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David

bookwyrm55

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  • The Hereafter Gang

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Neal Barrett
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    On a hot summer Texas afternoon, Cindy Nance introduces young Doug Hoover to the two great secrets of life. Doug likes the first secret a lot. The second, that guys grow up and go to work, doesn't appeal to him at all. A series of meaningless marriages and do-nothing jobs prove Cindy was right. Turned off by the present, Doug tries to recapture the joys of his past Captain Marvel and cinnamon squares, Dr. Pepper and window-peeking fun. Nothing goes right until Doug meets Sue Jean.

    David says: "Whimsical and Poignant"
    "Whimsical and Poignant"
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    Would you listen to The Hereafter Gang again? Why?

    I would. There are a lot of levels to this story, and the narrators voice captures the characters and the laid back pacing perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Sue Jean. Particularly after you get the entire story of the characters and come to realize why she acts as she does in the earlier segments of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I believe it would involve fighter planes and Jesus, but if I was to explain that, it would ruin an important part of the story.


    If you could rename The Hereafter Gang, what would you call it?

    Roundup at the Drive-Inn Corral


    Any additional comments?

    This is the sort of slow-burning story that sticks with you. When you listen, you get drawn in - you feel like you know all of the characters, and as it gets stranger and stranger, it happens subtly so that nothing strikes you as off-kilter until...it is. I would recommend this book to anyone, though there is some adult content that would be inappropriate for teen listeners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "Amazingly entertaining while running..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

    The fact that I was able to combine listening to Karnazes' achievements, and goals, and the stories of his life, while I was also out running. I'm no ultra-marathon man, but a book like this causes "connections" and was very inspiring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

    The thing I keep coming back to is where he was running along a road, called ahead, and ordered a pizza ... and the guy delivered it while he was still running...


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

    I have not. I like his voice, but the reason I gave this four, and not five stars, is that the pauses at breaks, ans chapters were much too long. There were some issues with the production, I think.


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

    No, just thoroughly enjoyed it, and immediately went to find more books by the same author - which I already did, and listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thicket

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man's clothes protects them both from death. With bounty hunter Shorty, a charismatic and cunning dwarf, and Eustace, a gravedigging son of an ex-slave, the heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister from the corrupt men who control much of the new territory.

    Matthew Ortiz says: "Lansdale will knock you out!"
    "A quirky Western Adventure with bite"
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    If you could sum up The Thicket in three words, what would they be?

    Weird Wild West


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Shorty" the midget bounty hunger, because he had a quick temper, a quicker mind, and a very broad grasp of life, and the world. He improved his lot in life by dreaming.


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

    This is Will's coming of age story. While reality whittles away at his high moral standards, and the things he believed he knew about it, it hands him the tools and relationships to forge stronger beliefs of his own. He's honest, true, and a real-world sort of hero in the making.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Thicket and why?

    Hog, because how many times do you get a supporting character that is a wild, smelly animal treated like one of the team?


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminds of the author's "The Magic Wagon," and treats the old west in a very realistic way, as opposed to the fast-shooting, trail-riding westerns that line most bookstore shelves. Gritty, and strange, littered with memorable characters and unforgettable action. A great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened in Wisconsin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Moraff
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In an America ravaged by the Great Depression, a talented but ragtag baseball team sets out to change the world. Barnstorming the back roads and dusty ballparks of the Midwest, the Racine Robins rally fans to the populist cause, raising money for soup kitchens and strike funds even as they thrill small-town crowds and dazzle opponents on the field. Yet winning the hearts and minds of the people turns out to be easier for the players than facing the twin seductions of love and money, conflicting desires that threaten to derail everything they are fighting to achieve.

    David says: "Well performed, but unimaginatively written"
    "Well performed, but unimaginatively written"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The message the author was trying to get across (and one I don't think he handled well) could have been compressed into a short story. I would like to have seen more of the ideology portrayed in story - with something actually happening - than with endless intrusive conversations on the same subjects.


    What could Ken Moraff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have written more about the team, the things they did, and shown what they believed through their lives and actions instead of writing a long boring string of conversations about socialism.


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

    I have been listening to Dick Hill's performances for years. He has a very wide range, and has narrated some remarkable books. I think he handled this book - such as it is - well. He is believable as the voice of the protagonist. Performance wise, I have no problems with this one.


    Was It Happened in Wisconsin worth the listening time?

    I find something worth the experience in most books. It's worth the time, but the reader / listener should be aware it's not about baseball at all, and not really even about any events or characters, but mostly a long, drawn-out diatribe on the injustices of capitalism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Henderson
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Tillie Harris' life is in disarray - her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren't unpacked, and the telephone isn't even connected yet. Though she's not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help; a choice that means facing the painful memories she's been running from since she was a little girl. An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie's life that changed everything.

    David says: "A Glimpse Into Other Worlds Can be Uncomfortable"
    "A Glimpse Into Other Worlds Can be Uncomfortable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, with the caveat that this is not a happy, shiny story. It is gritty, and real, and at times very painful, so not for the casual listener or reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up from the Blue?

    The moment we find out the secret of the ruby cup. Any more would be a spoiler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending, because it was complete and satisfying.


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

    Keeping Secrets can more dangerous than letting go.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a deeply insightful novel, dark and bleak. It's not escapist fiction - but the opposite. It removes layers from the real world surrounding us and a glimpse of what lies beneath the veneer we call normalcy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hand of Isis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jo Graham
    • Narrated By Gigi Shane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Charmian is handmaiden to Cleopatra. She is also an oracle, gifted with ancient memories that may hold the key to preserving Egypt. Through blood and fire, war and peace, love and death, she will face a desperate struggle that will remake the future of the world.

    David says: "Wonderful Historical Fantasy"
    "Wonderful Historical Fantasy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I've read Margaret Atwood's CLEOPATRA and I find this a perfect companion piece. Both cover the historical events surrounding the fall of Alexandria perfectly from different perspectives. The narrator's voice is rich and well modulated. You are drawn in, and that's what good audio is all about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charmian, who is also the protagonist...it would be difficult to choose a different character in this one because the book is invested in that one character so deeply.


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

    Ms. Shane captured a variety of voices and managed to remain true to them. The emotion feels very real - genuine. By the end of the book, as far as the reader is concerned, she IS Charmian ...


    Who was the most memorable character of Hand of Isis and why?

    Again, Charmian, and again, because most of the book is her interacting with the land, and the other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes you places you don't expect to go, and is also a good primer on the events surrounding Rome's wooing, and final capture, of Alexandria. You come to love, and to hate the characters right along with the narrator - and the protagonist - and when it's over, you find yourself withing for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Things: The Order of the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melissa Scott, Jo Graham
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason. Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archeologist who lost his career when he lost part of his leg.

    Sires says: "1929 Set Historical Fantasy with Good Narrator"
    "Wonderfully wrought historical fantasy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lost Things the most enjoyable?

    I love the storytelling quality of John Lee's narration. He has the perfect tone to carry a story forward and draw me in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louis, because of all the challenges he faced, and the way he stepped up and overcame adversity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the big chase / fight on the airship. It's well written, and brings that very unique setting to brilliant life.


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

    Just enjoyed it thoroughly and looking forward to the next adventure for this crew.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martyring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Sullivan
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kurt Hauptmann will learn to make stained glass to help men see the glory of God, one of the many bizarre heritages handed down from his ancestry. But the family has other, more frightening secrets. The path to God runs through darkness as well as light. And the bond of a family is blood, its own and that of its enemies.

    What is the strangeness in Uncle Detlef, head of the stained-glass studio? Why has he descended from his cathedral roofs to steeplejack the perils of a secular world?

    Garth E. Seehawer says: "An interesting work poorly narrated."
    "Ancient Secrets and top-notch narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Bob Walter has the kind of voice that I put on a short list of those who - as narrator - could influence me to listen to a book I might otherwise have ignored. The story is rich and complex and the characters are vivid.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martyring?

    Without giving anything away, I would have to cite the scenes where the protagonist and his cousin interact closely.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Walter – was your favorite?

    The Detective


    If you could rename The Martyring, what would you call it?

    Bloodstained Glass


    Any additional comments?

    This book tells one of those rare stories that tightrope-walks between genres. It is a mystery. It is a thriller. It has historical aspects, and a bit of romance. It brings things like the art of creating stained glass, and the deaths of martyrs into focus for the reader. In a word? Memorable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gary A. Braunbeck
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After he finds himself stranded at a truck stop in Missouri, Mark Sieber gets one of the biggest shocks of his life when he recognizes the face of a little girl on a Missing poster as belonging to the same little girl he saw only a few minutes before. Looking around for some sign of her, he comes back to his table in the restaurant to find the little girl sitting there, waiting for him. "I'm sorry, mister," is all she seems capable of saying.

    Shad says: "A unique story"
    "Dark, but well written and unique"
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    What did you love best about Prodigal Blues?

    Very well crafted characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sort of sing-song chanting voice.


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

    Engaging voice and breadth of characterization


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

    It's very dark. It makes you think.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a horror novel. Not for the squeamish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sufferer's Song

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Savile
    • Narrated By Andrew Randall
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Small towns are meant to be sleepy. Safe. They are not meant to be meat. Within a single week, Kristy, Ben. and Westbrooke's residents have the comfortable safety of their world torn out from under them. People they have known all their lives turn on them and no-one knows what is happening, why, or how to stop it. There's blood on the streets, and the suffering has only just begun.

    Shelli says: "Tried and tried"
    "Dean Koontz-like Thriller"
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    Where does The Sufferer's Song rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is a complex book based around a failed medical experiment - an experiment intended to help one control exactly the emotion they need at any given time - which goes wrong. The test subjects, some human, some animal, end up out of control, violent, raging - killing - and in many cases dead.

    There is an array of characters lined up against the pretty much


    What did you like best about this story?

    The variety of characters


    Which character ??? as performed by Andrew Randall ??? was your favorite?

    Sort of copping out here, but the narrator's voice behind the story is my favorite.


    If you could rename The Sufferer's Song, what would you call it?

    Mental


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting, if rather long thriller. Should appeal to Stephen King and Den Koontz fans - particularly their earlier works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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