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JCO

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  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (724)

    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.

    Patti says: "Good book terrible narrator"
    "Too fun!"
    Overall

    (Darn review editor -- I can't get it to break this my remarks into paragraphs. Sorry.) + + + + +



    CONTENT: I love Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Carver and the old gumshoe detective stories.

    + + + + +

    While this one is set in modern times, it has that feel to it and is just plain fun to listen to. The humor is mostly good (with a few groaners) and the interplay between the characters is enjoyable.

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    I am a fan of the TV show but found this to be better. It has the time to go into more detail and give more meat to the mystery. The characters are based on those in the show and it's easy to visualize the same actors in the roles, all of which lends a comfortable familiarity. Even so, they are different enough to make it fun getting to know the new players.

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    I figured out the ending, mostly, but it was fun (there's that word again) to work it through and come up with the answer, just seeing that I was right.

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    Is it a "Great Mystery Novel"? Nah. But it IS, as I said, FUN. =)

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    PRODUCTION: Unlike some reviewers, I enjoyed this production. At first, I thought it a bit flat but, as I got into the story and put myself in the mindframe of the old film noir stories, the delivery seemed spot on. The voices were distinct enough so as not to confuse and the delivery had the right tone to it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flip This Zombie: Living with the Dead, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    The zombie apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs. There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers . . . Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead; he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients, and this time Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

    Grace says: "A wonderful follow-up! (no spoilers)"
    "Good, but not as good as the original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you’ve listened to books by Jesse Petersen before, how does this one compare?

    Since the first one introduced us to the characters, it had a lot more room to maneuver and to surprise us with new revelations. This one, while fun, seemed a bit forced to try and continue the schtick Petersen used to flesh out her heroine in the first book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3430)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1391)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Good story GREAT Narration"
    Overall

    Written in 1954 and set in the 1970s, this is the story of a man living in a world in which vampires have become the dominant species. You explore his world, his mind, and the shape of how things might be after such a cataclysm.

    Of of the main character's primary drives is to find out what caused this vampire epidemic and how it might be fought. While the science is a bit dated, it is still fun to examine and I found these parts to be the most interesting.

    As for the production quality, Robertson Dean does a MASTERFUL job of bringing the story to life and infusing it with everything from psychosis to anger to sadness to horror. Bravo!

    Buy this audiobook if only to listen to a first rate narrator suck you deep into a well-told story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (795)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    As others have remarked, Taleb has an ego.

    A friend joked that he was "supposed to meet with Taleb who couldn't make it...he sent God in his place."

    Overall, a great message and an important argument to add to your view of the world.

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    Side note: I do find it unseemly that the publisher of this audiobook (Recorded Books) found it necessary to pimp a book about global warming at the end.

    I don't mind a company promoting its wares in general, but for Recorded Books to do so for a book on such a controversial topic is unwelcome for the myriad readers who may not agree with the stance they support.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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