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Dan D.

Oakland, NJ USA
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,205

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

An Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

A nice quick listen with an amazing cast. I was happy to purchase this book, knowing that it goes to some amazing causes. Highly recommended.

  • Shadowlith

  • Umbral Blade, Book 1
  • By: Stuart Thaman
  • Narrated by: Josiah Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Alistair the Fourth was a mighty general from a long-forgotten war. Four hundred years later, Alster Lightbridge is barely a shadow of his legendary namesake. Crippled and confined to his family’s estate, he spends his days dreaming of something larger than himself - something worthy of his name. Encouraged by his tutor to explore the Lightbridge archive, Alster discovers a magical dagger with the power to cleave shadows from their bodies. Blade in hand, Alster finally understands his purpose, though he needs to find a four-centuries-old grave in order to fulfill it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Core of a reasonable novel

  • By Simon Forsyth on 04-23-18

An Excellent and Engaging Story

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

As someone who loves fantasy novels, I was intrigued to see what was in store for Shadowlith. It's a story that without a doubt pulls you in. The characters are well developed and the reader can really relate to them. Anyone who's ever felt overshadowed will understand what it's like to be Alster. This is definitely the launching point for a series that I already cannot wait to continue. As for the bad? Well, I was not a fan of the narrator. He was very breathy, there were several errors in his reading, and it was very distracting from the story. Other than that? I have no complaints. I'm excited for the next book!

  • Cherry Blossom Girls

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Annie Ellicott, Laurie Catherine Winkel, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

I was a just normal guy until the night the cherry blossoms bloomed, the night that Grace appeared on my doorstep. A failed sci-fi writer, a gamer, but a normal guy nonetheless. Grace was everything I was not - a psychic shifter, beautiful beyond my wildest imagination, a government conspiracy waiting to be unraveled. And that was before the second superpowered woman showed up to kill us both.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cherry Blossom Gals can'tcha come out tonight

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-08-18

An Enjoyable Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

For a book to be enjoyable, an author must have an engaging story, likeable characters, and appropriate pacing. With an audiobook, the additional element of the narration experience comes into play.

I will admit, after looking at the cover and reading the summary, I was incredibly skeptical that I was going to enjoy this book.

An hour into listening, and all of those doubts were put to rest. The protagonist is relatable, likeable, and it's easy for the listener to root for him. The other characters are well fleshed out and complex.

The actors playing each part did an excellent job of portraying their characters, and the different voices made for an incredibly immersive and engaging experience.

With plenty of lampshading, self-referential humor, and, of course, the action and sex that listeners love, Cherry Blossom Girls is definitely worth your time to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind in the Willows [Soundtrack Edition]

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Background music distracting

  • By Sbykeriders on 11-20-16

An Entertaining Experience

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I received this book for free as part of a promo, but had always wanted to listen to it. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to listen to the Michael Hordern version, because he did such a tremendous job on it. The voices he did for each character were amazing and the soundtrack absolutely created an immersive experience. If you're experiencing the book for the first time, this is an excellent version to give a listen to!

  • The Greatest Living Englishman

  • By: Jim Yoakum
  • Narrated by: Tony Green
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Set in 1919, The Greatest Living Englishman tells the comedic adventures of "England's Worst Poet" Colin Gilfeather Millaney: an egotistical - though loveable - rhymer who is wholly untouched with even the faintest speck of talent. He is so awful that people throw rotten produce at him on the streets. They buy his books, just to throw at him. But that does not stop him from penning his doggerel, or inflicting it upon what he claims is the "misguided" public.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book From Jim Yoakum

  • By Dan D. on 08-25-17

Another Great Book From Jim Yoakum

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

As someone who has enjoyed several of Jim Yoakum's books, when I was offered a review copy of The Greatest Living Englishman I leapt at the chance to read and review it. One thing that strikes me with Jim Yoakum is that with every book he writes, he attempts to do something new. While many authors rely on convention and patterns, Yoakum makes every effort to produce an original and intriguing piece every time he publishes. The Greatest Living Englishman is no exception to this. Bumbling, pompous, lowbrow Colin Millaney is the quintessential anti-hero thrust into the bosom of high society at the birth of the roaring twenties. Millaney, who possesses all the pride and grandeur of Oscar Wilde with none of the talent to back it up, is much more analogous to a modern day grumbling Jeremiah in his common unfiltered view of the world. Yoakum mixes fictional symbolic characters with actual historic figures in this short story that is sure to please. The audio version is a fully immersive experience, with an excellent narrator, and a consistent ambiance that bring the scenes to life. My biggest criticism would be the long pauses between chapters. Some went on for so long that I thought my iPod had frozen. If you can get past that, the story itself is a definite winner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • October's November

  • By: James Loram
  • Narrated by: James Loram
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

His name is October. And he is a talented coffee shop musician that can see dark, sickening clouds swirling about the heads of those who are about to commit evil. He helplessly watches as a Clouded One kidnaps Hannah, his first true love, and as he struggles to save her, he discovers the terrifying truth: She's not the one they really wanted. The story takes place in the community of Belmont Shore in Long Beach, CA, where October is drawn into a world of surprising discoveries and disturbing answers about his cursed sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Paul on 01-25-17

Better Than Expected

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Any additional comments?

I was pleasantly surprised by October's November. From the initial description I didn't know how much I would enjoy it, but honestly, I loved it. Listening to James Loram's performance, I was instantly hooked.

The book itself is very much a fully immersive experience, and James Loram has done an incredible job of placing the listener into the mind of a madman, the psyche of a victim, and the desperate struggle of a protagonist to break out of the darkness. His references to classic music, as well as several of his own original compositions make for an engrossing tale interwoven with culture and art.

My one criticism is the fact that many scenes were confusing in their execution and I found myself having to rewind and listen over and over in order to fully comprehend what was happening. Outside of those few hiccups, I absolutely did not want to stop listening to October's November until I reached the end.

A modern tale of the supernatural and the strength inside every human being to rise up and become a hero, October's November is a complex and enjoyable story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Shooter Act

  • By: Turner J. Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Buddy Hatton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

A man has taken over terminal four in LAX. He's pulled his gun out and forced everyone to take pictures of him - of what he's wearing. The QR codes he has pinned to his shirt all link to different web addresses, and as the pictures spread across social media, the world begins to pour over his manifesto. The shooter has just transformed himself into an information virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular read.

  • By Tyler Brock Hubbard on 02-13-17

A scary look at a potential future

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Any additional comments?

The Shooter Act, set in a not so distant future, explores several themes prevalent in America today. Namely corporate overreach, government corruption, billionaires in politics, mass automation, and the ever present gun control debate.

What happens when the media controls the people, the government controls the media, the corporations control the government? It's a perfect storm rife with corruption, coverups, and manipulation.

The characters are incredibly well hashed out, and even at the end, Turner Tomlinson has made every POV character sympathetic to the reader. It's this investment that certainly will make readers come back for more and continue this story.

  • The Dinosaur Four

  • By: Geoff Jones
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dinos, Baristas, and Coffee Addicts, Oh My!

  • By Lilyn G. on 02-23-18

Not your typical dinosaur story

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Any additional comments?

First of all, make no mistake, this is not a happy story. If you're looking for a story of strong well-rounded individuals on an adventure, think again.

The Dinosaur Four is essentially LOST meets The Walking Dead. Ten ordinary people are randomly thrust back in time bringing with them all of their flaws, eccentricities, baggage, and prejudices.

Rather than portraying dinosaurs as the villain, Geoff Jones makes it clear that the only ones with motives outside of survival and hunger are the humans. Many of the characters are completely unsympathetic and so deeply flawed that it's a wonder they've survived this long.

Overall, it was enjoyable, but I was a bit disappointed in the ending. Leading up to the ending was incredibly confusing and convoluted, and then it felt very rushed and sudden, almost reminiscent of a student who hits a minimum word count and skips to a quick conclusion.

That being said, it was enjoyable on the whole, and definitely worth picking up.

  • The Banana Massacre

  • By: Jim Yoakum
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Wilt Fusarium, a clueless American ad executive, unwittingly finds himself in the middle of political intrigue and revolution on the tiny island of Costa San Rica, while trying to save the ad agency's Choad Banana account. Complications and misunderstandings abound, as the island's despot leader thinks Wilt is a revolutionary, the revolutionaries think he's a government agent, the banana company thinks he's CIA, and the CIA, well, they don't know what to think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun to listen to

  • By sub on 06-27-17

A Modern Twist on a Classic Theme

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Any additional comments?

This is the first of Jim Yoakum's books that I've had the opportunity to experience. From what I read ahead it time, it seemed like a short humorous novel that would be enjoyable regardless of the quality. With this knowledge in hand, I was impressed with how much I actually enjoyed the book. The protagonist, Wilt Fusarium, is the classic straight man thrust into an endless torrent of absurd interactions and facetious situations. The story has all the charm, suspense, and intrigue of a classic spy novel with layers of dark humor and dramatic irony that recaptures the spirit of campy 80's comedies. It's not hard to imagine Chevy Chase or Bill Murray portraying the same interactions that Fusarium experiences throughout the story. As a satirical commentary on the heartlessness and encroachment of US industry within the fictional nation of Costa San Rico, The Banana Massacre comes across in a way that even those without knowledge of these situations will be able to understand. All in all, Jim Yoakum has done a tremendous job of creating a comedic novel that makes for an enjoyable read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Birdbrain

  • By: Jim Yoakum
  • Narrated by: Owen Daly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When a gold coin heist turns out badly, a pair of idiotic crooks hook-up with some moronic thieves (and a movie star) in order to steal the secret KFC chicken recipe. Along the way they reveal (among many other things) the connection between Gilligan's Island and the devil, what Salman Rushdie and Elvis have in common with Col. Sanders, why Betty was never a vitamin, and what Bootsy Collins does in his spare time. It also deals with the whole "why did the chicken cross the road" conundrum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fowl things are afoot!

  • By Lenie on 11-19-16

A Birdbrained Scheme

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Why did the chicken cross the road? Colonel Sanders, Bill Murray, and a whole host of dimwitted crooks all have their parts to play in answering that question.

Told as a retrospective by an unnamed narrator, Birdbrain tells the story of a heist (or two) gone wrong. Following the classic heist storyline, Jim Yoakum shows what would happen if you were to recruit a group of loudmouth drunken idiots at a bar and actually put them in a heist.

The characters play out as self-parodies of the typical roles, sufficiently proficient in one specific area, but so deeply lacking in the basest of common sense that it's a wonder they've made it thus far through life.

Seasoned with plenty of useless trivia, amusing conspiracy theories, and convoluted and mondegreened urban legends, Birdbrain is one book that you won't want to put down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful