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Thomas

Santa Maria , CA, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
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  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (246)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "The Narrator Brings the Book Alive"
    Overall

    I can't believe some found the narrator sub par. This guy did a great job with tough material and did so in a way that kept the story moving. I could never have read this book by myself and finished it. My hat is off to the narrator, excellent job. Bravo.

    As for the content of the unabridged book, be prepared for lengthy dissertations on what the color white means, how whale is best prepared and whale anatomy. This book is best listen to in small segments but in the end you will be left with a sense of accomplishment for sticking it through. You will also be rewarded with a much better understanding of what it must have been like to be on a whaling vessel in the late 1800's.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (601)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Charles the great."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, Charles is an extremely gifted writer. Some of his essays are amazing.


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

    The collection of his essays and short stories. Some of his essays and short stories.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No because Charles didn't finish reading the story. Half way through the reader was changed out. Charles started the book but didn't finish reading it.


    Do you think Things That Matter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, because by the time I was done with it I was done with it and glad to get on with my next book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good listen only for the gems that are in it. As I said earlier some of his essays in this book are amazing and should be common reading in all high schools. If the one about his older brother doesn't bring a tear to your eyes, nothing will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1690)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "Good Listen, keeps your interest"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get a different narrator. I love Bill on his show but he reads his book like he is hosting his show.


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

    Some interesting insight into the conspiracy theory.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill O'Reilly?

    Maybe but not for awhile. I'll wait to see what he comes up with next.


    Do you think Killing Patton needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, there is nothing more to cover.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good listen, some more insight given into the life of this american hero and I came away with a better understanding of the man, the myth and the legend General George Patton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (8219)
    Performance
    (2842)
    Story
    (2844)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "Very Interesting - First impressions matter"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blink to be better than the print version?

    Never read the printed version but the audio version is very captivating. My buddy started listening to it along with me in the car and bought the printed version just so he could finish the book. He liked it that much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blink?

    In introduction where they talk about the art auction and what transpired around that purchase.


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

    No but this one is a winner.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Your first impressions should not be discounted so much because there are many, many things our brain picks up on that we are not conscious of because our brain is that good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will give you the freedom to trust your intuition a little more and to stop questioning your first impressions so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Rick Reilly has been a senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated for the past 17 years, and has been named "Sports Writer of The Year" seven times. Now, he pokes his nose into the world of golf. How does he do it? By caddying ("looping") for top players, celebrities, and some really bad run-of-the-mill golfers, Reilly gains insight into the minds of golfers, their winning or less-than-winning ways, and what they actually mutter when they're in the middle of play.

    Patrick says: "Absolutely Friggin' Hilarious!!!"
    "Funny Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Who's Your Caddy? to be better than the print version?

    Yes, This book is a good listen, excellent for the driving and will put you in a good mood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His story of looping for Bob Newhart


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

    No this is the first


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

    The Real Caddy Shack.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book, Good stories told well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5453)
    Performance
    (3085)
    Story
    (3130)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "50 Mile + races in bare feet? Unblievable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I learned that there really is no limit to what the human body can endure


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher McDougall before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first one. If flowed pretty well.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Yes, but it was hard for me to listen for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.


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

    Probably not. It was interesting but not to the point where I would go see it in the movie theaters.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the book I ended up buying a pair of minimum running shoes to see if it will improve my running performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Jim Abbott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In Imperfect, Jim Abbot retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. By 21, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels....

    Brady says: "For Love of the Game - Part II"
    "Good book about baseball, life and resilience"
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    What did you love best about Imperfect?

    Actually I liked the fact that Jim read the book. He was a very good narrator and because of that I felt more connected to his story.


    What other book might you compare Imperfect to and why?

    "The Big Bam". I highly recommend this book also because it is about baseball and the life of Babe Ruth. Even though Jim Abbot never achieved the status of Babe Ruth their paths through baseball were similar. Both had highs and lows in their careers, days when things went their way and days when they did not. I think Jim would have done himself some good to have read this book when he was younger as he might not have been so hard on himself when he got older.


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

    No, but I think he did a wonderful job at narrating and I would like to see him narrate more.


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

    "1.5"
    Only because I thought that was a funny endearing nickname he was given on one of is teams.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book. Hope Jim narrates more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (7167)
    Performance
    (2432)
    Story
    (2454)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    P. C..S. says: "A Worhty Read"
    "A Literary "Chick - Flick""
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or Khaled Hosseini?

    Probably not


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

    Don't have any suggestions, its not a bad book, its just not the kind of book that interests me that much.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, slow


    Did The Kite Runner inspire you to do anything?

    I don't think I want to visit Afghanistan any time soon, as even the main character ends up in the United States.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story and somebody will probably make a movie from it. However, I would wait until it comes out on DVD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Brentwood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    For O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop, a brilliant detective, had to be destroyed. That was the cynical strategy of the Simpson defense. But as certainty about Simpson's guilt grew, so did the outrage about the scapegoating of Mark Fuhrman. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning expose.

    Grandspud says: "Concise Presentation of the Overwhelming Evidence"
    "Interesting insight into this crime"
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    What did you love best about Murder in Brentwood?

    It brought a new perspective to me about how and why the trial was a complete failure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in Brentwood?

    The step by step analysis of what took place the night of the murders.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Fuhrman goes through his analysis of the crime scene and puts together how he thought the crime unfolded. Very interesting and it all makes sense.


    If you could give Murder in Brentwood a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A Travesty of Justice


    Any additional comments?

    If you think OJ was innocent then this book is not for you because it is hard to argue with the facts. If you are curious about what happened the night of the murders then this is the book to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4150)
    Performance
    (3694)
    Story
    (3723)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Puts the period at the end of the sentence."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really, we all knew the ending before we bought the book.


    Would you recommend No Easy Day to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it offers additional details leading up to the event that have not been shared in other media and film coverage.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No it was well read and he kept it interesting.


    Do you think No Easy Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope,this book put the period at the end of the sentence. No need to dwell further on it.


    Any additional comments?

    To all who have served, a big thank you for your service and our freedom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21563)
    Performance
    (16140)
    Story
    (16205)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Unbelievable life and really good book - REALLY"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    I just kept getting better and better and better. What some people go through in their lives is unbelievable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    When they were in the ocean trying to survive.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the book was well read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't listen to one book for that long but I cut through it pretty fast as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    They should really make this book into a movie. It would win big across the board.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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