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Barry

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United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1623)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Audio Books Do Not Get Better Than This"
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    The perfect combination of a great story and great narration. This review is being written by Platinum subscriber since 2001 and an owner and listener to more than 400 audiobooks. I often base my selections on narrators and purchased Stay Close specifically because Scott Brick was narrating. Scott Brick is the best male narrator in the business and 2nd only to Susan Erickson overall. He can make a mediocre story entertaining, but when he reads a perfect story like Stay Close, its difficult to stop listening. The reviews that I read giving him a 1 star rating have to have been written by audiobook neophytes who should be embarrassed to review any book.

    40 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1684)
    Performance
    (1475)
    Story
    (1464)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "Susan Erickson at her Best"
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    If this was a movie, Susan Ericksen would win a Best Actress Oscar. Though I highly recommend this book; know that it has one of the weaker "in Death" story lines that Nora Roberts has written under her J. D. Robb pseudonym. The story's problem is that while it has a good beginning and a surprising ending, it plays out like a board game. That being said, this book is still a "must listen;." It's a most-listen because you'll have never heard one narrator play more than 20 male and female roles while giving each character a gender-perfect voice and personality.

    The skill of being a one-person ensemble is what makes Susan Erickson the hands-down, most talented, narrator in the audiobook industry. In every one of the now more than 40* "In-Death series books, Erickson has consistently nailed the narration of the 3 main characters (Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her Irish, self-made billionaire husband Rourke, and her right-hand-assistant Detective Peabody) and a long-long cast of repeat characters, who once written in, are not only in ever book, they have been vertically evolved.

    Let me preface what I'm about to say by telling you that my MS Ed, is in health education with a specialty in sex education. When I started with book #1 in the Death series I fond that no two authors understood how to write erotic, yet sensitive, mutually-satisfying, physiologically-perfect, love-making, than Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb. By the time I audibly-read the 4th book in the "in Death" series, I found out why. J. D. Robb was the pseudonym that Nora Roberts reserves for her "in Death" series. Though she never repeats herself in the 2-3 explicit encounters between Dallas and Rourke (who fell in love in book #1 and married a few books latter)' know that they rarely have anything to do with the story thread. However; what remains amazing is that Erickson is playing both roles to perfection.

    *Even though this book's number is 34, Roberts has written more than 40. For some inexplicable reason, she numbered one of them 37, gave her shorter stories
    an incremental ".5" number (like 7, 7.5, 8). She's also written a few books in the series without the "In Death" name, but still with the same character. The one great consistency, is that every one of the books has been narrated by Susan Ericksen. If your new to the series, I recommend that you buy a few of the often bargain-priced ".5" books. I guarantee you'll be hooked!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1276)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "It Does Not Get Any Better Than This!"
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    Even though it's a story and outcome I thought I was totally aware of, the act of proving Charles Manson guilty proved to be an all-encompassing story; a story that Scot Brick's unparalleled narration, turned it into a masterpiece. As Scott Brick is my favorite male narrator*, it took me little more than 15 minutes to go from reading the email-announcement of Scott Brick's Reading of Helter Skelter, to the act of purchasing and downloading it.. 30 minutes later I began listening to chapter 1 of part one and could do little more than to listen until I reached the story's conclusion. I reacted so quickly because I believe Scott Brick to be the industry's #1 male narrator.
    Barry

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10396)
    Performance
    (9683)
    Story
    (9684)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "So Much for Believing Ratings!"
    Overall

    If you're looking for white noise to promote sleep then Wil Wheaton's narration of "Ready Player One" is as good as it gets. However; If, like me, you're looking for an audiobook to keep you so riveted that you'll not want to fall asleep, then Wil Wheaton's narration makes this as difficult a challenge as hitting a 250yd Tee-shot with a croquet mallet. On a narrator scale from 1 to 10, I could give Wil Wheaton no more than a 1 and because of that, the book , no more than a 2. As audiobook addicts like me know, a great narrator can save a lousy book while, as with "Ready Player One" a mediocre narrator can destroy any book. After my rating this a 2, I have to question how the ratings of 44-listners could average 4.52, yet not one of those 44 took the time to write even a short, name revealing, review? I would hate to think that the deck was stacked against me (and every other Audible subscriber) by 4 and 5 star ratings from people close to the author, narrator, and book & audio publishers, that they had a vested interest in doing so, yet no alternative but to remain anonymous.

    8 of 87 people found this review helpful
  • By the Light of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (414)

    Dylan O'Connor, a gifted young artist, is attacked by a mysterious "doctor" and injected with a strange substance. He is told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life. Then he is told that he must flee before the doctor's enemies hunt him down. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life - and straight into an adventure that will turn the next 24 hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery, and wondrous discovery.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Superb"
    "Perfect! A Perfect Story; Perfectly Narrated"
    Overall

    By the Light of the Moon rates among the best of the nearly 300 books I've purchased since becoming an Audible Platinum subscriber in 2001. I can also state that , as the buyer of 80% of Audible's Dean Koontz books, this is by far Koontz's best (i.e. story & narration combined). My only criticism is that Koontz ends the book with a setup for an obvious series and in 9 years has not written one. Its 3 main characters (one of whom is autistic) were given uniquely-different powers as a result of a scientific experiment. At the very end of the book they meet the 4th person in the experiment, form a group called "The Camel Club," and set their mission going forward, to use their 4 gifts to save people whenever needed. There's a love-affair left unresolved and the 4th member's contribution unexplored. On top of it all, they're all be hunted by a group whose sole purpose is to eradicate them. Upon its conclusion I immediately went to the Audible site to buy and download the obvious sequels to this 2002 book and assumed the first would be named "The Camel Club." To my great disappointment, I found that, in the 9 years since its publication, Koontz has yet to write a sequel to By the Light of the Moon. Please Dean; bring back the Camel Club!
    Barry

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (568)

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "Worst Ending of Any Book Ever Written"
    Overall

    Ive purchased almost every book Koontz has written and have enjoyed them all. It was upon his name alone that I purchased books 1 and 2 of this series.. This story captivates you, primes you for a just ending and then leaves you at the toll booth on an unfinished road. Book two strands you at the next toll booth. If you read the reviews on his other, unnumbered, books in the series, you'll find the same no-ending comments. Koontz has written a serial novel that should have been sold in monthly installments in comic book stores.

    3 of 5 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
    (1198)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (414)

    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 says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "The Ending is Not Worth the Listening"
    Overall

    Ive purchased almost every book Koontz has written and have enjoyed them all. It was upon his name alone that I purchased books 1 and 2 of this series.. Like Book 1, this story captivates you, primes you for a just ending and then leaves you in the middle of an unpaved road. If you read the reviews on his other, unnumbered, books in the series, you'll find the same no-ending comments. Koontz has written a serial novel that should have been sold in monthly installments in comic book stores.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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