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Lex

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  • The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hallgrimur Helgason
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšic, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik disguised as American televangelist Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops, this country with absolutely no tradition for contract killing, he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future, to tragicomic effect.

    Jason says: "Funny moments but mostly a snore"
    "Wish this had been on a hit list..."
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    What would have made The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning better?

    Perhaps anything redeaming or exceptional about this hitman... A better run down on the events that caused him to run... Less naval gazing from a contract killer... Don't want to spoil anything, but there isn't really any reason for him to be a hitman.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Fantasy and economics books I've been wanting to get to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapters were good, until the author decided we needed a really odd and completely misplaced flashback sequence.


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

    Bordom, it was a strugle to get through this short book. If it had been a two parter I probably wouldn't have finished.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great, well acted even if the accent was a bit thick.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    Overall
    (1731)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (962)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Narrator is fine, not perfect, but fine."
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    Narration is fine... different, but not horrible... not nearly so bad as some of the short story butchers I've heard or the Dresden's ghost edition.

    Though, seriously... would it be such a huge pain to get someone who's actually heard some of the non-standard words and names pronounced in earlier editions at the recording? This is quite possibly the most annoying thing about the narration switch ups.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mating Call

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Emily Ryan-Davis
    • Narrated By Isabella Smith
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Cora Phillips has witchcraft in her blood, but she’s convinced she inherited the recessive rather than the dominant trait. Her mother and sister are the real heiresses to the Lune tradition; Cora has neither the interest nor the inclination to take up the Dragonkeeper mantle. Years ago, she left the New York City Witch lifestyle to the other women in her family, and said goodbye to all the velvet and lace.

    Visa says: "A very hard listen"
    "Only a 3 hour book, and honestly couldn't make it"
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    What would have made Mating Call better?

    A better director, the narrator has a solid voice and fits the lead, and I'm fairly certain people can't talk for 2 hours straight without a breath.

    It's a romance novel, people are not buying it to get it done quickly, so why the insane rush? Seriously, I think every pause and break for puncuation was removed.


    What was most disappointing about Emily Ryan-Davis’s story?

    It's sub-par in the fantasy genere, 2 hours in and their is little mystery to it, ecept the parts her family won't tell her even as they insist on her embracing some heritage.


    What didn’t you like about Isabella Smith’s performance?

    If I'd heard it, I'd tell you... having not heard her before (this is the only audible title with her preforming) I can't say if it's her or the post-production... but either she's a freak who doesn't have to breath... or someone butchered her preformance in post-work. I'm going with the latter.


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

    Blah...


    Any additional comments?

    It's a cheap book, with cheap production quality, but it seems odd to me... since I can't see this being made for CD release, cutting down the time to play is really odd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4861)
    Performance
    (4079)
    Story
    (4078)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Narration was good, but flat"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Since I've listened to all the preceding chapters and I'm looking forward to the next, I guess it was... but this was the most painful to get through.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narration... John Glover is not bad, his voice is easy to listen to and he speaks with a good cadiance... but his lack of range changed a lot of voices to something very different. Harry's god mother is a perfect example, turning her from temptress to banshie changes the the story quite a bit. Also a lot of the


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

    Marsters


    Any additional comments?

    I'm borderline one if I'd actually recomend this to a fan of the series, you wouldn't miss much in the series development... The narration change kills any feeling of universe within the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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