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Houston, TX United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 80 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. J. Dionne
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Our Divided Political Heart will be the must-listen book of the 2012 election campaign. Offering an incisive analysis of how hyper-individualism is poisoning the nation's political atmosphere, E. J. Dionne Jr., argues that Americans can't agree on who we are because we can't agree on who we've been, or what it is, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us Americans.

    Jamie Britton Blanck says: "Good points and lots of good information"
    "Recommend for anyone interested in politics"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kramer reads it well and it is enjoyable to listen to. Despite Dionne's personal liberal bias, which he freely admits, the book is a fair look at the history of how we've arrived where we are now.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Voice was interesting to listen to. Very nice.

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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

    Benjamin says: "Good book, bad audio"
    "Now I remember why I stopped reading this series.."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story actually progressed at a rate that was faster than a crippled snail crawling over salt.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Jordan again?

    After this, I have to say I am done,

    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The narrators do a fine job with all the characters. Sadly, there is little dialogue and therefore no chance for real "getting into character". But if you want to hear about skirt smoothing, shawl straightening, or lip tightening for literally hours; then this is the book for you.

    What character would you cut from Winter's Heart?

    Just cut the endless descriptions. I get the whole "creating a world" thing. I don't need a 30 minute description of someone turning a page in a book and everyone's reaction to the turning of said page. Yes, that happens.

    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this series in 6th or 7th grade, I really enjoyed it. The first 4 books are pretty good. I fell off after the next 4 books. This series just drags on and on. I know this series still has a devoted following,and with all respect to them, they must have an enormous amount of free time. I don't get as much time as I'd like to read or even listen to books, I'm not wasting it on a 20+ hour book that should have been 4 or 5 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "I enjoyed it overall."
    What did you love best about Hyperion?

    The way the story is written in a "Canterbury Tales" fashion. Each character's story is distinct both in style and substance but each adds information to the overall story arc.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    SPOILER!!!:That the infant was aging in reverse after the adult had been attacked in and escaped the Time Tombs.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Whichever narrator read the Priest's Tale.

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

    The ending seemed rushed and left a lot hanging. Yes, it is the first of a series. But I feel like more could have happened in this novel. It is very much a setup for the other books in the series.

    Any additional comments?

    The P.I.'s tale was fairly dry and grammatically un-stimulating. I realize this is a style choice base on the character telling the story and so is a testament to Simmon's abilities. Just personally it got tedious to listen to, I can't imagine reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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