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Craig Maull

Lewes, Delaware USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "Great read. Humorous and spot on."
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    What did you love best about Idiot America?

    I found Idiot America expressed thoughts and feelings I have had on my mind for a long time but could not articulate anywhere nearly as well as Mr. Pierce. His observations are astute and his style of expressing them clear and, at times, hilarious. It made me smile at the prose and sometimes want to weep at the lunicy running roughshod over our country. Bronson Pinchot was a perfect narrator for this work too.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard a few of Bronson Pinchot's narrations and find his amazing flexability a rare treat. He can narrate both the serious and somewhat flippant, the frightning and the funny without ever seeming to have to struggle for just the right way to do it. For Idiot America he was the perfect choice.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A lot of history is wound up with the timeline of this book. Donnely's Ninenger, Parts of the life of the Founding Fathers as well as the behind the scenes personalities involved in our constitution are brought to light. These are kind of back story, but they are illuminating enough to pique curiosity on the subjects, many of which I had never heard of.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2683)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1805)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Great Story. It's a unique mythos."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    The story of our main character's ascent from street urchin to the most formidable assassin is truly gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nobody's hands are absolutely clean in this. It's a brutal world and all of the characters in it are doing what they have to do to survive and occasionally, thrive. There is no squeaky clean good guy, and even the vilest of the villains have more depth than just cardboard cut outs. There is a brooding pessimism hanging around this story. The worst in human nature is so openly displayed, that the shining moments really shine.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm not really crazy about this narrator. I don't like his voice or the way he reads for this. Try as he might, He comes off sort of flat. It's not that he's a bad narrator, but I think this was an ill suited book for him.


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

    This book kept me in very good company for a long trip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Casey Skelton says: "Holy Sh@#!"
    "You have to suspend some serious disbelief"
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    What did you like best about Contamination Boxed Set? What did you like least?

    I did like the twist on the "viral created zombie" tale. the infection is more a progressive change into full Zombie. Book 0 is the best. I didn't like the somewhat clunky prose and the glaring holes in some of the book's premises. You really have to stretch your imagination to accept that there was zero federal response after a major city falls to a mysterious food borne contaminant, especially when regulators find it------ and are never mentioned again.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have tied up some major loose ends or kept the characters together. You start with three groups coming together and then most of them just vanish into the sunset really abruptly...including the ones the whole story starts with. Kill 'em resolve 'em or keep them together. I would have figured out a way to make it a sudden nationwide thing to explain why a major us city falls to this terrorist created contamination, the contamination is discovered by the feds, but there is zero response even from the CDC or DHS.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was ok. He probably would have been more at home with a hardboiled detective story or something like that.


    Did Contamination Boxed Set inspire you to do anything?

    No


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12130)
    Performance
    (11018)
    Story
    (11044)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I had a hell of a good time with this book!"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    It's a mystery that just keeps getting bigger and more amazing as you go.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a well written and very fun book. Ray Porter's performance as narrator really brought it to life. The Characters are very believable and vivid.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Tim Farr


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Some Locks Should Never Be Opened.


    Any additional comments?

    14 was a very fun and engaging story. The WOW factor just kept getting bigger with every new turn. Some things were telegraphed wayyyyy ahead and weren't as surprising as maybe intended, but still made for a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4493)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2972)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Making Armageddon Hilarious"
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    If you could sum up Good Omens in three words, what would they be?

    Read it soon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So much to choose from---It's wonderfully crafted with delicious ironies and a just right Lighthearted tone to what could easily slip into horror or slapstick. Instead it acheives a delicate balancing act that makes it something more.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    Crowley.


    If you could take any character from Good Omens out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Crowley. He would know the best place to go no doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Baal was Robert McCammon's first novel, a debut that would lead to some of the finest popular fiction of our time. This deluxe new audio edition from Subterranean Press will give McCammon's many fans both newcomers and longtime fans - the opportunity to trace the development of an extraordinarily talented man. The story begins with a horrific rape on the streets of New York City. Nine months after that violation, a most unusual child is born. His name is Jeffrey Harper Raines...

    Clydene says: "Excellent Story"
    "It's a first work"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. My first introduction to McCammon was "Stinger" It's kind of fun to go back and see the earlier work


    Any additional comments?

    Baal was definately a first work. I have read other stories by McCammon, and you can watch his maturation as a storycrafter develop. It's not a bad story, and I'm not sorry I bought it. When It's held up to his later work, though, you can definately see the progression as he improved his craft.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreams in the Witch House

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Walter Gilman did not know when he moved into the Witch House that had been inhabited by old Keziah Mason, convicted of witchcraft in 1692 that his dreams would be haunted by Keziah and her evil friends. Somehow Keziah Mason escaped and disappeared from Salem Goal where she was being held. The goaler, or jailer went absolutely mad. Residents of the legend-haunted city of Arkham, claimd to see old Keziah Mason and the small white- fanged furry thing that accompanied Keziah, along with an eerie glow when they appeared.

    Craig Maull says: "Good narrator, Just not a great fit."
    "Good narrator, Just not a great fit."
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    Would you listen to The Dreams in the Witch House again? Why?

    Yes, It's a good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lovecraft's work is in my favorites bracket.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Mike Vendetti’s voice and I think he's a good narrator, I just don't think His style of narration was quite right for this story. Still, it's not an off putting job and I would listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sinister: Tales of Dread 2013

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Billie Sue Mosiman
    • Narrated By David C Fischer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Fourteen brand-new 2013 tales of dread ranging from horror to dark science fiction and noir, Sinister will keep you awake at night. Two hundred and forty-four pages of aliens who come from the sky, a detective working his last case, a skull flenser who loves his job, and various evils and dark chills creep through this new collection from the Edgar and Stoker nominated author, Billie Sue Mosiman.

    Deidra says: "Not happy..."
    "They need a new narrator."
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    Would you try another book from Billie Sue Mosiman and/or David C Fischer?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator just didn't have any expression to his voice. It was like listening to a robot.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories were up and down in craftsmanship, but the ok ones would have been good with a decent narrator and the not so good ones, at least salvagable. Terrible narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    Howard Phillips Lovecraft has been hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern horror and a cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven, and Stephen King, just to name a few.

    Michael says: "Good Listen"
    "Wayne June is perfect for Lovecraft's tales"
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    What did you love best about The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3?

    I liked hearing a collection of some of Lovecraft's best tales in one volume. Wayne June's voice is perfect for the brooding atmosphere of Lovecraft's tales. I have heard other tales ruined by the narrator. Not here though.


    Have you listened to any of Wayne June’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several volumes of Lovecraft's work read by Wayne June and by others. By far, Mr. June is the best of them. I have not heard him in any other writings but would be interested to do so.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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