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David

Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • I Suck at Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Fans of the #1 bests eller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel fucking universe."

    Jay says: "Funny but nowhere like the the first book."
    "The sequel is always less exciting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Justin Halpern and/or Sean Schemmel?

    Sure. The content is funny.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Justin Halpern? Why or why not?

    Sure, the stories are funny, but it seems like the best stuff made it into Sh*t My Dad Says.


    What about Sean Schemmel’s performance did you like?

    Does great voices, even though not accurate, they're funny


    Do you think I Suck at Girls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope, this is the follow up book


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as the previous book, but still ok.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2632)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2379)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Lacking in substance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is an anecdotal retelling of the experiences of an outstanding soldier. Despite his military accomplishments and unique standing he offers little insight or introspection regarding his singular actions.


    What could Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was dissapointed that someone with such a career has most of it boiled down to "God bless America!"


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    Chris Kyle is from rural Texas, and this is how it was narrated. Accurate, but did not make it sound any more intellectual.


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

    Chris has some interesting stories from his time in Iraq.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a military biography, I recommend Inside Delta Force well above this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (124)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "This wasn't the movie, it's political propoganda."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. this is classic American literature about a different time and different ideas.


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

    Too much political stuff. still, it's a classic, but no wonder Hollywood left out all the socialism in the movie.


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

    Well picked voice for this book


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

    I did see it. The movie is only loosely based on the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the Jungle instead

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (370)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Too simple actually"
    Overall

    No new ideas were presented, just a rehash of other theories. In the end Hawking paints some broad strokes without putting down much of a base. Good, but not worth the buildup.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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