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Norman

Pearl River, LA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (550)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "Charlie knows bureaucracy and armageddon"
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    Any additional comments?

    James Bond has a license to kill, but the rest of us have to save the world and find love and happiness working for micromanagers who get in the way. Charlie Stross manages to make sorcery plausible and have wonderful characters in situations and organizations I recognize. These are characters I want for friends and to back me up. Sorry if I haven't made this as fun and exciting as I thought it was. I loved halting state and this brings back good people in fantastic situations , and it is an enjoyable ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (236)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "The Narration did not suit."
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    What disappointed you about Full Force and Effect?

    I hated the narration. You can listen to the sample but the dialogue may not be as troublesome as action scenes. The cadence never changes for action scenes or dialogue. I bought this pre-release, and i never imagined that such a popular series would have a poorly suited narrator (yes that is my opinion. Your opinion may differ.) I listen at 1.25 speed but i still hear those over dramatic pauses and downbeats at the end of each sentence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Greaney isn't as good about developing characters, or getting you to believe in the science of the weapons as Clancy was, but he sure writes action well. Things move so fast that i dont question the contrived good luck and miraculous timing. While not the same as Clancy i can enjoy listening to the action.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I will never get a book from Scott Brick again. I can do without different voices for each character, but the reading has much more to dislike. I think he would do well at soap operas or romantic novels, where the listener wants the narrator to add drama in an other wise boring book. But his cadence over emphasizes every period as being meaningfull and significant.


    Any additional comments?

    Isn't there some editor that makes narrators audition for parts? This book was ruined for me by the reader, and i hate to think a real editor would have actually selected Scott Brick as appropriate for this book. Maybe Greany should give his opinions on possible readers ( and listen to more than a sentence before approving a narrator.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The Secret Files (The Junior Novelization)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Marvel Press
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Steve Rogers, known to the world as Captain America, continues his affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and the Avengers. But Steve struggles to fit in the modern world, and now his past will come back to haunt him… Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues the big-screen adventures of Super-Soldier Captain America, as he battles with modern times and villains that threaten the safety of his country…and even the world!

    Chris's Card says: "Team work, is required !"
    "A book is not a comic"
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    What would have made Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier better?

    I love reading comics but the author of this novelization didn't put much work into going beyond a few words about what goes on in a panel. I could have guessed what the graphics were doing, but this should have given description of the story/ flow of action, instead of being broken up into a description based on each panel in a comic. Instead of reading it panel by panel, a novelization should have better descriptions and better flow.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

    for such a short novelization, the time wasted describing the Avengers movie was a waste of time. So with that gone and better writing, the whole "book" should still be many times longer. Dont wast money or credits on this, unless you plan on listening while reading tthe comic at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was quite good, but there was just not enough story to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (600)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Must Listen! A Great Storyteller with real insight"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart and the Fist to be better than the print version?

    Besides being a gifted writer, he is a wonderful story teller. His characterization of others is like a comfortable story around the dinner table as he falls into character describing/mimicking another person's reaction to shared experiences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a really uplifting story in the midst of terrible tragedy, about the power of making good choices and pursuit of goals, not just for yourself but for others. Eric Greitens has done and witnessed many things as a college volunteer worker in many nations, a Rhodes Scholar and later as a Navy Seal. He tells the stories of both children and adults, and pauses briefly for insight into why they do what they do what they do. The stories are interesting and the insight and perspective is something i aspire to achieve.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible (and i have listened to many). These real life adventures are more interesting than the fiction i usually listen to, and the comments on human character and motivation are natural outgrowths of the story telling, which comes first. For having seen so much human tragedy, even as a volunteer in many countries, he keeps his perspective and describes his observations, while seamlessly including quotes from the Greeks, to Lincoln, to Mother Theresa. He can challenge your thoughts on religion and charity, and what it means to help and protect those in need. This is not a book of lectures on what we should do, but rather stories about the good and bad people do, and trying to make good choices for yourself. This is great storytelling, all the better for having decisions and consequences about living a good and honorable life.

