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  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: He can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, their most private traumas and fears, the painful memories they can't let go. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but Smith fled the agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potential of his gift in check - and himself out of trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar story but still worth it

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-24-16

Farnsworth/Pinchot = Terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I always enjoy Bronson Pinchot's narration and the stories by Christopher Farnsworth are never a disappointment. "The President's Vampire" series is a favorite.

What did you like best about this story?

Old idea with an original spin. There are many stories that use a similar premise but Christopher Farnsworth makes it fun and exciting.

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

I'm always amazed by the range of characters Bronson Pinchot is able to create with a simple change of pitch or tone. I'm never trying to guess which character I'm listening to as I've had with other narrators.

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

Absolutely. I generally listen to audio books when I drive (it's saved a lot of lives). I couldn't wait until I got in the car again. I took my ipod and listened on my lunch break and after work.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't listened to this combination of author and narrator you are missing out.

  • Codex

  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 301

About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Artificial sweetener when you expect sugar.

  • By Thomas on 11-16-12

What a disappointing ending...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Codex the most enjoyable?

The mystery of it was fun. The end left a hollow feeling. I'm sure the author thought he was being clever when he ended it the way he did but when a book is finished I hope for a little closure.

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

Not really. I was able to set it down and pick it up.

  • Tokyo Raider

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014

With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Few More Hours

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-01-15

What a tease!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love this series and wish there were more! The time was well spent but short.

What other book might you compare Tokyo Raider to and why?

I can only really compare them to the others in the series. Because I've listened to them all I don't know if it would make sense to others who have not listened to the others.

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

Bronson Pinchot is the reason I looked at this series. His narration of the 'President's Vampire' series showed me what a great talent he is.

Could you see Tokyo Raider being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really. It's more of a novella than a full length story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Classical Mythology

  • By: The Great Courses, Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Narrated by: Professor Elizabeth Vandiver Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Informative and Entertaining

  • By Matt on 01-29-14

An 'Audible Daily Deal' that is a true WINNER!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-14

If you could sum up Classical Mythology in three words, what would they be?

Comedy. Tragedy. Exciting. Thanks to Professor Vandiver these are all brought to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lecturer. She kept things moving and made me excited for the next lecture.

What about Professor Elizabeth Vandiver’s performance did you like?

Great timing. Knows when enough is enough and moves on.

Any additional comments?

Listening to these lectures made me want to buy more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,831

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to read it again!

  • By darswords on 11-25-14

The story is good but the performance is great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-14

What made the experience of listening to The Book of Life the most enjoyable?

I am amazed at the range of the narrator. Every character has a distinct personality. This helps to keep all the characters easy to follow. There is sympathy for every character no matter how corrupt they are.

What other book might you compare The Book of Life to and why?

I'm a fan of Lynn Flewelling's books. She is able to describe sexual situations that don't make me uncomfortable. I hate when I start hearing 'he bit my erect nipples', 'slipped his hands into my wetness'...blah, blah, blah. Both Flewelling and Harper let me use my imagination.

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

I have not, but I certainly intend to. The only other actor that I can always count on a good performance from is Bronson Pinchot.

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

The Book of Life - Science, Magic and Mystery bound in one book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodsucking Fiends

  • A Love Story
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,243

A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodsucking FUN!

  • By SHEILA on 10-02-08

Gay men aren't lisping queens!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was a little whiny at times. The portrayal of the gay men in the story as nelly, lisping queens ruined any story line. That was a total producer/narrator decision. If I'd read the book I don't think it would have been nearly as offensive.

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

The most interesting part of the story to me was the idea that some changes that seem extreme don't really change who you are. It was a nice bit of psychology. The least interesting part was the whining by the boyfriend.

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

She had a decent range of characters but, as stated earlier, the image of the lisping, bitchy queen was too much.

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

The book itself didn't really spark much. Any anger that was felt was for the performance.

Any additional comments?

I don't usually return a book but this one (even at the discounted price) was not worth the disappointment I felt.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magic's Design

  • By: Cat Adams
  • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

They were destined to save the world from an ancient evil. Talos is a magic wielder, born into the mage guild of firecrafters. As an agent of the Overworld Police, he has come from a secret land to protect Earth from magicians intent on enslaving humanity. Mila has always had the gift of healing. But this very modern woman never realized that her skill was born of an ancient magic that only firecraft can fully unlock.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why does it have to devolve into soft core porn?

  • By Watercolourist on 02-14-14

Why does it have to devolve into soft core porn?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story stood fine by itself. I'm not a prude but I don't really want to listen to the way he 'pleasured her with his tongue in the silky folds of skin between her legs' or the way he 'tugged at her erect nipples'.

Would you be willing to try another book from Cat Adams? Why or why not?

I've read or listened to the other series she's written which I enjoyed. At times they became a little more graphic than I prefer but it was a little more integral to the story.

Which character – as performed by Tara Ochs – was your favorite?

I loved the Bobba. The accent was wonderful and her range in ages and well as sexes was quite good.

Could you see Magic's Design being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe. Even though she might be a little older than the character is in the book I think Kate Winslet would be great.

  • Blood Bond

  • Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 9
  • By: Jeanne C. Stein
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

As a vampire, Anna Strong has an immortal life...but now she’s running out of time. Anna’s relationship with shape-shifter Daniel Frey has given her hope for a future with him and his son - especially when Frey proposes.… But just when Anna starts to think her life couldn’t be better, she must fly to France to be at the side of her dying mother. There she learns that not every vampire accepts her Chosen One status. And one such vamp is about to go rogue - by leading his followers in a fight to usurp humanity….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ode to Anna

  • By Diane on 08-28-13

WTF? When did this turn into soft porn?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-13

What did you like best about Blood Bond? What did you like least?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first few books. But as the series has progressed it's turned into soft porn. It seems as though the sex scenes are just filler at this point. It doesn't progress the story at all. I don't know if I would purchase the next book in the series.

What could Jeanne C. Stein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More story and less descriptions of Anna's sexual pleasures.

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

Dina Pearlman's range in voice and character is amazing. Each character is distinctive and unique.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not this book but perhaps the earlier in the series.

Any additional comments?

I like the addition of Vlad.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Casket of Souls

  • Nightrunner, Book 6
  • By: Lynn Flewelling
  • Narrated by: Adam Danoff
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters. More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seregil and Alec are back.

  • By Watercolourist on 08-26-13

Seregil and Alec are back.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-13

What did you love best about Casket of Souls?

I have to admit I was glad to see Alec and Seregil back to their old selves. While I appreciated the addition of Sebrahn 'he' was a little bit of a distraction. I fell in love with the series because I appreciate having a gay/bi character that isn't an effeminate mess.

Which character – as performed by Adam Danoff – was your favorite?

His voice was made for Alec. Some of the more mature characters tend to sound a little young.

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

The description of the feelings by Alec surrounding the deaths of friends was especially touching. The author didn't have to go into sappy cliches to make the point.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Pick ONE pronunciation of the names and stick with it. I've noticed in other audio books that when a new narrator takes over that the pronunciation of certain names can change but this is not Danoff's first reading of this. Whoever is the producer on these needs to figure it out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful