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R. Traylor

jimmtraylor

Virginia | Listener Since 2005

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  • 8 reviews
  • 199 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Lamentation: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Scholes
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

    Meg says: "Highly Enjoyable"
    "Good book, but not great"
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    I started off and really liked the beginning of the book. I was quickly drawn into the characters and wanted to know more about them. The plot lines were good and they kept you guessing, but somehow at the end of the book, it just couldn't hold my interest. At first I thought about downloading the second book but now I am glad I waited. I really have no desire to continue on as I just barely made it through the last hour or two of the first book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (403)

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "Couldn't get past the narrator"
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    What disappointed you about The War with the Mein?

    I tried several times to listen to this book but could never make it past the first few hours. The narrator's voice just seemed to be monotone and I always found myself drifting off and thinking about something else.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    I really like Dick Hill in his performances of Jack Reacher, in the Black Cross, and other books. But I did not enjoy his performance in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BoneMan's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    A Texas serial killer called BoneMan is on the loose, choosing young girls as his prey, His signature: myriad broken bones that torture and kill - but never puncture. In a story that is devaststing in its skill and suspense, - Ted Dekker brings to bear his ability to terrify and compel in BoneMan's Daughters.

    James says: "Excellent thriller."
    "Torn about this book"
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    I am somewhat torn about this book. I thought the reader did a good job with the book and the different voices. I thought the reader definatly brought the BoneMan to life in the story. I liked the pace of the book and really enjoyed it up until the very end. I just felt like the book came to a very abrupt end and there was to much left hanging. Also, at times Ryan Evans rantings about how much he missed his daughter got a little old. So I am a little torn. Overall the first 7/8 of the book was good but the ending was horrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (664)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Classic King"
    Overall

    I really liked Salem's Lot. The first hour or two was pretty confusing as the story jumped around from the perspective of multiple characters in the book. And at times there was no pause between the shifts and this was a little confusing. But once the story centered on the main characters it became much clearer and was easily followed. Overall, I really liked the book and did find it suspenseful at times. I am now going to try to get my wife to listen to it. She also loves scary books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths: The Lost Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains.

    Momo11 says: "I just love these characters!"
    "Book was good, narration was horrible"
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    I started reading the dragonlance series when I was in high school and I have really enjoyed all of the books. I have read this book before I was looking forward to listening to the audio version; however, the narration was horrible. At times I felt like I was listening to my daughters preschool teacher try to read the book with different voices. I have never stopped listening to a book simply because of the narrator, but this was the first. The voices were horrible and very annoying. I will not listen to anything with this narrator again.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5724)
    Performance
    (2535)
    Story
    (2555)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Slow............very slow"
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    I wanted to like the book, but I found it to be very slow and it never hooked me in. I did finish the book, but I kept wanting to turn it off and start something else that would hold my attention.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4907)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1605)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "One of my favorite books!"
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    I have only read a few Stephen King books (Bag of Bones and The Talisman) but this is by far my favorite. I would say this is one of my top 3 books I have listened to since joining Audible 4 years ago. I loved the book and the story of Edgar Freemantle sucked me in from the start. I do admit the end wasn't as creepy/scary as it could have been, but the overall I loved the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Elephant: Discworld #24

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (545)

    Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...

    Michael says: "Discworld: Worth Visiting Again and Again"
    "Slow going...."
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    For whatever reason I had a really hard time getting into this book. The story started off slow for me and it never really caught my attention and I found myself drifting at times. I did find parts interesting and funny, but overall I struggled to keep listening. I kept wanting to turn it off and find another book that would keep my attention.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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