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Dr Dionne P Joseph

United Kingdom | Member Since 2016

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  • 63 reviews
  • 254 ratings
  • 1066 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2018
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  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (237)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "shocking misrepresentation"
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    I have over 500 books in my audible library. This has to rate amongst the worst. The title is a total misrepresentation. It was nothing about the life and times of the butler as described.

    It had no coherence and I had no idea what the relevance of most of it was to the title.

    A REALLY BAD listen. The only redeeming feature was the narration, (not Forest Whitaker who speaks so slowly I had to put it on 1 1/4 speed).

    An appalling waste of two hours of my life. I will never buy anything from this 'author' again. I am asking for my money back.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Livia Lone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1401)
    Story
    (1395)

    Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason. Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

    shelley says: "This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!"
    "excellent story and performance."
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    great listen, but harrowing. hoping for a sequel. Livia is a strong female character. I want to hear more about her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Games: Time Jumper Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jay J. Falconer
    • Narrated By Gary Tiedemann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Fifteen-year-old Emily Heart is a genetic freak. But she wasn't born that way. Someone made her. Someone stole her life and erased everything she knew to be true. They gave her powers she's just beginning to understand, just beginning to harness. Now a social outcast and on the run from deadly gangs, relentless cops, and a determined reporter, Emily wants her life back. And she wants revenge.

    Dr Dionne P Joseph says: " Very good - but there is a sting in the 'tail'"
    " Very good - but there is a sting in the 'tail'"
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    Very well written and performed. Although a YA book, this 50 something really enjoyed it. A solid time-travel tale.

    HOWEVER!!! It ends on a cliffhanger - almost mid-sentence. The next book is only 4 hours long, which I think is bit of a rip-off for a whole credit. Books 2 and 3 should have been bundled together.

    So, if you feel it's worth the credit, jump in and get the first. If not, dont start the series.

    I'm still considering!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dogs of War: A Joe Ledger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2744)
    Performance
    (2627)
    Story
    (2621)

    A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming, and we may be too late to stop it. Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat.

    Young says: "I ask again"
    "Chilling story. Amazing narration."
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    The story is very good, but quite chilling. But I have to comment on the superlative narration of Ray Porter. He just seems to get better and better. I have nearly 1000 audiobooks in my library and Ray Porter has to be THE best narrator out there!! The piece where he describes how he likes his omelettes is simply genius. This alone should win him some awards.

    I downloaded this without listening to a sample, because the combination of Maberry and Porter is simply top notch. Never, never change him!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (398)

    The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

    Tim says: "One Reich, One God, One Dealer"
    "Amazingly good book. Revelatory!!"
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    Fantastically interesting book. I listened to it pretty much in one go. Could not put it down. This sheds an entirely new light onto historical events, not least the supposed invincibility of the German army in the early stages of the war.

    Fascinating, absorbing listen. I have been telling everyone I know about the findings/revelations in this book. Totally recommended, plus top-notch narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Hell: Gods of the Undead: A Post-Apocalyptic Epic

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Meredith
    • Narrated By Erik Johnson
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    The fall of mankind begins with just one man, a man who sells his soul piece by piece. Perhaps he does it with the purest of intentions or perhaps he does it because he's a greedy, grasping, evil son of a bitch. Either way the results are the same: Hell on Earth. Jack Dreyden, a doctoral candidate in ancient languages, begins his road to Hell when he translates an ancient scroll that was never supposed to see the light of day.

    Christopher says: "Peter Meredith has done it again !"
    "My ears hurt!!!"
    Overall
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    The storyline was an original take on zombies, but the execution was poor.

    I didn't like the narrator's rather halting and odd delivery. But the worst of it was his attempt to do a British accent. It was absolutely appalling. Given that one of the major characters is (meant) to be an English aristocrat, every time that person appeared I was pulled out of the story.

    Also the author has absolutely no idea how British people actually speak. The character's use of language was all over the place. From antiquated Jeeves and Wooster type idiom, to alleged Cockney. From the mouth of a supposed aristocrat. Terrible, terrible, terrible!

    I'm asking for my credit back.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Switch: Joe Ledger, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3922)
    Performance
    (3684)
    Story
    (3675)

    Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

    Ryan Hooey says: "When the lights go out"
    "Wonderful listen"
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    I really, really wish I had come to this series about 5 years from now, when it's all over and I could go straight on to the next book. Now I'm going to have to wait a year for the next one.

    Outstanding story, superlative narration. I love, love love Ray Porter. I want his babies :)!!

    He is THE best narrator on Audible. I was on the edge of my seat and was left feeling empty when it was over. Roll on 2017!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interlopers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Ben Browder
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Cody Westcott, a young archeologist, returned from a dig at Apachetarimac with more than he bargained for. Seems the Chachapoyans that he had been studying had a lot to teach us all. Soon he steps through the looking glass but unlike Alice its no fairytale world that he finds. Instead it is our own world teeming with Interlopers-Those Who Abide. Unseen by the mass of humanity they are aware that Cody can now see them. They dont like it.

    Barbara says: "Thrilling-3 cheers for Alan Dean Foster"
    "A bit rubbish"
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    This story makes no sense. If the Interlopers are so common, then everyone should be infected in childhood. I couldn't get past this glaring error in logic.

    The narration is also pretty ropey. Ben Browder slurs his words and his articulation in poor. All in all I lost interest part way through and didn't really care what happened in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammer of God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    A thrilling new novella from best-selling author Greig Beck - starring the formidable Alex Hunter. When the coalition of Allied Forces established an international zone in Iraq, they meant to bring peace to the region. They were succeeding - until the moment something hulked into the zone and detonated a nuclear bomb. The last images from the area prior to the blast are not of drones or the trail of an ICBM. Instead they show a solitary figure carrying the enormous weapon to the soon-to-be ground zero on its back.

    janet says: "Short story, not worth full book price"
    "I think he had a tax bill to pay!"
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    not very good. not up to his usual standard. a filler. missable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • They Thirst

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (687)

    It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Better Then Zombies"
    "Scary, not Sparkly!!!"
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    Good, old-fashioned, scary vampires. Yay!! No sparkly, lovesick nonsense.

    This one kept me listening for far too long into the night. Kept adding 'just another 30 minutes' onto the timer . Really enjoyed it. Great narration as usual from Ray Porter, good solid story. Ahem, The Strain???

    Would have loved a sequel.

    But the maths just doesn't add up. If the vampires turn someone every time they feed, then that's a geometric progression (if my schoolgirl maths of decades ago is correct). Before long they run out of their food supply, surely? What happens then?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last American Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1240)

    In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Enjoyable but it has weakensses"
    "Very entertaining. Some drawbacks"
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    Overall I really enjoyed this book. It clips along at an amazing pace and is very engaging. However, the constant shift from first to third person is really jarring and takes quite a bit of getting used to. Ditto to the frequent footnotes. I can see how these work in a print book, where you can choose to ignore them, but in an audio book they are a distraction from the story (albeit often interesting). I got used to them in the end and went with the flow.

    All in all a very enjoyable experience. But don't drop off whilst listening, or else you'll skip 50 years or so in his life!

    I would recommend and am looking forward to a sequel, hopefully.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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