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Shawn

Ex-military high school math teacher.

Temperance, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5272)
    Performance
    (4893)
    Story
    (4889)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden Nails it Cold"
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    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The whole Dresden series is amazing. Wish there were more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are amazing, Butcher brings back people from multiple books in the series.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marsters's performance is great. I missed him in Ghost Story.


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

    I wish I could have listened to it straight through, but as long as it is it took me a week.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher, please keep writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill 4: From The Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (290)

    It has been three years since the Progerians left their mark of devastation upon Earth. The remaining humans are in a desperate race against time as they do their best to reverse engineer the alien technology they captured, in an effort to bolster their beleaguered defenses against the oncoming onslaught of Progerians hell-bent on revenge.

    Tammea says: "THE BEST ONE YET!!!!"
    "Amazing Talbot adventure"
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    Where does Indian Hill 4: From The Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right there at the top with the rest of Mark Tufo's books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Indian Hill 4: From The Ashes?

    The descriptions of friendship between Mike and his Big Green friend and their banter with one another always gets me.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean Runnette has been the voice of Michael Talbot, and many other Mark Tufo books, for so long, I honestly can't imagine anyone else doing it justice.


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

    I laughed so hard other people on the road looked over to see what the heck I was doing.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo does it again. His continued chronicles of Michael Talbot weave an extraordinary adventure of excitement and trepidation in this, yet another wild ride, which I can not get enough of. Thank you Mark, and please keep writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (820)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    gerry says: "Could not get past the naration"
    "Zombies bite"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most of my friends enjoy zombie books but are tired of predictable endings


    What other book might you compare FREE: Deadlocked 1 to and why?

    Zombie Fallout


    Which character – as performed by Brian Sutherland – was your favorite?

    The father


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

    I like the scene at the boat dock


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken by the T-Rex (Dinosaur Erotica)

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Christie Sims, Alara Branwen
    • Narrated By Pepper Laramie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Drin is her tribe's chief huntress; she lives for the thrill of the hunt. Men and sex hold no allure for her, as Drin has never found a partner to satisfy her. When a T-Rex descends upon her village, destroying it, Drin demands that the tribe's hunters go in search of the beast and slaughter it. Opting for safety instead of revenge, the tribe moves to a new location, hoping that the big beast won't follow them. t does. rin taunts the beast, giving her tribes mates time to flee. As she runs, leading it through a gauntlet of traps, the thrill of the hunt soars through her blood, leaving her wet with desire.

    Shawn says: "Horribly writen with completly unrealistic ideas"
    "Horribly writen with completly unrealistic ideas"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, this was so bad it should be completly ignored


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything other than this or anything by this author


    What didn’t you like about Pepper Laramie’s performance?

    Slow, monotone, and unenthusiastic


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, it was horrible


    Any additional comments?

    Run, run and hide from this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (819)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Poor Mike Talbot, just keeps getting into trouble"
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    What did you love best about Indian Hill?

    Love Mike and the gang, great character and fun inner dialogue


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mike and the gang


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Mike


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

    Yes, fun read and Sean is a great narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing Mr Tufo, keep writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tim2: Timothy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Timothy lived a life only a psychopathic sociopath could enjoy and understand. When he was bitten on the first day of the zombie-apocalypse he turned the tides on a single-minded virus he affectionately called Hugh. Together they terrorized a city before seemingly meeting their untimely demise. Nobody could have foreseen his resurrection. Tim's close call with death has done nothing to temper his missions in life, to live, to eat and to rule the world. Tim is back and he's an asshole.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If clowns weren't scary enough"
    "Tufo's Tim is just as disturbing as ever"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tim2 the most enjoyable?

    I actually got to do it all in one day on a long drive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot, the descriptions, the action, all of it was one gorefest after another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Eating, really it all comes down to the buffet


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

    Well there was an epic bowel movement. I mean a Zombie eats and eats and eats all that flesh, something has to happen to it eventually. Tufo is the first author to go there; except maybe a truely wacko proctologist. Does that count?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9539)
    Performance
    (8655)
    Story
    (8727)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Inferno is warm, but never fires me up."
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    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I like the continuing adventures of Robert and this one had a unique twist considering the injury he had sustained before the book even begins.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was unsure who to trust, but at times I felt like it was a bit too much. In the end it all pans out logically, but for a minute or two audiances are left to wonder.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Great.


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

    Find the Dante within.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the book, but Brown's previous entries into the saga were better.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (303)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Tufo holds back the Zombies & tries something new"
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    If you could sum up Callis Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Professor X as a teenage girl.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Callis Rose?

    The family circumstances that launched Callis on her road through the system.


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

    Yes, it is just as good as his other works. I was worried since this is from a female perspective, but he did really well.


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

    Yes, I wish I had the time but had to break it up over three days.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo is amazing, keep writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3972)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2682)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Nothing like Dresden"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or Kate Reading?

    Loved the Jim Butcher series, but found this to be nothing like his other series


    Has Furies of Calderon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not interested in this type


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Furies of Calderon?

    Too many


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1152)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Eliza knocks on the Talbot door"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about 'Til Death Do Us Part?

    The writing, the characters, the descriptions, okay everything.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike


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

    Sean accents the characters in a way that brings them to life.


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

    Mike's ride with Trip was hilarious.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • Narrated By Heather Wood, K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A woman, struggling with mental illness, fights to maintain her sanity in her home, haunted by an apparition from behind her bedroom’s yellow wallpaper.

    Lori says: "Not my favorite"
    "Destroyed the enjoyment with noise"
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    What disappointed you about The Yellow Wallpaper?

    Loud scretching noises through out the story made me want to pull out my headphones.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charlotte Perkins Gilman before, how does this one compare?

    Have not listened to her work before


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heather Wood and K. Anderson Yancy ?

    They conveyed the demented mind alright, but the loud scretching noises were too distracting to enjoy


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sadness and disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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