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Scott

Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

Whitehall, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 38 reviews
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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3413)
    Performance
    (3088)
    Story
    (3152)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Good story!"
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    Can't believe it's free, like others wish it were longer, and/or a series. Love these originally thought of books. Narrator was great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (945)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Neverwhere"
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    If you could sum up Neverwhere [Adaptation] in three words, what would they be?

    Adult, imaginative, fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    Richard listening to hunter about what to do with her knife


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ordeal


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

    Please don't ruin this book


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, strongly suggest listening to the original story first

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12842)
    Performance
    (5204)
    Story
    (5245)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Want more from kingsbridge"
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    If you could sum up The Pillars of the Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Graphic, epic, engrossing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure, you become very involved with all the characters, good and just pure evil equally


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Everything
    He fits the scene, I don't know where they find these narrators but they are fantastic


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

    I listened for long stretches but 40hrs 55 min speaks for itself


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was more of a tie in with Ellens curses
    The mystery behind jacks father was lacking
    This is epic and I would strongly suggest to anyone to give it a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sand: Omnibus Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (417)

    We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.

    Joy says: "Almost a 5 star"
    "Whisper synced this one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sand: Omnibus Edition to be better than the print version?

    Maybe I'm not used to female narrators but reading the story myself was more enjoyable. No offense to chilton, she was ok.


    What other book might you compare Sand: Omnibus Edition to and why?

    Sand is original, young adult material that was cooI, would cont reading a sequel.


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

    I haven't, even though I didn't like listening to her now I would give her another chance and do not discourage anyone from listening to sand


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

    I liked the end, I'm not sure we get to any real answers about the east, at the same time you do not feel mislead about what the family needs to do next


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a the credit and time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (858)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "movie ruined it for me i guess"
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    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Simon Vance?

    def. by simon vance, he's great. ill stay away from this vampire series for now.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Rice? Why or why not?

    no, not for a while. at the same time i can still encourage people to the story, the way she wrote it i didn't expect.


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

    he always sounds like he's directly from the story, he's better then b. pitt as louie


    Do you think Interview with the Vampire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    i wouldn't read it, their is a series but my expectation was different so I'm staying away.


    Any additional comments?

    50% of the book seemed like poetry from the vamps point of view, wasn't as dark or horror filled as i though it would be. lots of mellow drama but i can see why people are into it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7687)
    Performance
    (7315)
    Story
    (7325)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Required listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Something like this doesn't get any better


    What did you like best about this story?

    If they broadcast this story on tv in the same way war of the worlds was done everyone would believe this was happening, this book is really terrific.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything, amazing narration. Weir and bray should win awards for this production.


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

    I heard they have the movie rights, you know they are going to ruin this. They should put the book cover on the big screen and run the audiobook and have people listen to this, that would be amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    All other reviews are correct, the book and narration are just superior

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (359)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "the scary truth"
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    Where does The Hot Zone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very high, very well done, easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that its non fiction, all the info received from the story is factual and is happening as we sit here


    Have you listened to any of Richard M. Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    ok, 20min in i don't think i could of listened to the whole thing, but by 50% in the guy is perfect. his mannerisms are really scary actually when expressing the situations that arise


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    my reaction is its like being hit by a truck of reality
    medically, 100yrs from now, the medical community are going to laugh at us the way we laugh when we read that 100yrs ago they were figuring out we should wash our hands and sterilize equipments


    Any additional comments?

    just 1 thing, sorry for knocking it, but thanking the author for pronunciations that are incorrect was funny, i caught just 1 word so far. it doesn't take anything away from the story
    i will listen again and also will get more preston books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (599)

    Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

    Brian says: "Jack Sawyer delivers"
    "Jack sawyer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great adventure, never gets dull and the fantasy is great
    Muller again does a great job


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black House?

    Thunder 5 approaching blackhouse


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

    He's just better, and does character voices well


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

    No way
    These books are 28hrs or so long
    If they did an abridged version I would hate them for it


    Any additional comments?

    Must buy the talisman 1st
    Not having read the DT books might confuse some people, or make them want to read them also

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ajax Penumbra 1969

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book: the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library.

    Bonny says: "Perfect prequel"
    "loving prequels"
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    Would you listen to Ajax Penumbra 1969 again? Why?

    sure, this is fun, i am a sucker for back stories
    we get a glimpse of penumbras life and leading to the original 24 hr bookstore


    What did you like best about this story?

    the mystery


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    he's great, wish he would do more books


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return To Hell House

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Nancy A. Collins
    • Narrated By Jamie du Pont MacKenzie
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In 1927 the infamous millionaire occultist Emeric Belasco disappeared without a trace, leaving behind dozens of dead bodies in the rambling, isolated mansion known as Hell House. In 1931 a team of parapsychologists entered Hell House in order to solve the riddle of Belasco's fate, only to meet with horror, insanity and death.

    Scott says: "HELL HOUSE"
    "HELL HOUSE"
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    What did you love best about Return To Hell House?

    collins cont. to keep the story graphic, disgusting and scary


    What other book might you compare Return To Hell House to and why?

    HELL HOUSE


    What about Jamie du Pont MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

    just right, wherever they find these professional narrators they are great


    Any additional comments?

    good prequel, short,
    fit the mood to listen to something gross and scary

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (729)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    ""read it""
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    Would you listen to Insomnia again? Why?

    yes, its an involved story, i would listen again to see if i missed anything, plus DT insight


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ralph, you find yourself looking out for him


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

    his voice fits every aspect of the book, great great choice of reader


    If you could rename Insomnia, what would you call it?

    who knows


    Any additional comments?

    lots of comments about the sound effects are warranted, i finally bought the book and very glad i did. the effects are an attempt for increased spookiness, which worked, weren't quite as annoying as everyone says it was, i thought they were cool and fit in, just be ready to lower the volume a little

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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