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Sean

Gulf Shores, AL, USA

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  • Teacher Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (193)

    Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

    Mark says: "Fun, quick, well done!"
    "For the teachers"
    Overall

    Those of you who are part of this circle, this is a must. If you teach, then you can relate and empathise with Teacher Man as he recalls and recounts his exploits as a HS English teacher in NYC.
    Rather a slow read, with great highlight and some parts that drag on, perhaps it might be better with the abridged version.
    Read by the author, always a plus!
    Gold - for those who teach and can relate
    Silver - for those who are looking for an interesting read, but slow.
    Bronz - for those who want action adventure and wild themes.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2785)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2119)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Great Story, But sorry... 2nd reader BAD!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

    The first half (reader) and entire story was wonderful. It kept you guessing (as all Card's books) and getting to know each person in the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Starting in Chapter 9 a new reader takes over. He was SO so so so bad I felt sick. The tempo, the voice, the rhyme and persona of the story hits a brick wal because of this one flaw. His voice sounds like a frog sick from smoking in his death throws. - I wish I was kidding or even smiling, but it's that bad.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Tobin
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    To Conquer the Air is a hero's tale of overcoming obstacles within and without that plumbs the depths of creativity and character. With a historian's accuracy and a novelist's eye, Tobin has captured the interplay of remarkable personalities at an extraordinary moment in our history. In the centennial year of human flight, To Conquer the Air is itself a heroic achievement.

    Jere says: "A great story"
    "The TRUE story"
    Overall

    A cunning and accurate account on the events and life of the early years of flight. This book encompasses the factors of the how the first flights came to be, in a clear easy to listen story. In addition to the straight facts, the author also includes external influences such as friendships, family and fate that adds marvelous insight!

    The speaker has clear tone, the audio quality is excellent and the writing style makes it difficult to stop. While the history of flight does stretch into modern times, this is only the primal years, during the infancy and the quest for fame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    Sean says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    Overall

    Again, Chuck Palahniuk skirts the border of genius versus insanity. "Lullaby" is a spellbinding journey through America, for control. Much more of an action adventure, than the title lets on; this book follows a man, Carl Streator, in his quest to control himself, his companions and the "Big Brother" of our world.

    Following the same style of writing as "Fight Club" and "Survivor" Palahniuk fills this book with bits of information that make "Lullaby" consistently interesting, and enhances the story. The audio selection is well read and easy to understand.

    Final Point; Great story that I couldn't stop! If you liked any other of Palahniuk's work, then this is a definite read! ~ Enjoy

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "ParrotHead Reading"
    Overall

    This is a fun book, good for a story, a little island jib and a mental vacation away from the beats of this hectic life. The story follows an Ex-Pat who's adventure stories fall just under tall-tales.

    If you are familiar with Buffett's music, the great gulf coast, or life at sea, then this book if for you. At a literally point, some parts in audio form are a bit difficult to follow. If you are looking for a true adventure, try a classic. If you love tales from the islands, Jimmy's lyrics and a good fish tale, give it a try.

    Parrot-Head Gold, Island silver, Reader's Bronze

    Great information for a mullet toss!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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