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Bryan

University Place, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (2290)
    Story
    (2276)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "What a great story and listen!"
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    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Multi-faceted, suspensful mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a hard question because there are just so many well-drawn characters. But I'll stick with the protagonist, Matthew Corbett. At times I questioned his risky decisions, but I never doubted his conviction or his honest search for the truth. He is a true hero, both in the sense of action and using the mind.


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

    Oh wow, how to answer this. This guy is a real pro. He does accents soooo well. And this book is full of characters with varied accents, but each one seemed perfect. He also reads the emotional scenes very well, though is not overwrought. He's moved up high on my list of favorite narrators.


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

    I usually listen to this book as I commuted by bicycle around my city in central Japan and there were a few scenes that had me laughing out loud and a few that brought tearrs to my eyes. It really is a work of art that covers the varieties of emotions we can feel. And McCammon makes us care about the characters, even the ones we don't neccessarily like.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing other than if I had one book I've listened to through Audible this year that I'd recommend to anyone, this would be it. It is very well-written, puts you immediately into the time and place (Carolina colonies in spring/early summer 1699) and the narrator does a masterful job of bringing it to life. Listen to it, you won't regret it!

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  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (569)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Dick Hill Reads a Koontz Classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Strangers to be better than the print version?

    This was the first Koontz book I read back when I was a teenager and I remember promising myself I'd revisit it later in life. So after listening to a bunch of Harry Bosch novels read by the great Dick Hill last year, imagine how psyched I was to see he narrated this 28-hour-plus classic! So yes, the print version is one of the all-time great Koontz books, but with Hill bringing to life the various characters (whom Koontz really really fleshes out) is a treat, indeed. I can't recommend this one enough!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the con-man, Jack (last name, I've already forgotten). He had such a tragic back-story but was such a bad-ass and such a key to the


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I love the way he brought to life most of the characters, but the one that perhaps stands out is Dom's artist friend, Parker. I could sense the energy of the character the way Hill read him.


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

    No, I wouldn't say that it made me laugh or cry, though there were a lot of emotions felt, from suspense to laughter to wonder and anger.


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  • The Witch of Hebron: A World Made by Hand Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    In the sequel to his best-selling World Made by Hand, James Howard Kunstler expands on his vision of a post-oil society with a new novel about an America in which the electricity has flickered off, the Internet is a distant memory, and the government is little more than a rumor. In the tiny hamlet of Union Grove, New York, travel is horse-drawn and farming is back at the center of life. But it’s no pastoral haven.

    Jennifer says: "Takes A Wierd (in a bad way) Left Turn"
    "Very satisfying, and well-read"
    Overall

    If you liked the first book in the series, I think you will also enjoy this one. Robert Earle is a minor character, but again, it's the setting and the situation of our possible, energy-depleted near future that takes front stage. The world Kunstler has created is well realized and the actions of the characters when facing such circumstances strike me as very realistic.

    A word of caution, though: he doesn't shy away from occasional graphic violence and situations and this book seemed, fitting perhaps considering it takes place around Halloween, darker than the first in the series. There were a few shocking scenes that came to mind, but still, I don't think any of it was gratuitous.

    Last, the reader does a very good job with the voices, bringing them to life. I could easily picture them all in my head and as the book neared its end, was hoping he will read the rest of the series.

    Worth your money!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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