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  • Still Life with Brook Trout

  • By: John Gierach
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

John Gierach demonstrates once again that fishing, when done right, is as much a philosophical pursuit as a sport. Gierach travels to Wyoming and Maine and points in between, searching out new fly-fishing adventures and savoring familiar waters with old friends. Along the way he meditates on the importance of good guides, the challenge of salmon fishing, and the zen of fishing alone. On a more serious note, he ponders the damaging effects of disasters both natural and man-made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A problem with casting

  • By GrayKnight on 01-18-19

A problem with casting

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

John Gierach is a splendid writer. I know, it's a word that isn't used much any more, probably because there is so little in modern life that merits it. He is by turns informative, funny, wry, thought-provoking, and curmudgeonly. He is also eminently quotable -- I keep a journal of phrases and sentences I think are memorable, and every book Gierach publishes provides dozens. And while he writes about fly fishing, much of what he says can be applied to any obsession. I once retyped one of his pieces, editing out the surprisingly few parts specific to fly fishing and substituting "guitar playing" for "fly fishing", and sent it to a non-fishing friend who's a musician. He was deeply impressed that someone could so accurately capture the essence of guitar playing.

So I'm always delighted when an audio version of one of Gierach's books becomes available. That said, I'm afraid this one suffers a little from the choice of narrator. Let me say that I'm a fan of many of David Colacci's audio book performances, "The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier and Klay" in particular, but he's the wrong voice for Gierach's crisp, economical style. I had the impression that Colacci thought that because he was reading about fishing he should sound "folksy", and if so he was mistaken. Listen to any of Gierach's books narrated by Mike Chamberlain and available from Audible and you'll see what I mean. (Also, try to find copies of the four earlier books narrated in abridged form by the author himself. So far as I know they're only available on cassette, but any one is worth the time it takes to find it. Maybe some day Audible will be able to release them. Uh, Audible? Pretty please?)

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  • Mink Island

  • Jim and Kram Funny Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Brent Purvis
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Jim Wekle's first day as a trooper on an island in Alaska could have gone better. It was raining, the coffee was bad, and within hours of stepping off the seaplane, he found a bikini-clad girl floating in a kelp bed. As Jim investigates who might have put the bullet in her back, he stumbles across a uniquely diverse and extraordinarily hilarious batch of island inhabitants. Puffing on his imported cigars, Jim soon learns that no one on the island is more unique, diverse, or hilarious than his unlikely counterpart: a man simply known as Kram.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty bad

  • By Susan on 10-01-18

This book needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I have to say I liked the story and the characters a lot, and I’ll certainly listen to the other books in the series. That said, I did find the numerous grammatical and syntactical errors distracting. I hope for better as the series progresses.

  • A Spirited Tail

  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

Middle-aged bookstore owner Willa Chance is looking forward to the opportunity of appraising a valuable private library that hasn't seen the light of day for 50 years...until she finds a dead body in the backyard and the ghost of the home's previous owner anxiously waiting for her inside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Pepper was the lead.

  • By Meep on 08-08-16

I’d hoped for better

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

After two books in this series I’m done. The performance was top-notch and the writing was good, but the protagonist was truly irritating. It’s hard to imagine someone who professes to have been a talented investigative journalist jumping so eagerly to so many unfounded and erroneous conclusions. Even the magical cats couldn’t save these plots.

  • By Book or by Crook

  • Lighthouse Library Mystery Series # 1
  • By: Eva Gates
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

For 10 years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. But when her 10-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with unfortunately bad narration

  • By JJ on 01-14-16

Oh, pleeeeze, not the idiot plot!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Would you try another book from Eva Gates and/or Elise Arsenault?

Possibly, after the disappointment in this one wears off.

If you’ve listened to books by Eva Gates before, how does this one compare?

I very much enjoy the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore series she writes under the nom de plume Vicki Delany. This one fails to match up to those.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every one in which the Librarian sorts out someone the Assistant Librarian is too much of a wimp to stand up to.

Did By Book or by Crook inspire you to do anything?

Yes, but it's an audio book so I couldn't throw it against the wall.

Any additional comments?

It could be that overall the book deserves another star. I mostly enjoyed it, but I was so irritated when, at the end, Ms. Gates resorted to the idiot plot (you know, like the one in the horror movie where everyone in the audience is yelling at the clueless soon-to-be victim -- either inwardly or out loud -- "Don't open that door, you idiot!") that I couldn't give it more than 3. I might try the next one in the series eventually.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,403

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Wish I'd written this one

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What did you love best about The Spaceship Next Door?

Everything!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam, the pragmatic one.

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

No, but I'm a fan now. After this book and the sequel he's one of my favorite narrators. One hopes he'll always have writing that measures up to his talent as a narrator.

