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John

Cornish, NH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Snowball in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Simon Darcourt, an inventive killer with a sense of humour, is creating his own celebrity talent show, one that is generating more publicity than its contestants have ever had in their lives. The catch is that those lives won't be very long. The police turn to Angelique de Xavia, a cop who has crossed his path before. However, the police are not the only people who want Darcourt. Now she's faced not only with tracking him down, but also with the task of ensuring she doesn't end up dead once she's served her purpose.

    John says: "More Brookmyre, Please"
    "More Brookmyre, Please"
    Overall

    I have been a fan of Mr. Brookmyre since first hearing "A Tale Etched In Blood and Hard Black Pencil." I was enchanted by the dark humor, the clever phrasings, the twists, and the juxtaposed sentimentality. I have since listened to all his audio books I could lay my ears on.

    Most have been narrated by Kenny Blyth, who does a spot-on job; providing a suitable range of voices (many in winsome Scot brogues), and an impeccable delivery of Christopher Brookmyre's wonderful ironies. Here again the narrator does not disappoint.

    The book itself is is excellent. While I was able to suss many of the twists, that did not dim them; and there were plenty that escaped my anticipation. The characters are all engaging, and even the villain is intriguing and entertaining without becoming a sympathetic anti-hero in the end. Kudos.

    I have rated this book at five within the genre, rounding it up. Audible could do worse than to add more of his books to their digital shelves.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (3418)
    Story
    (3436)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "A Welcome Change of Leads"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Alpha in three words, what would they be?

    Harbinger rocks


    Any additional comments?

    While I do like Z, I found Harbinger a much more compelling lead character. I was uneasy going in, concerned about deviating from the other two books which I had found fun if not exceptional. But those fears were quickly dispelled. Earl and the new characters were each compelling, a welcome break from what seemed to be destined to become another formulaic fantasy series. This book was at least a full star better than the previous stories.

    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
    Overall
    (11243)
    Performance
    (9771)
    Story
    (9803)

    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"
    "We're Back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After slogging through A Feast For Crows, searching for nuggets (with limited if satisfying success), I got up several times in the middle of the night to see if A Dance With Dragons had been released yet. At 3:15 EST, there it finally was. I stayed up despite work looming in the morning to listen to the prologue, and was thrilled to find myself back (a feeling seldom evoked by AFFC).

    Part of it is undoubtedly due to having Roy Dotrice back again, but it goes much deeper than that. It already seems that the previous volume was GRRM getting his housekeeping done, and now he finally ready to get back to the real story. I had to stop myself before I was swept into the Tyrion chapter as I knew I would have lost the rest of my night's sleep.

    I am grateful that if they had to change readers for a volume it was for AFFC, bundling my disappointments together so that it can be left behind. However, I would gladly pay a generous premium if they had Roy read that book as well. But for now, I look forward to savoring each chapter and taking my time to enjoy what has taken so very long to craft. I am eternally grateful to G R R Martin, and trust that he will invest appropriate time and care with what is yet to come.

    34 of 52 people found this review helpful

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