My Review: If you are a fan of fantasy and you haven’t already read or listened to “The Name of the Wind” IOriginally posted at www.audiobookfans.com
My Review: If you are a fan of fantasy and you haven’t already read or listened to “The Name of the Wind” I will assume that you have just awoken from a 3-4 yr coma and are catching up on some reading. Before you even bother reading this review, please go and download a copy of “The Name of the Wind, Kingkiller Chronicles Day 1″. You will not regret it.
Book one in this series made such a good impression on me that I have been stalking the author’s blog looking for information on release dates and hints about what new adventures Kvothe will be embarking on for several years. So once the audiobook was made available on Audible I quickly downloaded it and started looking for excuses to take a road trip.
This book continues in the same fashion as “The Name of the Wind” with Kvothe recounting his tale to Chronicler. Fortunately the vast majority of this book is spent with this tale within a tale. The occasional breaks in the story that are spent in Kvothe’s inn seem to drag at times. Not that these sections are poorly written or anything. It is just that I was always impatient to get back to Kvothe’s adventure.
Much of “The Wise Man’s Fear” finds Kvothe away from the university and out on the road looking for a patron and continuing to expand upon his mythos. This story is engrossing and the hours just seem to fly by.
Audio Production: As I mentioned above, I was extremely eager to get my hands on this audiobook. However, the first thing I checked before I added this book to my Audible cart was to verify that Nick Podehl was the narrator. Would I have still bought the book if a new narrator was listed? Probably. However my excitement would have drastically diminished. Switching narrators in the middle of a series is a huge pet peeve for me!
Nick Podehl turned in another superb performance! His narration keeps you hooked, never once breaking character. I think it is always a really good sign when I start googling the narrator’s name to find more of his work.
Overall: Bottom line – If you enjoyed “The Name of the Wind” you will be blown away by the “The Wise Man’s Fear”....more
My Review: Richard Matheson has entertained the masses for over 60 years! He received the World FantaOriginally posted at http://www.audiobookfans.com
My Review: Richard Matheson has entertained the masses for over 60 years! He received the World Fantasy Award in 1984 for Lifetime Achievement and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. So needless to say, any new release from Mr. Matheson will be eagerly anticipated.
Told from the perspective of Arthur White (aka Arthur Black) who is reflecting back on his previous 82 years. Matheson begins Other Kingdoms by showing us the horrors of life in the trenches of World War I. While in the trenches, Arthur forms a strong bond with Harold Lightfoot from Gatford, England. Harold’s description of the “gorgeous” land of Gatford gets under Arthur’s skin and compels him to seek out the town of Gatford after he is injured during an attack on his trench.
Finding Gatford turns out to be a little harder than Arthur had anticipated but once he arrives he is stunned by the view. Arthur’s stay in Gatford soon takes a dark turn when he begins to cross paths with a witch and a forest full of faeries.
Arthur quickly finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with two spurned females. So when Arthur begins to be attacked in the night by mysterious forces he is unsure which of his partners is to blame.
Audio Production: As I have mentioned in previous posts (See Matterhorn and Blood Oath reviews), I have become a big fan of Bronson Pinchot’s narration. As usual I was impressed by Bronson’s ability to amplify every nuance and shading while effortlessly switching back and forth between characters.
Early on in the novel I remember meeting the character of Harold for the first time.. when he began to speak I almost picked up the audiobook case to verify that it wasn’t a full cast narration.
Overall: Good book with great narration and audiobook production. Other Kingdoms makes for a very interesting trip into the land of faerie and black magic. At times the repeated pronouncement from the 82 yr old Arthur White that “Every word is true” and the all too often “Arthur Black Combos” (references to alliteration) seem to pull you out of the story. However, with all things considered Other Kingdoms is still a very robust novel that will enlighten, horrify and entertain fans of the genre....more
My Review: I expected to really get a kick out of this audiobook. After all, I myself am a father ofOriginally posted at http://www.audiobookfans.com
My Review: I expected to really get a kick out of this audiobook. After all, I myself am a father of two boys (4 1/2 and 13 months). For the last 13 months of my life I have only on the rarest of occasions ever gotten more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep. My nights are inevitably interrupted when the baby monitor starts screaming in my ear and I get up and try to coax my son back to sleep. Usually this requires a bottle or two and about 30-45 minutes of patience.
