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Jeffrey

eclectacist

United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

    Jeffrey says: "Very Distracting Narrator"
    "Very Distracting Narrator"
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    I live in Hawai'i. This historical fiction contains many elements familiar to even a casual student of Oahu's history, while using a picture bride as his plot device emphasizes the cultural aspects of our local story.

    I found the narrator's mangled Hawai'ian very distracting. Especially in a historical fiction containing place names still in use, one ought to make an effort to pronounce words correctly. Listening to Pa-LAH-muh mispronounced PAL-a-ma and LILY-ha used instead of Lee-LEE-ha, to point out only two simple examples of many, was very irritating; It was distracting to the point of turning off the book several times and not returning to it for weeks. I do have to say, though, that she sings a couple of little tunes within the narration, and has a very sweet voice.

    BTW, it's HO-NO-lu-lu (long O sound), not Hon-a-LU-lu (short O sound) and Ha-VA-ee, not Hs-WHY-ee. If one cannot get these two primary pronunciations, what chance does something like Kawaiahao or Kahahawai have?

    Fortunately, I don't speak Korean, so I can't comment on any of those words,

    **for anyone who might think this is nit-picking, think of how it might be listening to a book if Penn-syl-VA-nia was constantly pronounced Pen-SYL-van-ia or FLO-ri-da was Flo-ri-DA or WASH-ing-ton was Wa-SHING-ton? It is grating and distracting, partly because it is so easily preventable.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5044)
    Performance
    (3050)
    Story
    (3075)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Propaganda"
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    Conservative propaganda in an overly sentimental "future history" (self described). Tried to beat me to death with its POV, but I resisted. Narrator wasn't that bad, but not good enough to overcome the platitudes. Don't believe that it's syfy or waste your credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5252)
    Performance
    (4876)
    Story
    (4871)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "What? WHAT?!"
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    I waited a while to write my review because I've listened to it 7 times now & am still thinking, "WHAT?!"

    First of all, thanks for a great book, Jim. Second of all, thank Santa James Marsters is back. I completely agree with the folks who've said you must have read up to this point before you can get into this book. It seems to me that there's just so much in it predicated upon previous knowledge. Of course, having that knowledge could be what's leading me to think in that vein!

    Thirdly, how good does a writer have to be to lead us down the Primrose path (heh, heh) and make us love it and beg for more? Here we go, traipsing after Harry through 11 books, confident that we know our hero as well as Murphy does. We know his strengths and his foibles, his loves and his hates, his idiosyncrasies and peccadilloes. We've seen both his attitudes and language mature. We've grown with him: a year at a time, a book at a time.

    Then Changes, and not just for Harry. Hints and clues (and red herrings?) to potential directions (exactly what position was Ebenezer's diary entry referring to?) the story might take, and then to bring Harry back from the (almost) dead in Ghost Story! And to find out in Cold Days ***the next paragraph contains spoilers***

    >> what it really means that he claimed Demonreach (was that it, Ebenezer?), and to tie in the Hunt and bring everyone back to center only to find out that Molly fell into Lea's clutches to be potentially groomed for the Summer court but now she's going to be the Winter Lady? What?! WHAT?! >>

    I'm amazed that after 14 books Jim Butcher can still surprise us and leave us wanting more -- NOW! I feel like I'm waiting for someone to come out & say, "And what about Naomi?" **grin**

    I believe completely that Jim must have mapped this entire story arc out when he wrote Storm Front (as he has said) because there's no other way the story could have held together, much less held its audience. I am amazed at the scope of imagination and talent & glad to have discovered it (one of the many who found my way to Harry through James' outstanding participation).

    And now for my caveat: The only thing I'm having trouble with is Murph's response to Harry.& his situation. It doesn't ring true because the Murph of the family picnic and the Murph of Cold Front just don't jibe. I am, however, suspending judgment in lieu of book 15. Somehow I just don't think that conversation is over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Connolly
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job. Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone.

    Cliff says: "Good book with a warning."
    "NEXT!!!"
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    I've read all of Connolly's available stuff, and am REALLY glad to see it finally getting some audible recognition. Ray & Annalise are great characters who are intentionally played against type. I like that there's more than one story line and, even though they touch each other very gently in one or two spots, that they're not interdependent.

    Since I read all four 20 Palaces novels I had what I thought was a really solid Ray voice in my head, and although it didn't sound like Christian Rummel he quickly usurped it. His portrayal of Ray sounds believable - authentic, even. That description of a guy & his circumstance paired with Rummel's voice was great casting. Initially I wasn't too sure of how he portrays Annalise, even though he followed Connolly's description of her voice to a T; but he does a very, very clever thing as he characterizes her through the progression of the story. I don't like spoilers, so perhaps just listen to it thinking of how someone may seem to you when you first meet and how that perception may change what you hear and see as you get to know them -- even though they may not actually change at all. It's very subtle, and I love how it adds depth to the story.

