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Jeremy Moran

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  • Solutions, Inc. - Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mike Murphy
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, J. T. Turner, Hugh Metzler, and others
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Solutions, Inc., Vol. 1 is a paranormal comedy set in Boston, and produced by the award winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air. Professor Walton (Jerry Robbins) and Sgt. Longstreet (J.T. Turner) take on various cases of the supernatural, and along with their Valet, Mansfield (Hugh Metzler) encounter Vampires, Ghosts, Cavemen, and time travel. Lots of laughs await you with each case of Solutions, Inc..

    Jeremy Moran says: "Silly Supernatural Fun!"
    "Silly Supernatural Fun!"
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    If you could sum up Solutions, Inc. - Vol. 1 in three words, what would they be?

    I think I just did in the headline. :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor. Be it talking foodstuffs or drunken butlers, it's a lighthearted romp through a genre that oftentimes takes itself far too seriously.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everyone did a great job with their characters, especially the leads and "guest" leads in each episode.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many laugh-out-loud moments! Thankfully I was usually in the car when listening so I didn't scare people!


    Any additional comments?

    Having listened to several of Mr. Murphy's audio dramas in the past, I thought this was one of his best. Silly, lighthearted fun from beginning to end. Here's hoping for Volume 2 sooner rather than later!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Iain Rob Wright
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    On a night when it begins snowing in every country of the world, an ordinary group of people gather at a rundown English pub to take shelter from the cold. At first they assume the weather is just some random occurrence, but as the night goes on, strange things happen, and it isn't long before the group begin to realize that something far more sinister is at hand than just the weather. Something that none of them could ever have imagined. By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn't.

    Matthew says: "This one will really mess with your head..."
    "So cold... so very cold."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Final Winter the most enjoyable?

    It's very atmospheric! It's very descriptive, and Chris Barnes's voice brings just that extra dose of realness to the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keeps you guessing- while you think it might be a sequel/prequel to another book by Iain Rob Wright, you really aren't sure until the very end.


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

    He's got just the right accent and voice to really make all the characters come alive, be it a teenage shop girl or an older Irishman in a kilt.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still not entirely sure about the ending- I felt it was a bit *too* neat, if you get my meaning- but it works well enough I suppose. One character seems to die for no reason and is pretty well forgotten. And just a warning to those who might be sensitive, there are some squick moments that do not involve the gore that you'd expect. But overall a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Engines of Empathy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul Mannering
    • Narrated By Fiona Thraille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Until this morning, Charlotte Pudding was almost happy with her life. Apart from her homicidal toaster, dead parents, and general ennui. Well, maybe not that happy. Either way, now that she’s on the run from a shadowy corporation, seeking the secrets of her own family history and tolerating the inanities of a retired god, things are looking a bit more interesting.

    med c says: "Funny sci fi"
    "Sometimes being nice to your appliances helps!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Engines of Empathy the most enjoyable?

    Voice and writing combine very well to give life to a world that, while not our own, is close enough that it doesn't seem completely alien to us either.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Engines of Empathy?

    I hate questions like these as they're often very hard to answer without being attacked by spoiler ninjas. Suffice to say that the first appearance of two of the minor antagonists is quite amusing- and very British.


    Which character – as performed by Fiona Thraille – was your favorite?

    I'm not entirely sure I could pick one, but she does a wonderful job as the lead, Ms. Pudding.


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

    When discoveries are made and choices are chosen. (How's that for non-spoilery?)


    Any additional comments?

    The humour is very British, particularly in the character names, such as Pudding, Pretense, and Hopfrog. I love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two: The Ballad of M

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    I just can't believe I slammed the door in Reagan MacPherson's face last night. Is her situation just like mine? Does she have some sort of smartass alien entity inside her brain? Is she registered? Do her friends know? Is she stronger than me? Does this somehow make me look hot to her? Is Liberty - the World's Greatest Hero - going to come after her like the way he's going to come after me? My name is Gabe Garrison, and this is the second volume of my story ...

    AudioBookReviewer says: "There is time travel, ray guns and a super villain"
    "Backstory that moves the full story forward"
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    Would you listen to Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two again? Why?

    Probably- I have a feeling that once I've read the other books there will be things I'll want to go back and listen to so I can say "Oh, YEAH! That happened."


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy how well pop culture is integrated into the story, making it feel like it's more a part of "our" universe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the big twist is revealed- it's enough to throw you for a loop, but once you realize how it all ties in together, you wonder how you missed it the first time around.


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

    There comes a moment when a typical "heroic" choice has to be made, and the way it's resolved is very well written and performed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes in Prose: Welcome to Prose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "Imagine you have the power to fly. Pretty awesome, right? Imagine you have the power to levitate or crush something the size of a Winnebago. Equally awesome. Now ... here's the catch: having the power means you are bonded irreversibly to a smartass, sociopathic alien life form. Not so awesome. So, what would you do with all of that power? The way I figured it, I had one of two options: Option #1) Use it to commit crime or Option #2) Use it to fight crime. My name is Gabe Garrison and I chose Option #2."

    A. Kessel says: "Supers are...SUPER!"
    "Every superhero needs an origin story..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Superheroes in Prose the most enjoyable?

    Well written and well performed characters. A lead character who is very easy to identify with, and villains that are dangerous, but don't necessarily have to take themselves so seriously


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fun characters- even the villains get their lighter moments. And just when you think you've got things figured out, another twist comes in and keeps you guessing.


    What about Bryan Reid’s performance did you like?

