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Christopher Denny

Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Sidekicked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John David Anderson
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Andrew Bean might be a part of h.e.r.o., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there's Drew's power: Possessed of super senses - his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet - he's literally the most sensitive kid in school. There's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling bar stools than fighting crime. And then there's his best friend, Jenna - their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block.

    Christopher Denny says: "Great Story! I want a sequel."
    "Great Story! I want a sequel."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though the genre has been oversaturated the past few years with movies and television shows, they all focused on the heroes and not the sidekicks. Add to that, these were just kids in middle school that were learning about how to use their skills and powers to support their "super". Great concept and great point of view narrative.


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

    I had not listened to anything done by Kirby before but I am amazed at his talent. Not only was he able to distinguish the various sidekicks (male and female), he had to adjust for the adults that make up a large part of the story as well. Kirby did a fantastic job with it all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Every time I had even a few minutes I would listen and then be upset when I had to move onto something else. Sometimes I would save certain chores for later so I would take longer to do them, in turn having more time to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story and I would love to see a sequel maybe a couple of years down the line to see how the characters are dealing with their lives and the fates of some of the other characters.

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7652)
    Performance
    (5865)
    Story
    (5884)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Touching and Poignant"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the writing. Makrkus Zusak has a way of describing some of the most menial things with words that bring everything to life. The amazing analogies and descriptive text paint pictures just like Max makes sketches for Liesel.


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

    I have not listened to any of Allan's performances before but I am curious to listen to other books. His performance was well done with the many voices and the accents.


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would want to take Death out to dinner. Despite the stereotypes of death itself, this portrayal of death as an mostly omniscient narrator is funny and serious at the same time. The dinner conversation would include his travels and his stories.


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  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (486)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Troy says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "The Untold Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kenobi the most enjoyable?

    I was glad to see a book like this written. There is so little knowledge about Obi-Wan's life on Tatooine before we see him. It was great to read about his adventures and how he was forced to reveal himself as a Jedi in order to protect life. It would be cool if there were other stories told of Ben's adventures because twenty years is a long time to wait for a child to grow. It would be interesting to know if Luke and Ben ever met in passing or if Luke saw him talking to Uncle Owen.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I liked the personality that he embedded in each character. His Kenobi made Ben sound like the general from the Clone Wars that had lived a long life despite his relative youth. He seemed closer to the aged wizard that we are introduced to in Star Wars: A New Hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how there were subtle nods to previously known characters, like Jabba the Hutt or situations, such as what Anakin Skywalker did in Attack of the Clones when he murdered the Sand People.

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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1149)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "You're Never Old Unless You Give Up"
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    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    I might compare this book to Forrest Gump in the sense that Alan Carlsson finds himself meeting several different figures in history by happenstance, much like Forrest Gump does. Though Alan's adventures are all based on politics, they are still quite unique and almost impossible how he found his way through life.

    I would also liken this book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in the sense that both main characters simply make the decision to get up from their lives and leave for a new adventure. In Alan's case, he completed many adventures and in Harold's case, it was one adventure on a specific journey.


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  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (748)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "You Don't Have Enough Scoundrels In Your Life"
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    If you could sum up Scoundrels: Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful. Fun. Characterization.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    I liked getting background on a lot of characters that are known, not just in the original trilogy, but from the Expanded Universe after Return of the Jedi. I liked getting more in-depth characterization on Lando and Han Solo and what they were like when not helping the Rebels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think any scene with Lando was my favorite. I liked his suave personality and he had an arrogance and charm about him like you see in Empire Strikes Back.


    Any additional comments?

    Marc Thompson has to be the best narrator of Star Wars fiction. He is able to pull off so many different types of voices - men, women, droids, aliens - and all to perfection. His styling for Lando exudes a similar tone to Billy Dee Williams and his Han Solo, while not a replica of Harrison Ford, still gives off the gruffness of his voice. I also think that the sound effects enhance every Star Wars story. Some people might not like it, but I think it's nice to hear an explosion rather than just hearing that something exploded. It draws me into the story more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9975)
    Performance
    (9280)
    Story
    (9281)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Game On!"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    Besides all of the 80's references, I really enjoyed the fact that the "average, normal" person was able to battle against a corporate enemy. Even though the main characters were afraid of what could happen to them, they knew that it was the right thing to do. It just shows that sometimes even the little guy can make a difference in the world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think, as a child of the 80's, all of the references to television shows, movies, video games and ideas of the 80's was the best part. Ernest Cline really did a fine job of researching the era and making sure everything was accurate right down to the description of 8-bit graphics in the old Atari games.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wil Wheaton is a phenomenal narrator and all of the voices were done well. His inflection and tone when scenes became emotional was easy to hear and he seemed the perfect narrator for a book of this style.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think that the book title speaks for itself and would serve as the appropriate tag line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5787)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2615)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Sometimes One World Is Better Than the Other"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the print version, I cannot answer that, but I think with this book inparticular, having the ability to listen to it makes the book that much more special. Neil Gaiman knows the characters so well (obviously) and is able to treat them as individuals. You can hear the change in inflection for each character and it must be difficult for any narrator to remember which voice was used for which character.

