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Tim

Poulsbo, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (612)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "an epic personal journey"
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    If you could sum up Jack of Diamonds in three words, what would they be?

    overcoming great odds


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

    I found that it was enjoyable with rarely a boring segment, but it was one I could put down and come back to later


    Any additional comments?

    This story, following a young boy from the depth of the economic depression of the 30's, virtually through his adult life was inspirational and read almost like a biography. It was, in a way, written in an old fashioned style of the 30's or 40's but modern in language and content. Its scope covered ground from Canada to Las Vegas, New York, England and Africa.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (396)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "A dated novel needn't seem dated"
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    Any additional comments?

    A great murder mystery, which begins by telling you who done it then proceeds to confuse you as to just exactly who that is. In the final telling, the young women of this family do seem a little short on common sense or at least caution in their relationships, but still a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (694)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Coming of age (with vampires thrown in)"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found myself enjoying this story as it developed. It was probably written for young adults but this older adult found it interesting enough to consider reading more of the series. It has a good pace of action, funny and interesting group of characters and creative situations and resolutions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2135)
    Performance
    (2004)
    Story
    (2011)

    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!"
    "Where is the story"
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    Would you try another book from D. J. Molles and/or Christian Rummel?

    probably not


    Would you recommend The Remaining to your friends? Why or why not?

    I could not do that


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

    It is a decent performance of dry material


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have to put this into the "just another apocalypse survival story". Some books just never really get off the ground, like this one. From beginning to end I felt it was 2 dimensional, I didn't know much about the characters and cared less. Simply put, it just had no reason for being written. Neither funny nor tense, not thought provoking or heart warming, it just sort of plods along.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1217)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Strife and Murder in Belfast"
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    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. A great Irish reader and a mystery that the author has placed so realistically into the 1980's strife of northern Ireland that I had to research to assure that it was written very recently. Not for the squeamish or homophobic it lays out the conditions under which people in Northern Ireland lived during the 60's throught 90's. I was a little familiar with the IRA but this gives a deeper view of the poitical landscape while weaving an interesting mystery and an equally interesting detective.

    Several of the action sequences are drawn out too long, a relatively minor issue, but I found myself losing attention even while in what should be an exciting moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    A. Hogue says: "I really like this series"
    "Dependable fantasy/mystery series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a sucker for this genre that blends mystery or crime in parallel universe of ghosts or wizards etc. ala Dresden files, The Iron Druid or even Monster hunters international. A common thread here is wisecracking long suffering hero's.


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

    I very much enjoyed this reading


    Any additional comments?

    Although not really a distraction, this book reads as if each chapter was written like a monthly installment in a mystery magazine or web series, although I have no personal knowledge of this. On several occasions we are reminded of an incident that needed no reiteration unless the listener had been away from the story for an extended period of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3228)
    Performance
    (3026)
    Story
    (3018)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Larry Correia is truly a gifted fantasy writer"
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    If you could sum up Warbound in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, Heroic, Creative


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    He is brilliant with all the characters, women and men alike.


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

    Yes, I nearly did!


    Any additional comments?

    Ever since Monster Hunters International I have patiently waited for the next book from Larry Correia. In a genre that can get bogged down in trivia or contain few or virtually no new ideas, his stories are complex, humorous, exciting and original. If you enjoy fantasy along the lines of the Dresden files or the Iron Druid, I would be surprised if you did not enjoy all of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3675)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3287)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Sure he's a paranoid narcissist, but what a story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    The sheer nerve of this guy. What he calls "social engineering" is nothing more than scamming and capitalizing on peoples trust. The fact that he, reportedly, did not take financial advantage of people for monetary gain (with the exception of the radio call in scam) carries some weight. While he probably greatly embellishes some of his exploits, he really doesnt need to. His understanding of the technology of the time (late 1980's and early 1990's) is amazing and his manipulation of that technology and the people surrounding it is the story (that and his paranoia)


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

    No.. this is not a "moving" book. Its about a techy genus with an associated personality disorder. He admits, only in passing, early in the book that he was molested as a child, and never mentions it again. I'm certain the nurture/nature influences both teamed up to make him a uniquely damaged soul. He seems to be nearly sociopathic as he uses one person after another to get information or resources that help him move through his paranoid life, without a single guilty look backwards. In fact in the end he rants about the unfairness of the legal system and how he was badly treated, while leaving a wake of victims behind him.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, I have to say it was a very compelling story, couldnt put it down.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5034)
    Performance
    (3524)
    Story
    (3558)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Master and Commander (in space)"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to be better than the print version?

    Since I enjoy Christian Rummel's reading of this series I would say I prefer this audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have very much enjoyed the different levels these books have delved, without being too complex or boring. This review applies to all of the first 4 books of the series. Initially it seemed targeted strictly to the space war shoot em up fans, but has pleasantly surprised with intrigue and nice development of various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This series really grew on me and now reminds me of Patrick Obrien's Master and Commander, except I have not become bored with Lost Fleet. Initially it failed to grab me but I persevered and have become hooked. The generous use of conflict, both literally against enemies and between characters who may, or may not, be friends is most enjoyable. When I first read Master and Commander I loved the naval strategies and strength of personalities that were developed in the early books, only to become bored as the later books had very few action packed sea battles and the associated tension. This series has kept my interest with plenty of relevant action and surprisingly interesting relationships.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2589)
    Story
    (2601)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Bureucrats vs. Agents not new idea but OK read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend most of Baldacci's books and this one fits that bill. Good character development is always important and this book moves consistently, rarely bogging down. Although the plot is generated from a fairly creative idea, I did find that it unfolded in mostly predictable and somewhat cliche'd manner.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The book moves well and never bogs down, lots of action.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, although I am used to male readers voicing female parts and visa versa, i also enjoy each being read by someone of the same sex. Both of these readers do a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Baldacci's earlier books more entertaining. Some times its difficult to put your finger on why a book falls a little short of expectations. I think this story is simply a bit worn out without some really creative new twists. There are also a number of situations that are simply a bit unbelievable, when our protagonists are able to figure out certain puzzles with, frankly, to little information

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1405)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "I'm hooked"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, any time you find yourself ready for a new book, as I do every few days, Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a great choice. I would have given 5 stars but, although creative, I thought the back and forth from present to Viet Nam was just a little too heavy.


    What other book might you compare Another Man's Moccasins to and why?

    Its a bit of James Llee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thoughtful southern cop feeling, but not so poetic or heavy, with a touch of Michael Connelly's flair for distinct character and mystery development.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Thats the real strong part of this series, very well developed characters all. My favorite Henry adds spirituality and strength to every book, followed by Walts spicy, foul mouthed deputy "Vic" and of course Walt Longmire himself as an always stabilizing influence.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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