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Belton, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 435 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • Living Without Stress or Fear: Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By uncredited

    A life without stress or fear may seem like an impossible dream-yet Thich Nhat Hanh has spent a lifetime proving not only is it possible, but it is also within our grasp. On Living Without Stress or Fear, this treasured Zen master shares a message of hope: that we can, through the practice of mindfulness, find freedom from the grip of emotions like anxiety, anger and despair "Suffering persists because we nourish the feelings that cause it," reveals Thich Nhat Hanh.

    S. Davis says: "Just Listen"

    The production values and sound quality is simply subpar. Very frustrating experience. Would NOT recommend.

    5 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Ashfall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mike Mullin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne

    For Alex, being left home alone for the weekend means the freedom to play his computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

    Fauna says: "Loved It"
    Where does Ashfall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It easily ranks in the top quarter.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashfall?

    Reunion with family

    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not certain

    Any additional comments?

    Well scripted, good performance. Believable characters. Look forward to the sequels. (BTW, I am a "mature" adult and while this book is clearly aimed at a younger audience, its quality surpassed many audiobooks aimed at an older audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "Solid performance; weak story and characters"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More depth and psychological realism to the characters. The author clearly has as little comprehension of people as he ascribes to his admittedly socially and characterologically impoverished protagonist.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The changes to the ecosystem after the extreme reduction of the human population were interesting. His characters, however, were shallow and wooden and evoked little sense of connection or believability.

    What about Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis ’s performance did you like?

    Good variation of tone and timber among the different characters, but he needs to address the whistled sibilants. On a less than stellar car audio system with harsh treble, it was quite distracting at times. Willis warned listeners that the characters would be somewhat secondary to the natural phenomena in the storyline. She understated the situation.

    Was Earth Abides worth the listening time?

    No. I did not finish it. Only the fourth book or audiobook I quit before finishing in 56+ years of avid reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    Frances says: "SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett"
    "Sad to see"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made it a full length story instead of (presumably) cutting it in half to make two sales from one piece of merchandise. The previous book in the series began this trend, which sunk to a new low with this installment. Prior to this McCammon, was doing an exemplary job in creating a fascinating series of well-researched historical novels with deep characterizations and well-developed plots. Not this one.

    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He continues to mature and develop. Very good job, perhaps his best performance to date.

    Do you think The River of Souls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It clearly is little more than half a book and deliberately incomplete.

    Any additional comments?

    I had come to expect much better from Mr. McCammon and hope he gets his priorities back in order and delivers what he has proven capable of in his first three books in this series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Sacrifice: Emberverse Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void.

    carl says: "Great Ending To This Part Of The Saga"
    "Poorest quality recording yet"
    What disappointed you about The Given Sacrifice?

    The poor audio quality of the recording itself, possibly compounded by the author's tendency to soften his voice mimicking the lilting Gaelic accent of the main protagonist. I bailed out in frustration after about an hour.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    never got that far

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd McLaren?

    no idea

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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