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chaz

Moultonborough, NH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10278)
    Performance
    (9314)
    Story
    (9394)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Not up to expectations"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Probably, but I'd read the reviews first.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A better plot. It seemed to be a stretch in all ways


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He made the listen much more enjoyable. A real professional


    Do you think Inferno needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Alan says: "A good book with alot of flaws"
    "Great Book Poor Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Patton to be better than the print version?

    absolutely not


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical Insights.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance seemed rushed. many mispronunciations and slurred lines


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


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the best of the "killing" books so far

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (307)

    After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

    Deborah says: "Read Live Ships first!"
    "muddled"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Dragon Keeper?

    meandering story with poor character development


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not robbut I liked all the fool booksin hobb


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

    good narration but tedious writing


    What character would you cut from Dragon Keeper?

    about 30% of them


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sovereign Stone: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David A. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    After gaining entrance to Blackstone Keep and recovering the legendary Thinblade, Alexander must seek out the Sovereign Stone, and quickly. Contained within the ancient teardrop ruby is the secret of Wizard's Dust, the source of magic and the one thing that will ultimately decide the final battle of the Reishi War. Prince Phane will stop at nothing to lay claim to the Stone and with it the world.

    G. C. Webster says: "excellent title"
    "good story, slow start, monotone narration"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sovereign Stone to be better than the print version?

    no


    What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

    monotone


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the characters had similar sounding names and since the narrator did not change inflection, it was often hard to determine who was speaking without really paying close attention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (976)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Odd Thomas meets hellboy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no too long and meandering


    Any additional comments?

    Slow, slow, slow. Cut 100 pages off and it could be good. Way too much verbiage and descriptions of seemingly minor items

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8960)
    Performance
    (8078)
    Story
    (8085)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "too legalistic"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes about 75% of the time


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Beck?

    yes


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    double check reviews before another Grisham book


    Any additional comments?

    was about 50 pages too long

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6682)
    Performance
    (6231)
    Story
    (6256)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Generally disappointing"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Macleod Andrews?

    Yes based on past performance, not this one


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

    Far fewer "sparks" and "calamities"


    What three words best describe Macleod Andrews’s voice?

    Good Delivery


    Was Steelheart worth the listening time?

    Not really. Not bad just not great


    Any additional comments?

    Seems to be written for an early teen audience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods Awaken: The Timuras Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allan Cole
    • Narrated By John Hough
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The realm is tormented by catastrophe. Lord Safar Timura, the great wizard, is trapped in the doomed world of Hadin, condemned to suffer and die, over and over again. It is up to his wizard son, Prince Palimak, to stop the disaster slowly poisoning land and sea. Though he is half human and half demon, even Palimak may not possess the awesome powers needed to free Safar and discover the great lost tomb, guarded by a fierce she-beast who holds secrets to halt the terror.

    Asia says: "Outstanding!!!"
    "Good Story Ruined by the Narration"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about The Gods Awaken? What did you like least?

    Story was good with elements of the Dark Tower abounding
    The narration and / or editing was awful. Mispronunciations of common words and an uneven pace made paying attention difficult. And the hambone laughter! ugh!


    What didn’t you like about John Hough’s performance?

    Almost everything


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5226)
    Performance
    (4749)
    Story
    (4804)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "great ending?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it completes the series perfectly


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well done. the voice counterpoints and inflections kept the story moving at a brisk pace


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sanderson should be barred for life from using the words; bloody, bloody ashes and flaming. He totally wore them out!
    A synopsis of the other 13 books at the beginning would be a worthy addition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (415)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    TEDDET says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "Vague science equals a slow read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and/or Jay Snyder?

    No Book was boring


    What could James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Use a believable premise for the plot. The attack of the 50 ft woman had more credibility


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance would you have changed?

    The French accent was amateurish and painful


    What character would you cut from Zoo?

    All the humans


    Any additional comments?

    One should listen to this piece wearing Birkenstocks and wool socks while munching granola.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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