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Mark

Father,Husband,Photographer,Book Fiend. 1st Audiobook was 1776 byDavid McCullough;listened while putting up Xmas lights in snowstorm-Hooked!

Bettendorf, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

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REVIEWS
18
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (613)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    Michelle says: "The Audible equivalent of a SyFy movie."
    "a nice find, great read, front runner in its field"
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    Would you listen to The Supernaturals again? Why?

    Yes, I would, and will someday. As someone who reads/listens to 4-5 books a week, I've become a bit jaded to formulaic plots and figuring out the end game well before the end. I've been coming across a lot of great reads lately, though, and this is one of them!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel Kennedy, obviously, but all of his personal friends, too.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    I read a review where someone knocks the narrator, but for the life of me, I don't understand why! I thought Mr. Kafer did an excellent job. His vocal talent and reading of various characters never took me out of the story (uber important), and he did a very nice job with consistency. I thought he was superb.


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

    It was simply a good ghost story...a good story period! Well plotted, spooky, enough humor to keep the book from becoming utterly gloomy...a very nice find, and I love to come across an author I've never encountered and be so happy with a spent credit.


    Any additional comments?

    The only critical thing I would have to say- and it's a minor point, certainly nothing to take away from a great story- is that based on the time this is taking place( meaning the 21st century, I'm guessing 2010 or 2011), I was surprised not to hear much about the internet being a factor in making this a huge phenomenon. There was very little talk of web stuff at all. Mr. Golemon, I mean absolutely no disrespect and you did a wonderful job. But it did sort of stand out for me. But that is a very minor point. This, like the book "14" by Peter Clines, was just a fantastic find I would highly recommend.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Michele James says: "Wouldn't have been able to finish this book"
    "Lost time"
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    I try to think of the feelings of writers & so don't often write negative reviews, and since it appears many others have done so I'll just say that, even at a discount, I wondered how this book got made- much less an audio version. Editing and additional drafts with more depth and better character & story development might have made an interesting concept something more...sorry to say, this lacked all the important elements.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1475)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Fantastic story & narration!!"
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    This sat on my wish list until it wound up on the Daily Deal special....but it was well worth a credit. Loved this book. And I actually had tears in my eyes when the story came to a close, which has only happened one other time. Heroism, danger, strong female leads telling a crucially important story about a critical time in WW II- just a fantastic novel!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For the Dead: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Bangkok, Thailand, an American travel journalist and his Thai family find themselves inadvertently entangled in a web of dirty cops and far-reaching corruption when their daughter’s ill-gotten cell phone displays photographs of some very crooked cops, all of them thoroughly dead.

    Richard Delman says: "This is Tim Hallinan's world. We just live in it."
    "Timothy Hallinan has my appreciation!"
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    I've not enough time to go back and review each book in the Poke Rafferty series, and rarely write reviews, but Mr. Hallinan has created an exotic, captivating core of characters large and small, and opened a window to a world many of us know little about. This series has become my favorite in recent years and each book has cost me hours at night- listening when I should have been sleeping! Hoping the series continues for many years to come!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Carniepunk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, and others
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy's biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world....

    Hassan says: "Its A Separate 14 Short Stories"
    "great stories & narrators"
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    I came across Carniepunk via the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. Enjoyed most of the offerings here immensely, but the reason I was moved to write a review is due to the fantastic narration by Kirby Heyborne, whose work I was already happily familiar with, and the excellent work by Candace Thaxton, who is new to me. Ms Thaxton was brilliant, imbuing all of her characters with their own distinct voice; I'll be listening for her in future titles. So as not to short shrift Mr Heyborne, I grew to respect and appreciate his work through those Iron Druid books...while not normal fare for me, both the books and narration captured my attention through an entire series, including novellas and short story collections, and I was thrilled that Audible didn't switch narrators in the middle of the series...hate it when that happens! Finally, to all the authors who provided the stories within, a heartfelt thanks for creating unique, devilishly entertaining worlds for us to romp in for a bit. Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dying Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Declan Hughes
    • Narrated By Stanley Townsend
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Even the best private eye needs more than a name to find a missing person, but that's all that Father Vincent Tyrrell, the brother of prominent racehorse trainer F. X. Tyrrell, will offer Loy when he comes to him for help. A dwindling bank account convinces Loy to delve into the deadly underworld of horse racing, but fortune soon smiles on him: while working another case, he discovers a phone number linked to F. X. on a badly beaten body left at an illegal dump.

