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Merril

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  • A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

    Serval says: "Fun dramatization"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The absolutely dreadful sound quality and the narrator's sleepy drawl and lack of energy totally ruined this wonderful classic story for me. One of only two downloads that I have deleted. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cecilian Vespers: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins is used to defending murderers - and occasionally investigating murders himself - but he's never come up against anything like the case of Reinhold Schellenberg, a world-renowned German theologian who has been found dead on the altar of an old church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saint Cecilia's Day. The controversial priest, once a top insider in the Vatican, was known to provoke strong feelings in Catholics, and now those feelings have overflowed with horrifying results.

    Reader says: "Intensely Catholic"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    What could Anne Emery have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make "Normi" less irritating and annoying and generally have a smaller role in this story. She is supposed to be 8 years old but her behaviour is much younger than that and I don't understand why she features so heavily in this supposedly murder mystery book. It isn't like she develops in any notable way...


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    what's not to like? he is a hugely talented 'voice actor' making all the characters come alive, even to the point of being annoying! (see above comment!!)


    What character would you cut from Cecilian Vespers: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 4?

    Normi


    Any additional comments?

    too much additional stuff about Catholicism and even music - and even the private life of Collins all of which is to plump out what is in the end, a very thin storyline. I liked one and two in the series, wasn't so sure with the third and now with the fourth may go no further with Burke and Collins. The characters don't really develop, they keep making the same mistakes and I find that I don't really care what happens to Collins and his 'family' as he seems incapable of learning from his mistakes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1794)
    Story
    (1802)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "another star"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guardian to be better than the print version?

    Yes I am sure because of the stunning characterisation by Christian Rummel whose narration is up there with the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guardian?

    that would be a spoiler to the story.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He is a true 'voice actor' and I totally forget that I am just listening to one man telling the story.


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

    No. It was just as I expected it to be - an excellent, gripping story.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Campbell's character, 'Black Jack' Geary, could give a few Leadership seminars in business and management courses. Throughout the whole series he is the leader we all would like to be !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3206)
    Performance
    (2277)
    Story
    (2277)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "torture"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about First to Kill?

    After the prologue, which is a graphic description of a man dying after being tortured, the first few minutes of chapter one turned out to be different man, same level of graphic violence, at which point I just stopped play.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    Not being able to get past chapter one! That I couldn't get on with it as I think the story telling is probably very good


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

    Dick Hill is an awesome narrator and the main reason I selected this book. He brings the story and characters alive, which may have been why the violence disturbed me so much !!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First to Kill?

    well, the prologue, for a start!! (ha ha)


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure, from the way the story is crafted from the get-go, that I am missing a really suspenseful edge of seat page turning thriller - if only I could get past the gory beginning, but I read and listen for pleasure, and this wasn't it. sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3164)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (2953)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "A winning combination..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The third in the series, i was very excited to see this book released and was not disappointed. I would recommend this sequel wholeheartedly. Gripping, well crafted, superbly performed -


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

    This is the third Grimnoir book I have listened to, all narrated by Bronson Pinchot. As with the previous two, I totally forget that it is just one man reading - he sounds like a complete cast of actors. His characterisation, voice, inflection ... one of my favourite narrators on Audible. I wish there were more novels narrated by him. What talent.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the first two Grimnoir books, I didn't want this one to end. I resisted the temptation to go back to the beginning immediately - but it won't be long before I listen again. Audible books at their very best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5972)
    Performance
    (5422)
    Story
    (5437)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "One of the best narrators, I loved this book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As an ardent and enthusiastic audiobook listener since 2007 I have learnt that whilst a great story is important of course, more than anything else, it is the skill and talent of the narrator to transport you and bring to life all the characters in the story that has the most effect on how much pleasure comes from the book. Bronson Pinchot brings to life the people so authentically that sometimes I listen to a chapter again, just for the sheer pleasure of listening to the story unfold through the different voices. His ability to adopt a different 'voice' and accent means that at times i genuinely forget that I am listening to just one man. I will be listening to everything I can find that is narrated by this man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Subtle humour and the narrator's ability to bring every character to life.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    The main man, Jack, is a character who unfolds and catches you as the story unfolds, thanks to the narration of Bronson Pinchot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1132)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "A wonderful, spell binding listen!"
    Overall

    This is the third and final installment of the series "His Dark Materials" and is very different from the first two which are clearly aimed at the young (in mind at least) but nevertheless, an enjoyable listen for those who like me are chronologically challenged!! This third book however, is a different kettle of fish and frankly, I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone under the age of 15. For those of us past this age, it is wonderful. Full of adventure, cliff hanging moments, it is one of few books that have brought tears to my eyes on at least two occasions. Masterfully written, this audio version is superbly narrated by a whole cast who bring light and life to the story. An intense and emotional ride, this final chapter of the trilogy kept me spell bound throughout.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Thirty-five The Hill is an ordinary house in an ordinary street, owned by an apparently ordinary young couple. But it is about to become infamous. For when Police Constables Janet Taylor and Dennis Morrisey are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene - a scene which leaves one of them dead and the other fighting for her life and career.

    Merril says: "Another GREAT listen!"
    "Another GREAT listen!"
    Overall

    I am totally addicted to the Peter Robinson series of Inspector Banks read so wonderfully by N Pearson, and of all the books I have listened to (which is almost all of them) this was one of the best. Two regrets.. 1. none of the books are long enough, 2. I have almost finished listening to all of them. Wonderful stuff. Intriguing stories,nice character development and all read by a reader who really needs to be on the best narrators list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (705)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "A good sale price listen."
    Overall

    I bought this last month in the sale, and it is certainly worth the $5 I paid, but I will not be buying the sequels at full price or one credit, they are too short, and well, not good enough. I found the story entertaining enough, but nothing here is particularly original. My biggest surprise was that a story set in London is not read by someone with (or using) a London English accent. The voice used reminded me of all those old private detective TV series set in the US, such as Elliot Gould, maybe on holiday in London??? Nevertheless, after getting over this initial surprise, I settled in to the reading and certainly feel that I got my money's worth. The narration was competent and the story sufficently engaging as a 1930's private detective in a kind of grown up Harry Potter magic world which is a decadent world - the "Nightside" !

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer That Never Was

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A skeleton has been unearthed. Soon the body is identified, and the horrific discovery hits the headlines. Fourteen-year-old Graham Marshall went missing during his paper round in 1965. The police found no trace of him. His disappearance left his family shattered, and his best friend, Alan Banks, full of guilt.

    Merril says: "Another really great listen."
    "Another really great listen."
    Overall

    I am working my way with great pleasure through all the Peter Robinson Inspector Banks books narrated by Neil Pearson mostly because I so enjoy the narrator who is perfect for these stories, using different accents and voices very effectively. Very British (mostly Northern England and London) in dialogue and accent, maybe that's why I enjoy them so much. I am sorry that they all are abridged versions as they are over all too soon. Typical murder mystery, the stories are well told by Robinson, written in 3rd person, mostly from the viewpoint of Inspector Banks, with quite a lot of dialogue, this episode is just as well crafted as all the rest, keeping you guessing, listening, intrigued. You also get an interesting insight into the main players and their lives, especially of course, Banks. So,to summarise, a well written story line, enhanced by the narrator who is one of the best, in my opinion, available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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