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Indianapolis, IN | Member Since 2015

  • 10 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 387 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "A must listen if there is one"

    In my years of use (back to 98) I have to say this is the book I recommend to friends the most. It is just a must read/listen. It grips you and holds you and sticks with you for years. This is the only audio book I re-listen to - almost on a yearly basis. It is a story of triumph and loss. It turned me into an Everest buff.
    Get this book. You will love it. You will learn from it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "over the top cliche type brainless reading"

    Just not me thing . . .
    But very well done as far as voice actor. There are a few sound effects (too infrequently that they are kind of annoying) and it is a quick listen as in passes the time.
    the protagonist is just too cool, too hard, etc.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "hard to recommend"

    Overall, I say this is a book to skip. One that had a lot of potential, but that fails to reach even part of that potential.
    Pros: Compelling idea; very well produced as far as sound quality, computer voices, etc. Mostly accurate with its tech talk, especially in the first half and in regards to gaming.
    Cons: (most of this review)
    Really bad ending. I am fine with open ended books, often some of the best books end in an open way. But it is open in a bad way . . . just makes no sense. It is one of those audio books that you notice has about 30 minutes left and feels like it is half way done. I was sure there must be a 3rd and 4th part, but there was not.
    The tech talk, accurate as it is much of the time (more so in first half when it covers existing technology, etc) it is SO OVERUSED. I make my living in computer security and network design and found this to by excessively techie for no reason.

    It had a lot of potential, it just falls so short. Almost like a draft that needs about another 6 months of work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    glamazon says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "different and edgy, but very entertaining"

    Do not get this book if you are bothered by graphic talk of sex. This book is very adult in nature and very edgy.
    At first I was not sold on his narrating but then I realized how perfect it was. I loved it.

    It is a very entertaining book that is a very different listen. I laughed a lot, cringed some and was glad I listened to it.

    Clearly not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like modern alternative edgy stuff (an example would be fight club the movie, which of course is one of his books) you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian Kerner
    • Narrated By Ian Kerner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As women everywhere will attest, when it comes to understanding female sexuality, most guys know more about what's under the hood of a car than under the hood of a clitoris. And while it seems that men have struggled valiantly since the dawn of time to find ways to reliably elicit the female orgasm, rare is the guy who has the modesty to ask: "What do I do?" Ironically, the answer has always been right there on the tip of his tongue.

    Adam says: "Really Good for What It's For"
    "good, but overly flowery"

    I think there is some excellent information presented in this book. I think it presents something that is often considered optional or foreplay and makes it as the author says 'coreplay'. He makes a strong case for this (though I sort of always believed this).

    There is some good survey and research information presented here . . . but here is the catch.
    It is so overly flowery it will drive many crazy. Moreover, I think it would nearly instantly tune out the audience that it probably is most geared toward - overly macho guys for whom sex is about power and control. I am certainly not in that group, but at times I felt like smacking this guy and saying 'be a man'.

    His is an enviable position. Writing the book like this can make it a topic of websites, TV shows, etc. Had he be a bit more direct, it could very well just be considered a sex book and get much less exposure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Ed Levin

    Buddhist philosophy tells us that all personal unhappiness and interpersonal conflict lie in the "three poisons": craving, anger, and delusion. With new high-tech devices, scientists can peer inside the brain centers that calm the inner storms of rage and fear. They also can demonstrate that awareness-training strategies such as meditation strengthen emotional stability - and greatly enhance our positive moods.

    Shannon says: "Right Brain/ Left Brain"
    "Just not that good"

    I have to agree with others in that this was like a seminar report - not really adding much insight. I kept hearing topics that I would like to know much more about and it just does not happen. There are literally hours of waste in this IMHO - details covering the coming to agreement of what is what, what word means what, etc. I cannot say I would recommend to many. It does make you want to know more about some Eastern Religion stuff . . . but I was expecting more out of this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Captivating story that loses its way a little bit"

    Overall, I liked this book and found it was worth its substantial length. Tom is a wonderful writer and he does a great job setting scenes and developing characters.
    In reference to him capturing college life, here is my take. If you read the book with no knowledge of who wrote it or their age - you would guess it was a young author recently out of college. It does a very good job capturing some real perspectives of modern college. This is not to say it gets all perspectives - of course it does not. When you then realize a 75 year old man wrote this, the accomplishment is stunning.
    Somewhat on that topic, the thing that most distracted me was the author's choice to intermix real and fictional pop culture references. I found this distracting. He switched between real and fictional music artists like Dr. Dis (fake) and Brittney Spears (real). He does this with cars as well.

    As far as her innocence - I believed it. This happens - there are a number of first generation college kids that come from very sheltered life's. I ran into more than one in school. I agree it is becoming more rare due to the internet and other technologies, but I found this to be plenty believable.

    BELOW might have information you do not want to read if you have not read the book

    The book really seems to lose its way in the 4th (of 4) part (the last 7 or so hours). When starting this section, I just found Char's depression to be too hard to believe. I kept saying - shut up - what you did was not that bad - let it go . . . or I was saying - go ahead, kill yourself! I think Wolfe recovers when she comes out of the depression and makes it more believable and real. However, I think the book then goes in to 'wrap up' mode and feels like the end is rushed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "A classic - worth the effort"

    I read this book in college (was a english lit major) and liked it quite a bit. I have listened to it (many years later) and found it even better.
    It is not a light easy read. It can be tough to get through at times. It challenges the reader/listening - but is a very intelligent book. I recommend it to anyone who wants more than a best seller thriller every week (which I enjoy as well) from time to time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "very good listen - time flies by"

    Koontz writes great travel books - hours fly by. I have listened to the face and this on - this one is shorter and better. Enjoyable odd characters and a decent story that twists enough to make it exciting.
    Yes, the idea is a rip off of 6th sense. There are also other passages that sort of feel lifted from other popular movies (the description of seeing bullets through the air with waves around them screams of the matrix). If you can get beyond that, it is a good listen and I found emotionally connected to Odd. I liked it enough to get the rest of Koontz' books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Face

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be.

    Peggie says: "Entertaining"
    "Koontz makes a good listen - not great, but good"

    I have listened to the face and Odd Thomas - neither what I would call a 'great' book, but both good. He rights a great 'travel' book - they move fast, have compelling ideas, and just make the time fly by. Consider me a fan.
    The face passes time along with a goos story and some interesting characters and plenty of twists. The author, in my view, could have a better grasp of pop culture which is the only downside to this book. It is hard to explain, but at times you just feel like some things do not sound right (like Hector X as a gang member name - just a really poor name for a gang member - as if the author thought many 'black' people use X as a moniker like Malcom X).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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