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GogginGuy

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Fairfield, OH USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor.

    Cather says: "A worthy sequel"
    "Fantastic follow-up"
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    If you could sum up Vicious Circle in three words, what would they be?

    Charming. Edgy. Likewise.


    What other book might you compare Vicious Circle to and why?

    Whatever you thought about the first one (Devil You Know), you'll think about this one.


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

    He brings the perfect tone and creates the connection we have with each one of the characters. I'm not sure I would love the books as much if I didn't hear them from him.


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

    Oh, yes the scene where the guy did the thing at the place with the...

    ...nice try -- nobody need spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Never experienced a writer who could come up with so many perfect metaphors in my life. Regardless of the plot, the writing is rhythmic and engaging. And funny as hell in all the right places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (299)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Couldn't make it through"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was performing this story and not telling a story; his voice always had this slightly hightened quality; all he needed to do was relax. His performace was remarkably uneasily dull. It didn't help that the writing was pretty amaturish -- the author was trying to create a rhythm in a by-the-numbers, I-learned-how-to-write-from-a-how-to-book way which was painfully obvious by the many torchured metaphors. The premise was not as interesting as other reviewers indicate; all you have to do is think about it and the explaination (which completely escapes this apparently smart retired detective) becomes clear. Solving the "mystery" early made the rest of it unbearable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3069)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1675)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Not up to par. Too much Pendergast."
    Overall
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    If you’ve listened to books by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston before, how does this one compare?

    If you skip this trilogy, you won't be missing a lot, really. The authors are at least good about that kind of thing. In this trilogy, there is way too much Pendergast. It's the balance of other characters and getting involved in their lives and concerns and frailties is what makes the Pendergast novels so good. There is NONE of that in these three books. And I can't stress this enough: Pendergast himself is not all that interesting on a personal level; he's not exactly a figure we can overly-empathise with because his life and experiences are so out of the norm, so his taking up 95% of these three books is taxing. This would have been a good SINGLE long book.

    And Nazi's? Really? Clichéd and stereotypically boring. It was a great effort to see if they could make it all worthwhile. Some good stuff there, eventually, but not for the amount of required investment of time.


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

    His usual fantastic job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1780)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "The end of a lousy trilogy"
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    What disappointed you about Two Graves?

    Way too much Pendergast (as are the first two stories from this trilogy). The balance of other characters and getting involved in their lives is what makes the Pendergast novels so good. There is NONE of that in these three books. And I can't stress this enough: Pendergast himself is not all that interesting; he's not exactly a figure we overly-empathise with personally, so his taking up 95% of these three books is taxing. The tie-up for D'Agosta was WAY too quick and clean..and the getting him in trouble is getting to routine. If you skip this trilogy, you won't be missing a lot, really. The authors are at least good about that kind of thing.


    Has Two Graves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No -- this can't be put into a genre. When a series (any series) has gone as long as this, it transcents genres. You know what you are expecting is unique.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely solid -- just like all his other Pendergast performances. No disappointment here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Bianculli
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Read!"
    "Well done"
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    If you could sum up Dangerously Funny in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive. Engaging. Historical.


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

    This is my first for Mr. Heller. Terriffic, terriffic job.


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

    No -- this one needs to be parsed out.


    Any additional comments?

    I was too young for the Smothers Brothers show, but the albums are among my favorites, so getting to hear the details of the rumors/stories about the show I'd always heard was the fascinating part for me. The relationship TV creators and networks had then was fascinating given the era we live in now, and that's the real hidden gem of interest in this book. In the light of history of the SB show itself, it's easy to see who the heroes were -- but the tactics of Tommy Smothers are properly characterized as brave, but also, well, not so bright. I can't speak too much to anyone who is not a SB fan, but the balance of power in that day and age is really explored and puts that aspect of this book on, at the very least, an American historical level, and well worth learning if you like television.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Geologist Phillip Mercer finds a dead body hot with radiation in a 1950s U.S. Army base under the ice. Mercer is almost killed when the old base is set on fire. Geo-Research hustles Mercer and company out of Greenland, and Mercer vows to find out why. Surviving a bomb on the plane taking them back to Iceland, Mercer, the beautiful Anika Klein, and their fellow explorers search for the shelter of an ice cavern until they can be rescued and that's when they learn the truth.

    GogginGuy says: "Sometimes, less is more"
    "Sometimes, less is more"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would for someone who loves action that is piled on. The author seemed to feel this needed 3 climaxes. At some point, enough is enough.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Du Brul? Why or why not?

    I love Jack Du Brul's first books, but I've noticed they seem to keep getting longer -- which is not a good thing. Even a 4-hour James Bond movie would try die-hard fans -- this one is like that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1962)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Only worthwhile if you like the main character"
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    Has Plum Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Only this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It's every book Scott Brick has ever done.


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

    It dragged and the hero was annoying. But, at least it was overly-long...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (599)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "A little too long"
    Overall

    When everyone got into place and it came to playing out the third-act, it got to be exhausting. Two to three plot points could have been dealt with in the denoument instead of becoming scenes that were overly long. They weren't bad scenes, but they came when the reader needs to keep the momentum going toward the final.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crux

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Richard Aellen
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    During 20 years of almost total darkness in a rat-infested cell, Keith Johnson has had time to plan. So, like a ghost, he has returned to even the score. He has no intention of killing his betrayers; he wants to ruin their lives like they ruined his. Johnson's elaborate plan is meant to cause the three to self-destruct, and given their characters, it ought to be easy. But his scheme goes haywire with consequences he neither foresees nor wants.

    GogginGuy says: "Count revisited"
    "Count revisited"
    Overall

    An updated telling of the Count of Monte Cristo, and not a bad one at that. I would have given it 4 stars, except that our hero, who has a lot of time and resources to plot his sequence of revenge, inexplicably leaves one character that should have been "dealt with" and naturally, that character wrecks too much havok -- and that brought down the overall experience of a good tale of revenge. The rest of the themes are dealt with credibly, and that's all I asked of this popcorn tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (878)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Un-listenable"
    Overall

    I lasted 30 mintues. The first person narrative is awful, which the narrator makes excruciating. He CANNOT even remotely do anyone's voice but his own -- and even that is wrapped-up in an annoyting semi-flake of a sidekick who thinks we want his personal critique of EVERY SINGLE THING that happens.

    The voice of Cepak is beyond an amaturish effort. As soon as the Producer heard it, he should have said "Are you trying to be funny? -- We can't have the hero of the story sounding like a characature -- and a bad one at that!"

    I wish yearly members could be credited with 1 refund a year. This would EASILY be mine.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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