LISTENER

SGL

California
  • 44
  • reviews
  • 135
  • helpful votes
  • 62
  • ratings
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Lucas, Weather, Sam nòw Letty

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.

Read More Hide me
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Dwarves, course, insular, combative or are they

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.

Read More Hide me
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Like quirky modern detectives? Oh did I mention

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.

Read More Hide me
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Enjoyed the print version, this I didn't

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.

Read More Hide me
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-16

P.I. Noir, well kinda

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.

Read More Hide me
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-16

The Red Panda, Canada's greatest super Hero

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.

Read More Hide me
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-16

A period piece, without period characters

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.

Read More Hide me

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Can a midshipsman horror of being captian be real?

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.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-16

It just ended!

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.

Read More Hide me
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Epic Space Opera, difficult naration

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.

Read More Hide me