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T. Hodgson

Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.

Philadelphia, Pa | Member Since 2009

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  • 206 titles in library
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  • The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hallgrimur Helgason
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšic, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik disguised as American televangelist Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops, this country with absolutely no tradition for contract killing, he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future, to tragicomic effect.

    Jane says: "Some find this humorous,"
    "Entertaining and Fun"
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    Where does The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good pace, character building and the story is entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning to and why?

    I cannot think of any other book to compare this to, as it is the first of this genre that I have listened to.


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

    Luke Daniels is an excellent narrator. His Slavic and Icelandic accents are quite good and made the story more entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nexus: Nexus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

    Amy says: "The Post-human Future is Now"
    "Meh. Just couldn't finish it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The performance was rather boring. He did an ok job with the voices, but it was just not up to my expectations, which threw the story off.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ramez Naam? Why or why not?

    Yes, if the narrator was different


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Used better inflection, tone, and personality. He's got a voice for radio and narration of non-fiction, but it was monotone and dull.


    Was Nexus worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. The concept and ideas introduced were great and I had high hopes, but just didn't feel compelled to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1217)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Is it possible to despise a character?"
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    Have you listened to any of Noah Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Noah Taylor's other performances. As a non-Aussie, it was difficult at first to understand him clearly, due to his accent.


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

    Not entirely. At times it was.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the main characters was likeable at first, but I grew to dislike them and their actions. Without giving away anything from the story, it's hard to describe, but it nearly ruined the story for me.
    The book was well written with deep character development that made me appreciate the story to a point, but some things are impossible to get past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18655)
    Performance
    (16607)
    Story
    (16567)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Gripping tale and Engaging Performance. Bravo!"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting. Entertaining. Fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    Now, that would be a spoiler. Let's just say the main characters do something that alters their lives.


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

    No, but I will seek him out. He's one of the best.


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

    Yes. If I had the time, I would have listened to it from start to finish. But hey, it's LONG.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been a Stephen King fan for many years and actually grew a little tired of his style and content. This book renewed my faith in his writing and I'll be going back to listen to the books I've missed over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5487)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5047)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "I can't take anymore!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance could have been better: the reader didn't sound like he had an authentic English accent! He made the best of it, but come on, it was not genuine.
    The story was, at times, interesting; however, the dialog was stilted and mundane. "Show, don't tell" is something I learned long ago, but this author did not. (I'm sure he is a far better writer than me, but he didn't hold my interest)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    No, God no.


    What character would you cut from Theft of Swords?

    The Monk, what's his name?


    Any additional comments?

    I tried, really I did. I listed to 3/4 of the book, but for the love of God, make it stop!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1770)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Dad is not Fat, He's a Funny Fatty"
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    What did you love best about Dad Is Fat?

    Jim Gaffigan manages to be funny with almost every single line. A rare talent


    What other book might you compare Dad Is Fat to and why?

    Hmmmm. Can't think of one that I've read.


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

    No


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

    Dad is Fat: A Love Story about Bacon


    Any additional comments?

    Jim's performance was very good, but at times it did feel like he was just reading, and not performing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (597)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "An Engaging Story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The story was interesting and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of the main character about his experience at The Citadel


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He brought out each character with his skillful and subtle voices. It was amazing.


    If you could rename The Lords of Discipline, what would you call it?

    The Ten


    Any additional comments?

    The story was excellent, but it lost me a bit at the end. Without giving any of it away, it seemed to get melodramatic and I was at the point where I just wanted it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1169)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Fascinating and Informative From Start to Finish"
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    What made the experience of listening to Going Clear the most enjoyable?

    The history of L Ron Hubbard was interesting. I had no idea how much of a "player" the man was, which is hard to believe considering how odd looking he is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Clear?

    Learning how David Miscavige took over the leadership role and punished those who did not fall in line.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was highly enjoyable to listen to and I feel much more informed about Scientology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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