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The Totally True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson: Legendary Viking Warrior audiobook cover art

A Terrific Tale on Par with Monty Python

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Morgan Hobbes has created a wonderfully enchanting and engaging world. Gustav Gustavson is undoubtedly history's most legendary Viking Warrior, or so Gustav himself tells us. Mr. Hobbes has written a world so vivid, that you actually feel as if you're on these amazing journeys with Gustav and his band of unlikely heroes. I would absolutely love more!! In the same style as the best Monty Python, I can actually see this tale as a movie.

As for Basil Sands' performance, I can sum it up in one word: Absolutely Fantastic and mesmerizing (OK, that's more than one, so sue me). Mr. Sands gives such life to this book that it's not hard to see why he's one of the best. He's a natural storyteller and performs the text with great character. Every single character in this book is brought to live in the most vivid way possible. This book is full of great humor, and Basil delivers that humor so naturally, that sometimes you have to back up the book to see if what you heard, you heard correctly! Without missing a beat! Morgan Hobbes and Basil Sands: an entertaining match made in Valhalla. If it were possible to give both 10 stars, I would.

You Are What You Love audiobook cover art

A Great Book Brought To Life By A Wonderful Voice

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

If your heart is not on what God's is on, it doesn't matter how 'devout' you are with your religion, because thinking is different from loving. Sounds simple, but so many of us today have fallen into the trap of 'going through the motions' in our walk with God, that we've lost sight on the way we SHOULD be walking with God. You Are What You Love is an intense and powerful look into the role of worship in creating followers who are true disciples working toward following God's heart, with our own.

As important as this book is, it's made much more impactful through the narration of Claton Butcher. Claton's relaxed way of speaking lets one truly believe they are listening to the author himself. His voice is both soothing and commanding, bringing about the air of authority that allows you to KNOW he's channeling the author, and presenting the content in the way the writer intended to. If it were possible to give more than 5 Stars, I would.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Sphere audiobook cover art

Leagues Better Than The Movie

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

What did you love best about Sphere?

Everything. The story is fantastic, though much different than the movie - which is a good thing. Although the movie is good, the book goes deeper (pun intended) and presents many, many more scenes/struggles.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Norman, since he is pretty much that main character of the story. Not being a 'hard science' man, Norman has a bit of an inferiority complex, though he would be hard pressed to admit it. How Norman over comes that and ends up saving the day, is wonderful.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Soul. Scott's performance was so spot on, that I got lost in the story. Excellent talent.

Any additional comments?

Scott Brick is one of the audiobook industry's best, and for a reason. He is not only awesome in Sphere, he proves, beyond any doubt, why he's the Big Kahuna.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Operation Nimrod audiobook cover art

Excellent Narration of an Interesting Event!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

If you could sum up Operation Nimrod in three words, what would they be?

Interesting. Surprising. Informative.

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

It is. What makes is so is the excellent narration by Phillip Mather.

Any additional comments?

The narrator once again proves his skills in narration. Mr. Mather proves to be the quintessential voice for bringing history to life. I can easily picture the narrator as a favorite college professor, regaling his students with his talent to bring what could be ordinary historical tales to life in a way that both fascinates and educates.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Disordered Minds audiobook cover art

Conjures Memories of The Twilight Zone

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Would you listen to Disordered Minds again? Why?

No. I'd read the book, but not listen again. The stories are interesting and creepy (in a good way), but the technical quality of the narration is lacking.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Perhaps paid a little closer attention to the words (at times it seemed he was stumbling over passages), and paid a lot more attention to the technical aspects of production. A great deal of mouth noises, clicks, pops, external noises (perhaps a passing vehicle, or the narrator bumped the mic stand a few times), and the audio seemed overly filtered (too much compression/gating)

Any additional comments?

The stories are well written and original. I enjoyed the story aspect of this audiobook, and even, for the most part, the acting. David Ayers has talent, a tad raw but I look forward to his future in the business. I'd like to see Mr. Ayers obtain some technical skills for production, or maybe outsource this part of the production.

Optimize Your Site audiobook cover art

Perfect Storm of Common Material & Bad Performance

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

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

Less information that can be easily obtained via ANY internet search, and a narrator that can actually perform without sounding like a text to speech program.

Has Optimize Your Site turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

First, the narrator needs coaching. Badly. His delivery lacks any type of emotion or proper pacing. He is very one note in his delivery and extremely boring to listen to. Second, he needs proper training on the production side of audiobooks. The quality of the audio is poor in that there are a great deal of 'mouth noises' and obvious cut in points. Makes for a poor listening experience.

Appetizers of the Gods audiobook cover art

An Introduction to the inner workings of a genius!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

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

Yes. Very much so. Basil, as writer, is very creative. He's taken these 'brothers', that he's introduced via is YouTube podcast and really let listeners know who they are and where they come from. VERY entertaining.

What other book might you compare Appetizers of the Gods to and why?

I would compare Appetizers to things written by Terri Pratchett or maybe even Douglas Adams, it has that sort of wit and humor about it.

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

Laughing...a lot of laughing! A well written laugh fest.

Any additional comments?

Basil Sands has written an amazingly entertaining story, and equally impressive is that he also NARRATES this story! Basil, as narrator, nails perfectly all the accents he delivers in the book. In fact, if I didn't know he was American, I would swear he was British. His delivery and pacing are of course perfection in audio. I highly recommend Appetizers of the Gods to everyone who enjoys a great story, told by a master storyteller.

Blue Moon: The Ring of Mer audiobook cover art

Perfect Follow Up!!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Where does Blue Moon: The Ring of Mer (Volume 2) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Ring of Mer, honestly, is among the top 10 audiobooks I've listened to. The combination of author Geraldine Allie and narrator Alex Hyde-White, this is a perfectly executed fantasy! Would LOVE to see this as a movie

What other book might you compare Blue Moon: The Ring of Mer (Volume 2) to and why?

In terms of character creation and development, I would compare to any legend of King Arthur!

Which character – as performed by Alex Hyde-White – was your favorite?

Very hard to nail down to just one.

Any additional comments?

Once again, Geraldine Allie brings a rich, brilliant world to us. Compared to volume 1, it is quite obvious that the author's skills have become quite honed. I think the pairing of Ms. Allie and Mr. Hyde-White creates the perfect duo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Martian audiobook cover art

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

Out. Freaking. Standing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark Watney, of course. I loved his sarcasm, optimism and great outlook on a grim situation.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, This is the first. But WON'T be the last.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

R.C. Bray brought to life Andy Weir's words in a most effective way. I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who had listened to it. I was hooked from the first few sentences. Bray's vocal style is amazing and grabs the listener right away with his pacing and timing. Mr. Bray brought the characters to life very well, and captured the wit and sarcasm of the main character (Watney) perfectly. I am now a fan of this narrator and author!

The Wreck of the HMS Birkenhead: The History of the British Royal Navy's Most Notorious 19th Century Shipwreck audiobook cover art

Interesting History

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Another interesting bit of world history. The narrator once again brings what could be dry material to vivid life!