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  • Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil:: And Other New Adventures of the Great Detective (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donald Thomas
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    In these five tales, Sherlock Holmes is shown at the height of his powers: he co-operates with a young Winston Churchill in the famed Siege of Sydney Street, helps defeat a plan for a German invasion outlined in the Zimmerman Telegram, establishes a link between two missing lighthouse keepers and the royal treasures of King John, contends with a supernatural curse places upon an eccentric aristocrat, and discovers a lost epic of Lord Byron.

    Michael says: "Don't waste your money."
    "New Sherlock or same old Sherlock?"
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    What did you like best about Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil:? What did you like least?

    There were times that the story felt so legitimate that it seemed like Sir Arthur COnana Doyle had penned them himself. But there were times when Sherlock's flair was missing and it felt wrong. My favorite parts were tied to classic Holmes details - his ability to disguise himeself, for instance, or his willingness to bypass the law for justice. My least favorite story was the lengthy WWI tale that just wouldn't end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Donald Thomas? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I would look at the specific stories to see if they are plots I would like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (643)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "Enough with Gameland already"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really liked Rot and Ruin. Really, really liked it. I expected this one to be even better but instead it was just a continuation of the Gameland story. There is an entire world populated with walking corpses, an unknown jet in the air and a surprising un-risen dead body...but instead it was just hours of listening to the bad guys, with a little 'good guys doing stupid things' thrown in.


    What could Jonathan Maberry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wanted to hear more about the intriguing parts, not the inherent evil of a family that thrives on the torturing of kids.


    Could you see Dust and Decay being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. I think finding an audience would be hard because the topic of this book isn't kid-friendly but the characters are children. As a teen series it has possibilites but editing out enough of the gore and violence to make it appropriate for television would take away from the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1264)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Future Douglas Adams fan? Start your kid here."
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    If you could sum up Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain in three words, what would they be?

    One creature's dualism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain?

    This wasn't a book about moments. It was a fascinatingly humorous story of a highly intelligent mollusk that was realizing the fall out of his brilliance. Lots of amusing one-liners and a whole host of improbable research with unexpected consequences.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I can totally see this as a Pixar film. I'd change the title to something shorter and more appealing and leave "Emporer Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain" as the tag line.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4644)
    Performance
    (4217)
    Story
    (4231)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Love the series...but not this book"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Definitely. This is the 3rd Correia book I've read and I plan to read the next Monster Hunter book eventually.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Well, I usually have multiple books in progress at a time and follow my mood. The ones I am listening to now are A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkein, and Horns by Joe Hill.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he does an excellent job with Correia's characters - Frank and Pitt are my favorites. He makes the distinctions between characters easy to follow.


    Was Monster Hunter Alpha worth the listening time?

    Not really. I am a fan of the series and will likely listen to a different Correia series later, but this story held very little interest for me. If I didn't feel like I needed to listen for continuity/background infomation, I don't know that I would have listened to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (264)

    Witness the epic battle of the cyclops! Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying. Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare! Buy some knickknacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later. On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world.

    Charlene says: "A little twee but very funny."
    "A new twist on heroic quests, bossy gods and myth"
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    Where does Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. I've definitely listened to better, but there are many books out that there are worse.


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

    The challenges were insteresting. I loved that they had dinner with one opponent, pre-battle, and that mystery house had such a mystery. The least interesting parts were everything related to Helen. She had the random droll comment but most of her story line was a never-ending self-awareness conversation about her own mythological-ness. It wasn't amusing or interesting...just long. And repetitive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dinner with the cyclops.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1685)
    Performance
    (1475)
    Story
    (1463)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Less magic than expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the summary needs changed to better reflect the nature of the story. When I decided to buy it, I anticipated a fairy tale experience. It's more mundane than expected. I would have enjoyed it more as a historical fiction featuring the town and the families. I'm also not a fan of 'I'll throw on an epilogue to make sure everyone knows how I saw the future for my characters' writing. I'd rather have had the book end and be left to evaluate teh people and situation on my own.


    Could you see The Snow Child being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    With the resurrgence of fairy tales in Hollywood, I could see this as a movie. Something quirky, like Moonrise Kingdom or Butter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (655)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "Prefer other Holmes stories"
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    Would you try another book from Laurie R. King and/or Jenny Sterlin?

    Probably not. I enjoyed the Mycroft and Sherlock portions but I'm not a fan of Mary Russell. And the entire Goodman as spirit of the woods storyline was tedious.


    Has The God of the Hive turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read other non-Doyle Holmes stories and enjoyed them.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The God of the Hive?

    The scene at Goodman's house when the group flees. Instead of cuting entire scenes, however, I think the book would have been improved through editing each scene to clean it up and shorten it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (3292)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2967)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "I don't like vampires...but this is good!"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to this book while wrapping Christmas gifts and other mind-numbingly dull tasks, which meafe this a great choice. There were times I laughed out loud and I frequently smiled. I wasn't familiar with the Half-Moon Hollow series and was not a likely listener as Twilight was so appallingly bad that it made me swear off vampires. My previous listen had been a Monster Hunters International book so the switch from evil monsters and creepy as hell vampires to this was a fun switch. I enjoyed this so much that I'm planning to check out more Molly Harper books.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4442)
    Performance
    (3926)
    Story
    (3927)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "There is NOT a second part with the original"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a cute story with unlikeable characters and unlikely situations.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil Wheaton is not a professional narrator. When I listen to him, I spend part of my time feeling like some regular Joe is reading the book outloud and I happen to be in the area. The rest of the time, I hear a faint whisper of Dr. Sheldon Cooper's voice as he tells me how amazing Wil Wheaton is. To be fair, I think Wil Wheaton is a great choice for the story. I listened to him read the Red Shirts and felt the same way - he's an offbeat, sci-fi-ish voice that brings Scalzi books to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3204)
    Performance
    (2703)
    Story
    (2734)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "If Jim Dale read a dictionary, I would listen"
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    Would you listen to The Cricket on the Hearth again? Why?

    Two words: Jim. Dale.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    The carrier.


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

    Not at all. The story was a bit dull, even for the era.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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