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  • The Waco Siege: An American Tragedy

  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Gaius M. Thynne
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

During 51 days in early 1993 one of the most tragic events in American crime history unfolded on the plains outside Waco, Texas. An obscure and heavily armed religious sect called the Branch Davidians was barricaded inside their commune and outside were hundreds of law enforcement angry because the former had killed four ATF agents in a botched raid. Go on an engaging and captivating ride to examine one of the most important true crime stories in recent decades.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-26-18

The reader ruins...

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A detailed nonfiction piece, there’s a great insight here.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The story is fascinating.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Words. Anecdotes became antidotes. Appellation became apealaation.


Within the first chapter, there’s a half dozen words that are just pronounced wrong. It detracts from the validity of the piece.

Did The Waco Siege: An American Tragedy inspire you to do anything?

Research.

Any additional comments?

Interesting. They should have done a pre read and made sure reader had all the words down.

  • The Tide

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tide

  • By DJW on 11-17-17

Too much of the same

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

What did you like best about The Tide? What did you like least?

I actually turned it off twice. After the first time, I thought, I’m just being picky. I shut it off about 30 minutes later.

The main character “Dom,” risks his team to save his family. This major character flaw is brushed away with a simple statement that his team member basically have no attachments and exist in a void to serve Dom’s whim.

This is the same zombie story we’ve seen a hundred times. I don’t want to be hyper negative, but I was really disappointed.

Basically anything that says, “elite team,” is a pass.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I’m desperate to go back to professional authors. The rise of self publishing has removed the gatekeeper of quality. This makes it surprising difficult to find a good book. Though pulpy and dated, I’ll probably listen to Warlord of Mars next.

What three words best describe Ryan Kennard Burke’s voice?

Even, soft, dispassionate

Could you see The Tide being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Ugh. Please no. Unless the stars are Story Editor and New Ideas, I think we can all agree we’ve seen this movie before. No need to repeat with a greater chance of failure.

Any additional comments?

I sort of want my credit back. I listen to three plus books a month and this one was just so flat.

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  • I Was Jack the Ripper

  • The Complete Novel
  • By: Michael Bray
  • Narrated by: Jamie Cutler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

After Jack the Ripper terrorized London in 1888, he would spark a mystery when he disappeared, his string of violent and horrific murders ending as quickly as they began. Now, in 1907, biographer Charles Hapgood is about to be visited a man who astonishingly claims that he was the famous Ripper and that he wishes to tell his tale before his coming death. Skeptical at first, Hapgood agrees to hear his story, only to soon be shown indisputable proof that his visitor speaks the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward

  • By Eric on 01-14-18

Awkward

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

The dialogue in the story is awkward. It’s stilted and unnatural. The characters feel as if they are interpretations of things read in nonfiction books about Jack the Ripper.

  • Lorgar: Bearer of the Word

  • Primarchs, Book 5
  • By: Gav Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

On the world of Colchis, mighty religions rule a decaying society in the name of absent gods - until the arrival of Lorgar. Primarch, prophet, leader of destiny, the Golden One is raised by Kor Phaeron, priest of the Covenant, to be his weapon in a quest for power. As religious war spreads across the planet, spearheaded by the Brotherhood of Lorgar, the primarch is plagued by visions of the future and the coming of the Emperor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • takes a while to get going (but it's worth it)

  • By JoAnn Becker on 06-12-18

Love Gav

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It was good, but Lorgars origin didn’t impress.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Lorgars home world sucks. It’s sort of a dune rip, sand critters and all. Wild religions. I just wanted Lorgar to be from a more complex society.

Which scene was your favorite?

——

Did Lorgar: Bearer of the Word inspire you to do anything?

ThwHoris Heresy Books are abusing fans. From the Istvan massacre to book 46... 46? Who the hell writes a 6 book series? I’m a wh40k fan, but this book inspired me to edit for fans, not for profit.

  • Star Wars: Maul

  • Lockdown
  • By: Joe Schreiber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,190

It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun

  • By Troy on 01-28-14

What? Darth Maul to fill gaps?

