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bracken

mocksville, nc, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (906)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Excellent!"
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    As awesome as its predecessor! Literally 'edge of your seat' stuff. It kept me up until 4:30am, listening nonstop. Hurry and put his latest on audible! I want the entire series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1166)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    ""Good Christian" survivalists."
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    Religious agenda. Other than that, a doomsday prepper scenario. Surprising that I didn't like Dick Hill's performance. He uses too many pauses.

    The book does have some great information and tips as far as 'prepping' goes, I just don't like religion mixed in with my reads. It's a downer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (374)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "A bit too religious."
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    Seems like Koontz has an agenda- rekindle your faith in god and your life will change for the better.

    If you can get past that, it's a decent read. It has good parts. Something a bit Steven King like. Good narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laurie Garrett
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment, and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.

    Spencer says: "It might be too annoying to stand"
    "Absolutely worst narrator EVER"
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    As for the book itself, it has a wealth of information about very current events. This is written the week of the Ebola Czar etc. So it's very relevant. I had read it 2 years previously which has come in handy.

    As for the 'narrator' who ruined this listen; It was like pulling teeth listening to this book. This narrator is obviously not educated or coached enough to read a book containing words too difficult for her to pronounce. She should stay with children's books, away from geography and medical terms. Pitiful. I would love to find the person to be held accountable for this monstrous performance and force them to listen to it at least twice nonstop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.

    bracken says: "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"
    "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"
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    I don't know how the story is because I cannot.......tolerate listening....to......all his unnecessary. ......pauses. WORST NARRATOR EVER!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick: The Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    Agnes Crow says: "Heed the advice"
    "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"
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    WORST NARRATOR EVER! BEWARE BEWARE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! BEWARE ANYTHING READ BY THIS INCOMPETENT MAN!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1175)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "leans toward sci-fi"
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    I despise sci-fi, so I didn't like it as well as I thought. It is a good story if you overlook the 'telepathic communication'. I think audible.com should give a better feel for what to expect.

    The narrator was a bit too lispy for my taste, but she did an AMAZING job on all the different voices and accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence Rider: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (780)

    The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

    bionichands says: "This is a fun series"
    "I cannot wait for the next one!"
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    This is one of the best series I've ever read. I hope the next one is available on audible soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (307)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Great book."
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    I enjoyed this book even though I am NOT into supernatural fantasy stuff. I took a chance since it was on sale and I enjoyed it. I will probably get the next in the series, especially if it's on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1223)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Good listen."
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    I expected this to be a book for young steampunks and purchased it on sale. I was surprised that I enjoyed it as well as I did. I will probably get the next in the series, definitely if it's on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3514)
    Performance
    (2512)
    Story
    (2517)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Great book."
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    A bit verbose, but the action/story makes up for it. And what a cliffhanger! I will be getting the entire series. I love it when I have to Google things that I'm not familiar with (like what a rookery is). It's very well researched and written. Great narration and character voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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