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James

Audubon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    John says: "Bryson Not Reading Makes For a Rare Fail"
    "Another great Bill Bryson book."
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    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or William Roberts?

    I have 5 audio books from Bill Bryson. He is one of my favorite authors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The strong suite of this book is not really characters, though there are some great characters. The strong suite here is all the anecdotes illustrating Mr. Bryson's historical overview.


    What three words best describe William Roberts’s voice?

    He did fine.


    Could you see Made in America being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a TV show, each chapter could be an episode. Ideally, Mr. Bryson should host.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1569)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "The reader was perfect."
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    And the book was clever. I enjoyed it and I will definitely listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riki-Tiki-Tavi

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    This is a selection from the The Jungle Book, in which a mongoose saves the day.

    James says: "a classic"
    "a classic"
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    Very good telling of the classic story. A must for young readers. One of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island 731

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

    Shane says: "The Best Listen I Have Ever Had"
    "Very entertaining."
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    Maybe the best of the 4 Project Nemesis books, though they are all good.
    I would have liked to see a little more of the character Lily, but I guess it wasn't really her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (838)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Could not sympathize with the main character."
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    Listen to the sample before buying this book. I hate to say it, but I really didn't like the narrator's style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    Cal Stringel may be dead to the world at large, but a select few know that he's still alive and in control of the most powerful suit of battle armor ever created. He's part of a rogue superteam taking the world by storm and changing the dynamic for both heroes and villains alike. With change comes resistance, and those holding control and power are not ready to just hand it over without a fight.

    frank says: "love d list series but"
    "Another good entry into the series."
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    Not as good as "Confessions" and obviously setting up a sequel, but it is nice to see the gang back together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2343)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (893)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "A must own."
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    I am a big fan of Mr. Bryson's work, and it is my opinion that this is one of his best. I can't say what an Australian listener might think of it, but never having been to the country myself, I was fascinated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival". But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business.

    Kimberly says: "Meh"
    "Excellent start to the series"
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    This audio book is entertaining. The characters are likeable, the setting - a supernaturally charged New Orleans - is interesting, and the reading is well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1062)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Every bit as good as the movie"
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    Both the book and the movie are offbeat, funny, and full of memorable characters. I did not expect this take on the zombie apocalypse to be so great. Now I hope the author or other writers continue to write stories in this vein.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (684)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "A lot like the show."
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    It's good. The sound editor should have cleaned it up a bit more though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Episode of Cathedral History: The Complete Ghost Stories of M R James

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Montague Rhodes James
    • Narrated By David Collings
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "An Episode of Cathedral History". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

    James says: "One of my favorites."
    "One of my favorites."
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    You might find it interesting to know that the creature mentioned in this story is thought by many to be a sort of vampire, but that not everyone agrees. Certainly, it is more mysterious than romantic. I am a big fan of M.R.James, and this is my favorite story of his.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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