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Andy

Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Shadow of the Silk Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    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"
    "Spectacular and delicious prose"
    Overall

    Colin Thubron is a magnificent writer and historian. His prose is lyrical, his perceptions astute. I have recommended this book to several people, some of whom are writers themselves, and they have all loved it. It is a fascinating journey through history told with a deep understanding of the cultures and their history. I wish that Audible would record his other works, particularly "Behind the Wall" specifically about China.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Leopard

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
    • Narrated By Peter Matthiessen
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Z en Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one.

    Darwin8u says: "Skipped a few steps up and down the mountain"
    "Wonderful recording of a beloved book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This review is more about the production, abridgment and recording of this incredible book and journey. The book itself is without compare in the annals of Himalayan travel and inner exploration. The recording and abridgment, completed by the late Peter Matthiessen himself is mystifying and entrancing. I usually steer far clear of abridged works, and especially those that I have read in their complete form before, but when I heard that Mr. Matthiessen had done the abridgment himself I was enticed. I was not disappointed. Yes, his voice is deep and gravelly; yes it is the recounting by an older man of his younger self; but the mystery and wonder is still there, and the emotions are brought to life by the voice of the author. I am so grateful to have this production on audio and cannot recommend it more highly to lovers of great travel writing, the Himalaya, Buddhism, Nepal, field biology, and the grieving process for a loved one through adventurous pursuits. Mr. Matthiessen was one of the greatest naturalists and nature writers this planet has known, and this story is one of his best, even in itʻs abridged form. Enjoy. Namaste!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6392)
    Performance
    (5819)
    Story
    (5828)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "More Impressive Storytelling from J.K. Rowling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Yes. It was an excellent audio program, and an enticing story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole story rotated around Strike, so it's hard to list anyone else.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of them. Hard to compare against the Harry Potter books, but this is just as twisted and a great story.


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

    No. It took a few sittings,


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more books with Strike as the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (990)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Getʻs inside your head and breaks things."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Orphan Master's Son in three words, what would they be?

    Modern day 1984.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative was compelling and well researched. It is a very disturbing book, and makes me question my tolerance for the atrocities that are active in the world today, rather than simply expressing disgust at what has gone on in the past. I really feel for the people of North Korea.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Who was the most memorable character of The Orphan Master's Son and why?

    Commander Ga. I believe that his story is the national anthem of the common man of North Korea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1063)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Boring and poor story delivery mechanism"
    Overall

    After listening to a few hours of this book you are going to go into epileptic fits if you hear Cormac Wallace, Mill Number GHA213 one more time. After the original idea this book gets boring fast, and the story delivery mechanism - a series of recorded snippets from ... you guessed it ... Cormac Wallace's journals gets old. Unless you are interested in hearing a series of battle vignets over and over pass this one by.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Unforgiveable sin"
    Overall

    The most inexcusable piece of contrived writing I have listened to. Horrendously pedestrian; a nauseating patchwork of cliche that inspires only suicide. If I have one purpose on this earth it is to warn you away from this audiobook. I have suffered so that you may not have to. What makes this lame excuse for writing even worse is that it is accompanied by a string orchestra that sounds like they were ripped off the set of the movie "Brian's Song." The author takes no prisoners in his gut wrenching onslaught of guaranteed heart string pullers. He pulls every trick in the book - cute children rescued from death, never ending birthdays, abused children, impoverished immigrants, parental emotional abuse, war, teen angst, lost love, you name it. Save yourself and buy another audiobook...any other audiobook.

    164 of 196 people found this review helpful

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