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Rebecca

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  • Trumps of Doom: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (341)

    Trumps of Doom is the sixth book of The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author Roger Zelazny.

    Matt A. says: "Another quality performance."
    "Wil Wheaton Makes ALL the Difference"
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    Would you listen to Trumps of Doom again? Why?

    Yes. Wil Wheaton.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His reading has good pacing, sincerity and just the right amount of dramatic effect making it seem like you are reading the book yourself. It's not just a reading...it's a performance and one that is very well done. The prior five books were just readings with words thrown at the listener one after another without any attempt at performance and unconvincing and annoying character voices. Wheaton made this book a joy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Wil Wheaton for the win y'all. I've forced myself through the readings of the first five books so I could keep up with the story. Wheaton has made the experience a joy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (741)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "Simply not a fan of this narrator"
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    However I love these books. I wish that Briggs would put more effort into his pacing as well as the voices. He reads everything so quickly it feels like he's just rushing through the story to get to dialogue. Then he rushes through that as well. I liked Nigel Planer as the narrator.

    That being said this is a great read. I highly recommend it for the content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4598)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2105)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "As usual"
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    I don't know why such a popular series cannot get better narrators. It would make these books so much more enjoyable. I am still struggling with the plot always coming back to the beginning. Every Connelly book I've read has the same, inevitable ending. Read a few and see if you can't pick up on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (504)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "I am enjoying this series"
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    The pacing is like a television series and that's not a bad thing. The writing is very good and the story as well. The narrator is perfect. I'd recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Peripheral

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (331)

    Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

    Jeremy says: "Excellent Book!"
    "Narrator ruined it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes but only to read. The narrator for this is not a good match.


    What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

    She's is well suited for romance fiction and reads everything in a breathy manner unsuited to this genre and specifically this story. She completely ruined this book for me.


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

    Yes. But only if Lorelei King has nothing to do with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Gibson is one of my all time favorite writers. I've enjoyed audio versions of his works up to this point. Please don't use King again for his work. It's a very bad pairing.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Grave and No Body

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1089)

    Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him.

    Hassan says: "Funny As Always!"
    "Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad writing."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have pushed through this series hoping against hope that the writing would improve and the main character would become likable. No such thing. I've been trying to get to the end of this series as I am curious how it all ends but I have reached the end of my patience. I cannot justify spending another dime on this writer's output. Rambling nonsense, thin plot lines, a main character who I cannot care for. I was praying she would die at the end of this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Japantown by Barry Lancet.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    do not think so.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Utter disappointment and anger that I wasted my time hoping this author's writing would improve.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (3496)
    Story
    (3489)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Ducky says: "GREAT 1ST BOOK IN A NEW-TO-ME, KEEPER SERIES!"
    "I wish I had never found this series"
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    What disappointed you about First Grave on the Right?

    gratuitous sexual encounters that add absolutely nothing to the story and in several cases hijack the plot added to the thinnest of plot lines. 75% of the dialogue is nothing more than snarky one liners that, while occasionally funny, mostly make the reading a task and a bore.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Darynda Jones again?

    unfortunately, i want to know how this series ends so I am stuck reading the rest of it. i thought the writing might get better in subsequent books. maybe her editor would actually do some work with her and cut down on the one liners and help keep the story moving but no such luck. i do not like the main character at all and nothing in subsequent books in this series has changed my mind.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (3010)
    Story
    (3020)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "I curse the day I started this series"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Correia maybe, Wyman NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    no, not at all. this particular book is read in the equivalent of video slow motion. it's as. if. he. has. a. full. stop. after. each. and. every. word. absolutely frustrating. i upped the speed to 1.25x to try and avoid the slow-mo narration but it did not help.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    the story lines in this series are interesting but the narration has made it nigh unto impossible to enjoy the audio versions. i suffer from the inability to not finish a series once i've started it so i tried each book as it came out hoping that the next in the series would make up for the last disappointment. my own personal self-control/ocd demons. so far i'm just disappointed by the entire series. i think i'll only be happy when it is finally over and i can move on.

    that being said if you are thinking of starting this series get it print or kindle format. i should have.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3388)
    Performance
    (3042)
    Story
    (3056)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Not worth the time"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Not if the same narrators were used.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    Anyone


    Any additional comments?

    Very badly narrated and not well written. Interesting story but just not good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1608)
    Story
    (1624)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Narrator or Story?"
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    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    I cannot decide if the lackluster narration or the actual story is why has me regretting starting this series. I've now listened to books one and two and cannot claim any entry's is to finish the series. The narrator is not talented enough to tell this story. His attempts at various accents annoy and take away from the narrative. I should have bought the paperbacks instead. My my hop


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Is t at the last book make listening to this series worth it. I trust Wil Wheaton to do a great job. I will read all of the other books in this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accent attempts fell far short. Reading pace too quick and flippant. Just bad all around.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nine Princes in Amber?

    No idea


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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