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Oenophile

In vino veritas

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203
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FOLLOWERS
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  • Light

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. John Harrison
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn' t yet exist - a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself.

    Max says: "Utterly Brilliant"
    "Maybe it is just me..."
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    I could not follow the story at all, even though the narrator seemed to be ok. The story just jumped around too fast and had too many characters all at once for me to connect.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (492)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Lee Child: where in the world is Jack Reacher?"
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    Where is Jack Reacher?

    He is not in this book--at least, not the Reacher I know and love! The Reacher in this book is aging out and boring. Reacher is NEVER boring. There is no life in this book's character; he is just going through the motions.

    There is a sort of fight in Chapter 27.

    I worried in the beginning of the book about the narration. Dick Hill is the voice of Reacher as far as I am concerned, but Mr Hill started out a little thin and weak at the beginning and I thought he had been ill or something, but he did pick up somewhat as the book went on. However, he seemed less energetic than usual. I hope he is ok.

    The plot meandered. I gave up caring whether or not they ever found the sniper they started out looking for in Arkansas to Paris to London etc.

    I am on Chapter 33 of 58 as I write. I am going to finish it, but it is a mere formality.

    Please find the real Reacher and bring him back. I gave the book three stars overall, but mostly from loyalty.

    42 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Siege of the Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Bryan L. Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It is believed that the soul of the being is captured in the heart at the moment of death. If the soul is evil, the heart should be taken, sealed and placed far away, severing any ability the entity would have to return to this earth. Sarafina was an entity such as that. A spawn of evil from the darkest side. She held her reign in the seventeen hundreds, taking the minds of the weak and innocent to build her forces. Stealing the hearts and souls of her victims to add to her power and strength.

    Oenophile says: "No. Just no."
    "No. Just no."
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    Where to start?

    Terrible writing. Terrible editing. Several lines re-read as if the narration were paused and resumed.

    The narrator did his best with the material provided, but his deep, gravely voice was unsuitable for female characters.

    Total waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (642)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "Even Dick Hill"
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    could not interest me in this one, although I very much enjoyed the previous books in the series.

    The characters seemed to be caricatures of their former selves with no real substance and I just did not care about them.

    3 of 8 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    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.

    Doreen says: "Worthwhile listen!"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    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.

    Kay 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
    Overall
    (6598)
    Performance
    (6114)
    Story
    (6136)

    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
    (31)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    (164)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    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
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
    (659)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (590)

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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