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William

This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)

New Bedford, MA, United States

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  • How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel O'Brien
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life.

    Russell says: "A historical overview of hilarious proportions!"
    "Entertaining and Educational"
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    I know more about history than most, which is not saying a lot, and I learned something. If for the Zachary Taylor and cherries alone this book is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5238)
    Performance
    (4961)
    Story
    (4943)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Good at 15. Excuse me Very Good Still"
    Overall
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    Once in a while you could see Butcher teetering on the formulaic, but he always pulls back from the brink. And he does not invent new rules. Stuff from his first book is still how magic works. And whenever you get a friendly enemy, like the white court vampires or Marcone could easily become, he adds just a bit of their goals being different to sell them still as dangerous.

    Mab could all to easily fall into that, but he keeps it complicated. Harry has yet to notice that Mab sort of loves him. (Titania sort of hates him and there must be balance...)

    But Mab's idea of fun is almost getting him killed and if he dies, "Well, he was mortal and going to die anyway so why am I putting off my heartache?"

    It is easy for the reader to see her as a friendly monster then she'll slap Harry so hard he dent a wall. And he still is able to give enough call backs to earlier stories without making me go back to fool moon.

    And then there is Marsters. It helps immensely that it is first person so if Molly sounds like Harry doing an imitation of Molly that's because it is.

    Net is if you are looking for series, start with book 1, Stormfront, and know that Butcher has not screwed up 15 volumes later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5542)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3541)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "It did not disappoint"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    The realism and well thought out plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    Told from the view point of a retired army officer become historian so he's informed on things like tactics of Ghengis Khan and modern weapons.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    This is going to sound like damning with faint praise, but it is not. It helped that it was first person so it was the male narrator imitating the female voices. His female voices did NOT bring me out of the book.


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

    Tears welled up when triage happens, even though you know the reasoning behind it. It is especially hurtful when the character doing the triage does not like it either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (936)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    Amanda says: "WOW ZOMBIE CHAOS AND MAYHEM"
    "I give it 3 stars because I'm generous"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of FREE: Deadlocked 1 to be better than the print version?

    I assume this was written for audiobook format. The choice of first person narration was wise, given that it'll be read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just a sentence dropped about him knowing his rescuer from his son's little league team or something fixes the blatant dues ex machina this story relies on.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Sutherland – was your favorite?

    The narrator. Pity there is no reason to continue the story. Did I avoid a spoiler or is it still obvious?:)


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

    The end. I'd talk more about it, but I want to avoid spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Everybody's out for themselves and people they knew before the outbreak, but the main character just happens to meet a pair that help him out. Free is a good price. I can see some other people, not upset by the dues ex machina, going on and buying more. I recommend that marketing approach even though I will not continue with this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Richard Ridings, Madeline Potter, and others
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe mystery.Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.In ‘Farewell My Lovely’, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian’s nightclub.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Very Abridged"
    "Why did they change the story?"
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    Would you try another book from Raymond Chandler and/or the narrators?

    All their Chandler is a travesty here at audible.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have told the fricken' story to make it more enjoyable.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Considering they are Brits, I guess the voice actors were OK.


    Do you think Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (Dramatised) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up from these idiots, please.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it unabridged and I'll buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4325)
    Performance
    (3161)
    Story
    (3173)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Collection of short stories"
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    If you could sum up Side Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Tidy up lose-ends. Does that have a hyphen, or is that 4 words?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories told from the perspective of other characters is cool.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story following the newly retired Carpenter getting pissed off and needing Harry to talk him down in the end was my favorite. I thought that character from a Black and White morality getting crippled in a Grey morality Dresden story was harsh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5882)
    Performance
    (5041)
    Story
    (5034)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Not Marster"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or John Glover?

    No. I had to check to see if Marsters was back later. He is, but if he wasn't I'd abandon the series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Glover?

    Nothing against John Glover. I'm sure if he had narrated the previous 12.5 books in this series and Marsters came in I'd be just as lost. He does a passable imitation of Marsters on 90% of the characters and as for Dresden's voice being off I can chalk that up to being dead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    "There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch." Before there was Philip Marlowe, there was John Dalmas, a character very much like Marlowe. (In some later editions of this short story, the protagonist's name is actually changed to Marlowe's.) Here, he investigates a series of murders in classic hard-boiled fashion.

    Old Hippy says: "Cool story, but overpriced!"
    "You can tell it is Early Chandler"
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    If you could sum up Red Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Co-incidence "nice" cops.


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

    Although the cops were corrupt and more interested in the easy collar than picking up Dumas (sort of a proto-Marlowe) his interference should get more police "involvement."

    Heck, he hides a suspect wanted for questioning, disturbs a crime scene and the story starts off with a murder based on co-incidence that is not involved in the plot.

    Only of interest if you want to see Chandler's early works before he was Raymond Freakin' Chandler.


    What about Elliott Gould’s performance did you like?

    Gould's performance was good but there was little he could do.


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

    It was hard not to listen in one sitting. It was mercifully short. Too short for them to abridge it.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do not get this as your first try of Chandler. He gets much, much, much better - if you can find a latter work unabridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

    Edward says: "Lacks the fire of the old stuff"
    "Weiner ruins it."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Anyone but Weiner reading it. Seriously the guy has a very limited vocal set and he messes up Puppeteers.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When the narrator describes the musical quality of a puppeteer voice then does one of his two voices - an imitation of Christian Bale's Batman it really distracts from everything.


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

    This book spoked anger. The story is good, but the reading is horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stay away from all Niven books because of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Sam Dale, Barbara Barnes, and others
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Derace Kingsley’s wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear.

    William says: "Why did they change the story?"
    "Why did they change the story?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    They needed to make it fit in the time allocated so they butchered the novel.


    What could Raymond Chandler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    What would Raymond Chandler do? Not do this travesty. At least they did not invent another character to conveniently move the plot along quickly this time - they just cut a slew out.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I listened to a couple of these "dramatized" versions. It is first person narration. Geez, morons one guy doing it all is OK. If he can't do a voice exactly that is OK since it is Marlowe imitating them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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