So I can totally relate with the utter exhaustion many parents feel and I thought that this book would be a balm for my frayed nerves. I was wrong.
My expectations going into this book were that there would be two conversations going on. One conversation would be between the parent and the child. This conversation would be one where the father is gently trying to get the child back to sleep. Either reading a book, humming a song, or whatever. The second conversation I expected would be an internal dialogue of expletives that would parade through the father's head but never actually be voiced and directed at the child.
Unfortunately there does not appear to be two conversations in Go the F--k to Sleep. Lines like “F__K your stuffed bear, I ain’t getting you shit” and "Hell no you can't go to the bathroom! You know where you can go? The f__k to sleep!" are voiced directly at the child. Ultimately this is the problem I have with the book. I can't imagine ever saying anything like this to my kids and it really bothers me to think about other kids out there in the world who are treated this way.
In Samuel Jackson's introduction to the audiobook he talks about raising his daughter "I did say 'Go the Fuck to sleep' to her a lot." How cute.
In my opinion, Go the F--k to Sleep trivializes emotional and verbal abuse and promotes an agressive and dysfunctional style of parenting. From watching the traffic on the #GotheFtoSleep I get the distinct impression that my thoughts are in the minority. That's ok. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Most seem to think this is harmless fun and I sincerely hope they are right.
I get it. I understand why people may think this is funny.. but I can't find it humorous in this context.
For all of the fans of this book it appears you will have something to look forward to. With all the attention that this book is garnering I'm expecting we will probably see more "F--k" books from Mr. Mansbach. We can probably look forward to such titles as:
My Review: Ashes, Ashes is a newly released young adult audiobook. The story centers around a teenageOriginally posted at http://www.audiobookfans.com
My Review: Ashes, Ashes is a newly released young adult audiobook. The story centers around a teenage girl, Lucy. Lucy’s parents and siblings are dead after the plague spread through New York City and the country. She knows there are survivors but she stays hidden in her makeshift home in Central Park. Lucy struggles daily to forage enough food and water and maintain her shelter. She hasn’t bathed in ages and her few pieces of clothing are filthy and rarely washed. With no electricity, grocery stores, pharmacies or other luxuries, she makes do with her limited supplies, including a survival handbook.
After running from a pack of ravenous dogs, Lucy is rescued by another teenager, Aidan. Aidan pulls her into a tree and urges her to come with him to a safer place with other survivors. Naturally, Lucy is cautious. She’d been on her own for almost a year and she wasn’t sure she could trust Aidan, let alone a bunch of strangers.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The author, Jo Treggiari paints vivid pictures with her paragraphs and keeps the suspense rolling. Anytime I see “Young Adult” tagged on an audiobook, I hesitate. Okay, I’m a 28-year-old woman, and that’s pretty young, right? Like Lucy, I was extra cautious… But then again, her life was in danger, mine wasn’t. I downloaded, I listened, I loved. Treggiari has a winner on her hands here and now is the time to snag this one, since it’s free over at the Audiobook Community Sync: YA Listening until Wednesday, August 3, 2011 (click the link below).
Honestly, I’d say this would be a great audiobook for anyone. Don’t let the Young Adult tag worry you! Teenagers, twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings… give it a listen, you’ll enjoy it! Some folks have compared this to The Hunger Games, but I’m not leaning that way. It’s different, and great.
Narrator Review: Cassandra Campbell has a young, vibrant voice and suits this audiobook well. You could feel the emotions of Lucy seep through her voice and that added to the suspense....more
Story: This was one of those audiobooks that I had been eagerly anticipating. I had been going througOriginally posted at http://www.audiobookfans.com
Story: This was one of those audiobooks that I had been eagerly anticipating. I had been going through an “undead” marathon recently and “Patient Zero” seemed right up my alley. So as I got started with this book I felt like I was in the right mindset and the standard zombie expectations were ready and willing to be met.
