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John F. Kaess

Jacksonville, FL | Member Since 2009

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  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5447)
    Performance
    (4151)
    Story
    (4147)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Best Dresden Book so far"
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    I've read (in print) all of the Dresden File books, and have been buying and listening to them as audiobooks the past few months starting with book 1. This is by far the best Dresden book I've listened to. Not only is it the best story, but James Marsters' performance is outstanding. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Equalizer

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Sloan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

    shelley says: "THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!"
    "Breathing!"
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    What did you like best about The Equalizer? What did you like least?

    Great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic charecters, good suspense


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Gurner’s performance?

    His breathing. It became so distracting it made listening painful


    Do you think The Equalizer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes with a new narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beethoven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Biss
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (480)

    The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

    Carol C. Buchalter says: "An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation"
    "Great narration can't save a bad book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It could have had some (any) content about Beethoven's music other than how hard it s to learn and perform.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Great narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book has no correlation to the description. If you play piano and want to hear a guy talk about all the technical aspects of playing Beethoven, you MIGHT like this book. I enjoy Beethoven and do not play piano so this was a complete waste of time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (128)

    The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.

    Andrea says: "Well worth a listen"
    "Great story and narator"
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    Where does The Adventures of Tom Sawyer rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is deservedly a classic, great story well read. Among my favorites and one I would look forward to listening to again.


    What does Patrick Fraley bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Good character differentiations, good emotion.


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

    If I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2040)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Great Story, Bad Narration"
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    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Deservedly a Classic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    The friendship developing between Huck and Jim


    How could the performance have been better?

    Elijah Wood simply doesn't do the southern dialects well, nor are his characters sufficiently clearly different. Patrick Fraley who narrates Tom Sawyer is a vastly superior narrator. I wish I had gotten his version of Huck Finn. If you haven't bought this yet, I'd recommend Fraley's version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3917)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2386)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "One of the greatest Sci-Fi Books ever"
    Overall

    There may not be a better sci-fi book. The narrator is excellent. I can't imagine the book being read any better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (386)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "Not for me"
    Overall

    I didn't like the writing (the content was mediocre, but her writing style wasn't very good) and most of all, I HATED her narrating. Her voice drove me up the wall. I got half way through it before I finally quit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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