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Jodinofasgard

Bigzig

Long Island, NY | Member Since 2012

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  • The Black Country: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (238)

    When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they're about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.

    ann says: "Geat, especially if you love historical mysteries!"
    "Not as good as the original"
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    Where does The Black Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a middle of the pack read, maybe between the top 25 and 50%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is atmospheric and there is a good amount of suspense but somehow I found The Yard much more gripping. The narrator is terrific as my ratings suggest, each character speaks in a different voice and accent all of which struck me as well done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the description of the houses sinking due to all the mining activity going on underneath. I think the arrival of the men from the yard was probably my favorite, I seem to like the beginning of the book better than the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5433)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2270)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Elegant listen"
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    Highly enjoyable listen, the two readers were terrific and we're true to the voice of the book, which I had previously read. While the various twists and turns were not as suspenseful in the audio book, at least to me, I looked forward to picking up where I had left off each time. Certainly recommend for a tale well told and with class and style

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (273)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "Yeah............kind of"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While it wasn't bad, I wouldn't say that this is on the highest end of audiobooks out there though I love the subject matter. It's adequate and enjoyable but not differentated


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think it is a fair yarn, not quite as elaborate as I would have liked but what was there was pretty good.


    What about Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi ’s performance did you like?

    The Boston accent was an assault on the senses, I think it really took away from the book. The English accents were far better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1727)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Blue Skies Ahead says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "The Greatest"
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    What did you love best about Getting Things Done?

    I have had the privilege of attending a live seminar from David Allen years ago, before he was super famous. It was work life altering, I have never thought about organization the same way again. This book is an awful lot like that presentation, and you can listen to it at your leisure, in whole or in part. I love it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Things Done?

    David Allen doesn't overplay it, his live presentation is a bit more over the top which I don't think would be as effective in an audiobook. The beginning review of the process, which is said in his calm, you can do it voice is great


    What about David Allen’s performance did you like?

    David made his mark with live seminars as well as the book, he is a natural and gifted speaker. I have heard interviews and other forums where he is rushed or doesn't put his heart into it, this is a great medium for him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you will want to start to implement long before the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2236)
    Performance
    (1951)
    Story
    (1953)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "And now for something completely different"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, the whole point of audiobooks for me is to explore interesting subject matter that I may not have, or have the inclination, to read during otherwise free time. Destiny of the Republic is exactly that, interesting, mildly engrossing but probably not interesting enough to read on vacation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny of the Republic?

    For me, it is all about the context. The place, the time, what was going on, it is a fascinating point in the history of the US and you never learn that much about President Garfield in school.


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

    He is an excellent reader, with a terrific voice. A bit of a New York accent for my ear but he broke into a bit of a brogue, not great but not terrible, for Alexander Graham Bell.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4790)
    Performance
    (4232)
    Story
    (4232)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Clever story, fairly well told"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    Couldn't say but it would be close. My main comment is that while Wil Wheaton (see that alliteration) has a very good voice, he doesn't provide different voices for the primary characters so the audiobook is littered with "he said" and "she said"s. I feel like in other books, the narrator finds different voices for the characters and thus identifying the speak for every phrase is unnecessary, unlike with Fuzzy Nation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13272)
    Performance
    (12050)
    Story
    (12082)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Unexpected and out of context in a good way"
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    It was truly different from the books I have been listening to most recently. I just didn't know where the story was going and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I guess that's the charm of the book, it is different. The beginning felt, to me, a bit like The Secret History but unlike that book, which ended with a thud, just as I felt 14 slowing down, it kicked up again in a whole new way. Very satisfying


    Which scene was your favorite?

    We all love the reveal, is that the prestige? The exploration of the building was the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16851)
    Performance
    (15593)
    Story
    (15596)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "On the High Score List"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    Ready Player One was a pleasant surprise, entertaining, engrossing and lots of great geek references. The story was fun, the performance strong and I couldnt put it down


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    I found the book to be somewhere between Ender's Game and Name of the Wind, in a good way.


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

    Wil Wheaton does a mean Kevin Smith impression that is so in sync with the 80's geek chic attributes of the story. I found it very effective


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

    The explanation of the world situation and the personal computer history were very interesting to me. Some of the video game references and D+D elements were very nostalgic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4660)
    Performance
    (4266)
    Story
    (4260)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you listen to The Golem and the Jinni again? Why?

    Yep, I absolutely will. It is like a Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell set in early 20th century New York City.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked just about everything in the story. The narration is terrific, the story was engrossing, suspenseful but not manipulative. I found it a very satisfying listen all around, really well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely but not possible given the length. But I did want to savor it a bit, not rush through.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my top 10 books of the last year for sure -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1036)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    Barry Hill says: "Intriguing story, unfortunate narration."
    "Solid if not spectacular"
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    What did you love best about The Secret History?

    The setting and the premise. It may sound a tad pompous, but I liked the focus on the classics and found the characters interesting if not overly deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't really know where this was going. There are parts that feel like the old movies where a bunch of rich, prep school kids hang out but the book goes to places the movies don't.


    What aspect of Donna Tartt’s performance would you have changed?

    I love the idea of hearing the author read better than I liked Ms. Tartt's actual reading. I detected a slightly southern drawl which her characters would not have and the voices were not sufficiently different. It goes to show you how difficult it is to perform a great audiobook and makes me appreciate the great narrators that much more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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