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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,432

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Audible Recycling

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Twain's Feast was in particular of shockingly poor quality. To be clear, this was the research for, creation of, and partial filming for an unsold pilot show for television. What we've been presented with are the narrator's audio links joining up audio culled from filming and producers doing research prior to shooting that never took place.

Numerous references to the fact that they were filming are left in, along with an extreme amount of dead air between lines/bits. Guests are named, and never spoken to again. The narrators repeatedly point to things we can't see, because this was filmed, not merely recorded audio (Look at..., See that...). It might have been interesting to see the television program originally intended, but given what bits were culled to make this Audible Original, I can see why no network was willing to fund it.

I got it for free and I still feel ripped off.

83 of 93 people found this review helpful

  • Shingles Audio Collection Volume 1

  • Shingles Series, Volume 1
  • By: Robert Bevan, Rick Gualtieri, Steve Wetherell, and others
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Myles, Cal Wembly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The collection begins with "The Ghost of Hooker Alley," which introduces listeners to 10-year-old Sarah and six-year-old Tommy. After a quick bus ride into town to buy a gun, Sarah and Tommy think their problems are all but solved. That is, until a creepy weirdo follows them into an alley. But they aren't the only ones in that alley.... "The Monkey's Penis" features Chris, a teenage boy who receives a birthday gift unlike any other. In "Gary's Children," a man's quest for stress relief leads to terror, and an unexpected kidnapping takes place in "Aliens Wrecked Our Kegger."   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From most of the creators of Authors and Dragons!

  • By Greg Hill on 10-23-18

From most of the creators of Authors and Dragons!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I laughed.
I wept.
I soiled myself.

Are there truly any bad people or are there just bad decisions? Shingles holds the answer. Both exist and lubricated with unspeakable amounts of alcohol, they created this audio tome we see before us. I hope Cassandra Myles was not overly traumatized by the experience as I would like to hear more from her in the future.

I must give this book my highest recommendation. We have a responsibility to keep these diseased minds focused on literature lest they begin to wander. Just imagine the harm they could cause in politics, or food service...

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Silas Kane Scrolls

  • Authors and Dragons Origins, Book 2
  • By: Rick Gualtieri, Authors and Dragons
  • Narrated by: Matt Haynes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Upon the shores of an ancient sea in a long-forgotten land, the slaves of Kel - the city of tears - cried out for a hero, one who would save them from their tormented existence. What they got was Silas Kane, the most inept paladin to ever defile a holy symbol. Raised by insane monks, he’s out to spread the love of his god whether or not anyone wants it. With a high tolerance for pain and a dump stat in intelligence, Silas is on a quest to end the suffering of those in need - one way or the other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny story about misguided zealot

  • By P. C. Gardner on 10-22-18

May Tworag bury us in his audio effluence!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Come brother! Herein lies everything you really wished never to find out about Silas Kane. Listen and learn from these scrolls, scavenged from the depths of Tworag's (Praise Tworag!) least favorite colostomy bag.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Junkers

  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The corporations promised it could never happen. Of course they would say that. Their products were everywhere. They had turned everything from scarecrows to coffee makers into robots, and there wasn't a home on Earth that wasn't filled with their machines.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy effort but should be longer.

  • By cosmitron on 05-28-18

Long awaited masterpiece finally comes to Audible

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Yes, let's get it out of the way first. It's a little short for a full credit. But do you really need another 4-8 hours of filler breaking up the good stuff? Why weigh down a fantastic premise and great story with 60% angst, dark reflection, and descriptions of food.

Nick Cole has already corned the market on making the apocalypse sound like a high school goth's journal. Benjamin Wallace brings back some levity and color to the end of the world as we know it. To listen to it, is to love it.

Now we've got him getting audiobooks published, we can harangue him for longer books later...

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rated R

  • By: Mike Leon
  • Narrated by: Buzz Blackburn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

It's crass gun porn filled with fanboy pandering action movie references. Do you like action movies? Do you like dark, edgy, hard-boiled heroes? Do you like fully automatic weapons blasting guys' heads off? How about product endorsements that are awkwardly placed between depictions of intense violence? Yeah? Then this book is for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has been rated F, for fun, fights, and f

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-27-18

Masterpiece of Intersectional Feminist Literature!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Okay, maybe that's taking it a bit far, but this audiobook that walks like an action film has some surprising hidden depths. Yes, and explosions, boobs, ultra-violence and Buzz Blackburns amazing growly narration, but there's a lot more going on in Rated R than mindless violence and sex.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures IV: The Phantom Pinas

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971

The adventure continues. Tim and the C and C gang face their most difficult challenges yet. Horses die. Eyeballs are eaten. People are urinated on. A god is born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horse!

