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United States | Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 155 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Good story, bad narration..."

    Enjoyed the pulpy and light story of a Wizard P.I.

    What I didn't like is James Marsters who sighs (into your ear if you are using headphones) hundreds of times while you're trying to listen to it. He also moistens his lips and makes all kinda of wet slimy noises over and over again.

    Unfortunately James Marsters narrates all the books in this series, so I guess I'll be switching to the print versions for the rest of the series.

    Recommending for the fun offbeat story. Not recommending this reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Funny, Challenging, Absurd and Dark."
    Where does The Corrections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite, but very memorable. I laughed a good bit and could see myself listening to it again in a couple of years. I like how the author jumped from family member to family member and often filled in the blanks in a Tarrantino kind of way.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Denise. She seemed to be the most sane of all the Lamberts. She was the relief of the reader that someone in the family had a sense of reality.

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

    All his performances have been great so far. I still think my favorite is The Accidental Tourist which is no longer available from Audible. I'm glad I bought my copy when I did!

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

    Not at first. It took me a few chapters for the book to grip me. By the end, I wanted to know how it was going to end.

    Any additional comments?

    If all you read are "clean" books and expect to love every character in every story you listen to, skip this novel. If you have a sense of humor and can appreciate the absurd and love good literature, I'd recommend this very dark comedy. Just like the script Chip wrote in the story, you have to get through a very challenging beginning to finally get to the good stuff which is the rest of the novel. I don't think Franzen wrote it that way by accident.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "Someone's Creative Writing project"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story. Better reader.

    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written dialog that people in the way people actually talk. People not talking about trains every fifth paragraphs (not everyone who rides a train talks about trains for there entire journey.)

    What didn’t you like about Tim Matheson’s performance?

    Way too earnest. Annoyingly so.

    What character would you cut from The Christmas Train?

    Agnes Joe. Just because of her annoying name...oh, and because she pushes the main character down some stairs for no apparent reason.

    Any additional comments?

    Skip this. It's amateurishly written and will not get you into the spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Corey says: "Wow"
    "A story along the lines of The Body (Stand By Me)"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this ranks among the small list that I'd actually listen to again. It was one of Stephen King's lighter stories. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. It's a place that I'd love to revisit again some day. You feel the sense of nostalgia, even if you weren't around or too young to remember during the time period it's set in.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The murder mystery towards the end provided a little suspense. But since you know the narrator of the story survived (otherwise, how is he telling this in first person?), its not too suspenseful. It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller.

    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    The main character, Devin. He did a great job with the others, but Devin was the heart of the story and he did his voice in a very laid-back "let me tell you a tale" sort of way.

    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    The Body 1973 at an amusement park.

    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book when you want a pleasant story without a lot of violence or macabre. I'd put this up among his novels such as Duma Key. It's really about the relationships and friendships. You'll smile as you listen to it and might even cry at the end when it's over with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry, Full Cast

    Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

    Diana - Audible says: "Books Will Save You"
    "Great start. Too bad about licensing.."

    I really loved this book. I decided to listen to it between bigger books as sort of a palette cleanser. Tim Curry is Lemony Snicket and a full cast reads the dialog. There are also nice sound effects and music so that it feels like a real radio play.

    Unfortunately as I looked to get the other volumes, Audible has not licensed all of the Tim Curry/Full Cast versions of these books. It's disappointing to go from a full production complete with voice acting, sound effects and Tim Curry to Daniel Handler dryly reading his own novels.

    So I will not be buying the rest of them until they can get all of the Tim Curry/Full Cast versions.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Good story. Too much Apple and IKEA fanboyism."

    A pretty good read if you can stomach all the obvious Apple and IKEA commercials placed into the text of the book. Seriously, entire pages are dedicated to detailing what Salander bought at IKEA and all the different types of Apple computers (and their differences) inside the Millennium offices. The fact that Salander is supposed to be a master hacker and uses a Mac, is why this called fiction. :)

    Seriously though, while it lacks the first books sense of isolation, it still sets up a pretty good mystery. This time the subject is slavery and the sex trade. Its kind of like Crichton in that you will learn a little bit while listening to this novel. Just don't expect the most inspired writing or dialog.

    The reading, just like the first one is excellent. The reader handles all the voices extremely well and you will recognize all of the ones that have returned from the the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Tourist

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon's insular world and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.

    Carl Smith says: "Listened to it twice"
    "A favorite book given a perfect reading"

    For me, this book was the gateway to Anne Tyler. Her words, describing the hysterical self-destruction of a man from an eccentric family and how an equally eccentric woman saves him, are perfect. Her writing is like the smoothest chocolate melting in your brain. Every description and every word is just perfect. Even though I've read this book at least a half a dozen times, this audio book still had me grinning in the car.

    George Guidall gives a fine reading, going at a pace that is perfect for the tone of this story. Its a perfect blend of sophistication and Norman Rockwell whimsy. This is one audio book I plan on listening to every year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A great start"

    It took me about 10 chapters before I really could get used to Roy Dotrice, but by the end of it, I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this novel. He does a great job with all the voices, and with the tons of characters in this story, that is a lot voices!

    Yes, it is long with a lot of descriptions and back stories and throw-away names. Fortunately you can take the story at it's surface or you can dive into this deep rich world with a fairly realized history.

    This book, despite its very long running time (took me over two months to finish it), is obviously just the beginning of a much larger tale. It is a somewhat self-contained story about war and betrayal where the characters are obviously being manipulated by something much bigger.

    As much as I see other reviews talking about it's abominable characters, there are also characters (John Snow and Arya) you will learn to like.

    There's just a touch of magic in this volume, but only enough to plant the seeds that will probably be growing in the next novels in the series. The ending has me wanting to come back to the seven kingdoms.

    Winter is coming! :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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