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Alan Venable

Alan

Wauconda, WA , USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Black Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fred Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

    Mark says: "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
    "Dated and a little childish"
    Overall
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    I think I probably read this when I was younger. I was surprised at how out dated the setting was and I guess I didn't remember it being so juvenile in the repartee. Kind of a dumb premis now that I listen to it. Not really logical that a phenomena would do what this one did. Also a pretty boring book all toghether.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (287)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "What a waste of time, don't bother"
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    What would have made Hidden River better?

    Needs a different narrrator and sorry the book was boring and depressing


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something more interesting and definetly not boring


    What didn’t you like about Gerard Doyle’s performance?

    Too Irish. Really sounded like he was trying to be more Irish and than Irish. Way too much emphasis on the Irish accent


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some humor but way too little to overcome the depressing wanderings of the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Complete waste of time and money. These are minutes that you will definitely wish you had sqaundered elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny's Road

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Wide and smooth, the Road was seared into planet Destiny’s rocky surface by the fusion drive of the powered landing craft, Cavorite. The Cavorite deserted the original interstellar colonists, stranding them without hope of contacting Earth. Now, descendants of those pioneers have many questions about the Road, but no settler who has gone down it has ever returned. For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot - and he sets out to uncover the many mysteries of Destiny’s Road.

    Andrew J. Jackson says: "A 'road' worth travelling"
    "Boring from the start"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Something interesting might have been nice


    Has Destiny's Road turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Boring narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone else would have made this book better


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Destiny's Road?

    Not possible to make this anything but boring the way it is written. Sorry I wasted the time and money.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (361)

    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!"
    "Terrible Story"
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    What would have made Origin better?

    Dark with no redeeming characteristics. Normally, when reading a Steven King or other such dark author,there are some redeeming features or characteristics, even characters. This book is about a bunch of screwups meeting 'the devil' who is omnipotent and all they can do against this unbeatable creature is screwup even more.


    What could J. A. Konrath have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have made the characters seem a little smarter. I mean they were all stupid. I know this is normally the way authors make their books seem exciting but this was just dumb.They should have been smarter once in a while even acidentally. Story line was not the least convincing or credable.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job and that is the only reason I kept listening. Finally had to quit when the book nose dived even fiurther with the sutpidity of the characters and the story line.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities at all. Real waste of time listening to the dark ramblings of each of the characters. Depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally don't write many reviews because most of the books are mediocre but this one is oustandingly bad so I wanted to warn others. Don't waste your time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diamondhead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (146)

    When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre"
    "Contrived by an ignorant author"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Diamondhead?

    Author has no technical knowledge worth noting. The premise is faulty. The author speaks authoritatively about guns but obviously knows almost nothing. For example, he speaks of a revolver having a 'saftey' and then talks about the additional magazines for the revolver.Also, sighting a rifle in at 40 feet and then using the same cross hair setting with no adjustments at 600 yards to hit a target dead on. I have no respect for someone who doesn't at least do a little research.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Robinson’s story?

    Too contrived not believable


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

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming quality was the narrator. The book itself is irritating in all the little things that the author gets wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    Just too stupid and can't believe I listened to it as long as I did. I don't normally write reviews but this one absolutely deserved this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (873)

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Rose says: "Thank you for the free story, however........"
    "Pretentious"
    Overall
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    Couldn't finish it. Every opportunity was taken to be snobbish in the writing. Not the characters, the writing style. Some of the snobbery didn't even make sense because the authors put pretentious words together that contradicted each other. And the basic plot/theme was really stupid.

    Don't waste your time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    Possessed of an extraordinary telekinetic gift - she can make objects burst into flames - Dahlia Le Blanc has spent her life isolated from other people. But just when she thinks she's finally achieved some peace, her world comes crashing down. For a reason she cannot guess, she has become the target of deadly assassins. Suddenly, no place is safe - not even the secret refuge she established long ago. Now she must rely on Nicolas Trevane, a dangerous warrior sent to track her down and protect her.

    Jean says: "Baahaaady"
    "Terrible"
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    I f you are expecting an interesting listening, forget it. I listened through Chapter 8 and couldn't take any more.90% about sex and 10% story. This is the second time I have bought a book by a woman who seems sexually frustrated and works her problem out by writing about it and fantasizing.

    What a waste of time listening to it. Kept hoping but everyt chapter same thing.

    Please don't waste your money or time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (691)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "No Redeeming charateristics"
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    I kept hoping there would be something to this book. I should have known better. If you get half way through the book and it is dull and depressing and doesn't seem to have a point, then forget the cost of buying it and stop wasting your time.

    If I hadn't been listening to this in my car, I would never have continued.

    There is nothing redeeming about this book: poor plot overall and the climax of the book was so stupid and unbelievable - just not credible.

    Mr. Andrews has a tough time with the English language. I have heard recent immigrants that can prounounce words better. Here again, the book is filled with contractions that he doesn't know how to pronounce. There should be a test for these narrators before they get the job and if there was, it was poorly administered.

    Use your book dollars elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Idlewild

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Clayton Barclay Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    He wakes alone, nameless, in a strangely bucolic day-after-tomorrow world. His amnesia is near-total; he cannot remember his name and doesn't recognize anything around him, but he knows with absolute certainty that someone has tried to kill him – and will surely try again. As he tries to discover the identity of the person who wants him dead, he quickly begins to unravel sinister truths, which make it clear that the ramifications of his search are far greater than he could ever have imagined.

    Craig says: "Great story"
    "Ok, but boring at times"
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    Dark and slow. Narrator, again, doesn't know how to pronounce contractions - makes him sound like a little kid who has not learned to speak correctly which, I guess, is the case. Pronounces 'didn't as 'dent' and 'wouldn't' as ' wood dent'

    Takes a long time to get anywhere. Spend your money elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (2943)
    Story
    (2980)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Juvenile narrator and the book was as bad"
    Overall

    Narrator sounds like a young teenager that hasn't learned the correct pronounciation of contractions. Dopey reading. Not worth the sale price - not worth my time even if it was free.
    Would have given it no stars if i could

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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