LISTENER

Ray Jay Edwards

Austin, TX
  • 12
  • reviews
  • 13
  • helpful votes
  • 149
  • ratings
Marvel’s Doctor Strange audiobook cover art
  • Marvel’s Doctor Strange

  • By: Marvel Press
  • Narrated by: Bradford Hastings
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Marvel's Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the whole story...

  • By Ray Jay Edwards on 11-07-16

Not the whole story...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Well written and well read, but this isn't the entire movie. Luckily for me, I bought this after seeing the film. But this would be a disappointment to someone who hadn't seen the movie yet.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Tainted Canister

  • By: Thomas A. Turley
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

A lost chapter in the Holmes canon finally appears. Dr. Watson recounts the mystery behind the tragic death of his beloved Mary Morstan. Join him as he attempts to bring a murderer to justice. Along the way, listeners will encounter old friends and enemies from several of the other stories, leading to a startling conclusion that may baffle even Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Exploration of Character

  • By Ray Jay Edwards on 09-09-16

A Fascinating Exploration of Character

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Tainted Canister to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I have difficulty imagining the medium would make much difference to this particular story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Holmes was my favorite character in this story. To explain why would spoil the ending.

What about Steve White’s performance did you like?

Steve White captured this particular version of Watson brilliantly, without failing any of the other characters in the story. His characterization for Mary was quite excellent, as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! And because of its running time, I was able to!

Any additional comments?

For reasons that become obvious at the story's conclusion, this story is an fascinating exploration of character, and probably the perfect length for what it is. Had I invested more time with this particular story, I might have found it annoying. But the author seemed to recognize that this specific tale should be exactly this length. Absolutely worth a listen for any Holmes fans looking for a thought-provoking surprise!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • You Buy Bones: Sherlock Holmes and his London Through the Eyes of Scotland Yard

  • By: Marcia Wilson
  • Narrated by: Dominic Lopez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Meet Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of his fellow lodger once again... and meet both through the eyes of the Yard - especially those who saw them the most: Inspectors Lestrade, Gregson, and Bradstreet. From Montague Street to a supposedly straightforward case of smuggling in Cornwall, Scotland Yard saw more than the disconcerting and dazzling private detective: it also saw an admirable and steadfast British soldier who shared their need for justice. Doctor John Watson may call himself unremarkable, but the Yard would disagree...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit of Respect for the Working Detectives!

  • By Ray Jay Edwards on 09-03-16

A Bit of Respect for the Working Detectives!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of You Buy Bones: Sherlock Holmes and his London Through the Eyes of Scotland Yard to be better than the print version?

This was my first exposure to the novel, but I can't imagine the voice in my head being any more enjoyable than listening to Dominic Lopez reading this! The narrator is spot on!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lestrade! In many adaptations (and some of Conan Doyle's own work) Lestrade gets underplayed as a foil for Holmes. But here, Lestrade comes off as an admirable man. I never would have guessed that Lestrade could be interesting as a lead character, but Marcia Wilson made him a hero in his own right!

What about Dominic Lopez’s performance did you like?

Mr. Lopez has a voice that is infinitely easy to listen to. Also, he gives each character his/her own "voice", but this never becomes distracting. The switches between characters and narration flow seamlessly, until you reach the end of yet another chapter and you look at the time and realize you need to go to bed eventually.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are several moments that moved me, but when the detectives find Watson's notes and realize that he is writing a book about Holmes, and the way each of them reacts -- particularly Lestrade -- felt like a revelation! It felt like Marcia Wilson had figured out how to remain true to Conan Doyle's original vision, but also flesh out the world believably, and add a certain humanity (and likability) to characters whom we have never before bothered to consider in any depth.

Any additional comments?

I was a bit skittish about this concept. I feared that the author might be trying to rewrite or ret-con Holmes and his world. But I was quickly reassured that Wilson loves Holmes and his world just as much as I do, and surprised at just how much she was able to make me love ancillary characters I had always taken for granted!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants

  • By: Chris James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Lopez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When an elephant escapes from the London Zoological Gardens, Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. Engaged by a jeweler in fear for his life, the trail leads Sherlock to two secret societies, each pursuing the eight ruby elephants said to unlock a vault containing the lost Nizam diamond. Standing in his way are some deadly foes: the Archangels, assassins in top hats and tailcoats, hell-bent on the murder of the great detective and the acquisition of the treasures of the realm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Curious Case of the Awkward Narrator

  • By SCOTT on 11-11-16

Dominic Lopez RULES!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

If you could sum up Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants in three words, what would they be?

