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Townsend

Pearland, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 15 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 948 titles in library
  • 171 purchased in 2014
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  • Plugged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    Townsend says: "An Irish Chili Palmer"
    "An Irish Chili Palmer"
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    To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to Daniel McEvoy, the -- dare I say "hero"? -- of Plugged. Daniel is a cross between Chili Palmer of "Get Shorty" and some sort of comic book Ninja (anybody old enough to remember Remo Williams?) But he IS funny. Boy, is he funny. There are about half a dozen plot lines, skillfully interwoven, with at least that many characters I want to get to know better. The Jewish doctor living in Daniel's head is a hoot, and Daniel's military shrink alone is worth the price of the book.

    And then, there's the narrator. Who is this John Keating guy? Why haven't I listened to 47 other things he's narrated? He catches exactly the right tone for each chacracter.

    NOTE: I read a lot of YA fiction, and as a retired teacher of precocious adolescents, I love the Artemis Fowl books. This is NOT an Artemis Fowl book. Middle school librarians, be warned.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1656)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Good book, lousy narration"
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    Excellent world-building, engaging characters, really well-written. What is real? What is illusion? Who's in charge here?

    Unfortunately, the narration is truly awful. When the narrator reads in her natural voice, it is merely unappealing. When she tries to do "voices", it is so grating I could barely stand it. If I hadn't really really liked the story, I'd have dumped it half-way through. I seriously considered spending a credit on the other audio edition to see if that narrator was better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1056)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Koontz continues to surprise and delight listeners"
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    How to describe the excellence of Dean Koontz's writing: he is the only author I know of who can use the word "susurration" convincingly.

    Part mystery, part thriller, lots of supernatural weirdness, but without the overdone blood and gore that pervades so much of contemporary fiction. The villains are scary personifications of evil, and the two main characters are charming and endearing.

    The author's Cathoic faith is increasingly evident as the plot progresses. As a protestant Christian I could argue with some of the theology, but I didn't find that our differences got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.

    The narration is quiet and gentle, well suited to the voice of the main character.

    If you liked the Christopher Snow or Odd Thomas books, you'll probably like Innocence as well.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1138)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Best yet in this outstanding series"
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    The only bad thing about an Inspector Gamache mystery is that writing this good takes time! I bought this the day it came out, started it a day or two later, stayed up half the night, finished it in about 24 hours. Now I have wait just about forever for another Louise Penny book.

    A one-sentence summary of the entire series:
    On her website, Louise Penny says that the one thing she wants readers to take away is this: "Goodness exists."

    WARNING: You absolutely MUST read this series in order, or the characters and situations will not make sense. One reason readers keep coming back for more is that the books are built around "real" people who grow and change, suffer serious consequences for bad decisions, enter and break relationships, develop some very odd eccetricities.

    This volume finds Inspector Gamache involved with a death in Montreal that takes him back to Three Pines in the Christmas season. His carefully built detective division has been dismantled, cutting him off from his usual cade of hand-picked associates. Conspiracty, frustration, sadness and anxiety pile up as Gamache tries to untangle historical threads on several fronts.

    As for the narration, it is unthinkable that anyone but Raoph Cosham could read a Three Pnes story -- he IS Inspector Gamache!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (891)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Superb narration, alternates funny and explicit"
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    I have listened to the entire series (8 books so far),so obviously I enjoy it. They are called the John Ceepak series, but all the stories are told by his sidekick, Danny Boyle. The author does a really good job with this -- "Dudley Do-Right" super cop seen through the eyes of a light-hearted 20-something beach boy.

    As the series progresses, the characters go through some changes, and some of he characters' reactions and relationships don't make sense unless you have read the earlir books., The books really must be read in order.

    My problem with the books is that the graphic discrptions of crime scenes and extremely intense emotional issues are at odds with the light, jokey tone of the rest of the books.

    The narration is amazing. I'm going to look for morebooks done by Jeff Woodman. His ability with voices makes it sound almost like a multiple-cast narration. The Jersey accents are amusing without bein over the top, and he does females well.

