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John

Bloomingdale, NJ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Secret Society of Demolition Writers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Benjamin Cheever, and others
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the spirit of the demolition derby, where drivers take heedless risks with reckless abandon, welcome to the first convocation of The Secret Society of Demolition Writers. Here is a one-of-a-kind collection by famous authors writing anonymously and dangerously. With the usual concerns about reputations and renown cast aside, these 12 daredevils have each contributed an extreme, no-holds-barred, unsigned story, each shining as brightly and urgently as hazard lights.

    John says: "Disappointed at best"
    "Disappointed at best"
    Overall

    Perhaps my expectations were too high. I did enjoy two of the stories. The rest left me feeling depressed and wondering, "Why am I doing this to myself?"

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • With Child: A Kate Martinelli Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Drawing on rich dialogue and stunning mysteries that are as believable as they are horrifying, Laurie R. King’s series have attracted national attention and praise. Her Edgar Award-winning style is fully evident in With Child, the gripping sequel to A Grave Talent.

    Jean says: "Missing child"
    "Please! New narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I rarely give a negative review but I am tortured by the narration of this series. If I hear one more misplaced pregnant pause I don't know what I will do. PLEASE! This series needs a new narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Play the Fool: A Kate Martinelli Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Edgar Award winner Laurie R. King has attracted an enthusiastic following with her finely-crafted mysteries. The Kate Martinelli series follows the challenging career of a young San Francisco police detective who struggles to maintain her personal privacy, even as her complex cases bring her into the glaring eye of the public. The first cremation the homeless people held in Golden Gate Park was for a dog; their second pyre held a much larger body.

    Jean says: "The Holy Fool"
    "New narrator please"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was fine but it is time for a new narrator for the Laurie King novels. Too much emotion with too little range. Pregnant pauses and falsetto emotion everywhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3812)
    Performance
    (2715)
    Story
    (2720)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "The best audiobook EVER!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been listening to audiobooks for over 25 years. This one is the best of the best. Story and narration goes perfectly together. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (783)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "The best story I have heard in a long time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have never taken the time to write a review before, but I enjoyed this story so much I felt compelled to spread the word. A compelling and entertaining story perfectly performed. I kept finding excuses to get in the car to hear more.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Green Turf: An Inspector Felse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Despite all evidence, world-class singer Maggie Tressider is convinced that she has killed someone. Her doctor suggests a psychiatrist, but Maggie hires a private investigator named Francis Killian to exorcise the demons that haunt her. But as Killian follows the paths that make up Maggie's past, he begins to suspect the singer's fears are justified.

    ShySusan says: "WAY too melodramatic"
    "An eye roller"
    Overall

    I typically REALLY enjoy Ellis Peters stories. This one is definately a cut below the rest. Sickeningly melodramatic with an absurd amount of hyperbole.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (802)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "I have never written a negative review before...."
    Overall

    I have never written a negative review before, but I just can't allow someone else to make the same mistake I did by forcing myself to listen to the end. Where there portions I liked? Here and there but not nearly enough to make up for the time wasted on this book and the HORRIBLE ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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