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  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Interesting Concept, But Wearisome Story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

The idea sounded good. It was cute for a chapter or two. But quickly became just plain wearisome.

I stopped after the third chapter. Writing was not very good, and the story seemed aimed at a preteen.

  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Laugh Riot, Inconsistently Delivered

  • By Maggie May on 04-18-18

Would be better as a short story

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

The premise is "cute" and the style is reminiscent of the film noir of the 1940s and 50s, just as the title suggests. I really liked it at first... but it got old much too quickly and by midway through the book, I was debating whether I should bother to hear the rest or not.

This would be a great short story, with maybe 2 or 3 hours audio tops. Beyond that, it is trying too hard to be cute, and it wears thin quickly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meddling Muggles Muddle it Up

  • By Dubi on 11-07-18

Wears Thin Fast

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The story sounded kind of cute / interesting at first. By the halfway point, I am hoping it will end soon. By the 3/4 point, I gave up and simply stopped listening.

The theme is carried on far too long, and hits you over the head with a crowbar far too heavily. Definitely does not live up to the hype of the other reviews... :(

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,468

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Horrible Stilted Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I never really got to decide if I liked the story. The reader was HORRIBLE. Every... sentence... was... broken... into... stilted... words... that... made... it... totally... unbelievable... Yuck!

I finally stopped listening in chapter 5. Just couldn't take the AWFUL reader in this monstrosity. Might be good to read as a paperback, but a total failure as an audiobook... :(

  • Bad Deeds

  • By: Robert Bidinotto
  • Narrated by: Conor Hall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

At a cabin in the Allegheny National Forest, Dylan Hunter and Annie Woods seek to heal the wounds from their ordeal at the hands of a twisted psychopath. And to build a life together, Dylan promises Annie that he'll abandon his violent ways. But ideological zealots and Washington's political elites have conspired to terrorize and plunder the hardworking locals. These victims have no protector against the bad deeds of the powerful and privileged. Except for one man. A man as ruthless and violent as they.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, suspenseful and thought provoking

  • By Rabid Reader on 05-25-16

Boring... Stopped less than halfway through

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

The story meandered, with meaningless pieces thrown in just because the author read a book saying he should have them (OK, my interpretation, but I can't see any other reason for the dribble).

Overall, very boring. I quit less than halfway through, which is very unusual for me. I doubt I will ever pick another book by this author...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,213

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

I really wanted to like this... but couldn't

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

A disclaimer -- I never watched the X-Files TV show past the first season.

I thought this would be an enjoyable listen. The production was like listening to a TV show -- large cast, including incidental walk-ons. The performance cannot be faulted.

Unfortunately, the stories were just too flimsy. This was several short "episodes" rather than one story, and as such, there was no time to develop any depth to any of the characters. Perhaps fans of the full TV series might have seen this as a continuation. To me, it was just silly... :(

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Inside Delta Force

  • The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit
  • By: Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both a How To book and a bit of history

  • By K on 10-30-11

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

So boring that I decided to just skip it and not listen any more past the first hour.

  • Use of Force

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567

As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore. Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency. Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the "spectacular attack" they have been fearing all summer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Thor classic

  • By stuartjash on 07-09-17

Juvenile Trite Prose Made Worse by Poor Reading

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

The story had promise, but the prose was so trite as to be grating on the nerves ('calm before the storm', 'discretion is better part of valor'and every other trite phrase you could think of almost back-to-back).

To make it worse, the reader only has a couple of subtle change of voices, and he uses them at random. No voice assigned to any character, making it hard to follow who is talking (since that same voice was someone else 5 minutes earlier).

Overall, it was bad enough that I stopped halfway through. Story was not strong enough to make want to wade through the mess to find the ending.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,510

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Poor reader ruins another story

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Sorry, but Will Wheaton is a terrible audio book reader. Everyone sounds the same. Everything shouted the same, regardless of sex or intention of the character.

I always thought he was the weakest character on ST TNG, and was glad to see him leave. He is trying to reinvent himself as an audiobook reader, but is just as bad here. I will try to avoid future books if I notice he is the reader. (I goofed this time, not noticing he was the reader, but he was no better than prior books).

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,811

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Bob Keeps Going!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

What did you like best about this story?

Just the right amount of whimsy combined with a level of plausibility, combined with excellent narration, makes this entire series of joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful