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Thomas More

Unafraid to read from any genre.

Billings, MT USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 774 titles in library
  • 332 purchased in 2014
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  • The King's Hounds: 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Martin Jensen
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan, Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The year is 1018 and the war with England is finally over, but the unified kingdom ruled by Cnut of Denmark is far from peaceful. Halfdan has lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, now he wanders the country aimlessly powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a bookish former monk, the two set out together for Oxford, the seat of the new king.

    Thomas More says: "Interesting mystery and promising new series"
    "Interesting mystery and promising new series"
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    I bought this story on the cheap as a whispersync set, hoping for something good, and I was not disappointed. This is the first book in a series from Danish author Martin Jensen, his first translated into English. It promises to be an excellent mystery series with great, enjoyable characters. The story takes place during 11th Century England in which the country has not enjoyed much recent stability in leadership. The new king Cnut, a Dane, is trying to unify the various sects of the English population in order to provide a lasting peace across the land. Unfortunately, during a large gathering of his most important Saxon and Danish subjects, a murder takes place that implicates him, as well as threatens to bring complications to his plans for his country. Our two protagonists, Winston (a smart, sensible illustrator of books) and Halfdan (a sly, womanizing opportunist) are placed on the case by the king, and our mystery story takes off from there. There is a fun Sherlock/Watson rapport between the two very different personalities of Winston and Halfdan, and the reader is quickly drawn into the story, with a good appreciation for the historical setting. Not knowing much about this time period in England, I found this aspect fascinating. The narrator Napoleon Ryan has one of those mellifluous English voices that you could listen to all day. His pacing was a bit pokey for my taste, but an adjustment to 1.25 speed helped to alleviate that problem. All in all, it was an excellent listen, and I look forward to the release of the second title in this series in spring of 2014!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Kiss: Vampire Academy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (826)

    Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.

    Mitch says: "This Series Keeps Getting Better"
    "The best so far..."
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    We always hope that a series of books becomes better over time, but unfortunately, in a lot of cases, that doesn't hold true. I'm happy to say that Richelle Mead has been able accomplish this with her Vampire Academy series. Books 1 and 2 were entertaining, but Shadow Kiss bests them both. In this story, our heroine Rose has matured, becoming stronger and wiser, setting aside the silly behavior that used to make me cringe. There are plot twists and confrontations here that will leave YA readers weeping into their pillows. It sets up for a fantastic fourth installment. I also think this is narrator's Khristine Hvam's best performance so far. She minimized the little squeeky girl voice she tends to use during lighter moments, and voiced Dmitri in a solid and straight forward manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3037)
    Performance
    (2717)
    Story
    (2737)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Fantastic in Every Way"
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    A very interesting and satisfying story of interwoven moral dilemmas. I thought that the narrator, Caroline Lee, did a perfect job. I admired so many of the small vocal moments in the way she chose to utter the lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (960)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "The Series Maintains Its High Standards!"
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    I love this series. I feel like Molles keeps deepening the characters as they continue to advance into this unknown and hostile world. Christian Rummel continues his blood-and-guts assortment of voices - he does guys really well, but the girls come off a bit one note.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (2505)
    Story
    (2500)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Another fantastic mystery"
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    If you've not read these first two detective novels in the new series by J.K. Rowling, you are really missing out. I think there is something about being the #1 author of all time that makes it a bit hard to be valued in a sane manner - way too many expectations and assumptions to hurdle! But despite all that, I must say that I love the way this author writes! She has a style that perfectly balances a literate prose with suspense. Her characterization and dialogue are absolutely superb, and I think, slightly underrated. It's easy for those things to be overshadowed in a fantasy series, as the reader marvels at the intricacies of the illusionary world of magic and wizardry. But think about it again now that we've moved into different work- there are few authors I've read in the last decade who create richer characters whom the reader simply adores. And I've read enough crap by now to know that that is not something that occurs easily. It takes extraordinary skill and instinct.