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

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I read and listen to a lot of books, and enjoy most of them. Every once in a while I run across one I wish I could have written. Gene Doucette is an excellent writer (and as time goes by and the deficiencies in our educational system become more apparent, those are getting fewer and farther between). The plot is original, the characters engaging and beleivable, and the book is written with a wonderfully sly wit. The sequel, though it starts off a little slow, is up to standard. I'll be listening to more books by Gene Doucette, especially if they're performed by Steve Carlson.

  • A Killer Plot

  • Books by the Bay Mystery Series #1
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since her mysterious return to the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers to break her writer's block and even make a few friends. But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite Cozy Mystery Series!

  • By Christina on 09-21-15

Killer story, killing narration

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Where does A Killer Plot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Certainly one of the better cozy mysteries. I'm a big fan of Ellery Adams.

What other book might you compare A Killer Plot to and why?

I try not to compare one book to another -- each stands or falls on its own merits.

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

I'd be hesitant to do so. She does a creditable job with the characterizations, but her narrative passages sound as if they're being read by a bored teenager with a hangover.

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

No. I found the plot compelling, but I could only listen to the narrator in small doses.

Any additional comments?

Listen to a sample before you buy. This might be a book better read than listened to.

  • The Shroud Conspiracy

  • A Novel
  • By: John Heubusch
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

Throughout his career, forensic anthropologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Jon Bondurant has investigated many religious artifacts said to be real, but he knows better. So when he is invited by the Vatican to examine the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Christ, he is delighted for the opportunity to prove once and for all that the shroud is a fake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jurassic Park meets the deVince Code

  • By L. Carr on 04-21-17

Formulaic to the point of tedium

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I really tried to get into this book, especially since so many of the reviews were so positive. Couldn’t do it. The best I can say about the writing is that it’s grammatically correct — mostly. The narrator did his best, but he didn’t have much to work with. If you’re into generic potboilers this might be to your taste. I got it as a twofer so I can’t even return it. Live and learn.

  • Delvers LLC

  • Welcome to Ludus
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353

Henry and Jason led normal lives in Seattle before they were abducted to another world. Their kidnapper, the vain, self-styled god Dolos, refuses to send them back unless they can accomplish an impossible task. Oddly, Dolos doesn't seem to care if they succeed or not. Luckily, Henry and Jason studied Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) on Earth. Unfortunately, a Japanese American EMT and a geeky IT programmer don't have many other useful skills on a sword-and-sorcery world like Ludus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like an R-rated Dungeons and Dragons cartoon

  • By C.T. on 02-25-17

Entertaining, if derivative

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

What made the experience of listening to Delvers LLC the most enjoyable?

The performance was outstanding. I'm officially a huge Jeff Hays fan.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'd have edited it. As an ardent admirer of good writing, I'm probably more put off than many by egregious grammatical errors. In fact, they irritate me so much that it takes me a while to get back into the flow of the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

None stands out in particular.

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

"A Great Film To Watch While Living In Your Parents' Basement!"

Any additional comments?

Look, the characters are engaging, the story moves along at a satisfying pace, and the idea is clever. Better writing would have earned at least one more star. If you like this kind of story and aren't put off by occasional clumsiness don't hold back. I'll probably read the sequel in hopes that the author has learned something from his first effort.

  • Hero Born

  • Project Solaris Volume 1
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

I write software at a San Francisco startup. I have my dream job, but I also have a secret. We are not alone. The last time I was taken I was 14. Three weeks ago I celebrated my 21st birthday, and I know that the grey men will soon come again. I devoted my life to technology so I'd be ready when they returned. Others have prepared too, and I will find them. Together we will harness the abilities they have given us. We are Project Solaris. It's time to fight back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great filler

  • By Alan on 07-04-17

Needs a more talented narrator and an editor

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

It's a fairly clever story with engaging characters, and if this is a first effort it's respectable enough. However, I'm always surprised when a book makes it all the way to audio with so many obvious grammatical errors. It absolutely needed an editor. And unfortunately the narration was pretty monotonous, which didn't help either. I might read the next installment, but I definitely won't listen to it unless there's a new narrator.

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  • Chaos Theory

  • Zombie Theories Series, Book 1
  • By: Rich Restucci
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

The world has fallen to a relentless enemy beyond reason or mercy. With no remorse they rend the planet with tooth and nail. One man stands against the scourge of death that consumes all. Teamed with a genius survivalist and a teenage girl, he must flee the teeming dead, the evils of humans left unchecked, and those that would seek to use him. His best weapon to stave off the horrors of this new world? His wit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate Zombies. So this book was great.

  • By Steven on 11-13-16

If I were 14

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

...I'd probably have given the story 5 stars. OK, I'll admit it it, I find most zombie apocalypse books not worth the disc space -- they're usually either the same old boring stuff, or they go for the grossout, or both. This one had me laughing out loud for the right reasons, and I'll almost certainly read the next installment. Michael Kramer earns his usual 5 stars for performance. With Audible's return policy, it could be worth a try even if ZA isn't your genre.

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