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Tyler

Whitby, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Welcome to the Monkey House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By David Strathairn, Maria Tucci, Bill Irwin, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, what these superb stories share is Vonnegut's audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

    Michael says: "Classic Vonnegut"
    "Typically Vonnegut ..."
    Overall

    I found this collection of stories to be both mismatched and bizarre, and enjoyed them thoroughly. If you are looking for Chicken Soup for your Soul ... look elsewhere. If you are looking for a strange collection of short stories that will make think about them hours after listening, then this is for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Steve Worsley
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

    Dave says: "What a great story!"
    "Best read in quite some time ...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This novel popped up as an Audible recommendation and I decided to toss it into my library a few months ago. Finally got around to listening and was quite surprised. It was a really good listen.

    The setting combined with the narration was fantastic. The flashback and forward structure worked really well and the found the narrator did a great job and pulling me into the story.

    This is much more than the typical murder mystery and I really can't say anything bad about this title. I look forward to starting another novel by Peter May and hope the next novel in this series arrives soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (403)

    For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

    But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

    Phebe says: "Hell House is like Hill House, but fiercer"
    "Don't be fooled by the rave reviews..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I audited this novel based on the high ratings it had. I couldn't be more disappointed.

    This novel flopped back and forth between corny predictability and nonsensical. The leaps of logic made by the characters was so far out as to be stupid and this book was nothing more than a BARELY mediocre 'horror' story.

    It was all I could do to let the story finish. I wish I could have those hours of my life back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8850)
    Performance
    (8125)
    Story
    (8165)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "The saga continues ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Can't say too much that is bad about this book, but be prepared to venture off into even more nooks and crannies as the authors world continues to grow.

    The narrator had a bit too much time off and it took a bit to get used to the change is some pronunciation and he has changed a few of the voices - one you adjust though - he does a nice job of bringing the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15639)
    Performance
    (12158)
    Story
    (12224)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Difficult to put it down once you start ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not my usually genre, but I was hooked by the HBO series and decided not to wait for season three. I have found this to be a spectacular listen.

    The narration is first rate and does a great job of giving the primary characters their own distinct voices.

    The story is a roller coaster of ups and downs - so much so, that I almost stopped mid-way in surprised disgust at some of the turns it takes .... but alas I could not stop and I continued until the end ... and I look forward to beginning book 4 when I finish writing this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cane Road: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

    Dixie says: "Great Story - WRONG Narrator"
    "Nice story spoiled by poor narration ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After enjoying the first block of novels in the series read by Mark Hammer ... this was a disappointment.

    The pronunciations, the patterning, the loss of the characters voices really spoiled this book for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Murder mystery for dummies ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In the introduction, the author himself warns you not to read the book ... I should have taken his advice.

    While the narrator does his usual bang up job, the story is quite convoluted and absurd.

    Literary techniques like fore-shadowing are used at almost every cut scene - and quite poorly. It also seemed like during the writing of the novel he may have felt like it needed to be longer, so situational descriptions are agonizingly long and repetitive. In the final quarter of the book, plot points and hooks are actually spelled out in such step by step, ridiculous detail that the author obviously assumed his readers must be border-line retarded.

    I finished the novel, but wish it would have been over in half the time. Mr. Coben owes me a good five or six hours of my life back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1011)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Melinda says: "When Good Ghouls Go Bad"
    "An unfortunate end to a promising begining ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The last quarter of this book should be removed and have an entirely new ending put in its place. When I finished listening to this book, I actually said outloud. That ending was f*%ing stupid.


    Was The Night Eternal worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately, if you have worked your way through books one and two in this series, book three is required if you want to put and end to the story ... but it was really not at par with the first novel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat's Cradle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (398)

    Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

    Robert says: "KV at his best."
    "Not for everyone ..."
    Overall

    This novel is typical Vonnegut and requires that you think ... but not too much throughout. If you over think it, you won't understand it ... but if you are expecting to be spoon fed a a story with all the plot lines hilighted for simplicity, then this is certainly not for you.

    The narrator gives you the feeling of sitting down around a fire and listening to your grandfather tell a tale of days long past. I actually quite enjoyed it.



    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2998)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1613)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Not my favorite, but fans will like it ..."
    Overall

    Agent Pendergast is back again, and though this is not my favorite book in the series, it is a well researched and well written story to push the series forward.

    Definitely worth a credit if you like the authors and the characters, if you are new to the Pendergast books, go back and start at the begining of the series.

    They authors have hooked us again into to desperately waiting for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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