    Robert Glenister is absolutely fantastic. I'm astounded at the array of voices he is able to muster, but more so at the perfect interpretation he selects for Rowling's dialogue. It's so special to hear a gifted reader bring his many gifts to bear on writing of this quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oathbreaker: The King's Hound, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Jensen
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Halfdan and his master, Winston the Illuminator, are guests in a monastery when they’re awakened in the middle of the night and asked to solve a crime. A monk praying in the church has been brutally murdered, and his severed hand offers the first clue of a motive. As they investigate who could have committed such a heinous atrocity - and why - Halfdan and Winston must negotiate bitter rivalries within the monastery’s hierarchy, a sensitive class structure, and the tension between the new laws King Cnut has sworn to uphold and the codes of honor that precede them.

    Thomas More says: "A Bit Disappointed in This Second Installment"
    "A Bit Disappointed in This Second Installment"
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    I gave a positive review to the first book in this series by Martin Jensen; however, this time around I feel that we readers have been let down a bit. Winston takes much more of a back seat to Halfden this time around, as the murder of a monk baffles the duo. I found the story much less compelling here, and recalled that the threat of the King's wrath added necessary tension to "The King's Hounds." I did enjoy the addition of Alfilda to the sleuthing pair, but wish her character could be given more to do than brood and stare out windows. Would it be a better series if the author took us into the minds and perspectives of the three central characters? I think perhaps so. Napoleon Ryan does a good job again in his narration, though his pacing is very languid and occasionally it sounds as though he needs to spit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1814)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "An Absolute Triumph"
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    This is a perfect recording. First, an impeccable translation of a top science fiction classic. When I listened, I kept having to remind myself that this novel was first published in Polish in 1961! According to Wikipedia, this edition was rendered specifically for Audible through the estate of the author, Stanislaw Lem. That kind of care and attention really show through in the quality of this production. I have read a ton of Audible books in the past year - over 50 - and this one right near the top.
    First, the story: there is something so immediate and timeless about this story. An eerie sense of disorientation, a psychological mystery in the best sense. How can writing this fresh be over 50 years old? I can only credit the author and the translators in bringing together a remarkable work of art. And please be aware: this is not some standard, cliche-ridden potboiler. If you're looking for that brand of genre sci-fi pulp, you can easily find that elsewhere on this site. Solaris, on the other hand, has an amazing energy and organic quality to the way it unfolds. Read it with your full attention, in a quiet space. It's so easy to see how its nightmarish atmosphere have been co-opted by countless science fiction stories and movies since it was written.
    I have read another story narrated by Alessandro Juliani, from the Amber series. In that, he was good, but in this endeavor, he absolutely shines. He lends the perfect tone to Chris's voice and observations. it is obvious Juliani made a very careful study of the story before beginning his job, and the care shows throughout in his considered inflection.

    I can't recommend this more to a true connoisseur of science fiction literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets to Die For: Wade Jackson Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By L. J. Sellers
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Social worker Raina Hughes visits the home of a young boy she’s been assigned to monitor and things quickly turn ugly. Later, when she’s found brutally murdered, Detective Jackson thinks it’s an open-and-shut case against the boy’s ex-con father. Then new evidence points to a rapist who’s becoming more violent with each attack. Raina’s lover, Jamie, knows what the victims have in common, but won’t tell for fear of revealing her own secrets.

    Think about this says: "Like the story, but......."
    "Another excellent police procedural from Sellers"
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    This is the second in the series of police procedurals by L.J. Sellers. She has based these books around Eugene, Oregon, with gruff, good-hearted Detective Jackson as her protagonist. Sellers has a gift for creating a compelling narrative that swiftly moves the reader through the plot without a lot of fluff. The story plays out just as a good police investigation. There are red herrings, blind alleys, and department politics to contend with. The book reads like an episode of Law and Order, complete with a few moral lessons along the way. Such as...

