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Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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  • The Stingray Shuffle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    In his latest bizarre concoction, Dorsey picks up - sort of - various plot strands from his earlier books, including Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Orange Crush. There's still the matter, you see, of the briefcase full of cash, and still unresolved are the stories of Serge Storms, the serial killer and history buff; Johnny Vegas, the startlingly handsome virgin; Jethro Maddox, the Hemingway look-alike; and Paul, the Passive-Aggressive Private Eye. Fans of Dorsey's magnificently off-kilter adventures will be thrilled to rejoin these characters....

    Dubi says: "Why Serge Wanted the Money"
    "Heist by Comedy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stingray Shuffle to be better than the print version?

    I am sure it is. The tongue in cheek performance made me laugh and groan.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me falling off my seat laughing. Serge and company are successful mobsters through a comedy of errors. This was my first Dorsey, will not be my last. They remind me of the bumbling villains found in Carol Higgins Clark novels. And the very satisfying way it all comes together in the end


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    The way way he does the voices and the accents are funny. I also enjoy how he is very serious about these characters trials and tribulations. I was ROFLMAO


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

    Most definitely, the twist and turns were so hilarious. A lot of the time your thinking" I know where this is going" and then "what just happened here" funny


    Any additional comments?

    Will definitely be reading some more Dorsey. It was not what I expected. Actually it was better than expected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A 44 Scotland Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce’s first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin, and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother, Irene, to a warmer--if not a better--place.

    Lynne says: "Bertie turns seven!!!!"
    "Bertie turns (spoiler)"
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    As Dr McGregor says "even the most dull story can be fascinating". That is Alexander McCall Smith gift to us to make the ordinary extraordinary. Once again I am inspired and saddened by Angus Lordy poetry because that puts an end to another chapter at 44 Scotland St. This time the party is a birthday party for a young man who has wanted to be 7 for a long time. Due to strange and hilarious circumstances he was able to have a little boys party without Irene's interference. Elsewhere: Pat may have found love. Bruce met his match. Matt and Elspeth learns it takes a village (cottage). Even Big Lou may have found unconditional love. Every story was enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogues

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Gillian Flynn (contributor), and others
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (363)

    If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

    gerry says: "A fun way to sample Authors- More Rothfuss Please!"
    "Something for everyone"
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    Once again George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois had put together a great anthology. It had authors of all different genres so something for everyone to enjoy. All the stories are so different so pick what you are in the mood for. My favorite stories were toward the end. The one I particularly enjoyed was by Patrick Rothfuss. The only one I didn't like was by Martin and only because instead of writing these long histories of SOIAF he needs to be writing the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (668)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Great imagery"
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    I love the way McKinty uses the time and place as almost a character in his novels. As if the story would not be the same if it were not for the backdrop. The way he describes the culture makes me think he was probably a very good teacher. Everything feels so real.The desperation of Michael really comes through the prose, which is sometimes just streaming thoughts. No one better to tell the tale than Gerard Doyle. You can feel everything when he narrates.
    I am not sure how this is a series though because the story spans years and is pretty complete. It is about Forsyth when he was 20, but those events had repercussions for the rest of his life. I guess I will read the next book and find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1025)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Her Royal Spyness in America"
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    Another fun mystery. How does Georgie get herself into these things. I always love how the characters come together. First Darcy shows up for a "job" They finally mentioned he needs a proper job. Then of course she always runs into Belinda even halfway around the world. I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

    Andrea says: "More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits"
    "The adventures of Burton and Swinburne continues"
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    Of course I love this series it is Steampunk in its purest form. Unlike the 4th in the series this book does not stand alone. You will want to listen to the first three or you might not understand what is happening. They are trying to save the life of Edward Oxford and/or correct o riff in the time continuum. The usual suspects and the heirs are on hand for the adventures. I love this series every book goes through all ranges of emotions. This particular book, however, gets a little muddled. The time travel is a little camp and I don't expect that from this series. The timelines change so much it is hard to keep track of what is happening and what did/did not happen as a result. This story is of course fate vs free will and still has not been answered. But I guess we can see why the federation had to have a prime directive lol. Anyway it was not my favorite of the series,which continues to be The Expeditions to The Mountains of the Moon, But It still is a good listen and although it is 15 hours it goes by really fast and leaves you wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Women

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (374)

    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    Susan says: "The Joy of an Anthology"
    "Loved every minute of it"
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    What did you love best about Dangerous Women?

