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Blaine

Camas, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Siobhan says: "Funny, funny, funny!"
    "Brilliant"
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    John Finnemore is a genius, and he proves it again with this hysterical Christmas special. I usually listen while I drive, and I almost drove off the road laughing when the bit about the umbrella unfolds in the cockpit. Pure genius, I tell ya. Loved every moment! :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Engagingly Different"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Devotion of Suspect X the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good, and kept me engaged the entire time. The storyline was interesting and unfolded at just the right pace for me. Really well done, in fact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the approach, where the reader (listener) knows from the get-go who dunnit, and then following the investigation to see if the others can figure it out.


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

    FIrst time. I will look for him again.


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

    No laughing or crying, but it did leave me with a sense of wonder at all the story telling engineering that went in to this story...giving JUST enough along the way to keep the reader guessing, and the minute PLANNING of it all, to reveal the right thing at the right time. Remarkable.


    Any additional comments?

    I've recommended this story to several people already. I will look for other work by this author, and narrator. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold-Blooded Business: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

    Jan says: "Dana and Marquerite are hard to beat"
    "Immense, Immersive Enjoyment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Cold-Blooded Business to be better than the print version?

    I have read several of the novels, but never listened to one. I don't know that it's better, necessarily, but different, and I enjoyed it a lot. The narrator is perfect for Kate, and Dana Stabenow's writing is always pitch perfect. I liked this audio book immensely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate Shugak, of course. She's smart, witty, and kicks ass! What's not to like?


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    I thought Marguerite's take on Kate was awesome. I will admit, I was a bit apprehensive, but she pulled it off with perfect tone and clarity. Well Done.


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

    Absolutely. As it was, I got through it in about 3 different sittings, but was constantly thinking about the story when I was away.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is awesome, and now that I've discovered them on audio, I am even more excited to go on many more adventures with Kate, Mutt and Jack. Love it !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3356)
    Performance
    (2817)
    Story
    (2835)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Great story - great narration - ANNOYING sound !"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both, actually.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    I enjoyed the story, and the narration was absolutely top notch, but seriously, the amateurish and mistimed sound effects were ANNOYING! The music portion was okay, I guess, but when the narrator says "...the window broke..." and a full 2 seconds later you hear an amateur sound effect that is neither convincing, nor adds to the story, it just gets to be frustrating. The narrator is so good in this, the sound effects actually take away from his ability to tell the story. I hated the sound effects.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I LOVED THE NARRATOR ! I just hated the producers decision to use sound effects. Even the wind and thunder and whatever was just plain stupid.


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

    I would leave that to the professionals.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did enjoy the story and the narration, but hesitant to listen to the others in this series if there are continued sound effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1823)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Daryl says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "I simply loved this..."
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    It was the perfect amount of creepy...and who doesn't like a free listen? Thanks Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7932)
    Performance
    (7127)
    Story
    (7145)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Not Disappointed !"
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    I absolutely loved the first audio in this series, so it was with a bit of apprehension that I picked up and listened to this one...I needn't have fretted one whit. Once again, Kevin Hearne comes through with a fantastic story, and Luke Daniels is quickly becoming my favorite narrator...he's absolutely incredible. This is def. worth the time, and money. I can't wait now to continue on and see what happens to this great character...and my favorite literary canine, Oberon. Entertaining all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Novice Unabridged: A Story of True Love

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam’s uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agreed to walk the traditional path of marriage. Throughout her marriage, Kinh Tam’s mind was devoted to her husband but her heart never waivered from her true calling.

    Kyle Krueger says: "The Novice..listened to on the way from WI to IL"
    "Not my cup of chai"
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    I really wanted to like this story. The premise sounded very promising, but unfortunately for me, it wondered all OVER the place, with frequent, heavy handed sermons. When the writing finally gets back to the actual story, it was good, not great. Overall, I just felt disappointed and frustrated. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but this was all together forgettable for me. :(

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1315)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Good, not great..."
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    I took a chance on this one, not knowing anything about the author or narrator. I am a highly emotional listener...and I guess I just wasn't " in the mood " for this particular story. The narration was very good, but the story itself seemed EXTREMELY slow. I like small town politics and behind-closed-doors scenarios, but this one seemed to drag to a grinding halt. I didn't even finish half of it. It's rare for me to abandon a book, whether audio or in print, but this one just didn't do it for me. Once again, it's likely that I just wasn't feeling this story, rather than bad writing and narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11750)
    Performance
    (8600)
    Story
    (8599)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Pleasant Surprise..."
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    I bought this audio book as part of the $4.95 sale of 1st books in a series. For 5 bux, I didn't expect much, actually. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The story itself is very different, but entertaining. Supernatural goings-on in modern day life is interesting. I thought the writing was very good, and kept me appropriately engaged. Did this book change my life? Not really, but it was a fun ride none-the-less.

    As far as the performance by James Marsters...I think this is a case of you either LOVE his style or completely HATE it. I started out being annoyed by all the heavy breathing, sighing, and dragging of words. It's definitely a particular "style". But here's the thing - it dawned on my about half way through this audio book that I had converted from listening to someone read a story, to listening to Harry Dresden himself relating his experience. There is a profound difference, and it's never happened to me on audio before. Instead of picturing some guy in a studio reading from a script, I actually felt like I was sitting in a bar, or beside a fireplace listening to Harry tell a very good story. For that reason alone, I gave 5 stars for performance.

    I will likely pursue this series, and already look forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

    Jeffrey says: "Very Distracting Narrator"
    "Fantastic story and performance"
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    MOLOKA'I is one of my favorite books of all time, so it was with a little trepidation that I embarked upon HONOLULU. I needn't have worried. Mr. Brennert is a master storyteller, and the narration by Ali Ahn was spot-on. I loved this book ! In addition to an engaging story, I learned a tremendous amount about Hawaiian culture and history. The characters are memorable, and the story is unforgettable. Highly recommended !!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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