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Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times best-selling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor and comic book writer.

Del Mar, CA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Banker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
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    (30)
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    (29)

    Internationally popular Dick Francis packs his equestrian mysteries with as much breath-taking suspense and danger as any neck-and-neck thoroughbred race. In this New York Times best-seller, he combines the hazard of investing in horses with the calculated risk of high finance to create a plot that twists and turns around every corner.

    Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller says: "One of Francis' best"
    "One of Francis' best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Banker to be better than the print version?

    Certain authors' works seem to come alive more on audio than in print. Dick Francis is one of those. He had a very lean prose style, and that works best in audio because it comes off as 'someone telling you an interesting story' as opposed to books by authors with a more ornate style where it's the construction of words on the page that has the magic. These books are tales told by friends. You can settle in and listen and in doing so hear the thunder of hooves, the cries of the jockeys and the roar of the crowd.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The villain of the piece has a somewhat timeless quality. Even though this novel was written a couple of decades ago, guys like him are everywhere nowadays.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon Prebble is perfect for the works of Dick Francis. It was his performance on an earlier edition of BLOOD SPORT that hooked me on both audiobooks and on Dick Francis. Through his narration the individuality and humanity of the characters is evident.


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

    Although I didn't come to tears, the death of one character was deeply moving; and the reading of those scenes was handled in a way that brought the horrors of loss to stinging clarity.


    Any additional comments?

    I've become hooked on the Simon Prebble versions of Dick Francis...but as a result I also bought his version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
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    (66)
    Story
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    A lot is going on in the trailer park known as Little Guadalajara, inhabited principally by illegal laborers. The park manager is the hired gun of a financial syndicate that wants to develop the property, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes - but he can't figure out what to do about the teenage girl, the one the laborers believe has some sort of gift.

    Abbie Lundberg says: "Sick, Perverted Violence"
    "Doc Ford Shines in NIGHT VISION"
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    What made the experience of listening to Night Vision the most enjoyable?

    This book is typical of the Doc Ford series --it starts off being one thing and then evolves into something else, taking devious twists and turns along the way. And despite the shocking violence there is real heart here, too.


    What other book might you compare Night Vision to and why?

    This book will appeal to the fans of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series


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

    George Guidall is the undisputed king of narrators. His performance is layered, complex, and crystal clear.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
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    Helena Pearson. Undeniably beautiful... indisputably rich... incredibly wanton... the perfect client for Travis McGee. He did a big favor for her husband and then for the lady herself. Now Helena is dead, and McGee finds out that she had one last request to make of him: find out why her beautiful daughter, Maurie, keeps trying to kill herself. So, half-convinced that Maurie needs a good doctor and not a devil-may-care beach bum, McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, a respectable, booming, deadly little place.

    Amazon Customer says: "The hits just keep on coming"
    "Another superb performance"
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    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robert Petkoff has really captured the balance of idealistic optimism and jaded cynicism that defined Travis McGee.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1350)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1265)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Ray Porter IS the voice of Joe Ledger"
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    What made the experience of listening to Assassin's Code the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter has been reading this series since the beginning and he absolutely nails it. Every line, every character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Assassin's Code?

    Ray's interpretation of Grigor really makes that character scary as hell


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

    Ray is always terrific, but I think he somehow manages to get better every time.


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

    When Ray narrates the scene where Joe and Jamsheed are discussing the photos and discussing children in war.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Gray for Guilt: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

    Doug says: "My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series"
    "Always Brilliant"
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    Where does Pale Gray for Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books in my all-time favorite series of mysteries.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Meyer is always a favorite of mine.


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

    Petkoff brings great skill as a reader but also an actor's insight into individual character. He does a superb job of bringing this cast of characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to audible for presenting the entire Travis McGee series in excellent audio productions --and for getting the whole series done and made available so quickly! Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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