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Lakejewel

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  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7123)
    Performance
    (5323)
    Story
    (5315)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Spike makes good"
    Overall

    As I listened to this audiobook, I couldn't help but picture the character James Marsters played in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". He brought the characters to life without doing obnoxious falsetto voices for the female characters as so many other readers do. I have read all the Dresden books in print thus far, and while I enjoyed reading this book at the time, I felt much more "in" the story while listening to this production. I listened to "Storm Front" before this one, and the reading of this audiobook is much more enjoyable than "Storm Front" because of Marsters' enthusiastic performance. The timing is great, the characters are distinguishable without being obnoxious and there is just enough acting to make it really exciting. I'll concede that there were some mispronounciations but not enough to really detract from the story. I listen to lots of audiobooks and this one I will recommend to everyone!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (916)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Unexpectedly entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was afraid it might be a bit dated but it is not. The story is very entertaining and the reader is a great fit. I am looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1750)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "It's a novel, not a history book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read or listened to every novel by Michael Connelly. I feel like I know Harry Bosch. This book and the last one were not up to his usual good story telling. This book felt like the story was a bit forced. I still enjoyed it but the reader did it no favors. He seems more suited to reading nonfiction. Just droning on in the same tone of voice, like he is reading a list of facts from a really boring high school history text. It has been a long standing problem with finding a good reader for Connelly's books. Why can't they get somebody with some enthusiasm - get Dick Hill back please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charlie Lovett
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman's Tale is a former bookseller's sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

    George says: "One of the best books I have read."
    "Trying story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first chapter of this book sounds good - then it gets muddled. Did any editor touch this? Too much backstory, too much many details that don't flesh out the characters. It needed some serious revision. It might have been a good outline but the execution was not well done. The reader was OK with some weak material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    After two rollicking adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage.

    MissSusie66 says: "All in all a fun book"
    "just a mashed up mess"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first 2 books were great but this one is full of distractions and too many characters. What is the deal with the generics calling each other names and cursing? This book feels like the author raked all the characters from stories he loves into his left over plot ideas making big mess that no editor bothered to sort it. Then the narrator tries to do different voices for the various characters but most are just squeaky.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (26854)
    Performance
    (20619)
    Story
    (20701)

    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"
    "Gasp"
    Overall

    I bought this because I wanted more of the story after watching the HBO series. The story is good but the reader is not. He pauses and gasps in the wrong places. His timing is terrible, like he is doing the first read-through. His voice is not bad but the pacing is so bad it really ruins it. I listen to audiobooks alot but I wish I had not bought this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1276)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "don't bother"
    Overall

    Who directed this reading? I was really excited to get a new DeMille book since Scott Brick did a great job reading "The Lion's Game" . He gets that the main character, John Cory, is a smartass and made that reading very engaging. In this sequel book, he reads the story in a very flat voice, like somebody reporting a great tragedy. It is so tedious I kept falling asleep. What a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pinch Of Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    Dalziel and Pascoe investigate allegations made about the Calliope Club, which screens pornographic movies. But before theirinvestigations bear fruit, the cinema is wrecked and its owner killed.

    R. Ro says: "Smart Mystery"
    "classic hill"
    Overall

    Good story, great reader - what more can you ask for? I wish it had lasted longer. While the case being investigated is disturbing, the writing is so good that I laughed out loud in a couple of places. If only all audiobooks were so enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "pointless"
    Overall

    The reader was great of course, but the story is pointless and predictable. None of the characters give any reason to like or to empathasize with them. I don't care what happens to any of them so I forced myself to finish it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (498)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The reader misses all of the author's wit. I read this book when it was originally published but wanted to listen to it before I listened to "The Gate House". The book is great, as are all of DeMille's. Scott Brick read "The Lion's Game" and did a much, much better job. It seems like this reader didn't get any direction and he obviously hadn't read the book. His female voices all sound like drag queens. It's a shame.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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