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Jeff Daugherty

Princeton, KY USA | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 372 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "same plot as "77 shadow street""
    What made the experience of listening to Odd Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz and the performance by the narrator. I also like the extra tropics brought up in the stories, like the Tesla backgromd. I also always enjoy the zen wisdon of Odd Thomas and the way he explains how things work and why he is doing what he does.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending came too quicly after the all the pieces came together and there was little conflict in the ending. Another weakness Koontz has is always ending his book on a somewhat postive note, with things tied up rather neatly and this one is too neat.

    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think he does the Odd Thomas books and I like his performance in these books.

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

    No - I need breaks at times to keep up suspense.

    Any additional comments?

    This book had almost the same plot as 77 shadow street. I enjoyed the Odd Thomas build up to the mystery, but when it became clear that this was a similar plot, it lost a lot of punch for me. I did like this story better than the 77 Shadow street story. Koontz does have some overlap in some of his books with plot, but this was more than just an overlap. A house that isn't as much a house as it is a machine built by a person who is working on time travel, Strange happenings and a group of strange charaters, including a child. A timewarp that happens intermittenly and brings monsters from another time. Too similar as this plot is from the previous novel.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Beyond The Shining"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    I liked this book as it brought the story from the Shining up to current and tied some things together that needed to be resolved. I have enjoyed the Shining once I understood that it was more about a haunted family than a haunted hotel. This was a great bring up to date of a classic story.

    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Doctor Sleep has qualities of several other King stories, but is not like them.

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

    Mr. Patton did a marvelous job on this reading. He had different voices for the different characters and keep the story moving on quite well.

    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Don't know exactly, but I did relate to Billy Freeman.

    Any additional comments?

    This story had good characters, a good plot and a good setting. It completed the story of the Shining and I enjoyed the ending; that doesn't exactly wrap it up, but does bring it to an end. There were many things from original shining that are parts of this story and that was comforting.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • And Another Thing...: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    John Williams says: "A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe"
    "fits in the series"

    While I heard some not too good things about this book, I loved it. I loved the use of Thor and how everything from the old books were tied in well. This book was longer and more involved than any of the other books, not that it was better, but it didn't miss a beat. I hope this author tries the Dirk Gently series. I especially have hopes for the Salmon of Doubt. If you liked the guide books, this fits an empty spot that needed filling and is a star above Mostly Harmless.

    Jeff Daugherty

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "So this is how good an audiobook can be"
    "Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby"

    I loved this book. I did not want it to end. I wanted Mr. Hornby to keep revealing things about music and our obsessions about things. It brought back many things about my own obsessions about music and art as I try to put my history of the 60's and 70's into prospective as I get older. I have always liked Mr. Hornby's work, High Fidelity, Long way down, ect. I will now reread some of these and some of his other works and see if I see more the second time I read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crunch Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill. Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy's house isn't safe....

    Jess says: "More like slightly soggy time"
    "crunch time"

    I was warned in advance that the latest Goldie was not as good. I agree that it is not the greatest of these volumes, but it was a good read for me. I have always enjoyed these stories as they are an ok mystery and are fairly uncomplicated and easy to follow. I like the characters and have always felt like I had taken a pleasant trip while reading one of these stories; this time was no exception, I enjoyed the ride. Be warned however, this time Ms Davidson expands things and tells a longer story with more plot, but was not none the less still a good trip to Colorado for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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