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Pulplife

Canton, Ohio | Member Since 2013

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  • 22 reviews
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  • 473 titles in library
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  • The Pickle My Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By T. C. Archer
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis, Jennifer Saucedo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    The ninth victim in the Bicycle Chain murders is found dead on his living room floor grasping a paper bag containing a pickle. Detective Jack Carter is working on the biggest murder case of his life. Which means, the last thing he needs is to find out that the one woman he has feelings for might be involved in the murders.

    Pulplife says: "A Spicy Pickle"
    "A Spicy Pickle"
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    What did you love best about The Pickle My Little Friend?

    A short fun listen that will have you remembering the old Spicy Pulps


    What did you like best about this story?

    Witty dialog fun story


    What does Mike Dennis and Jennifer Saucedo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes they both did a great job and Mike Dennis is the go to guy for Pulp Noir


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

    Yes will listen to again fun stuff


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a big fan of the old Pulps and when I listened to this one i was under the impression that it was one of the vintage stories of yesteryear and was surprised to find out it's the New Pulp and well worth checking out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated By Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17402)
    Performance
    (16062)
    Story
    (16009)

    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    ambER says: "WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT"
    "I remember being held"
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    An amazing work of story telling. A book that will stay with you long after reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Florida private eye Doak Miller agreed to help the local cops by posing as a hit man to catch a woman looking to get rid of her husband. But then he met the wife - and fell, hard. Now he's plotting with her to commit a murder that could net them millions of dollars and the chance to be together. But to pull it off under the watchful eyes of the police, it'll have to be the perfect crime....

    Carol N. says: "Not for everyone"
    "I Did It"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would as long as they can handle it


    What other book might you compare The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes to and why?

    It reminds me of his early work in the great pulp sleaze period such as Thirty but with a crime twist


    Which character – as performed by Mike Dennis – was your favorite?

    Doak is the man


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Noir about Noir


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books of the year Lawrence captures the feel of the old sleaze pulps in a modern setting and some great tributes to my favorite films of noir

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I, the Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mickey Spillane
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    Here's Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer in their roughest and readiest—a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that is vintage Spillane all the way. It's a tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans!

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "read this one for what it is"
    "The beginning of a legend"
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    Would you listen to I, the Jury again? Why?

    Yes I WILL It is like one of the top five of Hard boiled crime books of all time this is where it all started


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, the Jury?

    How he deals with a death of a good friend


    Which character – as performed by Mike Dennis – was your favorite?

    Mike Hammer Mike Dennis really captures it


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

    Yes when he figures out the real crime and who did it.


    Any additional comments?

    So glad to find the full text finally narrated into an audio book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By James Ellroy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir—as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels—about his obsessive search for “atonement in women.” The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later.

    Charles LaBorde says: "Jim, Hire an Actor"
    "Words from the man himself"
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    Would you listen to The Hilliker Curse again? Why?

    Yes he is a fascinating person and I love his fiction work


    What other book might you compare The Hilliker Curse to and why?

    His Crime Wave series and My Dark Place


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

    No this is my first I enjoyed it, He has a very strange way of talking but that is him


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

    Yes how his inspirations from life mold his story and his relationships


    Any additional comments?

    Some have given bad reviews of his reading it is strange but hey thats the Man

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Games: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    It's just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn't on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself.

    Justin says: "Not as good as the first"
    "Now I'm No One"
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    What did you love best about Vanishing Games?

    The inside tricks of being a Con


    What other book might you compare Vanishing Games to and why?

    It is like King Con on steroids


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

    He really completes the atmosphere of the characters and book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How to disappear


    Any additional comments?

    Just like Ghost Man as soon as you read the final sentence you want to see how long it will be for the next book to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at the Bijou

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jim Thompson
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this novel, Thompson's first major success as a pulp fiction writer, Joe Wilmot, trying to go straight after a stretch in the pen, finds a movie house in a small crossroads that can use a helping hand and someone with half a brain for business. The theater's owner, Elizabeth, isn't the smartest operator around - or is she? Joe and the plain Jane Elizabeth decide maybe it would be better for business if they got married. Why not?

    Roy Bonario says: "Murder At The Bijou"
    "The start of a legend career"
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    Where does Murder at the Bijou rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jim Thompson is a legend and this is a great beginning this is high on my list


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole look into running a movie house in the early years when a theater was the biggest thing in a town


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole twist at the end


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

    The dark fall the main character takes it's a slow decent but it's a fun ride


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to how it all started from one of the masters of dark voice and evil humans well worth to have in your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins can't stand music, or any loud sounds. He's got a beautiful wife, but he can't get enough of other women. And instead of bedtime stories, he regales his daughters with bloody crime stories. He's a thinking man's cop with a dark past and an obsessive drive to hunt down monsters who prey on the innocent. Now, there's something haunting him. He sees a connection in a series of increasingly gruesome murders of women committed over a period of 20 years.

    J.C.D. says: "A VERY CONVOLUTED STORY"
    "A master of crime"
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    A master of crime at work introduction into the series of cop after a crazy killer as he puts the Clues together

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Detour

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Martin M. Goldsmith
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    1938. Alexander Roth is hitchhiking from New York to Los Angeles, hoping to reconnect with his self-absorbed, cutesy-poo girlfriend. A car stops to pick him up and he is soon plunged into a nightmare from which there may be no escape. This is a forgotten noir masterpiece that has languished for decades in the swamps of neglected crime fiction. Movie director Edgar G Ulmer cranked out the movie version in less than a month on a microscopic budget for one of the "poverty row" studios in Hollywood, and it is now widely recognized as one of the greatest in the film noir genre. The novel is its equal in every way.

    bytorsnowg0d says: "Classic"
    "You like the movie? You will love the book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would my group of friends is usually fans of Film Noir or old Pulp Crime novels. And this book covers both grounds. If anyone is a fan of Noir Films knows the film Detour and this book covers that story and so much more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex Roth he plays the everyman story down on his luck and finds women dangerous.


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

    His voice presentation is spot on taking you back to the times when the story takes place well worth the listen even if you already read the book.


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

    I liked how the book gave us the different view points of the character. Like how it gives us the story of what his girlfriend is doing while he is tracking a crossed the US to surprise her


    Any additional comments?

    The book fills in way more of the story that the film did not capture anyone a fan of the film needs to read the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Scott Bonn
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam") and Dennis Rader ("Bind, Torture, Kill").

    Melinda says: "not as exciting as name promised."
    "What makes them Tick and why the fasination"
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    Would you listen to Why We Love Serial Killers again? Why?

    Yes very informative giving you a look at the sick mind and the way media hypes it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why We Love Serial Killers?

    His in depth look at how a mass of people can be affected by a notion of a thought.


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    Spot on very professional


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

    Moved not sure but frightened by much


    Any additional comments?

    The book gives you an informative look into the difference between Serial killers and spree killers and just normal homicide. It also takes a look at us the reader and fan of True Crime books, movies, and TV shows.

    You will get plenty insight within this book and a look at how the media sometimes fans the fires to glorify some details and distort the truth.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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