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S. Brown

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  • The Secret History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Black
    • Narrated By Paul Matthews
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Here for the first time is a complete history of the world, from the beginning of time to the present day, based on the beliefs and writings of the secret societies. From the esoteric account of the evolution of the species to the occult roots of science, from the secrets of the Flood to the esoteric motives behind American foreign policy, here is a narrative history that shows the basic facts of human existence on this planet can be viewed from a very different angle.

    Heimo says: "Not historical"
    "Not worth it"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Black and/or Paul Matthews?

    No, I wouldn't


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Black???s story?

    Very little real information, but rather personal ideas.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Matthews???s performances?

    Yes.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could see, but I could not finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (342)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Gone in no time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book when it first came out and so when my book club chose it I was excited to read it again....or listen to it as I thought a change of venue would be nice. I was wrong. While the story was as good as every and great to revisit, Julia Whelan's voice was so grating, so annoying that I had to forward past her. Kirby Heyborned more than made up for it. I ended up reading "Amy's" parts and listening to "Nick's" part.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unreliable narration and how brilliantly that is done gets me every time with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Julia Whelan's voice, in particular her long sssss's got on my last nerve. It completely ruined the audible experience for me I'm afraid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    It is 1560, and Elizabeth Tudor has been on the throne for a year. Dr John Dee is her astrologer and consultant in the hidden arts…a controversial appointment in these days of superstition. Now the bookish Dee has been sent to Glastonbury to find the missing bones of King Arthur. With him is his Robert Dudley, a wild card…and possibly the Queen’s secret lover. The town is still mourning the gruesome execution of its abbot, Richard Whiting. But why was he killed?

    Madeleine says: "Historical Fiction with a Wicked Hint of Evil"
    "Dee is a bit dull"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about The Bones of Avalon? What did you like least?

    The time frame and the history


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

    Disappointed though I know there is more to come. I was happy to have it over.


    What aspect of Seán Barrett’s performance would you have changed?

    He was excellent


    Did The Bones of Avalon inspire you to do anything?

    Sleep


    Any additional comments?

    It lingered for too long, it could have done with a kick up the backside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Liza Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

    S. Brown says: "A sharp beginning"
    "A sharp beginning"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

    While it's the first Gillian Flynn's novels, It's the last one I've read. It didn't reach the dizzying heights of Girl Gone or Dark Places, but it's still a wonderful novel with fast pacing and brilliant narration.


    What other book might you compare Sharp Objects to and why?

    Dark Places. The MC is not as well developed as Libby Day in Dark Places, but she's definitely up there in status.


    Which character – as performed by Liza Ross – was your favorite?

    The MC, Camille


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

    There were many, but in the bath, her mother poisoning her and the moment she's almost given up and comes to the realisation of everything that has happened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (509)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "A spooky listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they enjoyed a spooky story yes, there were real moments of tension in this book and listening at night really gave me pause.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father. I love belligerent, ignorant characters that get their just desserts.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor Maynard Straker tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before and then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary....

    Shaliali says: "Mesmerizing"
    "I made it a few hours"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys a very slow start and a story that moves back and forth between settings.


    What could John Harwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wouldn't even begin to advice. I've enjoyed this other books. Perhaps the book is better in the printed form than the audio


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    boring, boring, boring


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (381)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Nathan says: "Awesome!"
    "It kept me listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Long after I should have been asleep I was still listening to this audiobook and that doesn't often happen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank Belgium. His character arc was excellent and he added the all important bit of humour that broke the tension at the right moments.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would. The only voice that annoyed me was Race. I could have done with out so much gravel. The voice of Bud was brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (603)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    Michelle says: "The Audible equivalent of a SyFy movie."
    "Enjoyable and scary"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Supernaturals to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense and the weaving of the story


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't enjoy the performance very much. The various accents and characters voices came and went and changed, making it confusing. I did enjoy the special effects of the supernatural elements. Very creepy when listening late at night, but the narrator's voice became annoying by the end.


    If you could rename The Supernaturals, what would you call it?

    Summer Place


    Any additional comments?

    I would read this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "Brillant, both writing and reading."
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Lace Reader the most enjoyable?

    The voice was perfect, it moved with the action well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, the twist, everything.


    Which character ??? as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan ??? was your favorite?

    The protagonist.


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

    The ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Echo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By F G Cottam
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Dark Echo is an unlucky boat. Despite this knowledge, Martin Stannard falls under her spell and prepares to sail her across the Atlantic with his father. But his lover, Suzanne, is uneasy and begins exploring the yacht's past. What she finds is terrifying. Dark Echo isn't just unlucky, it's evil. It was built for Harry Spalding, a soldier and sorcerer who committed suicide yet still casts his malevolent spell nearly a century after his death.

    S. Brown says: "Fantastically Creepy"
    "Fantastically Creepy"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Dark Echo?

    The story is amazingly creepy, with a true villain


    What other book might you compare Dark Echo to and why?

    Anything by the same Author.


    Have you listened to any of Gareth Armstrong???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first but I would gladly listen again.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favourite ghost story authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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