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California Vegan

CA | Member Since 2005

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  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (445)
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    (444)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "A Classic that has not aged well."
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    What would have made On the Road better?

    The two things that might have made this read more enjoyable would have been to have read it 40 years ago, or to have been a male, coming of age, with a sense of adventure but zero life experience.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something light, with a sense of humor.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was just fine, but the story is no longer relevant.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As a San Francisco resident I found the historical descriptions of the area fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    As many of the writings of this time, On the Road is trivializes females on a level that is insulting today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2428)
    Performance
    (1743)
    Story
    (1767)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "A Great Escape"
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    This series was recommended to me after I finished the last Game of Thrones offering. This is a good first book of a series. The character development is well paced and keeps you interested. Full of unpredictable moments. Looking forward to book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nassir Ghaemi
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
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    (115)

    Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.

    Lynn says: "Will Change Your View of Leadership"
    "Fascinating and Insightful"
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    Anyone who finds the inner workings of the mind of interest will enjoy this book. It sees mental illness from a perspective not often contemplated. It demonstrates that, for good or bad, we owe much of our history to the mental illness of various leaders.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5433)
    Performance
    (3388)
    Story
    (3408)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "What can I say?"
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    There have been so many reviews on this book since it was released so long ago, there is nothing new that I could add, other than every man, woman and child in a free society owes it to themselves to read (or listen to) this book. Its message has never been more relevant than it is right now!

    When I first started listening to audio books, all I cared about, narration-wise, was that the narrator speak clearly. Boy, did I underestimate the value of a good narrator, and Scott Brick is the BEST. When choosing between books to purchase, I often find that being read by Scott is the thing that will break the tie in my mind. I wish I had Scott around to narrate my own life, I think he could even make it sound interesting! Is there a Scott Brick Fan Club?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1304)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Peace, love and butchery--what a contrast!"
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    As someone who remembers the murders and the circus that followed, I was not sure that I would be able to sit through such a lengthy rendition of the story. When I saw that Scott Brick was the narrator, I knew it would be a breeze. His style and pace are brilliant. Even when I listen at double-speed on my iPhone, I can grasp every syllable, and in this book, every syllable is relevant.

    Written during the time-period in which the crimes took place there is not a lot of time wasted setting up the ambiance of the time, which was quite unique. I think that this still comes across thirty-odd years later.

    Never a fan of Vincent Bugliosi, finding him arrogant in most interviews I have seen, I have now learned to appreciate how much work and skill went into getting convictions in an impossible case. This is especially impressive when you realize the way the Tate investigators botched the case from the start.

    The writers weave each thread into a tapestry that captures this dreadful part of history. I am so glad Audible made the unabridged version available.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (27)
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    (26)

    January 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. Ben's father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe's magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben's mother, shattered by the desertion, exhorts "find him and bring him back", thereby sending the boy on a Homeric voyage into manhood.

    California Vegan says: "What a joy!"
    "What a joy!"
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    Once again, Frank Delaney has demonstrated that time travel IS possible. Delaney's reading of his own work transports the listener to Ireland at one of the most turbulent times in its resent past. Delaney is, without a doubt, the premier storyteller of our time, or should I say, Seanachai? Love this guy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
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    (172)
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    (170)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "Still my favorite after hundreds of listens"
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    After over 200 titles from Audible this is still my favorite, and the only book I have listened to twice. Frank Delaney's charm and grace as both writer and narrator makes every inflection a true joy. I have gotten every one of his books that have shown up here and has been pleased with each one. And that includes the one about the shipwreck that I thought I'd be bored to death with!

    Love this guy's work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Pat Lentz, Joyce Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If you suffer from negative thoughts, take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles, and she can help you too. This beloved author and minister shows you how to deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.

    Gregory says: "Excellent content and message-average narrator"
    "Nothing New, Just Bible Regurgitated"
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    Major disappointment. Total waste of time. Wish someone had warned me before I wasted one of my credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Henry Cloud, John Townsend
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    The wounds inflicted by an "unsafe" person can go deep. If you've ever been in a relationship where you were used, abused, or abandoned, then Safe People is for you. It will help you make wise choices in relationships from friendships to romance. You'll discover why good people can get tangled in bad relationships. And you'll learn how to avoid repeating your own mistakes and how to pick safe, healthy people for the friends you make and the company you keep.

    Diana says: "Excellent analysis of Safe and Unsafe People"
    "Be Forewarned!"
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    Although much of the information is valid, it is all delivered through scripture and religious dogma. For those of us whose main goal in life is to be ???good Christians??? this book is a little hard to get through. Bottom line: Highly ???spiritual??? Christians are good. All others, including those claiming to be ???religious??? Christians are bad.

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Rex

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

    Darwin8u says: "BULLY for Teddy the Übermensch!"
    "A bit Disappointing"
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    Extremely well written and narrated, this is a detailed account of TR during his presidential years only. None of the more interesting formative years. Look elsewhere for a complete biography.

    2 of 23 people found this review helpful

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