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TJDenver

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  • Down These Strange Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Charlaine Harris, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Nicola Barber, Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still.... In “Death by Dahlia”, number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect.

    Sho Sunaga says: "A Hit ( for me at least)"
    "A mixed bag"
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    A few were very good, some just didn't register with me. Unfortunately, I was listening while driving, and didn't have a way to note which was which, other than Charlaine Harris's short story. (good but no Stookie Stackhouse)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1533)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "One fo my favorite books by a favorite author"
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    From the moment that Hollus the alien landed in the plaza of the Royal Ontario Museum and strolled in to see a paleontologist, I was hooked. The book had a little of everything, humor, pathos and as with all of Sawyer's books, a lot of science but never dull. I've read most of his books, and this one is right up there with his trilogies. A really fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1361)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I went into this not knowing what to expect. First it was a translation, then it was historical fiction which differs a lot from my usual contemporary reads.

    It was an excellent "whodunit". I just wanted to scream at the ignorance and superstition of the German villagers, but after all, it was roughly the same time as the Salem witch trials, so it wasn't unique to German peasants.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just enough peril to the good guys, and I had no idea until the end who the mastermind was.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection and pronunciations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3020)
    Performance
    (2653)
    Story
    (2680)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "A little low key for my taste"
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    I was curious as to how Rowlings would write for an adult audience. The Casual Vacancy kind of reminded me of an Anthony Trollop novel, a small town full of self important people, a lot of character development and not a lot happening until the end. I'm glad that I stuck with it, she really wrapped it up nicely, and Tom Hollander was a good choice for the narrator.

    I was listening to a Tana French Dublin Murder Squad novel at the same time, and it was a bit jarring, the narrator's dialects were fairly similar, but what a difference in story.

    In answer to a question in your guided review, I don't think that the book needs a follow up in the same location. I am curious how the teen agers who moved made out, but I'm done with the town council.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Dr. Gregory is starting to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient captivates him, but the interlude of calm doesn’t last. Devastating fires are threatening Boulder. Alan’s dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse. And Alan’s most pressing fear - the exposure of a dangerous secret - has become a peril too real to ignore.

    Corinne says: "I Miss the Crazy Patients"
    "Now what"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I was finding Alan's constant quandries over the ethics of his profession vs. his friend Sam's need to know tedious in White's previous novels, but things really got moving in this latest effort. That theme was still there, but since the Alan and Sam were personally more involved in the case it wasn't a constant presence.

    I had read somewhere that this was the end of the Alan Gregory - Sam Purdy series, but enough was left hanging that there's room for more.


    What other book might you compare Line of Fire to and why?

    The whole series compares to Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, right down to the psycologist - cop buddy senario. Since I live in Denver, and so does White, and his novels are set in Boulder, it's fun to envision the geography that White presents.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does Iron Range accents well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That's never possible. I listen to audio books while driving or working out, seldom more than an hour or two at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13609)
    Performance
    (11952)
    Story
    (12003)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "The final installment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    Too many characters, too many "Ok, where did this one come from" moments, but I keep coming back each for more, even if I do have to spend two credits for for each volume.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1751)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "I should have read the reviews"
    Overall

    I was expecting a murder mystery and had a sermon imposed on me instead. I couldn't finish it. Thanks, but I prefer the theological views of Dan Brown (or Sam Brown for that matter) I'm sorry that I wasted an audible credit on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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