    I think if I had the print version, I simply would have followed along because I wanted to listen to Neil Gaiman reading the story to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

    I think one of the most memorable parts of the book was where one character is being setup as a traitor and it turns out to be a different character entirely. I'm being vague in case someone wants to read it. Even as I was reading the story, I thought that the one character in particular was shady and could have been the traitor while the one that was eventually revealed as the traitor was more heroic.

    However, after the explanation of why that person betrayed the heroes of the book, I empathized with their quest and their reasoning. I also enjoyed the section in the labyrinth and how the main character, Richard, really came into his own at that point.


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

    I listened to Click-Clack the Rattlebag. I think Neil has a wonderful voice for narration, especially of his own stories because he can anticipate the character's reactions better than if he were reading a story he was only vaguely familiar. I think I would listen to more of his longer form novels versus his short stories, mostly because I like to listen to his voice.


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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9410)
    Performance
    (8625)
    Story
    (8675)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "The World is Not a Wish-Granting Factory"
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    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way that Kate Rudd performed Hazel, especially in scenes whgere she was struggling with her health, were well done. Kate stunted her breaths which allowed me to feel like Hazel was a real person - as if she were telling me the story.

    The pain in her voice toward the end of the novel forced my tears to fall in concert with her own.

    When reading a book, you, the reader get to decide how a character sounds. Even though it's someone else's interpretation of the voice and not necessarily the way you might think the character would sound, it gives you a reference point as to the character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think the tagline would be the same words that I used for the title of this review.


    Any additional comments?

    While this book deals with disease and cancer, John Green only skims the surface of those subjects feeling that they are not important, which is true. The importance is the characters and how they feel, not necessarily what drugs they are taking or what procedure might need to be done. When it's needed, Green talks about it, but for the most part, it's all about the main characters and their need to be companions to each other.

    Despite the topic and sadness that occur in the novel, I still found it very hopeful. Hope for a life that could be lived as long as possible. Hope that Hazel is able to do good for as long as she had.

    Much like Hazel and Augustus want to know how An Imperial Affliction dealt with its characters after the novel ended, I would like to know if Hazel was able to be happy ever again. However, despite my wanting to know, I can also understand that as a reader, it's better to simply hope and determine the answer for myself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1279)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Great Story....Didn't Want It To End"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King?

    I think one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King was the final few chapters of the book where you finally get closure on why certain things have happened throughout the book. It also ties up loose ends in regards to some of the earlier characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sometimes wanting things too much blinds you from seeing what you already have.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book and I am glad that I listened to it not long after listening to The Magicians. When I got to the end of the book, I was sad and disappointed. Not by the ending itself but by the physical end to the story. I recall looking at my phone (from which I listen) and thinking, "That's it?!??!"

    I was so involved in the story that I found myself feeling sad for different characters throughout the book. Grossman's writing evoked emotions and experiences that I once had when I was younger and felt left out of the crowd, only to find a new group of people (not necessarily as deviant as Julia's group, but family nonetheless) to call friends.

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  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3192)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2745)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Wonderful Book With A Great Narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Agent to the Stars the most enjoyable?

    I thought it was really refreshing that John Scalzi used actual places from the Los Angeles area in the novel. Most fiction tends to make up highway numbers or street names. Scalzi names several areas of the Los Angeles area that made the characters in the book more real. It was as if I was just hearing someone tell me a story about people in the next city.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all of the characters in this book, but especially Joshua. Despite the character's youth, he had a lot of knowledge and humor.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wil Wheaton did a great job with all of the characters and his ability to switch voices with the various characters was wonderful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scenes with Michelle when she was attempting to audition for Hard Memories was very difficult to listen to. She wanted so hard to do her best and she couldn't. At that point I really felt sorry for Michelle.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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