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Thomas

Keene, NH, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (850)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Stunning account, a spectacular listen!"
    Overall

    After years iof Audible listening, I'm pleased to write my first review on this exceptionally well-written and detailed account of this event and the people involved. Cullen's years of research lend to an intricate look into the minds behind the attack and the time leading up to the harrowing event, as well as impacts on the families and ommunities involved, analyses into the precursors, and lessons learned. Leslie's performace as narrator is one of the most solid and gripping I've ever heard, bringing a chilling authenticity to the text, especially those of Harris and Klebold themselves.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormal Case Files: Ghost Investigations

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Wookey, Brian Allan
    • Narrated By Paul Wookey, Diane Howe, Brian Allan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    The Paranormal Research Institute (PRI) conducts scientific investigations of Paranormal Phenomenon across the globe. They hunt ghosts and paranormal entities in York, England. York is undisputedly the most actively haunted area in the UK. The team members encounter the legendary "Ghost of the Brotherhood", an entity that has terrified locals for hundreds of years. The investigation climaxes into a bloodcurdling confrontation with the afterlife. The Blair Witch was fiction, these events are REAL.

    Thomas says: "ParaNoNo"
    "ParaNoNo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Paranormal Case Files: Ghost Investigations?

    Wow, what a waste of time. The first chapter is a nearly incoherent tour through some post-nuclear (regularly mispronounced by the interviewer) facility. With distracting music and sound effects it's impossible to really hear the similarly-distracting British interviewer. Chapter two is nothing more than spooky music. I gave up fast...


    What was most disappointing about Paul Wookey and Brian Allan ’s story?

    There's no story, at least through what what I was able to sit. It's a tour of some bunker...


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    There's no narrator. This sounds like the audio track of some BBC documentary on a US facility designed to serve as the governmental base following a nuclear war.


    What character would you cut from Paranormal Case Files: Ghost Investigations?

    Again, this didn't seem fictional.


    Any additional comments?

    I am seriously wondering if this audio was misfiled under a different book title name. It seems NOTHING like what the title suggested it would be...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Daniel Seddiqui
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But despite more than 40 rejections, he knew opportunities had to exist. So he set out on an extraordinary quest: 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks. And not just any jobs; he chose professions that reflected the culture and economy of each state, working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona, and a meatpacker in Kansas to a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii, and more.

    Thomas says: "Whiner can't grow up so he writes a book instead"
    "Whiner can't grow up so he writes a book instead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 50 Jobs in 50 States?

    The first two hours are whining about what a great chance he had but things just kept beating him down. Gee, he WANTS to succeed but life is just so tough on him. Mommy and Daddy don't love him. Wah wah wah. The self-pitying got SO annoying I had to turn it off.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Seddiqui again?

    Nope.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by L. J. Ganser?

    Sure, I'd try. Performance was fine but the material was so annoying I began associating Ganser's voice with the dislike I had for the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 50 Jobs in 50 States?

    The entire book is structured so that you can't really cut just one scene. EVERY section seems to start with the author gearing up to fight the dragons, then he's rejected and falls into another sad, sorry condition and has to bemoan his life. I was really looking forward to a


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Shadoe Stevens
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus is a hysterical compilation of the outrageous columnist's best pieces. Read all about Dave's unfortunate Wheel of Fortune appearance, his "non-lunch" with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and much more from a guy who knows where he's coming from.

    Thomas says: "What show did these other folks hear?"
    "What show did these other folks hear?"
    Overall

    While the audio quality was pretty low (extremely bassy and low levels meant I had to CRANK the volume nearly to distortion), this audiobook of Barry's normally amusing articles is made doubly funny by Stevens' very wry and well performed narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mike Daisey
    • Narrated By Mike Daisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Mike Daisey worked at Amazon.com for nearly two years during the dot-com frenzy of the late nineties. Now that his nondisclosure agreement has expired, he can tell the real story - one that blends tech culture, hero worship, cat litter, Albanian economics, and venture capitalism into a surreal cocktail of delusion.

    Victoria says: "21 Dogs Years"
    "Leader of the Dot-Com Cry Babies"
    Overall

    It's unfortunate this sometimes anecdotally amusing tome is so riddled with the author’s self-indulgent whining. A clever writer, Daisey comes off as a smartass yuppie version of Jean Shepherd and the listener leaves with the feeling that the wine upon which the author got drunk in the final chapter was clearly one distilled of sour grapes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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