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Marlee

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  • Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (391)

    It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.

    Nancy J says: "Just Keeps Getting Better"
    "Excellent, save for a particular accent..."
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    I've listened to the rest of the series, and I rather like them. Which is surprising, because when you look at the covers and you read the descriptions, they seem a little corny and quite possibly stupid. But they're not. The books are no Harry Potter Series (Numerous puns exist in the book though,) and they're not anything like Steig Larsson, but enjoyable none the less. Nothing heavy, but if you're listening while running (as I do,) it'll hook you into extending your workout longer than you planned. My only complaint is that Mr. Holdbrook-Smith, though he's very talented with all the other accents, has an awful time with the American accent. Some advice: We Americans do not have colds, and people with a Midwestern accent don't nearly leave out as many 't's and 'r's as you think. At first, I couldn't figure out what he was doing- until he told me about the nationality of the particular character. But that is the only complaint I have. A good book, well worth the member price.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4084)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1589)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "He sees dead people... The end."
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    He saw dead people. Odd Thomas is an agreeable young man with a free spirited girlfriend he's completely in love with. He also sees dead people, and helps catch criminals on the side when he's not frying food at the town's diner. Hardly groundbreaking, but I have a thing for the paranormal and it sounded interesting enough, and really, the first few chapters were excellent. But, then it kind of fell into a predictable rhythm. I have a friend that's in love with Dean Koontz, so I thought I would try 'im as well, but I was sorely disappointed. I found the prose to be formula and the descriptions, while thick (which I appreciate), very cliched (which I didn't). Koontz sort of got soppy too, which I never like. (Waiting until marriage to have sex with his girlfriend, constantly professing undying love, parents are assholes and one dimensional, martyr, martyr, bleh) Characters were black and white, and Koontz spent a good three minutes trying to convince me why the character was the way they were. Why not just give us a biography and let the readers decide for ourselves? I mean, I bought the book, I got nothing but time-... eh. I was sad. The narrator was good for the book, but not my favorite. All in all, if you want thrills and paranormal quirks and generic but smooth prose, go get a Stephen King novel. Koontz really wasn't worth my time.

    Keep in Mind: Literary tastes include Steinbeck, Steig Larsson, John Hart, Stephen King

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4946)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1857)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Best Yet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While astoundingly long compared to his other works, it is none the less excellently crafted and most certainly written by Neil Gaiman. I read a little tid-bit of his American Gods idea in an anthology, and hadn't realize it was based off a genuine book. I bought it, because the idea of an American God was sort of interesting, and I've always liked the author. The story begings with our main character- but not quite protagonist, Shadow, in prison and days away from being released from an assualt and battery charge, and while he does get released it's under the most awful of circumstances, and things quickly deteriorate from there. One of those constant-traveling-no-setting type of books, we are taken to Kansas, to the center of things, and Little Egypt, and Wisconsin, and Georgia, and we travel along the mid-west with Mr. Wednesday (for that is his day and therefore his name), and met Chernobog (the Dark Half), and Mr. Nancy (with tiger balls), and Easter (The Holiday but not a Christian god), we become entangled in a Murder Mystery and Daring Quest for the Original American Gods, the Wakinyan, the Thunderbirds. There is a line in the book that has stuck with me through out the novel, the entire rollicking and gothic and sad and hysterical adventure, "America is a land of dreams and fire, and an infertile place for Gods."


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