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phillip

From the way she acts when I take them off, I've a feeling my baby girl thinks I have headphones graphed to my skull.

toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (596)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
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    I have all the Dexter novels and this one is pretty good. Dexter is at that revolting stage of parenthood where he thinks they should hand out noble prizes for burping. Revolting but funny and I choose to believe adorable in self defence. Dexter is in a pickle trying to be a dedicated daddy and husband in the middle of coming the closest ever to being exposed as the dark avenger. Which among other things lands him in the middle of the wilderness on a Boy Scout camping trip that almost made coffee squirt out of my nose. My one complaint is that the self descriptive internal monologging got to be a bit much. Dexter the dark, Dexter the dangerous, Dexter the devious, Dexter of the enormous brain, Dexter the extremely long winded to the point of more than a few eye rolls and an unkind thought or two about the author using it to fill pages. Overall though I enjoyed it very much.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (932)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "A Vey Hot Time-Literally"
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    I love every Mercy Thompson book and this one is no exception. Mercy is in hot water again through no fault of her own; or maybe it's hot lava. This time she's standing between some very scary creatures and the things they want enough to cook her for, a gray lord and his artifact, a lava god and his stalkee and Adams ex-wife and Adam. Thank goodness although Mercy has a gooey center, when it come to protecting what's hers, she's one tough cookie.
    Patricia Briggs cares about the people in her books and never forgets who they really are. Even though this is book number 8 they don't do things that are out of character. I like that she didn't overplay the drama between Mercy, Adam and Adam's Ex wife. Some writers may have been tempted to the kind of misunderstandings that would leave the reader wanting to kick the hero in the berries on the heroines behalf, but I like Adam just as much or more now as I did at the beginning of the book. I'm very relieved about that and dying to get my hands on book 9.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Discworld II: The Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The acclaimed Science of Discworld centred on an original Pratchett story about the Wizards of Discworld. In it they accidentally witnessed the creation and evolution of our universe, a plot which was interleaved with a Cohen & Stewart non-fiction narrative about Big Science. In The Science of Discworld II our authors join forces again to see just what happens when the wizards meddle with history in a battle against the elves for the future of humanity on Earth. London is replaced by a dozy Neanderthal village.

    Volodymyr says: "Amazing book (not a Discworld nowel)"
    "They've smothered my Pratchett!!!"
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    I found It very hard to rate this book because to me it's like two books meshed together in some horrible "The Fly" like teleporter accident! One was an entertaining and as usual funny Terry Pratchett novel. The other was a book which, if I read it on it's own, I may have enjoyed as a quirky take on the history of earth sciences. When I bought it I thought the science would be a compliment to the novel but there's so much of it, it's burying my Pratchett! and that is a sin that can not be forgiven. I'd give the discworld part 9 stars but the annoyance of having to dig it out has reduced that to 7. They should try publishing the novel part as a stand alone work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zone One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated By Beresford Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan.

    Jeff says: "Not the next great american author I was hoping"
    "Will make you feel like the undead."
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    If you like alot (and I mean alot!) of good descriptive prose that makes a comment on the frivolity of modern society pointing out how we are all hopelessly doomed, and want a zombie twist on that, this may be the book for you. I like descriptive prose (even good descriptive prose) only if it flows naturally with the story and helps to move the plot along. If I find myself thinking "Boy.... that sure is ALOT of good descriptive prose." It's at that point my eyeballs roll back in my head and the zombie like moaning begins.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1329)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    AudioAddict says: "The cover is a little misleading"
    "Adventure Ahoy!"
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    This is a wonderful, well writen adventure that has the makings of a real classic. Imagine you are crew on an elderly American destroyer caught up in world war II and are hopelessly running for your life from more powerful Japanese ships. Then pass through a strange storm and find yourself on an alternate earth, where everything on land and sea is trying to eat you and Ewoks are being warred on by monsters. but both sides have only wooden ships with sails and no one knows about gunpowder. I loved it! My only complaint is the abruptness of the ending, mostly because I wanted more. I already downloaded book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eleanor Herman, Peggielene Bartels
    • Narrated By J. Karen Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins.