    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
    (3810)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3371)

    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."
    "38 hours of great story telling"
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    This is a trilogy's worth of adventure in one book, well managed by a master story teller. There are thrills and chills and multinational adventure throughout. At about 12 hours the story occasionally got a little slow and i could put it aside, I was afraid it would turn into a Perils of Pauline, but no, this is a great story with all the subplots coming together. With 12 hours left (as long as a longish Audible book) the conclusion is coming into focus, the excitement is building and I wonder "what more can possible happen before the end?" Well, a lot can and did happen. There is certainly death and destruction, but main characters are reasonably well treated, and the gore / violence was not overdone or overly upsetting. The narration/reading is great, with different characters and accents well done to help keep characters separate and be non-obtrusive to the story line. Well done. At one credit this is a bargain, a unique and plausible adventure of amazing scope. Listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magnificent Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive. With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the Americas, too, with Andrew Malvern closing in on him - and the wonderful device he stole.

    Globaltowngal says: "Melodramatic Misadventure Marred by TX Accent"
    "As great as the first two books"
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    This book is as fast paced, surprising and fun as the first two books! Trying to listen to another book by a different author, after listening to the third book, is boring. (Only 3 books are on audio as i write this.) This really spoils me for other books for awhile. The alternate reality remains fun, from both a technology and a historical point of view, but the story is not about the alternate steampunk reality, but about good and bad people making decisions, which seem right (well to a young person) but lead to remarkable consequences, and very plausible escapes. Sure a few things can be seen coming, but more often than not, there is a twist to surprise and amuse. While it still seems a little short, there is no doubt there is enough action and twists to fill two books each twice this size, but a bigger book might not be as much FUN! (PS. and I certainly had no complaints about accents. Let's just leave this at alternate reality, and indeed accents can change depending on who won which wars, or which wars didn't happen, Just go with the flow and enjoy the ride.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Disney needs to release as a Play"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of William Shakespeare's Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    This is exceptional. I can visualize the play on stage and Bill Shakespeare ( channeled by Ian Doescher) does a great job with Star Wars. This is much better than some of Bill's later tragedies. You would think with the third Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, Disney would be willing to help get this into High School senior plays. It would be perfect!


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

    I want to listen to it in one sitting as a play on the stage. I can visualize the black cloaked puppeteers moving around R2D2 and Luke's training droid on the Maltese Falcon. A perfect (but slightly long) adaptation. Bravo! Author! Baravo!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (636)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Great Story, fun characters, & a side of Steampunk"
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    What did you love best about Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel?

    This is first and foremost a good story. The story is about a young lady in challenging circumstances, and the importance of attitude in not getting swallowed up in all the turmoil going on around her. The steampunk era sets a fun and believable background, with opportunities for invention, a rigid society hierarchy, without all the supposed "safety nets" of modern society. Her wit, her intellect, her good manners, her confidence in herself. all allow her to overcome challenges that seem to get worse and worse. But she reacts as might be expected, or at least like I like to think I or a friend would react. And may i say this is all pretty good steampunk, with people who actually build and engineer machines instead of just living in a world fully equipped with them as some other authors present.


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

    She does a great job. Some of the accents were perhaps a little too accurate and a little hard for this southern U.S.A. ear to follow, but nothing was lost in the story and it just came across as a very realistic. Well Done.


    Any additional comments?

    As others have said, it seemed a little short, but all the more because i had to keep listening to a little more than i planned to every night before going to bed. Very few books are so enjoyable from start to finish. I will start the next in the series tonight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1893)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Sensitive Noir"
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    If you could sum up The Neon Rain in three words, what would they be?

    4 words: Luckiest Unlucky Conflicted Cajun. A variety of things happen by luck, but then i guess that applies to the world. It was lucky for me I finally found this author and this reader, because it was a great - can't stop listening - audiobook. I will listen to many more, particularly this combination of writer and reader. I highly recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions were succinct but well chosen and very vivid. The author can really turn a phrase, even with a hard nosed detective as the sensitive and observant protagonist delivering the lines. And the story had a global / national background that made it part of a bigger story. Well done.


