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  • The Sum of All Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (599)

    Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

    Ray says: "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"
    "Excellent. Edge of the seat story!"
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    I have been plugging through the Jack Ryan series since getting audible a couple of years ago. Since I never had time to read these books before, I am now enjoying them, albiet a little later than most people. Up to this book, I have enjoyed each one - but "The Sum of All Fears" sucked me in completely.

    There have been few books in recent years that kept me sitting in the driveway, not able to turn off the car and go inside (my equivalent of staying up all night unable to stop reading prior to finding audible). Between Clancy's story and Scott Brick's performance, I am not sure I have been this engrossed in a book since picking up a dog-eared copy of "The Gunslinger" when I was in my teens.

    Perhaps I am too easy in my praise, but this story struck a chord with me. I found myself emotionally attached to the story - I despised the National Security advisor to the point of feeling anger, and I felt the heightened stress response of a Nuclear Standoff. I find it hard not to recommend such an enthralling story to anyone who enjoys this type of book.

    I would wager that the majority of my involvement was due to the amazing performance of Scott Brick. The story lends itself to his abilities and he delivers with a great performance. I usually listen to non-fiction, and have a list of books on stand-by to break up all of the "fact" with some simple entertainment. Whether this is your style, or if you have been missing out on a good story that will really draw you in - I recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (793)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Ron says: "Must have for any Adam Carolla Fan!"
    "Entertaining in it's own way"
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    This book is like any number of comedic movies geared toward young males. There is little you gain from it as a human, but it is pretty damned hilarious in many parts. I laughed out loud enough that I couldn't listen to it in public - because there is NO explaining that can be done in polite conversation.

    One thing that I really enjoyed despite being a bit put off initially was the impromptu editing of the actual text in narrated form. The experience would be different if Carolla wasn't reading his own book and deciding to deviate onto non-written elaboration and I found this pretty entertaining after getting used to it. It reminded me of a conversation with friends over the first beer of the night - its tends to meander where it chooses as you all work through the rest of the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lawrence Dorfman
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It’s impossible to go a full day without using snark, so why fight it? Snark is everywhere, from television to movies to everyday life. This lively collection provides hours of entertainment - better than an Etch A Sketch, and more fun than Silly Putty! At the heart of it, being in a state of snark can be one of the most useful tools at one’s disposal and hence (yes, I used “hence”), a powerful way to get what you want. With snark, you can catch people completely off-guard, and royally piss them off.

    mrhunt55 says: "save your money"
    "Some books just don't work in audio format"
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    This would be a great bathroom reader. I'm not sure what I expected, but I am not pleased with what I got. Chapters of anecdotal quips create a schizophrenic listen that had me reaching for the stop button after an effortful half-hour. Save the credit and buy the print version - I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more than my attempt at the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Dead to Worse: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3312)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1674)

    The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris' New York Times best selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month's vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie's friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world - and Sookie is caught in the middle.

    Irenehope says: "Seven books in Seven Days"
    "More of a series review"
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    After my ex got me hooked on HBO's True Blood, I had to come to it's source. I have enjoyed it, as expected, even more than the TV version. I have realized in the past couple of books that one thing bothers me, and it isn't as prevalent in this book (or I didn't seem to notice it): I dislike the fact that at almost every reference to an event that occurred in a previous book, I am subjected to a synopsis of it as if I had completely forgotten the main plot of an entire previous book.

    I can't imagine who this caters to, as it seems illogical to start a SERIES anywhere but at the beginning. Maybe I am the abnormal one, but the time spent rehashing entire books in a matter of a paragraph has become cumbersome. As stated, I didn't feel it was as strong in this installment - which, either due to fact or my own absent-mindedness, was a welcome relief.

    Otherwise, these are thoroughly entertaining stories that have become my guilty pleasure as an interlude between more cerebral listens. I am not one that has to always find something wrong in an otherwise good thing, but I do wonder if anyone else has found this to be a similar vexation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Colony to Superpower: US Foreign Relations Since 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George C. Herring
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    This prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.

    Doug says: "The Rise and Stall of the American Empire"
    "Well done"
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    Like any text dealing with this much history, there are different sections that any reader will find dry depending on their own interests. This was a great chronicle that had some of those moments and some others that left me wanting more, but the depth of the material remained pretty consistently even. Obviously interests aren't the same, so an effort to give every reader the same experience would exponentially increase the length - so I must give credit for what I enjoyed. I found that the focus of foreign relations adds an angle that is not pursued as extensively in most general history classes, which reinvigorated my interest in material that I can recall finding mundane in past study.

    Overall, I really enjoyed it. I feel like I gained a greater appreciation for what has influenced the direction of our country - I would definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "True, it isn't for everyone, but I enjoyed it"
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    I'm pretty sure I couldn't have less in common with the author and his experiences, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story. I can understand that some readers will be very put off by the descriptive sex scenes that many reviews have referred to. I found them uncomfortable to listen to, but they occupy such a small part of the story and are part of the adolescent introspection that makes the entire book entertainingly reminiscent.

    The author tells a great story that I found full of candor, ranging from self-effacing and shameless in its recollection of thoughts many would never share. At times, I laughed out loud and others were uncomfortable, but the point of view for such a formative part of life is universally identifiable to anyone that ever had an awkward moment (or two) in their teens. If you want a high-brow, stuffy recollection of coming of age, beware - this isn't fine literature! It is a memoir written in perspective of the time that it occurred instead of remembrance filtered through the wisdom and experience of adulthood. Consider yourself warned if you are squeamish or easily offended. I thought it was entertaining, open, interesting, and well worth my time. Burroughs is a great storyteller and I will definitely read more of his writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3646)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (2028)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Great rendition of a classic!"
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    I admit, I never read this book growing up. When I saw it here, I had to listen to it to feel more well rounded in a "literary" sense. This is such a good story, the performance was great. Even though it was a time commitment, it held my attention to the end. It is easy to understand how this book has stayed alive with every generation - its themes are timeless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3713)
    Performance
    (3312)
    Story
    (3324)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Eh. It held my attention."
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    Nothing too groundbreaking, but not wonderful either. One thing kept bugging me though: O'Reilly is not so great with military terminology. Constantly throughout the reading he described the Calvary - movements in battle, riding here, riding there..... Mr. O'Reilly, Calvary is where Christ was crucified, Cavalry are those horsey-type soldiers you keep referring too! I can't explain it, it just shocked me and I was stuck on it. Hopefully the print is correct and and it was just his pronunciation!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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