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Alexandria, VA
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  • Musicarolina

  • A Tale of Monsters, Demons, Criminals, and Fabulous Musical Numbers!
  • By: Daniel William Gunning
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Three bank robbers are on the run following a rather unusual heist. They decide to seek shelter for the night in a tiny, seemingly harmless town. However, the following morning they awaken to discover that the town they chose is actually some form of disturbingly cheery utopia complete with sickly sweet citizens who have the rather odd habit of breaking into perfectly choreographed song and dance numbers. When they try to leave, they discover that getting out of this bizarre little village may not be as easy as they thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Meets Great Narration

  • By Peterack on 10-17-18

Great Story Meets Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

When I read the summary of MusicArolina I was captivated. A frightening, yet music filled town, where bank robbers go to hide and then need to escape...all written with humor? The book itself is wonderfully written and I laughed audibly often! What made this an even better "read" was the audio narration by the talented Theo Holland. Theo continues to amaze me with his talents. He brings in various voices for characters, but subtly in a way that flavors the text and does not overdo the reading. He makes the story come alive, and he knows "funny," meaning when to pause and how to tell a joke (or read a line that was written for the purpose of humor). As I say the writing itself is humorous but Mr. Holland only added to it.

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  • Stinker Lets Loose!

  • By: Mike Sacks, James Taylor Johnston
  • Narrated by: Jon Hamm, Eric Martin, Andy Richter, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 898

Mike has teamed up with director Eric Martin to adapt the novelization into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, and an epic all-star cast has come together to introduce Stinker to a whole new generation of fans! It's Smokey and the Bandit meets Every Which Way But Loose meets Smokey and the Bandit Parts 2 and 3. Feel the thrill as Stinker teams up with old pals Boner and Jumbo, plus new friends Buck and Rascal the Chimp, for a crazy ride across the highways and byways of Bicentennial America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Live performance at end is worth it!

  • By Frank on 02-23-18

Stinker Could Have Smelled Better

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

“Stinker Lets Loose” is a good idea not executed well. The premise of this audiobook is that this is the movie tie in version of a 1970s trash novel. The story features a trucker named stinker, as well as various other characters including a chimp who are on an adventure to, of all things, bring a six pack of cold Schlitz to Jimmy Carter the president of the United States.
The greatest aspect of this audiobook is the writing. I loved the near ration especially and the dialogue and all of the upsides which were hilarious. The narrator of this book knows what he is doing and it is all wonderful he delivered. Any positives to my review are hung up on that fact of good written well delivered narration.
Where the audiobook sales are through the other voice actors, many of whom seem to have been cast because of their “celebrity”. They do not fit their characters. In fact instead of most of the voice actors if the book had merely been read by the narrator it would’ve come off much better and much more enjoyable.
Another disappointing fact about this audiobook is how much unnecessary extras are headed to the beginning and the conclusion in order to make this long enough to be considered an audiobook. The author spend 15 minutes doing what should’ve been done in just a few sentences; making the listener understand the game that this is based on a real movie that never was. The conclusion comes fast if one is watching their audiobook timer, only to discover a live reenactment, lasting an hour and a half, of the books opening. Again, great with the narration, wonderful to have the audience reaction, but horribly cast with the likes of John Hamm as “stinker“.
There is a hand early in the book that they will do other audio books based on these fake dated novels, and I hope they do. I also hope, however, that they learn from this experiment and do whatever comes next better. This could have been great, but it is only mediocre.

