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Todd Sorensen

Littleton, CO, US | Member Since 2001

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3518)
    Performance
    (2940)
    Story
    (2958)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "The way an audio book should be"
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    Mr. Baldacci turns in another suspense thriller. An unlikely alliance, twists, and tense moments keep this a riveting listen. With a male narrator, the use of a woman for women's voices made this even more enjoyable. Having gender appropriate voices for the roles should be the norm for audio books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (266)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    justin says: "How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
    "In some ways his best"
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    What did you love best about The City?

    I've read all of Dean Koontz's books. They keep getting better. Not in terms of the bizarre plot- this one's OK. If I pay attention, there are so many poetic moments- not in sappy verse, but in cogent wisdoms almost casually tossed out with a beautiful economy of description. I am going to have to get a print version and re-read to capture some of these. I also liked his use of his favorite word in the adjectival form verses his usual use of the noun. I always listen (hint) for the word in every book. Koontz is indeed a master wordsmith.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Told from the perspective, in recollection, of a black man growing up in the 60's, and musically steeped in swing, Jonah is a rich and wise character.


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

    Korey Jackson gives each character a unique voice, from black to oriental to "city". He brings them to life.


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

    Actually, I wanted to linger over the words, and not push through them at once. The action kept me riveted, but the prose captivated me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read Koontz before, prepare for a treat. It you have, slow down on this one and treasure his descriptions and reflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not QUITE The Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Colin Mochrie
    • Narrated By Colin Mochrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Where the art of improvisation meets the art of literature. Based on the improv game First Line, Last Line, Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame, puts a unique spin on works of classic literature. Taking the first line and last line from classic books and poems, Colin recasts these familiar stories in his own trademark offbeat style.

    Stefanie Nagorka says: "Brilliant entertainment!"
    "Colin- I'm sorry but you have work to do"
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    What did you love best about Not QUITE The Classics?

    Fresh originality, stories coming from "left field" (sorry Col, don't know the hockey term). Not all stories were equally hilarious, but enough were that I couldn't stop laughing on some of them. My favorite- the take-off on Emily Bronte: "A Tale of Two Critters." As the new reality started dawning as to who the protagonist is, all of the pieces previously presented feel neatly into place- a full laugh with each detail. Sorry can't tell you about it; it would spoil the revelation.


    What about Colin Mochrie’s performance did you like?

    He brings life to all of the characters, even himself in the forward.


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

    I couldn't wait to get to the next story.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the --- sequel??? Actually, anywhere Colin wants to take his WORK, I will follow. If you know his real work, you will enjoy this. If you have never heard of him, you are in for a real treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (879)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Koontz the poet"
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    What made the experience of listening to Innocence the most enjoyable?

    While not a phenomenal story line, it is still very good, which is standard for Mr. Koontz. What sets this book apart are the numerous passages that are so well expressed, they "wax poetic." (This doesn't mean they rhyme, but they are quite thought provocative.) Yes, he does use his favorite word, twice in short order (a word found in virtually every book of his except "Oddkins," because that book, aimed at children, excludes word of such complexity- hint: "listen softly" for it. I think I need to purchase a paper or digital copy of this book and re-read it to find anew those passages and highlight them. Overall, good story, well narrated, but if one pays attention, some deep nuggets of wisdom scattered abroad. If you are a Koontz fan, you are in for a treat. If you are new to Koontz, this is a wonderful introduction.


    Any additional comments?

    I only hope Mr. Koontz has a plethora of books left in him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    John Gardner says: "The book disappoints on many levels"
    "Odd choices"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    probably, but I would tell them my thoughts and let them decide


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good plot, nice suspense building. He combined action in various venues into the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams?

    Just about anyone. It was an odd choice having a British narrator for an American novel. Americans now don't pronounce their "r"s. Worse- it seems everyone east of Austria speaks with a guttural voice- very difficult to distinguish characters. I found the most distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was good, but the dialogue was often tedious. Part of that was technically correct- the protocol for giving and receiving order aboard a submarine, part was just plain slow moving, as in the white house discussions. Perhaps accurate as to how it would probably occur, but it doesn't make good listening (or probably reading).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pineapple Grenade: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    First, there's the media frenzy over the “Hollow Man,” a gutless corpse found on the beach. And yet people think it’s perfectly normal to find dead sharks in the middle of downtown boulevards - or to spot black mushroom clouds behind the airport. Then there are the roving bands of carjackers who suddenly find themselves inconvenienced. Not to mention people lurking outside sex-addiction meetings. Could this be the work of Serge, that eccentric trivialista and one-man vigilante? And why is he extensively photographing foreign consulates right before the critically important Summit of the Americas?

    David says: "Fun but not for the whole family."
    "Dorsey at his best"
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    If you have never tried one of Tim Dorsey's "Serge" books, this one is a great start. He has been able to maintain these insane characters over several books with extremely creative plots (and murders) while taking his fresh shots at Floridian foibles. As usual, I found myself literally LOL. I'm already impatient for the next book. The only shortfall I noted was vagueness at Johnny Vegas' latest disaster. There is usually a more graphic description of how his dismal record is kept intact. Oliver Wyman has honed his narration to perfection (and we know narrators are gods - read the book). Download this book and be ready for the wild ride -- heck, be bold and live large like Serge, and download all his books! They're addictive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17694)
    Performance
    (15733)
    Story
    (15685)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "King at his best"
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    I believe this is my favorite King book. Fascinating premise, believable and compelling with its historical detail. I especially appreciated the wonderful stories within the story. It is the tale of noble, selfless love and personal sacrifice for both the common and individual good. I found myself not able to stop listening. The journey keeps one riveted and the ending is bittersweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (860)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "A most unique story and performance"
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    I can't recall listening to a more unique story. It's not a simple, nice story. There are no real heroes, or rather, all of the characters are human- flawed, imperfect, struggling, sometimes lost, yet real. This book defies most audible categories. I was reluctant to purchase this, but am glad I did. I suspect I will be ruminating on this for a time to come. I did find the author's use of "you" in describing actions a bit odd in that there really is no one central character, not even Skippy. Yet the "you" appears for many of the characters at various times (but not for others-- strange). The performance, utilizing many voices, it excellent- a real listening treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Ultimatum

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown. At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know that the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne.

    Tim says: "Was the Movie supposed to be based on this book?"
    "Cluelss brains?"
    Overall

    It seems that in every single dialogue, the discoveries have to be spelled out one letter at a time. It is as if these intelligent people all become clueless morons when listening to another. It made for endless dialogues that crawled along at a snail's pace. And they comprised a good portion of this book. I think the author was being paid by the page. Not worth four volumes of listening.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4226)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1524)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "a wacky suspense ride"
    Overall

    This is the second book I have listened to by Moore. He is genuinely original and funny. I only wish he had enough confidence in his humor to leave the profanity behind, or at least tone it down. (It reminds me of stand-up comedians who feel the need to fill their acts with profanity to "be" funny.) This book brings Moore's offbeat humor to a suspense novel. Although it doesn't take much imagination to see how the story ends, its a blast getting to it. If you can tolerate the profanity, I say you will find this a fun ride. There wasn't a moment when the story dragged or bumped.
    The reader makes Moore's books come alive. I can't imagine these books read by someone else. He captures the quirkiness in the characterizations and in his narrative reading.
    I just bought Fluke and can't wait to get to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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