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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5436)
    Performance
    (5051)
    Story
    (5050)

    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"
    "Back from Shot Dead and Still All-In to Save Us"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Harry can't help being heroic and the 14th tale has him caught in character-ripping internal conflicts at the same time he has to fight external horrors without even a shield bracelet and blasting rod. Well that's what you get for sucking up to Maab and beating up Santa.
    James Marster's narration needs a new word between compelling and propelling...whatever you call it, it's a 5-star E-ticket ride.
    Best part was the team of Murphy & Harry attacking the Barge on Lake Michigan on the Tiger HarleyDavidson: that I want to see in the movie. Serious amounts of Mexican Wobble-weed must have gone into structuring that battle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toot-toot was bad to the bone and I wish we had gotten Molly more centrally involved..


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Yarn beautifully spun. Skill of the performance added drama and suspense w/o distraction.


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

    Hated that Harry and Murphy stayed 'friends' but the real heros never get the girl, especially if they're from Chicago.


    Any additional comments?

    The long time waited while this was being crafted justified the wait. Bravo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "Fair Dinkum Tough"
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    A powerful historic tale of the heroism vs despotism. The story, which is of a war more than a battle, is well read and moves from misery to triumph many times. I think I now better understand why Truman decided to drop Little Boy and Fat Man rather than fight a ground war on the Japanese home islands. The respect veterans I've known have for their Austrailian counterparts makes more sense now. What these fellas did should live in memory beside Thermopoli, Gettysburg, the Battle of Britain, and Stalingrad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3955)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1701)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Welcome to a world seen differently."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time the most enjoyable?

    Either Mark Haddon has Asperger's Syndrome or his scholarship is jaw-dropping. This wonderful story of Christopher's struggle with his all-too-human parents and his unprioritized perceptions is heroic. For the detail-oriented reader, you will better appreciate your brain's automatic way of parsing the interior and exterior dialogues and dumping the unimportant details. For those preferring to drift rather than paddle along the river, Jeff Woodman's dramatization makes for a great ride, beautiful calm pools of description and white water rapids, like Toby in the tube station.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    Poor Christopher, holding the dead dog and trying to cooperate with the policeman. It reminded me of Arlo Guthrie talking to Officer Opie in Stockbridge, Mass.


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

    Jeff Woodman does a masterful job of varying volume and tempo that keeps the trees from obscuring the forest.


    Any additional comments?

    What ningcumpoop classified this as a children's book?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Triggerfish Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living -- it's Florida, and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street.

    Janels says: "Excellent Serge--captures Tampa perfectly!"
    "LMAO trying to drive and listening"
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    Where does Triggerfish Twist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As funny as 'The Help' and 'Bossy Pants' but in a different way and among the funniest things I've ever heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Triggerfish Twist?

    Visiting Tampa Bay Motors for a Suburban. I felt his pain.


    Have you listened to any of George K. Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The first but not the last of his performances in my experience.


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

    Hysterical laughing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2191)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (812)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Purest Evil Fells Dave and Clete...Nearly."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Glass Rainbow to be better than the print version?

    The evil perps and miscreants in this one are so bad and the fully-matured relationships between the Robicheaux's (and Cletus) so steely that explosion must occur.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Glass Rainbow is not a lot of small mysteries interwoven but a single rat's nest of evil; that makes it particularly well suited to audiotheater format.


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

    I've listened to all of the Robicheax novels more than once (except the one that came out 7-23) and Mr Patton you are the man! Bravo!


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

    If you don't feel murderous rage when Alf is abducted, go lay down in a whole because you are already dead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (645)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Pandemic from Survivalist Drug Rep Point of View"
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    Where does The Jakarta Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Against some very tough competition like Burke, Larson, and Butcher, I'd rank this speculative history at 50%. Joseph Morton makes an honest effort to realistically project sequellae of medium-severe pandemic in an upscale yuppy New England countryside suburb.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the protagonist's preparations and OC contingency planning with pre-thought-out plans and checklists for all occasions an interesting peek into intellegent survivalism. All the creeping around the neighborhood with firearms seemed a stretch (cork-fishing for movie?)


    Did Joseph Morton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    His characters were well developed and believable but lacked the variety I would expect in a group thrown together by pandemic catastrophy.


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

    Pandemic: Centerline Projection


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17544)
    Performance
    (13413)
    Story
    (13356)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Breath now! You'll be Laughing Too Hard Later"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Unlikely tale about a bright, funny but somewhat shy young lady who gets sucked by serendipity into the limelight of the 2008 battle between good and evil (or at least smart&green vs white&really stupid).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nobody could have made up something like this. Compound probability gives proof that Providence deliberately set this up as the greatest "gottcha" since the roasting of Jim and Tammy Baker


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    Tina trying to Host Opra, Do Sarah and be a good mom on the same day.


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

    Walking from place to place at work with earbuds in laughing like I was 2 PEEPS SHORT OF AN EASTER BASKET!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4483)
    Performance
    (1781)
    Story
    (1780)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Grizzled NYC Cop versus Desert Lion Terrorist"
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    Would you listen to The Lion's Game again? Why?

    The hunt has rivetting suspense to keep you resetting the sleep widget and well developed 3-d characters involved in multiple subplot competitions. From the battle of the sexes to the war between Western Civilization and the Jihadists there's lots to mull over in a single pass.


    What other book might you compare The Lion's Game to and why?

    Not many books have I lost so much sleep time on...hard to wait until tomorrow to find out what's coming next.


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

    The sarcasm and humor of our irreverent hero and his Sam-Spade-toughness marvelously acted.


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

    Hunting the Desert Lion and being hunted


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bowl of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.

    LesPaul says: "Nothing Happens... Nothing Happens... Its Over"
    "RIng world beat into a soup bowl"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The imagined odd arrangement of the Dyson Hemisphere was about as bad an idea as the 2D genetically confused and manipulated polychromatic Big-Bird Wanna-inhabitants. Genius of Ring-World was that the engineering problem solved was inadequate land reachable given C speed limit, limitless time and smarts, and 1 solar system mass equivalent.


    What could Larry Niven and Gregory Benford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They should have storyboarded a plot rather than just waiting for the editors to blow the whistle and say OK qut and onto the next project.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6413)
    Performance
    (3196)
    Story
    (3217)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Dazzling Audio Drama"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My favorite audiobook of the 171 so far
    Neil's word smithing is like J S Bach's music ... each word just right and essential. To add, change, or omit a word (or note) would diminish the whole. The story is unique and the writing hurls you along like a sailboat in a following sea. This certainly is not a children's book but a masterpiece.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    I can't decide between Mr and Mrs Owens discovery of Bod or the entire cast joining to danse the Mac Abree.


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

    Wrapping the production in Baroque Music played on lute, cello and viol DeGamba was a brilliant device. Different voices and accents keep everybody, even Nobody, straight w/o getting in the way.


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

    Can you Danse the Mac Abree?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't Panic but the Graveyard experience depends so heavily on the listener's imagination that this might be as difficult to convert to the screen as the Hitchiker's Guide has proven to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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