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David

Abilene, TX | Member Since 2012

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  • Private Practices

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Dr. Alan Gregory is a practicing psychologist with a few little problems to work through. He has an office filled with bloody corpses. He has a teenage patient who may be a sad victim or a savage killer. He has a beautiful estranged wife who wants him back in the worst way, and a lovely lover doing her best to keep him. He has a cop who wants him off the case, and an unknown enemy who wants him permanently out of action.

    karen says: "Oldie but goodie..."
    "First experience with author and narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That's an awkward question.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen White? Why or why not?

    It seems to me that his question presupposes that I didn't like the book. On the contrary, I thought the story was pretty good, and the narration was very nice. I reserve 4 and 5 stars for books I find really good or outstanding. Three stars to me means that it was a decent book, but just didn't do enough for me to reach the next level. I thought the story was interesting and I enjoyed the dry humor along the way. Seems like a tiny bit too much diverting away from the main story at times, but I guess this is the author's way of character building.


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

    This was my first time to listen to Dick Hill. The only problem I had was that, although I don't know how old he is, it sounded like an older man narrating the voice of a younger man. That took a little getting used to. However, once I accommodated for that, I thought Mr. Hill was a very good narrator. Nice job with the voices, not annoying, in line with the essence of the book. Very nice. I especially enjoyed his Detective Purdy (sp) voice. I definitely would like to listen to other books with his narration.


    Did Private Practices inspire you to do anything?

    I liked it enough to get the next book in the series. Also, since I listen to audiobooks faster than my wife, she counts on me to give her recommendations. While this might not be at the top of my list, I will eventually get around to recommending this to her.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper's demands, but the abandoned car they're led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.

    Kathi says: "A good story--will hold your interest throughout"
    "Good Story Line, But..."
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    I had heard of Mary Higgins Clark before, but this is my first read/listen to one of her books. I have to say I was disappointed. For such a popular and accomplished author, I found her writing to be sub-par. So, although the plot was interesting and the book suspenseful, I can't help but thinking that the novel would have been much better if the story line was taken and written by a different author.

    The narrator was not great. However, in my listening experience, female narrators seldom are. There have been a few female narrators that I've listened to that were outstanding, but not many. (By the way, my wife feels the same way on this.)

    Now I've probably got not only all MHC fans upset with me, but all women, too. Sorry about that, but I'm just sharing my honest opinions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (407)

    Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

    Aerindel says: "Interesting beginning that goes nowhere."
    "Some Parts Ridiculous; Boring"
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    Sorry, can't go along with all the high ratings for this book. It was fairly interesting during the first two or three hours, though quite ridiculous in parts, then just got boring and ridiculous.

    What do I mean by ridiculous? In addition to the 13-year old girl being the master zombie killer? There were several things, the highlight of which was, after the plague started and zombies were a threat, the main characters decide to go to a concert held outside in a park in NYC. See any problem there?

    Boredom set in after the characters made it to sea. Their mission is to rescue everyone they find trapped in boats, ships, and life rafts. So, over and over--and over and over--that is what they do, disinfecting the vessels of zombies and rescuing survivors, with the 13-year old being the ultimate zombie boat-clearing weapon. It just got old.

    My wife and I both love good apocalyptic and/or zombie novels. However, in my book, this didn't qualify as a "good" such book. I finished the book at X2 speed, just because I hate to leave a book unfinished, but my wife couldn't bear it and quit the book after a few hours in.

    The narration was acceptable, but not near outstanding.

    We definitely won't be seeing what the rest of the series holds for the zombie-killing, boat-clearing, survivor-rescuing crew at sea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1268)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "I Guess I Blame It on the Narrator"
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    I thought this listen should have been better than it was. It's a great story, and I the writing was good enough. Nothing really bugged me throughout the book. However, I found myself having to back up many times because my mind wondered. Also, I didn't listen for very long in bed before I was ready to give up for the night. It took longer to listen to this book than would a sixteen-hour great story with good writing and an excellent narrator. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't nitpicking the narrator throughout the book, and I thought he did a decent job technically. However, he didn't bring the extra umph into the book like a really good narrator will do. So, all things considered, I blame it on the narrator.

    I will still try the next book in the series, because it's such a good story. I just wish someone better for this book was reading it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Becoming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jessica Meigs
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    In the heart of Atlanta, the Michaluk virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people – Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines – band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

    Mike Naka says: "some annoyances but i enjoyed it"
    "Hoping For A Good Zombie Series, But..."
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    Just personal preference, I guess, but I thought the book was slow, and I didn't care for the writing style of the author. There were a many things that bugged me as well. During the initial few days after the outbreak, the characters seemed clueless as to what was going on, whereas it seems that a normal person would put two and two together. The book was overweight with hot tempers and angry personalities. Nobody was really likable in the book. After reading, we don't really know what caused the virus, no indication of what the government is doing, no information if it has spread worldwide or how other countries are handling things, or if there is any attempt to counteract the virus. No attempt by the characters to communicate with the rest of the world. Although there were several scenes of action, many times the book just seemed to drag on and on. Being descriptive is one thing, but I felt that at times the author was too descriptive, unnecessarily so, and redundantly at times. After the first time, I got tired of hearing that somebody whispered something "to whatever deity might be listening."

    It's difficult to rate a narrator with a book like this, because the writing itself does affect the narration. I think Christian Rummel did a fair job, and is overall a good narrator for this type of book. That being said, something nagged me throughout the whole book, every time Cade spoke via Mr. Rummel. Cade was a female, former Israeli military. Someone even mentioned her Israeli accent in the book. However, the narrator applied a semi-warped British accent when Cade spoke, so every time she was talking, I was thinking, "That's an odd accent for an Israli." To me, since Cade was a major character, that was a pretty big irritation, but other than that, the narrator did a decent job with the material he was given, whether he was speaking for a male or female.

    Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (912)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Don't Read if You're Looking for Action"
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    This was not a bad book. I enjoyed it. However, it is definitely not action-packed. The book follows the life of a man called Ish, who finds himself one of the few who survives a plague that kills nearly all of mankind. He later is the leader of a small group, mostly made up of his children (born post-apocalypse) and grandchildren, plus a friend and his wives, children and grandchildren. The story mainly follows Ish's cerebral musings regarding life, the old civilization, and how the post-apocalyptic children will grow and adapt, not having the knowledge of anything concerning modern life in the past, other than the remnants that man had left. This is an old book, and quite different than the books I have read recently, and different than most other books about an apocalypse. It is more of a saga, chronicling the life of Ish, his mullings, and his hopes and fears about the future. Not everyone will like it, so be aware of what type of book this is before you listen.

    The narrator was okay. Nothing special, but not irritating in any way. Probably a good choice for this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (385)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "Outstanding"
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    Wow. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. This is one of the best books I've heard on Audible. Plenty of suspense, twists and turns, plots and subplots. Gripping story, told wonderfully by the author. This is a very talented author. I can't wait to see if his other books are as good. Narrator gave a solid performance and definitely did not distract from the story at all.

    If you like detective stories, this one will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "Great Story, But Vulgar Scenes, Bad Narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Oh, I think the potential for this to be a 4 or 5 star book is definitely there. Loved the plot and the twists and the overall flow of the book. However, the sex scenes were overtly graphic and vulgar, and the narration was grating. So, tame the sex scenes way down and get a good narrator, and it's a winner.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was good for the main female character, but horrible for most of the other characters, especially the male characters. The voices (save the protagonist) were harsh and grating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Found: The Missing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    An unscheduled aeroplane lands at a Midwestern airport. All attempts to reach those onboard fail. When an official boards the reason for this becomes clear - it is full of babies. This mystery remains for a decade until Jonah, Katherine and Chip start to question their roots. Then the letters begin: "You are one of the missing"; "Beware! They are coming back to get you."

    Sherri says: "Oh Yeah this was Good!"
    "Didn't Realize This Was a Middle Grade Novel, BUT"
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    When I purchased this book, I didn't realize that it was a middle grade novel until I started listening to it. However, I found it to be very entertaining. It's clean--no bad language--and a really cool beginning to what seems to be a good series. I may even listen to the next one. Narrator was not bad, but not spectacular either. I was satisfied with the listen. I will suggest this book to my 12-year old son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You canï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿t help thinking, "That could have been us". And you start to wonder, "What if we're next?"

    That's the question Jim and Ellen Cutter are asking, and the answers aren't reassuring.

    Bernie says: "Gripping and suspensful . . . FANTASTIC!"
    "Very Enjoyable Book"
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    I really wanted to give this book five stars. Barclay is an excellent story-teller, and the book was thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, and entertaining. The only drawback was that parts of it were pretty predictable, and I was wondering why the main characters took so long to catch on. Other than that, it was one of the most enjoyable books I've heard in a while.

    I am so glad I caught this book, not only because it was entertaining, but also because I was told the story by Christopher Lane. I wasn't sure if I had heard him before, but I looked back at my library and saw that he has performed in some Dean Koontz books that I've *read*. I didn't take notice before, but in "Too Close to Home," and in Barclay's "No Time for Goodbye" (which I also just recently listened to), I really came to appreciate Lane as a narrator. He's really top notch--one of the best. A good narrator really brings a book to life, and does make a difference. Wonderful job, Mr. Lane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (978)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "Now My Favorite Zombie Series"
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    If you could sum up The Remaining: Fractured in three words, what would they be?

    Want more, please.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are writers who work on stories and write them down for us to read, and then there are authors who create stories and know how to mold and develop them and then communicate them to us in such a way that we are enveloped into their craft. I believe that D.J. Molles is in that latter category. I wouldn't put him in the category of a 'master," where only a select few reside (Stephen King comes immediately to mind), but Molles really knows how to craft a story, pace it well, and deliver.

    This was an excellent series, with each book getting better that the one prior.


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

    I've listened to other books narrated by Mr. Rummel--in fact, I'm listening to another one right now. In the book I'm listening to now, I would give him three stars. Probably in "The Remaining" series more than any other, I found that oftentimes a narrator, who may be very talented, is much better when he has better material to work with, and just mediocre when he doesn't. He gets a solid four stars from me on "The Remaining" series, maybe a four-and-a-half.


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

    Yes. Couldn't get enough. I would like at least a dozen more books in this series. Right now, please.


    Any additional comments?

    Two areas of disappointment:

    -Using the word "zombie" in a zombie book is okay. It irritates me when it's not used. Molles likes to use the term "the infected," rather than "zombie." That's okay, but, given the circumstances of what is happening in the books, do you really think none of the characters would call them "zombies"???

    -The books would be just as good if the foul language was toned down. IMHO.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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