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Fred

carson city, NV, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2997)
    Performance
    (2062)
    Story
    (2060)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Talk about mean people!"
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    This is the 4th of Brice's books I have listened to. I like how the good guy always wins. In this book, the cruelty done to the main female character was hard to listen to. I had to run it at 2X. The horse guy dragging her son around was a bit over the top.
    He does a good job at showing how stupid the old belief system really is. I am from Georgia (another penal colony) and can see parallels in racist beliefs. He shows the down side of the misapplication of social Darwinism, and how people are deeply affected by the economic and social environment they live in.
    It makes me wonder what the US will be like when we reach the same point in our post industrial development.
    The brutality in this book makes it my least liked one so far. I am struggling with the decision to listen to the remainder of the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6472)
    Performance
    (4880)
    Story
    (4958)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "History revised"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was recommended to me by a bunch of hicks that never read, so knew it had to be good. I have also suggested it to some guys that believe the civil war was over states rights. Although this is fiction their views will be affected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he avenged his mother's death


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Vampires from the colonies to the civil war.
    How securing a blood supply influenced our great nation.


    Any additional comments?

    You will never look at the civil war period the same again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4768)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1887)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Not for someone trying to quit drinking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The performance was very good. Each character had a unique voice, and a unique vernacular that made it easy to remember which character was speaking. They drank way too much. The author must think all of the intelligence agents must be practicing alcoholics in order to think clearly enough to understand counter espionage. He has everyone drinking to excess all the time as a pre-text to complex problem solving. The story was more enjoyable after I habituated to the constant talk of drink. I listened to the end because it was pretty good story, with enough un-predictability to keep me interested while riding my bike.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    held well to each character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The CIA, a bunch of drunks. Feel safer now?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3187)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "grew to love it"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1Q84 the most enjoyable?

    The story line was so unique it was hard to listen to at first, but I could not stop, no matter how strange things were in this alternate reality. I really loved how the author anounced the protagonist for each chapter, and how each chapter molded the story a little bit at a time, and they intertwined like the double helix to set up a very nice level of anticipation and surprise.
    The readers are among the best I have heard, and I have been listening to Audible for more than 10 years. I started listening at 2X, but slowed to 1X because the natural pace of the readers bring so much to this story. I love how the readers pronounce their words, and do not over dramatize their reading like the tired old British readers and their Shakespearean ways. These readers are as unique as the story line.
    The story is almost over and I can feel how the author does not really want to end the story, but has to bring it to an end some how, so it can get published :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    How unique the story line is. It was so unique that it was difficult to listen to until I dropped my expectations and just absorbed what was being read.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    These narrators are among the best I have ever heard and I have been listening to Audible for more than 10 years now.
    Having multiple narrators really helps follow this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story is so unique that a lot would be lost if listened to all at once. It takes time to acclimate to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is very simple in retrospect, but complex during the first listen. It could be compared to figuring out the earth rotated around the sun. Simple in hind sight..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creative Visualization

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Shakti Gawain
    • Narrated By Shakti Gawain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (52)

    Use the power of your imagination to help create what you want in life! This best selling guide will teach you simple and practical techniques for changing negative habit patterns, improving your self-esteem, reaching career goals, developing your creativity, and much more. Techniques include deep relaxation, asking for guidance, and visualizing goals. Create an inner sanctuary and open up the natural centers of your body - and use your mental imagery to achieve positive changes in your life.

    Fred says: "Creative Visualization"
    "Creative Visualization"
    Overall

    The concepts are simple but have helped me change my life forever. Imagine how wonderful you would like for your life to be and it will soon be that way.

    The primary thing that limits us is ourselves, not our circumstances. Shakti explains techniques for establishing goals and how to allow them to materialize.

    This way of thinking has helped be get a mechanical engieering degree, design equipment, get the most wonderful wife in the world, hit my target yearly income level, and so many other daily things. The techniques are amazingly simple, but even after 10 years, I still see how I limit myself for no good reason. (I read this book originally ~10 years ago). Listening to it again has renewed a creative inspiration, hope for an even better tomorrow.

    I pray Shakti is recieving some of the good she has put out to the universe.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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