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Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 18 reviews
  • 228 ratings
  • 442 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2961)
    Performance
    (2265)
    Story
    (2281)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "good, not his best...and not just for the YA crowd"
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    A good story...similar to but not nearly as good as The Lost Gate........or try the Lost Boys- a very different OSC...a beautifully written tale of a family's love, loss and faith. Why are there no films of his books?

    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
    (7172)
    Performance
    (6648)
    Story
    (6664)

    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"
    "how do you top your most terrifying book?"
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    This is not The Shining II, this is Danny's story.
    Danny, now Dan, has grown up, finding a kind of life working in a Hospice where he is known as Dr. Sleep for helping the dying die peacefully; finding real friends in AA; and finding another with The Shining. With a new twist on vampires, King weaves a compelling tale of family, redemption and as always, good vs evil.
    A word about the reader- I have loved Will Patton for decades...as Dave Robicheaux, but for this book, he made me cringe. His reading felt excessively dramatic and emotional, reminding me of Scott Brick, who frequently seems deliberately affected in his readings. I got used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (963)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "underwhelmed..."
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    I liked the first of the ZF series well enough...snarky humor, good old zombies and nice, simple characters.
    This uneven tale begins with a nice coming-of-age story then, suddenly, as if Tufo remembered his fans, morphs into a sick, sad alien tale both predictable and juvenile. It's always so disappointing to select a listen based on the reviews and find you are one of the few. For outstanding Syfy try Hyperion, Cloud Atlas and The Blade Itself...multiple, complex story lines with outstanding characters...Tufo fans will likely not agree.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1390)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Borrrrrrrring"
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    I am a zombie purist, I look for the zombies I grew up with...the slow, shambling, brainless ones brought back to life by George Romero.

    Despite the rave reviews, this is NOT great, not even good, and not much about zombies.

    This is a juvenile's idea of war.....dimension-less/cliché/predictable characters in a “war” against- insert zombies- but could have been anything. Bits of action followed by meandering/meaningless/inane dialogue... the only reason I finished the listen was the hope they would be bitten.

    The absolutely BEST book about surviving zombies is Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne, who just happens to be a real, active duty military officer. It is the “real” thing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (892)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "it's Harry HOOLA!!"
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    Thank goodness!! It was painful to hear such an rich character called such a ridiculous name.
    Oh...sorry, you will find that out in the next book “Nemesis”. The reviewers for Nemesis object to the reader, Norwegian Thor Knai, but pay no attention. He is a fine, I am happy.
    Thus only 4 stars for wonderful Robin Sachs, who should have ASKED.

    "The Redbreast"...Hoola does not compare to Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. Harry has a sweetness and humor (wait for the moving series of calls to a dead friend's answer machine) where Wallander tends to wallow in whiny self pity.

    Nesbo compares best to Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell. All their characters come to life, their thoughts and deeds, sometime horrific, are made understandable, and you can’t wait to find out where they are leading you.

    Slow and confusing to start....bouncing from WW2 to 1990/2000....then the characters burst into my consciousness and I had to restart as I grew to understand. Loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1146)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Melinda says: "When Good Ghouls Go Bad"
    "this one hurts..."
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    The Strain, part 3.........not great, not even very good....skip it, you will be happier not finding out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1051)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "for adults only...part 2"
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    The Strain- part 2, good classic vampires, no bland Edward, no insipid Bella, no silly Sookies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1497)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "for adults only..."
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    For those who preferred 30 Days of Nights to Twilight or True Blood....a well done tale of the classic vampire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4184)
    Performance
    (3510)
    Story
    (3505)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "rambo vs. jihad"
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    Loads of gratuitous violence, cookie cutter hero and of course...Middle Eastern villains, a bit of misogyny so as to not leave out the ladies and- gasp- secret funding from corporate capitalists?? Borrrrrrrrrrrring. For a GREAT zombie tale try Day by Day Armageddon.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "exceptional...."
    Overall

    Ah, so rare to enjoy a perfect syzygy of gifted reader, compelling characters and well written story. I could not turn it off, it kept me up at night, I dreaded to end my commute....I listened twice. Publishers Weekly captured the essence..."A skillful blend of historical fact and gruesome fiction".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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