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Alia

Rochester, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Wonderful!!!"
    Overall

    I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy such an oft-told literary classic (and I have heard disappointing versions before), but Tim Curry's fantastic narration grabbed me right from the first minute and didn't let go until the end! The emotions of the characters and Dickens' humorous wit really come through in his compelling rendition. I didn't pause it once from start to finish. I laughed, I cried (well, just a little!), and I enjoyed it completely. Recommended!!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2592)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2317)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Just the right touch of magic..."
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    Where does Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If the opening strains of music in this book give you a little chill and make you wonder if this is actually a techno-Harry Potter, then you are in for a treat, my friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I *loved* this story. It takes a while to really get an idea of what's going on, but you are as hapless as the main character, so don't worry. It's quirky, amusing, and very original. I can't recall reading anything else like it, and that for me is a huge plus. I will undoubtedly listen to it again and again in those times when I'm feeling a bit down, and need a good story to lift me up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (297)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "I was just glad when it ended"
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    Would you try another book from Tim Dorsey and/or George Wilson?

    George Wilson's narration was top-notch and did not in any way detract from the story. If anything, it was readable because of him.


    What other book might you compare Florida Roadkill to and why?

    I don't know if I could stomach it. There were parts when I thought, "this is brilliant" and parts when I thought, "when will this book be over?" I don't know if it was just the presentation of the story, which was disjointed and frenetic until things finally joined together, or the way the characters seemed to get worse and worse.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad that everyone in the book died (except the two "good guys"). I honestly disliked pretty much every character, and was glad when they got what they deserved, in mostly ironic ways that made me laugh a little. Maybe if I listened to this again, knowing what to expect, I would have a different take on it. Not for the squeamish, I will say that much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (228)

    Mary Alice Brannigan doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she’s been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there’s a guy she’s falling hard for, and there’s something about him that’s not quite right.

    iphone reader says: "Tons of Fun"
    "Wild Ride is Wicked Fun"
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    If you could sum up Wild Ride in three words, what would they be?

    A saucy puzzle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to choose, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be Delpha. Or the dragon.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard her before, but I enjoyed her performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like fantasy/romance, you are in for a treat. I like or love all of Jennifer Crusie's books but this one is special because it has a very interesting fantasy storyline that she doesn't usually have. I like that the characters don't just accept it and roll with it, but experience conflict, agitation, and doubt, the way I imagine any normal person would when confronted with the supernatural.

    The story has some twists and turns that I found myself figuring out just as they happened, and a few I didn't see coming. There is an odd mix of characters ranging from the bored thirty-something trying not to be desperate, the career-minded Rambo-type, the happy-go-lucky trickster, the overbearing mother, and even a fortune-telling crow. There is pretty much something for everyone.

    Neysayers of the story might not like the fantasy element mixed in with the author's usual romantic style, but I found it refreshing and fun. Relax and enjoy the ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (588)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "Thanks Audible!"
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    Would you listen to FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life again? Why?

    I have listened to it more than once already! I especially liked that it was taken from Jon Ronson's real family life. The stories were funny and a little embarrassing, the way real family moments always are. I enjoyed them especially because they were read by the author. I always feel like Jon Ronson is talking to ME when I listen to his audio books, and this was no exception. I wish he would write more about his life. Memoir?


    What other book might you compare FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life to and why?

    It has a similar style to Jon Ronson's other books.


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

    His narration always gives an insight into how he feels about his subject. I enjoy his books in audio because they feel like more than just journalism, you get to know him as a writer while you learn about his subjects. The most interesting part of these stories was that the subject was Jon Ronson himself.


    If you could take any character from FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, Jon Ronson, of course. And he could bring his son along too, he sounds adorable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listened to anything by Jon Ronson, this set of stories will give you a feel, even though they are more intimate than his books. If you are a Jon Ronson fan, then definitely listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3953)
    Performance
    (3683)
    Story
    (3678)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Even better than the first book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spellbound to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, and I don't want to. Bronson Pinchot's narration was AMAZING. His style was absolutely perfect for this story, every character had a defined voice and personality that really showed through. It is rare for a narrator to so completely embody every character in a story, but he managed it. The accents were all definable and pitch-perfect.


    What other book might you compare Spellbound to and why?

    A book by Brandon Sanderson. The theme of magic and the struggles of an "underclass" of people is similar to what he writes about.


