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Chris

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 220 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1104)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "I love Odd Thomas"
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    Any additional comments?

    A fun addition to the adventures of Odd Thomas. Where Dean Koontz came up with the manner in which the "bad guy" treats the family in this story is from an extremely dark & disturbing place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Amber says: "One of a kind!!"
    "Chris Loff"
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made Contamination Boxed Set better?

    God only knows


    What could T. W. Piperbrook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Learn how to write the environment the characters are in so there is some kind of sense made of what is going on.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator could try to give different dialects to each character, and maybe read what the character says with the proper emotions they would be going through at the time.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and anger. I was immediately bothered that the descriptions of the environment the characters were in made no sense. i.e. a guy is driving an RV and standing and pointing a shotgun at a stopped van with trailer attached?? What sealed the deal and made me give up completely was that there was so much reintroduction to each character for each part of the story. I know that in combining books that there would be some of this but it was REALLY obnoxious when I was already on the edge.


    Any additional comments?

    For a good Zombie Series get Mark Tufo's "Zombie Apocalypse"

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6374)
    Performance
    (5949)
    Story
    (5972)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Easily on my list of favorite books in my library!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    OK First off this was a great new take on the whole super powers genre. I loved some of the super powers and their characteristics in this story and the language used. Most importantly to any Audible fan like myself is the performance is perfect! Macleod Andrews, is now up there as one of my favorite Narrators.

    I was immersed in the story immediately and rooted for the main character David right from the start and the supporting characters are flawed, funny and endearing in just the manner I enjoy.

    Some parts might be a bit predictable but even when i predicted what was most likely going to happen it happened in a fun creative way... I won't say anything of the ending other then it was PERFECT, in my opinion of course.

    I think there will be a lot of listeners who will like that there is no sex or foul language in this novel and I can see this being enjoyable from tweens on up! Im really glad I used the credit on this one and can not wait to listen to it again!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1644)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (939)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Interesting concept but no linearity in the story!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

    Confusing which characters were talking and who the story was about.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Narrator had a good voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration, very difficult to follow who was talking and where the story was going.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the honest description of how the time period was, the story was just too jumbled with little or no direction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12053)
    Performance
    (9703)
    Story
    (9824)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "My fav series on audiobook since Harry Potter~!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    Nick Podehl is one of the best Narrators I've heard, the only one I find superior is Jim Dale.

    The brilliance and patience this story is told is AMAZING!


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

    When Kvothe meets the Chandrian took my breathe away... one of the saddest moments I've ever heard in a story.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a book that was long and had a great story, I've never been as engrossed in a book as I am with this book. Absolutely perfectly written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty as Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a startling act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing...or just beginning? Prosecutor Ellen North believes she’s building a case against a guilty man - and that he has an accomplice in the shadows. As she prepares for the trial of her career, Ellen suddenly finds herself swept into a cruel contest of twisted wits.

    Victor says: "Beware, this is a continuation of another book."
    "Great listen, but something is missing..."
    Overall
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely some suspenseful material


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

    Yes, Solid!


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you listen to Night Sins first! Great characters and great build up for the end, once the mystery is revealed there is not enough details about all that the "bad guys" did. I'm not one to rewrite an authors book but this ones ending did let me down a bit. still highly recommend it! But I feel like there is a lot left unresolved with these great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1226)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Cool direction"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about 'Til Death Do Us Part?

    I loved Mike's Conversation with a creator!


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He has really fine tuned his character voices! Love hearing his BT voice!


    Any additional comments?

    I think Tufo has gone some crazy and hard to believe directions, however Mike Talbot and the gang are such great characters that he has free reign!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Sins

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    A peaceful Minnesota town, where crime is something that just doesn’t happen, is about to face its worst nightmare. A young boy disappears. There are no witnesses, no clues — only a note, cleverly taunting, casually cruel. Has a cold-blooded kidnapper struck? Or is this the reawakening of a long-quiet serial killer?

    A User says: "Another Great book from Tami Hoag"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I held off getting this book because of some of the review, and I can agree that the sex in this book does feel misplaced. I'm not a prude about hearing sex, but this definitely took some of the shine off the story, hence the 4 stars instead of 5.

    I really like Tami Hoag's writing and her ability to write a suspense thriller is getting better with every book of hers i read/listen too. It's an easy listen, and definitely has that, "i'll drive the long way home" because you wanna hear what happens next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets to the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (444)

    When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

    Judy Ford says: "Totally superior!!"
    "Great Pre-DNA thriller"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is entertaining and is perfect for any long drive or distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book, Tami Hoag does a good job writing a murder/suspense thriller in an age before DNA & computers. Although sometimes its a bit ridiculous that the main detectives (Vince & Tony) talk about what DNA will bring to the job of solving murders. I can't imagine any detective in the 80's had any notion DNA & computers would take the role they have taken in solving murders. That is hardly a complaint just a musing I had while listening to this great novel. The characters are rich in substance and don't always take the path that is most predictable. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the one before it and Already downloading book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3383)
    Story
    (3372)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Not too shabby"
    Overall
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, but it did keep me guessing.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the story and there were pretty good story twists. definitely an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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