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Herr

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  • 13 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 685 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • You Suck: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (782)

    Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, the woman of his dreams, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

    Deborah says: "Do They Give Awards For "Best Reader"?"
    "fun"
    Overall

    This book had high expectations to meet because of how much I liked A Dirty Job. At first I was VERY disappointed that Fisher Stevens wasn't the narrator but it soon became clear that the book was in good hands. It's a fun story and it goes fast. Not quite as good as his last book, but still wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memory Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (925)

    Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

    Big jim Picotto says: "Good character, bad plot, worse narration"
    "not his best not his worst"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know where he can go with a character who is estranged from people but the memory gimmick could develop in interesting ways. I want another King and Maxwell book first though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1910)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "one of the best pendergast"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    as always I wouldn't mind learning more about the characters but overall it was a fun book and had a cool ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1944)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "The Relic 2."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fairly mediocre story that becomes a great series. It is good mindless fun but much better stories will follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Hindley
    • Narrated By Eleanor David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Starting AD 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A very dry history of the Ethels"
    "Get a map."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the history but this is a book where locations and generations. Move around so fast your head will spin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (429)

    The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Narrative History"
    "listen to this and then War of the Roses."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had listened to a lot of the History of England podcast and this was an interesting and logical next step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (892)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan A. Hayes says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "If you love Castle, this will make you smile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heat Wave to be better than the print version?

    I don't read books, so I'm not one to ask.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Thinking of it in terms of the relationship of Castle and Becket on the TV show. Then a lot of the bravado of the character seems more endearing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars: The Martian Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (229)

    This is the extraordinary story of John Carter, who returns to the Red Planet in search of his beloved, Dejah Thoris. John lands in the Valley Dor, which is populated by vicious plant men, and discovers the Lost Sea of Korus, guarded by the great white apes and horrifying lions of Barsoom. It is here that he finds the princess Thuvia, who is a captive of the Holy Therns, high priests who eat only human flesh slain by their plant men.

    Jena says: "Engrossing!"
    "Not as much fun as John Carter"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. It felt very dated.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs? Why or why not?

    I'm not in a rush. He didn't do much with the character of John Carter in this book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't particularly like his voice.


    Did The Gods of Mars inspire you to do anything?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the movie and the movie novelization was good. But the style of these books is very out of date and it makes the characters feel a bit wooden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (2132)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1331)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Sparkly says: "Surprisingly tender."
    "Genius or blowhard, Anthony Bourdain has charisma"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

    I don't think. It's not really deep in plot, just good stories.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bourdain???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I'd say it's 90% as good as his first one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked when he said how all the characters are doing today.


    Any additional comments?

    I think you'll like his show better if you've heard the books because they make him seem more sympathetic and less cranky/egotistical. He's always witty and insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf’s Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By S. A. Swann
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    S. A. Swann continues to reinvent the werewolf myth in this fantastic new novel set in the medieval world of the celebrated Wolfbreed. Like its predecessor, Wolf’s Cross is unafraid to cross boundaries and break taboos to tell an unforgettable story of romance and adventure that will forever change how you think about werewolves.

    Herr says: "Cool idea for a book"
    "Cool idea for a book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like fantasy books a lot.


    What other book might you compare Wolf???s Cross to and why?

    Any light-fantasy with a romantic undertone.


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

    Nothing extraordinary.


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

    not that I remember.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll buy the next book if there is one. I hope it's a bit longer though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6694)
    Performance
    (6185)
    Story
    (6171)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Great fun and AWESOME reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Tricked?

    I think the humor and the fact that it never got boring. Just a really fun book.


    Which character ??? as performed by Luke Daniels ??? was your favorite?

    Oberon.


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

    Chronicals of Oberon and his pet Druid.


    Any additional comments?

    extremely similar in tone to the Dresden books, but not as melancholy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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