Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

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Wolfen – Robert Fass

Imagin being a cop on a call and being attacked by dogs. These aren’t any or ordinary dogs, these dogs are Wolfen. And they don’t just bite they tear your body to pieces leaving only blood and body parts behind.  Now your a detective assigned to investigate the murder of your fellow officers. How would you explain the Wolfen? Could you? They know your scent and are tracking you. What is your move.

That is the story behind Whitley Strieber’s Wolfen Narrated expertly by Robert Fass. This Audiobook is a captivating listen from start to finish and kept me intrigued as to what would happen next.

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I received this audiobook from the Narrator for an honest review.


Fire and Ice – Dana Stabenow

This is the First of the Alaska Trooper Liam Campbell novels. Narrated by Marguerite Gavin. Marguerite is a great narrator and brings all of the many characters to life.

Once Trooper Campbell arrives at his new posting someone dies. In the first three days there are many activities and shootings that take his attention. This story lays the groundwork and background for many characters including the town and villages of Liam’s new posting.

As Liam solves the murder and works to gain the trust of the people at his new posting his personal life becomes Intwined with his investigations. This audiobook is a great first book in what I think will be an even better series.

I purchased this book for my own interest, this review is my own.

Shut Your Eyes Tight – John Verdon

John Verdon’s 2nd book in the Dave Gurney series is a wonderful addition to this catalogue. I have read all 4 of the Gurney novels and they got better and better each and every book. This one is one of my favorites. 

Scott Brick narrates this audiobook and does a good job expressing the emotions and actions of each characters. 

A young bride is found beheaded at her wedding reception and after 4 months there is no progress in the case. Jack Hargrove has been removed from the case and brings copies of all the files to his Anti-partner Dave Gurney. 

Dave after much thought looks into this this case and once again tries to solve the unsolvable. This mystery is a great example of a mystery/thriller and is like no other police mystery series I have ever read. John Verdon is an amazing writer. 

I purchased this book for my own pleasure and am pleased to review this audiobook.

Mecca – William Deverell

Mecca is written by William Deverell and Narrated by Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliott. Published by McClelland & Stewart; First Edition 1983, and republished on audiobook by Steve Scherf Audiobooks in July, 2013. 

This is my first Deverell book and first audiobook by Scherf and Elliott. First the narrators; the numerous characters in this book makes narrating a challenge. 90% of the duo’s attempt is well done, Scherf’s attempt at a German Accent made me laugh as it sounded like a bad Saturday Night Live Arnold Swartzeneger imitation.  Neither the voices or the story kept me intertained or interested in the story. 

The story itself is dated as it was written 30 years ago. A full year before Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” which started the modern Spy/Terrorist/Special Operations novel era. Knowing the time it was written and what was to come I give this story a lot of Grace. It really doesn’t hold up to today’s novels in its Genre, but for its time it must have seemed groundbreaking.

The protagonist is a French Canadian Socialist Revolutionary who is offered a full pardon and pension for life if he infiltrates a group of revolutionary terrorists and find out their target and stops the attack. First on the personal side, everybody needs a hero, even Canada but a pro-Separatist from Quebec may even be a stretch for my Canadian Friends. Also why is every women in these stories a crazy nymphomaniac.  

Again for the time this was written I would say it was groundbreaking, the villain is a little James Bondesque in his flamboyancy but Deverell was breaking new ground. If you are interested in a 1983 pre-Clancy special operations novel this is for you, but if your looking for Brad Thor, David Baldacci, or Andrew Peterson this book will not excite you.

This audiobook was gifted to me for an honest


I’ll see you in my dreams – William Deverell

This audiobook is narrated by Steve Scherf. He does a good job. This book is slow and has no real tension. Scherf can do little more than read this book. I didn’t care about any of the characters, I didn’t care about the Canadian legal system. The story about a young lawyers lifetime of guilt over pleading a not guilty native Indian guilty for murder has no emotion. 

My research into this author shows this to be the 5th of 6 books in the Authur Beauchamp series. I reviewed a book Mecca also written by this Canadian Author. I had some of the same complaints about that book but it was far better than this book.

I may be kinder if I had known the characters but I am not sure it would help. It took me a long time to listen to this very long audiobook. The only incentive I had to finish the book is the fact that I received this from a publisher who asked for my honest review. I would like give the narrator Steve Scherf another chance with better material. 

This book was received for an honest review.