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Chris

I'm a father of four and a husband of one. I am a big fan of The Pendergast series by Preston and Child as well as Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. James Rollins' Sigma Force series is also one that I am always anxious to see. My favorite author of all though is easily Bill Bryson.

LaGrange, Ky, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4360)
    Performance
    (2780)
    Story
    (2811)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "All good but the naration"
    Overall

    The story was really great. I recommend it and all of the Pendergast novels. The naration wasn't up to par with the later novel's though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (2692)
    Story
    (2676)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Get to know the American colonies of 1699"
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    Performance
    Story

    While listening to this excellent book, I got the feeling I was watching the early developement of an American Sherlock Holmes. Matthew Corbett is young, exeedingly clever, and tenacious to a fault. The supporting characters do a wonderful job of completeling the picture if 1699 American back country.

    The plot is well paced and the resoluion is satisfying. Some of the pieces come together a bit too easily in the end; therefore the climax is a bit predictable, but not so much as to lessen the enjoyment of the listen.

    The narrator gets top marks. His reading is fantastic. The next time I'm in search mode for an audiobook I've yet to enjoy, I will definitely look for some of his other readings regaurdless of the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (631)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Laughed out loud...A LOT!"
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    Performance
    Story

    All of Mr. Bryson's offerings are extremely well written and wonderfully educational with splashes of side-splitting humor. This one, while not skimping on the education and craftmanship, lifts the humor to new levels.

    Great book!

    I highly recomend his, "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" where Bryson thrusts his humor into the stratosphere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (478)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Shades of Bradburry"
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about Extraction?

    The tone and mood put me in mind of a Halloween story. The narrator does his usual excellent job and the story manages to capture the esscence of Pendergast wonderfully in such an short tale. Fans of the series will not be dissapointed in the least!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extraction?

    When Pendergast and his father enter the old mansion and discover its gruesomeness.


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

    I have heard all of Mr. Auberjonois's narrations of the Pendergast series and in this short story he continues his great work.


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

    Sometimes the Boogyman is real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1764)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Good, but not great"
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    I am a huge fan of the series. This is definitely one of the weaker books. I am inclined, however, to believe that this sub par book was necessary to set up the finale of the Helen Trilogy. The story was still excellent, but not up to Pendegast standards.

    I view it as a giant trailor for the next book. Looking at it that way makes me salivate in anticipation for the next one. Lots of unanswered questions.

    If you're a fan of the series, it is well worth the credit; even though you'll be slightly let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    The Pendergast novels are extraordinary! This one is probably my favorite stand alone story of the series. It would have been nice to see it in an unabridged version, but nonetheless, it is a fabulous listen! The narrator is excellent.

    A little Sherlock Holmes, a little James Bond, a little Stephen King, a lot of fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1506)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "This ain't Twilight"
    Overall

    This is a totally differnt vampire story than the recently popularized Twilight and 1st blood stuff. These monsters are disturbing in the extreme. The authors go to great lengths the force the reader into imagining one worst case senerio after another. The old Romanian fellow, their take on Van Helsing, is very well constructed and clever. I highly recommend it and will sure get the next book (The Fall) as soon as it hits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (347)

    During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

    Dawitski says: "Another Sigma Force phenomenon"
    "Excellent story...Poor narration."
    Overall

    I'm a huge fan of the Sigma novels. The rest are done by a different narrator who is MUCH MUCH better. The story is well worth it and the narration isn't awful, but it isn't anywhere near the quality of the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (307)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "Very good, but not great."
    Overall

    Being a huge fan of the Sigma force novels, I was a bit dissapointed by this one. Though it is certainly worth the read, it didn't leave me with the "WOW" factor the previous ones did.

    It did a very good job of setting up several possible future plots, so I suppose it may all be worth it.

    This book is much less supernatural than than the previous two. This supernaturalness is what, in my mind, separates Sigma force adventures from James Bond or Jason Bourne sagas.

    But, as I said earlier, it's still a pretty good listen. Well, worth your time. Especially if you're a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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