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Derek Partridge

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  • The Spook Who Spoke Again

  • A Flavia Albia Short Story
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Marcus Didius Alexander Postumus is a special boy. He is 12 or perhaps 11. He has two mothers and various possible fathers, so he worries who will take care of him. He is self-confident yet vulnerable, intelligent yet sinister. He knows not many people like him. When his birth mother, Thalia the snake-dancer, takes him to live with her troupe of exotic performers, Postumus sees it as useful experience even though it involves him mucking out menagerie cages. No one anticipates how much havoc he will wreak.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listen. Adequate story. Enjoyable narrator.

  • By Derek Partridge on 04-07-15

Entertaining listen. Adequate story. Enjoyable narrator.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book, mostly. The storyline weakened as the tale drew to a close. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator - Thomas Judd was perfect. I was reminded of how Falco may have sounded as a precocious young Roman. Or how T.D. Fitzgerald ("The Great Brain" series) would have been portrayed as an early Roman rather than growing up in early Utah. I would have preferred a longer tale with more development. Or a conclusion that seemed less rushed. However, I liked the listen; would purchase it again; would return for a sequel. Furthermore, this short will likely prove to be the seque I needed to begin the Flavian Alba series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

  • By: Shane Stadler
  • Narrated by: Patrick Conn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exoskeleton - now I get it

  • By Molly on 08-13-13

WOW-not for the faint of heart! A very good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

Any additional comments?

I chuckled at the reviews of how some of the scenes made people squirm. They weren't kidding. The imagery is at times intense, evocative and disturbing - but not excessive or superfluous. Blew a couple nights of good sleep listening to this before bed.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Persuader

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,135

Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!

  • By Joanna on 06-19-09

Portland, Maine is well represented

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

Any additional comments?

It's a Jack Reacher novel, need I say more? OK, it's a great Jack Reacher novel. It's also set in Portland, Maine. Lee Child does a respectable job maintaining both the geography of the region and capturing the atmosphere of southern coastal Maine. This story was a pleasure to read/listen to on many levels.

  • Ancestor

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney. Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee...and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Donna on 07-27-10

Audiobook versus Podcast

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

Any additional comments?

Audiobook = 3 stars (having listened to the podcast, likely 5 stars if you haven't podcasted). Podcast = 5 stars, albiet much, much shorter duration.

I LOVE the original Sigler podcast, although its not as good as Earthcore. I dragged my feet purchasing the audiobook. There is clearly more depth of story, more back story, and no bump music between chapters. However, there are significant changes in the way some of the main characters interact - I had a lot of difficulty with this and it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Sigler is his own best narrator regardless of which version you patron. If you haven't heard the podcast, then by all means PURCHASE THIS TITLE. If you fell in love with the podcast, then buyer beware.

  • SPQR III: The Sacrilege

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator, same ol' Decius

  • By Derek Partridge on 06-27-13

Different narrator, same ol' Decius

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

Any additional comments?

There are two frustrating events I find with literary series that are adapted to audiobook format: the wait for subsequent volumes to be released and the use of multiple narrators. I have experienced both with The SPQR series. I purchased the audiobook SPQR I in 2009, SPQR II in 2010. Two protracted, vacuous years later... the remainder of the series is released, with a different narrator.

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However, the entire series is now available on Audible. And both narrators are top notch and among my favorites.

Io accepta et grata mmutationis!

I truly enjoy Simon Vance's readings of I and II. The stories are written from the perspective of an elder Senator (Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger) reminiscing about the adventures of his youth. Vance's voice absolutely nails this. I have also grown to enjoy John Lee's narrations as well. SPQR III-XIII maintain the context of an aged Decius retelling his notorious exploits. John Lee's voice lends itself to the perception that events are unfolding as they are related, not many years past.

I feared this transition to the point of delaying my purchase of III, letting the book languish on my Wish List for several months. After listening to III with little or no difficulty accepting the new narrator, I now rapidly begin downloading the next in the series as I approach the last few chapters of my current read.

Sucessu!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful