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Gary

POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Physik: Septimus Heap, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (382)

    When Silas Heap unseals a forgotten room in the palace, he releases the ghost of a queen who lived 500 years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her diabolical plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus' disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous alchemist and physician.

    Emiko says: "Wonderful Series"
    "Getting better as it goes"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't, because the first two books in the series wasn't as good as this one. The series has gotten better with each book. Yet I don't know it's worth the trouble to get here.


    What three words best describe Gerard Doyle???s voice?

    Clean, crisp, & clear


    Was Physik worth the listening time?

    I think it was worth it, but I don't know if the first books are worth there time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn't great or was it the worst. This book was better than Magyk and Flyte the other two book in the series. Maybe it's because I'm too old for this book that it took me till book three to really like the series. I haven't decided if I want to go on to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (861)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "On the list but far down"
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    The book wasn't bad and it was entertaining yet it wasn't great. It was the first book I read in the Pendergast series and that could explain why. Yet I have to admit the other books from this series are on my wish list but far behind so many others. I'm also not really in to mysteries so this could also explain why I didn't love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (139)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    Pamela says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "Dark comidy at it's best"
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    What did you love best about Choke?

    I loved how dark and depraved it was. This is a dark comedy and don't expect light and fluffy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Choke?

    When Victor Mancini was having sex with a fellow sex addict who he is sponsoring and loses a sex toy inside himself.


    Have you listened to any of Chuck Palahniuk???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to other Chuck Palahniuk work before. Yet I loved this was the authors narration. He has the voice that really fits Victor Mancini.


    Who was the most memorable character of Choke and why?

    Victor Mancini, he is the main character and there for you spend all your time because it's told from his point of view.


    Any additional comments?

    This is much better then the movie 2008 movie starring Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, et al. Directed and written (screenplay) by Clark Gregg. Yet once you read or listen to this book I would recommend checking out this independent film.

    Sadly Audible doesn't have the Unabridged version. Amazon does have a Unabridged DC for sale. Yet the only abridged version they have for sale is from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (655)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Jesse says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Narration better then the story"
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    What did you love best about Boneshaker?

    I also loved the Narration of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the mix of Steampunk & Zombies.


    What does Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I've never read the printed book, but I find many of the modern Audio books better then the printed book. Older audio books were dry reads but today we have more voice acting done. They are almost to the quality of a radio drama. I wouldn't say this one goes that far but the narrator does well with the accents and subtle voice changes for different characters. Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading brings the characters to life. If you don't have a mind that will give them 3D from reading a audiobook may and in this case Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book was very good for the first in a series. I can't wait to get to the second book. I've always found the weakest book in a series is the first book. From the fact the writer becomes better at writing to the fact that we already know much of the back ground story. Sadly this isn't true of Movies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3865)
    Performance
    (2004)
    Story
    (1999)

    In this entry from Anthony Award winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times best-selling series, the gorgeous and feisty telepath hits the road to find her missing boyfriend, who may have run off with his former lover - a notorious vamp.

    Pamela M says: "Simply Fantastic"
    "Better then True blood"
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    What made the experience of listening to Club Dead the most enjoyable?

    I like urban fantasy and this fit the bill for me. The one thing I find said is the fact Sookie Stackhouse has to wrestle with who to pick. I don't see why she can't pick more then one to be in love with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alcide Herveaux, it was good to see a werewolf in the series. I think he is a stronger then the two vampires. Bill Compton always felt like a whining baby to me. Eric Northman on the other hand is not as whining but he has a much darker side, less ethically strong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The erotic scene between Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't get in to this series till True Blood had come out. I like both the TV show and the books allot. I feel that after the first TV series the two have gone there separate ways. I think the TV show is still good but would of been better staying true to the books. This book is superior to the TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4358)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2247)

    After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

    Jessica says: "enjoyed it but was not in love with it"
    "Better then the TV show"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Living Dead in Dallas to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the printed book, but I find many of the modern Audio books better then the printed book. Older audio books were dry reads but today we have more voice acting done. They are almost to the quality of a radio drama. I wouldn't say this one goes that far but the narrator does well with the accents and subtle voice changes for different characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sookie Stackhouse, she's a strong female character.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings the characters to life. If you don't have a mind that will give them 3D from reading a audiobook may and in this case Johanna Parker did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't get in to this series till True Blood had come out. I like both the TV show and the books allot. I feel that after the first TV series the two have gone there separate ways. I think the TV show is still good but would of been better staying true to the books. This book is superior to the TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1058)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "Intresting"
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    Where does Sex at Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    As a nonfiction it's in my top 10.


    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    Very good narrators that helped move dry parts along.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting book that I think everyone should read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7280)
    Performance
    (3830)
    Story
    (3863)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Fun read..."
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    Would you listen to Dead Until Dark again? Why?

    I think I would listen to it again. I would do so because I've forgotten so much and I want to finish the series. It's hard to remember what happen in the books vs the TV show.


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

    I can't say it was.


    Any additional comments?

    True Blood is a good show, this is a good series. Yet I don't think they are at all related. True Blood took a departure from the books and became it's own thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Shaman: The Walker Papers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Christine Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (381)

    Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

    Melissa says: "Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy"
    "To much romance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was more of a urban ministry and less of a romance novel.


    What could C.E. Murphy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    C.E. Murphy wrote a romance book and that is what it is. I wouldn't think C.E. Murphy would want to change anything. It fit the book that C.E. Murphy was trying for.


    What aspect of Christine Carroll???s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignments, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Arthur Slade
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Transforming his appearance and stealing secret documents from the French is all in a day’s work for fourteen-year-old Modo, a British secret agent. But his latest mission - to uncover the underwater mystery of something called the Ictíneo - seems impossible. There are rumors of a sea monster and a fish as big as a ship. French spies are after it, and Mr. Socrates, Modo’s master, wants to find it first. Modo and his fellow secret agent, Octavia, begin their mission in New York City, then take a steamship across the North Atlantic. During the voyage, Modo uncovers an astounding secret.

    Gary says: "Fun"
    "Fun"
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    What did you love best about The Dark Deeps?

    I loved the story and it's steampunk aspect.


    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Passion, I think the narrator has a passion for audio books. She brought the characters to life for me.


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

    A steampunk mystery for all ages


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the first book also, I wish Audible has the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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