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Average Thriller

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-29

I've never read any Coben before. Pretty good writing, if a little nihilistic. Besides the protagonist, not many characters with any redeeming features.
The plot in this one is overly complicated. The plot threads are a little too diverse, too far-fetched to be woven into a realistic, concise story.

Steven Weber is an above-average narrator. Good pacing, excellent enunciation, plenty of emoton in his characters.

4.5 Stars out of 10.

R.C. Bray

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-19

The Mountain Man series is possibly the very best of the genre. Blackmore's writing is bold, filled with action, and vividly descriptive. This installment reminds me of 'The Walking Dead' - more a story about human survivors with zombies as the backdrop and a plot device - than a zombie tale. Some pretty crazy 'Road Warrior' stuff. Some of Blackmore's imagery is a little bizarre, (dream sequences and such), and some of the dialogue is pretty silly, but it's truly fun zombie apocalypse fare.
The narrator is the jewel in this crown. Bray is the only performer I've heard that's convinced me to buy an audiobook just because he's reading it. His only weakness in this one is his attempts at French accents (they sound more like Carribean Patois than French-Canadian), and the man needs to learn how to pronounce 'toque'.
Amazing book. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brings familiar names to life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-10

I am a Canadian-trained doctor. We were taught 'History of Medicine', but the acheivements of Joseph Lister got maybe 10 minutes.
This book brings his contribitions to medicine to life. Lindsey Fitzharris vividly describes mid-nineteenth century Britain and paints a picture of an unsafe, derided profession (surgery - filthy, no anaesthesia) brought to respectability and transformed to a safer, necessary option rather than a desperate last resort.
Her writing is clear and liberally sprinkled with quoted comments from contemporaries. Her exhaustive research is evident. This could have been a very dry academic expose, but it feels lkke an entertaining true-to-life story.
Ralph Lister is an excellent reader. He does a good job of reading quotes, for example, using bang-on accents (English, Scottish, French, American). His general reading voice reminds me of the quality voice-over narrators we get in TV documentaries, but rarrly in Audiobooks.

The very few flaws in this book (there is a LOT of artistic lisence taken; some of Fitzharris' phrases are a little awkward) do not detract from it's excellence. 4.5 stars.

Intriguing Premise. Disappointing Execution.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-09

This is a neat twist on the Zombie Apocalypse genre. The undead are vampires, rather than shambling corpses. The movie wasn't fantastic, neither is this novel. Lots of promise...*sigh*
Bought this book as a Daily Deal... good thing. Not worth a credit. Richard Matheson writes melodramatically. Most of the book is Neville peevishly arguing with himself while trying to discover a rational explanation for vampirism.
Hey, buddy...got some news for you: VAMPIRES AREN'T REAL!! Just enjoy it! You're really going to write some factory worker becoming an epidemiologist and hypothesizing sporulation? Some Schmo is making antibiotics in his bedroom?
The flawed (TOO flawed) protagonist is perpetually frustrated and embittered. For some reason Neville has 'blue-balls' all the time. Angrily resisting the urge to have sex with the vampires.

Huh? A borderline necrophiliac, Matheson? Really!?!

Robertson Dean has a great reading voice. But he makes the overly-dramatic dialogue even worse with his over-the-top performance. The William Shatner of narrators.

This book is worth 1.5 stars. A courageous ending saves it from 1 star. I've read worse, I guess.

Great Novel. Inadequate Medium

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-08

This is a fantastic SciFi book. The audiobook format lets it down. Crichton's books are full of rich detail that lend some realism and credibility to his stories. This one has plenty of protocols, government records, and printouts. Kinda dry at times. And not easy to get across in an audiobook. It would need an incredible reader to put any emotion into it.
Unfortunately, we get David Morse. An adequate reader, he doesn't exactly sound bored in this one. 'Uninterested' is a fair description. His narrating is pretty monotone, so some of the scientific and technical details and documents in the book come across like somebody reading a list from a manual.

