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Oenophile

In vino veritas

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  • Anniversary Day: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (191)

    Four years ago, a bomb destroyed part of the dome protecting Armstrong, the largest city on the Moon. Now, as the city celebrates its survival with an event it calls Anniversary Day, a larger threat looms - one that begins with the murder of the mayor, and spreads across the moon itself.

    Shaliali says: "Defferent Focus"
    "Timely warning"
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    If you could sum up Anniversary Day in three words, what would they be?

    Remember. Beware complacency.


    What other book might you compare Anniversary Day to and why?

    Most other books on terrorism because of the similarities to recent events in this country. One part of the book, near the end, has Miles saying that if he were to plan another attack, he would wait until we let our guard down and our new security rules become routine--then he would attack somewhere completely unexpected. Unfortunately, this is not a needed warning only in sci-fi.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I like Jay Snyder very much. I am picky about narrators, but I would put him in the same highly-regarded class as Dick Hill and James Marsters.


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

    Ha. I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is pretty well done. It was a little difficult for me to see how people raised on the moon could function on Earth immediately, though, but I decided it was due to enhancements.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Grave: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun. In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted.

    Oenophile says: "Much better..."
    "Much better..."
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    than the first book. I had been hesitant to buy the second book because the first was difficult to get into. I was, however, surprised to find myself interested in this one.

    The WWII flashbacks were well done as were the characters and family interactions.

    Simon Vance, as always, was a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of Coins: The Judas Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Aiden James
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    William Barrow carries a dark secret. A very dark secret. An archivist for the Smithsonian Institute and also a part-time operative for the CIA, no one would ever suspect the handsome "thirty-ish" William is in fact the most reviled human being to ever walk the Earth. His infectious warmth and sense of humor make such an assertion especially hard to believe. But long ago, William Barrow had another name...one that is synonymous with shame and betrayal: Judas Iscariot.

    Kimberly says: "A Lovely Listen!"
    "Pretty good read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this. The book is reminiscent of The Highlander and the Dresden Files, with a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure. The story is told in the first person, which can be tricky, but it is done pretty well.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have changed the story itself, but better editing would have made it more enjoyable. There were some distracting errors of grammar. I am just being nit picky here.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Mr Perkins has a nice resonant voice. He read well and without any unusual pauses or mis-timing of sentences. This is the first opportunity I have had to hear him, but I am glad to see that he is narrating the second book as well. He may be doing the entire series, but I cannot remember right now. I hope so.


    Do you think Plague of Coins needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely, a follow-up is needed. Eight more coins need to be found so that Judas' fate can be determined. I have already downloaded the second book of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    No, just hoping the second book will be at least as good as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4690)
    Performance
    (4348)
    Story
    (4358)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Clear a full day for this one."
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best of the King novels. It was not so scary as The Shining, but the character development of Dan Torrance was superbly done. As you may expect, Dan has problems after undergoing the traumatic events in the Shining. He struggles with alcohol, succeeds for a time not drinking , backslides and hits bottom. Still, he has an underlying kernel of decency and, in a moment of clarity, knows he has only one last chance to save himself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    Near the end of the book, Dan reveals his most shameful secret, one he had hidden for many years. He finds that people can still accept him and care for him despite his having done something he finds nearly unforgivable, and that he has punished himself far more harshly than anyone else could have done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, near the end of the book, Dan reveals to his niece the long family history of violence: things his grandfather, his father and he himself had done. He does this to help his niece, who has a bad temper herself and far more power to commit violence than most, break the cycle of violence.


    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would take Abra's dad out to dinner. With so many strong-willed women in his family, he could use the break.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not so scary in a supernatural way as the Shining was, but in another way even more scary. Evil exists among us, evil may be charming and may pass you by without your ever being aware of its closeness or of your narrow escape. Also, evil people may not be wholly evil, but may care for their own as we do for ours. I listened to this in two sessions. I would have listened to it in one, but made the mistake of starting it too late in the day to do that. Clear a full day, start early, get comfortable and listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Millennium Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Jensen
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Right after the millennium, pilgrims of all faiths flock to the Mexican village of Santa Pelagia to witness a miraculous visitation. Among them are 24 who experience their own startling personal vision. A messenger appears differently to each - as the Virgin Mary, an angel of Islam, the Hindu goddess Kali - but carries the same terrifying tidings: The Day of Judgment is at hand.

    Christopher says: "Fantastic"
    "Apocalyptic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Millennium Rising to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but Dick Hill was superb in this reading. I cannot imagine that mere print could be better. Mr Hill can change voices effortlessly in seconds.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Millennium Rising?

    The moment when Father Deauxchez realized that he and the other Prophets were not divine messengers, but merely human pawns. His sense of betrayal is palpable, his anger and very real feelings are human and not a goody-goody priestly rendition.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked any of the scenes in which Mr Hill was reading the sermons. He made the televangelist come alive. If he gets tired of voicing novels, he could easily do tv religion. He was great. The other scene I liked was when the reporter Simon Hill recovered. I was worried for a while that he would die. He was my favorite character.


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

    It was. I almost made it, too, but had to go to work. So, two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was not the best. It was a little rushed and implausible, even given the suspension of belief needed simply for the type of book this is. Still, it was a good listen most of the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Sniegoski
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible; he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals); and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least—for an ordinary man. But Remy is no ordinary man—he’s an angel. Generations ago, when he was known as the angel Remiel, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth.