    Not great literature, and not for the overly tender-hearted reader, but entertaining listening for mystery fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1413)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "STOP! Before you buy this book....."
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    I got this because of the author, without having listened to Earth Unaware -- not a problem. I had no trouble understanding what was going on.

    I was going to give it 3 stars until the last sentence. DO NOT listen to this book until the series is complete -- or at least until the next book in the series is out. It stops right in the middle of a crucial scene, then....."to be continued." Boo. Hisssss.Note to authors: it IS possible to do a series in which each book wraps up at least part of the action and still leaves the reader hungry for the next installment. See Ender's Game for an example of how it is done .

    I'm a big Orson Scott Card fan, but this is not one of his best. (Collaborations should raise suspicions.) It took me awhile to get into it, but I eventually got interested in the characters. I really liked the military types, the strategies, etc. The aliens are enigmatic and creepy, nicely done. I don't mean to be totally negative: I enjoyed a lot of it, and I'll consider getting the next book in the series, if only to see what happens in the scene that was left hanging.

    Now for the narration: some of the narration rates 1 star, if that much, while some of it is quite good. I almost qquit listening about 10 minutes in: there is a young boy whose voice is the second most grating one I've ever heard on an audiobook; unfortunately, the little girl in the same scene is worse. The narrator who does the parts about Victor (I think it's Stefan Rudnicki) sounds like he's doing a bad imiatation of a person doing a eulogy for someone he never met, trying really hard to sound mournful.

    Like I said, wait until more of the series comes out. Then, go ahead and give it a listen if you have time on your hands and extra credits and can grit your teeth through the parts with cheesy narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal

    • NONE (39 mins)
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (97)

    Lynn says: "I love having the WSJ read to me!"
    "Great job of narration on a daily read"
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    I love this guy's voice -- clear, nicely inflected without being obtrusive.

    The content is what it is -- WSJ, you know what you're getting. There is a nice variety in the type of aritcles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Audio Digest

    • NONE (51 mins)
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (169)

    Townsend says: "Nominee for worst performance by a narrator"
    "Nominee for worst performance by a narrator"
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    I listen to several daily podcasts and this is hands down the worst. Yes, I know the guy is reading a newspaper, and it has to be a hurry-up job; but why is it that other daily reads are so much better?

    Two things make me want to scream. The first is the narrator's fault: his voice goes up at the end of almost every sentence, making it a question. ( "The Senate will be taking a vote tomorrow?") My 7-year-old grandchild knows not to do this.

    The second is the sound editor's fault: there is frequently no break at the end of the last sentence of one story and the first sentence of the next. Not even a comma-break, let alone a period. ("The secretary promised that more news will beforthcoming next week's unveiling of Apple's latest gadget is the big news for techies." We're halfway into the next article before I realize that "next week" goes with Apple, not the Senate.)

    They do a pretty good job of deciding which stories to include in the daily read. I really like listening to a variety of news sources, and I listen to the NYT as many days a week as I can stand, but about Wednesday I usually get so frustrated that I skip Thursday and Friday.

    (NOTE: I made up the examples because I couldn't bear to go back and listen carefully to an episode to get actual ones; but I promise, this is a preety good imitation.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2244)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Vengeful nonesense makes for great fun"
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    Strictly chick-lit fluff, silly, funny, very amusing. Not bound for the classic shelf, but quite good for what it is.I was worn out and grouchy, and this was an excellent listen to lighten my mood. Really liked the narrator, will look for more stuff she does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1105)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "FASCINATING"
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    Data science for dummies.
    A very entertaining intro for those of us who aren't techno-current. Lots of different fields of enquiry used for examples. Enough of the author's personality to keep it lively.
    Fun for all --

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1257)

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    Katherine says: "3.5 stars"
    "Nice addition to the Old Man's War series"
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    These books aren't great literature, but they are fun reads, and the narration is good. Too much "He said......" "She said......." "He said......", and there's just no way to read that gracefully Dufris does as good a job with it as anyone could. He does good work with voices..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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