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Barry

Kent, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1885)
    Story
    (1880)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Thought I had it figured out..."
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    I agree with Matthew's review. This is an AMAZING story, performed with such perfect timing that it came ALIVE! Mr. Garcia, gracias. Fantastic job!

    And Mr. Crouch, you set the hook and reeled me in. Just when I thought I had it figured out -- BAM! Wrong again.

    Seriously, why are there only 85 "ratings" after six months? People -- you need to read this. If you enjoy mystery, sci-fi, or just a great story, you'll love this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (393)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    averageconsumer says: "Great Story/Deadly Narration"
    "It's "inescapable" NOT "ineXscapable""
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Freeman’s performances?

    Not in this lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, "eXscape"? Really? This narrator sounds like he never finished grade school. Doesn't anyone EDIT or DIRECT or even LISTEN? Or, do they ALL think that it really is "eXscape"? Plus, random ... pauses that ... drive me absolutely ... crazy.

    I own several hundred audio books, and I would have to say that this narrator is the worst (and there are some bad ones) I've heard, IMHO.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (968)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "I can't make myself finish it...."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I've made it about halfway through and I just can't finish it. The story drags, but it's the "reading" that makes it unbearable for me. I can't call it a "performance", since it just sounds like someone with a raspy voice "reading". There are no inflections, no accents, no "voices" for the different characters. If there is no "he said" or "she said", I cannot tell who is "talking" -- or even if someone IS talking. All in all, I'm very disappointed. I tried giving the "performance" NO stars, but it won't let me. I bought it after reading the positive reviews, so perhaps my expectations were too high. Oh well, I'll check out the new Star Force book.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1776)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Narration ruined it for me."
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a little dismayed by all the five-star reviews. For me, the "Russian" accent was almost unintelligible at times. I normally listen a 1.5 times normal speed, but realized I wouldn't understand ANYTHING at that speed.

    Plus, those annoying pauses -- right in the middle -- pause -- of a sentence. Then, there is the meeting between the Prof, Mike, and Wyoming. When there wasn't a "he said/she said" I had trouble figuring out WHO was talking -- all three sound the SAME. I made it about halfway through and I've given up.

    The story so far has been so-so. Maybe it picks up, but I just can't get through the narration.If you're a Heinlein fan, I highly recommend READING it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3943)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2380)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "For me there were NO redeeming qualities"
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    What disappointed you about Wizard's First Rule?

    Let me explain that I LOVE fantasies. When I saw this book had ratings of 4+, and it was on sale, I got it. Perhaps it was because I had just finished the latest Wheel of Time book, but I cannot tell you how disappointed it was. I should have done what several other listeners did and quit part way through.

    Personally, I am turned off by graphic details of the torture and murder of anyone, but ESPECIALLY CHILDREN!!!!! Now, if you like that kind of thing, then this is the book for you.

    Setting aside my personal dislikes, I didn't care for was the sheer stupidity of the book. It insults the reader's (or listener's) intelligence. I don't want to go into details, since I dislike spoilers. But, suffice it to say that there are NUMEROUS times when one of the characters


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ANYTHING by Brandon Sanderson. Although, I've already read or listened to everything he's written. Maybe I'll listen to The Way of Kings again -- just to remember what good fantasy is all about.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    For this book? No one! I'd toss the script into a fireplace.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

    Derek B. says: "I cant sleep!"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I listened to the first hour, but I just couldn't force myself to keep going. I kept falling asleep as I listened (and that's not a good thing while you're driving). I have been a Dean Koontz fan since Watchers, and I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2374)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1306)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "A little bit of a "strain""
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but two things were rather disappointing. First, the same stupid music that comes along sort of randomly and WAY TOO OFTEN. The second was the narrator, Ron Perlman. Although I enjoy him as an actor, his narration was one of the worst I have ever listened to.

    I see that a lot of reviews talk about how good he was. I disagree. Naratives were monotonous. But more annoying were the dialogs -- I could not keep track of who was talking -- even when a man was talking with a woman.

    As far as the story, it was well done. I thought the internal conflicts of the lead characters was very realistic -- imagine having your entire belief system -- what you have always believed to be true or false -- wiped out in an instant. I also liked the "explanation" of the vampires.

    For the story, 4 stars, for the narration only 2 (I'd have given it only 1 if it had been anyone but Ron Perlman). So, overall I gave it 3.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "A huge waste of time and money"
    Overall

    I have just two words to describe this book: bore-ring! I kept listening, hoping it would get better -- but how many ways can you describe the same thing? Over and over and over....

    If you're not a real amazon history buff (and I'm not), don't waste your credit.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "A little disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a long time fan of Dean Koontz. I have read most of his works, and I'd have to say this one was a little disappointing -- especially the ending. I agree with the first reviewer that he did his homework concerning animal rescue, but I thought the tearjerk parts were deliberately overdone and unnecessary to the plot. I don't want to be a "spoiler", so I won't say anymore on the subject.

    I will say, however, it was nothing like "Watchers", "Dark Rivers of the Heart", or even "Dragon Tears". I gave it 3 stars because anything Mr. Koontz writes is worth 2 automatically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (323)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Extremely disappointing"
    Overall

    Save your credit! I am a Michael Crichton fan, so I bought it in spite of the overwhelming number of negative reviews. I should have paid heed.

    This is the single most disappointing book by Crichton that I have read or listened to. It seemed very random, like he wrote without ever turning back to see what had already been written. Not much plot, just a lot of personal opinion.

    Hmmmm, how long would it take for an infinite number of transgenic monkeys to come up with something better?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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