    Very well performed- every character has a definite voice, and even the ones that seem based on other pop culture characters are still defined enough to stand on their own.


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

    The ending is a really nice twist that sets up the next book perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    It's the beginning of a series- so obviously all your questions aren't going to be answered right away, so hang in there! It's a short enough book to keep your interest, but long enough that you don't feel short changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Moor 2: Moonstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Graeme Reynolds
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    The people of High Moor are united in horror at the latest tragedy to befall their small town. As dawn breaks, the town is left to count the cost and mourn its dead, while breathing a collective sigh of relief. John Simpson, the apparent perpetrator of the horrific murders, is in police custody. The nightmare is over. Isn't it? Detective Inspector Phil Fletcher and his partner, Constable Olivia Garner, have started to uncover some unsettling evidence during their investigations of John Simpson's past - evidence that supports his impossible claims: that he is a werewolf....

    James says: "More bite than bark."
    "Who says sequels have to suck?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend the High Moor series to anyone who is a fan of horror and werewolves in particular. No half naked, dreamy wolves here. These are gritty, gory, horrible creatures.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of High Moor 2: Moonstruck?

    It's always hard to answer this sort of question without spoilers, but let's just say that the werewolf kills and battles are intense.


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

    His natural accent brings a reality to the characters that other narrators might not be able to capture, and for the most part, his other accents are excellent as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I gasped audibly several times, and if it had been a movie, there were definitely parts that I would have covered my eyes for. Very cringe-worthy gore, but well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for part three!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Torah Codes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ezra Barany
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    A reclusive computer programmer, Nathan Yirmorshy, pounds out ones and zeros in the quiet of his home while his landlord secretly watches from behind a two-way mirror. When an intercepted note connects the landlord to a secret society, and a detective ends up dead, Nathan must abandon his home and everything familiar to him, open his heart to a tarot reader he has never met, and trust her with his life - just as the ancient scriptures have foretold.

    Jeremy Moran says: "Eat your heart out, Dan Brown"
    "Eat your heart out, Dan Brown"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It's very compelling. While the story of "codes hidden in scripture" has been done before with varying degrees of success, Ezra Barany puts a new twist on it that works quite well and keeps you listening! There's also a good deal of humor sprinkled in to what would be otherwise grim at times situations.


    Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

    The main characters- Nathan and Sofia- are both very well done, as is his interpretation of the Rabbi. Bryan Reid definitely has a solid grasp of Jewish pronunciation and concepts and managed to get that across in his reading.


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

    Two moments in particular are very well done, but to say what they are would be very spoilerriffic! Suffice it to say that there are some plans that take a while to come together, but when they do they are glorious!


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few essays at the end of the book that shed more light on some of the concepts presented in the book; while the book is perfectly enjoyable if you do not read them, they give an added depth to certain parts of the story that people might find interesting if they're so inclined.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • High Moor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Graeme Reynolds
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life. It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods.

    Denise says: "A 'howling' good time!"
    "A Book With Bite"
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    If you could sum up High Moor in three words, what would they be?

    This ain't Twilight!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of High Moor?

    Without getting too spoilery, some of the battles involving the werewolves are extremely well done.


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

    His accent brings an extra bit of "realism" to the book that wouldn't come across in print alone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little bit of both, as well as more than a few gasps at parts that truly came out of nowhere.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written, and makes it clear from the start that this is not going to be another sparkly fantasy. This is grim, gritty, and nasty and I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last President: A Novel of an Alternative America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Kurland, S. W. Barton
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Set in an alternative reality where "All the President's men" do not get caught at Watergate, this "shockingly believable" novel presents the frightening scenario of what could happen if a powerful but paranoid American chief executive goes out of control.

    Jeremy Moran says: "I guess we can still kick Richard Nixon around!"
    "I guess we can still kick Richard Nixon around!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd probably condense it a little bit. There's almost too many characters and too much going on. While it all does eventually coalesce at the end, sometimes the roads you have to go down get very long and winding.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Kurland and S. W. Barton again?

    I might. It's a solid story, just needs some tweaking.


    Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

    Reid does a great Nixon- sorry, "The President". While there are many people who can imitate him, Reid manages to do much more than that, managing to get just the right emotion from the character as he rises to power.


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

    Definitely. I'm a big fan of alternate history, and I think condensing the book down to a movie could really make it something special.


    Any additional comments?

    The scary part of this book is seeing how easy some of the events could happen, how one little change to history makes a world of difference. It also shows how quickly power can corrupt someone, and does a good job of reminding us how the path to hell is littered with good intentions. Reid does a great job of bringing the characters to life, and I would definitely read another book narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sentinels: When Strikes the Warlord

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Van Allen Plexico
    • Narrated By Pete Milan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The greatest superhero novel saga of all begins here, with Volume 1 of the Sentinels Saga! The power-mad Warlord stands poised to conquer - or destroy! - the universe itself. Can anyone stand in his way? Enter the Sentinels....

    Jeremy Moran says: "Nice, but could be so much more!"
    "Nice, but could be so much more!"
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    Would you listen to Sentinels again? Why?

    Possibly, just to catch anything I might've missed the first time.


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

    Pete does a fine job, as expected. His voice is always very pleasant to listen to, and he gets a chance to really show off his vocal range here.


    Any additional comments?

    The book took a while to grab me, really. I normally blow through audiobooks pretty fast, but this one I kept going away from and coming back to. Once the story begins to really build to its climax in the second half, it gets a lot better, but the first part was hard to get through for a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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