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  • Thirty-Three Teeth

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 2
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Feisty Dr. Siri Paiboun is no respecter of persons or party; at his age he feels he can afford to be independent. In this, the second novel in the series, he travels to Luang Prabang, where he communes with the deposed king who is resigned to his fate: it was predicted long ago. And he attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist Party to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey party orders or get out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healthy Addictive Pleasure

  • By Aliza on 09-26-14

Not as good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

This book did not engage my interest like the first book, I would rate it just OK. As there was aa bit if a gap between listening to the first book and the second in the series I found it difficult to follow as the characters were not reintroduced very well.

  • Interference

  • By: Eric Luke
  • Narrated by: Eric Luke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Ethan, a digital sound engineer in Los Angeles, becomes aware that his life is unraveling when an audiobook reveals his deepest, darkest secrets, escalating until the narrator addresses him directly, threatening to destroy him from within. Vivian, a single mother running an antique store in San Francisco, listens to her audiobook to distract herself from missing her young daughter but is shaken when the narrative is interrupted by her daughter's voice, faintly calling for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning author read offering!

  • By Matthew on 11-14-15

An amazing book in the top 1%

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

This book has a bit of a horror theme, so those who are revolted by horror stories should avoid this. The book is so much more than horror and is one on the best audio books I can recall in years. It seems to have been written as an audio book rather than a normal book turned into an audiobook. It's primary themes involves audio books and the great radio plays of the past mainly war of the worlds.

The narration is superb, the best author narration performance I have heard by a significant margin, I was shocked when I discovered it was read by the author. The narration is in the top 5% as well!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Travels

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Fueled by a powerful curiosity - and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up - Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling - swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels - an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating, but turns ultra metaphysical

  • By Nicola P on 03-22-18

Some excellent bits but too much woo woo.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I really loved the start of this book. However toward the end I started skipping chapters it both got a little boring and it started to spin off into woo woo.

Toward the middle of the book Michael starts to describe how he became to believe in spiritualist and bends spoons. That's a bit over the top for me.

However worth a listen as there is at least 6 hours of quality audio.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,505

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detective Noir at its finest

  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

I could not follow this badly aged story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I stopped half way through, I gave up. I just could not follow the story line. I listen on my commute so admittedly I don't follow as closely as I could under other circumstances. That being said I have over 400 titles in my audio library and I have only lost track this badly in a story once before.

The story seems very average in other respects, the author's depiction of women is offensive to me, I know attitudes were different in the 30s but the author did not need to depict the female characters in the way he did.

The main character's confrontational style did not seem to add anything to the story and also rubbed me up the wrong way.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Food Pyramid

  • How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health
  • By: Denise Minger
  • Narrated by: David Minger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond US borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world. Minger explores how generations of flawed pyramids and plates endure as part of the national consciousness, and how the "one size fits all" diet mentality these icons convey pushes us deeper into the throes of obesity and disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific material made taxing by poor narration

  • By Nate Juraschek on 05-02-15

A amazing book on human nutrition.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

This book outlines the history and our knowledge of nutrition. It's remarkable for pointing out what the scientific community don't really truly know with certainty. The author's balanced approach is refreshing, she does not push a particular dogma and indeed takes the various diet dogmas that have been more successful than the standard American (or Australian) diet and distils down to find the common ground that seemly vastly different diets such as Atkins and ornish have in common.

A note about the narrator, he is clearly not a professional narrator and given the same last name may be related to the author in some way. No his voice is not crisp or tonal like Jonathan Todd Ross for example, but despite the fact that the American accent is far from the Australian accent I am used to in day to day life I was able to understand his words without any issue. The text is very well written so the narrator fades to the background.

  • One Killer Force

  • A Delta Force Novel
  • By: Dalton Fury
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190

Still recovering from his near-fatal wounds suffered at the Yellow Creek Nuclear Plant, Delta Force Commander Major Kolt "Racer" Raynor is thrust into a new battle with some of the toughest killers he's ever faced - US Navy SEALs. Government austerity measures have the Joint Chiefs of Staff contemplating the unthinkable - combining Delta Force and the SEALs into a single unit or eliminating one entirely.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too long and not that interesting

  • By Pablo on 02-16-17

Great action sequences but a frustrating book

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

Firstly great action sequences throughout this book, the author is a action sequence master in my opinion.

However after this and book 3, I am so frustrated by the other aspects of the book I don't think I will purchase another Dalton Fury book.

The author time and time again starts a story thread and then appears to get board and it disappears with little or no explanation. The absurdity of most of the action scenarios is also very frustrating.

Also frustrating is the times were Colt is arguing forcefully to do a mission and then soon after is arguing against it.

If you just like to listen to compelling action sequences and don't think too much about the story this book is a total firecracker.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Tier One Wild

  • A Delta Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: Dalton Fury
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good second time

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-18-13

A gripping action novel

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I will start off by saying the action sequence at the start of this novel was the most compelling start I have ever experienced in an audio book. The traffic and bad drivers melted away and I was with the characters on the plane.

Competently written in a straight forward style that focuses on the action rather that flowery dialogue and descriptions.

The narrator is good I would be happy to listen to him again.

Two things let this novel down a tiny bit. Sections in the middle of the book seem to drag on a little. The plot also is a little on the unbelievable side, too many coincidences and too many other ways the situations presented in the book could of been resolved. Except for the main characters everybody else is stupid and incompetent.

If you can allow the author some latitude with the plot this is a gripping and highly recommended audio book.

  • Habst and the Disney Saboteurs

  • By: Leonard Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Leonard Kinsey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Meet Reginald "Habst" Habstermeister: burnout, urban explorer, and loveable loser. Leeching off his oversexed and underage girlfriend, and living the life of luxury in her wealthy mother's mansion, he doesn't have a care in the world. But when Habst unwittingly becomes the prime suspect in the sabotage of Walt Disney World's most hated attractions, he has no choice but to enter a seedy web of Darknet intrigue in order to clear his name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the last book

  • By aussieGeorge68 on 06-22-15

Not as good as the last book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

An ok-ish book. Unlike the last book our kingdom of dust, this book did not really engage my interest. The dialogue was crude and childish and lacked the charm present in the last book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,692

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Just alright, I don't understand the high rating.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I found this book dragged on and I am not sure the narrator's voice suited the character very well. His voice gave the impression that the main character was a depressed feeble old man. Its difficult to image a character with that voice making up the stairs without pausing for breath and certainly not a man that can carry someone for miles in the snow.

Unlike other reviewers I did not find the ending particularly clever and the sub plot with the female deputy whom the main character was grooming to replace him as sheriff did not go anywhere or add anything.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,420

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Love it, this book may turn me into a Koontz fan

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I can't write much here without spoiling the story, except to say this slightly science fiction-ary book held my interest from start to finish.

I had the impression that Koontz was overhyped, but after this book I intend to check out some other Koontz books

1 of 1 people found this review helpful