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K. Burch

Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.

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  • Swag

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    The smallest of small-time criminals, Ernest Stickley Jr. figures his luck's about to change when Detroit used-car salesman Frank Ryan catches him trying to boost a ride from Ryan's lot. Frank's got some surefire schemes for getting rich quick - all of them involving guns - and all Stickley has to do is follow "Ryan's Rules" to share the wealth. But sometimes rules need to be bent, maybe even broken, if one is to succeed in the world of crime, especially if the "brains" of the operation knows less than nothing.

    D. Sevener says: "Fun tale, well told, great narration"
    "Great Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Swag the most enjoyable?

    Dialogue. Leonard's characters sound about as real as it gets.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The primary protagonist.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Muller's laid-back suspicious tone is a perfect marriage to Leonard's crime characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Muller and Leonard are such a good combination, that I started looking at other titles they have together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bill Nye
    • Narrated By Bill Nye
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

    Bryan says: "Inspiring"
    "Intelligent and Enjoyable to Listen Too"
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    What did you love best about Undeniable?

    The presentation. Bill Nye has always been able to present the facts of our physical universe in a fun and easy to enjoy manner.


    What other book might you compare Undeniable to and why?

    Not sure. I don't tend to read the "science vs. ideology" genre much. Books of this ilk (on both sides) tend to preach to the choir so to speak, so no matter what side you fall on we all tend to read what we agree with. It's dumb that we do this, but that's human nature for you. If we didn't there would be no debate, because the curious human mind is unraveling this universe day by day, and unfortunately that scares some people.


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

    Sometimes it's cool to hear the author present their own material, and I enjoyed Nye reading his own stuff.


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

    Not really. The universe is what it is, and I don't need to be told what the facts about it are. It leaves all its own clues for us to find, and that's basically what Nye was getting at: Don't ignore the truth just because you want to disagree with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit. I doubt it'll convert any of the already religiously indoctrinated (my christian family usually doesn't want to hear the truth from me), but hopefully it'll land in the hands of a few children who otherwise have been robbed of the opportunity to make a fully informed decision for themselves, rather than continue to be forced march in the footsteps of their frightened and ignorant parents.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Craig Clevenger
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    John Dolan Vincent was born with an extra ring finger on one hand. He was an abnormally gifted child with a proclivity for mathematics beyond his years, but he lacked social skills. Childhood ridicule and a difficult family life led him to use his talents in adulthood for criminal acts of forgery. When he starts getting untreatable migraines, his self-medication results in overdosing which sends him repeatedly to the emergency room.

    K. Burch says: "Not for Me"
    "Not for Me"
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    Any additional comments?

    When the first quarter of the book was about a guy trying to beat a WAY-overcooked suicide evaluation, I started to wonder if there was actually going to be a plot. I never found out because due to the author dragging out what should have been a scene into an act, I decided this wasn't for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (498)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "The Audiobook is Best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a fun read that tackles an interesting theme, and the language is a joy to listen to (although it gets a bit repetitive). I actually had an easier time listening to it than I did trying to read it several years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Alex. When a writer can get you to sympathize with a scumbag, you know you've just read something good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (489)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    L Lee says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Get to the point, Martinez!"
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    What would have made The Automatic Detective better?

    This is my third attempt at an A. Lee Martinez book, and I can never get past the first third of them. I don't know if any of his books actually have a plot, because he founders so much in the beginning that I can't figure out what the point is, get bored, and stop reading/listening to them.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm on a noir/neo-noir kick right now, so I might go with the follow up novel to When Gravity Fails. That, or another Elmore Leonard novel that's narrated by Muller. Those are great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18505)
    Performance
    (16472)
    Story
    (16432)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "King Over-indulges...Yet Again"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they were a die hard Stephen King fan. The writing is top notch, but King (as usual) spends WAY too much time developing the characters to no end. He loves to be in people's daily lives, yet he spends far too much time there. The man does not know how to kill his darlings.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just like The Tommyknockers or Salem's Lot, King could have cut about a third of the novel out and still ended up with the same impact and meaning without losing any of the richness of character.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He's engaging, without overacting. I felt he was a touch out of place for the main character he was reading for, but he still pulled it off quite well.


    Could you see 11-22-63 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yeah, but King's longer works rarely make good films or mini-serise. It's his more modestly sized novels and short stories do that better (and they read better too!).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Trevor White, Saskia Reeves, and others
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He’s willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA’s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Great Way To Spend One & A Half Hours"
    "Enjoyable Noir. Well Produced."
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    Where does Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper third. These dramatized Chandler tales aren't not long enough to spend a full credit on, but they are entertaining enough to pay the small price Audible asks for them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dramatization. These abridge shorts are very well made.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I really like the background sounds (a clink of a glass, the click of a gun, etc.)


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this one and then started collecting some of the others. I'm up to three of these now, and can see myself buying a few more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9437)
    Performance
    (8973)
    Story
    (8990)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "GREAT BOOK! GREAT FREAKING BOOK!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did, and he agreed it was great as well. In fact, even with several days head start on him, my friend overtook my pace and finished the audiobook in two days, beating me by three hours of listening time. Jerk! :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our marooned hero of course!


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance was PERFECT in bringing Mark's good-natured determination and hilarious sarcasm to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

    Michael says: "Make sure you skip the first chapter"
    "Great story, wrong voice to tell it."
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    I like King's earlier works. His newer stuff is okay, but everything from the late 80's on is so self-concious (does EVERY protagonist have to be a writer?) and too over-written for my tastes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's gritty and hopeless, and flips off the world it exists in at the conclusion. Typical Bachman beauty.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Kenerly?

    Jeffery Kafer would be my first choice. Somebody with a hard and expressive voice. The main character is supposed to be a jaded looser that sees the world for its true ugliness, and hates the man for perpetuating and exploiting it.


    Do you think The Running Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it works perfectly as a stand alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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