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Tim

Poulsbo, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (409)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    Professor says: "UNDERAPPRECIATED Masterpiece!!!"
    "Dependable fantasy/mystery series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a sucker for this genre that blends mystery or crime in parallel universe of ghosts or wizards etc. ala Dresden files, The Iron Druid or even Monster hunters international. A common thread here is wisecracking long suffering hero's.


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

    I very much enjoyed this reading


    Any additional comments?

    Although not really a distraction, this book reads as if each chapter was written like a monthly installment in a mystery magazine or web series, although I have no personal knowledge of this. On several occasions we are reminded of an incident that needed no reiteration unless the listener had been away from the story for an extended period of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1401)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Good merc/Bad Merc"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To some friends yes, to the faint of heart probably not


    What other book might you compare Dead Six to and why?

    Perhaps along the line of some of David Baldacci's stuff with a little Jack Reacher thrown in. Tight bands of mercenaries vs. evil genius vs. tight band of misguided government agents.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I have always enjoyed his readings but this one is especially creative and over the top (in a great way).


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

    Who can you trust?


    Any additional comments?

    A little spoiler alert. This is a complex story that is told from several point of view and takes a little while to understand the playing field. A lot of ground work gets layed out and it seems to be non stop action just for the sake of action, but develops into a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (415)

    First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

    SGL says: "Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best."
    "Young adults learn science through fiction"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't realize this was truly young adult science fiction. The story is creative and takes time to explain some of the science our young hero and heroine need to work with. The characters are likeable and the story is warm and heartfelt, but in the end I really wish books were more honestly labeled as targeted to a less mature audience. The narrators voice is rather high pitched and not subtle about nuanced character representation. I would still recommend this book to the younger than 18 crowd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3490)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2335)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Shockingly Unbelievable"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Heather O'Neill?

    Tana French writes beautifully but even that is not enough to save an impossible premiss. I have so many books to read, I dont know if I will return this way again.


    What was most disappointing about Tana French’s story?

    Spoiler Alert. Besides the plodding pace of this story the very thought that two people would look, sound and act identically enough to fool even close friends was simply bizarre.
    I couldn't finish the story, so even if she somehow ties it all together in the end.. a bad dream?? I'll never know, and I don't care.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really do appreciate Tana French's mastery of the language but couldn't get past the silly story line. The narrator did a fine job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (2467)
    Story
    (2490)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "Good story line and characters you can care about"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I will assume that you, like me, have read this entire series, so I will just say that it continues to satisfy with creative situations and interesting characters. I have found that each book is as listenable as the last, not too much to ask of a series, but enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1951)
    Story
    (1956)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "British version of Lost Fleet"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Having already read the Lost Fleet series as well as many other space based military dramas, I was slightly disappointed with this series, and no, I wont be reading other books in the series. It is well narrated, but the story is neither original nor unique. The characters are inconsistent and hard to garner much personal interest in. It had some promise, presenting us with an aging bored, alcoholic space ship captain and his equally aged ship which, due to its dated construction, is actually better equipped to battle with invading aliens. I thought lots of room for creative development, hopefully with some humor, but alas the book fell short on capitalizing on much of the raw material. Too many more interesting books and too little time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (1989)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "Inconsistent flow, blatant politics"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, I enjoyed the first 2 books enough to give this a try but will closely read reviews before buying others. Ray Porter, the narrator did his usual great job but the story line jumps around too much, breaks up the flow. I was particularly disappointed with the decision the author made to go political (I lean liberal but I really find the old "George Bush is stupid, Obama is incorruptible" line a bit tiresome and a mistake for the author to think it would fit well in this kind of story. Also, whether or not you believe the Muslim religion (Islam) is a threat to the US or not, by the third time he assured us that it is not, it began to feel like preaching, with a generous touch of arrogance.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Maberry before, how does this one compare?

    not as good


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Middle Zone: Mastering the Most Difficult Hands in Hold'em Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Annie Duke, John Vorhaus
    • Narrated By Annie Duke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    So often in Texas hold’em poker, you just don’t know where you stand. Do you have the best hand? The worst? Within the great gray area between the stone nuts and a pure bluff it’s often hard to tell. But take heart, because in this innovative new poker single, Annie Duke and John Vorhaus dive deep into the murky decision space of the middle zone, show you what it is, how to avoid it, and what to do if, alas, you step in something sticky.

    Steve says: "Very happy with this purchase"
    "Middle Zone gets overlooked sometimes"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to anyone who seriously wants to improve their poker game. Like her or not, Annie Duke has an intelligent perspective on the game.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It focuses on one particular part of the game and gets into great detail, convincingly.


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

    I have and I find her very listenable.


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

    No, it has a lot of info, although not very lengthy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    Reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by Jim Ironheart, who has saved 12 lives in the past three months. Holly wants to know what kind of power drives him, why terrifying visions of a churning windmill haunt his dreams, and just what he means when he whispers in his sleep that an enemy who will kill everyone is coming.

    Malia Nash says: "A real disappointment"
    "classic Koontz with 2 narrators"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Cold Fire the most enjoyable?

    It offered lots of questions, interesting developments and, in the end a satisfying resolution


    What other book might you compare Cold Fire to and why?

    Classic Koontz


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like the use of 2 narrators, each alternating chapters as seen from the male then the female viewpoint. I did not like the male performance, too dramatic. Sounded like a television announcer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (437)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "A dated novel needn't seem dated"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    A great murder mystery, which begins by telling you who done it then proceeds to confuse you as to just exactly who that is. In the final telling, the young women of this family do seem a little short on common sense or at least caution in their relationships, but still a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (827)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Coming of age (with vampires thrown in)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I found myself enjoying this story as it developed. It was probably written for young adults but this older adult found it interesting enough to consider reading more of the series. It has a good pace of action, funny and interesting group of characters and creative situations and resolutions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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