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  • The Sidekicks Initiative: A Comedy Superhero Adventure

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon's middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement. Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors' deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All hail THE Butterfly King! Ummm... I mean Randy😜

  • By C. White on 02-20-19

Amusing.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Standard fare as far superhero stuff goes, enjoyable and I like Sam, Anna, and yes, even Randy. The best part? The blooper reel.

  • A Simple Romance

  • By: J.H. Knight
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he'd always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else-something that doesn't involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat-Skip decides it's time to go home to the other side of the country. However, Skip's hometown doesn't just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, brilliant narrator!

  • By Erotic Enchantments on 02-26-15

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

A pleasant and mostly forgettable read. I will probably listen to it again at some point. I think I like "The Last Thing He Needs" better.

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  • Candy Matson, Yukon 28209, Volume 1

  • By: Audio Archive
  • Narrated by: Natalie Parks, Bill Mills, Jean Marie Stine
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209, which ran from 1949-1952, is considered the best of radio's female private eyes. Bright, sparkling and witty, Candy Matson (whose home was "on Telegraph Hill overlooking Monterey Bay" in San Fransisco) features the sharpest dialogue this side of the William Powell-Myrna Loy "Thin Man" movies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming with great wit!

  • By Kirsten M. Crippen on 11-27-11

Great fun and educational too!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

I love old radio shows. They're full of humor and wit and timely dialogue which still rings true, even 65 years on (at one point in the first story it's mentioned that the economy is in a recession and Candy offers her friend Rembrandt Watson $50 and tells him to "go stimulate the economy" [sounds familiar ...]).

What's cool is having a female in a role which is usually limited to males, and she's every bit as capable, intelligent, tough and interesting as Sam Spade or any of the others of the era. And she has better dialogue!

What came as a delightful surprise with this recording was the interesting and informative history presented by Bill Mills who not only gives backgrounds on the players, but also gives us a frame from which to understand some of the, what are to us, historical tidbits which would have been recognizable references for the audience during the show's run. Sadly, according to Mr. Mills, only 14 recordings from show are still in existence and the rest are only in script format. Maybe someday, with the right group of people, they can be revived, because I would love to hear the entire series at some point.

  • The Darkling Thrush

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Magical Story

  • By Tony Squared on 10-24-12

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

Highly enjoyable. I really liked the ebook and hearing it read is a real treat. Max Miller's voice is just perfect for the character of Collin and his handling of the Gaelic used throughout the story sounded authentic to this untrained ear.

All of the characters came to life as they do when the writing is excellent as it is here. I find the idea of using a type of psychometry (the ability to "read" the past of an object) to track down the history of a book a fascinating one. There's always a curiosity about where a book has been or who used it last and Collin is one who has the ability to do this. When he's hired to use his skills to hunt down an ancient tome of dangerous spells, Collin takes a vacation from his job in London and heads north to Scotland and straight into danger.

There is a male-male relationship within the pages of this story, but its well written and understated, as Josh Lanyon's skill at giving us the underlying emotions between the pairing (especially during the intimate scenes) is subtle and wonderful to read/hear.

On the whole, well worth the money. And I look forward to hearing another book read by Mr. Miller.

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