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  • Naked Prey

  • Lucas Davenport, Book 14
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet Letty West!

  • By Ruth on 11-01-12

Lucas, Weather, Sam nòw Letty

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

If you could sum up Naked Prey in three words, what would they be?

"Not a lynching" and it isn't, she white, he's black they're both hung by the neck. Left hanging there in the woods on a cold winter night. Race has nothing to do with it they're both bad, bad people.

What did you like best about this story?

Letty, how can you not! 13 going on 30, a crappy 22 a bunch of traps and there's no stopping her.

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

He's been the voice of Lucas so long it seems natural.

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

It's been so long since I read the original I'm sure that colored the audio book

Any additional comments?

One of the best Davenport novels of the bunch.

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  • The Dwarves

  • By: Markus Heitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now... Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcom to Girdlegard

  • By Rhonda L. B. on 04-28-13

Dwarves, course, insular, combative or are they

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

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

Oddly this book rates pretty high. Dwarves or traditional dwarves for the most part are course, unimaginative and stolid. Tandill ( around who this tale revolves ) isn't any of these things, he's warm, multidimensional and dare I say sensitive. The world view in this story is slightly skewed from what I think of as the norm. Nicely written and believable. Ok dwarves aren't really real but they could have been.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dwarves?

Tandill teaching the little girl how to make nails at the forge, give you an idea of the character of Tandill.

Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

Tandill of course not that he doesn't do a very good job with each and every character. Dwarves, Elves dark elves, evil sorcerers the lot.

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

Chuckles here and there.

Any additional comments?

While I've met some dwarves I have liked, but this has altered my opinions of dwarves.

  • Witness Chase

  • By: R.J. Jagger
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When an up-and-coming associate attorney in Denver's largest law firm discovers that she's on a murder list, she frantically searches for answers, not only to save her life but also to find out whether she was tricked into participating in a murder herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like quirky modern detectives? Oh did I mention

  • By SGL on 01-29-17

Like quirky modern detectives? Oh did I mention

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Would you listen to Witness Chase again? Why?

Considering I read the books possibly. I'm not sure why I liked these so much . Possibly because the characters are both subtly, sharply cliche. It is clearer in the books, but that veiled humor runs through the storys. Yes there's murder and mayhem but it doesn't feel horrifying or the main point of the story.

What other book might you compare Witness Chase to and why?

Witness list, ok that was am attempt at humor as there the early title for this book. This somehow don't really remind me of other stories. There's an insider feel although irreverently done.

What does David H. Lawrence XVII bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was surprised at how well he portrayed the characters especially Tiffinger. How well he captures the original tone and feel of the books. But than he's an XVII, perfect for these stories.

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

Sorry I just don't see a film of this in the future. The versatile leading men from the 40's are all gone. O'brian or Powell could have done it, no not Dick ( Richard Diamond) but the Thinman with coffee instead of a drink. But that missed too.

Any additional comments?

I found these ( this series) to be engaging light reading and well crafted.

  • The Cooper Saga 02

  • Stories 11-20
  • By: Bill Bernico
  • Narrated by: Ron Welch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The Matt Cooper complete series consists of a total of 102 short stories to date. All the stories combined would make the file too large, so I broke the collection down into groups of 10 stories each.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the print version, this I didn't

  • By SGL on 01-24-17

Enjoyed the print version, this I didn't

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you missed 1-10 this may work better for you. I was completely entertained by the print version 84 + stories. They're short, entertaining light reading. 1-10 translated better to audio. But it was a different narrator

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

Cooper 1-10 was a better listening experience. In all honesty I enjoy Bill Bernico's writting having read a great number of his tales.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes he did.It's not that he's a bad narrator he is simply, in my opinion, not a good fit for these stories. It may just be me but I found his slower reading tempo just didn't fit well. In reading the print version I found the ability to change tempo and pace made a difference in readability and enjoyment. Some stories have more detail others not as much after all there are lots of stories written over a period of time.

What character would you cut from The Cooper Saga 02?

There aren't any disposable characters, there all there for a reason.

Any additional comments?

Bill Bernico is a comptent and enjoyable author this shouldn't be taken as a comdemnation of his skills as an author, it's a simple mismatch.

  • The Cooper Saga 01

  • Stories 1-10
  • By: Bill Bernico
  • Narrated by: Tom Fuller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The Matt Complete Cooper series consists of a total of 202 short stories to date. Each collection is broken down into a group of 10 stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • P.I. Noir, well kinda

  • By SGL on 12-16-16

P.I. Noir, well kinda

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

What did you love best about The Cooper Saga 01?

I actually read the print version(s) first. I enjoyed each one, through each iteration and rename. Engaging characters simple formula spanning years. The narrator does a pretty good job capturing the flavor of the books.

What other book might you compare The Cooper Saga 01 to and why?

The early Ed Noon P.I. stories by Michael Avallone.They both have the same feel, sort of a 70's take on the 30's and 40's.

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

No I haven't, but he does a good job.

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

I was struck with what a difference there can be between reading and listening to a series. While I enjoyed both I did prefer reading the stories. Mostly due to the ability to change the tempo and timing of the tales.

Any additional comments?

Ok this may be nit picking but the renaming conventions are an issue for me. I purchased read and reviewed the kindle versions under earlier naming conventions so have multiples of the same stories, hopefully multiples won't issue with the audio editions.

  • Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal

  • By: Gregg Taylor
  • Narrated by: Gregg Taylor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Even the united remnants of Toronto's defeated underworld could not resist the city's new masked protectors. But when they join with the murderous might of some of the masked marvels' deadliest foes, can even the Red Panda match the strength of...The Crime Cabal? The characters from Decoder Ring Theatre's long-running full-cast audio drama series The Red Panda Adventures here make the leap into two-fisted pulp-style prose in spectacular style. Read by the author, Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal is a perfect introduction for new follwers of the masked protectors of Depression-era Toronto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining pulp adventure

  • By Craig on 02-11-13

The Red Panda, Canada's greatest super Hero

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Would you listen to Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal again? Why?

Yes, it's is a short undemanding story but with enough going on to keep you engaged

What other book might you compare Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal to and why?

The first comparison is always the Decoder Ring Theatre Red Panda podcasts. While this was nicely done. I do miss the full cast radio drama feel of the original podcasts. Greg is spectacularly talented and does a wonderful job on all characters but he did far to good a job performing and casting the original for it to be comparable. It's close but who wouldn't miss the addition of the Flying Squirrel?

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene at club Macaw ( a gentleman's club)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No not really, it's written in the format of the old light radio dramas from the 40's and 50's but with more of a print comic book feel to it.

Any additional comments?

How does he do it? I'm sure he dresses in a classic suit, places a fedora on his head, fingers the crimson mask in his pocket. Just as the tendrils of the cold gray Canadian dawn transports him back to another time. A time when a well dressed man, a few gadgets, a fast car and a strong moral compass could make a difference.

  • The Medium

  • Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Series, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Seventeen-year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn't a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there's the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father's death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin of other respectable English ladies, Emily is as much a mystery as the dead boy assigned to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That's really how your ending the book?

  • By Cary on 12-04-16

A period piece, without period characters

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

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

It was enjoyable and an easy listen and probably one I'll listen to again as it's undemanding but engaging. I'd place it in the 70 percent category

What other book might you compare The Medium to and why?

Study in silk? Maybe but not really. Emily is engaging but a less demanding character but both have that period feel, of an age that was captivated with ghostly spirituality as a psuedo science.

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

I think she hit the characters very well

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

Nope, not really just wasn't that kind of book

Any additional comments?

Nice light engaging story.

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  • Midshipman's Hope 

  • The Seafort Saga, Book 1
  • By: David Feintuch
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

When a hideous accident kills the senior officers of the UNS Hibernia, it leaves a terrified young officer to save 300 colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship on a 17-month gauntlet to reach the colony of Hope Nation. With no chance of rescue or reinforcement, Nicholas Seafort must overcome despair, exhaustion, and guilt. He must conquer malfunctions, mutiny, and an alien horror beyond human understanding. And he must save lives, and take them - in the name of duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing...

  • By SciFi_Addict on 09-15-16

Can a midshipsman horror of being captian be real?

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Where does Midshipman's Hope  rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a solid old fashioned space opera. The characters engaging though dark at times. Action isn't nrisk but well formed. The events are well written and full almost as written as a stand alone book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midshipman's Hope ?

It could have been reprograming the ships computer Darla but no. The death of captain Hage? Probably it was the little touches of humanity through out.

What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

For the most part his pleasant almost flat voice fits the flavor of an old fashioned space opera.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It wasn't really that kimd of story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Clarity: Clarity, Book 1

  • By: Loretta Lost
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods - where no one could ever hurt her again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-16

It just ended!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Would you try another book from Loretta Lost and/or Elise Arsenault?

Probably not from Loretta Lost but Elise did a good job. The story line while some what predictable had a few twists but overall was a little thin. It has an almost male misogynistic feel to it. While I will on rare occasions pan a book I never feel comfortable doing it. Unfortunately this fits in that category. I'm not sure if it was the characterizations of the air head? sister, Dr. Porno or Helen making choices that seemed very out of character but it all added up as disappointing

What do you think your next listen will be?

Actually " Forty thieves" as it should be something completely different.

What about Elise Arsenault’s performance did you like?

She did a wonderful job narrating, the writing just wasn't up to her talents.

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

Disappointment, it held such promise.

Any additional comments?

This felt like a first book,which holds the possibility for the writer to hone her craft. She is a capable writer, just missed for me on this title.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Voyage

  • Logan Ryvenbark's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Grey Lanter
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Powerful intergalactic CEO Belen Morganthal can't let the only genetically perfect race in the universe fall and disappear into eternity, a race that knows no evil and shows a gleaming beauty. She is the only one with the means to carry out such an enterprise and the only one with the secret to convince Logan Ryvenbark to accept such an inconceivable mission. Captain Ryvenbark may be just the one having any chance against the Molochs, but he doesn't like suicide missions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Space Opera, difficult naration

  • By SGL on 06-16-16

Epic Space Opera, difficult naration

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

What did you love best about Deadly Voyage?

The premise and characters are engaging. Nice mix of motivations and action. Robots, synthetic being and alien beings all great stuff.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Unfortunately due to the narration the characters came across flat and the same.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve White?

Mark Turetski, Phil Chenivert and actually Karen Savage, Stories are written with meter, tenor and flow and should be read with them intact. Words without "R" on the end should never be pronounced with an R added. Steve has a pleasant voice and undoubtedly the skills will come with time and practice.

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

I liked the story, but hard to get involved enough for an extreme reaction.