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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6291)
    Performance
    (5411)
    Story
    (5406)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Harry the Ghost is Awesome!"
    Overall

    We last saw Harry's world a few minutes after Dresden was shot (at the end of Changes) in a short story from Murphy's point of view. This story ties in bits and pieces from several earlier stories allowing us to see a bit more of some minor characters & people only mentioned in passing. It is an awesome treat! Harry being handicapped by certain conditions forces him to stretch his imagination to some interesting results.

    Moments of reflection offer insight into Dresden backstory. I especially enjoyed his retelling of days with Justin and his confrontation with a demon. Both of these stories have been mentioned before, but they are now fleshed out.

    To those who are whining about the change in narrator: John Glover does a fine job. He seemed more transparent to me than James M. ever did. Don't get me wrong, I liked the job he did on the previous 13 recordings, but his pronunciation of certain words were so off from American English that they pulled me out of the story. I didn't have that problem with John. He did a fantastic job..though I did picture Lionel Luthor once or twice during the story. ;)

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "It's Harry, People!"
    Overall

    I think people are a little too hung up on the narrator to realize this is about Harry Dresden. It's not as though James Marsters played Harry on the Dresden Files. James had the annoying habit of mispronouncing words (runes is not a homonym for ruins, neanderthal, and a slough of others).

    I guess I'm a little more used to this sort of thing. I think there were at least five different narrators on the Sword of Truth series...and even the same narrators would change character voices and pronunciation of names between books. Sure, Lionel Luthor....I mean, John Glover should have listened to the series first so he'd know what type of voice the previous actor used (I was a little annoyed that Carmichael sounded like an old man when the narrative put him in his thirties).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Interesting book"
    Overall

    The choice of narrator wasn't a good fit. I looked at other books the actor has read and think that the non-fiction and detective stories would be a better fit for him.
    The story is an interesting one. A teenage sociopath as the protagonist is a daring concept. The characterization of the villain made him hard to completely demonize.
    My only complaint was that the editor didn't correct Dan's grammar. I was mentally correcting it as I was listening and that can be quite distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Queen: The Golden Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Insectoid Dronons have slain the queen Semarritte, throwing into chaos the ten thousand worlds over which she reigned. Desperate to save mankind, Lord Veriasse, Semarritte's near-immortal consort, has created a new queen: Everynne, cloned from her dead mother. Born to rule, Everynne instead is on the run, often only one planet ahead of advancing forces of the invaders, who recognize that Everynne is a powerful rallying point for threatened humanity.

    Brad Swift says: "Captivating Story"
    "SciFi, NOT Fantasy"
    Overall

    This book started off really interesting. I was enjoying the story up until the point that they started travelling through space and the author started explaining the science behind things. Yawn! I made the mistake of thinking that this was fantasy....and the first quarter of the book was. My mistake for not know that David Wolverton writes both fantasy and sci fi under the same nom de plum.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (6245)
    Performance
    (3140)
    Story
    (3137)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Russell B. Ivey says: "Great book bad audio"
    "Good material, but dull in this format"
    Overall

    The information is good. If I were at a seminar learning this, I'm sure I'd find it invaluable. I find reading it extremely dull. I'd tried reading the book before and couldn't. I have been listening to it for over a month and am not even half way through it. I have to reward myself for listening to a chapter by listening to a podcast or a work of fiction. This likely says more about me and my lack of living the principles taught herein than it says about the book. So, as the car companies say--your milage may vary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (677)

    Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

    Lesley says: "lecanady"
    "Great supporting characters"
    Overall

    Yet another great Scott Harvath book. I liked the new police officer character who was introduced to move the domestic part of the story along, which surprised me as I usually don't like new minor characters taking too much of the storyline, but it worked in this book. Getting some of the story from the terrorist perspective was also well done. I'd like to see some of these characters play into future stories.

    The Troll's and Scott's love interest storylines are furthered during this book. A new multi-national likely nefarious organization is introduced (if they were in previous books, I don't recall) at the beginning of this story. I suspect they will play into future plotlines.

    Other than that, it's what you expect. Scott busts some heads, terrorists try to do bad things, Scott tries to stop them, people die, and the world is just a little bit safer at the end of the book than it was in the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (695)

    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "A Reasoned Argument for Diet Change"
    Overall

    I'm a meat and potatoes guy, always have been. I can count off the vegetables I will willingly eat on one hand. I think vegans are all wacked-out, hippy nuts! Now, having said that, in the past month after reading this book I find that I have drastically cut back on my dairy consumption, I have only had beef a handful of times, and I am eating a more vegetable-based diet. I don't know that I'll ever go vegetarian, but I will definitely be more omnivore than carnivore.

    This book does not try to bully one like Skinny Bastard and it isn't all new-ageish like Dr. Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimal Health. Facts are presented with minimal commentary by the author.

    33 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rivers of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (265)

    Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn't know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man. Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can't fully remember.

    Sheila says: "Psychos in Love"
    "Psychos in Love"
    Overall

    This book takes a look at the dangers of our asset forfeiture laws in the USA. In fact, after the story is over the audiobook continues with an author interview where this topic is discussed in depth.

    I found this story to be rather complex with several themes or sub-plots. It kept me quite entertained through out the whole book. As always, Koontz creates a complex villain whose twisted logic leaves you praying that nobody like them really exists.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Option: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    An unimaginably powerful computer has fallen into unimaginably evil hands. Covert-One agent Jon Smith flies to Paris to find the forces wielding an all-powerful, secret DNA computer. Following a trail that leads him across two continents, Smith uncovers a web of deception that could cost millions of lives and reshape the world.

    Marc says: "The Paris Option (unabridged)"
    "Great Book in a Great Series"
    Overall

    The Covert One series has become one of my favorite series. I enjoy the characters and the storyline. While I think some of the plot devices get a little far-out there, I still enjoy the story.

    This book explores the amazing possibilities of a DNA computer; radical terrorist groups; and megalomaniacs. What more could one ask for?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems (Unabridged)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem. What is needed now are solutions. If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything. Then, if he was just able to put all of that insight into something that people could buy...in a store and online...man, that would great. Wait a minute!

    Sheila says: "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    Overall

    My only complaint with this audiobook is that you can't see the graphics from the book. Glenn talks about things from Global Warming to Blind Dating with a no-nonsense approach. His use of humor to show fallacies in the "conventional wisdom" on many social and political topics is refreshing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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