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William Ekhardt

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  • 29 reviews
  • 83 ratings
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (24021)
    Performance
    (17973)
    Story
    (18028)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "great story, mediocre narration"
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    high fantasy classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arya Stark is the great character of transition, the one that becomes so much more, and easily the most interesting in the book.


    What didn???t you like about Roy Dotrice???s performance?

    He gives a number of the characters lisps and speech impediments. It is unnecessary, not written into the books and incredibly annoying.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great first book in a a great series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fearful Rock and other Precarious Locales: Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Manly Wade Wellman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Fearful Rock and Other Precarious Locales is the third volume of Night Shade Books' five volume "Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman." This volume is made up of eight novella length stories. It includes Wellman's "Judge Pursivant" and "Sergeant Jaeger" stories, as well as a lost classic from Strange Stories (1939).

    William Ekhardt says: "Sgt. Jaeger and Judge Pursuivant are excellent!"
    "Sgt. Jaeger and Judge Pursuivant are excellent!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to any friend who enjoys folklore, fantasy, and pulp adventure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant is an excellent character. Stalwart, confident, and righteous, he is a terror to evil.


    What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

    His voice is strong and consistent.


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

    This book is all about good's triumph over evil. I felt a fierce joy whenever the bad guys lost...


    Any additional comments?

    Download the whole Manly Wade Wellmamn series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sin's Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances: Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Manly Wade Wellman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sin’s Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances is the 4th volume of Night Shade Books’ five volume Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman....

    William Ekhardt says: "Thanks Audible for making this series avaiable!"
    "Thanks Audible for making this series avaiable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sin's Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances the most enjoyable?

    The excellent, fun, interesting short stories.


    What other book might you compare Sin's Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances to and why?

    The Devil is Not Mocked and Other Warnings by Manly Wade Wellman. These are collections of short stories that don't belong to a charachter's series (like Silver John or John Thunstone.) They are fantasy and scifi short stories, often set in the appalachians.


    What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

    his consistency.


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

    definintely


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend you download the entire series. Manly Wade Wellman's works are a national treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Cry to Legba and Other Invocations: Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Manly Wade Wellman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This audiobook collects Wellman’s John Thunstone and Lee Corbet stories, written between 1943 and 1979. These stories combine the mystical and horrific with traditional Southern folk tales and legends. These stories also reveal a post-World War II modernism that make them much more then pulp romanticism. The paranoia and cynicism of modern weird icons, such as The X-files, may well have had their genesis in the pulp musings of Manly Wade Wellman.

    William Ekhardt says: "Thunstone and Cobbett"
    "Thunstone and Cobbett"
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    If you could sum up The Third Cry to Legba and Other Invocations in three words, what would they be?

    paranormal pulp fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are several high points, but what i like like best is the author's confidence in good's triumph over evil.


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

    The opportunity to absorb this great volume while I drive to work.


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

    The culmination of twice cursed, and the death of Jackson...


    Any additional comments?

    download every book in this masterful series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King (introduction), Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Julia Campbell, Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Much of Richard Matheson's work has found its way into pop culture: the title story became a memorable episode of television's The Twilight Zone, and more recently, Will Smith starred in the blockbuster movie I Am Legend. Stephen King has declared Matheson to be one of his favorite writers. Find out why as you listen to the classic horror story of a man who peers out of his airplane window to see a gremlin destroying the wing.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "An Excellent Collection"
    "dark fantasy, but some of the stories are recycled"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would rerecord any narrations by Yuri Rasovsky. Many of the stories were recycled from the short stories in the I Am Leged collection.


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

    The stories were so dark, I have listened to many Richard Matheson Stories, but these are easily the darkest and angriest


    What three words best describe the narrators???s voice?

    spitty slobbery gross


    Was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet worth the listening time?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    I love Richard Matheson's writing, but this compilation just seemed lazy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheriff of Yrnameer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Rubens
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

    Marty says: "Fun, Light-hearted SF"
    "lots of fun"
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    What did you love best about The Sheriff of Yrnameer?

    The story was great, great characters and a great twist at the end.


    What other book might you compare The Sheriff of Yrnameer to and why?

    The Road to Mars, which I don't think is in Audiobook at this point. Also Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to some lesser extent.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    a lot of emotion and sarcasm, his voices are great, however, after listening to his narration in the Old Man's War series, he seemed a little out of place.


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

    ridiculous fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9941)
    Performance
    (9249)
    Story
    (9249)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "awesome book of awesomeness"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    Eveything, great story, great characters, great pacing, great narration.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    for it's addictive nature, the Harry Potter Series.


    Which character ??? as performed by Wil Wheaton ??? was your favorite?

    Aech


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

    I laughed, I Cried, I hurled, I was addicted.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have this book, you should get it and start it today. My favorite in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1031)

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    Katherine says: "3.5 stars"
    "a suitable ending to a great trilogy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Colony to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hickory and Dickory, Scalzi made them really interesting characters.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the entire Old Man's War Trilogy and I'm currently listening to the Sheriff of Yrmaneer. He is definitely better suited for action and drama than for humor. These books better suit his vocal talents.


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

    Yes, but no. I listen to audiobooks when I drive. My Commute is 20 minutes at a time, and I work in my car one day a week.


    Any additional comments?

    this is book three of a trilogy. don't buy without getting book 1 - Old Man's War and book 2 - The Ghost Brigades.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1440)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Scalzi Does It Again"
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    If you could sum up The Ghost Brigades in three words, what would they be?

    fun, exciting, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jared Dirac was my favorite, but mostly because he was the main character. Everyone in Scalzi's books is expendable, so you can't get too attached to the characters. Instead, you get awed by the action, the technology, the fresh concepts...


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    it's right in line with the excellent job he did on Old Man's War. His voice is well suited for this type of book.


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

    the ending was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Piercing the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (221)

    Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe flees for her life. Her journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

    Penny says: "Disc one is over change to disc two........."
    "For the Saints of God and for the Lamb!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Piercing the Darkness to be better than the print version?

    absolutely


    What other book might you compare Piercing the Darkness to and why?

    The First book in the Series,


    What does Kevin Foley bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    the ability to enjoy the book while driving.


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

    For the Saints of God and for the Lamb!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen. Frank Peretti is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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