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

    See above!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A part at the end when one of the characters makes a sacrifice... I won't spoil it, but it was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the first book, you need to before reading this one. But don't worry- it's awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5865)
    Performance
    (5325)
    Story
    (5341)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Great new series from Larry Correia"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive new series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a tough call, but by the end of the book, my favorite character was Heinrich. He just kicks so much butt!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked Monster Hunter International, but the first couple books were a little on a the gory side. I am happy to say that this book has just as much action, but less blood and guts. The writing is solid, the characters are fleshed out and the story nice and meaty. The magic-based storyline reminds me of something Brandon Sanderson would write (he is my favorite fantasy author of all time) but it has a different edge. I especially liked how the quotes at the beginning of each chapter centered the reader into the exact place and time of the story, and gave it a realism that helped to imagine it really happening in history. I also liked the way the story circumvented real historical events and made them "magical." If you are into sci-fi/fantasy and want something more anchored in "reality," definitely give this a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1741)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Lovely Chaos!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sometimes I don't like stories where you are put into the middle and have no idea what is going on. And then you think you are finally catching on, and something happens to totally change your perception of the story and you're lost again. However, this one is brilliant in its ability to lose you every few pages, yet keep you so enraptured to the story that you couldn't stop listening if you wanted to. It is about monsters, conspiracies, supernatural elements, aliens, paranormal fears, and everything in between, yet it is also none of those things. You really just have to listen to it to know what I'm talking about. Try it!


    What other book might you compare John Dies at the End to and why?

    Its style reminds me of the Monster Hunter International series, with its single, sardonic narrator, fantastic fighting scenes, kind of gross monsters, and likable characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh no, I couldn't possibly tell you. It would ruin everything!


    Who was the most memorable character of John Dies at the End and why?

    Well, obviously John. But also the narrator David Wong. And the worms. Wait, nevermind. I didn't say anything about worms.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (722)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    "Not Exactly What I Expected"
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    What did you like best about Devil's Bride? What did you like least?

    I started out really into this book. It is well written and there was a lot of dramatic tension in the first half. Of course, I knew it was a romance when I got it, but I guess I was expecting more mystery than romance. Right around the second half (not coincidentally, around the time the sex scenes started) the entire mystery element disappeared in favor of protracted sex scenes that were so long they became tedius. The first of them was well over an hour long! If you are into that sort of thing, then you may not have felt as I did that it really took away from the overall story, and I found myself fast-forwarding them to get to the actual storyline. The mystery element was set up well, but by 3/4 of the way, I was getting frustrated with the main character to figure out who did it, when I had figured it out several hours earlier. Overall, the story was enjoyable, but if all the books in the series feature the mind-numbing sex scenes this one does, I don't think I will want to listen to the rest of the series.


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

    I would have dramatically cut the sex scenes, which I think would have made them more rewarding.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I LOVE Simon Prebble, everything he does is fantastic. His narration is half the reason I listened to this book all the way through.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Less description, more left to the imagination.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5627)
    Performance
    (4334)
    Story
    (4343)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "The Hilarious Anti-Sookie"
    Overall

    This is a like a lighter, fluffier version of the Sookie Stackhouse series, with a few principal differences- in this series, the "Sookie" character is way sarcastic and enjoyably scatterbrained, and actually gets changed into a vampire by Mr Tall Dark and Handsome. The story is simpler, more wholesome, and without the serious drama. It's very funny, full of predictable Southern charm, and the reader does the various voices admirably. I recommend it if you want the fun of a vampire series without all the heaviness, and don't mind that the "mystery" portion of it is a bit easy to figure out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (527)

    Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match.

    Alia says: "Quirky and Fun"
    "Quirky and Fun"
    Overall

    I listened to the original Bartimaeus Trilogy and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this new one. I got a surprise, however, because this one was even better than the previous three! It has all of the things I liked about the trilogy, and none of the things I didn't like. It skipped over the explanations of magical learning and the politics of the present day government, which I found a bit tedious. It was also lighter-hearted and had a more satisfying ending. The writing was just as good, or maybe better, and the story had a lot more action in it.

    Bartimaeus fans will certainly not be disappointed, for there are plenty of antics from your favorite fun-loving demon, and new-comers to the series do not have to listen to the previous trilogy to understand the story, as this one takes place over a thousand year before it! If you are looking for something out-of-the-ordinary in that vague cross-genre space between fantasy and sci-fi that has a little magic, a little history, and a little humor, then this book is for you.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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