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  • Night of the Hunter: Legend of Drizzt: Companions Codex, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    R. A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do’Urden dead.

    Derek says: "The feeling of adventure is back!"
    "FInally back on track"
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    It is about time. I have slogged my way through so many bad Drizzt books hoping that RA Salvaore would finally get back to the writing that he was known for. I suffered my way through the horrific and depressing Neverwinter series and the highly painful effects of the very bizarre stretch as Wizards of the Coast tormented us all by making the novels switch over to 4th edition. It was painful to watch and the poor novelists suffered with us and it showed. As a result the novels were disjointed and bizarre. It is about dang time that they got back to what was actually good to read. Bringing back the Companions of the Hall was smart and it worked. I am enjoying reading the Forgotten Realms novels again. It has been years since I have cared. A message to Wizards of the Coast....we are not George RR Martin people (we love his books but not the epic waits). We don't care about your "vision" of what the novels *should* be. Give us, the fans, the gamers, what the heck we want. We want Bruenor splitting the skulls of matron mothers. We want tales of the houses of Menzoberanzen. We want Regis eating, thieving and getting into trouble. We want Cattie Bri slinging out rough dwarven slang. We want enchanted swords, Horns of Valhalla, fireballs, the Harpells, dragons, mind flayers, and Aegis Fang.
    In short, don't torture us with game mechanics between your edition switches. It hampers good writing. We want good stories with characters we love and we want them one after the other. Your vapid attempt to force us into reading the swill that has come out since 4th edition has been painful to all of us.
    Thank God RA Salvatore is back. Thank God he brought back our friends we grew up with.
    Now lets go watch the 29th house attack the 14th while allying with the 21st. We like it. Keep it coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pieces of Hate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Robert C. Brewster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Pieces of terror, pieces of suspense, pieces of darkness combine to create Pieces of Hate, master storyteller Ray Garton's short story collection. Nine works, including "A Gift From Above", a new novel that will surely hit you from below, are here compiled for the sole purpose of scaring you onto the next page. Garton illuminates the dark corners in us all and highlights the depths of the human condition. He takes our ordinary, daily assumptions and turns them on the reader to frightening effect.

    Ryan says: "Great stories with a terrible narrator"
    "Great stories with a terrible narrator"
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    I am not sure who made the decision to get Robert C Brewster as the narrator for an anthology of horror stories but that made a terrible error. He is the voice of disaster movie previews. Rich and deep and slow in cadence which totally doesn't fit with the stories written. Everything ends up sounding like a television commercial. Even worse, his inflections are way off. He has a tendency to over pronounce certain words and fragments while flying by others. It is sad because this is one of Ray Garton's finest works and I couldn't even finish it. Do yourself a favor and at least listen to the sample. If you want to listen to Ray Garton at his finest with a correct narrator download The Girl In the Basement. It is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6780)
    Performance
    (6453)
    Story
    (6466)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Very Brilliant Author"
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    I almost didn't get this book because the top reviewer for it said the story is like "2001 meets Spaceballs" or something like that. I don't like comedy in my sci fi. I am very glad that I didn't listen to that. There was a whole lot of 2001 and NO Spaceballs. The lead character once in a while says somethine ironic which sparks a laugh given his situation but when I think "Spaceballs", I think low brow slapstick. There is none of that. You get small tidbits. As boredom sets in he starts finding other astronauts digital media they brought. On one USB stick is the entire run of Three's Company. Initially, he groans but throughout the story you get a lament like "I really do think Mr. Farley is much better than the Ropers". This is pretty much the extent of the comedy.

    The story itself is brilliant and I very much look forward reading more work by Andy Weir. I was fascinated and I was surprised I had not heard of him before. Thank the Lord that Audible has a great recommendation service which brought this up for me. The hero of the story is inciteful, brilliant, sharp, and witty. You care very much about his fate. I love the fact that nothing brings him down. He has a very well written and balanced sunny disposition that is pulled off to great effect. The science is real and Weir himself must have spent painstaking hours researching for this book. In some ways, it very much reminds me of the wonderful George Cloony movie Gravity. It has that type of Lost in Space feel.

    Listen to this book! You can't go wrong. The narrator was awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Singing Sword: Camulod Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Whyte
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    We know the legends: Arthur brought justice to a land that had known only cruelty and force; his father, Uther, carved a kingdom out of the chaos of the fallen Roman Empire; the sword Excalibur, drawn from stone by England's greatest king. But legends do not tell the whole tale. Legends do not tell of the despairing Roman soldiers, abandoned by their empire, faced with the choice of fleeing back to Rome, or struggling to create a last stronghold against the barbarian onslaughts from the north and east.

    Ryan says: "Jack Whyte's masterpiece finally gets on Audible"
    "Jack Whyte's masterpiece finally gets on Audible"
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    I have waited a long time for the Camulod Chronicles to get on Audible. I was furious that these were supposed to be released in early June, then on the day of release without any explanation , the release date was switched to August 20. I looked everywhere for a reason and there was nothing on any of Jack's or Audible's fan sites. I guess it will be a mystery forever. It also took a ridiculous amount of time to get them released on the kindle.

