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JHawk 77

Hawk

Nashville, TN | Member Since 2004

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  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6475)
    Performance
    (2936)
    Story
    (2979)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Michael says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part One"
    "Can't go by reputation"
    Overall

    Disjointed, irregular. This is not Mr. King's best work but it survives on his reputation, not on the quality of this work. I actually deleted it from my mp3 player before I finished it. It was wasting my time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (832)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Droll witty Victorian Steam Punk!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Timeless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the start of a delightful series that has become one of my favorites. The main character has such dry wit that you immediately love her. The take on vampires and werewolves is unique (which is hard to do these days). The narrator was wonderful! I immediately got all 5 books and listened to them straight. Can't wait for more from this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1719)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love the Jennifer Estep/Lauren Fortgang combo"
    "Eventually, you'll care what happens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Spider's Bite? What did you like least?

    I had the hardest time listening to the hard "g's" by the narrator. e.g. wrongah (wrong), longah (long), he was strongah. (is her last name Fortanga?) I didn't mind the quasi-southern accent. I even liked the interesting timbre of her voice. I just hated the hard g's. I live in the South and no one pronounces g's like that.
    I wish Gin would have used her power more, practiced it, etc, instead of just ignoring it.
    I listened to the end because the story was pretty good, despite some of the oddities.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1331)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Bonnie says: "Hello Rachel, get some smarts"
    "A bit disappointing both in performance and story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Rachel appeared to lose focus and ability, letting mere humans kick her butt, and not paying attention to the advice of her friends. A lot of the writing was rehashing and reiterating (space fill?). Still, I love Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, David, etc, and will buy all the series as they come out and anxiously await the next. Maybe Rachel will grow up soon.


    What aspect of Marguerite Gavin???s performance would you have changed?

    I'm a big fan of Ms. Gavin but she seemed to not pay attention to where the phrase should end and starting slurring half to 2/3 the way through. It appeared that she'd read a sentence and then stop at the end of the line, even though the sentence didn't end for another 3-4 words. Still, I can't stand anyone other than Ms. Gavin to voice Jenks or Ivy.


    Do you think A Perfect Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There has to be more because not much happened here.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (1775)
    Story
    (1785)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Irenehope says: "Favorite Sookie Novel"
    "The best of the series (through #10)"
    Overall

    This is the best of the series so far. The narrator stays true to the characters and by inflection, differentiates between them. Yes, she has a contrived Southern accent but it's good. This is also all about Eric, and if you're a true fan, you are also all about Eric. Character developement is pretty good in this one and the rest of the series pivots on this book. Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (262)

    Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Adjusting expectations"
    "Narrator ruined a pleasant story"
    Overall

    While this book is just merely pleasant, I would have liked to listen to the others in the series. However, I just about couldn't finish this one because of the narrator. Every third word is emphasized in a surprised voice as if it's really important rather than just the 3rd, 6th, 9th word in the sentence. "She WALKED down the PATH!" Every character had the same inflection and every 3rd character had lisping S's. Once I caught on to this cadence, it was torture to finish the book. This is not Sookie, Harper, or Lily but still nice writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Jennifer says: "How sad..."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have loved Dan Brown books and Paul Michael as a narrator but I was very disappointed in this long winded, strain on reality. His constant repetition of key phrases, as if we've forgotten them since 2 paragraphs ago, wears on the listener. The last hour and a half had no reason for being as I was done with the book by chapter 106 (it goes on forever). I wish I had read reviews before I pre-ordered and bought this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kimberly Raye
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Dillon Cash used to be the biggest geek in Skull Creek, Texas - until a vampire encounter changed him into a lean, mean sex machine. Now every woman in town wants a piece of the hunky cowboy.

    Jean says: "All Sex, No Plot"
    "annoying narration, pleasant drivel"
    Overall

    Pleasant trifle but the narrator's habit of ending nearly 3/4 of her sentences in a question became extremely annoying. I could find no reason for this other than disinterest in her story. It's OK to pass away time in traffic with but I'll avoid any book by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Gold: Dark Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (197)

    Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything, even her life, to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance. Out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious than any other creature of the night.

    Heather says: "Loved this book"
    "pleasant but with irritations"
    Overall

    Typical Feehan so that much was familiar. Fluffy but pleasant. I won't buy another in the series, though, because the narrator's accent ("bwawdy" for "body") and tendency to lick lips and breath while still talking made it nearly too irritating to finish. Distinctly ennuciated, too, with sharp t's and long pauses. Yuck.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (963)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "DON'T BUY THIS ON AUDIBLE; GET THE BOOK"
    Overall

    I love Kim Harrison and her Hollows series but I found myself actively yelling at the new narrator when she said names that were so different from the first 5 books. I don't know which narrator pronounced them correctly but I'm thinking it's not this one. It really took away from my enjoyment of the book. And, if it seems like Rachel is overly reflective, the narrator actually repeats lines immediately after reading them. I didn't mind her voice, though. I learned from other series that you need to keep the same narrator to feel in touch with the story and the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (857)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    Overall

    Delightful. Good story, supposedly for children but much better appreciated by adults, made more enjoyable by an absolutely brilliant narrator. I've listened for two years and dozens of books and I want more narrated by Nathaniel Parker. His accents and dialects, pauses and ironic inflections increased my appreciation of the Artemis Fowl series. Both the author and the narrator need to do more! I have to do the rest of the series on Audible and not in print because of the pleasure I get from the spoken version.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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