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Cincinnati, OH USA | Member Since 2010

  • 6 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 156 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Classic Gothic Novel meets Romance Novel."
    What made the experience of listening to Dracula the most enjoyable?

    I decided to listen to this for a couple of reasons... 1) I had not read the book since High school (over 30 years ago) and had seen several of the movie adaptations, and always felt like they missed something, and 2) who could resist this format with the multiple voices giving the book new life! Did not disappoint. Had to remind myself a couple of times of the time period this book was written in, and think about how creepy this book would have been to that audience. But somewhere about 2/3rds through the book shifts, and it really reads more like a romance novel, where dashing swains are fighting to save the heroine's life. Did someone read Stokers novel and remind him that it was a bit too dark for the ladies? Ending feels a little rushed, but still a wonderful way to hear the novel, and would argue that this version would be a better way to teach the novel than actually reading it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    D says: "Odd Once Again"
    "Waxing Poetic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have read all previous novels.. this was my first experience with the audible version. I won't read another this way. I think the main issue was my vision/voice of Odd did not match up with the person reading it at all. So I was bothered by that through out. Also I don't think I ever realized how many extraneous words were used by Koontz.. Has he never heard the adage don't use 25 words when 5 will do? I believe that in reading the novels.. my brain, just skipped over all that extra "stuff" but hearing it read out loud .. made me scream more than once.. just GET ON WITH it... I still liked how the story progressed... and look forward to more adventures with Odd, but will definitely go back to reading them rather than listening.

    Would you recommend Deeply Odd to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. the story line is enjoyable

    Would you be willing to try another one of David Aaron Baker’s performances?


    Do you think Deeply Odd needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Story was definitely left unfinished.. not sure how many are planned in this series?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable.. but ending felt rushed?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    Can't comment didn't read the print version.

    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this and did not find the narrator annoying at all.. thought she was tremendous actually. The book is quirky and fun, just really didn't like the ending.. very anti-climatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "This needs to be a Movie"
    What made the experience of listening to Thirteen the most enjoyable?

    This was a strong performance of a really incredible story. Found myself thinking of this book for several weeks after I had read it.. My daughter and I train for marathons and we both listen to audible books and then share the stories with each other while we do our long training runs. She enjoyed it hearing is second hand and greatly abridged.

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

    Simon Vance is beyond compare and I will search out books that he has read. It was because of his narration that I originally found this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Well written but frustrating"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    No.. I found myself fast forwarding through some sections, which I never do.. There were sections of minutiae that dragged the book down and that I couldn't figure out why it was there.. And I got tired of hearing over and over about how poor Kvothe was... I got it the first time... I didn't need to be reminded over and over.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The magic concept and the general idea of this book is good... but it was frustrating that after that many hours.. the story felt like it had hardly progressed.

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

    Nick Podehl does a terrific job reading the book and that was it's one redeeming quality. His ability to read different accents was so well done that I immediately jumped online to see what else he has read.

    Any additional comments?

    Went online to Wikipedia to read the plot synopsis of book 2... to confirm I don't care enough to continue.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A Story within A Story within A Story"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    No.. once was enough

    What other book might you compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to and why?

    Ties in with the other Gunslinger books

    What three words best describe Stephen King’s voice?

    God Aweful!

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

    No, I love Stephen Kings books, but he should NEVER be allowed to read his own works. He just can't handle different voices, or add the emotion. I get the impression that he is just reading the book, not actually acting, like a really good reader will do. His pauses and inflections are never where they need to be.

    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story... especially Tim's ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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