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Sacramento, CA USA | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 255 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Lycanthropos

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Sackett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a chance encounter between a squad of Hitler's elite SS troops and a band of gypsies ends in slaughter, the Nazis take a man named Janos Kaldy into custody for the killings. When they find that Kaldy is a werewolf, the Nazis bring in a beautiful young chemist and an aging doctor turned minister to aid in a daring, crazy plan. As the Dr. attempts to regress Kaldy through hypnotism to the root of his curse, the Nazis strive to isolate the enzyme that can turn an army of their troops into an unstoppable killing machine.

    TxWriter62 says: "Good Read...Interesting take on Werewolf Lore"
    "An Unexpectedly Sophisticated Werewolf Story!"
    What did you love best about Lycanthropos?

    Toward the end of WW2, the Nazi’s capture a werewolf with the objective to clone it into an invincible werewolf army. This book acknowledges the horrors of the holocaust and the craziness of the Nazi’s insane desire to achieve their notion of a supreme race; so there is real history in the essence of the Nazi portrayal. Throughout this endeavor, the Nazi’s recruit a reluctant doctor/priest to practice hypnosis on the captured werewolf in order to glean an understanding of the curse and it’s causes. Ultimately, the reader and the werewolf discover the trigger of the curse that occurs when a human being betrays its moral values and beliefs when confronted with the choice of doing the right thing in lieu of succumbing to a worldly death.In certain scenarios, the choice one makes could lead the unwitting human toward a path of evil and carnage, or to ultimate salvation.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lycanthropos?

    When I understood the impact of the choice and the subsequent redemption available to overcome the curse.Remarkably, the author sees to it that the protagonists are interchangeable as the story progresses; eg: werewolf Vs other characters (never the Nazi’s though)!

    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee is consistently wonderful in rendering a story and it's character’s to life in all genres of literature.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a follower of the genre in horror fiction, however the historical elements of WW2, the interesting reviews on the book and other narrations by delivered by John Lee inspired me to follow up on this ultimately great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "This is a stunning listening experience!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was the ideal marriage between an excellent literary debut coupled by a stellar narrative performance! I was immediately hooked on this book from start to finish and would often linger in my car after work because I did not want to abandon the listening experience! I loved the main heroin, Myfanwy Thomas and the author's ability to evolve her character which starts with her total amnesia then a gradual unfolding to re-invent and come to terms with her personality and the expections of her charater's roll in the story; meanwhile surviving in a dangerous and political world dominated by peers; mostly men with their own agendas. Ultimately she succeeds in eluding the efforts of someone or things who want to murder her while solving an imaginative plot. The Myfanwy character might be compared to the heroin Lisbeth Salander who stars in Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, however Myfanwy is much more likable, funny and believable!

    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel O'Malley again?


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    I listened to The Rook narrated by Susan Duerden and thought the story in combination with Duerden's narrative was perfect ... this fresh and original material was delivered with great pace and fun and of course Duerden nailed all of the eclectic personalities in combination with the dynamics between the individual characters in the story!

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that in the NEAR future that we can expect more books from Daniel O'Malley paired with narations from Susan Duerden!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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