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Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
  • 204 ratings
  • 629 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • 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…"
    "Narrator speaks at double speed without pauses…"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Rob Lamont?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black?

    Still trying to get through the story.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Rob Lamont’s performances?

    Doubtful. The narrator read clearly enough, but did not pause at all between sentences with various characters talking. Conversations sound like one big run--on-sentance that is difficult to tell who is talking. This is so frustrating, that I find it hard to believe the book was produced this way at all.

    This is perhaps the 30th or so audio book I have listened to from Audible, and I never imagined this style of reading was out there. I will have to listen to the previews for every book now just to make sure I don't get another poor reader like this again.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "So much profanity, I only listened to half of it."
    What would have made Raising Stony Mayhall better?

    I believe the author could have easily chosen better words during his character's dialogs. There was NO reason to drop 30+ F-bombs and 20+ blasphemies in the space of 30 minutes in the middle of the story.

    This was so offensive that I simply have no desire to finish this story.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Daryl Gregory again?

    No! No desire! Not a chance!

    What aspect of David Marantz’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was fine. There was nothing in the voice or style that distracted from the story. The first half of the story was very nice to listen to.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Certainly. The book was mildly humorous in the first half, and provided a solid story that I wanted to know how it ended… alas, that was ruined through a poor selection of choice words.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't wish to offend anyone, I simply want to warn you that this book goes out of its way to offend any "Christian" standards of speech or conduct. I highly recommend that you avoid the book if you do not want to be bombarded with F-bombs or the gratuitous taking of Gods name for no reason.

    About 1/3 of the way through the book, the main character (Stony) is approached by a sister who has accepted Christ as savior and discusses salvation with him. Stony sums up his thoughts to the readers by analyzing Christ and God and says, "Jehovah must be a Dick!".

    That comment was so unnecessary to the advancement of the story that I am ashamed that I continued to listen. The story was going fairly well at that point and I thought was worth listening to. I was so wrong.

    1/2 way through the story there is a large gathering. At this gathering, there are so many F-bombs and blasphemies that I had to stop listening, delete the story, and warn others.

    I hope this helps at least one person to avoid wasting their time with this trash.

    To I would ask that you PLEASE add a profanity / Offensive Language rating to the site. I am so tired of enjoying a story just to find that it is not worth the verbal onslaught.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Slow start, but excellent story with amazing depth"
    If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

    First time.

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


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing look into the life and times of old England's lower class and poor.

    This book begins slowly. This is a very long story with most of a lifetime taking place within. The conclusion is one in which I wanted to cheer out loud. Such is the connection with some of the characters and my desire to se justice and just deserts give out to all.

    I should also mention that there is a considerable amount of foul language contained within this story. The "F" bomb is dropped well over a dozen times. If you, like me, prefer a story that can be heard by the younger members of the family, without having to pause and apologize for the language, then you may want to think twice about purchasing this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "Too much swearing."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Decent story. Could have been so much better without the profanity.

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

    Clean up the language.

    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Good reader.

    Was Married with Zombies worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well written. If the language was a lot cleaner, I would buy the next book in the series. I can't, in good conscience, listen to another story in this series with the amount of "F Bombs" dropped in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Excellent story... a bit heavy on the swearing."
    What did you love best about A Hymn Before Battle?

    The story was solid. The technology was very well described, but not mired down in so much technical babble that the listener was lost. The characters were great.

    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    Mike O'Neal

    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. At least 3 distinct story lines running in the book. They are all working toward the dame goal, victory, and they were written so well that it was easy to transition between each one as the chapters changed.I immediately purchased and downloaded the second book in the series.For those of you who, like myself, cringe when hearing profanity or taking the Lord's name in vein, this book has lots of both. fair warning. That is the only reason I rated the story 4 stars instead of 5.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Way too much gratuitous profanity!"
    What would have made The Cold Dish better?

    Every time the female deputy speaks, there is at least one swear word used and often times many in a single sentence. This was ABSOLUTELY unnecessary. It didn't add anything to the story other than to make me wonder how this person would keep a job without offending co-workers.I will not listen to another book by this author without full assurance that the language has been cleaned up significantly.

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

    The VOICE WAS AMAZING. The main character was an older Sheriff ready to retire soon. George Guidall's voice was clear, strong, and matched the imagined age of the Sheriff perfectly. His style of speech was also spot on.

    What character would you cut from The Cold Dish?

    The female deputy!!!! If not cut her, redact most of her parts. That would just about clean up her language to a point where I could listen without cringing.

    Any additional comments?

    The main characters were well written, with lots of depth and back story. I really enjoyed getting to know them and walking several miles in the Sheriff's shoes.

    While the mystery moved at a fairly slow pace, the book wasn't bad. I have to rate the store so low because the profanity ruined it for me.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheriff of Yrnameer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Rubens
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

    Marty says: "Fun, Light-hearted SF"
    "Light, and fun."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The book was easy to follow with little in the way of a deep plot. The main character was a cross between Han Solo and Born Looser. You just had to laugh at times and wonder how this person ever survived long enough to reach adulthood. This is also his charm and quickly becomes a much liked, if no loved, character in the book.

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

    No, this was the first. Very well read, easy to follow.

    Any additional comments?

    A great tongue-in-cheek story with very lovable characters. How often do you absolutely enjoy waiting to hear what the bounty hunter (bad guy) will say next?

    I rated this story 3 starts since it was a one time listen with no real depth to it. It passes the time well... but I will most likely not listen to it again any time soon. That being said, I gave it three stars with a lack of depth because it made me laugh and smile several times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Where does Day By Day Armageddon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one that I will listen to again in the near future. Really enjoyed it.

    Any additional comments?

    I haven't listened to any Zombie stories before, but this one caused me to laugh out loud on several occasions. The writing is wonderful, and the humor is unmissable.If you enjoy a good story with difficult situations that need to be solved, the occasional creative use of tactics, and a great survival story, than this is a good story and worth listening to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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