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Chris

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  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "I'm serious when I say you HAVE to listen to this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Good Dog the most enjoyable?

    I loved the fact that the story is narrated from the human and dog perspective. Great having to narrators. The dog had such a great personality and seemed very real to understand his thoughts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chance, the dog. I love dogs and understood his explanation of how he interpreted things.


    What about Fred Berman and Christina Delaine ’s performance did you like?

    I think the narrators names are confusing. Pretty sure both narrators where guys. But either way, they were both great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ok, i'll admit it. I got totally emotionally hoked on this one. The author did an amazing job of taking you on a journey that was full of highs and lows. I'm not afraid to admit as a grown man and truck driver, this did bring a tear to my eye. The message within the book is something everybody could learn from. It shows humanity at its worst and its best. A true book for dog lovers no matter who you are.


    Any additional comments?

    I guarantee, that if you listen to this, you will not be disappointed. Once I started listening to this I literally could not stop.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Thirst: The Arcadian Conflict, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Teppo
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Earth is dying. Humanity - over-breeding, over-consuming - is destroying the very planet they call home. Multinational corporations despoil the environment, market genetically modified crops to control the food supply, and use their wealth and influence and private armies to crush anything, and anyone, that gets in the way of their profits. Nothing human can stop them. But something unhuman might. Once they did not fear the sun. Once they could breathe the air and sleep where they chose.

    Chris says: "couldn't even get to chapter 6. boring!"
    "couldn't even get to chapter 6. boring!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Can't stand the style of writing or possible plot. Gave up listening. Terrible book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    Old Man Parker says: "Dig the Movie? LOVE the Audio Book!"
    "372.13% better than the movie"
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    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with the movie, get the Audio book. Well worth it if you feel like a bit of Sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

    Michael says: "I thought this was fiction"
    "Scary how much of this coming true now days"
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    Any additional comments?

    Got on to this book after all the hype surrounding the NSA spying on everybody. Seems this Author had time traveled and gives us a very clear idea of what we can expect if we continue to allow governments to get away with this blatant abuse of power. I highly recommend this book to everybody in order to educate yourself on what tricks governments do to brainwash us. Its a book of fiction but sadly mirrors lots of what is happening today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Alan says: "Tops"
    "Nothing has beat this book yet in my library."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book and the following sequels. I usually pass these type of books up as not interested in the main topic (vampires). However this is not your ordinary vampire story. This puts an entirely new spin on vampires to the point of which they probably would be if ever real. Excellent characters and the book spans generations with some interesting outcomes.


    What other book might you compare The Passage to and why?

    The Remaining by D.J. Molles. Also worth a read. Not vampires but Zombies. Again, not a topic I usually listen too, but both of these Authors have come up with a unique portrayal of them. Very gripping.


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

    Yes, Scott Brick is a great Narrator and is how I got onto this. I often search for books based on others I have listened to by the same narrator. He is very good.


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

    Impossible, this book and the series are very long, but if I didn't need to eat, sleep and work I probably would have listened to it all in one go.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the topic of vampires put you off. Trust me, they're not vampires its not even close to vampires and thank god is absolutely nothing like twilight. This book is worth a read and would make an excellent mini series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1240)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Very good. Hard to stop listening."
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    If you could sum up The Remaining in three words, what would they be?

    Must Read This


    What other book might you compare The Remaining to and why?

    I compare this somewhat to The Passage by Justin Cronin which is a series I also highly recommend. The Passage is very similar in the way it is the end of all humanity by humans who also become infected by a virus although the Passage ends up being vampires not Zombies. The Vampire thing put me off to begin with but they are very weird and not like any other portrayal of them ever published. I like the similarity between these two books, hence why I got the recommendation to read this one. And it is pretty good.


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

    He really makes this book enjoyable. Excellent voices for the different characters and even acts out things like noises of pain etc during any combat scenes. Very good narrator would certainly listen to others he has done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Was sad during one part (won't spoil it here), but you will know if you listen to it. The part where he (the main character, Lee) is most sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Little disappointed the author didn't portray Lee as a more hardened Special Forces type of soldier. Would be good if he was more lethal and harder to beat down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4R2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

    Fredrik Pettersen says: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
    "The most annoying and boring read ever."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody who is deaf would probably enjoy listening to this. Then again I am sure they would be happy to hear anything.


    What could Joe Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have somebody else write it with different plot and certainly a different narrator too.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Mulgrew’s performance?

    I couldn't bare listening to her whining on any more. Fingernails down a chalk board would be easier to listen to.


    What character would you cut from NOS4R2?

    All characters should be removed.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, so this one just wasn't for me. Wouldn't mind a refund but have a feeling that feature is now missing from the website. Nice one am Amazon, look at how much I spend with you.

    I will sum up this book as... Well I can't really post what I want to say here. But compared to my massive library of audible books, this is certainly the worst so far.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4784)
    Performance
    (1903)
    Story
    (1899)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    Where does The Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books I have listened to so far. Very long, but gripping the entire time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harvey Torretti, really liked his casual style and could just imagine guys really being like him following the war. He was a no nonsense character that always came through.


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

    Yes, I have. And he is really good. Often when I find a good narrator I will listen to other books they have narrated. 9 times out of 10 I find another winning series of books to listen to.


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

    This would only spoil the novel for anybody listening to it. So no comment, but there is one part which is very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. You have to listen this one. I believe this should fit in the category of books that are a must read. I have since ordered the DVD mini series based on this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Alex Cross: Alex Cross, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Tim Cain, Michael Gervais
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

    Lia says: "good listen"
    "BORING! Waste of money"
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    What would have made I, Alex Cross better?

    Too slow to get going. Narrator was useless, hard to tell who was who. Never finished the book just couldn't get into it. I think after having listened to Michael Connelly's and Lee Child's books I now have high expectations of other authors. Really tried to get into this, but started to fall asleep. Far to slow. I wish Michael Connelly had more I could listen too but have got them all already.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but James Patterson.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator could have used a better variation of voices. Seemed a bit mono tone for me.


    What character would you cut from I, Alex Cross?

    Alex Cross. Get rid of him. Boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Annoyed. I was hoping this author would have given me another series to get into. But alas, too slow for me. shame,.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Brandon
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defense lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house.

    PAOLO says: "Master orchestration of Connelly's best characters"
    "Brilliant. Must read."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Reversal the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Micky works as a prosecutor for a change. Good to see him working for the good guys.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Micky closely followed by Bosch. Good to see both my favorite characters in the same book.


    What about Michael Brandon’s performance did you like?

    Great narration, good diversity of voices etc.


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

    Not really. I am a bloke, we don't get moved by stories. Not these types anyway. Its not a love story after all.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep em' coming Connolly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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