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David

I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

Edmonton, AB, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7038)
    Performance
    (5480)
    Story
    (5473)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Another Great Story"
    Overall

    Oh yeah...there's desperation...secret pacts...wry observations. All the stuff that makes the Dresden files rock is here.

    What a great series!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (976)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    crazybatcow says: "Wonder cat saves the day... again..."
    "How can an apocalypse be this boring???"
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    Take all the cliches you've ever read in any zombie books and dumb them down.

    Add a "meh" writer and "blah" characters and, if you're like me, you'll wind up rooting for the zombies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (814)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "It's No Dresden..."
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    And it's not Felix Castor either.

    But it's listenable. The plot plods only a couple of times and the narrator is lively enough. It's lacking depth and truly interesting characters...but if you want a book you can follow while you're doing something else and don't REALLY need to give it your full attention, this is as good an option as anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4112)
    Performance
    (3784)
    Story
    (3779)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "Outstanding...Innovative...Delightful"
    Overall
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    I have pretty high standards for audio books. I want great narration...lively and interesting characters and a plot that moves along at a solid pace.

    You get all of that and much more in this outstanding story.

    19 plus hours and I wasn't bored once.

    This one is a keeper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faces of the Gone: Carter Ross, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

    Terry says: "Recommended for mystery lovers who like humor"
    "Yawn"
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    If you're looking for a book where the serial killer is brilliant and the newspaper reporter is dogged and the plot rockets along at a blistering pace...look somewhere else. This yawner reeks of "first novel BLAH" with an unevenly written completely uninteresting lead character that isn't even good enough to be considered a copy of a good character.

    We forget about the killer for hours at a time as the intrepid -- or should that be 'insipid' character plods about a life just slightly more interesting than watching grass grow.

    A horrid waste of time.

    If, however, you are one of those people who listens to audio books because you have trouble sleeping........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3097)
    Performance
    (2816)
    Story
    (2835)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "The King is Dead..."
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    This book is billed as King's triumphant return to the horror novel. This is an exciting statement and makes me think of his awesome work on The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot...

    Revival is one big character rich/plot poor sigh with echos of what made King a household word to fans of the strange years ago.

    Revival is certainly listenable. It gets off to a merry start that grips you. Great characters and truly outstanding narration.

    It's when King has to deliver on the things that he's foreshadowed that it all starts to come apart. Sloppy plotting...and an ending not QUITE as dumb as "Cell" (his other blech effort) conspire to suck any real joy out of what this book could have been.

    The plot's creaky and the logic -- which oddly enough is a critical ingredient in creating good horror -- is as flawed as any tomato surprise story before it.

    It gets two stars for the way it starts. If I were to grade it on the utterly sloppy, tired flat last third of the book? It would get one.

    David M.'s narration is outstanding. But ultimately it's a losing effort...because it's tied in to a book that cannot be saved.

    I know if you're a hopeful King fan (like me) you're going to ignore this review and pony up the credit and hope for the best. I did. But you've been warned.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alma Katsu
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    Jodie says: "Left wanting something more..."
    "Starts Well...rapidly goes downhill"
    Overall
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    The opening scenes are riveting. A mysterious woman arrives at an emergency room. Has she killed someone? A sad hearted doctor...secrets. I was starting to look for a few more books by this author.

    Then it turns into 50 Shades of Stupid. A flat and uninteresting foray into what the author, no doubt considers a masterwork of erotica -- but in reality is as interesting as listening to grass grow.

    There's very little of the paranormal here -- unless you consider endless trite bodice ripping style paranormal.

    Yuck. No,,,yuck squared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1434)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Starts stong and loses steam..."
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    Story

    There's much that's good in this book. The characters are interesting and beautifully drawn. The plot chugs along at a steady pace.

    Why didn't I like it more?

    I'm not sure. I found that midway through this story that my interest was flagging. With police procedurals I often find this is where my interest is keenest.

    The story seems to lose its way a little, buried under flashbacks and subplots that serve to create just enough confusion to make me a little bored. What I'm saying is that the focus doesn't sharpen as the story continues. On the contrary.

    There are many better crime novels...but this one isn't BAD. It's just...meh.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2119)
    Story
    (2130)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Exactly What You Think It Is..."
    Overall
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    ...this book delivers exactly what you think it will: a street urchin slowly transforms into an assassin under the leadership of the Most Feared Killer Ever.

    It's listenable enough. The writing is lively and in many cases beautifully done. The villains are drawn perfectly and the story chugs along with maybe just a touch too much personal agonizing.

    This is the first of a series. I found that at the end of the first book, I'd had enough...and don't much care what happens to the hero.

    It is, however, a fine book for a road trip where you don't need to concentrate entirely on the story. Not inspired...but remarkably average in every way.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Shadows: Shadows Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    The small, friendly town of Gladstone, Tennessee seems the ideal place to raise a family - until two teenagers are found tortured to death. Sheriff Miranda Knight will do anything to make her small town safe again, even if it means calling in Noah Bishop, the FBI’s psychic profiler. The last time she and Noah combined their psychic powers, she was almost destroyed. Now she must learn to trust him again, or she will most certainly die at the hands of the monster who’s stalking her town.

    David says: "Yuck."
    "Yuck."
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    I am a very cheap person. I start the review with this revelation because I want you to KNOW that I have only walked away from handful of the books I've purchased.

    Out of the Shadows is one of them.

    It reads like it was written by a high school student. The style is clumsy and uneven and the plot is clunky, creaky and trite -- all at the same time.

    IF you find "It was a dark and stormy night" to be a sample of high literature...this is the one for you.

    A terrible waste of a credit.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Pyper
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Professor David Ullman's expertise in the literature of the demonic - notably Milton's Paradise Lost - has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer. One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a "phenomenon", and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved 12-year-old daughter, Tess. What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer....

    David says: "The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones..."
    "The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones..."
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    ...and not in a good way.

    How can a story that features a depressive professor who is summoned to a mysterious house in Venice and then gets led on a supernatural road trip POSSIBLY be so lame?

    The idea is better than the novel. It just sounds so good. In truth, despite occasional points of very high interest, I found myself sitting and thinking "Ummmm...what?" at some of the things that happened.

    The ending of the book is completely unsatisfying and is the logical conclusion to a book that started out with great promise and then slowly flops to the floor with an "audible" thump.

    I expect that, if you're like me, you're going to get this one anyway. Great title. Great synopsis.

    Just keep in mind: I TRIED to warn you.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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