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Harry Boyle

Irmo, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Happy Hour in Hell: Bobby Dollar, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

    A. Hogue says: "Mixed feelings"
    "A step behind Bobby Dollar"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The escape from Hell was too long. A reader wants to know how the story turns out and it just took a long time to find out


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Excellent as always


    Was Happy Hour in Hell worth the listening time?

    I give it a 3 out of 4


    Any additional comments?

    There has to be a third book to wrap the series up. I would like to see more conflicts from Heaven and the hopefully good outcome on the forbidden romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked Doors: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Seven years ago, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas' life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer's victims were unearthed on Andrew's lakefront property, and since he was wanted by the FBI, Andrew had no choice but to flee and to create a new identity. Andrew does just that in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness near Haines Junction, Yukon. His only link to society is by email, through which he learns that all the people he ever loved are being stalked and murdered.

    Harry Boyle says: "It is all in the narrator"
    "It is all in the narrator"
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    Was Locked Doors worth the listening time?

    It was an average book and there are for sure better woks on Audible to chose from.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is what kept me involved. I suspect that I might have taken a very long time to complete the reading of a print version. I did not feel the author broke any new ground and he just spent more time with shotguns blazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Late On Judgement Day: Bobby Dollar, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Where does an angel go when he’s been to Hell and back? Renegade angel Bobby Dollar does not have an easy afterlife. After surviving the myriad gruesome dangers Hell oh-so-kindly offered him, Bobby has returned empty-handed – his demon girlfriend Casmira, the Countess of Cold Hands, is still in the clutches of Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. Some hell of a rescue. Forced to admit his failure, Bobby ends up back at his job as an angel advocate.

    Harry Boyle says: "I am already waiting for the fourth in thje Series"
    "I am already waiting for the fourth in thje Series"
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    Where does Sleeping Late On Judgement Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to hundreds of audio books. This one is in the top ten percent.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    He reads the book at a fast pace which is exactly what is needed to keep the listener in all the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I personally like the style the author uses. He weaves off the point intentionally and then pops back in at exactly the right time. Great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "A lot of words that are not what i wanted"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Henry Leyva?

    His style is better that not quite a monotone. Had the book kept my interest my view of the narrator might have changed


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

    I was disappointed in this effort by Turow. It almost seemed to me that a book was due where he could make a few bucks. I felt he got away from his base of having an attornet represent a client well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "I can not remember listening to a better story"
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    Would you listen to Rebel Yell again? Why?

    I typically never listen to a book twice but this time I might make an exception. The length of this book ( every minute enjoyable ) is the only reason not to do it over.


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

    This Stone Wall Jackson was clearly the greatest Civil War General. He made mistakes but all of the leaders did. Communications or the lack of them were often at fault. As a kid I read all of the Civil War stuff that I could get my hands on. Jackson's leadership abilities can not be understated. I was moved by the way the author portrayed Jackson's final days.


    Any additional comments?

    Cotter Smith was the perfect performer for this wonderful novel. Everyone should listen to this one. Why not get educated about Civil War history. Our kids know nothing about our past as the schools are failing to let all everywhere learn about America. You will be glad you listened to this book when it ends.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Means: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Douglas Brunt
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, George Newbern, Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Part Primary Colors, part House of Cards, The Means takes you deep into high-stakes politics where everyone has something to hide. Tom Pauley is a conservative trial attorney in Durham, NC, who is tapped by GOP leaders to campaign for the Governor's mansion. His bold style makes him a favorite for a run at the White House. Mitchell Mason is the president-elect of the United States, pushed into politics by a father determined to create a political dynasty.

    Harry Boyle says: "Loved the ending"
    "Loved the ending"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Means?

    The last sentence surprised me as I never saw it coming.


    Any additional comments?

    In this book time sometimes jumped ahead which to me left small gaps. Overall the story was well constructed. I think it only fair to mention that I am a fan of Megan Kelly and bought the book because of her interview with her husband. It was a good choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Revenge of Seven: Lorien Legacies, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Almarie Guerra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth about our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy. We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

    Amazon Customer says: "Much Better"
    "Was worth waiting for"
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    Would you listen to The Revenge of Seven again? Why?

    I never re-listen to a book so the answer is No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I expected all along that 8 would open his eyes again. I liked the way it was done


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of the narrators did their usual good job.


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

    I thought Adam taking out his dad and then supporting the cast was written well.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not ready for the book to end and so I will be ready for the next installment. I hope it comes out sooner rather than later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Neil Hayes
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    By 2002, The Streak - a historic 13-year run of consecutive wins by the Spartans, a high-school football team from Concord, California, that couldn't be beat - was still going strong. In this revised edition of When the Game Stands Tall, author Neil Hayes, who had unrestricted access to the De La Salle team, writes from the inside about the games, the players, and their visionary coach, Bob Ladouceur, who managed to amass the highest winning percentage in football history (.995) through standing for something greater than winning.

    Harry Boyle says: "I saw the movie and then loved the book"
    "I saw the movie and then loved the book"
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    What did you love best about When the Game Stands Tall?

    The story off learning how to win and then having each class of players believe in the coach and each other while almost never losing is in a fictional story something you would expect. In the real world for it to actually happen was really interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Winning like 195 out of 196 sounds impossible but it happened. I am not amazed that since the 1994 season the coach has kept up the nearly impossible winning percentage.


    What about J. P. Linton’s performance did you like?

    It was steady and kept me involved. I was able to listen to the book in two days which meant his work kept my interest.


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

    When the opposing coach had taken lead and was saying a prayer that his team would hold on. De la Salle started it's final drive and scored with 11 seconds left to beat him. After the game when he was asked what he was doing he said he was praying. He should have known not to say a prayer asking for the Catholic school to lose.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like a follow up book for the 10 seasons that have passed since the book ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua's Tree: Joshua's Tree Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By N.W. Harris
    • Narrated By Joshua Bennington
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When a skateboarding accident hurls 17-year-old Joshua Tyler into a dismal future overrun by flesh-eating mutants, he taps into the strength and courage hidden within him and manages to stay alive, only to discover his horrifying relationship to the scientific genius who brought all life on Earth to the brink of annihilation. Aided by Nadia, a beautiful warrior student who believes he may be the prophesized savior sent to rescue her people, Josh learns to fight for survival.

    Neil says: "Teen skate-boarder goes for the ride of his life"
    "Fansasy that keeps you interested in the outcome"
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    What did you love best about Joshua's Tree?

    How the two main characters made the story work.


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

    I first listened to Mr. Bennington's work on Adjuster Stories and it was a very interesting to hear him make the insurance claim stories come to life. I then listened to Boating: A Life's Journey which kept my interest all the way. He has a great voice and knows how to make a book and the characters come to life. I am looking forward to his next release.


    Any additional comments?

    I expect this book has a companion one on the way to us and I will be able to spend a few more hours enjoying Joshua Bennington continuing the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2745)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Third one as good as the first two books"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the character banter and the diversity of what each of them represents. I believe this was the final one in the series but there are still lots of places to go should the author decide to let her readers continue to enjoy the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Enjoyable and I listened to it over three days"
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    Would you listen to The Accounting again? Why?

    No-Only because I never listen to a book twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the stories flow and the crisp writing with snap back dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read two reviews that said the reader did not finish listening or did not care how this one ended. Frankly I wonder what kind of a fiction book could please those reviewers. This is a solidly written story and it was performed well. I will look forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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