Authentic Holmes fun!!!

What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants to and why?

Besides the original Conan Doyle stories, I would compare "the Ruby Elephants" to Nicholas Meyers' run of Holmes adventures, in that this absolutely captures the flavor of the original Conan Doyle stories, while bringing new, fresh ideas that weren't available to Conan Doyle at the time.

Which character – as performed by Dominic Lopez – was your favorite?

It's hard to pick a single character Dominic Lopez portrayed as a favorite. They are all excellent and enjoyable to listen to! But since the story is narrated by Dr. Watson, I would guess this required the most from Mr. Lopez, and thereby this would be my favorite performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chris James masterfully plotted many amazing twists, and Dominic Lopez skillfully conveyed them! It would be difficult to pick a single moment, and it would be spoilerific, as well. Allow me, then, to say that this audiobook is packed with delightful surprises, right to the very end!

Any additional comments?

I look forward to more James' Holmes adventures, ESPECIALLY if they are narrated by Dominic Lopez!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Synchronicity Key

  • The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You
  • By: David Wilcock
  • Narrated by: David Wilcock
  • Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Using history, astrology, and synchronicity theory as well as concepts such as fractals, spiritual geometry, quantum physics, and other new research, Wilcock shows that there is a hidden architecture within time, guiding individuals and nations through a system of enlightenment Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Historical events occur in shockingly precise, repeating cycles of time as a result. Once we understand and identify the hidden laws governing the fates of individuals and nations through seemingly random "synchronicity", we are left with a remarkable blueprint of how best to lead our lives in this uncertain and confusing world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A scholarly work that is a bit too long

  • By Jes on 12-31-13

A Compelling Argument; Compelling Evidence

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

Despite some of the other reviews I read about this audiobook, I bought it based on the strength of David Wilcock's previous book, THE SOURCE FIELD INVESTIGATIONS. With that book, I was persuaded by the breadth and width of Wilcock's research, the apparent earnestness of his intentions in sharing his knowledge, and critical logic of his conclusions.

THE SOURCE FIELD INVESTIGATIONS seems to answer so very many questions I have accumulated in my lifetime, and then so many more I had never thought of!

This book does the same thing.

Just the concept that we (and our family, and our nation, and our species) may be living according to a malleable "script" that was conceived before we were born was provocative enough for me to commit the money this book cost!

If the idea turns out to be silly, it's going to be silly enough to generate a lifetime of "water-cooler" jokes, right?

But, of course, Mr. Wilcock isn't' a tin-foil-hat-wearing crazy person. He is a skeptic, like the rest of us, who is trying to make sense of the miracles and bewildering circumstances that we all (usually secretly) deal with in our private lives.

Only he figured out a lot of the answers before the rest of us did! And he's sharing those answers with us!

Given the time -- and inclination (and outside help) -- we might have come up with these same answers, too...but he got there first, so we didn't have to expend that particular energy!

What I like about the audio presentation is that Mr. Wilcock reads slowly and precisely. If we had the text in front of us, we could pause every few sentences to digest the incredibly dense and technically intense information we are receiving. But since this is an audiobook, we don't have that luxury. So the way that Wilcock reads his book allows us time to digest the mind-warping information he is purveying.

If this were a fictive novel, his reading might grate: I could read the text about twice as fast silently as he reads it aloud, and I consider myself a slow reader. But if he narrated this audiobook at his normal reading speed, we (the listener) would be CONSTANTLY rewinding our mp3 player to re-listen to the brain-bending passage we just heard!

Finally, overall, what I find most compelling and enthralling about the books of David Wilcock is the fact that he's not trying to "convert" us to his ideology.

As he clearly explains, he was exposed to some radical ideas, he searched for YEARS for scientific data that could confirm or debunk those ideas, that search for scientific corroboration lead him to a new understanding of those ideas, and he is now sharing his understanding with us.

Believe him, don't believe him, this is what he has found.

I always become most skeptical when someone tells me they have all the answers and they know the One True Truth; But Wilcock is only offering what he believes is most likely to be the Truth...and he invites us to weigh the evidence he has offered and wait, right beside him, to see how it all plays out.

