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David

INDIAN LAND, SC, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 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
    (9972)
    Performance
    (6049)
    Story
    (6078)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Why have I not heard this story before?!?!"
    Overall

    An excellent true-life account of Louis Zamperini and his comrades during WWII and their internment in Japanese prison camps! Laura Hillenbrand does a wonderful job bringing history to life and putting the reader right on the front lines with the characters. This is a must read for anybody who is facing life's hardships. Sure puts things into perspective and reminds me all over again, of the truly amazing willpower and the sacrifices made by the Veterans who served during WWII and America's other campaigns throughout history. Kudos to Laura Hillenbrand on another wonderful work. Excellent author. Excellent story. Excellent narrator. Home run! Also, Check out Seabiscuit: An American Legend by the same author. It is also extremely well written. I didn't expect to enjoy it as I'm not that interested in horse racing--but, as in Unbroken, she really brought the era to life.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (3519)
    Story
    (3529)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "An Excellent Continuation!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As with Follett's Pillars of the Earth, I really fell in love with the characters in the first installment of this trilogy Fall of Giants. So, I was really worried when Follett said that the sequel, Winter of the World, would deal more with their offspring than the original characters themselves. I was pleasantly surprised to see how masterfully he wove his preceding cast of characters into the tableau with the new set. It was an excellent continuation of the saga.

    Some will complain that Follett glosses over many of the aspects and atrocities of WWII, and, indeed, he does little more than dipping the readers' toes into the holocaust. However, as Follet's goal is not education but entertainment, and considering the vast amount of writing that has already been done on the topic, I would say that Follett did an excellent job of protraying the flavor and feel of the age without belaboring facts that are already well known to any semi-educated reader.

    All-in-all an excellent listen from an accomplished Author and a wonderful Narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (648)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Good Book--Horrible recording quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are listening to the book at full volume, the recording quality issues are tolerable. Every once in awhile, it got on my nerves. The performance, however, was superior. Great narration of a great novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2732)
    Performance
    (2373)
    Story
    (2410)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Blah!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Swan Song?

    This is much more a mystical fantasy novel than it is a


    What about Tom Stechschulte???s performance did you like?

    Well read. Wish he would go a little easier on the voices and accents.


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

    Disappointment


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10692)
    Performance
    (6149)
    Story
    (6040)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    FanB14 says: "Hilarious"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    Laughed so hard, I peed just a little! I am not a big Samuel L. Jackson fan normally, but he was the perfect person to read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3981)
    Performance
    (2174)
    Story
    (2175)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Same old story"
    Overall

    Kind of seemed like the same old story of the Viet Nam war that has been told many times. Incompetent/brutal leadership puts a great bunch of boys in harms way. Repeatedly. Over and over again. And again. Oh, and once more. Got a little old and far-fetched after awhile. I watched the movie Platoon shortly after finishing this, and was struck by the similarities. Platoon, however, told the story in only 120 minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "One of My Favorites!"
    Overall

    This is, in my opinion, Conroy's finest Novel. Mr. Conroy weaves together so many magnificent tales with so many amazing characters, that you simply do not want the story to end. In this book you will find love, joy, regret, anguish, bleak despair and redemption all intermingled and at war in the lives of Jack McCall and the friends and families of his small town in the low country of South Carolina. I have re-read this book so many times because I simply cannot bear to say goodbye to the characters or their stories when the novel ends. Thank you, Pat Conroy, for writing one of my favorite books of all time! Well worth the credits! Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2640)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (872)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Creepy and Bit Predictable"
    Overall

    This novel is well written, but may leave you feeling a bit disturbed. The characters are certainly interesting, and quite novel, as are the predicaments in which they find themselves. Nevertheless, I feel that the author got a bit lazy at the end, and the book has the feel of a hastily finished work. The ending left me feeling a bit disappointed. I wish there had been more of a twist. I also became a little weary of Dexter's ceaseless lamentations for his absent emotions and missing conscience. You're a sociopath--we get it! Still, the writing flows very well and the sotry is vividly portrayed and well read by Nick Landrum. Worth a listen--as mind-candy if nothing else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (78)

    The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

    Ramon says: "Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated."
    "Slow and a bit boring"
    Overall

    The novel was sluggish and a bit boring. The author spends a lot of time inside the head of the very flat main character. In a novel with very little action, character development is critical, yet Cumming squanders just about every opportunity his main character has to grow through meaningful relationships with others. There wasn't a single character in the box that was fully flushed out or endearing. Even the "shocking revelation [which] will rock the foundations of politics from London to Moscow" left me saying, "Is that all?" Overall, just a ho-hum of a book. My advice would be to skip this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (393)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Ryan says: "great writing, won't appeal to everyone"
    "Couldn't listen to it"
    Overall

    OK, I know I have only myself to blame--but I just have to say that, unless you enjoy REALLY graphic sadism, you are not going to be able to finish this.

    Hope this saves you a credit if you don't care for gratuitous cruelty.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freezing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karen Dionne
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (44)

    Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree.One man's dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism. But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice, an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.

    Cadmentr says: "Freezing Point will have your blood running cold"
    ""meh!""
    Overall

    The story was a little too far-fetched to be believable and there were far too many serendipitous coincidences for my taste. Use your credits elsewhere unless you are looking for pure mind-candy that you don't really have to focus on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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