    SEMI-SPOILER ALERT: In "The Sex Club," we learned to keep a sharp eye on our children, and to avoid extremist religious viewpoints with an unbending moral code. Here, in "Secrets to Die For," we continue the theme of broken parent/child relationships with children withholding things about themselves from their parents. In both these first two novels, the fanatical parents wind up bringing great harm to their children through their misbegotten actions. Karma is tough in Sellers' universe!

    The narrator, Damon Abdallah, is purely perfunctory in his delivery. He is annoyingly monotone during most of the narration. We only hear vocal variety during the moments of dialogue. His Detective Jackson is a morose bore, though I found him more tolerable this time - perhaps simply because I was used to Mr. Abdallah from "The Sex Club." But even he couldn't sink the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Club: Wade Jackson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By L. J. Sellers
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic, then a young client turns up dead in a dumpster. Kera, the clinic nurse, discovers that the girl’s Bible group is sharing more than the Good News. Confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own—becoming the bomber’s new target. Meanwhile, Detective Jackson races to find the killer, fearing that his own daughter could be next.

    Amazon Customer says: "surprisingly good"
    "Great Mystery Marred by Lackluster Narration"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Sellers does an excellent job of building suspense and intrigue as the story builds towards its conclusion. Unfortunately, Damon Abdallah's narration did no service to the story, particularly in his choice of voicing the main character, Detective Jackson. Jackson comes off as cold and wooden - even bored! I think Abdallah was probably going for gruff and brooding, but he just couldn't bring that off. Narration is a great art, and it can make or break an audible book. Please, Books in Motion - be choosy in your hiring of narrators!

    Another brief warning to the reader: there are slight difference in the audio version and kindle version of the book. I wrote to the author, asking why this is, and she told me that those changes were made by her publisher. Strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Journey as a Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom: Osprey Digital Generals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Patrick Thibeault
    • Narrated By Joe Bronzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    My Journey as a Combat Medic is a no-holds-barred look at the modern medic in the US Army, allowing us a glimpse at the training as a soldier and as a specialist, as well as deployment and front-line duties and the impact of service on civilian life, including an honest look at PTSD, from the author's own personal experience. Rather than a technical manual, My Journey as a Combat Medic is a detailed firsthand account, concluding with a letter to new medics, providing a career's worth of advice and knowledge as they begin their journeys.

    Gillian says: "No. Just No."
    "Memoir of Medic's Career"
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    Patrick Thibeault's "My Journey as a Combat Medic" is a nice personal memoir. I appreciate his honesty and his interesting anecdotes from his military experience. Having a spouse with PTSD, it was particularly interesting to me to hear Patrick describe his own PTSD symptoms and experiences. Do realize that the book is written by a man without a lot of writing experience. As a result, the sentence structure is simple and often repetitive, and the book lacks a strongly organized narrative. That being said, I found his words sincere and unaffected, which kept me listening throughout. The narrator, Joe Bronzi, does a decent and serviceable job with the book, though he does nothing to enhance the listening experience. He seems to me to be a "nonfiction" narrator, but I wouldn't trust him with a single work of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Russell
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    When LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog partner, Sirius, are assigned to the Special Cases Unit (SCU), Gideon knows their work lives will be anything but ordinary. SCU gets the cases no one else wants, the unusual and bizarre crimes that need special handling and special investigators. When a high-school student is found crucified in a local park, Gideon and Sirius must face up to the gruesome tableau and the motivation behind the murder. Complicating matters is a nightmare from their past, the scars of a terrible fire that nearly cost them their lives.

    karen says: "Best book in a long time!"
    "Adequate mystery let down by narrator"
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    I liked the story, and in the hands of a good narrator, I think it had some nice potential. But unfortunately, Jeff Cummings was not the man for this job. Because of a serious lack of variety in voicing characters, he fails in setting the mood of tension and mystery this book demands. His delivery is flat and strangely pedantic for most of the minor characters. As a result, the story loses what little depth and texture it possessed, becoming as light and inconsequential as an hour of Hawaii Five O.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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