  • The Beasts of Tarzan

  • Tarzan Series, Book 3
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: David Sharp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

This venture into the wild kingdom thrusts Jane into the thickest of demoniacal plots as Tarzan’s nemesis, the dark and swarthy Rokoff and his rat-like lieutenant capture her with the intention of wreaking vengeance on Tarzan. But Tarzan assembles an awesome rescue squad; Mugambi, a giant native from the jungle who becomes the devoted follower and protector of Tarzan; Sheeta, a sleek and powerful black panther longing to apply fang and claw to those who would harm Jane; and the entire tribe of Akut, of the great apes, enraged and eager.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally disappointing

  • By N. Hopkins on 05-04-12

This product is not professional quality

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

The narrator's performance is makes it impossible to enjoy the novel.

It isn't as obvious in the sample clip, but after 15 minutes or more the narrator's breathing-in before ever passage becomes very annoying, and some of his character voices are also unbearable.

I bought another version of this audiobook (here, on Audible) narrated by David Stifel that is MUCH better!

I foolishly bought 3 Tarzan books narrated by David Sharp, and have purchased other versions narrated by other narrators for almost the same price. I don't have much of a disposable income, but in this case I consider purchasing new versions of these audiobooks to replace the David Sharp-narrated ones well worth the price.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of Tarzan

  • Tarzan Series, Book 2
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: David Sharp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

This is the second story in the Tarzan adventure novels. Tarzan has been in England where he has been learning about civilization, his heritage and how he fits into it all as Lord Greystoke. Fate thrusts Tarzan back into the primeval jungle and as he returns to it, his adventures begin with a shipboard altercation. Evil Nickolas Rokoff, the recipient of Tarzan's wrath, swears vengeance and puts a price on Tarzan's head. But Tarzan has greater concerns on his mind as he leaves modern civilization behind to discover a hidden ancient civilization.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • There Are Much Better Versions Of This Audiobook!

  • By Ray Jay Edwards on 07-22-14

There Are Much Better Versions Of This Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

I love Burroughs' Tarzan tales, but I had to stop listening to this audiobook before the end of the third chapter. The quality isn't what one expects from a professional audiobook. The narrator, for example, doesn't know how to breath away from the microphone when taking breaths between spoken passages, and the voices he assigns to the various characters are distracting from the narrative. Tarzan, for instance, comes off as effeminate and effete. (In my imagination, Tarzan has always sounded manly, like the actors who have played.on old-time radio, Saturday morning cartoons, the '60s TV show and the few films in which Tarzan is capable of proper speech.) Also, the vocal recording was apparently made with a microphone that "flattens out" his voice, causing his vocal tones to drone.

I don't mean to attack the novice narrator, but I do wish to warn potential buyers that this is a sub-standard product, and, for me, it made the audiobook an unpleasant experience.

I purchased another copy of this book, narrated by Robert Whitfield and recorded with clearly professional equipment, (and is the same price, I must note), and I am enjoying it immensely!

Again, this review holds no malice, personally, for the narrator (which is why I don't mention him by name), but I want to warn that one would be better off reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' fine novel for oneself than struggling to decrypt the author's intended effect from this particular narrator's performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Little Book of Sitcom audiobook cover art
  • The Little Book of Sitcom

  • By: John Vorhaus
  • Narrated by: John Vorhaus
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible insider information: Great delivery.

  • By ddsharper on 09-23-13

Excellent Guide to Writing Sitcoms, Jokes, Stories

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

Reviewed: 11-30-13

As a long-time fan of THE COMIC TOOL BOX, I snapped up the Kindle version of this book the moment I discovered it. I read it through, loved it, and then proceeded to jump back and forth through the book doing the different exercises, creating my own material with Mr. Vorhaus's guidance.

So when I happened upon this audiobook version, once again I snapped it up immediately. I really like the way Vorhaus reads his novels, so I knew I would enjoy this.

What I didn't expect was HOW MUCH I enjoyed it!

First of all, since I've been dipping in and out of Vorhaus's last few how-to-write books, I had forgotten just what an inspirational impact his books create as a whole. He takes you from wanting to do it, to getting started, to simple problem-solving, to more sophisticated problem-solving, to "Okay, now go do it!" He takes you through Theory, but this is just to help you understand why and how the tools he gives you work.

