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Vinny

Montevallo, AL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Callahan Chronicals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (234)

    This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

    Charles says: "Great listen"
    "Fun escape"
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    If you could sum up The Callahan Chronicals in three words, what would they be?

    fun freaky friends


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Callahan Chronicals?

    The rooftop


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

    Yes, although listening in installments is like visiting friends at the end of the day


    Any additional comments?

    a very enjoyable read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (314)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    Bill says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Terrible"
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    What disappointed you about Shady Palms?

    everything - the characters are one dimensional and not believable. Seriously given the oversight of public employee web use, I highly doubt that a FBI agent will be on stake out watching porn with his partner in the back seat. The narrator was also completely wrong for the story (not sleazy enough). Lastly, the plot left a lot to be desired as well.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The FIrst Fifteen Lives of Harry August


    What didn’t you like about Rose Caraway’s performance?

    She is okay as a narrator but just not appropriate for this story which really needed a snarky, condescending male voice.


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

    Disappointment and eye-rolling.


    Any additional comments?

    The story description was intriguing but definitely did not adequately classify this type of novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (342)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Didymus Contingency the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is very good.


    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Robinson’s story?

    HIs characters are unbelievable and I thought the book should have indicated it was Christian fiction.


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

    Depth - the characters were very two dimensional and the narrator brought some life to them.


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

    Well, in the sense that I couldn't believe the author portrayed such supposedly educated scientists in such a childish, stunted manner. There were several times I actually groaned and thought, "seriously????"


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book to my friends or family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1868)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Need fantasy-Romance category"
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    What disappointed you about Feral Sins?

    I adore mysteries, science fiction (hard core) and paranormal (such as the Greywalker series). This definitely was not one for my tastes - predominately sex with werewolf as basis for kinkier sex. Not much story.


    Has Feral Sins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    makes me very cautious in looking for books in the fantasy category


    What about Jill Redfield’s performance did you like?

    she was amazing - particularly given the text she was reading.


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

    personally not but that is because romance novels are so not my cuppa


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever: Jane Jameson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3524)
    Performance
    (2694)
    Story
    (2700)

    Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

    Yuriko says: "Great rap-up!"
    "fun easy listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes to my female friends, not so much my guy friends. Fun. light listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The family was a hoot but also believable.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    The performance was great!!! As a read, this story may not have kept my attention but the performance really made it fun.


    Was Nice Girls Don't Live Forever worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

    Sara says: "A great listening experience"
    "Moving"
    Overall

    Excellent writing, interesting subject matter and well researched actual events. Very moving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassins Gallery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David L. Robbins
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In 1945, a ruthless female assassin attempts to take down the ultimate target: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And an unlikely hero, Professor Mikhal Lammeck, may be the only one who can stop her.

    Vinny says: "Engaging"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    Thoroughly engaging. I listen while I drive and on several occasions, drove out of my way and below the speed limit, even waiting in parking lots to finish chapters. I thought the story was well written and historically interesting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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