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Gary

Lexington, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cold Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    Reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by Jim Ironheart, who has saved 12 lives in the past three months. Holly wants to know what kind of power drives him, why terrifying visions of a churning windmill haunt his dreams, and just what he means when he whispers in his sleep that an enemy who will kill everyone is coming.

    Michael says: "Above average Koontz"
    "Unbearable"
    Overall

    I have listened to hundreds of titles as I drive several hours every day and have finished them all, even the really rotten stories. This story is really rotten, but what kills the book is the narrators. They take a really rotten story and make it unbearable. I simply could not make it to the end. For once, I can say I do not know how a book ended, and I don't care! I got a good ways through -- all the way to the point in the tower -- but could listen no more. It is an indictment on the quality of the story that I have no inclination to find out how it ended. koontz's The Critic was 3x the book this one was, and that is not saying much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1067)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "You can make it through it . . . but"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack better?

    Shorten the entire title of your main character for the love of all that is holy -- the reader/listener knows who he is after chapter 1, and if i hear his full name one more time i am going to . . . (i did not stop listening, but you get the idea).


    What could Mark Hodder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above, i mean it really, really, gets to you after the eighth time his full name is mentioned in less than 5 minutes. Richard, Burton, Agent, even Dude looks like a lady would be sufficient.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    OK -- nothing special, but you make it through it without shuddering.


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

    Interesting story for the most part, the problems are more annoyances than bad writing.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (2883)
    Story
    (2891)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator is the worst -- dry, deadpan delivery on EVERYTHING and i do mean everything. Same tone/quality of voice regardless of character is not pleasant, think Ben Stein reading the thing and you get the idea.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Story has some positive elements, but very little "news" on the decline of society, it literally says "it all fell apart" and picks up the story there.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Runnette?

    That voice thingy Stephen Hawkins uses, more emotion and better tone from that thing.


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

    Few -- what there are get lost in the mass of annoyance that is listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    Reviews are good -- shows how desperate we ZOMBIE fans are of a passable book -- but do not be fooled. This one makes the whole Morningstar series seem like the work of Shakespeare. This book is, for lack of a better phrase, zombie dung.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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