But once you're read the book all the way through the first time, you tend to get lost searching down specific exercises to solve specific problems, and forget what that initial reading experience was like.

And as corny as this may sound, there is an added dimension in hearing John Vorhaus reading his own work. It's not that he acts it out or anything, but somehow coupling the voice with the words makes it feel more personal. Even more inspiring that just the text.

And with all Vorhaus's comedy-writing stuff, what he has to teach goes well beyond merely writing within the Comedy genre. Vorhaus shows us how to create characters and stories out of thin air; if we're not trying to be funny ALSO, then we're simply saving a step. (Art doesn't work like that, naturally, but it's a fun turn of phrase, so I couldn't resist.)

I would recommend this book to ANYONE who wants to write fiction! Anybody could string together a sequence of events that eventually cease, but THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM will help you craft a story that resonates with your readers!

Lucy in the Sky audiobook cover art
  • Lucy in the Sky

  • By: John Vorhaus
  • Narrated by: John Vorhaus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

i>Lucy in the Sky is a coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969. Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year. Then, on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Me & My Girls on 09-15-14

WHAT a TRIP!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-12

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS is one of the most astounding novels I have ever read!

First of all, I was born in 1970. I had a complicated childhood, so I really didn't start becoming Me until 1979 or 1980. And yet, Vorhaus's novel somehow manages to jet me back to my own adolescence, that first Perfect Girl who introduces me to the world outside TV and comics and movies! All that made her perfection to me, Vorhaus captured her here, right here in this book! I had forgotten about her, but here she is, forever preserved for me.

Then, there's the DEPTH! Fiction doesn't deal with spirituality. But why doesn't it? I mean, Horror can deal with spirituality, but that's always the same old formula: Religious girl, atheist guy, agnostic who is the first to realize the ancient demonic curse is actually real...none of it's REAL. We ARE our worldview, it colors every perception of our every day...so why can't fiction deal with real spirituality? We're all asking the same questions, why can't writers write about it?

John Vorhaus does. He weaves it right into his story, makes it a part of his characters!

But most of all -- to me, at least -- this book is FUN!!! Like everything Vorhaus writes -- fiction or non-fiction -- this novel is written with his inspired sense of play (and love of language)!

And this novel is HONEST. There's a moment where Gene sees that Lucy automatically checks the payphone change slot for stray coins and wonders "She does that, too? Does everyone?" I like to think that's Mr. Vorhaus winking at us, assuring us that, yes, we ALL think like this, we're not alone.

If you've read the blurbs and think you will enjoy this book, YOU WILL! If you've never read Kerouac, Ginsberg, or Burroughs, your mind will be blown! But if you have, you'll be reminded why you dug their work so much: So much TRUTH behind these fantasies, these artificial worlds that reveal Reality!

World Series of Murder audiobook cover art
  • World Series of Murder

  • By: John Vorhaus
  • Narrated by: John Vorhaus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Ever wonder about the origins of Vic Mirplo, Radar Hoverlander's outrageously flaky sidekick in The California Roll and Albuquerque Turkey? Wonder no more! Join Vic as he teams up with poker goddess Megan Moore and Las Vegas' number-one obsessive collector, Jim Rafferty, to unravel a secret conspiracy to control the wealth of Sin City - no matter how high the body count goes! Poker, murder, Mirplovian hijinks... it's all there for the asking in World Series of Murder!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poker Porn

  • By Ray Jay Edwards on 02-27-12

Poker Porn

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

Reviewed: 02-27-12

The mystery is hot and the poker is hotter!

Poker has worked as the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows, but John Vorhaus has shown us it works as the backdrop for a novel, too!

At first I missed Radar Hoverlander, but Vorhaus has given us Megan Moore and Jim Rafferty to guide us through this perplexing maze of thickening plot. And soon, I found myself rather enjoying seeing Vic Mirplo in this new context.

I was a bit surprised by how intense the story gets at times! The story was always enjoyable, but there's a real sense of threat this time around! A very nice surprise!

Also, it was so awesome to hear Vorhaus reading his own material! Not to speak poorly of William Dufris, who read THE CALIFORNIA ROLL, but I preferred Vorhaus's read.

To anyone pondering buying this audiobook, here's what you can expect: Fun characters, story that becomes exponentially more engrossing the further it goes, and tons and tons of Poker! This was fast-paced and just a lot of fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful