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Jon

Mt Prospect, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Loved this"
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    Any additional comments?

    I saw Alex on a authors panel at C2E2 last weekend. She was so funny and interesting. Her love of science really came through. I actually bought the book sitting there in the audience. I now wish I could go back in time. At the time I didn't understand the references or questions, now I do and I have my own questions. For such a happy, funny person, she created quite a dark character with very serious issues. In many ways he reminded me of Harry Dreasdon. I can't to listen to the next one and what she has in store.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1656)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Not really my thing"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a really wonderful idea. Both worlds and characters were well thought out and interesting. I would have loved spending more time learning about all of them. Unfortunatly this book is first and foremost a love story. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just not my thing. I think there is a huge segment of people who would love it for just that reason. I'd love if there was another book which mainly took place in the other world. I suppose maybe the second book does that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (313)

    Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance...with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown. The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure.

    Marianne says: "Even Better than the First Novel in the Series"
    "Wonderful narration"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this follow up immensely. These books are fun, easy to follow and don't take themselves too seriously.
    I really wanted to note the narration. This is how it should be done. James Langton and the production team deserve about 50% of the credit for the enjoyment I got out of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (5493)
    Performance
    (5070)
    Story
    (5062)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "More thoughtful"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this book different than the first three. I found the danger level much lower. Much less chaos. He upped the thoughtfulness level. We spent more time learning about Atticus's past and what it is to be a Druid and most importantly, nearly immortal. Both the good and bad that go along with that. Interesting direction to go in, I thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1739)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Bibliophile Mom says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Horrible narrator choice"
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    Would you listen to City of Fallen Angels again? Why?

    Most deffinatly not. Because of the Narrators


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    First the male. Why do Jayce and Simon, two east coast US teens, have a British inner monologue? Didn't make much sense. He was at least better than the women, or maybe i should say 12 year old. I find it hard to believe she's much older than that. My real issue is she would pronounce certain things from this world incorrectly. Did she and the producers not listen to the first 3 books? Maybe they pronounced them wrong in the first three but it would have made more sense to stick with those. It was driving me nuts.
    I listened to the first 4 but with this women continuing forward I guess I will be reading them instead.
    Honestly, I have more than 80 audible books. I have never once complained about performance until this. I'm also not opposed to change since I had no problem when they changed the narrator between book 1 & 2.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to stress my issue is with performance, not the book itself. That was just as good as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Fukuda
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.

    Michelle says: "This had me on my toes from start to finish."
    "Interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Fukuda and/or Sean Runnette?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A very interesting combination of a vampire book with the Hunger Games and Planet of the Apes. The first 3/4 is a fun sociological study. It was so well done and had me thinking that I could not wait for the Hunt to begin. That didn't go as well as I hoped. It was as if he simply lost steam once he got to the end and just slapped something together. I also wonder what was going on with the narrator. There was no emotion or inf lexicon or anything. Most of the characters sounded alike so I had a hrd time knowing who was speaking. I did thnk for awhile that the main character has to hold back his emotions pretending to be a a vampire so maybe that's what the narrator was going for. The longer the book went on the more I feel like that was giving him more credit than he deserves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9566)
    Performance
    (7902)
    Story
    (7973)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    At this moment I'm finding it hard to believe I will be able to survive the wait until the third book is released. I've rarely encountered a world so lived in. I've been reading the two books back to back for about a month (man they are really long, which is great). When I'm awake I've wanted little more than to get back to it and when I'm asleep I often dream of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11437)
    Performance
    (9131)
    Story
    (9236)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Came out of Nowhere"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was recommended to me, thank God


    Any additional comments?

    Every now and again someone will recommend a book to me and I read it simply so I can tell them I did even though I don't really want to. This book blindsided me. I'm not normally enamored with an entire book being a story told of past events. This time I was so into the story I found myself annoyed the few times they came out of it. Kvoth's story is brought forth in such detail and depth along with this entire world. I should also add the voice performance was top notch. The distinct voices and accents for everyone never left me guessing who was who. I'd be hard pressed to have enjoyed a book more.

    0 of 0 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
    (10834)
    Performance
    (7734)
    Story
    (7738)

    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"
    "Wish I had not waited so long to start"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The thing stood out the most to me was the world Butcher creates. I felt as if he put together the world then created a character to fit into it. It was so well fleshed out, all bassis were covered. I've meant to get around to this series for years, now I'm not sure how I could have waited so long. The great thing is I get months worth of fun catching up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Giant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1087)

    Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

    Joe says: "Enderverse"
    "Continues my Bean love"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It more or less wrapped up the entire hegemon portion of the Bean series of books. He took a massive number of characters and did a wonderful job of wrapping up each story, well sort of.


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

    Quite Simply Life. I read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. I then went back and listened to them along with each of the other books. They are expertly acted and the voices chosen well.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always loved this Bean line of books and it makes going back to Ender's Game and reading that and knowing where each of these characters end up post bugger war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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