    This is one of those rare books that is served well in audio format. I actually liked the audio performance better than the reading the book. Kevin Pariseau does an admirable job with the different characters. I look forward to hearing the Eagles Brood

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bryan Smith
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    A group of misfit teens who call themselves "The Dark Ones" make an abandoned house their hangout. But the demon they've inadvertently awakened possesses them one by one, using them to create a reign of unholy terror.

    Ryan says: "There are better Bryan Smith books but still good"
    "There are better Bryan Smith books but still good"
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    Would you listen to The Dark Ones again? Why?

    Nope. Not that kind of book. Once is plenty.


    What other book might you compare The Dark Ones to and why?

    Written in a very Edward Lee style. Flesh Gothic springs to mind.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was the worse part for me. He was too old for the book. It needed a younger narrator. I like Nick Podehl for this. He read The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z and had a great voice for a young man.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I like Bryan Smith. I appreciate that he always writes as an East Tennessean which I am as well. This wasnt one of my favorites by him. The freakshow holds that title

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Kingdom of Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leonard Kinsey
    • Narrated By Leonard Kinsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Man-child Blaine McKinnon is brilliant, wealthy, and completely alone. After an emotional breakdown, Blaine starts a new life at the only place he was ever truly happy: Walt Disney World. But he soon finds that just below the surface of his childhood paradise lies a kingdom corrupted by drugs, violence, and deceit. For the first time, Kinsey brings his fresh writing style to the world of fiction, with astounding results. Our Kingdom of Dust deftly combines and insightful and riveting tale with the humor and irreverence.

    aussieGeorge68 says: "A nice short listen."
    "A unique novel set at the theme parks."
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    Where does Our Kingdom of Dust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top 25%. Mainly because the setting is so relevant to me as a theme park junkie.


    If you’ve listened to books by Leonard Kinsey before, how does this one compare?

    You can't compare this book to the Dark Side of Disney. One is a travelogue (so to speak) and this is fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Leonard Kinsey – was your favorite?

    Blake


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a reason she is called "Snow" White and it ain't her purity.


    Any additional comments?

    Kinsey uses his breadth of Disney theme park knowledge and did something unique by setting a modern day adult fairy tale at a place that has so much meaning to so many of us. He mostly succeeded. There were times in the book where I wanted some more back story. In my opinion, the best part of the book was the beginning and the end. Very powerful on both fronts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ron Schneider
    • Narrated By Ron Schneider
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ron Schneider takes you on a journey through 40 years of personal triumph and corporate challenges. It's an intimate look into the creative worlds of Disney, Universal, and Six Flags Magic Mountain; a no-holds-barred memoir filled with wild characters and wilder concepts, complete with a step-by-step guide to how the magic is made!

    Ryan says: "Very insightful look into the themepark business"
    "Very insightful look into the themepark business"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of From Dreamer to Dreamfinder to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The author really knows his own life better than anyone so he adds emphasis where he needs to easily


    What other book might you compare From Dreamer to Dreamfinder to and why?

    Rolly Crump's new bio from Bamboo Forest Publishing. Another unique look from an insider


    What about Ron Schneider’s performance did you like?

    His periodic outbreak into the Dreamfinders Voice! A blast from my past! I got to meet the Dreamfinder once when I was a kid. He and Figment were awesome!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Epcot: a Dream from the 80s turned into total crap by a company I love in the 2000s. or

    Epcot: How one company destroyed something totally cool for no good reason.

    Disney: Destroying Epcot one Future World building at a time

    Epcot: Where in the hell is Horizons?

    Epcot: Where in the hell is Wonders of Life?

    Epcot: Where in the hell is World of Motion?

    Epcot: Why are there animated fish in Sea Base Alpha?

    Epcot: Out of all the Future world destroyed, why does the sucky World of Energy still exist????

    and finally:

    Epcot: WHAT CRACK HEAD THOUGHT IT WAS OK TO TURN IMAGINATION INTO THE COMPLETE AND TOTAL PILE OF JUNK IT IS NOW?????????

    Ok that should do it. Should be some great movies.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he was still Dreamfinder and still at Epcot. He was awesome. I am really furious what Disney has done to Epcot and particularly Future World. I proposed to my wife on freaking Horizons for goodness sakes. Happily married for many years, we miss that building terribly. They built a glorified zoo with Animal Kingdom and its just ok, Not much to draw people to it. They have abandoned Epcot like River Country. Its like a shell of it former self. Disney has done well with the Magic Kingdom. Fantasyland is great. Cars Land at DCA is a masterpiece. My problem with them is that this all feels reactive rather than pro-active. If I was Disney, I would build a 5th gate with Star Wars immediately and make people remember that they are the 800 pound gorilla in the game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3006)
    Performance
    (2622)
    Story
    (2662)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "The reviewers before me are correct!"
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    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 3 for sure.


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    The obvious comparison is Stephan King's classic, The Stand but I like this book better


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Josh was the best performed although the creepy pedophile in the airstream was also well done


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

    The beautiful moment when Swan's horrible disfigurement was cured and hope was restored to the land


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audible constantly and I have to say that this narrator was the best I have ever heard. He managed to make every character believable and different with assorted accents that never strayed. He was a perfect choice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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