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Shane A. Walsh

Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio

Phoenix, AZ | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 68 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (396)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Teresa says: "Fahrenheit 451 or Celsius 232.778."
    "Sorry, I guess I stand alone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story was entertaining.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything except this.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Stephen does the best with the material he has.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was happy when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    I know I'm alone in my feelings on this "classic" but I was bored out of my mind. I listen to books when I'm driving back and forth to work and there were three times at least that I almost fell asleep listening to this thing. The story is dull and moves at a snails pace. If I didn't know better I would say the author was filling up the time in the book to reach a certain word count. He repeats things over and over, I'm assuming for affect, but to me, it was because there is not enough story there.

    I'm going to listen to Gone Girl again to wipe the nasty taste of this out of my head.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Humans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Eventually, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

    cristina says: "Adorable alien story"
    "Enjoyable but not memorable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Matt Haig and/or Mark Meadows?

    No thanks


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

    It got real preachy towards the end.


    What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If it wasn't an audio book and if it were not for Mark, I most likely would not have finished this one.


    Did The Humans inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is not bad, it's just not very memorable. In a year I won't remember any of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to be a Real Estate Investor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Phil Pustejovsky
    • Narrated By Phil Pustejovsky
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    America's most trusted real estate investing mentor and coach, Phil Pustejovsky, shows you step by step how to be a real estate investor, regardless of how much money you have, your credit rating, or your experience level. This audiobook was created for anyone looking for an easy to follow guide on real estate investment in today's market.

    Zachary says: "One Big Sales Pitch"
    "Sales pitch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about How to be a Real Estate Investor?

    Like most books on this subject, no actual information is given, it's all about hyping you up so you'll buy the package they want to sell for $4,500


    What could Phil Pustejovsky have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell me tips I can use


    What three words best describe Phil Pustejovsky’s performance?

    Hype man extraordinare


    What character would you cut from How to be a Real Estate Investor?

    The hype


    Any additional comments?

    Please suggest a book on the subject that gives you information you can use.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3304)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3053)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Not what you think"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    The voice talent is incredible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Devin. His inner voice was fun and curious.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    Devin. Michael really breathed life into the character, giving him subtlety.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mike talks to Devin after his mother leaves the room


    Any additional comments?

    It was not at all what I expected out of a King book and more than I thought it would be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (638)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Engaging until the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Hero? What did you like least?

    I felt as though the story was engaging and the characters was interesting. The voice over talent was top notch. What I didn't like was the way the story came together at the end, it all felt rushed and obvious.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Urie – was your favorite?

    Unsure


    Did Hero inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    It was sooo close to being great, that's what was frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (247)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Wow, what a let down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Logan's Run better?

    A better story


    Has Logan's Run turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

    Uninspired, lethargic, dull


    What character would you cut from Logan's Run?

    The female lead, her character was so one dimensional, I can't even remember her name.


    Any additional comments?

    Add a warning for people who may have fond memories of the 70's film and be looking at this as a fun light escape and tell them, WARNING, this is NOTHING like the fun film, this audio book is more like a cure for insomnia.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2861)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1585)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Great information, but you can't hear it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

    No. Only because you can not hear or understand Christopher half the time.


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

    It's not that kind of book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Hitchens’s performances?

    Nope


    If you could give God Is Not Great a new subtitle, what would it be?

    God is Not Great and Christopher is not a vocal professional.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the reading and you decide for yourself. Then offer the book with another person reading it and I'll buy that book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7470)
    Performance
    (6609)
    Story
    (6602)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Run of the mill at best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    No, I would not. The story was dull and uninspired. I was hoping for something more. The characters are flat and 1 dimensional at best.


    Has Monster Hunter International turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Pit


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

    disappoinment


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4699)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2043)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Very thick material, you really have to pause"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The God Delusion?

    Richard is far and away one of the smartest people on the planet


    Has The God Delusion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, in fact, it's turned me on to more Richard Dawkins books.


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The material is so deep and thick, I don't know if I would have been able to read it as a book. Hearing them speak the words and place emphasis where it needed to be and pause when it needed it was invaluable.


    If you could give The God Delusion a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Intelligence over fantasy


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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