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C. Brown

Columbus, OH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Philip Hodges
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Who am I? My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

    Ronda says: "Horrendous story - makes me angry I wasted money"
    "Disappointed..."
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    I truly love much of Ted Dekker's writing. He's given me scores of hours of listening pleasure. While this one didn't suck, it also just didn't resonate with me. I found the story to lack action and intrigue and even dialogue...mired in thoughts and observations. The general premise is interesting, but I didn't find the whole story to hold my interest (although I did slog through), although there were definitely places where it was pretty good. I wouldn't be interested in hearing more from this series...but based on his track record, I will still buy most anything Dekker releases.

    Regarding the narrator, Philip Hodges has a decent voice and is a somewhat capable reader, but he's very inconsistent and sloppy. He needed a producer holding his feet to the fire to make his performance what it should have been. As it was, I found his sloppiness distracting and felt that it detracted from the story...whereas a narrator should at worst be transparent, if they are unable to enhance the story.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (707)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Loved the setup..."
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    I really enjoyed the setup of the story. Unavoidable nuclear war involving India and Pakistan, and dragging in their allies, China and the U.S. Putting that whole thing together was great. I felt that it became a bit more workaday thereafter. I enjoy Dewey Andreas (this was my 2nd) and will probably listen to more.

    The narrator did a solid job. The voice characterizations were very strong...at least for someone who doesn't hang around a lot with native Indian speakers. There were a number of terms where I felt he missed the common pronunciations, but it wasn't enough to distract greatly from the story.

    Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison. The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he'd loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong.

    Jane says: "Wow. Really good suspense thriller."
    "Good Story. Superb Narrator."
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    This is my first Koryta listen. Enjoyed it. Some fresh elements, and a story well told.

    For me, Mark Boyett was a revelation. I guess I've heard him before (IQ84 and a couple others), but he hadn't stood out for me until now. Very solid on the straight reading, and exceptionally strong characterizations. I will definitely seek out more of his work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1131)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Jason says: "Great Continuation of a Great Series"
    "Solid Story. Enjoyed It."
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    These man-against-the-world thrillers, of course, have a typical rhythm...which I generally enjoy, and this was no exception. This is my first Gray Man listen, and I enjoyed the character and the landscape upon which he is painted. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another.

    Jay Snyder did a good job with the narration, apart from some minor niggling pronunciation issues...such as the first name of the Israeli PM (read as ee-hudd...should have been ā-hoo-d). He has a pleasant voice and I wouldn't mind hearing more for him in the future.

    Good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4582)
    Performance
    (4291)
    Story
    (4309)

    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"
    "A Good Ride!"
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    This was a fun read. I am a sucker for a good superhero story, and it was interesting to see the supers flip roles and become the abusers and dominators. At the end, I still felt there were some loose ends not tied up, but still...I'd recommend it.

    The narrator did a fine job creating and sustaining voices for all the major characters. I was impressed. However, the project desperately needed a producer who was paying attention. Way too many occurrences of the narrator missing the plain meaning of the sentence. A producer should have been there to say, "Let's take that one again."

    All things considered, however, still a good ride!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1089)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    I am always impressed when an author is able to create a fully fleshed-out world, and then has the communicative skills to pass that vision on to the mind of the reader. I definitely felt that occurred for me as I read this book. Set in a dystopian future, in the UK, this world is populated with Amaurotics (non-clairvoyants), but we spend most of our time with the Voyant (clairvoyant) segment of the population. We encounter an alien species who has been on Earth for 200 years and who are in complete control...cruel taskmasters who have little use for human life. The various types of gifting among the Voyants. And, of course, there is a restless spirit (our protagonist), who is unwilling to bend the knee to the powers-that-be (shades of Hunger Games, but of course, there were many before that as well). Frankly, had I been reading the physcial book, I'm not sure I would have fought through all the terminology. But Alana Kerr's narration was very inviting for me. It carried me through all the complexities and brought me along as a passenger tuned into the heart of the story. Her cool, dispassionate narration struck the perfect tone for such a bleak setting throughout, and she also handled a variety of accents with apparent ease. I'll confess that I love a Irish accent, so she charmed me with her delivery. I was quite surprised to hear that this was her first audio book narration. I look forward to more from her in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (795)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Transported"
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    I've listened to a half-dozen of Burke's Robicheaux novels (as well as a couple of his others). I find myself transported to the scene of the action in Burke's work more than almost any other author. His style of writing (and I'm not sophisticated enough to know if there is a genre to describe it) is so rich, layered and descriptive that is makes the content of the stories (often horrific) almost a runner-up to the constant narrative running through Robicheaux's mind. Robicheaux has seen it all, and has a world-weary aspect to his character. But he still holds out hope for the best in people, and these stories do always have redemptive aspects to them.

    This is as good a novel as I've read in a very long time. Right up there with Creole Belle, the previous book in the series.

    Will Patton is a wonder. His work is so smooth and he so inhabits these characters (especially Dave and Clete) that it's just a joy to listen to him. I must say that I found Gretchen's voice somewhat offputting. But other than that, it was just a lot of fun to hear Patton breathe even more life into Burke's already wonderful story. Will Patton is right up there with George Guidall in my personal polling for Best Audio Book Narrator Ever.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "Well-written, well-read, solid content"
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    I have heard Lustig interviewed before on Jimmy Moore's low-carb podcast and by Alec Baldwin. I find him to be very credible. I found the writing style very informative and engaging, and I thought JT Ross was a very good narrator...striking just the right tone for the book overall...however, his mispronunciation of the word "satiety" (just Google it for the correct pronunciation) was pretty distracting, as the word occurs often. Of course, we all bring our preconceptions to a book when we read it, and I was really hoping for more practical advice on "what to eat" than I ended up with. Yes, the essential information is there...but it would have been much more helpful to me personally if there had been a section along the lines of "here are sample menus which would be supported by Lustig's presentation of science". It might be that it came across better in reading the book visually...but I didn't pick up much of that here. I think people writing for this subject often don't realize that many of us just "don't speak the language of food" and really need someone to "paint a picture" for us. I must say I did feel like he really did a tremendous job of busting stereotypes and explaining both why we are where we are with the obesity epidemic and how best to proceed as a society. I liked the way he went thru all the popular diets and explained both their strengths and weaknesses. So I found the book quite enjoyable overall and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to people who are looking to get their bearings on the myriad of varying opinions about diet and exercise.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1064)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Quite a nice surprise"
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    This was my first Silva book...and to be honest, I chose it from the New Releases because the best narrator in the genre (or almost anywhere), George Guidall, read it. I was very pleased with the story and will definitely be checking out more of his stuff over time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (759)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    Even though I have previously listened to (and enjoyed) Rosenberg's work, and even though I am an evangelical (and therefore would likely be the target market for the book), I too was disappointed that this was Christian fiction after not having been billed as such. If I wanted to hear prayer and scripture references, I would have bought books on the subjects (as I often do). But that's not what I thought I was getting. I gave this one several chances, and it just couldn't hook me...while at the same time pushing the Christian angle very hard. This felt like Christian fiction written with a Hal Lindsey mindset. Just not something I was interested in. Disappointed.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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