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  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

  • Autor: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Sprecher: James Marsters
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 39 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 22

1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • well, James Marsters reads it ...

  • Von Vanessa Am hilfreichsten 16.06.2018

well, James Marsters reads it ...

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 16.06.2018

James Marsters can read the phone book and give each entry an individual voice. He is why I picked this book in the first place and he reads it excellently.

As for the story itself ... it's a vampire-human romance with a somewhat interesting twist. As I said, it is read well, otherwise I wouldn't have finished it. The characters are flat and stereotypical, especially the oafish Americans. Stereotype-wise, the only exceptions are Gareth and the Greyfriar, I actually rooted for them.

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  • Make Me Sin

  • Bad Habit, Book 2
  • Autor: J. T. Geissinger
  • Sprecher: Teri Clark Linden, Sebastian York
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 10 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Chloe Carmichael's life feels pretty sweet - she's both maid of honor and florist for her best friend's A-list wedding, things are getting serious with her boyfriend, and her flower shop is about to get a spread in a national magazine. But it all quickly turns sour whenever the best man, Bad Habit drummer A.J. Edwards, shows his face...his handsome, unforgettable face. A.J. is everything Chloe doesn't want: tattooed, selfish, and all-around bad news. So why can't she stop thinking about him?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • freche Mogelpackung bzgl. Sprecher

  • Von Vanessa Am hilfreichsten 17.01.2018

freche Mogelpackung bzgl. Sprecher

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 17.01.2018

Fans von Sprecher Sebastian York brauchen hier enorm Geduld: knapp 8 Stunden in der Erzählung und er hatte bislang einen Redeanteil von max. 10 Minuten! Nach 8 Stunden taucht er dann mal auf, für 7 Minuten.

Absolute Unverschämtheit!

Im Gegensatz zu Teri Clark Linden liefert er nämlich immer ab (sofern er denn zum Lesen kommt). Dieses Hörbuch als eins mit 2 Sprechern anzupreisen, ist schlichtweg eine Sauerei.

Warum? Weil die weibliche Leserin eine Katastrophe ist.

Nicht nur bekommt A.J. von der Leserin nach knapp einer Stunde einen russischen Spontan-Akzent (den Sebastian York natürlich nicht annimmt, warum auch? Man redet ja auch im Alltag gerne mal stundenweise mit einem schlechten Akzent), er wird auch noch gesprochen wie eine Figur in einem versoffenen Kasperl-Theater. Man braucht einen seltenen Fetisch, um diese Stimme auch nur annähernd als attraktiv zu empfinden.

Die weibliche Hauptfigur, Chloé, klingt abwechselnd wie ein Helium-Schlumpf und Nicole Kidman im Halbschlaf!!! Man sollte sich nicht von Passagen täuschen lassen, wo sie nur Beschreibungen liest. Die gehen einigermaßen, aber sobald sie Stimmen imitiert, möchte man wütende Rezensionen schreiben.

Oh, ja. Die Geschichte ist auch noch lahm, was gute Leser aber relativieren können. Nicht so hier.

Ich habe davor 'Burn For You' von J.T. Geissinger gehört - das ist im Vergleich wie Häagen Dasz Eis zu Fürst Pückler vom Discounter.

  • Shacking Up

  • Autor: Helena Hunting
  • Sprecher: Jacob Morgan, Rose Dioro
  • Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 3 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can't seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed - and then coughed on - her at a party the night before.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Leider nicht gut !

  • Von jimmy k. Am hilfreichsten 03.10.2017

enttäuschend

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.12.2017

Die Leseprobe enthält nur den männlichen Sprecher - man sollte sich aber unbedingt die weibliche Stimme in einer anderen Leseprobe anhören!

Habe ich nicht gemacht und es bereut. Ich fand sie furchtbar, weil sie bei jedem Satz alle Betonungen durchorgelt wie Töne in einem Mariah Carey Song.

Die männliche Hauptfigur hat eine Vogelspinne und ein Frettchen als Haustiere, mit denen ausgiebig geschmust wird. Natürlich Geschmackssache, aber wenn ich das vorher gewußt hätte, hätte ich das Buch nicht gekauft.

Dadurch habe ich das Buch nicht zuende gehört, aber die Handlung bis zur Hälfte ist dämlich - selbst für ein Genre, in dem das nicht ungedingt im Vordergrund steht. Was die Geschlechtsteile der Protagonisten denken, interessiert mich eher weniger...

  • Under Locke

  • Autor: Mariana Zapata
  • Sprecher: Callie Dalton
  • Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 6 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 35

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly... even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she's ever met. He's rude and impatient, and he doesn't know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Under Locke

  • Von Hörbücherwurm Am hilfreichsten 03.02.2017

Locke's a jerk

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 28.10.2017

Somebody else wrote this before me but I now have to agree: that Locke guy is simply a jerk. If he were a 33-yr-old trucker with a slight gut and a receding hairline, no reader would find his behavior even remotely acceptable.

Yes, he can be sweet to Iris and he is apologetic after every time he puts her down - always in front of other people no less (the apology comes later - in private) ... but that sort of behavior is standard in every abusive relationship.

In short, the protagonist on his own is relatively intriguing but he verbally abuses Iris. This constant 'you're mine, I keep what's mine' got old REALLY fast for me.

On a more general note, the book is just not written well. Callie Dalton's excellent performance glosses over the stylistic weaknesses but overall, The Wall of Winnipeg is a much better choice from the same author.

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  • In the Woods

  • Autor: Tana French
  • Sprecher: Steven Crossley
  • Spieldauer: 20 Std. und 23 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 54

As dusk approaches a Dublin suburb in 1984, mothers call their children home. But on this evening, three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of them. He is gripping a tree trunk, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective. When a girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox must investigate a case chillingly similar to the unsolved mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Geht unter die Haut

  • Von vintervis Am hilfreichsten 01.10.2011

Zum Sprecher ...

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.09.2017

Ich habe in Rezensionen gelesen, dass Einige den Leser nicht gut finden, weil er keinen irischen Dialekt liest. Andere sagen, der Ich-Erzähler des Buchs sei aber ja auf einem englischen Internat gewesen und daher sei das schon ok so.

Für mich liegt die Wahrheit in der Mitte: Ja, für den Ich-Erzähler macht es Sinn, 'britisch' zu klingen. Aber für alle anderen Charaktere leider nicht!

Der Roman erzählt eine dunkle Geschichte, deren Atmosphäre für mich nicht aufkam, weil jeder Charakter (der nicht gerade motzt, schnäuzt oder schreit) leicht ironisch klingt. Und ich meine tatsächlich leicht und ironisch. Eine düstere Geschichte über Kindesmord und schwere Psychotraumata klingt dadurch in großen Teilen wie ein Dinnerempfang auf Downton Abbey!

Ich hätte mich über irisches Lokalkolorit in Form von Akzenten gefreut und finde es ein Defizit des Lesers, dass er das nicht bietet.

Die Geschichte selbst ist gut, ein cleverer Kriminalfall, interessante Figuren. Blieb für mich aber durch den Leser leider nur an der Oberfläche und ohne Atmosphäre war mir die Story zu lang.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • Autor: Benedict Jacka
  • Sprecher: Gildart Jackson
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 33 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Quest in the British Museum of London

  • Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 30.06.2017

not very gripping

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 26.08.2017

Maybe it's because I'm coming off the Harry Dresden series, but Alex Verus pales in comparison. There is nothing exactly wrong with it, it's just not gripping.

The protagonist is not especially witty, or tortured, or angry, or sad, or anything really. He can see the future in all possible variations. OK. You just don't get a glimpse of how he tries to combine this with a "normal" life or where that might be problematic. All in all, the book is just ... meh.

In all fairness, perhaps I would be less harsh if I hadn't listened to 15 Harry Dresdens right beforehand.

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  • The Black Angel

  • Autor: John Connolly
  • Sprecher: Jeff Harding
  • Spieldauer: 17 Std. und 23 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The Black Angel is not an object. The Black Angel is not a myth. The Black Angel lives. A young woman goes missing from the streets of New York. Those who have taken her believe that nobody cares about her, and that no one will come looking for her. They are wrong. She is 'blood' to the killer Louis, the man who stands at the right hand of private detective Charlie Parker, and Louis will tear apart anyone who stands in the way of his attempts to find her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What's the story? Couldn't tell ya

  • Von Vanessa Am hilfreichsten 08.03.2017

What's the story? Couldn't tell ya

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 08.03.2017

I like the Charlie Parker series, I really do. I've read several books in the series, and I usually appreciate its supernatural / metaphysical touches - it gives the detective stories a darker edge.

The Black Angel, however, gives an Old Testament / Occult Tale a detective edge. It starts out with the search for a missing prostitute and veers off into the Old Testament, WWII, medieval history, endless facts about the Sedlec Ossuary, cults, Nazis, etc. until I was so disinterested that I skipped the final 4 hours.

I wanted a Charlie Parker installment and got an Umberto Ecco tribute.

Jeff Harding reads well. He has to impersonate a large cast of characters, so it's probably unavoidable that some of them 'sound' a little annoying.

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  • Nineteen Minutes

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Jodi Picoult
  • Sprecher: Carol Monda
  • Spieldauer: 21 Std. und 4 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes - or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show - destroying the closest of friendships and families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • food for thought

  • Von Vanessa Am hilfreichsten 01.02.2017

food for thought

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.02.2017

Unfortunately, school shootings have lost some of their shock value in this day and age. Yet this novel draws from the Columbine and Paducah shootings of the late 1990s in whose aftermath the issue of bullying was first addressed (among other things, of course).

Picoult tells the story from varying viewpoints and introduces you to the people involved before they even become involved in a school shooting that kills 10 students and a teacher. By the end of the novel, you're almost exhausted from trying to blame someone, anyone, for what happened - and failing.

This is not a crime novel or a thriller. It's a story about the basic human need for comfort and security in any shape or form.

To me, the most interesting aspect was the look at the parents of the school shooter Peter. At how their life is utterly ruined in nineteen minutes and at how they cope with what their son has done ... and in how far they themselves are to blame. Or are they? Here, too, no easy answers.

This could have become a melodramatic sob story. Instead Picoult turns it into very rich food for thought ... and an all-around great read.

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  • Moving Target

  • Rarities Unlimited, Book 1
  • Autor: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Sprecher: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 18 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The troubling message from Serena Charters' late grandmother appears in a package containing four pages of a centuries-old illuminated manuscript - a strange inheritance that hides many secrets...and has already cost many lives. Seeking answers, Serena turns to Erik North of Rarities Unlimited, a reclusive manuscript appraiser with a passion for the past. Without warning they are thrust together into the center of a lethal firestorm that rages between two worlds - one long dead yet living on in an ancient text, the other chillingly alive and fraught with peril.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • stilted prose, stilted performance

  • Von Vanessa Am hilfreichsten 01.02.2017

stilted prose, stilted performance

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.02.2017

I have listened to a number of books performed by Alyssa Bresnahan, and I've always liked her ... until now. Her reading of Moving Target is slow and cautious, infused with a gravity which the story does not call for.

BUT I could have gotten used to it (and have, in fact) if not for the contrived narrative. Simile after simile, one worse than the other. "The sky was as empty as a murderer's heart" or "Manhattan wrapped around the building like an anaconda", to name but two choice examples of too many.

The plot idea is not bad, and you get enough details of weaving, ancient manuscripts, and medieval art to make it interesting. Yet the incredibly stilted prose did not let me get close to any of the characters.

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  • Redemption Road

  • A Novel
  • Autor: John Hart
  • Sprecher: Scott Shepherd
  • Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 17 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • too slow and too predictable

  • Von Vanessa Am hilfreichsten 20.12.2016

too slow and too predictable

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.12.2016

It's an OK story read well. Yet only worth 3 stars to me because the characters are all just so incredibly gloomy. Set in a town full of bullies, crooks, victims, and tortured heroes.

The old lawyer, Crybaby Jones, is the only one to bring a little pizzazz to the cast but he's just a minor character,and can't supply enough comic relief.

To me, this story aims to land somewhere between Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Connelly. Alas, it's too uninspired for Gothic and too predictable for a detective story (by the final third of the story you know who the killer is - and it's who you've been suspecting during the entire middle. Not cool).

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