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Jack

Austin, TX | Member Since 2009

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  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1529)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Finally the Whole Story"
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    I have read and/or listened to every Preston/Child book. And Crows is one of my favorites, only out ranked by Cabinet of Curiosities. I was happy to see that they finally had an unabridged version available, and with Scott Brick you can't go wrong. Pendergast is the one of best characters in modern thrillers, here he shines. Great Read and Listen!!!!

    22 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3502)
    Performance
    (3247)
    Story
    (3253)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "The Series Just Keeps Getting Better!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Legion the most enjoyable?

    First of all the I love the world and characters that Larry Correia has created. And Oliver Wyman narration brings everything to life, GREAT NARRATION!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interwoven complex plot, it keeps building and building


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

    He owns these characters


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6875)
    Performance
    (6069)
    Story
    (6064)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Great Characters+Monsters+Action= MHI"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter International in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Modern Action Fantasy ( OK that is 4 words, I know :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

    The opening chapter is awesome!!!!! Think James Bond and Indiana Jones openings...


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Great characterization of Owen, The book is told from Owens point of view, Oliver Wyman nails it!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh for sure, also you care a lot for all the characters... It's a fun book and series... Movie reference again: Think Die Hard and Predator combined with Big Trouble in Little China.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like The Iron Druid Chronicles and/or Dresden Files, then you should check this book out :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5644)
    Performance
    (5211)
    Story
    (5206)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Narration was off"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    The book is fine but Daniel's narration is off. The characters voices are either too low, Atticus or too high, Oberon... and also the pacing seems a bit off as well. I think I know why, Brilliance Audio did the produced the first 3 books and Random House produces this one. It's almost like listening to a new narrator. I maybe nit picking. The narration on audiobooks can make or break a book.


    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
    (9896)
    Performance
    (8828)
    Story
    (8806)

    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"
    "The Adventures of Atticus and Oberon"
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    What did you love best about Hounded?

    The relationship between Atticus and his Irish Wolfhound Oberon... So funny and touching.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Atticus O'Sullivan is a great character, smart, funny, a little lighter then say Harry Dresden of The Dresden Files. And Oberon, we can here his thoughts when he is talking to Atticus. If you like fantasy books set in modern days and are a dog lover, you will love this book.


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

    This was my first Luke Daniels book. He does a great job with all the characters, especially Oberon. If you like James Marsters narration you will love Luke Daniels'


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed so hard during this book. Both for the Oberon character and Kevin Hearne's geeky Star Wars and Sci-Fi reverences, classic!!


    Any additional comments?

    Very comparable to the Dresden and Monster Hunter International books. I think the Iron Druid Chronicles are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1064)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Lannette says: "Simply another great Pendergast novel."
    "Pendergast!!! Need I say more?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brimstone the most enjoyable?

    I don't know why the Pendergast novels aren't movies yet... Preston and Child have created a character whose closest equal is Holmes. From Relic to Cold Vengeance, there is not a better thriller series going . As for the listen, Scott Brick is the man. He is the best storyteller out there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The building of the plot. Just adds layer after layer. Great pace!!


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    Brings the characters and action to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommended !!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2669)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2252)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Historical Fiction at it's Best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    This is a great book for anyone interested in the history of WWII. This and it's sequel War and Remembrance are the best historical novels I have ever read or listened to. That being said these books are a bit soapy but the narrative is strong all the was through. Kevin Pariseau does an excellent job. Other then Scott Brick he is the best story teller I have heard in 15 years of listening to audio books ( use to live in Houston, TRAFFIC, 2 hour commute a day!!!) He really brings the characters to life. Highly recommended!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Great, even if abridged"
    Overall

    This is one second favorite Pendergast novel only behind Cabinet of Curiosities. It's a very suspenseful and entertaining book. And it's also the first book to have Pendergast as the real main character. Rene Auberjonois a perfect job of narration, as always. I wonder why they don't have an unabridged version of Cabinet, Crows and Brimstone, the amount of details left out of the stories are astounding. But that said, it's still a great book,, highly recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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