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Chris - Audible

I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

Newark, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (424)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Awesome."
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    This was recommended to me by a fellow editor, and I’m thankful that it was. Bazell’s writing is reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk, and Petkoff’s pacing and tone match perfectly. The narrator is also pretty skilled at accents. Our protagonist, Peter, introduces himself as a doctor in a Manhattan hospital, but we quickly learn about his past as a mob hitman, and how those two worlds collide. It was a great car listen, and a promising start from a new author.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6303)
    Performance
    (3089)
    Story
    (3105)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Adorable (in that “I see dead people” kind of way)"
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    You don’t have to be familiar with the source material that serves as inspiration (Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book) to love Neil Gaiman’s charming collection of creepy bedtime stories. After several heavy listens, I was ready for something fun. We follow Bod (short for "Nobody"), a young boy, who, after his family is murdered, is raised by the denizens of a nearby graveyard until his late teens. The book is a series of self-contained short stories about Bod as he grows up and the different people he meets, both within the graveyard and beyond its rusty gates. He is given the ability to communicate with the dead (who provide many moments of levity throughout) and is given special access and powers within the graveyard itself. Ultimately, it’s a story about growing up and taking care of yourself, and it reminds us all that there is a huge world worth exploring. Gaiman himself skillfully narrates, adding an extra layer of charm and allowing him to fully convey the subtleties of his own words. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a fun, light listen (with just a touch of the macabre).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (2747)
    Story
    (2767)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Jake Gyllenhaal Absolutely Nails It"
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    I knew I always liked The Great Gatsby, but having not read it since high school, I couldn’t remember exactly why. After listening to Jake Gyllenhaal’s superb narration, I was reminded of what I found so great about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Gyllenhaal strikes the right chord as Nick Carraway, who exists within the hyper-privileged world of Long Island’s upper crust but manages to avoid becoming jaded and swept up by the materialism of his cousin, Daisy, and the titular Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s elegant yet simple prose still holds up, and Gyllenhaal treats it with the utmost respect, allowing the vivid descriptions of mansions, landmarks, and 1920s New York to flow at just the right pace. While ultimately tragic, The Great Gatsby is full of light and beautiful moments that kindle nostalgia for the Roaring Twenties, and I was glad to have been reintroduced to a favorite book this way.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4036)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2541)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "A divine comedy..."
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    Good Omens is a truly excellent listen about the mishaps, follies, and misunderstandings surrounding the forces of good and evil as they head towards the Apocalypse. Co-authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett expertly elevate the mundane and find humor in almost every aspect of life. The book is bolstered not only by the strengths of its dual authors, but also by the talents of narrator Martin Jarvis, who jumps nimbly from character to character, capturing every nuance of each dialect and accent in the UK. There are moments where a longer pause between sections would make everything easier to follow (due to the enormous cast), and there are some periodic lulls in the story that I could have done without. The characters are so well fleshed-out and rich that I found myself rooting for everyone at once (angels and demons alike), and I felt a good level of tension as the book inched closer and closer to the inevitable final battle. Hysterical (in that dry, British sort of way) from start-to-finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9950)
    Performance
    (9258)
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    (9258)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "We All Love the '80s"
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    I like my sci-fi with heavy doses of wit, and Ernest Cline’s video game-centric novel did not disappoint. It also helps if you were born in the 1980s, you like video games, and you find most of the music from that era both hilariously silly and legitimately entertaining. Narrator Wil Wheaton once again brings it as we follow Wade Watts (similar alliteration definitely intended) through The OASIS – a fully immersive, interactive, and nearly-infinite digital world and future cousin of World of Warcraft. One knock on the book is that while I appreciated the references, it at times felt as though Cline was just listing things he hoped would spark a glimmer of recognition from the listener, rather than giving them any real value. Ultimately, this is a fun and entertaining adventure, and I can’t wait to hear the next from the author.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2741)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Hilarious, poignant, clever, and fun"
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    Seeing that this is one of our more popular books, written by one of our more popular authors, narrated by a customer favorite, you could say I had pretty high expectations for Agent to the Stars, and I was not disappointed. It’s a classic human-meets-alien tale, framed in a bit of backstage Hollywood intrigue. If you were a repulsive (yet incredibly intelligent, friendly, and peaceful) alien race, how would you go about introducing yourself to Earth? That’s up to our hero Tom, a movie agent whose confidence and general everyman-ness makes him very easily relateable. Narrator Wil Wheaton does an excellent job and adds both sci-fi and Hollywood credibility in his delivery. There is a heavier undercurrent that runs throughout the book, which gave it a bit more weight than I was expecting, but it pays off in the end and totally works in the grand scheme of things. This book makes me want to listen to more of what Scalzi has to offer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9954)
    Performance
    (9020)
    Story
    (9090)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "An okay sequel"
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    While I found Insurgent to be an overall enjoyable experience, I think it ultimately suffers from Middle Book Syndrome – the trap a lot of #2-in-a-series books fall into. There’s a lot of moving pieces around the board without much consequence, which allows the author to save the fireworks for the finale. Our heroine, Tris, sheds a lot of what made her such a unique and compelling character in the first book (her independence, her decisiveness, her straightforward approach to problem solving) and spends most of the time wondering what her on-again, off-again, brainwashed-again boyfriend is thinking about her and their relationship. There are some pretty decent main-story-arc reveals throughout, which keep the plot twisting and turning satisfactorily, and narrator Emma Galvin again does a fine job, but apart from a rather surprising and intriguing final chapter, the book didn’t hit the high notes of its predecessor. I do feel invested enough to see how it all pans out in the final book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15516)
    Performance
    (14044)
    Story
    (14138)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games..."
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    ...…but way better than both. This book was recommended to me by a fellow editor shortly after I finished The Hunger Games series, and I was skeptical. Could I deal with another YA dystopian fiction? Will this teen protagonist waver and worry and be as clueless as the last one? As it turns out, I COULD deal with it, and our heroine, Tris, is one that I’d prefer to have on my side when the government finally takes over.

