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Jeremy R. Snyder

J.R. Snyder

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  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (660)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "A reliable DK story, well read, but a bit wanting"
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    This book was a favorite of my youth that I returned to in audio form. I was not disappointed by the story--although all the works of Dean Koontz begin to sound the same after a while--and Dick Hill was a fantastic voice for the male characters in the book. His slightly squeaky, falsetto attempts at the women's voices, however, were a trifle hard to take seriously. This was an enjoyable audiobook, but I yearned for a female reader to lend her talents to Mr. Hill's otherwise great skill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Time: Nightrunner, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Adam Danoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close - at least for now - with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime - guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within - have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts...and things worse than ghosts. Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want - and more.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "Deeply enjoyable installment in a great series"
    "Deeply enjoyable installment in a great series"
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    The final installment in the Nighrunner series, Shards of Time explores yet another new part of the world-setting and takes us on a fascinating and convoluted journey. The few remaining loose ends from the previous six books are tied up nicely, but this book chiefly stands alone, almost like an exploration of what might be done with the characters now that much of the main story has been told.

    That said, this largely stand-alone story is delectable and very engaging. All of our favorite characters are in fine form... and grave danger.

    Adam Danoff is as good as ever, still the perfect voice for our young, frank heroes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The White Road: Nightrunner, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Adam Danoff, Lynn Flewelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    Dissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous theyve ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last.

    Bonnie says: "I enjoy Flewelling"
    "The saga continues in exciting and touching ways"
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    Like Shadows Return, The White Road moves the Nightrunner series along, but in unexpected and interesting ways. This volume again departs from the fantasy intrigue and guile, to a large extent, that drew me into the first three volumes, but does return to an unusual and occasionally light-hearted, if more often poignant, exploration of the world-setting that kept me fascinated.

    Lynn Flewelling, more than any other fantasy author I've recently sampled, explores new twists on old fantasy themes and offers new ideas and explorations that I don't always expect, which keeps the whole series feeling new and intriguing. I encourage you to keep reading this series.

    Adam Danoff does a marvelous job conveying the characters and the sense of the saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casket of Souls: Nightrunner, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Adam Danoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters. More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before.

    Watercolourist says: "Seregil and Alec are back."
    "Triumphant return to captivating intrigue"
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    Without a doubt my favorite volume in the series, Casket of Souls brings our beloved Nightrunners back home to their element and puts them right to work at what they do best, showing us our favorite characters at their very best. Rife with politics and peril, this book resolves much of the overarching story of the series, with some great surprises, shocks, and some interesting new twists thrown in.

    Adam Danoff continues to deliver excellent work in bringing this series' characters to life. The youthful and eager sound of his voice melds with our heroes seamlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows Return: Nightrunner, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Adam Danoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan. After their victory in Aurnen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhminee. But with most of their allies dead or exiled, it is difficult for them to settle in. Hoping for diversion, they accept an assignment that will take them back to Seregils homeland.

    Audrey says: "I love the book, but..."
    "A rough ride, but worthwhile"
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    The Nightrunner series takes an interesting turn with this volume, providing an emotional roller coaster and a long path to what becomes desperately desired resolution. I found it highly worthwhile as a unique part of the whole epic, but individually it was not an easy read. Not because it was poorly written, far from it, but it departs widely from the adventurous and occasionally light-hearted intrigue that dominates the first three volumes and plunges headlong into dark and deadly waters. As with most of the books in the series, it sets up a great many things that unfold in future volumes.

    The switch in readers to Adam Danoff is quite jarring at first, especially given that his pronunciation of some of the setting-specific vocabulary--particularly place names and even character names--is drastically different from what we heard in earlier volumes. A modicum of research, however, reveals that these are the pronunciations that author always intended. Additionally, in Adam Danoff's performance I found that I was finally hearing the "true" voices of Seregil & Alec and his overall tenor and approach jives much better with the language and feel of the series than the previous reader's efforts ever could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traitor's Moon: Nightrunner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (120)

    Master spies Seregil and Alec are no strangers to peril. Their assignments, night running for wizards and nobles, have led them into many deadly situations. But sometimes the greatest danger can lurk beneath a traitor's moon.

    Julie says: "Wonderful writer!"
    "An interesting twist keeps this series fresh"
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    Lynn Flewelling treats us to a change of scenery as the Night Runner series continues as we dive deep into the homeland and history of one of the main characters. This third installment advances the over-arching story of the series and provides an enormous amount of illumination into the world setting, but also stands more nicely alone than some of the other books in the series. The characters are continually compelling, the setting fascinating and the story engaging. If you enjoy fantasy intrigue and the notion of sword & sorcery secret agents, you cannot go wrong with this series.

    Raymond Todd, as in the previous two books, does an appreciable job, but nothing stellar. With this book I finally got around to looking at some of the text in print and I find his pronunciation choices a bit odd in some cases, but that did not prevent me from enjoying this audiobook in anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking Darkness: Nightrunner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (146)

    A master of subterfuge, a rogue thief with a noble air, Seregil of Rhiminee has taught his young protege, Alec of Kerry, his greatest secrets of the trade. Together they've made their way with thieving jobs large and small, winning friends and enemies, their lives in constant danger and yet charmed by an aura of magic, friendship, and trust.

    Amy says: "Pretty darned good"
    "A great series continues to develop excitingly"
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    Lynn Flewelling continues to take us on a highly enjoyable ride with this second installment of the Nightrunner Series. Many things that were set up in ways large and small in the first book come to exciting conclusions and many more are set up for future action and intrigue.

    Again, Raymond Todd is an acceptable reader for the series, but in no way a great one. His efforts are classically appreciable, but don't quite feel right for the series and setting.

    Repeating from my review of the first book: Up front many reviewers have spent time on the fact that this series features a romantic relationship between two men. This is true, but it is far from the focus of the series. These books are accessible to anyone. Despite what other reviewers have alluded to, there is absolutely no explicit sex in this entire series. A range of human experience is presented, include love and desire, but always in a tasteful and very easy to relate to fashion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    David says: "A really good story. (What homosexuality?)"
    "Good start to a great and refreshing series"
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    Lynn Flewelling kicks of a great series with Luck in the Shadows, introducing not only a great and lovable set of characters, but a fascinating world and some twists on the fantasy genre near enough to be familiar and accessible, but unique enough to keep long-running fantasy fans intrigued.

    Readers should be aware that this is the start of a series and will feel that way. Much is set up to be addressed and resolved in future books, but a stand-alone story is present and highly enjoyable. If you are anything like me, the broader story, setting, and characters will all draw you in to read further in the series.

    Up front many reviewers have spent time on the fact that this series features a romantic relationship between two men. This is true, and was of great value to me personally as it might well to others, but it is far from the focus of the series. These books are accessible to anyone. Despite what other reviewers have alluded to, there is absolutely no explicit sex in this entire series. This is neither romance nor erotic writing, there are no steamy scenes, but neither is it young adult writing. This is a seven part fantasy epic that includes three-dimensional characters who engage in fully developed adult relationships.

    Raymond Todd does an adequate job as the reader, but might be better suited to another fantasy series. The Night Runner series has a highly contemporary language and feel (those who have trouble with the guilded language in Lord of the Rings, for example, will be much more comfortable here), but Mr. Todd's reading, while sonorous and emotive, has the kind of high-brow feel to it that those kinds of classics call for, but this series does not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (329)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Misses greatness, but still enjoyed it"
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    First the book: This is a great addition to the set of Heinlein's works for those who loved Lazarus Long and wanted more in that vein. The book is largely character driven, plot is uncomplicated, but enjoyable if you can come to enjoy the people in it.

    Next the reading: This could have been stunning. An ensemble cast reading of this book... the idea took my breath away. That is not, precisely, what this is. The book is, with an exception or two, written from the perspective of the four major characters, each one voicing a chapter at a time. One reader takes each chapter, so you have Hilda's voice... and Hilda's reader doing Zeb's voice... anyone familiar with audiobooks is accustomed to that, but it was a strange choice. One voice is a bit grating as other reviewers have indicated. The two main male voices are pleasing, but were mis-cast, they should have been reversed.

    I am a great lover of this book, so I still enjoyed this reading, but I couldn't help but reflect regularly as it went on that it could have been so much better than it is. If a flawed choice in reader or readers ruins an audiobook for you, I do not recommend this recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Harrison Geillor
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.

    Cidney says: "Why is no one making a movie out of this?"
    "Great fun for Prairie Home Companion Fans"
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    I have gone out of my way to recommend this audiobook to anyone I know who enjoys zombie stories and is at least passingly familiar with "A Prairie Home Companion" even to friends who do not normally listed to audiobooks.

    The story here is just what you would imagine, a zombie-filled, dark-humor parody of the must loved radio program. That is enjoyable enough, but in addition to delicious humor, this tale serves up some surprisingly interesting characters and a fun plot that holds your interest.

    Phil Gigante does an admirable job imitating what I would have previously called the inimitable voice and style of Garrison Keillor, which makes this audiobook that much more enjoyable.

    If you happen to appreciation APHC as well as dark humor and zombie/horror stories, you owe it to yourself to give this a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight of the Black Rose: Ravenloft: Terror of Lord Soth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Lowder
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    On the fabled world of Krynn, Lord Soth finally learns that there is a price to pay for his long history of evil deeds, a price even an undead warrior might find horrifying. Dark powers transport Soth to Barovia, and there the death knight must face the dread minions of Count Strahn Von Zarovich, the vampire lord of the nightmare land. But with only a captive Vistani woman and an untrustworthy ghost for allies, Lord Soth soon discovers that he may have to join forces with the powerful vampire if he is ever to escape the realm of terror.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "An adequate story, good voice, but bad reading"
    "An adequate story, good voice, but bad reading"
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    If you were fascinated by Lord Soth in the Dragonlance books and are interested in his transfer to the Ravenloft setting and further fate therein, this book does the trick. The story is not surprising or impressively artful, but experiencing Soth's point of view lends extra interest and it is mostly well-paced and engaging.

    Danny Campbell has a very long list of audio-book credits to his name. I am forced to guess from this that perhaps a poor producer or director pushed him in unfortunate directions for this reading. The voice he gives to the principle character, Lord Soth, is excellent, and other characters are passable, and his overall timbre is pleasing.

    However, Mr. Campbell mispronounces such an array of words that his reading rattles and jangles. The possessive of the name Soth, Mr. Campbell, "Soth's" would be pronounced Soths, just like a plural, not "Soth-ez" Sharp teeth intended for tearing meat are in-size-ors, not in-scissors. Those missteps alone could easily be ignored, but the list goes on and on which made it difficult to enjoy the book.

    I am usually very devoted to completing a series once begun, but I am unsure if I will purchase audio versions of the further novels concerning Lord Soth with Mr. Campbell as the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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