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James

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  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Rachel says: "There are better Bill Bryson audiobooks"
    "Not my favorite B.B. book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I read this book years ago, and thought I liked it. Ive read most of Bill Bryson's books, and consider myself a fan. Listening to Lost Continent, I realized it is much more mean spirited then I remembered. I was very surprised, and a little disappointed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Mr. Bryson does find some interesting things along the way on his road trip, but has very little charity for when his expectations are not met. I guess the tittle "Lost Continent" should have clued me in that his opinion of the trip was mostly negative.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Mr. Bryson revels in mocking several of the places he visits. He does this in many of his travel logs, but seldom so often or with such enthusiasm.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book once before, and remembered it being more light hearted and fun. Hearing it in the author's own voice somehow makes it seem more serious and his attacks more vicious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (857)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "A must own."
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    I am a big fan of Mr. Bryson's work, and it is my opinion that this is one of his best. I can't say what an Australian listener might think of it, but never having been to the country myself, I was fascinated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival". But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business.

    Kimberly says: "Meh"
    "Excellent start to the series"
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    This audio book is entertaining. The characters are likeable, the setting - a supernaturally charged New Orleans - is interesting, and the reading is well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Day's Knight: Black Knight Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John G. Hartness
    • Narrated By Nick J. Russo
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to save a client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined. Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil. Soon, they've enlisted the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel, and a strip club proprietor to save the world.

    James says: "This book was fun."
    "This book was fun."
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    This book was fun. I enjoyed it. it was to light for me to really consider it horror, but if is probably a pretty good example of a Supernatural Detective novel.
    I also recommend the Dan Shamble PI series by Kevin Anderson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1018)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Every bit as good as the movie"
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    Both the book and the movie are offbeat, funny, and full of memorable characters. I did not expect this take on the zombie apocalypse to be so great. Now I hope the author or other writers continue to write stories in this vein.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (662)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "A lot like the show."
    Overall
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    It's good. The sound editor should have cleaned it up a bit more though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Episode of Cathedral History: The Complete Ghost Stories of M R James

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Montague Rhodes James
    • Narrated By David Collings
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "An Episode of Cathedral History". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

    James says: "One of my favorites."
    "One of my favorites."
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    You might find it interesting to know that the creature mentioned in this story is thought by many to be a sort of vampire, but that not everyone agrees. Certainly, it is more mysterious than romantic. I am a big fan of M.R.James, and this is my favorite story of his.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Eddie Robson
    • Narrated By Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, and others
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.

    The episodes are “Taking Overs”, “Minimum Volume”, “Power Block” and “Little Green Lights”. Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson, and stars Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, as well as Katherine Parkinson, Dave Lamb and Don Gilet.

    David says: "I loved this series"
    "Very enjoyable."
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    If you are a fan of British Comedy, you will like this. My only complaint is that it is short, and there don't seem to be any sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (686)

    In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

    Paul Bennett says: "Fine book, adequate narration"
    "The movie was sizzle, this is the steak."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Monuments Men to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Monuments Men to and why?

    It deserves a place in on anyone's WW2 bookshelf.


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

    Dont know


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

    The book is better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1987)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Very entertaining."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is engrossing, and the author cuts the tension with the character's offbeat humor.


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is excellent. His tone perfectly reflects the attitide of the main character.


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

    There is, but no spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    SOOO much better then the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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