Customer Reviews | Audible.com
 

You no longer follow Amazon Customer

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Amazon Customer

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Amazon Customer

Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

SAN CARLOS, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

11
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 12 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
3

  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (507)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "More Omnivore's Dilemma"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about In Defense of Food? What did you like least?

    If you read Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma you don't need to read this one. More of the same. Interesting stuff but I got the point already.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Pollan’s story?

    Not enough new ideas


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way. That would be a serious stretch. I guess you could do a documentary.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11490)
    Performance
    (10359)
    Story
    (10422)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Manufactured YA trilogy starter"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You can just see the execs at Harper Collins who gathered in search of the next Hunger Games crafting this one. Kids in peril, broken into sects (ala Harry Potter's Sorting Hat), pitted against each other (Hunger Games). This is very derived, by the book and predictable. Don't bother

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9779)
    Performance
    (8883)
    Story
    (8895)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Wrote himself into a corner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really loved the setup in this novel. The characters are interesting, the mysteries are interesting but the big reveal was a let down. Like a lot of first novels (it happened to me too) the writer gets deep into it and has to work his way out of a corner and can't really do it credibly. Too bad.

    The narrator did a great job. Fun to listen to. Good with voices.

    If you find this title on sale definitely download it but if you get about 75% in and there's a better book out there, stop listening and you'll think this was awesome.

    I had the same experience with Michael Crichton's Sphere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (674)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Zahn is always a fun read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While not the best of Zahn's Star Wars books it is a good story, strong portrayal and fun listen. The narrator does a nice job with the story and the characters. It's a quick read and worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6500)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2891)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "An abridged version would really help"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Passage is an ambitious generation-crossing telling of a Zombie planet. I appreciate the ambition and certainly understand why so many love this book but for me, it fails as an audiobook. First of the reader, whom I've listened to before isn't right for a long form like this one. His reading is too tempered and frankly boring. Scenes that cried out for an excited reader were read more like a ho-hum occurrence. As a result the book really drags in parts - to the point that I just stopped listening after a while.

    I think this is one of the rare books for which I would have preferred an abridged audio performance. Too bad, really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3152)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2767)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Chillingly realistic thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you have wondered how vulnerable the US is to cyber warfare then you want to listen to this book. Lou Diamond Phillips does a great job portraying multiple characters here and delivering a compelling story about China threatening the world in a effort to boost its flagging economy.
    Big ups to LD for his Russian pronunciations. Well done, sir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1599)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "The fabulous Anne Hathaway"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fantastic performance of a classic novel with lots of passages most who know the movie wouldn't have heard. Anne does a fantastic job of giving vibrant life to the book with unique voices for every character, the right emphasis in the right places and real passion for her reading. A fast and excellent read. Highly recommend this download.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1759)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Super boring for a Reacher book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about A Wanted Man?

    Nearly the entire book takes place in cars during a suspect chase. When you read a Reacher book you want action, smart detective work and interesting characters. This book has none of that and even manages to make Jack himself boring.
    The audio performance is also subpar. The reader is a bit dull and his female voices are horrible, I stopped listening at chapter 50. To save myself from falling asleep while running.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Tom Clancy Threat Vector


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 500: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out.

    A. Avins says: "A Good Listen - Lots of Action"
    "Author wrote himself into a corner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The 500? What did you like least?

    The premise of this book was really good and I enjoyed getting to know the main characters and the set up but as the book gets closer to the end it becomes clear the author wrote himself into a corner and didn't know how to credibly get out. The main character goes this incredible metamorphosis into a super spy - yeah, right!He manages to escape from impossible-to-escape trap after trap - fully unscathed. Give me a break!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Quirk again?

    Will definitely read more reviews about his next book before wasting my time


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Good narration. Engaging and good voices.


    Did The 500 inspire you to do anything?

    Find another book to listen to.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1: Betrayal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master, has unified the Jedi order into a cohesive group of powerful knights. But as the new era begins, honor and duty will collide with friendship and blood ties. The Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of an explosive conflict, with potentially devastating repercussions for both families, for the Jedi order, and for the entire galaxy.

    Trent says: "Very well done! Worth a listen!"
    "Abridged to death!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Wow, this is the first time abridging a book has resulted in it being completely incomprehensible. The reading jumps from scene to scene leaving out details that would have explained why the characters are now in this new location. I could barely make it through the first hour of this one before demanding a refund.

    Please replace this one with an unabridged version.


    What was most disappointing about Aaron Allston’s story?

    The reader was good and they added some cool sound effects and of course Star Wars theme music. So no fault of the performers.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marc Thompson?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?

    The opposite. Put scenes back until a comprehensible story emerges. Here's an idea: It's not that long a book. How about putting it all back?


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.