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Richard

Pasadena, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 348 titles in library
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  • The Monstrumologist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

    Kristin M. Slonski says: "Excellent naration brought the horror to life"
    "Things do go bump in the night"
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    What did you love best about The Monstrumologist?

    The writing was so vivid, you could taste the fear in the air along with the story characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Henry, and secretly, Kearns


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they ambush the Anthropophagi pack


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Throughout the book the relationship between Will and the Doctor evokes both anger and compassion


    Any additional comments?

    Although at times sickening in the decriptions of the horrors, its a verbal car crash that you can not turn away from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (592)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Nathan says: "Read for the concepts and not for the characters"
    "I think I read this in a previous life"
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    Where does The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Having listened to over 200 audiobooks, I would rank this one in the top 20 percent


    What other book might you compare The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to and why?

    Where Ken Grimwood's "Replay" was philosophical, Ground Hog Day (movie) was romantic, Edge of Tomorrow an alien Sci-Fi take, this repeater played more like a crime/spy novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed seeing how each repeat was handled differently in each subsequent life


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy seeing how each of the repeater story lines in books and movies has handled the mechanics of how the protagonist got into their near infinite do-loop, and how it operates. I liked how in "Replay" the repeat slowly winds down (but no explanation of how it works), Ground Hog Day (movie) seemed to have a supreme being element, Edge of Tomorrow blamed it on bad alien blood.This one doesn't offer an explanation of what is causing it, but I like the concept of mind jumping across alternative temporal dimensions as to the how its achieved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gary Grossman
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "Great Story with lots of new twists and turns"
    "The Da Vinci Code meets The X-Files"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Very slow to develop story and interest in the characters, probably could have used a good editing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Took 25 chapters to set the hook, then took way too many detours on the way towards the exciting parts


    Did P. J. Ochlan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good reader, voices matched the characters and made them more interesting than the writing


    Could you see Old Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be a better movie, increase the pacing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red, White, and Blood: The President's Vampire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (475)

    The presidential campaign trail, 2012: A political operative and a volunteer are brutally murdered while caught in a compromising position. Written in their blood on the wall of the crime scene: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK. And with that, a centuries-old horror known only as the Boogeyman returns to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential race, with the threat of constant exposure by the media, Cade and Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to defeat completely.

    James says: "Wow he does it again!"
    "A great series, the "Dexter" of Vampires"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red, White, and Blood to be better than the print version?

    The narration by Bronson Pinchot is outstanding, I had to go back and look if it was THAT Bronson Pinchot. He makes an already mesmerizing story Ultra-mesmerizing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nathaniel Cade, he is a GOOD vampire, what else do you need to know?


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

    His pacing is perfect, he distinguishes each character without tricks, he is the voice that anyone would want for their own internal narrator if they were reading it themselves


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, in the epilogue (not giving that away)


    Any additional comments?

    Bronson Pinchot should narrate of every other audible book, okay, maybe that is overdoing it, but he should take turns with John Lee, Pete Bradbury and Ron Perlman. The Nathaniel Cade series is not the typical "Twilight" spawned romantic vampire drivel being churned out for pubescent goth girls. This is a story with intelligence that you can sink your teeth into.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24790)
    Performance
    (11250)
    Story
    (11327)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "I saw the movie (US version) and got hooked"
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    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    The is the first time the movie version got me interested in reading the book, notmally it is the other way around, turns out this is the right way, as the movie will always disappoint after the book, but the book only shines brighter and brings out even more depth after liking a movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so vivid, and you hate the bad guys (from which there are many) and want to stand up and cheer for Lisbeth Salander when she dishes out their just deserts.


    Any additional comments?

    I immediately started the second, then finished the third installment of the trilogy. Bing, bang, boom, couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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