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C. Stephan

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  • Dog Collar Crime: A Lucie Rizzo Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Adrienne Giordano
    • Narrated By Laura Princiotta
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she's long avoided - move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park...until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked.

    Robin Driscoll says: "Such an enjoyable story!"
    "Pleasant Summer Read"
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    This light mystery includes an adorable main character, her furry charges and a cast of interesting secondary characters. Add a few kidnappings, ties to the mob, an iffy love interest to Lucie's attempting to start a nice side business for herself, after her career in Investment Banking takes a nose dive and you get Dog Collar Crimes. Enter Frankie and an old romance is rekindled, but will it be as complicated as the rest of Lucie's life? I especially enjoyed the strong conclusion, which had a few unexpected surprises in store for me. No animals were harmed in this funny caper. The narrator did a good job and was a proper fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18781)
    Performance
    (16783)
    Story
    (16836)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Psychopath, Marriage,Murder,Plot Twists"
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    Any additional comments?

    What fascinated me most about this book was the fact that I had to keep listening to story until I found myself chin deep in red herrings, plot twists and then I had to unravel everything until the end. This is a twisted story about twisted people and it is deliciously addictive. I enjoyed both narrators. I did not recognize the Carthage Missouri, where I live, but that is artistic license on the author's part, which did not take away from the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5994)
    Performance
    (5584)
    Story
    (5584)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Funny, imaginative and a bit of a parody"
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    At times the story confused me and I had to listen to the last chapters a second time, before I got it. This is a bit of parody, a touching and heartfelt story, kind of a Trekkie's fun read with big twists and a lot of turns. Scalzi comes up with the most imaginative and crazy plots. The only downside was the repetition of the word "said" throughout the book. Overall, this is still worth a listen and I do enjoy Will Wheaton's narration very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

    Rolando says: "Disappointing"
    "A Bone Chilling Voice Imbedded in a Unique Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Child the most enjoyable?

    The music, the Voice and the dramatization. Audible, please provide more just like this one! You have a winner here! :-)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Voice...freaky scary


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the scariest novels I have listen to, and one of the most enjoyable short audible dramatized books. I cannot count the many times I jumped, startled by the musical score or the voices of the narrators. The premise of the story is simply fascinating, raising questions about reincarnation, regression therapy, insanity, fear and revenge.

    Setting: Berlin, Germany. Characters: Ten year old Simon - termally ill, does not want to die before he knows if he killed people in a former life, Rober Stern - defense attorney, Carina - nurse, Andi Borchart - former criminal, Engler - investigating police officer.

    There are not many books by Sebastian Fitzek available in English translation, nor as e-books, however, being fluent in German in will read everything this fine author has in print in his native language.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3656)
    Story
    (3658)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Adorable Sentient Beings"
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    The perfect combination of Scalzi and Wheaton make for an enjoyable listen. I usually prefer lengthy audio books, but this one was an exception. This book has fabulous characters, is a great great sci-fi yarn with excellent narration. I had to finish it in two sessions. The story has an interesting twist on mankind's destructive nature vs. sentient inhabitants of a far away planet and perceptions in general. I love this book and Will Wheaton did an outstanding job as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Containment

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christian Cantrell
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe. Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth.

    Gregory says: "Promising but falls a little bit short"
    "Excellent Sci-fi Listen"
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    What did you love best about Containment?

    The twists


    Any additional comments?

    This is a unique and intelligently written sci-fi novel of first class! I highly recommend this to hard sci-fi lovers of Asimov, Clarke, Bova etc. It is fast paced, makes sense and takes the reader to a stunning conclusion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (914)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "Answers to questions after the movie!"
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    If you could sum up 2001 in three words, what would they be?

    Mind over matter


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Every character Rick Hill performs as is the best. I enjoy his narration very much. To me he is the perfect narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    The movie was beautiful, but I needed to know more. Reading this book was an enlightening experience. Neurotic HAL needed to "remove the sources of his frustrations". His conflict between telling the truth and withholding the truth drove him over the edge. Sir Arthur C. Clarke also addresses "conflict between mind and matter". As usual, Clarke achieved his goal in providing us with an outstanding read, transporting the reader light years away from our home planet.
    Superior narration by Dick Hill!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Norah Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The reports stated Josh McBride’s death was from sudden cardiac arrest, but homicide detective Boyd McBride can’t shake the idea that his identical twin brother’s death was somehow connected to his search for the adopted boys’ birth parents. Josh must have been close to the truth…and it cost him his life. When Boyd comes to medical resident Hayden Walsh’s ER looking for answers, she agrees to help with his investigation because Josh was a friend.

    C. Stephan says: "Suspenseful, Mysterious and Sexy"
    "Suspenseful, Mysterious and Sexy"
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    Take a murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing, add a full romance with a Happy Ever After ending, sprinkle it with at the edge of your seat suspense and you get Fatal Hearts by Norah Wilson! I thorough enjoyed this well written novel, the characters and the storyline. The title of the book makes sense to me now and no other would have done this book justice! I know I will read more books by this author.
    I bundled my kindle book with the professional narration, so that I can switch back and forth. Love the narrator's gravelly voice and deep timber, which made up for not quite getting the female voice of Hayden right. Otherwise, I could listen to this narrator forever!

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1142)

    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"
    "Intelligent Life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rendezvous with Rama to be better than the print version?

    No, because it could use better narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rendezvous with Rama?

    Exploration of Rama, especially via firefly!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Too mundane.


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

    I was in awe!


    Any additional comments?

    One of my all time favorite books. This was my gateway to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's other superb writings. I just wanted to reread it a few decades after it was published. It still ranks among my favorite sci-fi books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2378)
    Performance
    (2218)
    Story
    (2236)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Guaranteed 10 Star Listen"
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    Agreeing with all the reviewers who stated this book is much different and has more depth than the awesome movie based on this novel, I prefer the book even though I loved the movie. The descriptive skills, unforced metaphors and the raw story telling ability this author showcases, makes this one of his best books ever published. I read this just to refresh my memory before purchasing the recently released sequel Dr. Death. I am so glad I did. The narrator is outstanding and nailed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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