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Barry

Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 16 reviews
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  • Glory in Death: In Death, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1565)

    The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

    Barry says: "Ericksen Steals the Show"
    "Ericksen Steals the Show"
    Overall

    I've only been hooked by one narrator before and that was Scott Brick. I considered Brick to be in a class by himself, that is, until I started listening to Susan Ericksen's narration of the Death series. Ericksen is every bit as good as Brick and possibly better. I've now purchased 17 Death books and have consecutively listened to 9 (putting nearly 30 others in my library on hold). Though all the stories take place in NYC, 40 years from now, Robb is not writing sci-fi. Though 2050's Earth-bound technologies and societal changes are believable, his very brief references to farming and resorts on planets, moons and/or space stations are not believable. Luckily, they're easy to overlook since all the action takes place in NYC. Though Robb's "who-Done-It" plots are well constructed and well written, they're totally dependent on the interplay between his 2 main characters, Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her Irish-accented, billionaire husband, "Rourke." Not only does Ericksen give them great voices and take them through an incredible range of emotions, she does the same with the entire range of both the ongoing support and story-specific characters. She does male voice so well, it's impossible to believe that there isn't an ensemble cast of readers. Perhaps the only downside in Robb's writing is the frequency and intensity of Eve and Rourk's lovemaking. While each encounter is beautifully written and read, the frequency of them stretches credibility of it. People who are so tired they can barely walk up stairs and so emotionally drained from seeing disemboweled bodies, do not make love and have multiple orgasms, 2 and 3 times a day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1058)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Brilliant to the Third Power"
    Overall

    Fool is worth 10 stars in a 5-star rating system. Of the hundreds of Audible books I've purchased and listened to since becoming an Audible customer in 2001; Fool may be the best. Though it's Brilliantly written and brilliantly funny, what makes this book so great is that it's brilliantly read [performed] by Evan Morton. Morton gives every one of the unique characters a unique voice; characters that range from Peanut (the Fool) to Drool (Peanuts' dimwitted apprentice), from King Lear to his 3 daughters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2866)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (778)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Simply Magnificent"
    Overall

    This is a "Must Read." I've purchased more than 250 books from Audible, many of which have combined great writers and even greater narrators. I therefore feel on solid ground by telling you that no single book a ever so enraptured me to such a degree that I would do virtually anything just to own a Sawtelle dog.
    Barry

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (591)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "The best & the Worst of Writing"
    Overall

    The first reviewer's 4-star rating leads me to believe that he did not listen to the book's last chapter. The second reviewer's 1-star rating indicates that he did. This book could have been a 5-star listen but by the end of the single worst final chapter of any of the 300 audiobooks I've listened to, I felt that the author had stolen both the credit and time I had invested in it. Save yourself the aggravation and pass this one by. Child needs the discipline of co-authors to bring a story to a meaningful conclusion.
    Barry

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (292)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "Total Perfection"
    Overall

    What a talent!!! As an author, Joshilyn Jackson has written a wonderfully-crafted novel with a rich story line populated with wonderfully-deep southern characters. She then brings the book to life with the character-narration skills of a Scott Brick.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    An ancient organization more powerful than the federal government has targeted Washington. They'll stop at nothing to destroy the republic and raise an empire.The adventure begins with a mysterious military burial at Arlington National Cemetery and a shocking legacy that has explosive implications for America's existence.

    cathylee says: "Be aware this is a trilogy!"
    "Unbelieavable... But"
    Overall

    This is a 5-star book to which I gave only 3. I did so because Thomas Greanias (who I believe to have written a better story than Dan Brown's "the Da Vinci Code") published this book prematurely in order to make extra money. . I say that because while reading "The Atlantis Prophesy" does not require reading "Raising Atlantis" (unless you're intrigued about the prior history of Conrad Yeats' love affair with Serena Serghetti and want more background information on his father) it absolutely requires reading what should have been Part-Two of this book, "The Atlantis Rvelation." In fact, when you buy this book, do so knowing that you will end up unfulfilled and, as I am, in dire need of reading "Part 2.") What makes this more annoying is that this is the first time I have ever heard a narrator promote the fact that reading the third book which he then names and says is near completion [as is 2008]. Speaking of the narrator; I believe the Atlantis Prophesy to be Scott Brick's best performance and he's already, and justifiable so, risen to narrator super-star status.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • In the Courts of the Crimson Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Jeremy Wainman is an archaeologist who has achieved a lifelong dream: to travel to Mars and explore the dead cities of the Deep Beyond.

