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John

The Commuting Listener.

Burke, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dark Dixie: Tales of Southern Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ronald Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleman Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Previously available on audio cassette from Darkscribe Press, this collection was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992. Dark Dixie collects the following works of southern horror by author Ronald Kelly. This audiobook includes all the stories from the original audio and several more: Introduction by Ronald Kelly (2010); "Yea, Though I Drive", previously published in Cold Blood (1991); "Miss Abigail's Delicate Condition", previously published in Noctulpa (1988); "The Cistern", previously published in Cemetery Dance; and five more.

    Daryl says: "Wait for it ..."
    "Death and Darkness in the South, lots of fun."
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    This compilation of short stories is perfect for the commuting listener who likes to enjoy a few quick stories. A few of the books I've listened to recently have been 30+ hours long and at about 1.5 hours of listening a day it takes me a while to get through them.

    Enter the short story. I've enjoyed all three of the offerings from Mr Kelly so far. He is macabre and twisted and has the ability to give you that little bit of shock and revulsion that comes from the dark and unknown. Fun stuff. Well worth the couple bucks being asked. I think you'll enjoy these short stories, give'm a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13519)
    Performance
    (11868)
    Story
    (11920)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Leave us hanging much?"
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    Overall I'm as impressed with the story in this book as with the others, but GRRM owes us! Holy cats there are so many loose ends and they need to get tied up before I lose my mind. I love this series and I -NEED- to know what is going to happen next.

    A word on Roy Dotrice, dude nails it every time, but there is a subtle change in maybe the last two books from the previous three. I'm not sure if anyone else is commenting on it but a lot of the accents seem to have blended into two categories, high and low... Something is up there that doesn't bother me throughout the book but at times strikes a raw nerve. Roy, go back and listen to Brianne from 2 and 3. It might just be me, but something shifted. That being said you rock.

    If you like the series you have already listened to this. If you haven't started the series you really should the whole thing is epic, literally epic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh Welder

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Ronald Kelly
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Chaos reigns supreme. Social and economic upheaval, rampant terrorism, and nuclear annihilation have turned the earth into a vast wasteland. And, in Texas, the gates of Hell have been cracked open, unleashing its evil and fury upon the undeserving. The inhabitants of Ruin Town find themselves as unwilling pawns, trapped between warring forces, desperately attempting to survive.

    John says: "Well executed short perfect for the commute"
    "Well executed short perfect for the commute"
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    I've had this short on my wish list for a couple of years. It looked intriguing, but I put it off. After listening to it I bought the other two Ronald Kelly compilations of short stories offered.

    I bought these straight up, didn't use a credit, and I think that is what had me hold them in my wish list for so long. It's hard to burn a credit on a 5 buck book... Well worth the cash. I was able to listen to this short on the way into work and finished it just about the time I parked the car, though I sat for a few minutes to finish it.

    At the end of the book I wanted to know more about the Doctor, his side kick nurse, and the little boy with the wagon full of people parts which is why I give it only 4 stars for story. I think it could have been a bit longer... yeah I know it was a short story, I just wanted more.

    Good Stuff Mr. Kelly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cassandra Compact

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Philip Shelby
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    When a sample of smallpox from Russia's cache of bioweapons is smuggled into the United States, Jon Smith and his colleagues must unravel the mystery of the Cassandra Compact and recover or destroy the virus - before the power of Armageddon falls into the hands of a madman.

    Joseph says: "Good but not the best."
    "Covert One Formula Fiction, woot."
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    Would you try another book from Robert Ludlum and Philip Shelby and/or Paul Michael?

    I like the Covert one stories, though I'm kinda a junkie for book series. I like seeing the same characters develop over long periods and Robert Ludlum does this as well if not better than most. So while I say


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (3331)
    Story
    (3366)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Man I love this guy..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Reamde the most enjoyable?

    Neal Stephenson, while at time can make me feel like a simpleton never fails to draw me in with topics I want to be entertained by. At first I was thinking the book was going to be all about game-geeks (a badge I wear proudly!) so of course I get sucked right in. Interesting characters, accessible story, bam... I'm in, then here come the twists and turns, loved it. Long book yes, but that just means I got to enjoy it for longer. Thanks Neal!


