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Ryan

Corvallis, OR | Member Since 2003

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  • 10 reviews
  • 163 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014
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  • Boundaries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.

    Louise says: "Changed my life"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    I thought the book was very good. I didn't like the woman's voice used by the narrator (as mentioned by another poster here). Ignore the narrator and listen to the content. It's worth getting through.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    A trip to the mall gives Shelby the shock of her life when she finds an extra five million dollars in the bank account Uncle Joey set up for her. She thought he was out of her life for good, but with this fast money, she's not so sure. Now she must decide if she will tell her husband the truth that she can still read people's minds. Including his. How will he feel when he finds out she lied to him? When the Mexican Police tell her that Uncle Joey's been kidnapped and look to her for the ransom, she knows she's in big trouble.

    Dr. says: "Excellent, engaging performance, top notch story!"
    "Really enjoying the series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure to be better than the print version?

    Great for listening to on long drives. Sometimes that means circling the block, parking lot or neighborhood to make the drive long enough


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good plot that keeps the suspense going.


    Any additional comments?

    I like that she can tell a good story without sex and violence. Story is PG-13, most other books in the genre are definitely "R".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrots: Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (77)

    Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

    Dr. says: "Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!"
    "Good story, without being explicit or gory."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Cute story with a lot happening in the book.


    What other book might you compare Carrots to and why?

    Not as good as Harris' Harper Connelly series, but still very entertaining.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounds like she's reading a textbook at first, but then starts to change the voices up a little. Second book sounded even better.


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

    Couldn't finish it in one sitting, but did finish it in two days. Enjoyed the book and I've listened to the second and downloaded the third now to hear more. Enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7663)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2901)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Enjoyable but somewhat predictable"
    Overall

    Liked this book a lot. Only thing I didn't like from the audio portion was saphira's voice. People picked it apart because it's a repeated tale, and it's predictable, but it's still a great story. (written by a teenager). I kept thinking of Starwars while I read it. A lot of parallels. Good book, you'll enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (2000)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Amazing book!"
    Overall

    I bought the book for my daughter for her school project and decided to listen to it to help quiz her if needed. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It amazed me how many "modern" things tied in or came out of this world's fair. Tieing the killer and the fair together didn't always work out and I'd have liked to hear more about both seperately, but the book was really good. It worked on the historical and crime aspects and was an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Thief Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (111)

    Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own.

    Charlene says: "Excellent production, original story"
    "Almost there"
    Overall

    I bought this based on the reviews for the book. My kids didn't get into it and I finished it only because I started it. Of the two Funke books I've read, both were imaginitive, but are paced too slow. She's got adult ideas, but puts them in childish form and doesn't flesh them out because of her intended audience. It would make a great movie adaptation, but the fantasy aspects you expect don't show up till later. Other kids may like this, but my two daughters didn't.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Good story, too long"
    Overall

    I loved the premise of the story but was very glad when I finished it. I hate abridgements of books, but this one needed some editing very badly. It goes on and on. There were so many good things about this story that I really did like ... you won't completely regret listening to it. The narrator was really good, the words and visual pictures (no pun intended) were good. But there were a lot of minuses. The author definately muzzled the villain. This would have made a really good Stephen King or Koonz book/story. I've downloaded the next book to hear what else happens, but its out of curiousity more than anything else. I downloaded it for the kids and listened to it first, I don't think my kids would finish the book... it's too long.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (43)

    Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself. In those early days of World War II, America was ill-prepared for any sort of warfare. But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.

    William says: "Heroic Attempt"
    "Learning experience"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, both for the history as well as for the detailed information on the men from the raid. It made me want to learn more about the Raiders and their association after reading through it. The mispronounciations were bad at times, but the book itself was excellent. Good read, but long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturalist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    In the future, Cosmo Hill breaks out of an orphanage with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo: they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what is left of humanity in Satellite City. Or so they think. The Supernaturalists soon find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they imagined

    Stephen says: "lots of conflict, good pace"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    I got this book for the kids and decided to see how it was compared to Artemis Fowl. I thought it was a good book with a lot to it. You have to excuse some of technology stuff which I didn't find very believable (although some of it was pretty cool). But, thought it was a great book for teens. I could see this being a movie without too much change to it and a good one at that. Take a listen!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Eldredge
    • Narrated By Kelly Dolan
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." That's the offer of Christianity, from God himself.

    Ryan says: "I've been Awakened!"
    "I've been Awakened!"
    Overall

    I came across this book in passing and now realize it was meant to be. This is an excellent book and destroyed so many illusions for me that I'm starting to re-read it and have gotten the hardcover book to go through. I've already loaned the book to two others and mention it constantly. I was listening to the book during my daily commute and heard my inner "doubts" making comments about what I was hearing only to hear Mr. Eldredge voice those same doubts. This really made me realize the battle I was up against to become fully alive. God Loves Us All! You'll love the book and enjoy the stories, humor, and warmth that come from listening.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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