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  • Ash

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Ash, detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case. A man has been found crucified in a locked room. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted.... Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods? And why are the castle's inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen?

    Unzipt says: "What A Mess!"
    "What A Mess!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story with a comprehensible conclusion.

    What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?

    The most disappointing thing about ASH was the story itself. The book's beginning is interesting, with characters one quickly decides are likeable and unlikeable. The book then cascades into a series of inexplicable, and wholly unbelievable, occurrences that are never connected to one another in any meaningful way despite the constant intimation that there is some common explanation. Ash, the titular parapsychologist, never explains (perhaps, never understands) what is happening. The book's casst of ridiculous characters includes Hitler's bastard daughter, all grown up and crazy as hell, and the transparent (as in one can literally see his internal organs) prematurely born son of Princess Diana who comes to take her son into her loving embrace at novel's end. Oh, and did I forget to mention Qaddafi. 'Nuff said.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?


    What character would you cut from Ash?

    Hitler's daughter and Louie, the son of Princess Diana

    Any additional comments?

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Great Story, Acceeptable Narration"
    What did you love best about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    I enjoyed WOOL. I always assumed, from the descriptions I'd read, that it wasn't my cup of tea. I don't know what prompted me to get the audiobook despite my misgivings, but I'm glad I did. WOOL does seem more like young adult fiction than a work written with an older audience in mind. The characters are interesting though not fully developed. The story leaves a great many unanswered questions, but the main plot points are satisfactorily resolved.

    Any additional comments?

    I sometimes have problems when the voice of the narrator does not match the gender of the character for which she or he is speaking. I found that to be true in the case of WOOL. Goode's narration of the female characters is good, but I didn't care for her narrations of the male characters. Often both male and female characters sound as though they are sneering. When she sneers, Goode's voice is quite annoying (even when it seems from the context that a sneer is appropriate).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Still Comforting"
    What made the experience of listening to Carrion Comfort the most enjoyable?

    Dan Simmons is one of my favorite authors. Although he appears to have begun is writing in the horror genre, I discovered him as a science-fiction writer when I stumbled across HYPERION/THE FALL OF HYPERION. I read CARRION COMFORT in print many years ago, and the audio presentation is very good. This narration has multiple voices to portray the novel's many characters. The effect is very satisfying, though I did not care for the voices chosen for some characters.

    Still, the narration was very, very good. Hearing the story again reminded me how much I loved this book. The audio books for HYPERION and FALL OF HYPERION are also excellent and I highly recommend them.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sheriff Gentry - I just loved the southerness of the actor who voiced the character.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The death of Sheriff Gentry - I had forgotten this detail of the book, so it was a surprise to me. The Sheriff was a great character, and his death was very moving and unexpected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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