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  • Bishop and Hancock's Pulse Fiction, Volume 1

  • By: Eric Beetner, Barry Reese, D. Alan Lewis, and others
  • Narrated by: Chase Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A two-fisted, gun-toting private eye! A member of the French Foreign Legion waist-deep in intrigue! A lady with a taste for diamonds and danger! Heroes many have thought lost to yesterday now blast their way into today in Bishop and Hancock's Pulse Fiction! A concept conceived by noted author Paul Bishop and contributed to by author and publisher Tommy Hancock, Pulse Fiction takes the best of the past and shakes and stirs it with today's finest genre fiction writers!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Pulp Fiction Brought Down By Narration Choic

  • By Peterack on 11-17-17

Great Pulp Fiction Brought Down By Narration Choic

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

The stories in this first volume of Pulse Fiction are wonderful. These tales contain everything you want if "Pulp" is your thing - action, adventure, good guys and bad ones. It is worth having as an ebook.

Sadly, I gave this one a try via audio, and though the narrator, Chase Johnson, has a wonderful voice, his choice (or that of the director(s) of the piece have him reading the stories as if he was a wild ghost story teller from the days of old. Instead of letting the fiction bring forth the entertainment, I felt that Mr. Johnson's, dare I say "hammy" emotive vocal gesturing really got in the way for me. I'm not a kid who wants to pretend like I'm listening to a radio broadcast of The Lone Ranger, I'm an adult who wants to hear good pulp fiction. I wish those who put this audio together had made a better choice in narration style.

Perhaps it is me. I suggest that this opinion is only my own. If it helps, I was granted a free copy in order to provide an honest review, and I am doing just that, and hoping that I do so kindly and respectfully as well. If you are interested in this as an audio, listen to a sample, and decide for yourself whether to get it.

If you want to play it safe, obtain the ebook, read and enjoy!

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  • Rogue Wave

  • A Troy Bodean Tropical Thriller, Book 1
  • By: David F. Berens
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Back from his tour in Afghanistan, Troy Clint Bodean had everything he needed for some peace and quiet: a good fishing pole, a pickup truck, and a beach house on a small island in South Carolina. All was right with the world - until he found the hat. It was a straw cowboy hat with a peacock feather stuck in the band and it looked good on him, really good. That's when everyone started trying to kill him, and he had no idea why. Hold on to your hat!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carl Hiaseen meets the Coen brothers

  • By Kari Anne on 12-26-17

Fun, Rollicking Adventure Made Better by Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Hat Check is the first story in a Series featuring beach adventure Troy Beaudine. The book reminded me a lot of the film “it’s a mad mad mad mad world”.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,965

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

A "Wow" Book

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

There is not enough that I can say about Magpie Murders...a mystery within a mystery (where both are solved). I could not put this audio down! Though the book itself feels a bit long (because there are so many suspects needed) the story still kept up a good pace leading to its satisfying conclusion!

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  • Tanner's Twelve Swingers

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Karlis, Tanner's comrade in the Latvian Army in Exile, is pining for his true love, a gymnast who can't get out of the Soviet Union. So Tanner sneaks through a hole in the Iron Curtain, meets the child he unwittingly fathered on an earlier trip to Macedonia, smuggles a dissident intellectual out of Yugoslavia, adds to his retinue a six-year-old Lithuanian girl, who'd be the rightful heir to the Lithuanian throne if there ever were one, and winds up not with one Latvian gymnast but with a whole company of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical "Tanner" Novel Read Well

  • By Peterack on 10-25-17

Typical "Tanner" Novel Read Well

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

At the outset I must state that even though I consider myself a huge fan of Lawrence Block, but with that comes the embarrassment that I am not a fan of his Tanner series.

This Tanner tale has all of the elements of the series. The spy who never sleeps goes hither and yon on a fast moving adventure. The one element I like about the series, and will lift up in this work is the humor. Sometimes it is slight, and at other times boldly proclaimed, but the author writes in wry comments and observations throughout.

Where an audiobook can sink or swim is upon the back of the narrator, and I am always delighted when Theo Holland is on board, especially for a Block book. Mr. Holland clearly gets the intricacies within the written text and thus the aforementioned humor and more come out wonderfully in his reading of the material.

If you are a Block fan, then this is probably for you. If you want to hear a narrator who is not one of the overused usual folk then I commend you to listen to this work and hear Theo Holland presenting his typical good work.