Lacklustre performance of a great novel. I would recommend a hard-copy. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Average Mystery saved by a great narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-06

This is not Barclay's best work. The plot is a liitle too implausible, the villains a little too cartoonish.
There are some decent twists (one jaw-dropper), but a couple are somewhat predictable.

Mark Zeisler rescues this recording. He reads the dialogue really well. No contrived accents, no smarmy attempts at stereotypical female voices. He has the exact right sarcastic tones when answering questions with 'Yeah'. Almost like he should then say 'Duh...'

This book merits 3 Stars, but I'm giving it 3.5.

Incredible Fantasy writing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-04

This series is amazing. Kvothe relates a fantasy narrative that actually reminds me somehow of Somerset Maugham. An adventurous coming-of-age journey...but he's a wizard. An instant classic.

Nick Podehl isn't the most memorable reader. It takes a little while to get used to his glaringly 'average' reading, but by the 2nd hour of the book, you start to recognize it as quite effective and it's hard to imagine someone else narrating.

This second installment rates 5 Stars out of 5.

Heckuva Thriller. One of Gardner's best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-22

Like it's ripped from the headlines. This book reads like a 'Based on a True Story' Docu-drama. Gardner writes this one very well. Plot with plenty of twists, interesting characters (that you don't really LIKE per se), vivid descriptions, great atmosphere and tension.

I have one issue with Lisa Gardner's plots. She HATES loose ends. Her protagonists are police detectives and FBI agents. You expect a tale of an investigation, complete with 'Red Herrings' and 'Dead-ends' that keep you guessing. But she doesn't give her readers that. You need to pay close attention. She writes supposed mysteries, but nothing distracts you, nothing is superfluous. EVERY event and character in her books wind up playing an essential role in the too-neatly-tied-up conclusions of her books. But I like loose ends and false leads. Not much of a 'mystery' without them, is it? Gardner writes rather Psychological Thrillers with "Holy Cow" Twists.

The plot in this one (a story following an abduction) is no different. But the good FAR outweighs the bad, even though there are MULTIPLE abductions. It gets a little confusing... "Now which time is this?" But an engrossing story.

Kirsten Potter is an excellent reader. Lots of emotion, great cadence, superlative enunciation. The only irritating thing is her occasionally sharp intakes of breath between sentences.

Very small issues. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5

Great book

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-19

At times this is a dry, cerebral book. It's generally more of a discussion of mortality and the nature of God dressed up as a SciFi story than a true Science Fiction tale. It is an extremely effective plot device to discuss philosophical and really weighty issues: Mortality, Religion, Intelligent Design vs Strict Atheism.
Tom sounds like a cross between my Paleontology professor in University and the TA we had for Comparative Anatomy. Hollis, the alien, sounds like a reasoned and very intelligent pastor. This is NOT a debate, however, but a story with a plot and everything (and a pretty good one, though not perfectly executed - at points it gets silly and clichee'd)
Jonathan Davis does a pretty good job reading some stretches of fairly bland writing. His choice of light accent for Hollis is like an Oxford-educated maharaja from Colonial India. At times it sounds like he's reading an instruction manual of some kind. A little monotone for my tastes.

Notwithstanding, a decent reading of a great "Makes ya think, don't it?" novel. Easily 4 out of 5 stars.

Pleasantly surprised...great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-15

I will bet you 20 bucks that Sansbury Smith is balding. It seems that with every new character introduced, there's a focus on what their hair looks like.
Notwithstanding his follicular obsrssions, this is a fantastic novel. It's well-written, full of action with great pacing. The premise (the remnants of humanity taking to the skies to survive nuclear apocalypse) is on it's face absurd. But Sansbury Smith puts enough pathos and tension into the story to make the plot almost realistic. I found myself liking and caring about the characters. The author puts them in plausible, genuine jeopardy. The plot implies urgency, and the author's staccato pacing makes that evident.

I was offered this book on sale as a Daily Deal and thought "Eh...why not?" I thought it probably wouldn't be great. Very glad that I decided to try it.

R.C. Bray is quickly becoming one of my favorite readers and honestly is a big reason that I decided to try the book. He's again great in this one.

This book is a solid 4.5 stars out of 5