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  • Girl in Landscape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the age of 13, Pella Marsh emigrates with her family to the Planet of the Archbuilders. These enigmatic aborigines have names like Lonely Dumptruck and Hiding Kneel, and a civilization that baffles and frightens their human visitors. As the spikily independent Pella becomes an uneasy envoy between two species, Girl in Landscape deftly interweaves themes of exploration and otherness, loss, and sexual awakening.

    Ray says: "Incredibly depressing"
    "Incredibly depressing"

    I listened to this book on the strength of having listened to the Narrator read Odd Hours (which, by the way was outstanding).

    While the reader was excellent with his portrayal of multiple characters and personalities well executed, the reading could not overcome a bizarre and depressing story that seemed to wander and drift.

    I am no stranger to bizarre story lines (reference the Odd Thomas stories) but this was neurotic in its morose and self centered characters. The author seemed to be trying to show the worst of anyone that could ever be shown without being a serial killer.

    The author took what could have been an excellent vehicle and squeezed any possible life out of it before giving it a chance.

    I would NOT recommend this novel. It is far too dreary.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Bites: Bloodhound Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By D. D. Barant
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Her job description is the "tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers". What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek's brave new world - one in which only one percent of the population is human - is that a woman's work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day. Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she's the best there is in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves.

    K says: "Not a yawner!"
    "Strong Performance. Good concept."
    What did you love best about Dying Bites?

    The concept was good as a paranormal approach without getting slogged down in the same old Were/Vamp stories.

    The narration was good and well performed all around.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dying Bites?

    The villain is a human

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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Single Star is for Narration. Story is 5 Star"

    No, no, no, no, no! Mr Glover sounds more like Kasey Kasem instead of Harry Dresden. Please do whatever it takes to get Mr Marsters to pick up the narration. If this continues, I would most likely go back to reading the book instead of listening.

    Mr Glover is talented and excellent in his other roles, but this is not one of them.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark & Hungry: Argeneau Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings

    It bit: New York hotels cost an arm and a leg, and Terri had flown from England to help plan her cousin's wedding. The new in-laws offered lodging. But they were a weird bunch. There was the sometimes chipper, sometimes brooding Lucern, and the wacky stage-actor, Vincent. (She couldn't imagine Broadway casting a hungrier singing-and-dancing Dracula.) And then there was Bastien. Just looking into his eyes, Terri had to admit she was falling for him.

    Shay says: "Another great series!!"
    "The one star is for the narrator... mostly"

    Mr Cummings makes this a difficult listen. After having meandered through the first 1h43m of it, I am doubtful as to whether or not I will finish. The story might have been more palatable with a narrator who had some strength to their personifications. Good Vampire stories are about strength, desire and passion. This one seems to be about "Oh dear, unexpected house-guests! And how do I find sub sandwiches for the humans when all I eat is blood?! Oh dear, oh me."

    To call it lame would be too kind.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper: Griffin's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Ted Barker

    Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been. He knows that the men who killed his parents were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin has only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way.

    T. Holyoak says: "Definitely NOT for kids"
    "Gr8 Story,But what MORON put this in Audible Kids"

    This is not a kids story. With Parents and others having their throats slashed in front of their children, blood pooling over the floor and down drains, this book was not something that anyone under latter teenage years needs to read. Certainly not under 14 or 15.

    The classification of "Audible Kids" should mean that it is suitable for "kids" not older teen readers.

    This is definitely a reminder to us as parents to not just take some company's classification of something before handing off to our kids.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Very very good"

    Having read all of the other Odd Thomas novels, I was, at first a bit apprehensive to listen to someone else's take on the voice which I had come to see as the "right" voice to personify Odd. Mr Baker nailed it. In addition to this, the versatility in portraying other characters was well done by far.

    Mr Koontz' story was,as always, well written and entertaining. I will come back for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Andrew says: "Narrator speaks at double speed without pauses…"
    "Nice but childish..."

    The essence of the story is good if considered as a fantasy allegory, which it obviously is, but the narration seems as though it were performed by Alonzo Music, the guy that did Garfield in the animated features. I kept waiting for him (the narrator) to go "Oooh, Lasagna...". That same narration accentuated the simplistic storyline.

    I would love to lose myself in a world where Good and Evil were tangible and could be recognized at a glance, but this audio comic book paints with words just as a comic book paints frames and the reader has to fill in the imagined action. There are gaps.

    The fault is not solely with the narrator. Having read a couple of other books by the author, I continue to be dissapointed by the promise of something containing a germ of good fantasy that continues to fall short of what would make a truly good read. The reading level is somewhere around 7 to 8 years old (before it loses credability).

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon (Unabridged Excerpts)

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Nicholas says: "Unabridged or bust"
    "Couldn't get past the foul language..."

    This is one book I just deleted only a chapter or two into it. For whatever reason, I couldn't get past the foul language that was used. I have no use for authors who can't write well enough to provide a good story with out useless verbiage. If I wanted that type of environment, all I would have to do is hang out on the street. I listen for entertainment and enjoyment, that is, escape from all of the garbage this world presents. If your idea of a good read is adolescent obscenity then this is for you, if not, then don't waste your money.

    PS. An excellent 'read' was the Da Vinci Code.Much better than this tripe.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon

    Frank Poole died in the year AD 2001 en route to Jupiter's moons. In AD 3001 his perfectly preserved body is retrieved and revived thanks to medical and electro-optical technologies. Thus Frank becomes a telepathic, machine-assisted inhabitant of the first years of the fourth millennium. He's got a lot to learn, and some unfinished business on the moon Europa.

    Kevin Christy says: "Interesting, but not particularly engaging"
    "Plotless, preachy, and really bad narration..."

    Clark seems to meander about looking for ways to venture forth his cheesy vision of what the future will be like with barely enough plot to link one grand fantasy with the other. His path takes him on several rants (through his characters) concerning the stupidity of religion and faith. These grow tiresome and make me wonder if this is truly the same man who wrote 2001 and fueled my hunger for Science Fiction as a child. And if this were not bad enough we come to the narration. It is possible that Clark's exposition on the future could have been salvaged, but the nasal intoning of this work has firmly placed the last nail in the coffin of a performance that reeks of death. Mr.Hagon, please do not quite your day job...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "A GOOD suspense novel with no filth? WOW!"

    I don't know how the full novel was, but, since Mr. Brown did the abridgement, I would assume that it was similar. This was an excellent and suspensful novel that did not beleauger the listener with trash for "effect". I enjoyed every moment and thought "I had it figured out." only to find out I did, then I didn't, then I did, then "OH!"... It was really a good listen!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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