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Jeremy R. Snyder

J.R. Snyder

Erie, PA USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Shadow over Innsmouth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Phil Reynolds
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe. Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon.

    James Turner says: "Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story"
    "A good rendition of a classic horror story"
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    Mr. Reynolds does an unsurprisingly good job of delivering Lovecraft's words. What is surprising is the brilliant shift from his rich Brittish accent to the voices of the New England figures voiced in the story. I was oddly delighted in the midst of this creepy classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Harrison Geillor
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.

    Cidney says: "Why is no one making a movie out of this?"
    "Great fun for Prairie Home Companion Fans"
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    I have gone out of my way to recommend this audiobook to anyone I know who enjoys zombie stories and is at least passingly familiar with "A Prairie Home Companion" even to friends who do not normally listed to audiobooks.

    The story here is just what you would imagine, a zombie-filled, dark-humor parody of the must loved radio program. That is enjoyable enough, but in addition to delicious humor, this tale serves up some surprisingly interesting characters and a fun plot that holds your interest.

    Phil Gigante does an admirable job imitating what I would have previously called the inimitable voice and style of Garrison Keillor, which makes this audiobook that much more enjoyable.

    If you happen to appreciation APHC as well as dark humor and zombie/horror stories, you owe it to yourself to give this a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight of the Black Rose: Ravenloft: Terror of Lord Soth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Lowder
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    On the fabled world of Krynn, Lord Soth finally learns that there is a price to pay for his long history of evil deeds, a price even an undead warrior might find horrifying. Dark powers transport Soth to Barovia, and there the death knight must face the dread minions of Count Strahn Von Zarovich, the vampire lord of the nightmare land. But with only a captive Vistani woman and an untrustworthy ghost for allies, Lord Soth soon discovers that he may have to join forces with the powerful vampire if he is ever to escape the realm of terror.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "An adequate story, good voice, but bad reading"
    "An adequate story, good voice, but bad reading"
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    If you were fascinated by Lord Soth in the Dragonlance books and are interested in his transfer to the Ravenloft setting and further fate therein, this book does the trick. The story is not surprising or impressively artful, but experiencing Soth's point of view lends extra interest and it is mostly well-paced and engaging.

    Danny Campbell has a very long list of audio-book credits to his name. I am forced to guess from this that perhaps a poor producer or director pushed him in unfortunate directions for this reading. The voice he gives to the principle character, Lord Soth, is excellent, and other characters are passable, and his overall timbre is pleasing.

    However, Mr. Campbell mispronounces such an array of words that his reading rattles and jangles. The possessive of the name Soth, Mr. Campbell, "Soth's" would be pronounced Soths, just like a plural, not "Soth-ez" Sharp teeth intended for tearing meat are in-size-ors, not in-scissors. Those missteps alone could easily be ignored, but the list goes on and on which made it difficult to enjoy the book.

    I am usually very devoted to completing a series once begun, but I am unsure if I will purchase audio versions of the further novels concerning Lord Soth with Mr. Campbell as the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories, Volume One (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Nubie, Max Allan Collins, Dennis Etchison, and others
    • Narrated By Malcolm McDowell
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    "A Fungus Among Us" by Steve Nubie: A mysterious fungus is causing people to act like zombies before their heads explode and spore - like snakes ooze out of their brains! "Wolf" by Max Allan Collins: A modern-day werewolf whose appetite for beautiful young women vacationing at a lodge retreat has guests and workers panic-stricken. "The Late Shift" by Dennis Etchison: A company takes flesh-peddling to a whole new level. Plus three more original short stories, fully dramatized to thrill and chill you.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "Terrific! If you like horror, you want these!"
    "Terrific! If you like horror, you want these!"
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    These are simply great. Fangoria has given us lean and mean horror that gives you everything you want in intensity, curious twists, and spine-tingles. The performance is first rate and the stories range from classic feels with contemporary edges to unique and fresh ideas. I would eagerly buy ten more volumes at twice the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Heart: Dragonlance: Meetings Sextet, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tina Daniell
    • Narrated By Elisa Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    At long last, the story of the beautiful dark-hearted Kitiara Uth Matar. This compelling novel tells the story of the birth of her twin brothers, the warrior Caramon and the frail mage Raistlin, and Kit's admirable role in their upbringing. But her youthful mercenary deeds and increasing fascination with evil throw her into the company of a roguish stranger and band of adventurers whose fates are intermingled with her own. Haunted by the memory of her Solamnic father, she hunts him ceaselessly.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "Florid and weak, both in writing and reading"
    "Florid and weak, both in writing and reading"
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    I had forgotten how limp the story is in this book since reading it as a youth. Unlike the other Meetings books, the characters so many of us grew to love do not become further illuminated in this work. Instead, we see wan child versions of them, believable perhaps, but sadly not at all interesting. It's not terrible, but worth hearing/reading only for the sake of completion of the series.

    The reader is okay, but a few too many times comes across as if she were delivering story time to a group of small children. The text isn't very mature, so that almost fits, but occasionally I found myself picturing felt puppets.

    Overall this was not what I was looking for, which I might have expected had I remembered the story better from its original release.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By JB Sanders
    • Narrated By Brian Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    Tyler can't inherit unless he gets married... and when Glen proposes, hijinks ensue. Follow the guys on their world-spanning adventure as they defeat mobsters, an evil step-mother, a rakish brother-in-law and pirates. No, really - pirates! Plus, there's an underground super-base. And hockey. Come for the romance, stay for the hockey.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "Feel Good Fun, Craveable Characters, Great Reader!"
    "Feel Good Fun, Craveable Characters, Great Reader!"
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    Re-envision the Hardy Boys as a young, gay male married couple. Give them enough power & money to make Solomon blush. Throw in some James Bond and some good humor and you've got Glen & Tyler.