Fortunately the old tried and true zombie story lines were left in the dust. Patient Zero is fast paced, hard hitting and intense zombie terrorist fun. The main character, Joe Ledger, is part Jack Bauer and part Chuck Norris. Basically he is one BAMF.
Life as he knew it ended the day he was recruited for the Department of Military Sciences and was immediately thrust into a top secret “behind the scenes” world. A world where the impossible was not only possible but you were likely going to have to kick it’s ass.
There are so many “Oh Shit!” moments in this book that I completely lost count. Not many books have put me on edge the way Patient Zero did. The action scenes where the DMS are squaring off against hordes of zombies are so well written that they really pull the listener into the story.
Basically I was completely hooked from start to finish.
Audio Production: Ray Porter’s portrayal of the cocky and confident Joe Ledger perfectly set the tone of this action packed novel. I had listened to two other audiobooks that were narrated by Mr. Porter. Those books are Hell House by Richard Matheson and The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. I didn’t really care for his narration of Hell House but I thought he was perfect in The 4 Hour Workweek. I’m thinking that if the book requires a certain amount of cockiness then Ray Porter is the man for the job.
Joe Ledger was totally brought to life by Porter’s narration. Ray Porter is Joe Ledger… simple as that.
Overall: This review is way overdue. I actually got hung up writing this review because I just couldn’t come up with enough good things to say about it. I still feel like I haven’t given it the praise that it truly deserves. All I can say is that I really enjoyed this book. It exceeded all of my expectations and I hope you give it a chance. You won’t regret it!...more
My Review: Hot Six is another great audiobook by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum is oneOriginally posted at our website! http://www.audiobookfans.com
My Review: Hot Six is another great audiobook by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum is one hell of a bounty hunter… well, sometimes. She’s hilarious and constantly surrounded by drama. This time it’s different though, she’s expected to bring in her friend and fellow bounty hunter, Ranger. Yup, same Ranger that has given her hot flashes in the past.
Stephanie ends up with a spastic dog, Bob, that’s scared to be alone and an eating disorder. Bob only adds to the fun at the house, especially since Grandma Mazar moves in! Grandma Mazar is convinced she’s not going to live with Stephanie’s parents anymore and that she’s going to get her driver’s license. She buys a sweet little car and, of course, fails her driving test. Grandma Mazur is hilarious! Sadly, because this audiobook was abridged, I’m sure a lot of her little quirks were cut out.
As usual, she teams up with Vice Cop Joe Morelli and manages to hold off the craziness to solve the mystery behind a murder.
Narrator Review: Here we go again with Debi Mazar. I’ve made my feelings known in my previous post, High Five, so I won’t go into too much of a bitch session. My biggest complaint, she narrates way too dang fast. Take a breath woman.
On a delicious note, next up is Seven Up, narrated by Lorelei King! WOOT!...more
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My review: Two for the Dough is the second in the Stephanie Plum series and proved that this entire series will be a good listen! I can’t wait to pick up the third audiobook after this one kept me laughing.
Stephanie, a bounty hunter, is on the trail of Kenny Mancuso who had just shot his best friend. Some best friend, huh? This guy is a real piece of work and keeps Stephanie and cop Joe Morelli reeling through his games. Oh yes, Morelli is back and continues to try to woo Stephanie! I really hope to see those too hook up in a later book, I think it would add a ton of humor.
The funniest part of the book? Grandma Mazur. Seriously, she is an amazing character and I think her funeral parlor stalking is hilarious. I’ve heard about a few old folks that go to funerals and visitations daily, but never as dedicated and judgmental as Grandma Mazur. She could tell you how much money they had, where their family was from and who knows what else by checking out the funeral parlor.
Overall, another great audiobook that was packed with suspense and humor. I’d like to order more Grandma Mazur! Such a firecracker.
Narrator Review: C.J. Critt is good… but honestly, I really liked Lori Petty’s portrayal of Stephanie in the first audiobook, One for the Money. Petty was gruff and made my mind paint a better picture of the characters. Critt was great though, she changed voices seamlessly between characters and kept me entertained....more
My review: I feel like I zipped right through this audio book and I gueMy review was originally published at our website, http://www.audiobookfans.com
My review: I feel like I zipped right through this audio book and I guess I kind of did. I couldn’t help myself; I was so enticed with the story line, I had to stay up past my normal “old lady” bed time and listen. I managed to drag myself to work the next day and kick myself for staying up too late. Then, that night I’d do it all over again just to see what kind of mess Stephanie would get herself into.
Three to Get Deadly is the third audiobook in the Stephanie Plum series and continues to pack a punch. Stephanie is a lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter and from previous listens, always manages to find herself in a predicament.
Stephanie is on the trail of bond jumper and local business owner, Moses Bedemier (aka Uncle Mo). Uncle Mo was picked up by a rookie officer for carrying a concealed weapon. He bonded out quickly and missed his scheduled court date. That put Stephanie on the simple case. She was hesitant, as she should have been. How on earth would the neighbors react when they found out she was hunting down Uncle Mo? Everyone loved him, young and old. For years he sold penny candy, ice cream and soda to the local children and families. Stephanie winds up teaming up with Lula, a former prostitute who’s decided she wants to try her hand at bounty hunting. Lula is a hoot! She’s a woman after my own heart, sturdy and loves to eat. She’s almost fearless… Almost! Luckily, Joe Morelli is there to lend a hand yet again. Morelli and all of his sexiness help Stephanie dig deeper into the case.
Again, I loved this audiobook by Janet Evanovich. She hasn’t disappointed me yet and I can’t wait to dive into the fourth book.
Narrator Review: In my last review of Two for the Dough, I wasn’t completely sold on C.J. Critt’s narration, but now I’m in love. I’m easily swayed and she did an amazing job on this audiobook....more
My review: Janet Evanovich has done it again! I’m madly in love with thMy review was originally published at our website, http://www.audiobookfans.com
My review: Janet Evanovich has done it again! I’m madly in love with the Stephanie Plum series and just finished this audiobook.
Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum is on the case of tracking down Maxine, a waitress who stole her ex-boyfriend’s car and jumped bond. Stephanie hits the ground running with her normal sidekick, Lula. Lula, a 200-lb black woman, has turned her life around after being a prostitute and is now filing papers at the bond office. She loves the excitement of bounty hunting with Stephanie and usually invites herself along for the ride.
As usual, Stephanie finds drama along the way to capturing her bond jumper. She meets a transvestite named Sally Sweet and his roommate Sugar. Sally is a puzzle busting machine and manages to help Stephanie decode Maxine’s notes and lead them in the right direction. But of course, Sally insists on being a part of the take-down!
And last but not least, Joe Morelli. *Sigh* He may be my new fictional love. Forget about that long-haired romantic dude on the cover of romance novels, I like a man with a gun! Morelli steps up to the plate again and helps Stephanie when she gets in too deep and finally, finally… a steamy bedroom scene between him and Stephanie!
I spent more than half of the time listening to this audiobook smiling or laughing. The comedy is amazing and Evanovich has yet to disappoint me. I love her style of writing. She has the perfect mix of comedy and suspense. She’s very detailed in some of the descriptions but doesn’t overdo it. It’s a nice median.
Narrator Review: C.J. Critt was great, once again. Even though I’ve heard raving reviews of Lorelei King’s narrations of future books, I’m still very happy with Critt’s performance. She drags me into the story really fast and keeps me hanging on through the twists, turns and laughs. I’m not sure I could manage to narrate this book without being doubled over with laughter....more
My Review: I can’t seem to say enough wonderful things about Janet EvanMy review was originally published at our website, http://www.audiobookfans.com
My Review: I can’t seem to say enough wonderful things about Janet Evanovich. She kept the excitement coming with High Five. Stephanie’s Mom and Grandma Mazur ask Stephanie for her help in finding Uncle Fred after he disappears. Uncle Fred is a cheapskate, but Stephanie is sure he’s not a crook. The family dynamics are great and Grandma Mazur always makes me laugh. I’d love to say more about this book, but sadly I can’t. The unabridged version isn’t available for download so I suffered through the abridged version. More of my suffering will be discussed below in the narrator review.
Narrator Review: I’ve delayed writing this for two days thinking I might calm myself down a bit but I haven’t. I’ve been a faithful Audible downloader since my brother got me into audiobooks and they’ve always had a great selection. Now, I’m got myself enthralled with this amazing Stephanie Plum series and I’m stuck listening to this hot mess that Debi Mazar read. And yes, I’m talking about my beloved Evanovich. I hold nothing against her, instead I’m taking my aggravation out on Mazar. I swear, this audiobook should be double the length, even though it is abridged. She was speed reading!
You remember when you were in high school and you’d have to read some dreadful book about some dead guy? I do, and I would speed read through, grabbing the high points and moving on. That’s exactly how Mazar narrates this book. She hardly took a breath between sentences and didn’t bother changing her tone for various characters. To say the least, I was extremely annoyed the entire time.
As to the next audiobook in the series, Hot Six, I will be downloading it and listening. But I won’t be happy about it since Mazar’s abridged version is the only available download at audible. I can’t stand to miss anything… even if it’s abridged....more
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This audiobook is the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard who was kidnapped at the age of 11 by Phillip and Nancy Garrdio. These two disgusting humans held Jaycee captive in their backyard for 18 years after kidnapping her on her way to the bus stop. This audiobook tells Jaycee’s story, in her own words. When I started listening, I had so many unanswered questions. Why didn’t she try to leave? Why didn’t she scream out “I’m Jaycee!” to the many parole officers that came to check on Phillip. But thankfully, she answered all of those questions by the end of the audiobook. Jaycee’s strength and hope carried her through the horrible sexual and verbal abuse. She gave birth to two daughters in her backyard prison and managed to raise them into smart, vibrant young women.
There are points in this audiobook that will make you furious. Furious that horrible people like the Garridos walk this earth. And then overwhelmed with emotion after Jaycee is reunited with her mom, aunt and sister after 18 years. Thank God this woman has survived true hell. I would recommend this audiobook to everyone that would like to understand the true meaning of having hope and strength. This is so heartwarming.
Narrator Review: Jaycee Dugard really surprised me! I’m not sure I could have read these words and not burst into tears. She has a beautiful speaking voice and sounds like such an intelligent young woman. By reading this book herself, it adds so much. You can feel the emotion in the words and through her voice....more
My review: After numerous suggestions from a co-worker I downloaded JanMy review was originally published at our website, http://www.audiobookfans.com
My review: After numerous suggestions from a co-worker I downloaded Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. This is of course, the first novel in the Stephanie Plum series. I know, I’m way behind since this was originally published in 1994 in print and then in 2000 on audiobook. Actually, behind is an understatement.
Stephanie Plum has lost her job as a lingerie buyer and subsequently lost her car, most of her furniture and left her with an almost empty refrigerator. Her one friend through it all, her hamster Rex. I’m glad she loves her hamster. I had one back in the day that was possessed by the devil. Mine would rattle the bars on it’s cage and manage to get the door up and get out in the middle of the night. After numerous escapes, his life was cut short when the kitty wanted to play. RIP Frankie.
And now, back to the regularly scheduled review…
Stephanie has been grabbing a few good meals at her parents house and finally confesses to being in a bind. On her dad’s suggestion, she goes to see her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman. She originally set out to take a filing job, sitting behind a desk, but after talking with the receptionist, she manages to blackmail her cousin into making more cash, much faster. She’s an “apprehension agent”. Yup, girl’s got a gun.
Stephanie grabs the case of Joe Morelli, her former classmate, innocence-taker and cop. Morelli is on the run after a murder charge kicks him off the police force and puts him into hiding. Along the way, Stephanie runs into Benito Ramirez, a scumbag boxer who prides himself in abusing women.
I loved this audiobook. It’s not too long and I finished it quickly, because I was so wrapped up in the story. I found myself chuckling over and over again. Evanovich has a great character in Stephanie. She’s young, funny and lively.
Narrator Review: This audiobook was narrated by Lori Petty. Now, if you don’t recognize the name, you’ll absolutely recognize her voice! Immediately I knew, I knew. But, it took me searching her name online to put the two together. Petty is an actress and was in two movies I remember vividly, A League of Their Own and In the Army Now. She does a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance....more