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Paul

WELCH, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....

    Deborah says: "Strong Third Chapter"
    "Another excellent entry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stuart Neville never disappoints and neither does Gerard Doyle's narration. Excellent and involving, like the previous Jack Lennon stories.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Doyle brings authenticity to the story and characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more from both author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen A. North
    • Narrated By Brad Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The dead are coming back to life, filled with a single-minded urge to devour the living. While the power was on, some people followed the bigger picture on television; but the news media is little more than a chronicler of the disaster. Sadly, most people are better at becoming part of the problem than finding a way to solve it. "The most important question becomes: Are there enough resilient survivors left to stem the rising dead tide of humanity?"

    Dan says: "Just couldn't get through it & that is rare for me"
    "Couln't get through it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narration was very un-professional. Good attempt, but it sounded like something I would expect from a freebie from Libra-Vox.


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

    The story was pretty good, but I couldn't finish it due to the bad narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2995)
    Performance
    (2839)
    Story
    (2843)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Not the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If anyone was wondering how this unusual book could be turned into a movie, now as you may know. It wasn't. The book is excellent when it's good and a bit dull when it's not. I couldn't think how the movie would be made from a series of interviews, as it turns out, it just used the title.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3110)
    Performance
    (2876)
    Story
    (2879)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "King's back!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    Honestly, I have to admit suffering some disappointment with Kings more recent works, starting with From A Buick 8, I felt he was not in his groove anymore. This story changes my mind. It was excellent, emotional writing from beginning to end. Great characters and great narration. To anyone who felt the same as me about Kings recent works, just to let you know, HE'S BACK!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (525)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Very Intense"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very personal story. The things that the soldiers go through become very real to the listener. You can feel the authors emotions, and ray Porter does a great job of narrating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10247)
    Performance
    (8543)
    Story
    (8616)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Toooooo Long"
    Overall

    I loved the first in this series, "Name of the Wind". I was excited about this one and I got it right away, I was leary of the 43 hour length. About half way through the third download, I realized I was getting bored. I stuck with until the end of the third section, I was still bored. There just is not enough going on here to recommend it. The author should not have gone for the 1000 page book, a good editor would have made this clear to him. The first story had action and adventure, this has little action, no adventure, but plenty of romance, it's almost like a young adult romance novel. An abridged version would be a good idea. But, for me it's too late, I doubt I will be back for the third installment. I spoke to a coworker who was reading it, he really like the first one too, in fact I got it from Audible on his recommendation. He stopped reading it halfway through for the same reasons I stopped listening. Not much happening and too long. The narrator is very good, he did what he could with it, a valiant effort. He couldn't breath life into it forever, which is how long it seemed to take. I actually feel bad for being so critical, but I am trying to be honest, my apologies to Patrick Rothfuss.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Meat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph D'Lacey
    • Narrated By Sorcha Cusack
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Both a dystopian masterpiece and a timely cautionary tale of what could happen if the powers that be monkey around with the food chain for their own ends, "Meat" breaks new ground in horror fiction.

    Parusski says: "What's wrong with eating meat????"
    "Very creepy"
    Overall

    I read and listen to a fair amount of horror stories. This one actually creeped me out. Once you figure out where the story is taking you, you have to keep listening from absolute morbid curiousity. Very original, and great narration, I will keep an eye out for more stories by D'Lacey, and I hope they are read by Sorcha Cusack again, she made the story even more creepy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (938)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "Great new installment in the trilogy."
    Overall

    Just as good as the first in the tilogy, which I thought was excellent. I can't wait for the third. It's a great take on the an old myth, vampires. Not for Twilight fans, in these stories the vampires are pure evil, just like they should be.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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