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Mark

Markstoystuff

Lutz, FL, United States

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  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Cleaning Commando says: "Okay, enough is enough!"
    "Finally more Repairman Jack on audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I searched for more Repairman Jack, but there were only a few recorded. I even broke down and read the 1st book of the series. I see finally there are more audiobooks with a different narrator( I hope they keep the same narrator for the rest of the series). This 1st book explains the beginning of how young Jack became "Repairman Jack". Jack who lives off the grid and lives by his wits to become the man who repairs problems only he can fix using questionable and sometimes violent methods. I am looking foreward to the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1438)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Robert says: "Great book, lame deal!"
    "Old series new voice"
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    Story

    I listened to some of this series years ago when it was read by the author. The new narrator is much better. I rated this book 4 stars because it was very good , but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1143)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "Return to Moonlight Bay without Christopher Snow"
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    This was one of the better Odd Thomas books, but this story could have been the 3rd book of the Moonlight Bay series. The plot is centered around Fort Wyvern, one of Christopher Snow's old stomping grounds. This is not one of the typical Odd Thomas books where he is influenced by the dead. The relationship with Annamaria from the previous book "Odd Apocalypse" is also revealed. If you are a fan of the Odd Thomas or the Moonlight Bay series you will love this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Exquisite Corpse Adventure: An Episodic Progressive Story Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It all starts with a train rushing through the night…. Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers, who continues the story and pass it on. And what happens between episodes one and 27? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and more!

    kanga says: "Great Fun for Both Kids and Adults"
    "Phil Gigante pulls it off"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Phil Gigante?

    Yes, but not written like a tag team where the authors write where one left off. Phil Gigante somehow makes up for the storyline with a great performance.


    Has The Exquisite Corpse Adventure turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Yes. He does agreat job making a bad story sound good, but with a good story he makes it great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, never.


    Any additional comments?

    The authors made a game out of putting the next writer into a stupid storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5665)
    Performance
    (4833)
    Story
    (4828)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Now after listening to the rest of the book"
    Overall

    I formerly gave this book a 1 star for the free 1st chapter. I hate that James Marsters is not the narrator, but John Glover is a great narrator (he is not Dresden to me). I just finished listening to the whole book and loved it. I am now anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. If James Marsters records Ghost Story I will buy it and listen to it again. When Frank Muller was hurt in a motorcycle accident and could't finished recording Stephen King's Dark Tower series I understood. I see no reason not to have James Marsters come back.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (259)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "You did what ! ! !"
    Overall

    The narrator can make or break an audio book. This is one of the things I like about audible.com, you can listen before you buy. I love John Glover, but he is not Dresden. John Masters portrays Dresden with this kind of cocky attitude, using just his voice. I have come to know and associate Dresden with the voice of John Masters. I am disappointed, but I will still buy this audio book as soon as it comes out. I will also buy it again if John Masters records it. I have to give this a 1 rating because of the change of narrators. The narrator is at least as important as the story.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Voices: The Lost Voices Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sarah Porter
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside a grim Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation: she becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in. All of them, like her, are lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives.

    Alaina says: "Sad Story"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    The best part of this audio book is the reader; she did a great job. I was hoping this would have been more like the "Twilight" series, but with mermaids instead of vampires. This book is well written with undertones of violence toward girls. This is the first book of the series and is not a stand alone book. If you like the drama of teenage girls interacting with each other as mermaids, than you will like this book. I can not give this book a bad review, because I picked the wrong book for myself. I am an old guy and this book would be more appreciated by a teenage girl.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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