    Sixty Some says: "Irish Angst"
    "Grand writer, excellent narrator"
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    Coming across Declan Hughes was a happy accident. I've thoroughly enjoyed all Declan Hughes novels that Audible has on offer- but have now exhausted Audibles offerings! More, please! Thanks to a great writer, and a serious nod to a truly wonderful narrator. Having just stopped two books (by other authors) midway due to really poor narration, I especially appreciate Stanley Townsend's reading (of all the Declan Hughes audiobooks, I believe). He actually inhabits each character distinctly, without over-dramatization.

    Mr. Hughes and Mr. Townsend- huge fan. Thank you, sincerely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1960)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Nice surprise"
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    I don't review often, and hadn't expected to be rating this, much less reviewing it. Thought it looked like a fun "beach read" type of thing, but I didn't pull the trigger until it went on sale recently. I was very pleasantly surprised! Not only by the book itself, (and yes, I will be following the series after getting through this first very funny & entertaining book), but by the absolutely pitch perfect narration done by Allison McLemore. Just hearing McLemore say "nekkid" in pure "white trash" form was worth the price of admission. If you're on the fence, take a chance and you won't regret it. And keep that blender nearby:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    It is 1956. Radio reports of the Hungarian revolution break through the government's radio jamming, setting the entire Eastern Bloc on edge.

    Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar must track down a murderer while dealing with his crumbling marriage. As he is drawn deep into an underworld of betrayal and violence, he finds that he is not so different from those he pursues.

    Vivian says: "very good very different"
    "Heart-breaking, chilling and utterly engrossing"
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    This is the fifth Steinhauer novel I've read (so far) and his best to date. Though if you're seeking light fare or a pleasant tale with a storybook ending, you might wait until you're ready for this novel. I'm continuously drawn to novels of this era if they're well written, and particularly with this book, Steinhauer is a masterful storyteller, drawing rich characters. I caught myself scowling many times as I went through the main character's trials- getting totally caught up in the story. It's a rare novelist- and a rare novel- that can get me so engrossed.

    I only wish that stories of this era, and the madness they stemmed from and the madness they inflicted, with the worst failings of humankind on display, were a thing of the past. But as long as power can intoxicate its wielders, it always has the potential to perverse and subjugate. Or maybe I'm just writing this too soon after the reading and it's all too fresh in my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1559)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Guess only right wingers are true Americans..."
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    Enjoyable enough for the genre until "A. American" started preaching his "philosophy"...glad I got it on sale. Might've picked up book 2, but I already avoid Glenn, Russ & Sean so why shell out hard won coin to another "true american" to get more of the same?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2083)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Happily surprised"
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    I don't review often, but I wasn't expecting much from this book (concerns about movie hype, book hype, I am far from YA, etc)...but it was on sale, and I needed to shake things up a a bit, as my reading/listening had been sort of narrowly focused recently. Enter "Perks" and especially Noah Galvin and Stephen Chbosky. Maybe I just started this book at the right moment, but it was just a really enjoyable experience. Chbosky's characters were well written, even if the main character was the only fully developed one. And Noah Galvin's voice and acting ability lent themselves so utterly pitch-perfectly to this book. One could imagine that Galvin was truly reading about himself. A truly excellent performance. I laughed out loud more than once and actually got choked up a couple of times...not something i do when reading very often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "very well worth the credit and the slow(ish) start"
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    I'd recently listened to several stellar books in a row, then dumped 3 middling reads mid-way through. Life is too short to stick with a poor book that requires you to suspend disbelief utterly for several hundred pages, am I right?

    Right from the start of The Various Haunts of Men, the writing was very good, and Steven Pacey's reading was excellent, improving even more as the book hit its crescendo. His various characters were all distinct, and he conveyed emotion exceptionally well. But while I knew the book would be good, sometimes we're looking for a particular type or genre of book, as well. I knew I'd eventually finish this book, but considered coming back to it later. So glad I stuck with it. The character building was well done and it had many satisfying story-lines intertwined with the overall plot. Definitely recommend.

    I don't write many reviews, and have read several other excellent books recently, but for whatever reason, wanted to give this one some notice. Happy reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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