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  • The Immigrants

  • By: Howard Fast
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

This is a love story of great beauty and great tenderness, the kind of love story that entangles the listener in the lives of the characters, so that after the story is over, one continues to live with those characters. And fortunately, the listener will not have to say farewell to these characters, since it is the first in a series that will tell the story of three Californian families over the course of the 20th century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration style kills the story.

  • By Glynis on 11-27-14

How to audibly ruin a great book

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

The Immigrants by Howard Fast is by far one of my favorite books of all time. I was delighted to find it on Audible and look forward to hearing it. How disappointed I am. Admittedly this was recorded in 1988, with multiple voices, and thus the characters become vocally two-dimensional and many a “bad actor.” The over acting with some voice actors and more ruins the beauty of the novel and story.

  • Mrs. Fletcher

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Finn Wittrock, Carrie Coon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 997

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A 46-year-old divorcée whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, "U R my MILF!" Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. Before long, Eve's online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual for Tom Perrotta, very entertaining!

  • By Denise on 12-20-17

Whole lotta nothing with some porn thrown in

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Title says most of my thoughts on the book. What made it even worse was having so many narrators. The main one was wonderful. The secondary one - representing the sullen son was okay, but the plethora of others really made no sense. I get that they represented a voice of someone in the group at the time of the chapter, but it was not necessary and only took away from a work that was merely above bland to begin with.

  • The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain's sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world's languages (he's fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world's lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story & Great Narrator

  • By Peterack on 09-08-17

Good Story & Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is the first book featuring the super spy Evan Tanner (and the first of this character's exploits that I have read). The story is good, fluid and has a lot of great characters. The narration by Theo Holland is simply wonderful. I am a fan of Mr. Holland and I believe his uniqueness is his ability to voice "everyman (and woman)." He is not overly theatrical but with his timing and tone he brings each and every character to life. Mr. Holland also at times vocally presented a line of dialogue where I was able to hear the humor that I might have missed by merely reading the same.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I won't say that the plot itself kept me riveted, but the fluidity of it kept the story from getting stale as it moved right along.

Which character – as performed by Theo Holland – was your favorite?

I forget the name, but there is a character who Tanner meets in Spain who wants to become a famous hair stylist in France. Not only was the character funny, but Theo Holland nailed him; he had down the rhythm of speech, and all. Like many characters this one was in only one segment of the book and I was hoping for more because of what Holland was able to bring to him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed throughout. It is not a knee slapper, but there was enough to make me chuckle or smile.

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of Lawrence Blocks, but this is the first Evan Tanner I have "read." Based on this book Tanner is my least favorite recurring character of the authors but my hope is that as the series progresses the stories improve on the strengths that are present in this first one.

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  • Four Lives at the Crossroads

  • Collection of Classic Erotica, Book 19
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Four Lives at the Crossroads is the latest addition to the Collection of Classic Erotica. But it came very close to being shoehorned instead into the Classic Crime Library. Back in the late 1950s and early '60s, when I was finding myself as a writer and producing a great quantity of books under pen names, some of the books I wrote were as much crime fiction as they were erotica.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Total Trash

  • By BGH on 10-19-17

Another Winning Combo of Author and Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

If you could sum up Four Lives at the Crossroads in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable taut thriller.

What other book might you compare Four Lives at the Crossroads to and why?

Really anything by Lawrence Block, especially (since we are discussing audio books here) those read by Theo Holland. The latter has a voice that lends itself to the timeless characters and settings of the author's novels.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a robbery scene that kept me on the edge of my seat (so to speak - I was driving while listening).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"There is no bad person, there is no good person, there just is."

Any additional comments?

Theo Holland is an underused and underrated narrator. It is nice to hear someone as good as he his who is not one of the "usual" ones we listeners are offered. His narration is therefore refreshing, and as stated above totally works for the setting and characters.

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