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

    Everyone loves it when 'they' get what they deserve.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels. All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of a double-murder.

    BLin says: "Enjoyable true-crime novel"
    "A well done presentation."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A friend of mine lived in Italy when these crimes were being committed and his father told him (since he was just a kid at the time) that he might want to learn about this string of crimes that happened when he lived there. So on a car trip one October we downloaded two versions of this story... and only got through this one. If you are going to purchase a version of this, purchase this one it will hold your interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The True Stories of the Monster of Florence: Italian Crimes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Jacopo Pezzan, Giacomo Brunoro
    • Narrated By Yacine May, Max Dupré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (9)

    This is the storytelling of the crimes of the one that came to be know as "The Monster Of Florence". We are talking about an event that has tested all criminology theories on serial killers, to the pointwhere we can state that there are traditional crimes, serial killers, and then there is "The Monster of Florence".

    John says: "I don't rate 1 Star Lightly"
    "I don't rate 1 Star Lightly"
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    Would you try another book from Jacopo Pezzan and Giacomo Brunoro and/or Yacine May and Max Dupré ?

    This was so difficult to follow I gave up. There is this irritating music playing in the background and sound effects like bugs, gunshots... anyway it's partially dramatized and then the narrator has a strange accent that makes certain words sound very alien. For instance


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jacopo Pezzan and Giacomo Brunoro again?

    Maybe, with a better narrator. I don't mean to bash her, but dang...hard to listen to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Yacine May and Max Dupré ?

    I don't think Max Dupre' read anything in this presentation. As far as the main narration goes it might have been tolerable without all the music and strange sound effects that just helped to further distract me from the topic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (706)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "Don't kick me for a 3 star rating! It's solid!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have to admit right off the bat I had no idea who Garth Nix was or anything about this performance prior to reading the publisher notes. I did a search for


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

    As mentioned I'm a Tim Curry fan. He does a great job in this title as well.


    Was Sabriel worth the listening time?

    Most certainly worth a good listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Philosophy, Practice, and Science of Crime Scene Investigation, Part 1: The Modern Scholar

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert C. Shaler
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    The director of the Forensic Science Program at Pennsylvania State University, Professor Robert C. Shaler leads a comprehensive study of the intricacies of an intriguing, and always topical, science. In these lectures, Shaler imparts a clear understanding of crime scene investigation, from archiving the scene to the presentation of evidence in court proceedings. Covering everything from fingermarks and bloodstains to 3-D imaging and microbial forensics, the course is an essential guide for anyone intrigued by this riveting subject.

    Ronda says: "Informative and Practical approach"
    "Interesting topic read from lecture notes."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Of course someone interested in listening to this topic likely has a desire to learn more than be entertained. That is why I listened to it and what I enjoyed about it. Good information, but the presnetation was a bit off. The author does manage to stay on point most of the time, but there is alot of reiteration (which is not a bad thing if you are trying to drive a point home...)


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a good informational text read in a way that you can learn from. It can be argued that there really isn't supposed to be any entertainment value in a audio presentation such as this, but an entertaining presentation does help to capture the audience.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It might just be me, but I've yet to listen to an audio presentation that has been read by the author that would not have benefited by having someone else read it. Authors do a good job writing, narrators, voice actors, they help to compel the listener to want to listen. The author is an expert in his field and the information in the book is interesting on that intellectual level a scripted narration read by an expert in that arena; would be more engaging though.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (649)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fair to history; compelling characters."
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    Where does Agincourt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good listen with as much accuracy as you can expect in a work of fiction. Bernard Cornwells' effort pays off by placing characters that ignite emotion on a historic backdrop. We both get a good story and a only marginally fictionalized history lesson which he is careful to point out at the end of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cornwells' characters are compelling at once we care about the growth of some, hoping they will become the redeemed soul we know they should be, and wishing the most foul and horrible visitations on others for their evil deeds.


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

    I enjoyed the narrator though I've not listened to him before to my recollection. His voice was very appropriate to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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