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Earthquake Zone, California | Member Since 2013

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3357)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2819)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Baldacci is great, but the performance is so so"
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    I would recommend this story, yes. It's entertaining pulp fiction with the requisite twists and turns for an action / suspense story. Baldacci is sufficiently skeptical of the status quo that this isn't just another formulaic crusade against evil Arab terrorists and I appreciate that. His characters also seem caught in the throes of our current economic miasma which a lot of readers (listeners) can probably relate to.

    I found Ron McLarty's narration kind of dull - although he did manage to provide some differentiation between characters, most of his narrative sentences end in a down inflection, especially at the beginning of the book, and it quickly becomes distracting. I think this is a lack of adequate direction - someone should have given him more guidance on his presentation.

    Oragh Cassidy was better, especially in how well she differentiated the various female characters. I didn't care for the petulance she read into the girl protagonist, but that's more of a directorial problem similar to the one mentioned above.

    Direction/production weak link with inexplicable music swelling up at odd occasions and upstaging the narration.

    I've only started listening to audio books recently but already I'm wondering why are British audio books seem so much better than American ones?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (293)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Jean says: "The fight for the middle class"
    "Elizabeth Warren for President!"
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    A compelling telling of Warren's struggles as a mother and working woman, of how she became a professor studying bankruptcy law, and how the facts raised her consciousness about how powerful special interests bend Congress to do their will. It was not dry or polemical the way you might think, but actually very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (381)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "One of my favorite books and excellent narration!"
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    I have nothing bad to say. Storytelling excellence and the narration is fantastic. I'm a big Clavell fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gai-Jin: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    A sequel to Tai-pan, this is the sixth novel in Clavell's Asian saga and takes place in 1862. The gai-jin (foreigners) have arrived, intent on doing business with the Japanese. With laws against the use of the wheel in carriages or carts, the Japanese, their tradition-bound Emperor, and competing warlords detest the foreigners, who have ruined the Chinese with the Opium Wars.

    Caleb says: "Good, just not as good as the rest of Clavell"
    "Superb story and narration"
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    This may not be the best book to "read" via audio, because some of the names became confusing - although that may be because I often have to multitask and don't always give the story my full attention.

    50 hours of a great novel and worth listening to again. Clavell is amazing in the way he gets inside the heads of his characters regardless which side of the drama they are on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (626)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "Horrible narration ruins a great book."
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    Every sentence ends in a down inflection as if the narrator were bored out of his mind as he read this. Really it's too bad, because this is one of my favorite books. I have the paperback on my bookshelf, so I'll read it myself, but I'm getting my money back on this terrible audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2904)
    Performance
    (2618)
    Story
    (2674)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    Anna says: "Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!"
    "Overrated, dull and a lot of bla bla bla."
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    I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.

    If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.

    The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2636)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2416)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "Overrated, dull and a lot of bla bla bla."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.

    If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.

    The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4304)
    Performance
    (3867)
    Story
    (3942)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Overrated, dull and a lot of bla bla bla."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.

    If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.

    The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28872)
    Performance
    (22084)
    Story
    (22228)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Mediocre narrator drags dwn otherwise decent story"
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    At first I couldn't tell whether it was the story, or the narrator's slowish deliberate delivery that I didn't care for. After checking out the book version of Mockingjay at the library, I've come to the conclusion that my issues are more with the narration than with the story.

    The narrator isn't bad, but she isn't good either. She cannot differentiate male voices and her lackluster delivery has a huge impact on the listenability of the book, at least for me.

    Having said that, this is must read youth literature, raising lots of juicy issues and it's guaranteed to spark discussions on many fronts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9101)
    Performance
    (4812)
    Story
    (4884)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Most memorable line - Fear is the Mindkiller"
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    I haven't read Frank Herbert's magnum opus since I was a teenager some 45 years ago, but I really enjoyed revisiting such a finely hewn science fiction classic via Audible.

    For more than four decades the book's admonition that "fear is the mind killer" has stuck with me as an important life lesson, and it couldn't be more applicable than in today's context of constant fear mongering in the media which seemingly threatens to turn us into a society of shut-ins.

    That lesson not withstanding, the story of how prince Paul Atreides becomes Muad'Dib, the leader of a jihad against the galactic Emperor, is an imaginative story from the distant future that is very engaging.

    The narrators do a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dee Brown
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (337)

    Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.

    Reginald says: "A wrenching introduction to this history."
    "Very troubling account from the Indian perspective"
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    Documents the injustice, broken promises, double standards, lies, theft, dispossession, and frequent massacres of Indian women and children that lie at the heart of U.S. expansion across North America.

    The narrator does an admirable job presenting the antithesis to the propaganda myths of heroic Americans conquering the west that most of us were raised with.

    Highly recommended, but definitely troubling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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