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Andrew Brideau

Cambridge, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 213 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • American Elsewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

    Lisa says: "You are entering the twighlight zone"
    "The year's not over but,"
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    American Elsewhere may be the best audiobook I've listened to this year.
    I hate reviews that say 'Best Book' etc... But this story was great.
    It felt familiar enough for me to enjoy the ride but not so much that it was predictable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (344)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Four stars for the year it was written"
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    I cant believe no one has mentioned the distracting hissing and gurgling noises that seem to have nothing to do with the narration.

    Probably a great read the year it was written.

    The 2011 movie stunk worse than the alien itself.

    No one has topped the 1982 version starring a scampy Snake Plissken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1235)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "May be the first book I return"
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    If you're hot on the trail of wanting a great book that goes nowhere and meanders into the inevitable and overwhelming desire to slam your face into your desk repeatedly this is the book for you.

    A torturous 10 hour romp into what can only be hailed as your next nap.

    By the time all of this nothingness unfolds you'll be delighted that it ends.

    Not well, not with a bang, nor a whimper.

    Just ends.

    First return, here I come.

    Drew

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Blazes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chuck Wendig
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Meet Mookie Pearl. Criminal underworld? He runs in it. Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it. Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job. But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give....

    Andrew Brideau says: "Was hesitant at first"
    "Was hesitant at first"
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    Okay okay, I read the name Mookie Pearl and thought I might be let down by the book.
    Shameful I know (somehow its beyond judging a book by its cover, judging a book by a character's name)
    I've read The Miriam Black books by Chuck Wendig and thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm not sure why I was not so interested in this one. But I bit the bullet and bought it.

    Good choice.

    Wendig does no wrong.

    (Well, he may, but not in any of his books)
    (If he reads that I'm sure he'll laugh, after he punches me)

    (Also, nice Yuengling mention, a Pennsylvania original)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Shivers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Robert Jackson Bennett makes a stunning debut with this deliciously dark tale sure to hold readers in its menacing thrall. The grinding poverty brought on by the Great Depression is nowhere more apparent than in the untold thousands looking for work along America’s railroad system. But one man haunting the rail camps has been moved by an entirely different brand of desperation: revenge.

    Jason G. Cons says: "From the Cormac McCarthy Playbook"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Maybe the ending was a little predictable but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
    I'm reading American Elsewhere right now. Another solid book thus far.
    I agree its no McCarthy (The Road) but these guys (Chris F. Holm, Wendig, etc..) are putting out good product.

    Check it out.

    Drew

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Story builds well but packs a light punch at times"
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    This story met the criteria that I was looking for at the time. Ghost story in a winter setting.
    (I realize that sounds odd but I pick books that way)
    In that regard this story did not let me down. At times I was pleasantly reminded of a little Lovecraft and Poe, other times I found the story to build to no avail. The writing felt like a classic does.

    There was nothing wrong at all with this book. I was just left wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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