  • By John on 03-09-17

The most hilarious, heretical thing I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

The last hour or so may be actually dangerous to listen to while driving. Doubled over and blind, laughing my ass off.

The gang's grown in size and their misadventures scaled up with them. Jonathan Sleep's narration is still amazing and the Saturn Five Sound team have more new tricks for this entry as well.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Decisively Engaged

  • Warp Marine Corps, Volume 1
  • By: C.J. Carella
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

"A Nation at War": the United Stars of America. Born in the conflagration of unprovoked alien attack, the newest entrant to galactic politics took the few crumbs of hypertech gifted to it and ran with them, soon expanding over dozens of star systems and establishing a wide trade network, protected by its powerful Navy and the dreaded Warp Marines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh what a Guy!

  • By Nvr2old on 11-02-16

Fantastic Introduction to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

I first heard of a guy named CJ Carella 21 years ago in high school when we acquired the newly released Juicer Uprising. I only recently found out that he had a series of novels on Audible and I'm so glad I did.

I was completely hooked by the prologue. LDS traveling the galaxy, converting aliens and serving as Murder-Shepherds is brilliant. Russet the lovable evil Marine might actually be my favorite character in the book. And Space Puppies! Frickin' Space Puppies!

Guy Williams narration is great. This is the first book I've heard him narrate and I'm looking forward to hearing more.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

Another Amazing Super Hero Universe!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

It's becoming really difficult to figure out which of Drew's fictional universes is my favorite now. Villians' Code is pretty amazing. Amy Landon's narration is great.

13 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Dungeoneers: Blackfog Island

  • By: Jeffery Russell
  • Narrated by: Faust Kells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Salt-crusted veterans whisper of an island of swirling black fog that manifests in the night. Ships that sail into it are never seen again. One of those ships carried a mysterious relic that cannot be allowed to remain lost. The Dungeoneers take to the high seas to do what has never been done before - sail into the fog and return to tell the tale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator needs to Slow Down!!!

  • By Chris Haynes on 01-30-17

Fantastic 2nd entry in the series

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

The Dungeoneers return to duty and are taking on a seriously cool non-traditional dungeon. What we lose in amazing new dungeoneering tricks we gain in excellent and intriguing word building. I think I like this one even more than the first. The slightly reduced cast of dwarves helps us spend more time with the main players.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil at Play

  • The Devil in Miss Drake's Class, Book 3
  • By: Marcus Damanda
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Now, too late for it to matter, Audrey understands at last. The devil of Fairview has been courting her for days, and watching her for much longer than that. The murderer is her boyfriend - and he's been killing on her behalf. His name is Jack Maddox, but everyone calls him Mad Jack. He's planning a party, where everyone is invited, especially Audrey's tormentors - especially the Facebook 15.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By MANI on 11-11-16

Brilliant finish to the trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

I was once again thrilled to be provided with a copy of this audiobook so that I could provide a review. We don't like to tuck this away at the end, but don't be misled by it. I had a chance for a review copy before I got my new credits. All delays in getting a new Marcus Damanda book are bad.

This book is great. Having now finished 4 of Damanda's titles, I'm still surprised by the little touches and decisions that make the characters feel real and world alive. It's almost silly how giddy I was when I realized there was about to be a tire slashing, and then it was done the real world way, not in classic movie style. I stopped the book to call someone and rave about it. There are other examples, but they might give too much away and I'd never forgive me if I spoiled any of the big moments.

If it's possible you've arrived at this review having finished the first two books in the series and are unsure about finishing the set, stop hesitating. Go back and listen to the first two books again and then complete the trilogy. This last installment brings everything together and finishes with surprise after surprise. It breaks from the style of the first two slightly, in that events unfold in near to real-time. Everything ends in just about 9 fiction hours and the vast majority of the action takes place in 4 of those, with an intimate eye on detail as the tale comes to a close.

Every book in the series has been dark, and this one is no exception. No, sir. Dead dark stuff here, but, as I look back at the series, I've noticed a different texture to the darkness in each book. This book is the wrathful dark. Physically brutal, this is where Audrey pays back every bit of the pain. Where the final decision is left with the reader if Jack was truly the monster or the hero.

Jessica McEvoy's narration is, if I'm being honest, even better than before. Though I was unwilling to mar my admiration for her work in other reviews, earlier recordings have had very minor issues with the distortion when characters screamed. There are no such issues with this performance. Her voice and vocal talent are amazing. Her flawless alto voice keeps forcing me to say it's low and smokey because I start to feel creepy trying to capture the right words for it. It's seductive. Drawing you in among the characters and their private thoughts, making everything feel close.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful