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Kebles

Louisville | Member Since 2004

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  • 18 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 807 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (360)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Nathan says: "Awesome!"
    "A Pleasant Surprise!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased this Audible Book on a whim. I was checking out, and noticed the title, and scanned the summary, and since it was fairly short, and inexpensive, I added it to my cart. I sure am glad that I did so.
    The storyline is imaginative, although it stretches the imagination a wee bit, but what I really found enjoyable was the characters, all of them.
    I would recommend this quick listen to anyone who has a tendency to enjoy rather quirky, out of the ordinary Audible Books.
    I don't really want to give anything else away, or it wouldn't be a suprise!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sunburn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Listeners across the country have fallen in love with Laurence Shames’ rollicking national best-sellers set in South Florida. Energetic, forceful and unpredictable as a hurricane, Sunburn is filled with off-beat characters, top-notch suspense, and colorful dialogue. When aging Mafia godfather Vincente Delgatto flies to Key West to get a little sun, he decides to write his memoirs.

    Richard Delman says: "Warm, wise, witty: Shames's glorious world."
    "Great Story with Subtle Humor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Sunburn the most enjoyable?

    I liked the subtle, some would call rather dry humor that develops as Shames fleshes out each memorable character. I oftentimes found myself going back and listening to some dialogue between character's again, which is very rare for me, and when I heard it a second time, I'd find myself laughing out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sunburn?

    Anything involving Bert the Shirt, and his faithful old chihuahua. Bert is aged, retired mob soldier, who although a criminal in every respect, follows a strict mob-based moral code, which is compelling and at times hilarious, as he discovers that not everyone shares his ethics today. I also enjoyed where Bert finds a cure for his chihuahua's chronic constipation, and the palpable relief they both feel when it finally comes to an end.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to listen to them all..


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

    The Dead-Line.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Hiaasen or leonard, then you will most certainly like this story. It is different than either of these author's, but in a good way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (3189)
    Story
    (3226)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Borderline"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, although it took me longer to actually finish listening to this book than any other in over a decade. This is a very long listen, and It just didn't grab me and make me want to listen for long stretches at a time. Thus my headline, borderline, because that's where I felt that I was with this title. It was JUST good enough for me to keep listening, mainly because the fantastic characters, but during the last third of the book I stopped listening a couple of times only to return. It felt oddly like this book owed me something in return for the large investment of my time, and I was bound and determined to see it to it's conclusion, and this was more than my simply wanting to see how it ended. I don't think that I've ever felt quite like this about a book before. Perhaps thats why I'm writhing this review, which is very rare for me.


    If you???ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

    Yes, I listened to Snow Crash a number of years ago. Mr. Stephenson certainly has the gift to be able to create engaging characters, as he did with that book, although it this case, I felt that there were perhaps a few too many of them. The characters were Russian, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab and a Chinese/British as well as an British/African.The Americans were all white males who ran the gambit from geeky, eccentric & rich to older Hippies, Vietnam Vets and oh yeah, even militia survivalistists types who home schooled their kids, while their mom's walked around with guns. Unlike Snow Crash, and for me at least. It felt as if he skipped from character to character, or group to group, too quickly.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good narrator, who differentiated the characters in the book very convincingly.


    Do you think Reamde needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. Perhaps not. Just like a felt about finishing this one. In the end. I'm glad that I did though.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Audible. I have a disability, which makes reading difficult for me, so it's an important part of my life, and I'd be lost without it. Keep up the great work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25510)
    Performance
    (19365)
    Story
    (19432)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great Book heading towards A Dead End!!"
    Overall

    I finished listening to this excellent series in Spring of 2006. It's now been almost SIX YEARS, since a new book has been introduced to either conclude or move the story forward. I can't begin to tell you how many loose ends you will be left wondering about. The author has stated on his website to his fans that a new book is emminent for years now, with excuse after excuse offered up, I gave up years ago, I grew tired of his increasingly condesending excuses. Don't get sucked in, Great, Great Story, but It's a DEAD END,,,,,My advice would be to wait until to see if/when the author introduces a new book to the series before you spend a lot of credits or you could very well be like me, waiting for years and years with nothing more than false promises..

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (514)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Old Hippy says: "Really good WW II yarn"
    "One of the Best!"
    Overall

    Sadly, as a rule, I rarely write a review, I just listen and move on, but after listening to Black Cross, I felt it my duty to let others know just how great this book is. Out of the 250+ Audible books that I have purchased over the years, I would rate this one as one of the best that I have ever listened to. I look forward to listening to the rest of Mr. Iles books, and if they are even half as good as this one was, I'd consider them to be worthy of my credits. I noticed one reviewer being critical of the narrator. I couldn't disagree more. There are a number of character's to keep up with in this complex novel, and Mr. Hill does an absolutely incredible job making them easy for the listener to keep track of and recognize and to me, the accents were spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2762)
    Performance
    (2076)
    Story
    (2090)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Still one of the best!"
    Overall

    I first read this book when it was published in 1972, and after reading it I remember being incredulous that a book about rabbits with names like Hazel and Bigwig could be so engaging and thought provoking. I had pretty much forgotten about it through the years when I happened upon it at Audible and I immediately used a credit. Am I ever glad that I did. After all this time it's still compelling because although it certainly is a story about rabbits, it's also about the ethos of honor, trust, friendship, courage and perseverance, which are important no matter what type of creature you happen to be. You can search google and find a copy of the "Watershipdown Lapine Glossary" to learn the words that the rabbits use to communicate with each other. For example, Silf = Eat & Flay = Outside, so to "Silfflay" means going outside the warren to eat. You can usually figure it out, but I found a glossary helpful as I began to read the story. They also use a common language known as "hedgerow" to communicate with other non-lapine creatures, which are an important aspect of the story.

    57 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.

    pakkmom says: "Kept my interest"
    "Excellent Historical Science Fiction!"
    Overall

    As a long-time Audible member with almost 300 titles, I found this book to one of the most interesting and engaging that I've experienced to date. Granted, I enjoy both Science Fiction and History titles, usually as a change of pace from mysteries and thrillers, and I found this one to be one wild trip. The characters are well developed and at the end of the book I almost felt that I knew them. Exciting battles, engaging characters along with a great storyline make for a great listen. Although fairly long, it seemed to be at it's end all too quickly. I might caution listeners that this book can be somewhat graphic about humans being used as food i.e. cattle, and the author spares no details, however harrowing about this aspect of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1288)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Reacher's Fickled Fans"
    Overall

    I have listened, to every one of the books included in Mr. Child's Reacher Series, and there seems to be a pattern with Reacher's fans, where on the one hand, they don't think there is "enough action", then with another it's "too much talk", or "too much detail" about inconsequential things. Well, I can assure you that "not enough action" certainly cannot be said about Worth Dying for. If you think Reach is at his best when he's "kickin butt", where he champions the cause and helps the down-trodden, abused and helpless-hopeless members of the communities where he finds himself, then this book was written for you. Reacher at his very best!!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (835)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Another Instant Classic!"
    Overall

    It's a Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke. It's perfect. No one writes like him. Period...........Enough said....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7015)
    Performance
    (3380)
    Story
    (3384)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "60% Good."
    Overall

    This book was delivered in five parts to my ipod. The first part was great, the second and third parts were overly long to the point of almost being boring; I almost gave up! I'm glad I didn't because the last two section's were good, and in the end I was satisfied.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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