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Gea

Key Largo, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
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  • The Hero's 2 Journeys

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
    • Narrated By Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (88)

    Make your story the best it can be on two levels. Hear each superstar teacher present his unique approach to story telling.

    Jane says: "I enjoyed this."
    "Awesome"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was great. Just a little over three hours, but very insightful and helpful. I bought this for Vogler, but I ended up really enjoying Hague. His examples are excellent and he cuts straight to the heart of a great story. I learned a lot from this audiobook. Highly recommend it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1772)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Cyborg Cinderella"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The idea of a mechanic female protagonist intrigued me so I gave this book a listen. It was an entertaining read. Despite all her hardwiring, Cinder is warmly human. She is smart, strong, and incredibly vulnerable. I wish the story's setting included more than the palace and Cinder's apartment and I was a little disappointed in how the ending left me hanging. Answers to secrets were revealed, but if you want resolution don't get your hopes up. Overall I give it a three stars.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3177)
    Performance
    (2908)
    Story
    (2931)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Romantic and Tragic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    This may be the most beautiful writing I have ever encountered. It is a perfect gem of a story. Jake Gyllenhaal does a phenomenal job of narrating. Listening to this audiobook with Mr. Gyllenhaal's dead on interpretation, may be more moving than reading the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11370)
    Performance
    (8239)
    Story
    (8246)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Highly entertaining."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was tons of fun. The writing was quick and evocative in an old style detective noir way, but with a down on his luck, broke ass, wise cracking wizard who in spite of having magic powers still seems like a normal (sort of) guy. I liked the narration. And, at only around 8 hours, it had a snappy pace and didn't drag on at all. It also made me laugh, which is always good when you're driving to work at 5:30 in the morning.


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  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Where does What It Is Like to Go to War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was brilliant! Marlantes is one of the preeminent writers of war for our time. After reading Matterhorn, which I loved, I listened to this. There were times I had to stop and take a break because it is quite heavy. Marlantes writes about killing, maiming, death, grief, shame, guilt, courage, loyalty and heroism. He covers Jungian philosophy, Catholic and tribal traditions, Greek myth and classical history. He has killed, been responsible for his own men being killed and has the self-knowledge, education and command of language to express the different states and emotions he has experienced in the past forty years. He is a warrior and a Rhodes scholar, and his scholastic background helps him communicate the experiences that normally transcend words. Marlantes has put a lot of though into this subject for decades now and has chosen his words beautifully.

    His brutal self-honesty was shocking, and too me, took more courage than running head on into a barrage of fire. He lays his soul bare for all of us too see so that our society can learn from the perpetual state of war we seem to find ourselves in generation after generation and so that our warriors can return intact physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3496)
    Performance
    (3131)
    Story
    (3160)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Nothing new until the UBL raid"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Special Ops memoirs and the fight against terrorism or readers of military history.


    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    This book doesn't really compare to any others. The first half gives us no new insight into the world of Special Ops or Seals that you can't find somewhere else. The author refuses to delve into his personal life and only sparingly describes his feelings. Personal accounts of the Iraq War can be found in greater detail in American Sniper or Lone Survivor. However, around the half-way mark, No Easy Day takes off as it describes the planning and operations of the UBL raid. No other book that I have read has covered this. It was fascinating.

    Characters are drawn a bit thin and the writing is somewhat mediocre, which isn't surprising considering how rushed this book was to print. But the telling of the raid itself is riveting. I found the character Jen really interesting and wish we could have learned more about her, but as she is an undercover CIA agent, this wasn't possible.

    The ending felt a bit incongruent as Owen laments how the identity of Seal Team 6 is leaked very shortly after the mission is completed. He goes on about the dangerous lack of anonymity, refusing to sign a flag for President Obama because he doesn't want his real name to appear, or how upsetting it was to him that the public came to learn it was Devgru that completed the mission. Then he writes a book about all of this and blows the lid even more wide open. I suspect the man is conflicted.

    However, none of this overshadows the mission to capture or kill BinLaden and how successful it was considering the obstacles they faced at the outset, such as the downed helicopter. The Seals control of force is exemplary. I was certainly left to wonder if our enemies would be as protective of our women and children as Seal Team 6.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3188)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2810)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Fantastic journey"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It was wonderful and had a great pace.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, I cried, and I was disappointed for it to come to an end.


    Any additional comments?

    Strayed is a fantastic writer- a wise and tough human being.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22294)
    Performance
    (13696)
    Story
    (13838)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Awesome!"
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    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this story and this audiobook. The narration was great and the story was fantastic. I did not want to stop listening. Ender's voyage from small, frightened boy to potential savior of humanity is absolutely addictive and fascinating. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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