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B. Riddick

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  • An Apple for the Creature

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor)
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares - taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter - will pale in comparison to these 13 original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

    Edward says: "Another good collection from charlaine Harris"
    "If you've made it to this one...."
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    Where does An Apple for the Creature rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't think it is fair to rate against ALL the Audio Books I have read. I have been an Audible member for 13 years and I have a LOT of books in my library.

    Where it rates among the Short Story Urban Fantasy compilations I have read.... I'd say about 5th. Not the worst but honestly not the best. I like Urban Fantasy but only in short story format. I tried reading a full Jim Butcher novel and kept skipping ahead.

    Kelner and Harris are good Editors, but if you want the best collection, choose one that was edited by George RR Martin


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charlaine Harris (editor) and Toni L. P. Kelner (editor) ? Why or why not?

    Sure, again. I have developed a liking for Urban Fantasy Short Stories.


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

    You'll never learn like this again....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (677)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Terrible story, don't blame the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Catherine Taber?

    I may never buy another Grisham book again. This was so formulaic that my brain ended the book 4 hours before the poor narrator. Please try not to blame Catherine Taber. I'm not sure she wasn't fed up by the end


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    What wasn't wrong with this story. Grisham had informed us that coal regulation is slipshod and practically in the pocket of big coal...gasp!!! Say it ain't so!! This story is almost an amalgam of every other Grisham book but with none of the drama. And the end is as close to Deus Ex Machina as possible outside the science fiction genre


    What three words best describe Catherine Taber’s performance?

    Could've been worse


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I've learned through this book that John Grisham doesn't have it anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously save your money/credit. The only reason this got 2 stars is because I averaged 1 star for the story with 3 for the narrator. Poor woman didn't deserve to be treated like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Taliaferro
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

    IRP says: "Great Historical Biography- Well Read"
    "Haven't finished it yet It's a LONG Life...."
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    What did you like best about All the Great Prizes? What did you like least?

    Well the most enjoyable thing was the investigation of an interesting man with a long and quite historic life. John Hay was a part of some of the most important events in US History and his place in those events makes for an interesting read. There is a little too much speculation in this book for my biographical tastes, but given how many of Hay's letters didn't survive I guess that's understandable

    What I liked least is that by the time Mr. Hay became Secretary of State to Roosevelt, I'd just had enough of hearing about his unrequited love, his friendship with Adams, his treatment of his family. It makes John Hay VERY human, which I appreciate. But he was Human for a LONG time.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Taliaferro before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first one. As a biographer, I'll say this much....he's thorough


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this was a movie it'd likely be on HBO or PBS like the Adams documentary so I'd likely see it when it came to Nexiq


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Depravity: A Narrative of 16 Serial Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Harvey Rosenfeld
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Their crimes span the globe, but one thing unites them: They are 16 of the 20th century’s most notorious serial killers. In this well-researched volume, discover their motives and what made them tick. Walk the path of the investigators who broke their cases and listen to the killers’ own words. All of them made their communities tremble in fear.

    B. Riddick says: "If you enjoy books about Serial Crime....Skip this"
    "If you enjoy books about Serial Crime....Skip this"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is just badly written. I have read most of the sources which the author quotes, (Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Whoever Fights Monsters, everything by BSU leaders Russ Vorpagel, Robert Ressler, John Douglas) as well as a great deal of the professional literature and I was actually offended by the use of these works as sources for this dull, incomplete, and poorly written (timelines are wrong etc.) narrative


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harvey Rosenfeld again?

    I seriously doubt it. This man is an English Professor and has no Psychological or Criminal Justice credentials that I can find. He talks about the rise of the commercialism of serial murder in the US in the 1990's and all I can say is he speaks from experience since this book was written not to enlighten, but to cash in on a certain genre.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine, it's hard because when a narrator is given garbage, it's sometimes easier for your mind to blame the voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger....that I wasted a credit on it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor. Don't buy this book. You are better off reading Ann Rule (and I don't say that lightly)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (320)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "This aint your kid's Thor Anymore...."
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    Where does The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the fact that these haven't disappeared from my library like some other books have. Douglas Adams wasn't only a brilliant writer but is a brilliant reader as well. I definitely prefer the Holistic Detective Agency to Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. But it's still Adams, so what's not to love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?

    The Scene in the Coffee shop


    What about Douglas Adams’s performance did you like?

    I love listening to Adams read. There are great narrators in the Audio world, but Adams (like Gaiman) is one of the few Authors who you HOPE are reading the book that they wrote because the love of their characters and their stories come through so well in the telling.


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

    I always want to listen to anything written and read by Adams in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

    B. Riddick says: "Okay....but not 20 hours and not Deaver's best"
    "Okay....but not 20 hours and not Deaver's best"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the fact that Deaver wrote a novel specifically for Katherine Dance, but warning those of you who chose books for length and author, this book is about 12 hours long with an abridged copy of "The Blue Nowhere" tacked onto the end as "part 3".
    Don't get me wrong, "The Blue Nowehere" was a good book and it shows a progression in computers but a.) I hate abridged books and b.) When I am going on a trip I sometimes choose a book from my wishlist based as much on length as on topic or author. Shame on you audible for at least not warning me.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Advocates

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael S. Lief, H. Mitchell Caldwell
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    The Devil's Advocates shows us the crimes and trials that have captivated the public, cases that illuminate the underlying principles of the American criminal-justice system.

    B. Riddick says: "Excellent Book even if you aren't a lawyer"
    "Excellent Book even if you aren't a lawyer"
    Overall

    I am neither a lawyer nor do I work in the legal profession, however, I found this book to be an excellent compendium of some VERY important cases in 200 years of American Law.
    Darrow's comments on racism were (sadly) 40 years ahead of their time. And the closing from the Ruby Ridge case was excellent. The arguments that took place during Miranda proved to me that the Warren Court was just looking for a case to use as a way to make law. Listen to this book and you will not only learn about some great criminal case decisions, but sociology and history as well. I wish the other 2 in the series were available on Audible.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "Really Bad for Brad - Brick remains brilliant"
    Overall

    You know, I think this is only my third review ever after 7 years as an Audible Member. But I just couldn't let this one go without comment.
    Brad Metzler's "Book of Lies" is to the "Book of Fate" what Dan Brown's "Deception Point" is to "The DaVinci Code".
    Not only does the listener have to stumble along with poor Scott as he reads through this morass, he has to keep stumbling hoping there is a point to this book somewhere.
    As a side note to Mr. Metzler, crab-apple trees do not bear fruit in winter in Cleveland.....I know this for a fact as I lived there most of my life....I know it is a small point but man it stuck in my craw.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By David Kushner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

    Glenn says: "A nut flush"
    "Liberal storytelling at it's worst"
    Overall

    The book is okay as far as stories like this go. Some of the transitions and resolutions of events could have been better told, but if that is how it happened, then that history is probably the truth. What REALLY ANNOYED me about this book (and why it gets it's 1 star rating) is that Dave Williams was the winner of the $3.5 Million at the WSOP, and John Finkel had NOTHING to do with it.
    John and Dave are both Magic: The Gathering players in 2000. That's the similarity and the connection, they didn't play together "for years" and Finkel didn't teach Williams to play Magic. It's like giving Jason Schmidt credit for Barry Bonds hitting 73 Home Runs in 2001, (both players were in the same sport "baseball" and on the same team that year)
    I guess I just find it disappointing that this book was so misleading from the outset. I do not recommend it for the same reason I would not recommend only reading 1 side of any history....it's (at best) biased, and at worst, lying.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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