    Teyud Zha-Zhalt is the Martian mercenary the Terrans hire as guide and captain of the landship Intrepid Traveller. A secret links her to the deadly intrigues of Dvor il-Adazar, the City That Is a Mountain, where the last aging descendant of the Tollamune Emperors clings to the remnants of his power.

    Pie says: "Comic book time"
    "Story Without an End"
    Overall

    After buying more than 300 books from Audible, this was my first listen to science fiction. Though the story was a bit choppy at times, I found my interest growing as it closed in on what I hoped would be a good ending. It proved to be a waste of time because there was no ending. In fact part 2 ended so abruptly and left so many questions unanswered, that I was certain I had forgotten to download Part 3. There is no Part 3! I suggest you not waste or money and certainly not a credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Colbert's Attept at 10th Grade Humor"
    Overall

    I enjoy Steven Colbert and until recently, was a long-time subscriber to the Colbert Report's iTunes Podcast. The funniest thing about "I Am America (And So Can You) is its title and some parts of its introduction. To his credit, Cobert virtually warns readers that the book was just thrown together at his kitchen table, but by that time, the listener had already purchased it or gasp... thrown away a credit. In my opinion, he threw the book together in one extemporaneous sitting during which he must have smoked, drank or popped something that made him think that what he was writing or dictating, was funny. I was expecting the book to have the same brilliant, bitting, sardonic humor that has made him an icon; the type of humor that was never more on display than during his now-legendary speech at the White-House-Press-Corp Dinner. What I found was an immature-180 of that, loaded with HS lunch-room-level humor The danger is that a couple of more of these books will make that Press-Corp speech seem like a distant memory and I suggest he write no more. I became so bored with this book that I did something I had never done before with an Audible download; I deleted it in the middle of a listen. "I am America" has only one saving grace; its 12.24 Platinum-Member price made it a palatable loss. I would have felt totally robbed had I used a credit to purchase this poor excuse for an audio book.
    Barry

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (427)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris F. says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "Hacking Out a Story"
    Overall

    I've purchased 2/3 of his books but this may well be my last Koontz novel. I can't afford to invest time in listening to books with no ending and this book fell 8 hours short. I forgave the first book because I was certain that he'd wrap up the story or like the other serial-character books he has written, bring it to satisfying open end. In conclusion! Dean: How many characters in your books are going to walk around saying "tick tock" This was the third novel with one, not including the one where it's the title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "Follow the Bricks"
    Overall

    The perfect formula for a perfect listen! Even though the real villain's identity became obvious to me more than an hour before the book ended, it made little difference. Brian Haig's story had me so riveted, that I couldn't turn it off. During the final 2 hours, I kept renewing the auto-timer of my iPod, when I should have been sleeping. I was not disappointed because it was a perfect ending, right down to its final words. All that being said; a great book can be destroyed by a bad narrator just as a mediocre book can be saved by a great one. The President’s Assassin has the best of both world’s; an incredible story line, great characters, great dialogue and Scott Brick; a great reader (perhaps the best there is) to bring everything to life. If you enjoy mysteries and want to make sure that your book credits are well spent, then “follow the Bricks.” When, after listening to another book, I pulled up the long-long list of books Scott Brick has narrated. I should not have been surprised that the names of some of my favorite listens containing some of my favorite characters were on it. It was from that list that I selected "The President's Assassin," the book I'm about to start, and the two books waiting on my Wish List, for purchase with next month's credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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