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  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,688

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I bought the title for more on the story of HH Holmes, but found the information regarding the World's Fair even more enjoyable. This book transports you back to a time when anything was possible, when men where Gentlemen, and when American business could be done at a handshake. Follow the tale of some of Chicago's top Architects as the race to build what would become the greatest event the world had ever known unfolds; while beneath it all lurks the shadow of a killer who's depths of depravity could scarcely at the time have been imagined.

  • Mixerman and the Billionheir Apparent

  • By: Mixerman
  • Narrated by: Mixerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

After years of diminishing income due to cratering sales in the music business, Mixerman accepts a timely and lucrative offer from an Indian billionaire to mentor his son, Kanish Kanish. Mixerman's mission? To teach the young "billionheir" everything he knows about producing records. But it isn't long before they're teaching each other about life in general. After an initial carefree romp through California inspires a catchy ditty, the two partner up to produce the song and then break it on the Internet in an effort to get radio spins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride!

  • By Leif Hanson on 08-26-17

Brilliant satire on the music industry

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mixerman and the Billionheir Apparent to be better than the print version?

This book is expertly produced (as one might expect) with a fantastic narration and cast. Mixerman brings a fresh satirical look at the modern music industry - or lack there of - American politic's, life in California, and much more. This is a well crafted story that reminds me of South Park's greatest episodes.

What did you like best about this story?

Mixerman's first book is outstanding as well, but this one really cuts like a knife and is much more overtly political. Mixerman uses this platform to show how the music business is a microcosm of the larger picture of globalism and big business.

Which character – as performed by Mixerman – was your favorite?

Mixerman is really only himself and the narrator. There is a great cast that does the rest of it.

If you could rename Mixerman and the Billionheir Apparent, what would you call it?

Why Today's Music Totally Sucks and Other Interesting Observations.

Any additional comments?

For fans of Entourage and South Park. Anyone interested in the inner working of the music business told through a great narrative story might enjoy this.

  • Dr. H.H. Holmes and The Whitechapel Ripper

  • By: Dane Ladwig
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White Punch Audio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Serial killer doctor Henry Howard "H.H." Holmes was the most viable suspect for the 1888 Whitechapel London murders attributed to the enigma we have come to know as "Jack the Ripper". The research in this nonfiction true crime investigative journal of documents and case file historic accounts reveals startling information that leads the listener to perhaps the most hidden secrets behind the crimes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wait, Holmes and Mudgett are the same guy, right?

  • By Buretto on 03-31-17

Not a bad book, but a bad audio book.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

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

it had some good information, but a lot of it will be review for anyone who is familiar with the Holmes case. There is not a lot of information actually connecting him to Jack the Ripper until later on. But the author does make a decent case once he gets to it.

The real problem with this audio book, is that for some reason the audio quality keeps changing, and it is really annoying. Poor production quality to say the least.

Would you recommend Dr. H.H. Holmes and The Whitechapel Ripper to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they are interested in such things.

What does Alex Hyde-White, Punch Audio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is good, and does a great american accent. But again, what is up with the audio? Punch Audio failed big time on the production here.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Hey Punch Audio, lets make the whole thing high quality audio please.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,262
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,104

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Sci Fi at its finest!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Awesome attitude from the reader, he really made the humor stand out.

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

Bringing out the best in humanity got me chocked up a few times. Sometimes you just need a happy ending.

Any additional comments?

Fast paced sci-fi (that is actually sci-fi and not fantasy). A nice quick read (or listen) that will keep you engaged and entertained all the way through.

  • The Children of Hurin

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Disturbing

  • By Catherine Collins on 12-19-09

Epic Tolkien!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-14

Where does The Children of Hurin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All aspects of this audiobook production were top quality.

What other book might you compare The Children of Hurin to and why?

Obviously there is only one Tolkien and no one else writes quite like he does in style and content. If you are looking for summertime quick and fun read, then this book is NOT for you. Also, if you have not read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, do so before attempting this one, as Tolkien's style is easier to digest in his more popular publications. Fans of The Silmarillion will love this book.

What about Christopher Lee’s performance did you like?

Everything. Having Sauromon himself narrate to you is otherworldly. Lee is a well known Tolkien fan, and understands his intent in dialogue and story. Lee's Elvish is so awesome, too!

  • Black Lightning

  • By: John Saul
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

For five years Seattle journalist Anne Jeffers has pursued the horrifying story of a sadistic serial killer's bloody reign, capture, trial, and appeal - crusading to keep the wheels of justice churning toward the electric chair. Now the day of execution has come. A convicted killer will meet his end. Anne believes her long nightmare is over. But she's dead wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good one!

  • By THATZLIFE on 05-06-10

Pretty lame.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

Would you try another book from John Saul and/or Phil Gigante?

No.

What could John Saul have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I just kind of felt the whole thing to be cliche. The writing was not exactly outstanding either.

How could the performance have been better?

Not my favorite reader, but not terrible.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. It has some gross-out scenes but not much substance, in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

If you are into detective or cop drama, you will most likely be ok with this. If you are looking for something with a supernatural bent, head back to the Stephen King section and save your money on this one.

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  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,771

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is heaven

  • By David on 01-10-11

So good

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

do not know

What did you like best about this story?

its very funny

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

only his reading of the first book. he is a great reader.

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

its that good!

Any additional comments?

an outstanding audio book for fans of Game of Thrones, while we wait for the next installment in that series : ) utterly enjoyable.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,063
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82,003

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Better than the show

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

He sounds just like the grand maester on the show! lol.

Any additional comments?

One thing that annoyed me was the repeated sentences due to bad editing. Come on folks, if you're going to charge us $$$ for these books, at least do a proper editing job!