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Stefan

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  • Subterranean

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Travel to the bottom of the earth...to a place you never dreamed existed. Beneath the ice...a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return....

    David says: "Great story, funny Ausrtalian accent"
    "So-so story with terrible reading"
    Overall

    As others have noted, the story is somewhat stretching the limit, but I wouldn't have minded it so much, if the reader had a voice worth listening to. Really, really awful! Why? 1. No discernible difference between characters, other than the attempt at an Australian accent and the girlish voice used for the main character, everyone else sounds the same and there's hardly any inflection. Listen to Roy Dottrice or Stephen Fry for what I mean on how it should be done IMHO. 2. No break between POVs - when switching between POVs, the listener needs something to tell one that this is happening, a pause here and there. If not for the names of the people, I couldn't have been able to tell I was somewhere else in the story.

    I stopped after maybe four hours because of it, and I will not finish this book. Nor will I buy anything else in the future that uses this reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3529)
    Performance
    (3315)
    Story
    (3320)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Will Patton gives an excellent performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mr. Mercedes?

    The descriptions and the narration. I love the way Stephen King describes his characters and situations, their thoughts and their actions. Will Patton then provides the perfect voice to these characters. It's just a pleasure.


    What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

    I think it reminds me a bit of Insomnia, as the main character is also retired, or maybe Duma Key, because of some circumstances that the people live through.


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

    His voice acting is so good, it embraces every aspect of the story and makes it into a movie in my head.


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

    Yes, but that would be a spoiler to other people who haven't listened to it yet but want to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (857)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Get all three!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Sheepfarmer’s Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    A good read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paks, of course, because the development of the character shows just the right amount of detail, and makes you want to know what will happen to her.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the two other books, because you'll want to continue listening right away, I know I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shella

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    From the author of the acclaimed Burke private-eye series comes an ambitious and chilling novel that shows us not only what evil is, but where it comes from. For Shella is nothing less than a tour of evil’s spawning ground, conducted by one of its natural predators.He is called “Ghost” because he is so nondescript as to be invisible and because he slays with such reflexive ease that he might be one of the dead.

    Shawn says: "Vachss best character"
    "Great performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Story is engaging, as Andrew Vachss's titles usually are. Phil Gigante delivers a rock solid performance.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    None stands out per se, it is Gigante's voice that is pleasant and gives a good performance of both male and female voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Revenge isn't about blood, it's about letting go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    I've so far read/listened to most of Turow's books, and am glad to say I didn't pass this one up, either. The narrator did an excellent job, catching the nuances perfectly, making it anything but dull to listen to the book. I was sometimes reminded of "Band of Brothers" as regards circumstances described, but this is, of course, no real surprise as Bastogne makes for a big part in both stories/biographies. The added bonus of hearing Turow himself talk about the book proper and his family at the end was a welcome surprise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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