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Chris

A business professional with a voracious reading habit. My favorites are crime dramas and sci-fi/fantasy, but the occasional romance or history read is great too.

Apache junction, AZ, United States

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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3587)
    Performance
    (2881)
    Story
    (2907)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Slow but interesting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I can't say it was time well spent, but it's better than television. The story was slow rolling like travelling across Kansas. Nothing to see.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Uneventful.


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

    No, they great vocal range but the story does not do them credit.


    Did Dark Places inspire you to do anything?

    Fall asleep


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8712)
    Performance
    (5392)
    Story
    (5415)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "You will laugh and you will cry!"
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    Would you listen to Dragonfly in Amber again? Why?

    Absolutely I will listen to Dragonfly again. The story is an ever evolving glimpse into the Jamie and Clare's lives, apart and together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Fraser is my favorite. His enduring love and strength for Clare and his home. He sacrifices everything to do what he feels is right.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Clare tells Brianna about Jamie for the first time.


    If you could rename Dragonfly in Amber, what would you call it?

    I would not. The name is exactly what the story is a life caught in a moment, frozen forever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9788)
    Performance
    (9106)
    Story
    (9106)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Futuristic 80's reboot"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good book, if not a little long winded. It is very vivid in its description of thing I had long forgotten in my youth. I grew up in the late 70's and 80's and remember fondly arcades, Joust, Pacman, Quest, and many of the other things mentioned. I recommend it if only to remember and relive your childhood as an adolescent in the 80's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The memories of thing long stored away in my subconcious.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A flair of the science fiction and a good voice. I am a fan of TNG and his other credits, this just adds to the enjoyment.


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

    Futuristic 1980's reboot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14575)
    Performance
    (8979)
    Story
    (8849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Amazing story!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful Performance!!!!"
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    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Outlander is at the top of the list! This story has it all; romance, suspense, violence, terror, and disgust. If you don't love this story and hate this story you're not alive. Diana is a superior author, painting a 3D picture of her characters. The vivid portrayal of the characters is brought to life by Davina Porter's performance. The book is long but you'll never know it. The story grabs you and holds you down til the very end. You wont be disapointed!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting in 18th century Scottish highlands. You can just imagine you're standing in the fields of the highlands. Such literary vision is rare, and very welcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two rank together: her decision to stay and her punishment. One absolute love and devotion, the other absolute brutality and pain. Both amazingly vivid and breathtaking.


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

    Yes, I loathed shutting it off when necessary. I listened to it for hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Only that I will listen to it again because the story is amazing and Davina Porter is a talented narrator who I love listening to. Her voice is fun and wonderful to hear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3736)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3273)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Fantastic story!! A must for anyone!!"
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    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best stories I have read on Audible.com. I had never read Little Fuzzy. I can see why H. Beam Piper's family allowed this book to be published.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Holloway, he isn't what you expect.


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton is fantastic!! I am a big fan of his acting and now he just re-enforced my enjoyment of his talents. John Scalzi has done a great job! I am a fan now.


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

    Not wanting to provide any spoilers, but the security tape after the cabin burned down.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a very good story with mild twists and turns, some laughs and heart string pulling, this is the story for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the bonus of having the original story makes it just that much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (682)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "I was sad, angry, disgusted...I LOVED IT!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Missing the most enjoyable?

    It was vividly real. I could 'see' everything. You will live the story over and over even after the book is done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annie is complex, real, and vulnerable. She is the story.


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

    No but she is magnificent!! She brings the story to life. I will look for her performances again.


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

    A grab you by the throat thriller you'll love to hate!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7083)
    Performance
    (6168)
    Story
    (6151)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Murder, intrigue, romance, what more can you ask??"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I cannot give an accurate answer.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the story was slow to begin but when it picked up speed, you better hold on. It was like a roller coaster, slow at first but then BAM!! you're in for a ride!! You never knew what was gonna happen next. The ending was crazy!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the front yard of the house when his car was vandalized. Although there were many good ones. Her reaction was just perfect in the situation.


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

    Mob hits, intrigue, romance, and comedy, what more could you ask for??


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lycanthropos

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Sackett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    When a chance encounter between a squad of Hitler's elite SS troops and a band of gypsies ends in slaughter, the Nazis take a man named Janos Kaldy into custody for the killings. When they find that Kaldy is a werewolf, the Nazis bring in a beautiful young chemist and an aging doctor turned minister to aid in a daring, crazy plan. As the Dr. attempts to regress Kaldy through hypnotism to the root of his curse, the Nazis strive to isolate the enzyme that can turn an army of their troops into an unstoppable killing machine.

    TxWriter62 says: "Good Read...Interesting take on Werewolf Lore"
    "Nazi werewolves!!"
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    Would you listen to Lycanthropos again? Why?

    Yes, it is an original story, not the same werewolf tales of old. An excellent tale of Lycanthropy.


    What other book might you compare Lycanthropos to and why?

    There are not very many original takes on the fantasy demons (lycans, vampires, etc.) but if one book comes to mind it would be Interview with a Vampire. A hero fighting the demon within.


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

    NO, but I look forward to it!


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

    I would not suggest it. It is very long and can be confusing in places. Taking a break and coming back gives the reader time to process the information taken in.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent read. I recommend it for those who want a fresh take on werewolves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10473)
    Performance
    (9510)
    Story
    (9528)

    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!!"
    "Good story"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, interesting, odd


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The secrets in the walls.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good narrator. A little odd with the voices he tries to portray, but still keeps the story moving along well.


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

    I do not want to spoil anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Long story, kind of odd (but I like that). Plenty of turns and blind corners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (958)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Good read!"
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    What did you love best about Kill Alex Cross?

    The story moves well through the investigation but it is a typical Cross novel. Not to say that is a bad thing, it has twists and turns mking you think. Well worth the time.


    Would you recommend Kill Alex Cross to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


    What does Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators' inflection and tempo move the story along well. Some parts make you wonder but all in all good job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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