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James M. Hussey

I seem to be a verb.

Portland, OR | Member Since 2010

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  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1587)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    D says: "Odd Once Again"
    "This was better than the last couple of Odd Thomas"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deeply Odd the most enjoyable?

    Familiar character, familiar narrator made it like returning to a familiar, pleasant place. The new character was quite fun, the turns of the story delightfully dark.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the limo-racing, pistol-packin' elderly Mrs. Fischer and Odd's insistance on being polite when everyone was encouraging him to be more personal. "call me Edie, dear" - "Yes, ma'am".


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Koontz can paint some delightful pictures with his words. He, perhaps, over does this at times, but I delight in a playful turn of phrase.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope. Same narrator as before and a familiar friend. To hear another narrator read would be a shock. David Aaron Baker IS Odd Thomas.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleased as punch with this visit to Oddworld.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2198)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1587)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Thought provoking"
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    Where does Calculating God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High up. Bringing up lots of questions and possible answers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise of an intelligence influencing the universe and finding the evidence for that theory. That and the alien's that aren't so different from us. I liked aliens that are not stereotypically attacking us or unable to communicate with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting the spider-like alien at the museum. The protagonist, the professor, was delightful. And how he dealt with his boss, and avoided the politics.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The realization of the pattern of destruction and recreation. That moment of realizing that there appeared to be scientific evidence of intelligence running the universe.


    Any additional comments?

    There was no religious or faith based agenda. Just the premise that, at some time, we might discover an intelligence at work in the background. I found that fascinating. Sawyer was reminding us that we have theories and that more knowledge always seems to shoot holes in out theories and beliefs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (2010)
    Story
    (2013)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Scalzi at his best!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) to be better than the print version?

    I'm a fan of Wil's narration and watch for his work. I prefer an audio version. The history supplement, using multiple voices, was quite effective


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great premise and well executed. I liked the history piece as an epilogue, explaining the development of the disease. Liked the focus on a mystery, with the disease as a backdrop.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil does sarcasm delightfully.


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

    No book is. I listen while I drive, and while walking the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    Very realistic and believable problem and interesting premise. I can see a movie idea here. Liked the dialogue with the FBI partners. Some interesting philosophical considerations about not having bodily needs.

    Remembering Surrogates, the movie with Bruce Willis, as what might happen next with this "threep" technology.

    Fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exo

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be - sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.

    Conrad says: "Ahhh, I love space stuff and teleportation."
    "What is the point?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Knowing there is a purpose to all this detail about space suits, appogeys and satelites. Having an antagonist.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Gould’s story?

    In previous Jumper books there is the evil enemy, and the need for secrecy. All that seems to have flown the coop. There is no mystery yet. I've confident that Cent will end up forgiving Joe and they will get back together. Until they do there is this adolescent angst. Sigh.Note: I'm just over 1/2 way through the book, and continue to listen, but with 1/2 an ear, as it is tedious at times. I miss the conflict, the threat of danger.


    What three words best describe Emily Rankin’s voice?

    Rankin is doing a fine job. No issue with her.


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

    The fantasy of teleportation is fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Teleportation is a novel way to solve problems. Just wish there were more problems to solve. I will continue to listen, being an optimist, but this is the least of the Jumper series.Steven, what is your goal here? It reads like a high school physics text at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10917)
    Performance
    (9853)
    Story
    (9944)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Avoid this in audio. I regretted this one."
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    What would have made Inferno better?

    The story takes up less than a third of the writing. There was way, way, WAY too much architectural description, historical trivia and useless drivel for my taste. If I had been reading, I could have skipped it, but thats not easily possible in audio.

    I can't be certain if my annoyance at the drivel described above made me more sensitive, or not, but I found some of the internal dialog annoying. When characters talked to themselves, and it seemed to happen quite a bit, it seldom seemed relevant. If fact, redundant. Annoying.


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but perhaps I'll approach Brown with more caution.


    Did Paul Michael do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The reader was quite satisfactory. I had no difficulty with the narration.


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

    The theme of the book, overpopulation, and some of the ideas presented, were interesting. I found myself somewhat interested in wanting to read Dante's Divine Comedy, even though I heard too much about it in the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (401)

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "Short but gripping - a different Michael Connelly"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; great story, with surprises you don't expect from the Detective Bosh, Lincoln Lawyer author. Pleasantly surprised. Its short, and good.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2361)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1898)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "interesting but slightly misleading"
    Overall

    The author carries the story, but doesn't have a strong direction to follow. The stories he tells are interesting but without a clear story line I was left slightly disappointed. The idea of the Psychopath test was evocative but I'm left wondering what Jon actually learned. Is there validity for the test? Does psychiatry have a place in assessing men and women of power? I didn't get any answers, just some entertainment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1023)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "A nice change"
    Overall

    No Lucas Davenport this time, but the same great writing and character development. A peripheral character in the Prey series, Virgil Flowers is developed as a savey and persistent detective in this latest contribution from Sandford.

    By having Virgil as the protagonist, Sandford gets to add some sexual tension. He is a bachelor so he gets to do more than flirt. But can Virgil trust his instincts?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching, selected excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Byron Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is an audiobook that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who lives what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.

    Deb G. says: "Katie - Another Name for Joy"
    "walking the talk of Now"
    Overall

    Byron Katie has given us two books about her "Work." With them she shows how to question thoughts and beliefs and encourages us to break free of the grip of the thinking mind and live in the present moment.

    With her new book she uses the Tao Te Ching to share her path of discovery, as well as how she is present. It is an amazing glimse into the mind of a clear presence.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (387)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "An amazing mind twist!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the thought provoking premise of this story. I delighted in the narrative and constantly wondered where it was heading. The end was just a tad disappointing but I'm not sure where else the author could have gone. A touching, clever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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