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John B. Zerkel

stratmanz

Tempe, Az USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 12.21: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "A bit disappointed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The jumping back and forth between past and present wasnt very smooth...Lost interest


    Has 12.21 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.....this was just disappointing..maybe my expectations were too high


    Could you see 12.21 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No doubt it will and I doubt very seriously it will follow the book very closely


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Joel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fred Schruers
    • Narrated By Kirk Thornton
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the '70s and '80s.

    Scott says: "Fawning but likeable bio"
    "The reason I play piano"
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    Would you try another book from Fred Schruers and/or Kirk Thornton?

    Probably not, the voice of Billy Joel and others were just not believable


    Would you recommend Billy Joel to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, because of the narration


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better voice for Billy Joel specifically


    Could you see Billy Joel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No... but if they did they would hire someone who is an addict in denial..Maybe Charlie Sheen.


    Any additional comments?

    Man, Oh Man was I disappointed in Billy Joel...my hero who was the reason I started playing piano is an ass who needs to get serious about recovery..He seems to be his own God, and as a God, what a let down...He's got serious problems with drinking, and women less than half his age....To me this goes to show what kind of human he is...He may be a master songwriter and musician but as a human being he is an egomaniac

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (455)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    Pat says: "Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
    "The first time EVER I couldn't finish a book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was a horrendous book ..I started it and restarted it two more times to see if I was missing something....The only thing I was missing was the 12 hours I put into this awful book. I think I'm done with Koontz. The only person I could think might be interested in it are the folks who actually like his ODD Thomas series...another series I can't stomach...


    Has The City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly from Dean Koontz but not from authors like Stephen King who also had some bad stuff like the whole "Towers" series, but has found his way back with some really great stories....This book lacked a cohesive story


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Korey Jackson?

    I have no idea


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The City?

    The entire first 6 hours...maybe this would have been better as a short story


    Any additional comments?

    P.U.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9465)
    Performance
    (8527)
    Story
    (8535)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Ya know I usually get bored of Legal Thrillers"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to other readers if they liked the first book in this series you'll like this one too


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Hard to believe it wasn't that long ago that all of that racist garbage was in full force and the civil rights movement was happening.Took me back to when they were busing kids in due to desegregation...


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Jake


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

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (965)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Surprisingly very good"
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    Would you listen to Indian Hill again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were well developed, the story kept me listening even though I'm not a hug fan of Sci-fi...the whole concept was very interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Indian Hill?

    The Concert


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I felt like I was in the story, not just listening to the reader


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it just kept me listening and sad when it ended


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the others

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "Really Loved this"
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    What did you love best about Joshua?

    A typical Armageddon scenario, but with great characters.Definitely makes me fear the "Survivalist" wacko-s more than before...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Man


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Yen – was your favorite?

    The Man


    If you could rename Joshua, what would you call it?

    Hmm, American Meltdown


    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.

    David says: "Old School Tennis"
    "Loved it but wish Jimbo would have narrated"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    Players were Personalities!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsider?

    For me , this book brought back so many memories of my youth and my brief career in Tennis....the Nastase stories were awesome!


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

    No I have not....He does a good job, but I kind of wish Jimmy would have narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birth of his son Brett.....You can really tell he loves his family....


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could go back in time ...these stories were so great, and flashed me back to a time when players had personality other than their clothing.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism - and her way of life - can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?

    John B. Zerkel says: "After being hooked by Silver Linings playbook....."
    "After being hooked by Silver Linings playbook....."
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    What made the experience of listening to Sorta Like a Rock Star the most enjoyable?

    The story was a positive uplifting one ...Although I think it might have been aimed at a younger audience, but was pleased I gave it a chance anyway.


    Which character – as performed by Cynthia Holloway – was your favorite?

    I liked the bitter old lady in the nursing home because I can relate to her cynicism


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but it was one that I couldn't stop listening to


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminds me of a young lady I work with who is the sweetest, most optimistic person Ive ever met despite the loss of her mother as a child and some other tough circumstances...I've recommended she give this a read

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1769)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "I was really hesitant"
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    Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

    Absolutely!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    Well, the dance scene was completely different than the movie, and I thing overall the book was better than the movie even though the movie was excellent


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He was easy to listen to, good acting and separation of characters


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silver Linings Playbook and why?

    The Father, because the book gave you more insight into the character


    Any additional comments?

    I very rarely if ever get a book after seeing the movie...I am sure that had I read the book before the movie the movie wouldn't have been as good as it was. That is how good this book is.....it is even better than a very good movie....in fact I didn't fill in Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence into the characters like you usually do with a book turned movie..SO SO HAPPY I DECIDED TO DOWNLOAD!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Good story, but poorly narrated"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I think this book is probably better read than listened to.....


    Do you think Killing Lincoln needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Too late.....Killing Kennedy is out....


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I could listen to O'reilly...in fact another reviewer said that even if you can't stand him personally the story is worth it.....I would agree, the story is excellent, but O'reilly really sounds like he's reading it, there is no characterization, or emotion which is really ashame because the story is very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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