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Timothy J. Herrmann

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  • Danse Macabre: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    Anita Blake needs to be concentrating on a dangerous situation: The ardeur, the sexual power that flows between Anita and Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, the volatile werewolf who loves her passionately, is reaching new levels, perhaps evolving into something altogether new. The ardeur seems to be choosing new lovers for Anita, acting with a will of its own. As Jean-Claude says, the ardeur is hunting powerful prey.

    Dresden Parsons says: "Danse Idiotica"
    "If you're a guy, forget it"
    Overall

    With a title like "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter", I (a guy) was expecting some sex and a ton of action from the Anita Blake series--this is the first one I've tried. Boy, was I wrong. A bit of sex, and a ton of talking about each other's feelings--Anita's and her ten (or so)lovers--including vampires and lycanthropes. VERY LITTLE action. I was half way through when I stopped listening to the drivel. It's a romance novel with a silly twist. If you're a guy with any testoserone in your body whatsoever, don't bother. (By the way--do get it for your wives--my wife can't get enough of the Anita Blakes-she loves them---and let's just say, she's very friendly when she stops reading...). I gave it two stars because the narrator is quite good, as is the quality of production.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3798)
    Performance
    (3382)
    Story
    (3396)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "New Take on a well-known story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book -- it's well written and well narrated. O'Reilly brings some new, interesting takes on the story--for me, it probably was a bit too brief in the "meat" of the story--the assassination, the events following, and the after affects--but there were several points I'd never heard before, which is saying something because I'm well read in Lincoln lore and the assassination in particular. If you like reading about Lincoln, if you like history, specifically Civil War era history or Presidential history, this is well worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (889)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "The Holocaust Thru a Young Girl's Eyes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book starts off well and is a frightening reminder of those dreadful years during WWII. The narrarator is excellent, doing the main characters (a middle aged woman and a young girl), children, elderly men, elderly ladies, and middle aged men, all effectively. There's a bit of a dichotomy in this book for me. I was extremely interested in the young girl's story, and what happened to her in the 1st half of the book. Interwoven with the girl's story is a modern woman's story. Later in the book, partially out of plot necessity, it becomes completely about the modern woman. And to be honest, the modern story half was fairly cliche and uninteresting to me--the parts with her in it read like a dime-store romance novel with a twist. It was fairly annoying to deal with her, and I didn't care for the character all that much. That being said, I'm glad I invested the time to read "Sarah's Key"--I just wish more of Sarah was in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8960)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3269)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Ever Hear of A Flashlight??"
    Overall

    I've read all three of the previous Langdon books. This is the worst, and overall, I give it an average 3 stars. The plot is somewhat predictiable, especially the "twist" at the end. The characterization is ok, not great. Narration is average. What bugged the crap out of me was a portion of the book regarding a dark corridor the characters must travel thru repeatedly to get to an office space. The author describes deep fear by the characters regarding this situation. There's no deep fear for the reader tho--just a roll of the eyes and a "ever hear of a flashlight?" response every time the annoying sequence rears its unlikely head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kira Salak
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Marika Vecera, an accomplished war reporter, has dedicated her life to helping the world's oppressed and forgotten. When not on one of her dangerous assignments, she lives in Boston, exploring a new relationship with Seb, a psychologist who offers her glimpses of a better world. Returning from a harrowing assignment in Congo, where she was kidnapped by rebel soldiers, Marika learns that a man she has always admired from afar, Pulitzer-winning war correspondent Robert Lewis, has committed suicide.

    Terry Hope says: "vicarious adventures"
    "Incredible Journey, but..."
    Overall

    This combination love story/adventure story about a young female journalist that enters the jungle of New Guinea to find her lifelong mentor has a few issues.
    First, the good news--the narrator is absolutely excellent--one of the best I've heard so far, after listening to about 20 books or so. She gives each character a distinct voice and flavor that many narrators attempt but very little achieve, in my experience. The adventure part of this story is excellent. The characters are fully formed and the story moves along well. As I see it, there were two issues with this book. One is the dialogue between the two lovers. It's incredibly unrealistic and sappy, especially on the part of the male love interest. The other, without giving too much away, deals with the main character's motivation for doing some of the things that she does--including the main journey. To me, there just wasn't enough there to make me believe that a person would do what she does with the offered motivation that she supposedly has.

    Besides the negatives, however, this was a truly enjoyable book for me, and I would recommend it. The look at different, "primative" cultures, and the journey of physical and spiritual testing that the main character goes through were dramatic and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5696)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2345)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "The Apocolypse on a personal level"
    Overall

    What happens to a young boy and his father when the world is turned into a barren wasteland, full of ash and people who have nothing to eat but each other? In "The Road", the author uses the relationship to show us good and evil to the nth degree. This is the "1984" of our time. The prose is excellent, the situations and relationships are realistic and heartfelt.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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