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a terrible story. It’s just poorly written, random and the concept is weak. Typical Star Wars tropes are unappreciated. The narrator is good, we’ve heard him reading other SW stories. But this one... crap I wish I could get my money back. Darth Maul shadow hunter trumps this story by a factor of 100. Again, want my money back. Characters are flat, 2d stereo types, etc.Just...ugh.

What was most disappointing about Joe Schreiber’s story?

The plot.

What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s voice?

Good. Tight, under stands Star Wars vocab. He’s good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars: Maul?

Oh my... it’s just not a goood story. It needs a better goal for Maul... if he’s the sixth lords apprentice, he doesn’t need to be there. They could ha e sent clones or storm troopers to do this whole this. This is just a filler story.

Any additional comments?

Read many SW books. Huge fan. Narrator has read many of them. He’s great. This story... crap it’s just...weak. Boring. I want my money back. I feel bad, an an amateur writer dumping on another writer, but this isn’t entertaining.

  • The Happy Hooker

  • By: Xaviera Hollander
  • Narrated by: Xaviera Hollander
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Xaviera Hollander's life as a call girl and Madam in the US was captured here in her frank 1971 landmark book. Whether this open account is a valid contribution to positive writing about sex at a time when this was a rare phenomena or an unnecessarily racy telling to titillate, it cannot be denied that it makes compulsive listening especially with the author's own voicing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rebellious Autobiography of a Woman

  • By bvo1863 on 11-27-12

Cut short

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

I read the full lenght novel. And this abridged version leaves a lot to be desired. But xaveiria is sexy as hell.

  • The Serial Killer Files

  • The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can't hold a candle to real-life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me feel sick, yet I didn't want it to end

  • By Neuron on 02-07-17

Research or Gore?

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Would you try another book from Harold Schechter and/or Charles Constant?

Probably not. There was little new in this catalog of human monsters, aside from pages of sensationalized gore.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The causes of the crimes were much more interesting than the detailed execution of them.

Which character – as performed by Charles Constant – was your favorite?

There weren't characters per se, just the narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope. Netflix maybe.

Any additional comments?

The gruesome details of the murder of children seemed unnecessary. The book was presented as , IMHO, a compilation of crimes and criminals supported by historical facts and police files, etc. The detailed castration of small boys, elaborate fits of cannibalism seemed wildly unnecessary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dissolution

  • Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1
  • By: Richard Lee Byers
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You...

  • By Michael on 01-12-13

Oh no! Plotting Drow!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Would you try another book from Richard Lee Byers and/or Rosalyn Landor?

I'd give the author another chance. But honestly, I lost interest early on. The duo of dastardly drow gets old fast.

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Lee Byers again?

Already answered this question above. I'd give it a try if it wasn't a Forgotten Realms story.

What aspect of Rosalyn Landor’s performance would you have changed?

Performance was fine. The events of the book were just... predictable or even passé.

Was Dissolution worth the listening time?

Overall, no. There are better drow stories and honestly, once you've seen one..

Any additional comments?

There was a lot of potential and a few good characters. But I tried twice and it just didn't hold my interest.

  • When Gravity Fails

  • Marid Audran Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: George Alec Effinger
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can't refuse.The 200-year-old godfather of the Budayeen's underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neuromancer in the Middle East

  • By David on 07-28-13

Great Cyberpunk

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Would you listen to When Gravity Fails again? Why?

I was hesitant to listen based on some of the other reviews. Most of the negative reviews couldn't be more wrong, this is great science fiction that presents the gritty Cyberpunk noir world.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot unfolds quickly, and while perhaps not completely unpredictable, take place in a middle eastern ghetto. The cultural variations are a wonder nuance to the Cyberpunk world.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never heard of this author before, but I'm going to listen to more of his books.

Any additional comments?

Do your self a favor - ignore the negative comments. Enjoy this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire

  • Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 1
  • By: P. N. Elrod
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 701

Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to understand Strad's mind

  • By Steven Taylor on 07-12-17

Fun with Curses

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

It's an oldie title, but the audio interpretation gives it some new flair. Ravenloft has always been a great setting. This book is a corner stone of the realms mythology. As Strahd is a very likable despot.