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Trace L. Wogmon

Member Since 2009

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  • Summer of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

    Jeff says: "Excellent well-developed thriller / youth story"
    "Disappointing in the extreme."
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    BEWARE of the reviews likening this work to some of Stephen King's. That said, though, it is possible that the audiobook would have been a success if the narrator had had the skills necessary to the task. I dislike trashing a narrator (and Miller would be just fine in other contexts), but the voicings of the kids (around whom the story revolves, after all) are really bad, and Miller reads tense, threatening situations almost as though he's narrating "Wind in the Willows." Pay attention to the Sample and realize that that tone will obtain even when the storyline has turned to the dark, ominous, threatening. The non-fit of tone to content and the sheer fakiness of the the kids' voices were more horrific than the story. (Note, though, that I listened to "only" the first 7 hours. After that I had to give up.) (By the way, I loved the Hyperion series and The Terror.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (601)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Darkly gorgeous. Lingers in the mind."
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    I'll only add that Richard Poe's extraordinary skill as narrator will be, I think, a cause of gratitude and source of great pleasure for those who miss Frank Muller. Poe is no copycat, but there is still a similarity of vocal strength, fluidity, nuance, and deeply intelligent understanding of the text that followers of Muller will revel in. I did, anyway, and that was on the very heels of listening to All the Pretty Horses and Cities of the Plain (1.2.3; back-to-back). I hope Poe wouldn't mind the comparison; I'd have been stunned by the skill if I'd never heard Muller. To Guidall, Muller, and Patton, I add Poe; and I hope he gets a lot of good, strong, deep texts in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Southern Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Hornor Jacobs
    • Narrated By Eric G Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music - broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio statio - is said to make living men insane and dead men rise. Disturbed and enraged by the bootleg recording the DJ plays for him, Ingram follows Hastur's trail into the strange, uncivilized backwoods of Arkansas, where he hears rumors the musician has sold his soul to the Devil.

    John W. Patton says: "Big, Bold and Bright"
    "Sweet idea well read but poorly executed by author"
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    I grow weary of writers who seem to think that plausibility no longer applies when the genre is something other than strict "realism." The underlying ideas here (as you can discern from the descriptive synopsis) are deadly cool and fertile. The author is not able to live up to the possibilities. Too many implausibilities within the story's own frame of reference wreck the thing. (I cannot elaborate without giving things away for those who purchase--and, I hope, manage to enjoy--this audiobook.) If you like to continue THINKING while you listen to a tale (that is, if you enjoy tracking how a tale hangs together as it goes along), this audiobook will probably disappoint and irritate you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hale
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges.

    Casey says: "Prepare To Be Dazzled!"
    "Overwrought"
    Overall

    Great idea with some terrific passages, but belabored and repetitive, and, because of that, it became boring and irritating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6553)
    Performance
    (5759)
    Story
    (5759)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Anti-intellectual, libertarian, mormonpunk drivel"
    Overall

    This is far and away one of the most ridiculous things I have ever encountered. It is obviously Larry Correia's private self-aggrandizing wet-dream made public. You've heard of "deus ex machina"? Tap in here if you care to see "pantheon ex machina." The implausibilities (within the work's own assumptions) are mind-boggling. It's actually almost hypnotic in its badness, in its willingness to dare the reader/listener not to call bull**** on the whole thing. It's bad, but truly stunning in its badness.

    The only thing that makes this story seem to work is Oliver Wyman's narratorial skill, which is very strong.

    Please see the author's personal webpage and then know that this "novel" is his personal daydream writ large. Shame on Audible for trading on my trust.

    6 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Gashade: An American Epic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Loren Estleman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Loren D. Estleman, one of America’s most critically acclaimed authors, is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee who has won three Shamuses, four Golden Spurs, and three Western Heritage Awards. One of Estleman’s most unique works, Billy Gashade follows the adventures of a 16-year-old vagabond who wanders the Old West, crossing paths with such legends as “Billy the Kid,” Jesse James, Chief Crazy Horse, and “Wild Bill” Hickok.

    Trace L. Wogmon says: "Maybe I missed something?"
    "Maybe I missed something?"
    Overall

    I acquired this novel because I so much appreciated Journey of the Dead and Johnny Vermillion, both of which were excellent, both as verbal constructs and as audio presentations: Two very different works that are tied together in my mind by a recognizable intelligence.

    Gashade, though, is oddly vacuous: both the person and the novel. I wish I could say otherwise.

    Guidall is excellent, though, as always; and there are, truly, many interesting moments in this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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