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greg

Ventura, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

    greg says: "Wrong voice"
    "Wrong voice"
    Overall

    I'm usually not a reviewer but I feel compelled to on this work. The story was well done, great descriptions and dialogue and such, but the reader chosen for this work seemed, in my opinion, totally wrong. Hearing that deep baritone voice for this type of work did not match up at all! When the narrator would recite the words "Oh Lord, how looonng" I too would think the same... How much longer can I last listening to this... The narrators voice would be perfect for reading how lions prowl on the Savannah looking for Zebra or a ghost story but for this work it didn't match up, especially when he was reading women's voices. I might listen to the other books but not with this narrator. Hate to give it a negative but those are my thoughts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles of Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Matthew Kugler
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human.

    Margaret says: "The Early Church(es)"
    "A bit booooooooring..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After listening to other books on the subjects, the information and the instructor are not very good at holding my attention. The information is good. It absolutely sounds like a college lecture hall but not very dynamic or energetic, just the info being given.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (532)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Ouch, really Steven?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First I'll say I'm a fan of the show, Colbert is entertaining to watch and listen to, and I thought that would be able to carry through to book form and even better audiobook form, but.... It didn't...

    Honestly, I'm having trouble listening to this in as little as 5 minute increments. The material is not funny, it's so self centered that most of the humor is lost in the fact that it's all Colbert based.

    I'm about to review John Stewart's audiobook as well and that was almost as bad as this one. In this book I'm only about 38 minutes into it and it's taken about 2 weeks to get this far, (I listen to books on my 110mile commute to and from work). I just can't stomach more than a few minutes at a time so I have to listen to large segments of other books for a majority of the drive and then, if I have a 5 or 10 minute section I can squeeze some Stephen in, I give it a shot, I almost never get a full 10 minutes straight...

    As a fan of the show I am truly disappointed in this piece of work, I'll call it that. What is surprising is that someone actually had to sit in a studio and record this with Colbert and no one in the booth thought of mentioning to him how bad this was. I feel that the only reason why this was done was that they figured it would make money based on the success of the show.

    If a one word description is in order for this book, LAME is the only one that comes to mind.

    I hate to be hater on this one, but I have no choice.

    Don't waste your time 'cause you'll never get it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3714)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1615)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Brought me back to the line"
    Overall

    Excellent Listen! Brought me back to those days in the kitchen. Though I never made it to Chef, going up the ranks from dishwasher to prep, line to display, the wars warts and all that craziness that makes life in a busy restaurant kitchen a life for a select few. For those that don't know, it may be a wake up call, for those that do know, a ramble down memory lane. Loved every bit of it and made me even more sure that getting out of the business was the right choice. Though I love food, cooking it, and especially going out for it. Chef Bourdain's narration of his own work personalized it and made it all that much more fun to listen to. Loved every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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