    The variety of genres and authors in this anthology is wonderful. My favorites were by Sanderson, Gabaldon, Block and of course Martin. All these stories are vastly different so there is something for every mood. The narrators are top class. Scott. Brick, Sophie Turner, Jonathon Frakes among my favorite narrators


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably every genre is represented here. Leaning more on sci fi but there is something for everyone. Like a lot of collections, some of the stories are parts of a larger story. However this book is edited in such away that you can enjoy each story separately. I really enjoyed the Jim Butcher story even thought I don't read the Dresden Files. I am a huge fan of song of Ice and Fire so I really enjoyed Dance of Dragons. But Who doesn't love to hear about a Dragon War.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators on audible. I also enjoy Jonathan Frakes.Sophie Turner did a great job also.


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

    We'll it was 32 hours long so no. But I did get through it in a week because I couldn't wait to hear the next . All the stories were so different so no getting bored.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great anthology everyone should be able to enjoy. Although it contains a lot of science fiction/fantasy it also has horror, mystery, thriller, historical fiction.. This was a lot of entertainment for a credit. But George please stop writing these side stories and finish a song of ice and fire

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14975)
    Performance
    (13887)
    Story
    (13889)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "What are you waiting for read this book"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. The premise was very inventive and I feel it could appeal to a wide variety of people. Actually I think it should be required reading in High Schools so teenagers can A understand the 80s and B see where we are headed. The more we connect the less we connect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think H. His character treated people with respect. Their is more to that but I would be spoiling to go into more detail.


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

    I am a huge John Scalzi fan so yes I have listened to Will Wheaton before. Actually Will Wheaton is pretty amazing. I was thinking when I was listening what a great actor he is. He really embodies the part of Artemis. But he always embodies his characters. Sometimes with Scalzi it is kind of camp to have Wil Wheaton narrating so I think his talent goes unnoticed. Although, I knew,when he read a short story by Scalzi in Rip Off which was outside the usual Scalzi, that Wil will rise to the challenge.


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

    I did listen to it a lot and got through it relatively fast. It was exciting when he would get close and then suffer setbacks so it definitely kept you interested but it was 15 hours long so no I didn't listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was on my wish list for a long time. It was reviewed by several people I am following. For the life of me I don't know why I took so long to listen to it. It was great.My advice would be do not pass go Do not Collect $200 just Ready Player One Go

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Great follow up to Ghosts of Belfast"
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    When deciding on which book book I wanted to spend my credit on I was choosing between Adrian Mcginty follow up to Cold Cold Ground or Stuart Nevilles Ghost of Belfast. I like the way Mcginty tells a story using time, place, and politics as the backdrop to really enhance the plot. However, I liked the story that Neville was telling.This book takes place in the aftermath of the Ghosts of Belfast where more than one corrupt faction does not want to let it go.Our anti hero,Fagan, was trying to get justice for the people he had killed. He was a young man literally haunted by past and one wee girl Ellen McKenna, helped him find some redemption. Now someone is after everyone involved in "the feud" and it is up to Fagan and Ellen's father DI Lennon to keep her safe. This book contained a lot of action and suspense along with heart. It is also beautifully narrated by Gerard Doyle. . Also if you like Nevile books you might also enjoy Adrian McGinty. They are both narrated by Gerard Doyle who has to be my favorite narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4831)
    Performance
    (3732)
    Story
    (3738)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Great story with superb narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Alas, Babylon to be better than the print version?

    The narration was perfect for this book. The whole time I was listening I was thinking that the author did a great job with the material,


    What other book might you compare Alas, Babylon to and why?

    Funny you should ask because I just got done listening to 1225 Christmas Tree Ln Which is a cedar cove novel. It was about a community of people who helped each other get through difficult situations. This book was about how the community helped each other through hard times. This book was written in 1959 about nuclear war. The other one was just about what to do with 12 orphan puppies. They both had the same theme. Alas Babylon was obviously more intense because the stakes were higher.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the youngest member of the community asked the oldest member of the community for advise. They both were feeling helpless to contribute and they both found out they did have something to offer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of parts that moved me.it was about surviving and their perseverance to carry on. The main character, especially, decided it is not going to end this way.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like the story and narration came together as a real great experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (545)

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    C. Telfair says: "Comfort, Comfort, Comfort"
    "McCall Smith needs no minor adjustments"
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    Alexander McCall Smith, Thank you for giving me such joy in all your series. No 1 Ladies Detective Agency still has my number one Lady detectives. Mma Ramotswe always gets to the bottom and the heart of the mystery. She does this through integrity, keen observation, Clovis Anderson's rules of private detection and a little help from her friends.Can't wait for the next installment when Mma Makutse is full partner. I am sure it will be funny and heartwarming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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