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Serenity

Serenity

HOUSTON, TX, United States

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  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kim Newman
    • Narrated By Tom Hodgkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

    Troy says: "Newman at His Best"
    "the side of the coin that falls face down..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery and a healthy dose of British wit. Hodgkins does a great job as "Basher" Moran, the narrator. His sibilant rendition of Moriarty is also very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd have to say Moriarty. We so often see things from Holme's point of view. It was refreshing to taste the "dark" side, so to speak. Interestingly, as amoral as the narrator would have us believe Moriarty is, he still is not some raging psychopath that one would have a hard time sympathizing with.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hodgkins – was your favorite?

    Moriarty.


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

    It made me laugh in some spots...Moran is quite descriptive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (340)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Christian says: "A Promise of Awesome!"
    "Great story; good but grating narration"
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    This book was a refreshing change from one's typical fantasy; I'd put it in the "Mage and Musket" genre, if there is such a thing, with the Iron Elves series and Wexler's "A Thousand Names".

    The setting is the fantasy equivalent of the Napoleonic Era; there is a revolution to overthrow a corrupt monarch; the new ruling cabal must contain the civil unrest and maintain a semblance of order. At the same time there is a rival nation that smells blood and is poised to invade.

    To top it all off, the monarchy was protected by a god who swore to return and avenge it if ever overthrown...this promise was an obscure prophecy guarded by a sect that most take for granted.

    There is a lot of action, a lot of intrigue and very entertaining dialogue, and I enjoyed the book immensely.

    The narrator modulates well and reads with great emphasis and feeling; however his voice style is gravelly and grating, and I often cleared my throat unconsciously while listening to the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict: The Gap Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (149)

    Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

    Cody says: "The Real Story"
    "Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic."
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    This is an interesting story: it goes beyond the common plots and ideas of sci-fi: alien race invades earth, or youth struggles to survive in a post apocalyptic dystopia, etc. He introduces three main characters and weaves them together in a deranged mixture of treachery, avarice and corruption that slowly changes over the course of the series: he teaches that appearances can be very, very deceiving.

    Donaldson grabs you and then hurls you deeply into the twisted and damaged souls of his characters.

    I love it...but it got to be just too much: too much angst, too much navel gazing, too much self recrimination; it almost became like a soap opera: a really deep soap opera, yes...but still....

    Scott Brick did a great job at narrating; he captured the emotions so well, that I actually got tired just listening to two of the books...not bored by any means: just tired. I still would recommend the book for a sci fi lover: but if you have read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, then you might know what I'm talking about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5284)
    Performance
    (2801)
    Story
    (2809)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Straightforward spy stuff..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Assassin to be better than the print version?

    Yes; and this is only so because of the narrator, George Guidall. If I had a choice between reading the novel and listening to his narration, I'd choose the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stan Hurley was my favorite character; in spite of being totally obnoxious and as ornery a grizzly with bowel cramps, he is noble and kind hearted in his own unique way. And his sheer cussedness in the face of death and torture both unnerving and admirable at once.


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

    I've listened to another Mitch Rapp story and also Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield, which I most definitely recommend if you like ancient history. Guidall brings characters to life; He is up there with my favorite: Steven Pacey.

    This story is on par with his other performances: excellent.


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

    The book made me laugh; listening to Stan Hurley's diatribes was vastly entertaining to me; I especially enjoyed the inner monologue that he had when sparring with Mitch for the first time, when he realized that he might have to reassess his initial opinion of Mitch, the "college puke".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scourge of the Betrayer: Bloodsounder's Arc, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Salyards
    • Narrated By Kris Chung
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies-or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself.

    Serenity says: "Mind over Ear...."
    "Mind over Ear...."
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    Would you listen to Scourge of the Betrayer again? Why?

    Debatable...I loved the story, having read the book. But I didn't really care for the narrator; also, the audio was mixed poorly, if I'm phrasing it properly...there was faint white noise that I never hear on other books. It would stop and start when the narrator reached a section; I could tell when one recording session started and one ended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters; I like repartee in the dialogue and also mild understatement, both of which were common in this book. I also loved the action sequences. There were not many, and they were not spectacular; they were....real. In a melee, one man protecting himself against five is cause for concern, regardless of his skill. The writing reflects this.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Chung?

    Steven Pacey, without a doubt. Then perhaps Bronson Pinchot or Michael Page. I'm currently listening to John Lee, who is also good.

    Chris Chung read with feeling, yes, but his attempts at changing accents to fit the various characters detracted from his narrative. Incidentally, few do this as well as Steven Pacey!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2758)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (2005)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "gripping story, absolutely superb narration"
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    What did you love best about Last Argument of Kings?

    Steven Pacey knows how to tell a story! His inflection, modulation, pitch...it was constantly changing with the narrative, at all of the proper places. I had read the entire trilogy before discovering audible.com, and I loved all of the books as well. Pacey has definitely done it justice!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Argument of Kings?

    For me, when one of the main characters of the story unwittingly commits a great atrocity against a dear friend...his having to live with it afterwards...


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

    Steven Pacey's modulation is outstanding: he is loud when he needs to be loud, pensive when he needs to be pensive; he seasons the story with wit, terror, and visceral emotion...he gives his characters their own voices, so that a dialogue can be followed without the narration stating who is currently speaking. He truly brought the story to life.


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

    It made me laugh at times, and wince at others...The First Law trilogy is both whimsical and very dark. Joe Abercrombie doesn't gild the lily when describing battles or human nature...


    Any additional comments?

    All three of the audio books are superb, and I have listened to them more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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