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  • Cry Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michel Russell
    • Narrated By Peregrine Muir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    A handsome 30-year-old gay Brit returns from over 10 years in the US, where he became an award-winning fashion designer with a top fashion house. Scott Farrell has left behind his lover, a famous porn star, to spend Christmas with his lesbian friends in dear old Plymouth, a place that will never, ever, be the same!

    Albert says: "This is not audio entertainment"
    "This is not audio entertainment"
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    The story is odd, but I couldn't get past the narrator. Usually I can handle a wide range of narrators, but this fellow sounded like he was giving his first oral report in front of a class of bullies. At times I thought he was going to cry, and the sound of pages turning didn't help either.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2679)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Was that Peter Griffin, the Family Guy??"
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    What did you like best about Zombie Fallout? What did you like least?

    The story had some interesting moments, though few and far between. The narrator was more a cartoon character than the tough, razor sharp ex-marine, but the text didn't give him much to work with either. The characters were annoying as hell, from the gluttonous Tommy to the ever-bitching wife to Talbot himself, who seemed more concerned about 'being a real man' in lame stereotypical fashion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending really left me wondering if the story had ended or the author was on a break. It didn't strike me as a good lead in to a second book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator detracted from the book by narrating it. His voice and style would be awesome on other types of books, but he seemed to make the frustrating writing style even more frustrating. The endless side-tracking and waffling on about nothing were made all the worse by the narrator's delivery. Every time he took on the persona of Tommy, I found myself retching and feeling queasy. Not how I want to feel when listening to an audiobook.


    Could you see Zombie Fallout being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Never make it a movie! You would have to resurrect (zombify?) John Candy to play Tommy, Margaret Hamilton (of Wicked Witch fame) to play Tracey the wife, and include an animation (ie, Peter Griffin) to take on the lead role. While some might find that fun, I wouldn't buy a ticket or set the PVR to record the series.


    Any additional comments?

    The views expressed above are my own. I know that other listeners enjoyed all aspects of the series and that is a good thing. Mark Tufo and Sean Runnette are providing services that a segment of the audience finds entertaining and they should be thanked. There is room in the world for all artists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hired Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jan Irving
    • Narrated By Erik Braa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Reverend Ian Kenyon knows the harsh sting of life and how a man can suffer a loss of faith. The death of his wife and son shook him to his foundations, and he's been drifting ever since. Bryn Morgan has returned home from prison to the only family he has—an abusive father. Reluctantly moved by Bryn's plight, Ian hires the young man to work on his farm. Soon Ian fears his growing feelings of grace and compassion might be something else, something more... heated.

    L. Hew says: "Surprisingly amazing"
    "Pointless garbage"
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    Would you try another book from Jan Irving and/or Erik Braa?

    Nope. Total nonsense.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jan Irving again?

    Nope. Waste of time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By not doing it?


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

    Anger, sadness, and disappointment that I actually spent money and time on it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this audiobook!

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • We Know

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Nick Horrigan thinks he has his life back on track after a mysterious, traumatic incident that occurred just before his eighteenth birthday. He has forgotten about his past and lives contentedly in L.A. That is, until a SWAT team descend from a Black Hawk helicopter and smash their way into his small apartment. With spotlights blazing in the sky, they tell him that a terrorist has penetrated a nuclear power station and is threatening to blow it up. But before he does that he has demanded to speak to Nick....

    Albert says: "I liked it; I didn't like it."
    "I liked it; I didn't like it."
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    Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Jeff Harding?

    Hurwitz is an accomplished writer, so I would read other books of his. Jeff Harding is one of my favourite narrators and was the reason I bought this one.


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

    There were no surprises or amazing twists. It needed more opportunities for the listener to get excited about guessing and being drawn into the story.


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

    I love Jeff Harding's narrations normally, but even he could not pull this one out of the mire.


    Could you see We Know being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's too predictable for either medium. If it were, NOT Tom Cruise. (I'm still mad that he is playing Jack Reacher!!)


    Any additional comments?

    A very mediocre story that took me several attempts to finish. I wouldn't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Barriers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered. Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are... ghouls.

    Mike Naka says: "much better than expected"
    "Kept me listening."
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    What did you love best about Beyond the Barriers?

    Most of the content was written in a manner that would allow readers to see themselves as part of the story. I thought Christian Rummel's narration was consistent and very easy listening. It's always hard to have a male reading female parts, but I thought he did very well.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It left me wanting more. Hope a sequel is arriving soon!


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

    His vocalization was excellent and was easier to listen to it as a journal or diary.


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

    Envy isn't the only green eyed monster.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book. Zombie books, like all genres, fall into similar storylines. there were enough variations to keep me interested.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2233)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Pointless"
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    I have read the book and I have seen the movie. Being a lifelong lover of literature of all genres and a teacher of literature as well, I can see art in most work. I looked, but I could not find it here. Yes, it's grim, dark, monochromatic and all the other adjectives that people have use to describe it. However, there's not much more to it than that. True, I'm not the one handing out the awards (fortunately for Mr. McCarthy), but this is my opinion: it's a lot of to do about nothing. I know some of you will be astounded that I didn't love it as, apparently, I had to. I was just as astounded by the number of people who found it compelling and spellbinding. To each his own. It was read well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "Puh-leeeeze!"
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    I've only just started this epic tale and have only one complaint to address at this time. Scott Brick is a great narrator, but really? "Your 'Oliness"????? Australians do not speak with a Cockney accent! A linguist who grew up in Australia would not speak like she had just finished a run in "My Fair Lady." This and this alone might keep me from continuing to trudge through this poor cousin of Mr. Brown's Code. Aaargggghhh!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hinterland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Max McCoy
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    What would domestic terrorists do with a couple of nuclear bombs? Andy Kelsey is a reporter who may have just stumbled on the story of a lifetime. He’s infiltrated a white separatist group in the Ozarks, an underground organization ready to fight and die—and kill—for their extreme beliefs. The deeper Kelsey gets in the group, the more he’s trusted, and the bigger his story becomes.

    Albert says: "Awful narration"
    "Awful narration"
    Overall

    This is an early review as I'm not sure I'll be able to last through the entire novel. Seems to be a great tale but OMG, Cameron Beierle reads word for word like a twelve year old reading aloud. No conversational or real feeling to it. The constant A as in age and THE as THEE is most annoying. I hope it gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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