, at the beginning of the story is a wonderful and delicate subtlety.

    As the madness sets in the dramatization becomes a very intense and accurate portrayal of the characters. I really don't understand how anyone can consider this narrator to be anything other than perfectly cast.

    The statement that comes to my mind is: "A pure performance."

    As to the story itself: there was a point at the beginning in which I distinctly remember thinking: this certainly isn't King's best work. It certainly started a little slow and a little dull; not what I'd expected from a Stephen King masterpiece. That was part one. Part two picked up well enough. After that the story continued to get better and better until the fifth part, the climax which I couldn't "put down" until I'd finished the story.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (544)

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    Scott says: "Part 2 is a go."
    "Snarky Protagonist, Excellent Narration"
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    Graham has really found himself in Nick Gautier. The author has provided a witty and wonderfully sarcastic protagonist, who while infallibly snarky manages to consistently come across to the reader as someone you want to believe in, who you want to succeed; and the narrator comes across equally as strong, delivering the story to be undeniably Nicholas Gautier.

    A solid sequel overall, continuing the entertaining internal dialogue of Gautier, and introducing a wonderfully diverse menagerie of creatures and characters; a fast paced story that's highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (652)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Semi-Goofy Supernatural Tale"
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    The characters have depth and I found it easy to believe in and like them, immediately from the beginning to the end. The story was a pleasant blend of powerful emotion, making me feel for the main character and wish for him to succeed, but at the same time the entire story is fairly humorous and a little goofy. The over-all story is pretty complex without leaving the reader lost. A great opening story for everyone who wants a continuing story about Vampires, Were-creatures, Ghouls, and Demons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6420)
    Performance
    (5711)
    Story
    (5706)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Fresh Fantasy; Re-defining What Fantasy Means"
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    Fantasy is supposed to be free, fresh and original- an escape from the stuffiness, the boring, and sometimes the simply unbearable "real" world. Unfortunately, fantasy today often feels cramped, dominated by the repetitive cliche worlds: medieval eras, elves, dwarves, warriors with ridiculous powers, et al.

    This is not cliche. This is one of those precious gems that lives in the fringe of its genre.

    The story is written very well. The author excels in bringing details to life, imagining a circus that's so beyond reality and yet grounding the idea so well it makes the reader believe they could go out into our world and find such a place.

    The tale of the two illusionists is well told. Thoroughly told but not belabored, rich and consistently paced; and yet in a life where few can sit and enjoy a sip of fine scotch but would rather slam an energy drink and go a mile a minute, I can see how this tale might come off as boring.

    This is not an action-adventure. The story is wonderfully different, deeply romantic, and unfolds steadily and consistently. If you're tired of the cliche flashy magic and Harry Potter-ish characters and story (or LOTR-ish settings), try this one.

    Note: The only reason the performance received a 4 star vice 5: Jim Dale does an amazing job, however (as noted in many other reviews) he gives every female character a distinctively male voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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