    This is a feel-good, brain-candy delight, and in a world of gay fiction that sometimes seems to be almost exclusively filled with drama, *drama*, and porn I find myself deeply grateful for it. Glen & Tyler are charming characters that you can't help but root for as the story unfolds. You know you're on a roller-coaster that's not going to go off the tracks, but it's still a fun ride. JB Sanders has done us a service by bringing us this story--and, I hope to discover, those that follow it--I laughed out loud repeatedly as I listened greedily. I earned rueful smiles from my husband and puzzled stares from guys the next treadmill over; I simply couldn't stop the story. It was light-hearted, fast paced, and fun.

    Brian Rollins does an astonishing job as the narrator. Many readers are good, but Mr. Rollins succeeds in adding dimensions to a simple, fun story that elevated the whole experience, bringing every emotion and attitude very much to life. It was his performance, as much as the feel-good tale, that kept me grinning throughout this experience.

    I will be looking both for more Glen & Tyler tales and checking out what other works Brian Rollins may have performed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of the Dead: A Ravenloft Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marisa Vitali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When the riverboat on which she works as a dancer docks at a zombie-plagued island known as Sourange, Larissa Snowmane must rely on the help of the swamp creatures to save her soul.

    Eric says: "Not the best, not the worst"
    "Good gothic horror gaming story, abysmal reader"
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    I loved this book in my late high school and early college years, when I was deeply involved in gaming in the same setting where the story takes place. It was then and is still my favorite of the Ravenloft novels of the time; Christie Golden does a nice job. Like most gaming-based fiction, it's not especially deep, sort of a Creole riverboat horror version of what would otherwise be termed a "fun romp." If that kind of accessible story is your cup of tea, I would recommend this one... in print form.

    The reader is simply dreadful. On the positive side, she sounds as if she is enjoying the story herself, which is nice, but half the cast of characters come out sounding like Tiffany from Daria--slow and somehow breathy, but monotone and distracted.

    A spark of talent shows when the reader gives a bit-part a rich French accent, but for some reason in this tale set against a Louisiana style Cajun/Creole backdrop this is the only time she makes use of this skill. I was left wishing repeatedly that a voice like that would return, and chuckling inappropriately whenever the Tiffany voice would return.

    I was able to complete my listen because I knew the story and was looking forward to the poignantly satisfying big finish. If you are new to this story, I don't know how you take it seriously with this reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "A fun and funny surprise!"
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    Libriomancer was recommended to me, but I was skeptical about heading into another variant on the paranormal-contemporary world theme. I quickly discovered that I couldn't stop listening and picked up the second volume minutes after finishing this one.

    The heroes of this story, Isaac Vainio and Lena Greenwood, were refreshingly real and accessible while still being unique and multidimensional. If you're a fantasy & sci-fi geek or fanboy (or fangirl, for that matter) you can't help but like Isaac and want to be with him every step of the way.

    Acting as a backdrop to the whole story is the tapestry of sci-fi and fantasy stories that so many of us have loved for so long, from the awful, guilty-pleasure pulps to the great works of speculative fiction. Hines manages to pay homage with a fine sense of humor that manages to make jokes without every allowing the story to become one, evoking nostalgic moments, eager anticipation, and shouts of delight as you see in your fanboy/fangirl heart exactly what's about to happen.

    This was my first experience with David DeVries as a reader. I was immediately struck by his skillful rendition of character dialogue, but initially found his narration a bit stiff. That impression didn't last, however, as the story continued to be skillfully delivered.

    This is a series I hope to see go far, and I doubt you'll be disappointed if you give it at try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Codex Born: Magic ex Libris, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Five hundred years ago, Johannes Gutenberg discovered the art of libriomancy, allowing him to reach into books to create things from their pages. Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is part of Die Zwelf Portenre, better known as the Porters, the organization founded by Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Isaac is called in to investigate the killing of a wendigo, along with Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and their dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood. But their plan could unleash a far darker evil....

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "As much fun as the first; eager for more!"
    "As much fun as the first; eager for more!"
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    The Magic ex Libris books are great fun and a unique twist among many enjoyable paranormal adventures on the shelves today. Hines does a great job providing action and intrigue with a sense of humor. In Isaac Vainio, Jim Hines continues to build a hero that sci-fi and fantasy fans can not only relate to, but feel like they could hang out with on a Friday night and in this second volume, Isaac's brilliant co-staring character Lena Greenwood comes more and more to life with each chapter.

    David DeVries is an able reader, versatile, engaging, and easy to follow.

    If you enjoyed Libriomancer, you don't want to miss this continuation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4587)
    Performance
    (4109)
    Story
    (4131)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "A great novel brought vividly to life"
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    If you enjoy audio books, then you probably already know that a full cast recording is a great pleasure, and this production is no exception. American Gods is, of course, among Gaiman's great works, engaging and rich with full of emotion, surprises, moments of humor, horror, and provocative ideas.

    The cast is phenomenal. Every character glitters with life and nuance and the addition of an intriguing introduction and interludes read by the author are a tasty icing on an already impressive cake.

    This production is a fine example of the pinnacle of what an audio book can be. If you love this book, even if you've read this book countless times, you owe it to yourself to hear this recording. The story will live for you in whole new ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (609)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "A reliable DK story, well read, but a bit wanting"
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    This book was a favorite of my youth that I returned to in audio form. I was not disappointed by the story--although all the works of Dean Koontz begin to sound the same after a while--and Dick Hill was a fantastic voice for the male characters in the book. His slightly squeaky, falsetto attempts at the women's voices, however, were a trifle hard to take seriously. This was an enjoyable audiobook, but I yearned for a female reader to lend her talents to Mr. Hill's otherwise great skill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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