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Vail, AZ, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 587 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "A classic."

    The Forever War is science fiction at its best: A commentary on war cast in a science fiction motif.

    Haldeman wrote this specifically as a reaction to the Vietnam War, of which he was a veteran. It is dated a bit, given that it posits the availability of collapsar jump technology in the 1990s, but that's just an interesting plot device, not the point of the book.

    One reviewer suggests Starship Troopers as a better alternative. I strongly disagree and believe she has missed the point of The Forever War entirely. Starship Troopers is a lot more like Heinlein's version of Plato's Republic, especially clear if you've read his non-science fiction works. The Forever War is no such animal.

    In short, I put The Forever War beside Stranger in a Strange Land and Foundation as the best examples of the science fiction genre and well worth your time to listen. Pure and simple.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Overwhelm Me: Callahan Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By A. C. Marchman
    • Narrated By Em Eldridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Allie Marshall has dealt with a traumatic past that she desperately wants to keep buried. After moving to Atlanta to escape her old life and pursue her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant, with the help of her roommate, Livey, she's finally gotten her life back on track and will be graduating from Emory University with honors. When she meets Donovan Callahan - a sexy and wealthy doctor who Allie cannot resist... Their relationship starts off intense and full of passion. Donovan wants to give Allie the world. But she soon learns he was involved with Claire Dubois, a reality star convicted of murdering her husband.

    John says: "Ok, so it's just book one...stupid ending...."
    "Ok, so it's just book one...stupid ending...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Oh, Right now I can't write a good review...This just a stupid ending... I like happiness...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Silk Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

    Paul Krasner says: "prose meets poetry"
    "The narrator detracts from the material"

    His unfamiliarity with certain pronunciations extends to Taoism (pronounced "daoism") and bodhisattva, which is most assuredly NOT pronounced "bodhitsattva." Where the extra T comes from is anyone's guess! A most interesting book nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Norton

    Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to AudibleĀ® listeners.

    christina onorio says: "Jim Uncensored"
    "Relentlessly Honest"

    The things you need to get past when it comes to Jim Norton and his humor are your own hangups. Yes, his humor is self-deprecating, yes he employs language some might consider offensive (I don't), but it is HONEST.

    Just as in his stand-up act, and in his commentary on the Opie and Anthony show, he is relentlessly, bitingly and emphatically honest about himself, and does not suffer fools or the dishonest very well.

    If you choose to get stuck on the hookers or the trannies or the language, it's your great loss.

    Norton has a keen wit and is tremendously funny. For me, this book was a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to reading or hearing his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

    Julie says: "Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator"
    "I need to modify my review"

    Mr. Heller singlehandedly ruins this audiobook by drinking too close to the microphone, burping (don't do voice-overs and drink soda!)

    This otherwise five-star book loses stars for this distraction.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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