    Christopher says: "Great story worth the listen!"
    "All kinds of angels"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a pleasant way to pass some time, while not requiring a lot of concentration or deep thought. Nice to listen to while cleaning or cutting the grass.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the "talking" dog and the way Remy cared for his wife, even though she had grown old while he had not. Remy seems to be unique among the angels. He has chosen to be as human as possible.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    I love Luke Daniels. But for some reason, he has interpreted the main character, Remy, as having a Boston-overlaid-with-Jersey accent. I had not heard this accent from him before and it was a bit difficult to get used to. I would not let that deter me from listening, though. It was just not what I had expected an angel to sound like.


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

    No, not really. I found I could stop and start without reluctance. I did want to finish it, but felt no urgency to do so ASAP.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably get more books from the series if nothing else seems more compelling. I would buy a Dresden, Reacher, Bosch, or Davenport book before this series, but after those, this would be good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Identity Matrix

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When his mind is inexplicably transported into the bodies of other people, Victor Gonser learns that two alien races, who are fighting for control of the planet Earth, are responsible.

    Oenophile says: "Terrible narration"
    "Terrible narration"
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    Would you try another book from Jack L. Chalker and/or Kathy Garver?

    I have several Chalker books. I would not listen to this narrator again, though.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am waiting for the next Dresden book and the next Connelly book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator needs to improve her timing. She pauses at awkward parts in sentences. Just not well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Good concept, indifferently executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Not Chalker's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (393)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Oenophile says: "Much improved"
    "Much improved"
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    Would you listen to Angels Flight again? Why?

    I have all the Connelly books that Audible has made available and have listened to them all several times. The Bosch character has developed over the years through the series in a very intriguing manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book, as most of the books in the series, shows Harry as a well-developed character: an intelligent but deeply flawed man; dedicated to his job. He solves most of his cases, but makes mistakes along the way.

    I like that Bosch is not presented as a Superman. He gets the job done through hard work and attention to detail. He is intelligent, but not omniscient.


    What aspect of Peter Giles’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr Giles did a nice job with the narration. I had previously tried to listen to this book with the Burt Reynolds recording but could not get through even one chapter. I prefer Dick Hill's rendition of Bosch's partner Edgar, but the narration was mostly good.


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

    The scene in which Bosch discovered the body of his friend and former partner, Frankie, on his balcony was moving. You could feel Harry's grief and sense of responsibility and loss.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Bosch series and, to a lesser extent, the Haller series by Mr Connelly.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Moon Rising: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (280)

    Each year, the residents of Pine Deep host the Halloween Festival, drawing tourists and celebrities from across the country to enjoy the deliciously creepy fun. Those who visit the small Pennsylvania town are out for a good time, but those who live there are desperately trying to survive. For a monstrous evil lives among them, a savage presence whose malicious power has grown too powerful even for death to hold it back.

    Sean says: "Maberry does it again..Excellent!!!"
    "This is the only one you need:"
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    What did you love best about Bad Moon Rising?

    The good guys win! They survive werewolves, vampires, ghosts, nefarious drugged candy, child abuse and bad coffee


    What other book might you compare Bad Moon Rising to and why?

    I compared. It, unwisely, to the Joe Ledger series. I read all three books in this particular series, but you do not need to do so. Skip 1 and 2. This book recaps nicely, brings you up to date and proceeds at a good clip. It is not as good as the Ledger series books but it was worth the credit for the most part. The end was a bit rushed.


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

    He was a good narrator and had a good repertoire of voices, a nice pitch to his voice and appropriate pace.


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

    Supernatural menagerie


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book, skip 1 and 2 of this series and use the credits to get the Joe ledger series. Maberry is a hoot in those.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tim Waggoner
    • Narrated By John Williams
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the small town of Ptolemy, darkness is a living thing. A powerful thing. Its home is in the shadows of a bizarre, hidden club named Penumbra, where it is worshipped by followers who need the pleasure it gives them. They are addicted to it. They live for it. And they kill for it. When Aaron was first introduced to Penumbra, he thought it was just a secret club where members could indulge their kinkier fantasies. Bit by bit, as he learned the club's true purpose, he began to change in subtle, horrible ways.

    sarah says: "It tries to be sexy but it is just gross"
    "Revolting"
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    What would have made Darkness Wakes better?

    I cannot think of anything that would have made it better except to have refrained from writing it.


    What was most disappointing about Tim Waggoner’s story?

    Where to start? Cannibalism, adultery, weird sex, male midlife crisis...someone must have liked it for it to have gotten this far, but the book description was most inaccurate as far as I am concerned. I was expecting much more emphasis on the supernatural aspect and much less on the gory details of cannibalism. Had a nightmare last night after hearing part of the book that I was served a plate of boiled feet. If that isn't yucky, I don't know what is.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Williams?

    The narrator, bless his heart, was fine. Kudos to him for having gotten through the material at all.


    What character would you cut from Darkness Wakes?

    The protagonist. If he had had a bit of character, none of the nauseating mess would have ensued.


    Any additional comments?

    Going to return this book if they let me. Caveat emptor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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