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Anthony

Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.

Idaho Falls, ID, United States | Member Since 2004

ratings
239
REVIEWS
17
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
46
HELPFUL VOTES
266

  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3357)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2819)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Worth a credit"
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    Not the best Baldacci novel but it kept my attention throughout. Some scenes seemed a bit ludicrous but that's what makes this genre fun. Admit it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (759)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "His sitcoms were awful but MAN can he narrate!"
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    Having listened to the entire MHI series I was aware of how good Bronson Pinchot is as a narrator but he surprised me a bit with this one. Big Eddie was hysterical to me, the effeminate Lex Luthor was a fantastic bad guy (Picture "Serge" from Beverly Hills Cop as a serial killer). The story was good, I just realized that I didn't watch any TV over the last two days because I was engrossed in the book but there was one thing that I struggled with, that was the first person recounting between Val and Lorenzo, the voices were very similar and I did get confused a few times as to who was talking. I'm in no way saying this is bad, I tend to get confused very easily and would hope this doesn't discourage anyone from listening to this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5276)
    Performance
    (4897)
    Story
    (4893)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Best Dresden Yet!"
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    Straight and to the point, this was well worth the long wait for the latest installment, even after the last less than enjoyable book. This was the best Dresden book yet, the humor was great, I really liked having Toot-Toot more involved as well, he is becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. You can't go wrong with this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” (Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
    "Definitely worth a listen"
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    The story is sort of a Monty Python/BBC version of Men in Black using subtle British humor in the face of scenarios that should be terrifying. The main characters were likable and interesting and the plot was off-beat enough to keep you guessing the whole way. It made my 14 hour drive fly by nicely.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10563)
    Performance
    (9587)
    Story
    (9607)

    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!!"
    "Sometimes it pays to read reviews!"
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    This was another book purchased solely on reading reviews and I'm glad I did. Reading the story description alone I never would have used a credit on this book, strange goings on in an apartment complex just didn't "pop" for me but there were so many positive reviews I gave it a shot. The narrator is the same guy that reads the Joe Ledger series and I really like his voice and characters, he did it again on this book and even added an Indian accent. The "goings on" in the apartments was interesting enough but what happens toward the end of the book was very suspenseful and exciting and that's all I will say about the content.

    This is one of those audiobooks that I really can't see how no less than 90% of listeners will enjoy and a sure bet that your credit won't go to waste.

    187 of 202 people found this review helpful
  • The Nearest Exit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”. Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence.

    Joanne says: "Elegantly written spy story"
    "Series is growing on me"
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    This isn't a John LeCarre book and it isn't a Robert Ludlum book. It's more of a compromise between the two with much of the deeper intrigue of LeCarre with the understandable action of Ludlum. Spy novels are my weakness and this fits in just nicely with my tastes. If "The Company" by Robert Littell is your genre then this may not be for you but for the rest of us it's a great ride!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (817)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "I want a story, NOT a sermon!"
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    The first 20 minutes or so were a great buildup style terrorist plot, then...... The story gave constant muslim quips to show how insane they were, you know, how can any reasonable person base their life's actions on religion, then all of a sudden having the "good guys" suddenly reciting verses from the Bible which sound oh so more reasonable.

    If it's an evangelical novel then state it in the description so the general public doesn't waste credits on this stuff. If I want Bible study then I'll get the Bible. If I want a terrorist novel I want a terrorist novel. Seriously not happy.

    On that note, the narrator was good I guess, I'm just upset I bought a book and got preached to.

    28 of 49 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
    (4040)
    Performance
    (2514)
    Story
    (2545)

    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"
    "Utterly fantastic!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed a number of Neil Gaiman's books but this was easily the best yet. Whatever contribution Terry Pratchett made to the book was a perfect compliment to Gaiman's imagination as well. It had a certain Douglas Adams feel to it and the narrator nailed every character perfectly. Book of the year again for Gaiman?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Narrator should be replaced"
    Overall

    The book itself could be enjoyable but the narrator seemed incapable of correctly pronouncing any semi-exotic word with more than two syllables. Would it be to hard for the producer to maybe correct him and make him redo sections where he butchers the English language? Aside from his timing, tone and grasp of the language he was almost tolerable.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (137)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Good except for the narration"
    Overall

    I was shocked to hear a woman's voice in an Adrian McKinty novel but the story was very good. Regarding the narrator, her voice was fine on it's own but as others have mentioned, she absolutely cannot do male voices. I've really never heard a female narrator that can which is why I seldom buy books with female narrators.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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