    Apart from the obligatory love story (Yeah I know: it’s YA, I should have expected it), Divergent is a solid dystopian adventure story. There is a lot of action and violence, which keeps things interesting. Tris is generally a good person who sometimes lets her emotions take over, which strikes a good balance. My favorite thing about her is that when she sees a problem, she acts; she has a lot of courage, and she’s not afraid to put it on display.

    The world they inhabit (a divided, worn-down Chicago of the future) is very interesting and well-drawn, though a lot is left mysterious, which I'm sure is all set-up for the remaining books in the trilogy. The narrator is good, but she could have been a bit more dynamic in terms of voicing different characters. I thought this was a great first entry in the series, and I’m looking forward to starting the sequel soon.

    53 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (410)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Michael says: "A Fantastic Ride!"
    "Not as good as it could have been"
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    While Monster was a fun listen, this book was a little too cute for its own good (Demons use "Blessed" as a curse word! Even ethereal beings have to deal with paperwork! Our hero's name is Monster, and he catches monsters for a living!). There were some good ideas, and human existence was at stake, but the ideas weren't fleshed out enough and the fate of the universe never really seemed in doubt. It felt as though the author was thinking, "Wouldn't it be clever if I threw this in?" as he was writing it, but never stopped long enough on an idea to give it weight. Our protagonist is an overall unlikable guy, and we never really get a good sense of his back-story. The main villain's motivation seemed to be "Just because," which is pretty weak.

    The narrator does a pretty good job with the different characters, and he keeps the book moving at a good clip. The 8+ hours absolutely flew by, which makes it great for a week's worth of driving to work. The story is straightforward and uncomplicated, though I'm a little disappointed because it had a lot more to offer and never really got there. Overall, I'd say this is a light, fun book with some very forgettable characters.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon: Burton & Swinburne, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (249)

    It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war. Prime Minister Lord Palmerston believes that by possessing the three Eyes of Naga he'll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but he needs Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover the third.

    Chris - Audible says: "Almost, but not quite."
    "Almost, but not quite."
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    In the words of our hero, Sir Richard Francis Burton, “Bismillah!” This book was...not as good as the first two. I hate to say it. It hurts me to say it. I loved the other books so much that I couldn’t imagine where the third could even go. I was giddy. But rather than stomp around England, we spend ~75% of the book traveling from England to the Arabian peninsula to eastern Africa to the mysterious Mountains of the Moon, and maybe 10% dealing with what happens when we actually get there. There’s plenty of action, but also a lot of repetition.

    And when we finally get to the end, it just falls a little short. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe the author had a tough time wrapping up his myriad storylines into one discreet package. I was disappointed, because I wanted to love this one as much as the others. All that being said, I would still recommend the trilogy to everyone and anyone. Narrator Gerard Doyle, you are my hero.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26299)
    Performance
    (20223)
    Story
    (20407)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Satisfying"
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    Unlike a lot of people I've talked to, I enjoyed the third Hunger Games book the most. Collins, the author, keeps a pretty quick pace with a lot of action and interesting twists. We pick up almost immediately where we left off, and we are right in the thick of the rebellion which was hinted at in the first two books. There's no arena this time, but the invasion of the Capitol is essentially the same thing, as the villains are using the same technology to defend their city. We get almost all the answers we're looking for, there are some really exciting sequences, and you can really hear how the author has improved over the past three books (Except for this: The author inexplicably leaves Katniss out of two of the most important events in the book, which means we don't get to experience them at all. Disappointing). At the end of it all, I think the narration prevented me from liking this trilogy more.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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