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John

Fischer, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Gabriel’s Ghost: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows. Gabriel Sullivan alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue is supposed to be dead.

    Paul says: "Gray Fuzzy Soft Laser Pulse Rifle"
    "God-awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't realize this was a romance novel; I thought it was a scifi book. The title of the book could have been "his obsidian eyes" which was the most commonly use phrase in the whole book, and possibly the high point of the verbiage offered. At one point she wanted to rip his clothes off "with her teeth." I simply couldn't listen to the whole book. I'm glad I bought it as a "special" deal for 4.95. I guess that Audible was desperate to sell it. God-awful. I deleted it half-way through, something I never do.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9756)
    Performance
    (6724)
    Story
    (6733)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Too much angst"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a general observation of the whole Dresden series. James Marsters is a superb reader; one of the best. I have enjoyed listening to this series because of him. The introspective soliloquies of Harry Dresden would be terminally boring without Marsters' rendition. The underlying story line is enjoyable and fun, but not seriously good, After all, this is a story about wizards, monsters, fairies, and ghosts. How serious could it be? There are very few Tolkiens. All in all, a flawed work but worth listening too. This is one of those works that are better listened to than read in printed form. I would skip most of the angst stuff, but it isn't too bad because of Marsters' performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2369)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (527)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Good reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Will Patton seems to be the perfect voice for Robicheaux. I spent almost 30 years at LSU and enjoy hearing the place names and being able to say, "Oh yeah, I know that place!" Sometimes he pronounces the place names differently than I do, but I'm not sure that my way is the correct way. I like the characters and I especially enjoy the descriptive prose that Burke uses. I would rather listen to the Robicheaux books than read them, and I am definitely a reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1637)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Terrible reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reader/performer used such inappropriate inflection and phrasing that she was really annoying to listen to. I very nearly deleted the book before I heard it all. She apparently didn't have any feel for the story she was reading. The main character was annoying also, and rather poorly drawn, in my opinion. No more Janet Evanovitch for me and I will try to avoid any books narrated by C.J. Critt.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2814)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1627)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Exellent story, excellently read."
    Overall

    For me, a great book sux if it is poorly read. A mediocre book comes alive if it is well read. In this case, a pretty good book is read very well indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War After Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Michael Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Shocking scenes of battle, unforgettable soldiers, heartbreaking betrayals. In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land. The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Not an easy listen, but well worth it"
    "How bad can it get?"
    Overall

    Terrible. First, the narrator is absolutely awful. He reads each word independently of context, as if it weren't part of a phrase. He is reading words--not a story. The story itself is sophomoric but much better than the narration. I actually stopped listening and deleted it before I heard the whole book, and that is something I never do. Don't buy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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