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Littleton, CO, US
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  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,517

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of Koontz

  • By Todd S on 09-27-17

Shades of Koontz

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I found this in humor. No real smiles (no laughs), but a light-hearted story. Nice use of flashbacks to develop characters. The narrator did a good job of creating separate voices for the characters. The supernatural element and easy style are reminiscent of Dean Koontz. I especially appreciate the untold secret, kept 'til the end (and beyond).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,200

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Great story, fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

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

Good suspense twist

Any additional comments?

Peter Berkrot nailed it with his narration. Versatile voices, plus he pulled out nuances many other narrators would have overlooked. I look forward to hearing more of him.

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,561

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

  • By shelley on 02-17-16

I've become a fan

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Good voice characterization- its hard to do many tough guys different. .

Any additional comments?

As with many suspense type books, one can guess the final outcome, but the ride there was a wonderful roller coaster of twists and turns. My only downside, was how Court just happened to know whatever skills the plots needed..It is, nevertheless, a fun listen, supported by Mr. Snyder's smooth rendition.

  • Flash

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396

Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As promised

  • By ibrahim BURCE on 02-06-16

New author to me- what a delight!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

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

Tigner produces a very engaging tale. Mr. Hill adds the perfect narration to keep one attuned for the duration. I found myself not wanting to pause it, wanting to hear what would transpire next. It would be fun to encounter these protagonists again.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes- through a story line that was compelling and frightening- who would want to lose their memory, even a part of it?

Which scene was your favorite?

The press conference with the Justices of the Supreme court- can't reveal more without spoiling.

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

How precious are your memories?

Any additional comments?

This was my first Tigner book. It most definitely won't be my last!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The City

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Korey Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459

There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean Koontz is back!

  • By kimberlee on 07-14-14

In some ways his best

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

What did you love best about The City?

I've read all of Dean Koontz's books. They keep getting better. Not in terms of the bizarre plot- this one's OK. If I pay attention, there are so many poetic moments- not in sappy verse, but in cogent wisdoms almost casually tossed out with a beautiful economy of description. I am going to have to get a print version and re-read to capture some of these. I also liked his use of his favorite word in the adjectival form verses his usual use of the noun. I always listen (hint) for the word in every book. Koontz is indeed a master wordsmith.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Told from the perspective, in recollection, of a black man growing up in the 60's, and musically steeped in swing, Jonah is a rich and wise character.

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

Korey Jackson gives each character a unique voice, from black to oriental to "city". He brings them to life.

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

Actually, I wanted to linger over the words, and not push through them at once. The action kept me riveted, but the prose captivated me.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read Koontz before, prepare for a treat. It you have, slow down on this one and treasure his descriptions and reflections.

  • Not QUITE The Classics

  • By: Colin Mochrie
  • Narrated by: Colin Mochrie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Where the art of improvisation meets the art of literature. Based on the improv game First Line, Last Line, Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame, puts a unique spin on works of classic literature. Taking the first line and last line from classic books and poems, Colin recasts these familiar stories in his own trademark offbeat style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Colin

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-16

Colin- I'm sorry but you have work to do

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

Reviewed: 06-02-14

What did you love best about Not QUITE The Classics?

Fresh originality, stories coming from "left field" (sorry Col, don't know the hockey term). Not all stories were equally hilarious, but enough were that I couldn't stop laughing on some of them. My favorite- the take-off on Emily Bronte: "A Tale of Two Critters." As the new reality started dawning as to who the protagonist is, all of the pieces previously presented feel neatly into place- a full laugh with each detail. Sorry can't tell you about it; it would spoil the revelation.

What about Colin Mochrie’s performance did you like?

He brings life to all of the characters, even himself in the forward.

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

I couldn't wait to get to the next story.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the --- sequel??? Actually, anywhere Colin wants to take his WORK, I will follow. If you know his real work, you will enjoy this. If you have never heard of him, you are in for a real treat.

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,954

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

Koontz the poet

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Innocence the most enjoyable?

While not a phenomenal story line, it is still very good, which is standard for Mr. Koontz. What sets this book apart are the numerous passages that are so well expressed, they "wax poetic." (This doesn't mean they rhyme, but they are quite thought provocative.) Yes, he does use his favorite word, twice in short order (a word found in virtually every book of his except "Oddkins," because that book, aimed at children, excludes word of such complexity- hint: "listen softly" for it. I think I need to purchase a paper or digital copy of this book and re-read it to find anew those passages and highlight them. Overall, good story, well narrated, but if one pays attention, some deep nuggets of wisdom scattered abroad. If you are a Koontz fan, you are in for a treat. If you are new to Koontz, this is a wonderful introduction.

Any additional comments?

I only hope Mr. Koontz has a plethora of books left in him.

  • Black Sea Affair

  • By: Don Brown
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115

As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and captures your undivided attention

  • By Paul on 08-09-12

Odd choices

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

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

probably, but I would tell them my thoughts and let them decide

What did you like best about this story?

Good plot, nice suspense building. He combined action in various venues into the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams?

Just about anyone. It was an odd choice having a British narrator for an American novel. Americans now don't pronounce their "r"s. Worse- it seems everyone east of Austria speaks with a guttural voice- very difficult to distinguish characters. I found the most distracting.

Any additional comments?

The plot was good, but the dialogue was often tedious. Part of that was technically correct- the protocol for giving and receiving order aboard a submarine, part was just plain slow moving, as in the white house discussions. Perhaps accurate as to how it would probably occur, but it doesn't make good listening (or probably reading).

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,639

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

The way an audio book should be

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

Mr. Baldacci turns in another suspense thriller. An unlikely alliance, twists, and tense moments keep this a riveting listen. With a male narrator, the use of a woman for women's voices made this even more enjoyable. Having gender appropriate voices for the roles should be the norm for audio books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pineapple Grenade

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

First, there's the media frenzy over the “Hollow Man,” a gutless corpse found on the beach. And yet people think it’s perfectly normal to find dead sharks in the middle of downtown boulevards - or to spot black mushroom clouds behind the airport. Then there are the roving bands of carjackers who suddenly find themselves inconvenienced. Not to mention people lurking outside sex-addiction meetings. Could this be the work of Serge, that eccentric trivialista and one-man vigilante? And why is he extensively photographing foreign consulates right before the critically important Summit of the Americas?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun but not for the whole family.

  • By David on 04-27-12

Dorsey at his best

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

Reviewed: 02-25-12

If you have never tried one of Tim Dorsey's "Serge" books, this one is a great start. He has been able to maintain these insane characters over several books with extremely creative plots (and murders) while taking his fresh shots at Floridian foibles. As usual, I found myself literally LOL. I'm already impatient for the next book. The only shortfall I noted was vagueness at Johnny Vegas' latest disaster. There is usually a more graphic description of how his dismal record is kept intact. Oliver Wyman has honed his narration to perfection (and we know narrators are gods - read the book). Download this book and be ready for the wild ride -- heck, be bold and live large like Serge, and download all his books! They're addictive.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful