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Andrew Migliore

Portland, OR USA
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  • Rashomon Gate

  • By: I. J. Parker
  • Narrated by: Roy Vongtama
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Sugawara Akitada is the son of impoverished nobility toiling at a low-level job in the Ministry of Justice. When an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a colleague's blackmail, Akitada takes leave of his stultifying job for a temporary post at the Imperial University. There he finds gossip and rivalry abounding.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well, okay, so...!

  • By Great Tutu Kona on 06-25-12

Great idea poorly executed

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I was looking forward to getting into another historical detective/mystery series after enjoying Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunter novels and this series was recommended. If you are looking to be immersed into 11th century feudal Japan you will probably be disappointed. The use of language feels dumbed down for Americans and the narrators characterization and use of accents for each of the Japanese characters leaves a lot to be desired. Mixed bag.

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,574

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Funny cosmic horror

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Entertaining cosmic horror with excellent narration by Nick Podehl and a slight nod to Lovecraft and philosophers throughout time and space.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,182

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

  • By Tracy on 11-06-17

Train never left the station

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Performances are very uneven... some acted better then others much is very flat. Volume / audible issues plague the enjoyment of the book. At times the actor who plays Hercule Poirot sounds dysphonic (often a symptom of problems in the vocal folds of the larynx). Finally this is an abridged adaptation. Your mileage will vary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Swiss Spy

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

It's not unusual for spies to have secrets, but Henry Hunter has more than most, and after he is stopped by British Intelligence at Croydon airport on the eve of the Second World War, he finds that he has even more. From Switzerland he embarks on a series of increasingly perilous missions into Nazi Germany, all while having to cope with different identities and competing spymasters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great WWII Espionage Story.

  • By Celt on 02-18-16

One too many masters...

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A whirlwind tour of a WWII spy based in Switzerland who serves multiple masters (including himself) going into the fray in the heart of Nazi Germany. Many interesting details including the Nazi's own internal surveillance networks. I liked the story for its richness in details but it didn't quite hang together as a cohesive whole for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of little historical details that gave the story an air of authenticity.

What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

Steady... competent... bland.

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

This could make a good movie if tightened up.

Any additional comments?

Overall an interesting WWII spy story with great details.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Berlin Game

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set, and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin. He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. ‘Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first book in a brilliant Cold War spy series

  • By Milan on 09-15-14

Must listen for those who love Berlin and the Cold War

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

I have read and listen to the Game Set Match series multiple times and even when I know the plot I delight in the construction and details of the characters and story. This may be too slow for some but I find that its rich setting and characters part too quickly. Recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Russia House (Dramatized)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Tom Baker stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of John le Carré’s powerful thriller. In the third year of perestroika, London publisher Barley Blair is sent a manuscript from Moscow. Exposing Russian nuclear threats as a sham, the information - if it’s genuine - could shatter East-West relations. Jazz-loving, hard-drinking Blair is hardly the spymasters’ idea of the perfect agent, yet they are forced to send him to Moscow to make contact.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay--No substitute for a narrated book

  • By Richard on 10-27-11

Dr. Who as Spy boozes up dynamite as small press publisher

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Not one of Le Carre's masterpieces but this lesser story is well done in an audio adaptation feature Dr. Who's Tom Baker playing Barley Blair a drunken small time publisher and big time failure who finds love and purpose being a reluctant spy.

  • The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (Dramatisation)

  • 12 BBC Radio Dramas of Mystery and Suspense
  • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Jacques Futrelle
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith, James Fleet, Full Cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard introduces 12 dramatised stories, featuring detectives whose abilities rival that of the great Sherlock Holmes. Dramatised for radio by Chris Harrald, these 12 stories are written by masters of the crime and thriller genre, all contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Dee Lazlo on 03-18-15

Overly Cutsey and Lacking Suspense

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

What disappointed you about The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (Dramatisation)?

I like ham... but with a side of grits and greens.

Has The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (Dramatisation) turned you off from other books in this genre?

The concept was good, bridging the stories using Inspector Lestrade but the execution was less then engaging and in fact the result is a total lack of sympathy for Lestrade as a character and much more appreciation for Sherlock Holmes!

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

The performances were ok but the direction did not treat the material with respect going for campy humor instead.

What character would you cut from The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (Dramatisation)?

Inspector Lestrade, as portrayed, could have been featured less and only as a way to introduce the next story.

Any additional comments?

Great idea, audio production was professional, but needed better direction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,697

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ZERO STARS FOR THE NARRATOR !

  • By Randall on 03-05-19

Hardboiled Professional Wizard Consultant w/ Heart

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

Any additional comments?

Take the Marlowe stories of Raymond Chandler and the movie To Cast A Deadly Spell and you will get Harry Dresden, hardboiled police consultant who happens to be a professional wizard in Chicago. Author Jim Butcher does a fine job with the plot while James Marsters turns out an great performance making the protagonist believable and likable and the bad guys bad. The use of classic first person expository monologs help explain the magical world in which Dresden operates but without being overly condescending. The story and performance are solid and I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy the classic blending of investigator/detective and the lighter horror/supernatural sub-genres ala Kolchak: the Night Stalker (also set in Chicago).

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,840

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like this book

  • By Steve Gilbert on 03-17-18

Good concept, slow build up, misses Cosmic Punch

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

Peter Clines does a nice modern mash up of Scooby-Doo, H.P. Lovecraft, and a gothic style haunted house story. I really like the idea of the apartment building and its history and ultimately what its purpose was. However, it is a very slow build up, very slow, but in the end this helps flush out the characters and their motives. What failed for me was the deflating of the Cosmic Horror... the realization at the end seemed to have almost no effect. I personally don't think I could manage to go out for Thai food and act like nothing was amiss after the experience they had. Your mileage may vary. Great concept, decently done but could have been much better if the ending had a more devastating and lasting effect.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,356

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

Simon Vance is amazing in all the roles

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

If you could sum up The Complete Sherlock Holmes in three words, what would they be?

What a gem.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Although Simon Vance does all the characters well, he has captured Sherlock admirably although I do enjoy the lower class characters voices too (you can actually hear the cap in hand as the ask pardon of the guv).

Any additional comments?

Just get it. Simon Vance is an amazing voice actor and his range of character voices is truly incredible. Highly recommended and highly enjoyable!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful