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Evil_Asch

Evil Asch

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  • The Starling Project: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, full cast
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington - from London to Marseille to Prague - war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling - when he always seems one step ahead?

    Writrix says: "This is a DRAMA, not a book!"
    "Mediocre story full of cliches saved by ..."
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    solid casting.

    The story is okay but fairly boring, there is a great deal of world building which is obligatory when introducing a world like this, however, it is presented in a fairly dull manner. This is very much an A leads to B leads to C kind of story in spite of trying not to be.

    The main character's abilities alternate from mundane to god-like with little justification. The cast is competent and I hope, going forward, if this particular series is continued the writing will improve.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M J Arlidge
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Like listening to an episode of MI5 - love it!"
    "Solid full cast drama"
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    First off ignore the reviews complaining that this is a full cast dramatic production, clearly those persons didn't read the description.

    This is competently executed, the performers are very good however the production is slightly lacking. While there are appropriate dramatic musical cues the background sound is lacking in complexity and presence, in a busy city like London let alone during the events of the story there are very few times when a person would be speaking in literal silence. Anyone used to productions from the BBC or Bigfinish will notice a difference.

    The writing is somewhat simplistic and the twist pretty easy to guess.

    The real highlights are Freema Agyeman and Andrew Scott. They both turn in solid performances though I think Scott edges ahead of Agyeman a bit. This may be due to his character simply having more depth and 'screen time' as well.

    It's definitely worth a credit. I look forward to more Audible Dramas and hope the production quality improves.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1993)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Hilarious, convoluted, demented, and bizarre"
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    This and it's sequel are difficult to describe without spoilers or doing the tale and it's incredibly believable characters a disservice (trust me I knew these guys in high school and have beers with them annually, at least it feels like it!) you'll lose and gain faith in the hapless average joe leads again and again. This is a delightfully horrific, zinging tale that is truly creative and unique. In a world where horror fans are hip deep in softcore creature porn claiming to be horror, where zombies and werewolves are about as frightening as dated wallpaper (for the most part) David Wong's horror is desperately needed.

    The story is tightly crafted though it doesn't feel it at times (this is part of its charm, just as you want to strangle the leads or walk away ...well you'll see) convoluted but purposefully, disturbing and gross rife with intellectual horrors and gut churning instinctive toe curling fears it is a refreshing and sharp edged entry in modern horror.

    Spend your credit you will NOT be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (643)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "Outdated with bad scholarship"
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    The book claims Wicca is 4000 years old, it's less than a hundred. Also judging from the timing of its release and its stupid claims of thousands of satanist covens taking over America and College Kid USA it was probably a contributor to the famously debunked 'satanic panic'. It's an interesting listen best accompanied by a large quantity of skepticism and common sense, mostly as an example of one period and perspective in the occult /paranormal movement in the Eastern U.S.

    The narrator was really the highlight but he couldn't rescue the content.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shade's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their 14th birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill. The mysterious Shade - once a man but now more like the machines he fights - recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than the others to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power - and the key to their downfall.

    Evil_Asch says: "Wish the narrator was Australian"
    "Wish the narrator was Australian"
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    As the author is and the story isn't set in North America (dialogue clues). However, that said, the narrator is competent enough though he sounds as though he's reading to children. The story however, is fantastic and moving I highly recommend it. It's a unique dystopian vision of a world populated by children used as fodder for an invasive force bent on processing the children into creatures used as pawns in a literal battle to the death 'game'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fired Again

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Annabelle Gurwitch
    • Narrated By Rob Cohen, Wendy Kamenoff
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Featuring some of the entertainment industry's most prolific writers and talents, this hilarious production is sure to soothe anyone with wit who has suffered the trauma and humiliation of being fired. Is getting fired the best or worst thing that has happened to you? In this new collection, some of the more talented individuals in the entertainment industry take a stab at that question by sharing their hilarious stories.

    Evil_Asch says: "Like its predecessor"
    "Like its predecessor"
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    This too follows the adventures of showbiz personnel and their adventures with employment. This seems to have more production value than the first though that may be more of a strength than a weakness as part of the charm of the original was its off the cuff visceral presentation. All in all an entertaining and charming series of tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Annabelle Gurwitch
    • Narrated By Annabelle Gurwitch
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Rejection has never been so hilarious! After her role in a Woody Allen play was rethought, actress Annabelle Gurwitch (TBS' Dinner and a Movie) was devastated. Then, she got funny. Gurwitch and a revolving cast of fellow show-biz veterans share their stories when L.A. Theatre Works records Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad.

    Diane says: "Treat Yourself!"
    "A lively and amusing"
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    presentation of several performers and their various firings. Some justified all amusing. A quick fast paced listen sure to elicit some chuckles the material ranges from the dry to the raunchy but all is quite entertaining. If you enjoy this seek out it's somewhat more staged and produced sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copenhagen

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, David Krumholtz, Shannon Cochran
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.

    Evil_Asch says: "A fascinating may have been"
    "A fascinating may have been"
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    As the savvy reader may suspect this work revolves around whether or not one man spoke to another in the midst of war and passed on a warning.

    A taught interesting discussion between two giants of history and science debates the morals of necessity and war and the foibles of memory.

    Well worth the price of admission with excellent nuanced performances by all parties.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Bryony Lavery
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Jeffrey Donovan, Laila Robins
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    One evening ten-year old Rhona goes missing. As her mother retreats into a state of frozen hope, a psychologist studies the brain of a serial killer to find out if what he does is pure evil—or simply beyond his control. Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark on a long, dark journey that ends in the discovery of a common humanity.

    Evil_Asch says: "The difference between a sin and a symptom..."
    "The difference between a sin and a symptom..."
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    Three characters, Nancy, a mother struggling with the unexplained disappearance of her ten year old daughter, Ralph a loner and monster, and Agnetha Godsdottir, a scientist trying to find an answer.

    The opening is jarring and confusing, possibly intentionally. The use of a mic effect for some of Dr. Godsdottir's scenes is useful in that it grounds the location and audience of the passages. While Agnetha's scenes sometimes jar and we're treated to more of her personal life and the wreckage thereof than is strictly useful or interesting the character is made more human for it. Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Touching Evil etc) is masterful as Ralph managing the vocalizations and accent beautifully. He's quite a vocal chameleon.

    The theme of being frozen and in a way thawed runs throughout the play.

    Nancy, the mother frozen in time by the loss of her daughter is crushed and freed by finding her.

    While Godsdottir is caught like a bug in amber warring with grief and guilt in her personal life away from the horrors she is steeped in daily in her professional life.

    And Ralph, emotionally frozen and separate from the rest of humanity be default earns no favors when his thaw comes.

    This is in no way clean or light or easy fare and at the end there aren't even any heroes or villains there's just people and baggage and that's the point.

    Well worth a credit though due to length I would recommend an outright purchase. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (316)

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

    Jeff says: "Excellent well-developed thriller / youth story"
    "One of my favorite books"
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    That said the presentation is well done and I enjoyed it, however, the narration was well done until it came to ANY dialogue between the main characters (all children) at which point the narrator chose the obnoxious tactic of making his voice soft, squeaky, or soft and squeaky to differentiate between them. The most obnoxious of these was for the only young female character, Cordelia Cook. Her voice is described as a monotone in the book and not only is it not a monotone but the squeaky nature of the reading of her dialogue is almost unbearable at times.

    This is one of my favorite books and I read my copy until the cover fell apart so I'm willing to concede that I may be biased to some degree however the irritating vocal choices bothered me so much that I found I had to force myself to finish the book.

    Listen to the preview before buying.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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