    phillip says: "Long Live the King!"
    "Long Live the King!"
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    I had to keep reminding myself King Peggy is a true story. It's more entertaining than a lot of fiction I've read lately. I found myself the ultimate spectator, cheering King Peggy and her people on as they root out the corruption and lies of the elders and set about making life better for the village. It made me smile and scowl and practically dance with glee at times and mostly made me wish we had a leader who cared as much about our people as King Peggy cares about hers. I would love to hear our head of state threaten to " Squeeze your balls til your eyes pop out of your heads ". Long live the king, may she never have to go for a cure in the village!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff: Discworld, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

    phillip says: "An eye popper of a title to google - "Snuff"!"
    "An eye popper of a title to google - "Snuff"!"
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    There's an art to putting a lesson in a tale without slapping people upside the head with it and no one can do that better than Terry Pratchett. Mostly because the story is so entertaining you don't care. Oh Vimes! roaming around in the horrible fresh air knocking elbows and sometimes heads with the country folks, explaining women's lib to the pride and prejudice young ladies with all the delicacy we've all come to expect and reluctantly championing an oppressed people to boot. I find the only way to rate a Terry Pratchett novel is to compare it to other Terry Pratchett novels because for me they start at 5 stars whereas most other books have to start at a humble 1 star. That being said I loved this book almost as much as Thud! which is my very favourite of the Vimeocentric discworld novels. Stephen Briggs gives his usual wonderful performance, I love the brusque voice he does for Sam, it captures him for me completely. 10 stars!





    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3678)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2386)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Narrator brings this story to life"
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    I'm always eager to find out what's going on with Sookie and, as always, it was a pleasure to slip into her mind and story again. What I never realized was how much animation is brought to Sookies story by the narrator Johanna Parker! I was introduced the series by audio and listened to all of it-never read a word-until I read the advanced chapter for Dead Reckoning on the web site. It sounded so wrong and flat in my head I actually tried to mentally give it Ms. Parkers voice and ended up laughing at how bad a job I did with it compared to her. Kudos Ms. Parker!

    21 of 27 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1467)

    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.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Another great book in this series!"
    Overall

    I was afraid with the end of book 3,"City of Glass", and all of the resolutions that came with it, the story of Jase and Clairy wouldn't have the same ZING. But I shouldn't have worried. Cassandra Claire does the same fabulous job as usual and, as usual, I'm bitting my nails for the next one. I thought the narrators were excellent, though it was a bit of a jolt switching from the male narrator to the female narrator. May-be because he speaks in a low, sort of rumbly british accent that grates pleasantly on the ear (frankly I could listen to him all day!) and she is a bit louder. They are both good, just different.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (668)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Be careful what you wish for!"
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    I've been in love with Ayla's story from Clan of the Cave Bear and the minute I closed the page on each and every book Ms. Auel created I was wishing for the next one. The wait was pretty long, but more than worth it every time. Except this time. I am so disappointed with book number 6 I actually had tears of frustration in my eyes while I was listening to it. As far as I can tell it breaks down into three main themes #1. Remembering old times (a nice way of saying stealing unabashedly from the other 5 books) #2 Discribing in mind numbing detail every painting in every cave that has ever had an echo in it ( I've heard of the title of a work saying it all, well this one says about 15 hours of it) #3 Action scenes that,while few and far between, are not even half hearted disguised rehashing of events from (you guessed it!) the other five books. With a minor theme in ( though it's majorly annoying ) multiple repetitions of "The Mother Song!" and no I haven't devolved into vulgarity, that's actually the name of the song. The only thing I can guess is that Ms. Auel sat looking at the 5 enormously large novels she wrote and decided enough was enough. As in new ideas, a new plot, etc...and now I am going to take an antacid and make myself a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea....

    115 of 115 people found this review helpful

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