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  • Dream Warriors

  • Joey Cola, Book 1
  • By: D. Robert Pease
  • Narrated by: David Radtke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Joseph Colafranceschi is a 15-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of 12 sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams. After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 15yr Boy YA Story

  • By Robin Crabb Gonzales on 03-28-18

Creative Fun for Teens and Adults!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

Where does Dream Warriors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've only listened to about a dozen audiobooks so far, but this is easily one of my favorites.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The titular character, Joey Cola, sounds like a recipe for unrelatability. He's exceptionally intelligent, the son of a wealthy diplomat and part of a huge family with its own quirky cast of characters. But beyond that, he's very much your average kid, vulnerable and frustrated with his own limitations. While what he is makes for an interesting story, it's who he is that keeps us hooked.
I also liked that the story has a number of strong female characters: Joey's mother, his friend Alex, and the mysterious Cleopatra. Although the main character is male, I feel like this book would appeal to teenage boys and girls alike.

What about David Radtke’s performance did you like?

David is a versitile narrator, and his youthful voice is perfect for young protagonists, and young adult literature in general. He is able to portray a full cast of various ages, genders, and ethnicities with clarity and without confusion . He is very mindful of the author's descriptions, and his voices enhance those descriptions, as well as the listener's experience. I've listened to several other works he's narrated, and this is some of his best work.

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

Saving the world? They can do that in their sleep.

Any additional comments?

If you have teenagers and a long car ride, get this book! After all, who hasn't been fascinated by the power of dreams? Who hasn't wanted to control what happens in a dream, or better yet, make their dreams a reality?

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  • Buddy

  • By: Jeff Tanyard
  • Narrated by: David Radtke
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Kevin just wants to finish his senior year of college and graduate. Before he can do that, though, he must finish his summer internship. When his boss's genetic engineering experiment goes awry, Kevin gets sucked into an adventure he never wanted. It will change him forever - if it doesn't kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all what you would expect!

  • By Sean A. Daeley on 03-09-15

Not at all what you would expect!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Where does Buddy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites so far!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin and the professor. Kevin is bright and likable, and keeps a surprisingly cool head throughout the odd events of the story! The professor is a true man of science, but despite his controversial research, he's no mad scientist. He also cares a great deal about Kevin, a real mentor and father figure, and does his best to keep him comfortable throughout the ordeal.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Buddy is "born." You'll have to listen to find out what I mean!

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

The most interesting thing about this book is the juxtaposition of tone with the events of the story. This could easily have been a dark and creepy alien thriller, but the combination Tanyard's words and Radtke's portrayal lets the reader know there's nothing to be afraid of, only fascinated with.

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  • All Together Now: A Zombie Story

  • By: Robert Kent
  • Narrated by: David Radtke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Fifteen-year-old Ricky Genero is writing a journal of the zombie apocalypse. His high school has burned to the ground, his friends are all either dead or shambling corpses roaming the earth in search of human flesh, and his best friend died saving his six-year-old brother Chuck from a zombie horde. When Chuck is bitten and infected with the zombie virus, Ricky must travel among the walking dead in search of a cure..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Unique Premise, Well Told!

  • By Sean A. Daeley on 02-23-15

A Unique Premise, Well Told!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

Would you consider the audio edition of All Together Now: A Zombie Story to be better than the print version?

I've only been exposed to the audio versions of Kent's books, so I can't give a fair comparison. However, I think they are perfect for listening to in a long car ride with friends or your children, or even in the living room with the lights down low.

What was one of the most memorable moments of All Together Now: A Zombie Story?

I don't want to give away anything specific, but I will say that the relationship between Ricky and his little brother was extremely touching, and made the events that befall Ricky and his motley band all the more tragic.

Which character – as performed by David Radtke – was your favorite?

Easily Ricky, the protagonist. Ricky is capable, but unassuming, a lover of poetry and baseball, overall your average and likable kid. David portrays him with a sensitivity and angst that makes it all too easy to imagine a 16 year old Ricky, perhaps even a 16 year old David Radtke.

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

Yes. If my schedule had allowed it, haha! This is definitely one you'll be happy to lend a lazy afternoon to. Just don't listen to it before bed!

Any additional comments?

Having listened to a few of David's other narrations, I can honestly say this is some of his best work. He plays children, teenagers, girls, men and women of various ages and races, obese southern belles and demented religious cult leaders. There's even a few times when he sings A Capella in lieu of a church chorus ( no easy feat, I might add! One that would make most of us die of embarrassment!) All of David's characters are believable (or pleasantly exaggerated.) And he navigates them with consistency and flexibility. I look forward to listening to more works by both Robert and David.

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  • The Bikings

  • By: P. A. Douglas
  • Narrated by: David Radtke
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Hark is a timid, pacifistic Viking with a love for all living things inspired by watching PETA documentaries. Crone is a vintage Schwinn road bike and a bit of an outcast himself, but it's not his fault who his rider is. Something has to change before the Elder bicycle and Orr, the Viking leader, throw them both out with the spare parts. A century after Fukushima and the toxic sea, Harek and his mind-beaming bicycle must prove themselves in a world where everyone (and every thing) is out to get them. Including Alec Baldwin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hilarious audio book not to be missed!

  • By Robert on 09-02-14

How to train your dragon for adults

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Any additional comments?

Part How to train you dragon, part Heavy Metal, part Akira, "Bikings" is a raucous romp through a post apocalyptic world where psychic bicycles, cybernetic celebrities, and hordes of flesh eating babies are commonplace.
The book is expertly narrated by David Radtke, whose natural voice lends itself perfectly to the title's protagonist. David also provides numerous distinct and memorable character voices to add to the fun. Not for the faint of heart or family oriented due to the graphic imagery and coarse language, this book is still loads of fun to listen to during a long commute.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful