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Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris, no stranger to nonfiction, performs a re-examination of human evolution that puts our arboreal origins at its hub. Boutsikaris takes on a conversational tone, which increases the accessibility of this well-researched audiobook by helping listeners connect with the importance of trees, not only for humankind's physical development but also for our... Read More
Award-winning narrators Robin Miles and Dennis Boutsikaris lead a group of first-rate voice talents in delivering this collection of 29 specially commissioned short stories centered on the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spring of 2020, the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE rounded up a veritable who's who of contemporary North American authors, including Margaret Atwood, Victor LaValle, and... Read More
Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris has a gift for dramatizing conversations, a skill that goes beyond creating character voices. In this audiobook, he uses this talent to drive the complicated plot. The third in the Clay Edison series overlays two mysteries. One concerns the search for a tech entrepreneur's missing sibling; the other deals with a child's remains discovered during the... Read More
Listening to this comprehensive report is a riveting and fascinating experience, and is made even more interesting by the talented narrators who present it. What’s more, the report is mostly written in a literate, conversational style that allows them to deliver it as a book as opposed to a dry government account. Alternating sections of the report, the narrators have... Read More
The multitalented and highly listenable Dennis Boutsikaris offers a performance that almost redeems this memoir of talent agent and Creative Artists Agency founder Michael Ovitz. As a memoir, it is almost exclusively a self-congratulatory career-centered ode with minimal mentions of his personal life. Ovitz's lengthy preface, which he narrates himself, substantiates the sound... Read More
Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris takes the listener through the ups and downs of this police procedural. The father-and-son author team give us the second in the series featuring Alameda County coroner's deputy Clay Edison. Called into investigate a number of deaths of young people resulting from a party in Oakland gone out of control. Boutsikaris is a great match for Clay, who... Read More
The prolific songwriter and performer Paul Simon has been a part of the American music scene for more than 50 years, adapting his style as the times have changed. He wrote his first song as a teenager in Queens, where he met his on-again-off-again singing partner, Art Garfunkel, though it took several years before their musical careers truly began. Dennis Boutsikaris narrates... Read More
Narrators Dennis Boutsikaris and Dagmara Dominczyk bring to life this compelling story of the impact of ALS on a patient and his caregivers. Boutsikaris gets inside the mind and spirit of Richard, a world-renowned pianist who is blindsided with his diagnosis at the height of his career. His voice runs the gamut from disbelief to depressed resignation. As the disease progresses,... Read More
ROLLING STONE magazine's founder, Jann Wenner, is the subject of Joe Hagan's research and reportage in this overly detailed work. Dennis Boutsikaris skillfully provides a nuanced, appealing narration of the entire text, except for the brief afterword, which Hagan handles in an offhand manner. Wenner originally requested this biography, but ultimately distanced himself,... Read More
Three narrators--three very different voices--draw the listener into three tragic stories of suffering and survival that converge on a wintry night in Brooklyn. The listener clearly experiences the dramatic backstories of the three main characters: Lucia, from Chile; Evelyn, from Guatemala; and Richard, an American who once lived in Brazil. Each of the narrators, Dennis... Read More
Joe Hill once again hits a home run with this collection of four novellas, each more chilling than the last. He has a lot of help from the superstar narrators who perform the works flawlessly. Special acclaim goes to Wil Wheaton for his performance of "Snapshot," which features a villain who wields a Polaroid camera that erases memory. The most fascinating thing about the story... Read More
Dennis Boutsikaris is an excellent narrator for this mystery. Assistant Coroner Clay Edison believes that Walter Rennert died after falling down the steps. But Rennert's daughter, Tatiana, believes her father was murdered and convinces Edison to investigate further. When Edison looks deeper, he discovers that a colleague of Rennert's died in a similar way. The result is a... Read More
If excellence in audiobook narration means doing everything right while seeming to do little or nothing, Dennis Boutsikaris sets a standard here. In a feat of storytelling, Wolff has combined his own personal history growing up in Northern Michigan with the life stories of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and the intertwined histories of American folk music and radical politics. A... Read More
This audiobook is a cornucopia of bestselling thriller authors, iconic characters, and top-notch narrators. Each of the 11 short stories is cowritten by two popular writers and features protagonists from their previous works teaming up. Add a host of talented narrators into the mix, and the result is an eclectic, wholly unique audio experience for thriller enthusiasts and those... Read More
Most decisions we make are based, in some part, on irrationality-- sometimes referred to as a gut feeling or intuition. Author Michael Lewis simplifies the brain-boggling lifework of Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman, who developed the new discipline of behavioral economics to explain the seeming irrationality of financial decision making. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris's faultless... Read More
Listeners will enjoy an in-depth listen about genetics and the experimental breakthroughs that took place in the field throughout history. As cancer physician and Pulitzer Prize winner (THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES) Siddhartha Mukherjee explains why all these stories are both fascinating and valuable, he illuminates how genes influence the world. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris... Read More
On the heels of the author’s gravelly voiced narration of the introduction, narrator Dennis Boutsikaris at first sounds tame or buttoned-down. But as the audio unfolds, his reading reveals a rich palette of emotional accents that he applies to great effect in all the right places. His skill with the subtleties of narrative energy also works well with this textured history... Read More
This latest anthology from the International Thriller Writers is a feast for both fans of the genre and audiobooks in general. Twenty-two of the form's most prominent authors pair their best-known lead characters to create 11 unique short stories showcasing the strengths of each. The impressive cast of accomplished narrators will be familiar to audio buffs, and the broad range... Read More
Television and Broadway standouts Marsha Mason, Bruce Davison, Dennis Boutsikaris, and Amy Pietz join forces to play ten characters in four skits in this perennial Neil Simon favorite. The action and laughs may all take place in various rooms of a fancy Beverly Hills hotel but the accents and attitude are all very much East Coast. There's wonderful moment in the opening sketch... Read More
What fun to be back in 1950s Los Angeles with Philip Marlowe as imagined by Benjamin Black, aka acclaimed Irish author John Banville. Dennis Boutsikaris narrates with marvelous aplomb. In this new take on Raymond Chandler’s iconic P.I., he meets a cool blonde and acquires a dangerous case. She walks in one hot summer day and asks Marlowe to find her vanished boyfriend. Marlowe... Read More
Clive Davis--Harvard Law School alumnus, former Columbia Records president, and founder of both the Arista and "J" record labels-- provides a lackluster and monotone narration of his memoir of his business career. Davis presents himself as an imperious egotist whose legal and business capabilities somehow assisted him in developing "golden ears," which helped him build the... Read More
In a story so full of plot twists, intrigue, danger, and violent death as to top any bestseller list, O’Donnell recounts the true story of a U.S. mission to sabotage a critical Nazi supply route in the Italian Alps. Dennis Boutsikaris presents the journalistic account in the way it was written—as a James Bond thriller. His rapid-fire delivery of military operations alternates... Read More
Patterson has outdone himself with his latest edge-of-your-seat audiobook. Ben Blaine, the demanding, downright cruel patriarch of a Martha's Vineyard family, is found dead at the edge of a cliff on his property. Police have no shortage of suspects since so many wanted him dead. But it is his prodigal son, Adam, who must figure out why his father cut his mother out of his will... Read More
Leo Demidov knows a few truths about himself: He is, at heart, a detective in Russia’s secret police, and he skillfully knows how to elicit information from his subjects. But when a family trip goes horribly wrong, his life is suddenly changed in every conceivable way. Methodically, an emotionally spent Leo seeks answers. Smith’s well-paced thriller winds its way over... Read More
John Grisham has the legal thriller down pat, and his audiobooks are often enhanced by the performance of narrator Dennis Boutsikaris. As he has done in other Grisham novels, Boutsikaris lends a touch of whimsy to the process that lets the listener know that everything is going to work out. He makes a good book even better. This story begins with a burned-out lawyer who jumps... Read More
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