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C. Kuschel-Toerber

Christian Kuschel

Frankfurt, Hessen | Member Since 2006

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  • Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. As always, White's characters are indelible and the dialogue is dead-on, but Kill Me is fresh and thought-provoking in a way that's so uncommon in crime fiction.

    Deborah Mele says: "Great Read"
    "Great story, great reader"
    Overall

    For the past 20 years I've followed Stephen White's Alan Gregory series - always interesting and well-written stories. Having read "Kill Me" as a hardcover when it was originally published about five years ago, I thought I'd like to revisit this very special thriller again as an audiobook and spent a credit on it.

    Well, I think Dick Hill did a marvelous performance on the audio version of this very clever thriller. Just lean back and enjoy the ride - this is how all novels should be transferred to audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16219)
    Performance
    (13480)
    Story
    (14105)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Coming from a male listener..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Having downloaded the audio version of a book trilogy that my girlfriend has been enjoying in print over the Christmas period, I was only aghast after listening to all 20 hours of the frist book. This literary sensastion is so utterly bad, and even at the rare moments when I
    thought the author had finally come across a solution to leave teenage sex territory and develop the stoty into something asembling matrurity - it got even worse.Coming back to the question posted by Audible: This book is only for fans of the "Twilight" series, but nobody beyond that target group. Sorry.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but the next two instalmets in the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Nobody could have made more of the story. She comes across believable as an almost 22-year old Western naive virgin beyond credibility in the 21st Century.


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

    No, sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    Again: think I've said it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

    A User says: "History with a good story"
    "Not as good as Herman Wouk's WW2 novels"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The first novel in the series, "Fall of Giants" was a bit better, in my opinion, and compared to Herman Wouk's epic novel "The Winds of War", Ken Follett's book could have gone a lot deeper.Having just listened to Herman Wouk's World War II novels (very similar approach with fictional characters and real contemporaries mixed), Ken Follett's book just falls short.

    Nevertheless, it's a very good effort to bring the horrors of war closer to today's audience.


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    See above - "The Winds of War" by Herman Wouk.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Solid, reliable performance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther: John Corey Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    It's one of the most dangerous and volatile countries in the world: Yemen. A Middle Eastern hotbed of corruption and insurgency and the perfect training ground for Islamic terrorists. When FBI agents John Corey and Kate Mayfield are assigned to overseas posts in Sana'a, Yemen's capital city, they are tasked with hunting down a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative.

    Martin says: "My heart sank when I saw who the narrator was ..."
    "Nelson DeMille & Scott Brick do it again"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Panther the most enjoyable?

    I've read (and then listened to) all of Nelson DeMille's John Corey thrillers, and both the writing and the reading are always superb. Scott Brick again does a very fine job in bringing this novel to audio, wonderfully transposing the witty one-liners and the excitement of the story into a listening experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Panther?

    The overall descriptions of Yemen (the country) and of course the exciting finale.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    As always: John Corey. Scott Brick IS John Corey.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I chuckled throughout listening... right?


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next instalment... keep'em coming, Nelson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (602)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "Sweet and short"
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    What did you love best about The Book Case?

    Clever title, great little short story. I have read all of Nelson deMille's books, and then listened to them as audio books again, just for the fun of it. John Corey is a great character, even though "The Book Case" presents him rather tame in his earlier years on the police force.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything, as always. Scott Brick IS John Corey,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1671)
    Story
    (1678)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "In the tradition of earlier stand-alone novels"
    Overall
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    Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As in his earlier novels, things from the past come back to haunt the protagonists. "Stay Close" lacks the realism of prior works like "Tell No One", though. Killing couple Ken & Barbie were just a bit over the top, I thought.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Another brilliant performance by - in my opinion - the best male reader in audio books. Hats off to Scott Brick - again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Look Away

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day at Five Mountains will help dispel his wife Jan's recent depression, black moods that have led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their four-year-old son Ethan turns into a nightmare. When Jan disappears from the park, David's worst fears seem to have come true. But when he goes to the police to report her missing, terrified that she's planning to take her own life, the facts start to indicate something very different.

    BSquared67 says: "Top thrills"
    "Great entertainment"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Never Look Away the most enjoyable?

    Author Linwood Barclay comes up with exciting stories again and again... even though some readers dispute the similarities, I still compare them to Harlan Coben's earlier stand-alone thrillers like


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carnival for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (16)

    It's February, and Carnival time in Venice. Bright blue skies and freezing temperatures welcome forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo to the city. Teresa has taken time out from her job to find her beloved bohemian aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared. There seem to be no clues as to her whereabouts, but a visit to Sofia's very strange apartment in the Dorsoduro confirms Teresa’s suspicions that all is not well....

    C. Kuschel-Toerber says: "Sorry, I just didn't get ot"
    "Sorry, I just didn't get ot"
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    What disappointed you about Carnival for the Dead?

    Having read (or listed to) all of the Nic Costa series by David Hewson, I came to expect the usual lot of mystery, quirky characters and twists, but this latest (actually stand-alone) novel featuring pathologist Teresa Lupo somehow failed to hook me at all. Masked people move through the cold streets and canals, and I eventually lost track of all of them - especially since there were a number of British expats among them, some of them acting in the here and now, some from centuries ago. And strange small dogs. And of course: The usual influence and symbolism of ancient paintings.

    The story flounders between the cold February reality of Venice in the Carnival season and a second novel presented in form of a serial deposited regularly at Teresa's doorstep.Confused? So was I, believe me.




    What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

    She made the most of this convoluted novel.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadly, not a lot. Except maybe to give Venice a wide berth during Carnival.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1212)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Well aged"
    Overall

    Having read this fascinating SciFi novel three times in the past 30 years (Ramans do everything in threes, right?), I ordered the Audible reading out of curiosity and to refresh some very fond memories of this intriguing book (even though I am not much into SF generally).

    The performer, Peter Gamin, does - in my opinion - not the bad job that other reviewers critized. He starts somewhat monotonous and his style takes some getting used to, but his clear and precise reading of the amazing world opening up in that cylinder from Outer Space was overall quite enjoyable. Just remember that this is not a novel heavy on character development (as mentioned in the prologue), and you'll be quite happy with the audio version.

    I really enjoyed being back inside Rama once again, and the audio version of Arthur C. Clarke's classic helped in rediscovering new shades in the story which seems as fresh today as when it was first published 35 years ago.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (504)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "Excellent re-visit to a great story"
    Overall

    Even though it's not Scott Brick (who normally reads Mr. DeMille's excellent novels)this time, Christian Rummel does a very, very fine job of making the extraordinary characters in this book come to life.

    "The Gold Coast" is probably Nelson DeMille's best-known book, with a wise-cracking first-person narrator (not John Corey, hero of some other DeMille bestsellers) who gets drawn into some serious neighborhood and marital problems. A story that will make you laugh and cry while keeping you glued to your headphones or your car stereo, amazingly read by Mr. Rummel.

    As a lot of other Audible customers probably did, I downloaded "The Gold Coast" before starting on Nelson DeMille's follow-up novel to that story, "The Gate House", to refreshen my memories of the book I first read in the early 1990's. What a great re-discovery in early 2009! Highly recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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