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Brea, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (40)

    Eleven stories including “The Speckled Band”, “The Man with the Twisted Lip” and “The Blue Carbuncle.”

    danny lawrence says: "Hard to go wrong with Sherlock Holmes & Dr Watson"
    "Great Addition to the Audiobook Lineup"
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    Where does The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top thirty percent, easily. Well written, varied, and great performance from Patrick Tull, as always.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock floats to the top, but always with the support of Watson


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

    Patrick Tull rates at the top of my list of narrators, hands down. His performance from the Master and Commander series will be the standard by which I measure all other writer/ narrator combinations. Patrick Tull brings each character to life as only he can.


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

    The way it was broken up into stories makes it easy to listen to a story, take a break, and start afresh when schedule permits.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the purchase and a fun ride. Fans of Holmes will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Empty House

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Simon Guerrier
    • Narrated By Raquel Cassidy
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Thrown off course by a howling storm, the TARDIS lands in a bleak, desolate stretch of countryside. The Doctor deduces that it has arrived in Hampshire in the 1920s and, sniffing the air, he smells a distinct odour of sulphur - indicating that a spaceship has crashed in the area. While Rory goes to fetch an umbrella, Amy and the Doctor brave the rain to find the stricken craft. It is huge, shiny, silvery-blue - and completely empty. A set of footprints leads to a cosy-looking, old-fashioned cottage: but the house, too, is deserted.

    Marie says: "Too good but too short"
    "Empty Calories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Doctor Who: The Empty House?

    Truly a zero of a story. Revolving around the characters being on different planes and a forced sense of urgency with no threat. Good performance with no story.


    Has Doctor Who: The Empty House turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not everything can be gold, I appreciate other quality books all the more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one scene stands out


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Doctor Who: The Empty House?

    Not cut, added a creature in their bubble to add a sense of danger.


    Any additional comments?

    I would spend credits on alternate Dr WHO books, this would be a last resort

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (165)

    The record-breaking, chart-topping comedy phenomenon returns for a fifth season - all four episodes are here as a single download. Ricky Gervais, of course, is the award-winning co-creator and star of The Office (upon which the current NBC hit series is based) and HBO's Extras. Steve Merchant, who also stars in Extras, is his long-time creative partner. Karl is a pile of protoplasm that mimics the functions of a human being.

    Jiayun says: "Love it!"
    "A Formula That Works"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season the most enjoyable?

    I was smiling most of the time as I listened, and laughing every episode.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bite sized snippets, moved all over the road


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stories involving animals take them to places you would not expect, but are thankful they did.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Belly laughs during traffic, that always help the commute!


    Any additional comments?

    The don't deviate from the formula from episode to episode, but that is not a bad thing. They found what works and stick with it. I've enjoyed most things Ricky and his crew have put together and this podcast just strengthens my affection toward the products.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (811)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "The enemy of Good, is Better"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Full Cast Recording?

    I would jump at another Full Cast Recording, it was a stellar job in bringing the book to life as well as the welcome addition of a few sound effects that enhanced the experience. Orson Card has a very specific voice, and when he brings his style to a genre, you're either a fan, or not so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stefan Rudnicki has always sounded like a congested rabbi when he reads a book, but I will say I very much enjoyed him as part of a cast. Well done!


    Any additional comments?

    Card added a few things here and there to "make this the best version of the book". As a book, I encourage people to read the kindle version first. As an e-book, please believe me that there is a reason it will give you a better experience than a hard copy. It also reads better in people's heads as they are exposed to these brilliant children and their oddly inconsistent dialogue. They are children, so there are the usual fart jokes, as well as geniuses, so their thought process is agreeable. I think Card did a disservice by holding a reader's hand a little too much and spelling things out in a key conversation between Ender and a teacher. In what was originally a beautiful twist and roller coaster type climax, his additions completely neutered the wow factor and limped across the finish line. I would not return to this book for fun, and I can only really recommend the sections of battle school and command school, the ending, at least in this version, I can almost skip entirely. Kindle this book first!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4702)
    Performance
    (4361)
    Story
    (4361)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "One of the strongest titles in the series"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Fast. Nuanced. Compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    No spoilers here, but this book allows Dresden to come into his own at moments instead of just on the defensive end of things. Some character growth a long time coming, and worth the wait.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marsters is Dresden. I listen to these books because the marriage of Dresden and Marsters brings things to a new level. It is a performance without being overwhelming, and the moments that need that extra punch, it is always delivered. I wish Marsters had more audio books under his belt!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely laugh out loud moments in this book, some from the dialogue, some from the great performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the wait, and probably one of the top three titles in the series if not top. Glad I spent the credit on the book, it was long enough to keep me entertained for a few days, and some great closure at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for which I Should Be Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mike Medavoy, Josh Young
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, remained loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. He helped bring to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time, including Apocalypse Now, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle.

    Richard says: "Not Great, Quite Good, No need to Shoot"
    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain..."
    Overall

    A wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most prolific producers in movie history that feels like an honest genuflection upon the oftentimes good, and occasionally regretful, decisions made in an industry renown for its ability to deceive itself. Many books of this kind contain a significant amount of revisionist history that requires a healthy dose of salt during consumption. This book manages to tell a series of stories that allows a reader to understand the events disclosed within its pages are from one source who can only tell one side. It attempts to be both fair and entertaining from cover to cover, and that effort is appreciated. Moments of repetition pass quickly enough since they often lead into another chapter within his life, and some of those scenes revealed are laugh out loud entertaining. Touching to a degree, this book was a read I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cinema history, or autobiographies in general. A great addition to any library!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2051)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    ""Classic" is a generous label"
    Overall

    I genuinely enjoyed the narrator and his ability to bring such life to these rather uninspiring characters, and convey a tension in the most pedestrian of interactions, and that may be enough for you in a book. I, however, did not feel the author was able to bring that level of realism to this story to fully bring me to the point where I could either sympathize with the characters or even root for them. The constant reiteration of Big Brother and its evils began to feel like a crutch as the story progressed, almost used as a substitution for actual events to illustrate this point. The writing style is at once beautiful and tragic in that the unrealized potential of this book is heartbreaking. So close to deserving the label "Classic", and not quite able to attain it. This is only my personal opinion, and there are those who will find this book more than adequate. I am just not one of those people.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Confidential Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Trusted by no one, trusting nobody, the Confidential Agent is sent to England. But before his mission has barely begun, he comes face to face with an agent from the other side. As the car he is driving is run down in the fog, a thought strikes him: "It isn't probable - not in England, but it seems to be true, nonetheless - they're going to kill me."

    connie says: "approach it as a fable"
    "An unexpected treasure"
    Overall

    I had read the reviews, and was unfamiliar with the author when I decided to purchase the book. I am truly glad I did! Patrick Tull is untouchable as a narrator and his ability to impress a unique personality and breath life into an entire cast of characters is in full effect here. A touching story told by a main character who must continue after his own personal tragedies during a time of war that manages to be at once felt and experienced through these words. You will enjoy this story as it unfolds in a series of experiences, and feel all the richer by the last page. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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