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John

Saratoga Springs, NY, United States

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  • Errors and Omissions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lee James
    • Narrated By Brian Rollins
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Rock star Brent Hunter has a plan to get back to the top of the charts-until his jet vanishes en route to London. Four months later, a phone call convinces Austin Hunter that his brother is alive and in hiding. That, or it's all an elaborate and deadly confidence game. Austin turns to private detective Kirk MacGregor to find the truth about his brother. As Kirk follows a trail of dead-end leads in the most perplexing investigation of his career, a strong attraction simmers between him and Austin, despite the fact they're both married.

    BMW says: "Noir Realism at Its Best!"
    "Masterful thriller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Errors and Omissions to be better than the print version?

    I loved the print version, but the audiobook is far more immediate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that although there is a romance story, the thriller is the main force of the novel.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Rollins – was your favorite?

    Austin, definitely. He really brought to life the Texan musician, so much so he feels like a guy I know.


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

    [SPOILER]



    When Austin played for Jace, just before the funeral.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a mystery, with thriller sensibilities, that hails from California -- it has that sunburnt and chrome-gleaming feel through-out. There are a lot of sunglasses, fast cars, beautiful Beverly Hills locations and so much sunshine.
    There's also plenty of wry and sarcastic humor, a fact with humanizes our hero and makes for several laugh-out-loud moments. As an example: "Avery should be a travel agent for guilt trips".
    The mystery itself takes quite a few twists and turns, starting with a dead man's missing time and ending with a serial killer.
    While some of the action can be rough and heart-pounding, it never descended into the realms of the gory splatter-fests you might find in other mainstream novels.
    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (231)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Donald says: "And the killer is..."
    "So good I read the sequel right after listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Somebody Killed His Editor to be better than the print version?

    I don't know about better, but it enhanced it greatly. I always knew that "Somebody Killed His Editor" was one of the snarkiest books ever written, but through the vocal talents of Mr. Free, I really appreciated how snarky Holmes really is. Very, very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody Killed His Editor?

    Just about every conversation glows in my mind, and Kevin R Free is a master of the different voices. I didn't need any textual prompts to figure out who was talking, and it was like listening to a really great one-man radio play.

    If forced to pick one moment, it would be discovering the body on the terrace, or when Holmes and Moriarity are eating in the bar late in the book. There's just something about those two moments that leap out of the audiobook and seem like I was listening to a recording of real events. Very cool.


    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The snark, the real emotional sense of the action taking place, are enhanced and extended.


    Who was the most memorable character of Somebody Killed His Editor and why?

    Holmes. He's just so sarcastic!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.

    Donald says: "And the Spirits say..."
    "Thoroughly enjoyable mystery/romance"
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    Where does The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to -- by far. The voice narration -- nay, voice acting -- was exceptional, vividly portraying each character, making them easily recognizable without any attribution. It was a little scary how good they were. Accents were good, even making different Vermonters recognizable.

    The book itself is a great old atmospheric gothic tale, though more like the Hardy Boys than an overblown Gothic romance might imply. The atmosphere, descriptions and wry humor were all spot on. Just great stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perry, who was both a slightly fragile man and a really sarcastic bastard. A bit like Lanyon's Adrien English, but more artistic and painterly.


    Which character – as performed by Max Miller – was your favorite?

    Oh man, they were all good. Mrs Mac was both funny and scary. Nick was a great gruff, traditionally masculine voice (sexy!) and all the Vermont accents were spot-on. If pressed, I'd have to pick Nick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    As if Perry didn't have enough problems, now he's got a dead body in his bathtub. At least, it was there, and now it's not. The cops aren't particularly getting called out in this weather. What is going on in that great old weird mansion? Is every one of his fellow renters crazy, or is it just the hunt for lost treasure making them act that way? Who keeps murdering people?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkling Thrush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

    Tony Squared says: "A Magical Story"
    "Exceptional reading of an exceptional novel"
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    Where does The Darkling Thrush rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty much at the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Atmospheric, gothic and just a touch of the Lovecraftian horror, plus the dry, intriguing alternative-history fantasy world and the acerbic sarcasm of the narrator make this a one-time experience.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    I was very pleased with Max's ability with the voice of the narrator: sophisticated, academic, young and wonderfully sarcastic. Then he did other characters, and I thought for a moment that I was listening to a radio play with multiple voice actors rather than just one talented man. Holy crap -- his accents are spot on, he gaelic sounds spot-on and he can sing, to boot!


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

    Yes!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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