You no longer follow Vox Locus

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Vox Locus

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Vox Locus

Vox Locus

ratings
5
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Lunatics: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (86)

    Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

    HRM says: "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    "This is funny -- like a train wreck"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dave Barry's Tricky Business is funny.

    Lunatics,well, has a few moments.

    Think of it as the worst moments of the Three Stooges, Moe constantly poking Curly and Larry in the eye. Hour after increasingly pianful hour.

    It is easy to imagine how Barry & Zweibel wrote this book. Dave wrote something outrageous, Zweibel tries to top it. Each and every time the next chapter has to become ever more improbably humiliating to the characters. It isn't long until I wished the authors would do both in and move on to exploding whales.

    Is it really funny that Phillip Horkman had to name his pet shop the Wine Shop because his in-laws, the Wines, funded it? How about an Islamic Terrorist dressed as Chuck E Cheese? Or a nun aboard a nudist cruise? Or the two idjits running against each other for President on the Democratic and Republic tickets?

    Obviously, there's some folks who think this is funny. But if you're wanting to enjoy something that is LOL funny, go for Barry's Tricky Business, or any of Carl Hiaasen's works. In fact, begin with Hiaasen's first if you've not read it, and enjoy all 18. Weeks of great listening . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1150)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Hilarious & Thought Provoking at the Same Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great, fun, book. If you like Terry Pratchett or Carl Hiaasen or even Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you'll probably get your money's worth - though I'd bet there aren't a whole lot of people like me who love the writing of all three.

    Martinez works in some "real" science quandaries. Gives a travelogue view of Earth. Nails human nature. Introduces Zala the Venusian Warrior, loyal and fearless, and oh so much more.

    "Emperor Mollusk" is being compared to the work of Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Yes, there are some similarities. But "Mollusk" is every so much easier to follow, the non sequitur plot turns in "Mollusk" rapidly becoming part of the story as artfully as a jigsaw piece dropping into place in a puzzle.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20105)
    Performance
    (18003)
    Story
    (18066)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Wish She'd Gone Before I Used a Credit . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Two unforgivable, unlovable, characters at war with each other.

    Couple of interesting twists in their battles. So not worth your time, or the showers you'll have to take trying to wash them and their story out of your mind.

    Then, if you're a masochist, this may be right up your reading alley.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1113)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "A "page turner" I didn't want to pause"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've enjoyed the original Doyle Holmes stories for years, but to to the point of obsessing about every detail. This book departs from "dogma," and if that would bother you, back to the Baskervilles. But if your mind is open, this is a very enjoyable surmise on how Sherlock Holmes would have hunted Jack.

    Mary Ann Monk is one departure from Doyle's standards. A young woman sinking into depravity, she's rescued by Holmes (and Watson) who pay to employ her as eyes and ears in Whitechapel where and when they can't go. The payment is enough for her to move to better, safer quarters, and stop earning money "on her back." The character seems anachronistic, a bit too much twentieth century, but ultimately that distraction fades as she becomes part of the "team."

    This is a very enjoyable tale, believably in context of Doyle's Holmes series, and well narratted by Simon Vance, who did so very will with the Millennium Trilogy. Took me a few moments to stop expecting Lisbeth Salander to come onstage and use a telegraph to hunt down Jack, but once past that point, I was engrossed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (219)

    An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.

    Jonathan says: "shattered my illusions"
    "Gets Tedious -"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reader Renee Raudman is superb.

    But this is a book that, unlike most audio books, would be improved by abridgement.

    It is presented as academic and scientific. And since there's no footnotes in an audio book, it is not possible to rebut the presentation. Yet there's something unsatisfying (intellectually, that is) in small scale surveys presented as "authoritative."

    Why Do Women Have Sex? ---The narration goes on for hours and hours, and yet most of the observations are obvious. ---Why Do Women Have Sex? For fun and fecundity! Because they're horny. Or for profit (in one way or another). Or because they're bored. Or anxious. Or sad. Or happy. ---I'd guess the conclusion is that Women Have Sex for as many reasons as there are women, and then one woman may have as many different reasons as she has moods.

    --Maybe the question should really be: Why Don't Women Have Sex? ---In the meantime, if there is real research in this book, you'll need one with a bibliography and footnotes to get full benefit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.