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

    Southern Louisiana and New Orleans has lots of accents. He pulls off the variety of characters flawlessly. It is easy to focus on the telling of the story and not get distracted by the reader. Wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    I was a long time getting around to listening to this book because of some of the negative reviewers. Big mistake, this book was perfect for me. Violence - I have stopped listening to other books because of the graphic violence perpetrated on victims. Maybe it was the first person narrative that kept it an appropriate distance, or just the writer's skill, but while there was indeed violence and memories of violence, it didn't put me off at all. New Orleans words/portrayal - As a native, some of the pronunciations were off (maybe passable as cajun not New Orleanian), some locations didn't fit together, the food descriptions were off (Really? Sauce piquant on an oyster po-boy? You meant "hot-sauce" i hope on fried oyster po-boy dressed with My-o-naise.) Characterization - For first person narrative, the level of characterization was just fine, not too detailed i admit, but the people seemed like more than the cardboard characters i have had in some stories. Some people are just bad, others have to work at being good. The only fault i had with the book was believing a grown man would drink Jim Bean. Jack, Early Times or even Old Crow before Jim Bean. The author just just not be a hard drinker. ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (446)

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "A sword story without a point"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO. The story was not told well. To me, the story was long and boring. There were lots of pointless distractions from the simplistic plot. There were no characters with whom I could identify, or that I even wanted to know. For a coming of age book in a different time, the heroine is never quite believable as a swordswoman, much less advancing further. SPOILER ALERT Stop reading if learning anything of the plot will offend you , at least if it offends you more than the book offended me. Her "friend" is raped at a ball, pretty much establishing the villain. She seems to be surprised that she won't grow a penis if she rubs herself, and discovers masterbation; yet hours later she kisses a boy and brings him to orgasm making a mess. Some other character is hinted at being pregnant with nothing in the plot to have caused it and with no point to the story. The main characters were either homosexual, whores, or sadistic rapists, or asexual children. Who is this written for? Pre-teens? I don't think for teens or adults. Maybe for older ladies who want to imagine what they could have been like if only they had be brought up by different types of nut-cases who had just sent them to fencing lessons?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by the author or the producer.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The characters were so flawed, inconsistent, or juvenile, as to be boring caricatures. I could not feel any sympathy for what ever trials they had dealt with in their youth. They never out grew their troubles to redeem themselves. Blah.


    Any additional comments?

    The character reading was generally good EXCEPT: 1) the occasional sound effects and music were more distracting than helpful; 2) the volume was generally too low, and varied from speaker to speaker and scene to scene (use Auphonic on the web, please, set at -20LUFS); 3) The pacing of speakers was too slow and very uneven. After a 1/4 of the book i never set the playback less than 1.25 speed. Often setting it to 1.5 was necessary to get rid of the overly drawn out pauses and contrived drama. Even 2.0 speed was necessary to get past the boring sections and that was still quite understandable. On other books i might move from 1.0 to 1.25, nothing like the slow speech in this book. But then some new speaker would have a few lines and I had to slow the playback down closer to normal speed. If the story had some tension, or even characters i liked, it might not have mattered, but it sure didn't help the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Axe Factor: Jimm Juree, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Since Jimm Juree moved, under duress, with her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she has missed her career as a journalist. In Chiang Mai, she was covering substantial stories and major crimes. But here in Maprao, Jimm has to scrape assignments from the local online journal, the Chumphon Gazette. This time they are sending her out to interview a local farang (European) writer, Conrad Coralbank, who writes award-winning crime novels.

    Norman says: "Wonderful story, cast, and sense of humor"
    "Wonderful story, cast, and sense of humor"
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    Where does The Axe Factor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I like the author a lot, certainly in my top 10, but this is my favorite of all his books. Colin Cotterill provides, through Jimm Juree, a unique perspective to see both the good and the bad in rural Thailand, a wonderfully unique cast of family and friends, and multinational business. We can appreciate the good and stay aloof and even find humor in the bad so that it does not overwhelm us. The goal of "think globally, but act locally," while never stated, really shows up in this novel.

    And i fell hook-line-and-sinker, for several of the plot twists that were laid out along tale. I can hardly blame Jimm for being so gullible, when I, as the reader fail to see the obvious clues.This book was a joy!

    What types of fiction authors do i like to whom I compare Colin Cotterill and this book? Tom Clancy (especially Threat Vector) Alan Bradley (Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie), Kerry Greenwood (Phyrne Fisher series) Roger Zelazny (Amber Series) Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash) J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series) Charlie Stross (Halting State) Krista D Ball (Tranquility) Jane Lovering (Liberace) Robert Heinlein and Edgar Rice Burroughs.


    What does Kim Mai Guest bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jimm Juree is brought to life!


    Any additional comments?

    It is best to start with the two previous Jimm Juree books to understand her family. I think this will read ok without having read them but I don't know for sure. They are quite fun. Having been willing to push the envelope on character development in those books, this book is quite at home with the unusual cast, and let the multiple plots drive the story quite well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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