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  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.

    Gina says: "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
    "Near Perfection."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dangerous Animals Club to be better than the print version?

    YES! I imagine it reads very well, but what makes the book so incredibly powerful is hearing it in Tobolowsky's own voice. There are many personal moments, some uplifting, some heartbreaking, and to hear Tobolowsky tell the tale with such passion and emotion made the book for me. Needless to say that is lost in the print version.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Tobolowsky can make you laugh and cry and then laugh again, all in the space of a few minutes.

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

    This is one of the few audiobooks that I listened to again within days after finishing it. Considering it is nearly 12 hours long, that is high praise indeed!

    I just didn't want to be done with those stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Bridge and the River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful. The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.

    C. Ubik says: "Crass, hilarious, and surprisingly touching"
    "Crass, hilarious, and surprisingly touching"
    Where does Between the Bridge and the River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks near the top. When I finished it I 1) told everyone I knew to get it on audio, and 2) wanted to listen to it again. I was that impressed by the story and narration.

    What other book might you compare Between the Bridge and the River to and why?

    "Fool," by Christopher Moore. "Fool" is another almost shockingly crass story with heart. In my opinion for lewd humor to work it needs a touch of nuance, something that many humorist of that type lack. Moore and Ferguson, however, have the ability to shock you one moment and make you tear up the next. It's a tough thing to do using language that'll make a sailor blush.

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

    His delightful Scottish brogue and his passion and enthusiasm for the characters he created. Ferguson is a terrific storyteller and his narration is full of life and energy. It would be a very good book to read, but it is a great book to listen to.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Continuing the trilogy that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy", a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general - and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "No Maps"
    "Not content to rest on his laurels"
    Would you listen to A Chain of Thunder again? Why?

    Yes. Shaara's novels (yes, they are novels and not history, as Shaara himself is the first to admit) get the historical details right, which is what makes them a joy to read. But more importantly, his decision years back to stop focusing on the generals and include the perspective of average soldiers has resulted in interesting characters that you find yourself actually caring about. With "A Chain of Thunder" he starts weaving in civilians as well - a young Southern lady, in fact - which makes the story all that more interesting.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William T. Sherman, hand's down. He's one of my favorite historical personages and Shaara has done a great job capturing his complexities and contradictions.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I won't say, simply because it was an unexpected and heartbreaking moment and to talk about it would ruin it for others. Suffice to say I shouted "Shaara, you jerk!" several times at my iPhone.

    Who was the most memorable character of A Chain of Thunder and why?

    Lucy Spence. Shaara is really stepping out of his comfort zone by writing a female character into his books and not only does he break new ground (for him) with Lucy, but she's believable.

    Any additional comments?

    It is obvious that the large portions of the audio had to be re-recorded and the narrator's timbre and delivery can change several times in a paragraph. This is not unusual for audiobooks, but I was surprised at how many times it happened with this one. It distracts, but does not detract.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Good story, great reader, weird production issues"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is pretty close to the top. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. And while the story itself is not the most original (what is?), Martin adds enough twists and turns to the Sword & Sorcery genre to make it a standout.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. This is a long book and the narration was neither too ponderous nor too quick.

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

    Indeed. I have a 1.5-2 hour commute and I had to tear myself away every time I got out of the car.

    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice's narration deserves five stars, but I have a hard time giving the overall recording more than three. About once an hour a sentence or two would be repeated; a sign of poor quality control or lackluster production values. Normally this doesn't bother me, especially in a 35+ hour book, but it was so frequent that it couldn't escape notice.

    Also, at one point an entire 10 minute or so passage is repeated, yet not immediately. I apologize for not offering specifics: I was driving and could not jot down the location. It was very confusing, because in the middle of a chapter the begging of said chapter just repeated itself. I thought I had accidentally hit the "back" button on my iPhone.

    Note: this refers to the recording only, not the story or narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Marsters + Butcher = WIN"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Epic in scope and feel, this is easily Butcher's best work. And Marster's narration is pitch perfect. Glad he's back!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is tight, the characters feel almost like family, and the twists and turns will leave you breathless.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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