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Scott

West Jefferson, OH, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (751)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Want to reccomend but I just can't"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe to a few friends. The reader Holter Graham is excellent, but the story just never seems to go anywhere. I kept listening hoping for some twist or turn to take things in a new or surprising direction but it never happens.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The Minotaur character doesn't really change, there was a real opportunity to take him in an unexpected direction or to have him grow.


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

    He really brings the characters to life and gives them depth.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this book was a let down, there was an opportunity to do something different. Because of this it ultimately disappoints the listener. As a warning to potential listeners there is some strong language, strong sexual language, sex situations so this isn't for young listeners or those easily offended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18701)
    Performance
    (8565)
    Story
    (8595)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Excellent Reader good listen a bit long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very good follow up to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fills in a lot of holes. My only dislike of this story is that at times the author spends a bit to much time on irrelevant detail. When listening you are kind of stuck listening through these part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7948)
    Performance
    (7140)
    Story
    (7159)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Great characters and a fantastic reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good continuation off of the first in the series. The author continues to grow and develop the characters very well. Kevin Hearne does a great job of making the characters real in these books and this helps pull you in. The performance by Luke Daniels is stellar he just nails it all the way through, I've listened to a lot of audio books and he is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10315)
    Performance
    (9213)
    Story
    (9188)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Great listen very enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a well written and performed story. The reader did a wonderful job with the characters and the good writing kept my interest up all the way through. The ending was slightly predictable but even with that I would highly recommend this book. The writer did an excellent job creating and developing interesting characters in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (641)

    In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend.

    Mark says: "OK...but..."
    "Okay story, Ok reader"
    Overall

    I've listened too or read several of the Reacher series books. This book more than others seems to drag on during the middle and the reader doesn't really help with this either. Lee Child is a decent author but seriously needs a better editor to cut out some of the useless thought dialogs Reacher has. I find Dick Hill to be an ok Reader but he seems to make all of the female voices sound hysterical, in a better story it's easy to ignore but when the story is dragging on it becomes very tedious to listen to his voice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4248)
    Performance
    (3502)
    Story
    (3523)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Wordy Descriptive Predictable"
    Overall

    I'm kind of ho hum on this one, the author came up with some interesting characters and had the beginnings of what could have been an interesting story. Instead the author drifted around the plot, used a lot of flowery language and followed a predictable course to a predictable ending. This book had the feeling of a novella stretched out to novel length. I did stick with the book to the end mostly because of the very good readers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "Spend your money elsewhere"
    Overall

    Spend your money elsewhere, this is a ghost written book in the Ludlum name and the writer must have been paid by the word. Huge long rambling passages read by a marginal reader. The books pace is slow and plodding and more importantly the characters are not well developed as they shift and change in how they act, think, and behave frequently. The plot is predictable after the first few chapters and the twist at the ending doesn't even come as a surprise. There is nothing to challenge the reader in this novel what so ever. If this had not been written as part of the "Ludlum" franchise it would be taking up space in trash can of an editor. Perhaps if you could find an abridged version of this novel it might decrease the suffering enough to at least be palatable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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