LISTENER

G E B

Tucson, AZ
  • 17
  • reviews
  • 7
  • helpful votes
  • 264
  • ratings
Pattern Recognition audiobook cover art
  • Pattern Recognition

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 601

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Unabridged

  • By Laura on 10-11-07

OMG 😯

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I don’t remember how many times I have read, listened and reviewed this masterpiece, but it never fails to thrill and satisfy (except in creating the want for more).

Narrator is superb, an accolade I rarely feel is accurate.

Go, listen. Again.

  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

  • By: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 980

1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took a chance on this one and...wow!

  • By Gena on 04-30-12

My Third Listening and it Holds Up

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

James Marsters, narrates the Harry Dresden stories so well, continues his signature style here with another compelling sci-fi ❤️ love story. Mars den makes himself nearly invisible when he reads, and that’s about the highest praise I can offer. The storyline itself is easygoing for a steampunk action novel, which makes for a great audiobook, since listening to complexly interwoven stories can be a lot tougher than reading them with eyeballs.

Highly recommended. I wish more had been written about the two main characters by the Griffitths,but I do have two more audiobooks by them that I shall now listen to!

  • Woken Furies

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,891
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,023

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • "On Harlan's World...

  • By Danyal on 09-29-08

Oh NO! What an unlistenable mess!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

The final book of this trilogy was a favorite hardcover book for me. The previous narrator for books 1 ‘& 2 dis a perfect job. On the other hand, McLaren can’t even pronouns Kovacs correctly, for which equal blame falls on the producer and or director McMaren’s voice can easily be described as wheedling and nasal, and his cadence and volume are phenomenally off. I can barely follow the text because of these serious issues and have NO INTENTION OF FINISHING THIS AUDIOBOOK.

Why the book was never redone is beyond me; there is certainly a precedent for this. If only I could reach the author once more to call atte

  • Lost in a Good Book

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

Intrepid literary detective Thursday Next is back in the second installment of Jasper Fforde's one-of-a-kind series. The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Jasper Fforde’s magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It takes a little while to get lost...

  • By TwoBadCats on 04-30-11

The Change in Narrator is A Poor Idea

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

The voice of Emily Gray does not suit the tone established in The Eyre Affair. I had hoped to acclimate myself, but her delete is uneven in tone and volume, producing frequently jarring / startling phrases throughout. The story itself is my favorite as a standalone novel, but the Thursday Next books are so tightly knit and interwoven (including the two Nursery Crime “asides”) that it’s easy to envision all the books as one long novel, with characters and references flowing perfectly among them all, often as humorous and/or darkly satirical aspects throughout.

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Takeshi Still Rocks, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

...now that I’ve listened for my second or third time, it’s clear to me how much has been lost from Altered Carbon: clarity and feeling in the storyline and poor production values in the recording (primary in the narrator’s too obvious insertions either during edits or new sessions where both disturbing changes in volume and/or tone are jarring). The storyline is more complex, with many more characters and a less obvious arc makes for a bumpier ride. I’m hoping that the end of the trilogy is as I remember it, in which I was left so desperate for more that I was driven to write Mr. Morgan about the trilogy (and Thirteen, another favorite); I was delighted to hear back from him!

Now that Netflix has released a truly remarkable 10-episode interpretation of Altered Carbon, I presume his current residence @ Head in the Clouds will preclude any future correspondence beyond receipt of well-deserved fan mail!

Requiem for an Assassin audiobook cover art
  • Requiem for an Assassin

  • A Novel
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ear full and a mind full

  • By Matthew on 06-04-07

Compare/Contrast with ‘Killing Rain’

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I’m aware that Scott Brick has a large fan base, but I admit that I am mystified by it. The reading very nearly ruined my ability to finish this book, much less enjoy it. Now Barry Eisler has taken to reading his more recent books, which is the only reason I have been as kind in my rating of this nove, if you catch my drift. Ah, well.

The Regulators audiobook cover art
  • The Regulators

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kate Nelligan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

There's a place in Wentworth, Ohio, where summer is in full swing. It's called Poplar Street. Up until now it's been a nice place to live. The idling red van around the corner is about to change all that. Let the battle against evil begin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't realized this was abridged - don't buy it

  • By Brian on 06-16-11

With the exception of his Great Works...

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

…such as Firestarter, The Dead Zone, The Shining, The Stand, I ave not been a huge fan of King. More recently he blew this ex-Dallasite away with ”11-22-63” (I was 13, living there, and was destroyed by the sudden, brutal and stupid loss of JFK).

The Dark Tower series is high on my list of “wanna continues”As is this gem of a novella.

  • Being There

  • By: Jerzy Kosinski
  • Narrated by: Dustin Hoffman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Funny

  • By Ilana on 07-15-12

PURE GOLD! ! !

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

From Jerzy’s amazingly funny biting satire to Dustin’s perfect delivery😊😊, this morsel of audio has only one fault, which in itself makes the listening so bittersweet: the book is too damned short! No sequels! It’s an impossible book to follow up. Be forewarned: prepare for the aching hunger that follows by having a different form of companionship afterwards! This 1970 book remains as current as the day it was published. Enjoy.

  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,144

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly great across the board

  • By Christopher R McLaughlin on 04-27-15

I always loved Gibson until this mess

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Narrator is impossible; repetitive drone without range (worst director I’ve ever heard). Writing is heavy-handed display of form/vocabulary over story.

I have enjoyed Gibson’s last 3 triads. Hope this awe-ful endless time is a one-off. Want my money back. Have failed to stick w/this 3x now. Or is it fore??

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 857

Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, Morgan Does it again!

  • By L. on 07-10-07

A bit talks compared to the Trilogy...

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

... but another great listen with Morgan and Vance at the helm!

I love the concept a great deal, and I can sense Morgan's growth as a novelist!

I highly suggest this for your bookshelf. I'd skip Market Forces, move on to his next series starting with Cold Commands, but that's just my opinion.