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Coupeville, WA, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 217 ratings
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  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    Batman says: "History can be entertaining."
    "Good, but not good enough"

    I found the format somewhat confusing, seeming to jump from topic to topic, then revisiting a topic mentioned earlier, etc. That might not be a problem with the print version, but when read from front to back, it is (for me, at least).

    The reader is also somewhat problematic. He has plenty of 'melody' to his voice, but a great many idiosyncratic pronunciations, which I find jarring. For instance, 'paraBOla' rather than the usual 'paRAbola'. Also, there are several malapropisms, which could be the fault of the authors, or a misreading by the reader. For instance, 'neuron' when it should be 'neutron' or 'climactic' when it should be 'climatic'. Still, it is worth listening to just for fun.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfield

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Deverell
    • Narrated By Steve Scherf, Maggie Scherf

    It is 20 below in Montreal, and for the first time in 25 years detective Kellen O’Reilly is going to pieces. Flashbacks frequently take him back to the psychiatric clinic of Coldhaven Manor and the terrifying experiments of Dr. Gregor Satorius.

    Marc says: "Fantastic narration for a great story"
    "Decent story, disappointing performance"
    What did you like best about Mindfield? What did you like least?

    The story itself had a certain something, with an interesting premise. The performance failed to deliver.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf ’s performances?

    No. It was rife with hokey accents, wooden deliveries and mispronunciations. The French accents sounded more like bad Spanish or Mexican, the Canadian accents were just weird. The American accents were OK, but you'd expect that from Americans. Where one character's voice was described as 'bass', as in low-pitched, the reader said 'bass' as in the fish. Stolichnaya vodka became Stolicknaya vodka. On the whole, I'd expect as much from a high school drama club. The only positive thing I can say about it is that at least nobody had to attempt to voice the opposite gender.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe. Then again, Hollywood would probably just make it worse.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Corpse Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Antonio Garrido, Thomas Bunstead (translator)
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cí, a young scholar-turned-gravedigger in medieval China, has survived enough horrors and pain to last several lifetimes. He finally has the chance to return to his studies - only to receive orders from the Imperial Court to find the sadistic perpetrator of a series of brutal murders. With lives in jeopardy, Cí finds his gruesome investigation complicated by his old loyalties - and by his growing desire for the enigmatic beauty haunting his thoughts. Is he skilled enough to track down the murderer? Or will the killer claim him first?

    Jody says: "A serious disappointment"
    "A serious disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More corpse reading and less of the string of unbelievable calamities that seem to beset the protagonist. Also, he is by turns quite clever in haggling and dealing with commerce, and impossibly naive in dealing with everything else. It almost felt like reading one of those horrible gothic novels from the nineteenth century. He nearly entered the 'too stupid to live' category.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea.

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

    The reader was the best part of the book, doing various voices and using a trace of a Chinese accent. One nit I will pick, is that he mispronounced the word 'ochre', using a soft ch, as in 'cherry'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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