    I'm ready for the rest of the books now, thank you!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9595)
    Performance
    (8557)
    Story
    (8532)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Soporific narration & story"
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    I am really disappointed with this book which I was primed to enjoy. I like urban fantasy & had heard the series was great, but I'm two hours into the first book and fighting to stay awake. It's obvious exposition after obvious plot device after obvious obscure data waving. Repetitious much? No subtlety or humor to the story and stock hero / bad guys. Narrator doesn't help much with the hound sounding like a caricature and no voice work to speak of on the other characters. Not for me.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "What a wild ride!"
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    I first experienced the wonder of On the Road in 1969 and deemed it "far out" (along with just about everything else!). Listening to it these many moons and schools and experiences later I found it just as mind blowing as that first read. My great joy this time was listening to Will Patton's magical interpretation. His melodious, southern-tinged voice is perfect for the ra-ta-tat-tat rhythm of Kerouac's words, pulling me into Sal's world in a way my old 17 year-old brain couldn't possibly have understood. Thanks, Will. Beautifully done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naked City

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Ellen Datlow (editor), Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Nicola Barber, Richard Topol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    In this thrilling collection of original stories, some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief.

    Hallie says: "Not what I was looking for"
    "Excellent narration!!"
    Overall

    I really liked some of these stories -- and a couple, not so much. I see anthologies as a smorgasbord, allowing me to sample the style of authors with whom I'm not familiar without having to commit to an entire novel which I may or may not like. I taste a little here, a little there, and then I can go back to enjoy more of the ones I favor.

    The one thing I really did come away with was an appreciation for these three narrators. They are excellent. Eliza Foss' voice is similar to Kate Reading's (if you need a reference). British narrator Nicola Barber's Irish is impeccable -- and expressive -- and wonderful (her American accent isn't bad, either)! Richard Topol has done one other book on Audible, and I checked it out. It's nonfiction, and he maintains a very conversational tone in that, as well. Excellent first person storyteller. And speaking of first person narration, if there HAD to be a change, I wish he'd read Jim Butcher's Ghost Story. His voice has a similar tone & timbre to James Marsters', and his cadence/timing sounded familiar. I could imagine him telling Harry's tale as I listened to Elizabeth Bear's Vegas story. It may have made the transition much less (painful) glaring.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11336)
    Performance
    (6749)
    Story
    (6633)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "BTDT"
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    I imagine some people may be put off by the F word, but if they just omit that one and listen to the rest, EVERY parent has thought/felt this very poem. Thank you! IActually, now that I think about it, every morning person with a partner who is a night owl has BTDT -- WITH the F word!). LOL

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Sadly, some professions never learn...."
    Overall

    When I first heard about the scheduling conflict, I knew I'd be reading the series until the PTB came to their senses. I held out one whole day & then I gave the freebie a shot because I'm a sucker for instant-gratificationization. So, here endeth the lesson.

    While John Glover is a talented actor and a versatile reader, Harry Dresden he just isn't. These books are written as a first person narrative -- a guy telling his story in the aftermath. Over the course of TWELVE books that voice has come to belong to James Marsters. This storyteller has BECOME the voice of the character for audio followers. Glover's voice isn't even close. It's too high pitched and nasal, Carmichael sounds like a caricature .. okay, play nice. My point is there is a dedicated following here that has been lost to incompetence. Sound familiar? Recall a TV show that could have had serious longevity if they'd given Paul Blackthorn any help at all. For people who are supposed to be in the "giving the public what they want" business, media executives are surprisingly dim. They make the same mistakes over and over again while expecting different results. In some circles that's a working definition for insanity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3900)
    Performance
    (2762)
    Story
    (2769)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Great storytelling!!"
    Overall

    I have the other anthologies (Wedding, Honeymoon), and I enjoyed the stories; however, the Dresden stories weren't Harry. The Files are not stories "about" someone, they are a first person narrative. As such, they are a guy (who happens to be a wizard) recounting the tales of his adventures as a detective, and Mr. Marsters *is* the voice of Harry Dresden. He's the storyteller. When he reads a statement like, "Hey, don't look at me like that," I know he is talking to me (the listener), because (in my suspension of disbelief) there's no question that he saw that "What the..." reaction coming. Whether I am reading or listening, it is very important to me (and my hard earned dollars) that the voice of the story's narrator come across clearly and strongly. Well, Mr. Butcher (in the writing) & Mr. Marsters (in the telling) are doing a bang up job & I look forward to the rest (8 -- 10 -- 12...don't make us beg...) of the series. p.s. Thanks, Jim, for the "tide you over" novella. Hope our lovely weather sneaks into a tale somewhere!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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