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Listener Since 2005

  • 20 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 165 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "I Wanted More"

    This book held my interest and had its entertaining moments, but to me, it wasn't anything I didn't already know having worked in the restaurant industry for many years. If you are looking for a plot, look elsewhere. If you are looking to learn about or relate to the restaurant industry, give this book a try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Great Pace"

    You know right away in this book what the crime was, and who committed it. From that point on, the reader is led to walk with the main character as his walls start closing in on him, and it really is a nerve-wrecking walk! I liked getting to know all of the characters as well, and thought the story was all around, well written & exciting! Recommended for anyone who likes a good suspense story - this one is set against the personal life of a corporate CEO.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"

    I really enjoyed reading this book, told from the point of view of a father to a drug-addicted son. I felt like I made a connection to the family, and found myself rooting for the son's recovery along the way. Today's television shows and movies all deal with the issue of drugs, but this one takes you along for the ride and gives you a deeper understanding of addiction.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who has a friend or family member dealing with the daily struggle of drugs, or any addiction for that matter.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    A User says: "Wow"

    If you like history and are intrigued by the sea, then please give this book a listen. I learned so much about the history of trade, as well as the whaling industry. The book is a fast listen, and a story that couldn't have been written better as fiction. The narrator did a fine job as well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

    David says: "Excellent read!"
    "Fresh Breath of Koontz"

    I really enjoyed this book - sometimes the sci-fi tendency of Koontz goes too far, and this books lack of that is a huge positive in my opinion. All of the characters were relatable, and the story kept moving. I would recommend this book for all Koontz fans, as well as those looking for a fast moving adventure, with twists of course!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lose Weight Now

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold

    Lose weight the easy way with this superb, high quality weight loss hypnosis audio by Glenn Harrold, the UK's best-selling self-help audio author.Glenn's unique hypnotherapy recording will help you to programme your mind to accept that you eat small amounts of healthy food and genuinely LOVE exercising and being active.

    Jeff says: "Wow!"

    3 Stars because it did relax me, but only 3 stars because I only fell asleep - there has been no change to my weight pattern after listening to it several times.

    Good for sleep though!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Adventure + History"

    I really enjoyed this book! This is the way I should have been taught everything growing up - slap an adventure tale on top of lots of history, and WOW - when is the test?

    I gave my Dad the hardback after listening to this, since he is planning a fishing trip on the Amazon later this year, and he couldn't put it down either.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys History, or anyone who is looking for a good, old-fashioned "river adventure". Like a previous poster said, I really feel like a wuss after hearing about how tough it is "out there".

    Bottom line: Great Book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Just the Facts"

    This is a good book, but it was hard for me to get excited about it. There is no mystery here, which I knew, but I was hoping for some super detective work or something... but no.

    If you are interested in hearing just the facts, and a LOT of background information about every single person who lived in or visited this town, then I would recommend this book to you.

    If you are looking for twists and action, I would pass on this one.

    The narrator is excellent and the book is well written - I'm just more of an action-person I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "Another Patterson Great"

    I love the dynamic of these 4 women. Each has their own interesting storyline, while at the same time solving crimes. I would recommend reading "1st to Die" first to get to know the characters, and I plan on continuing on with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
    • Narrated By Billy Baldwin

    Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in America's wealthiest resort town: legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.

    Amy says: "Mediocre pulp fiction"

    I am a huge Patterson fan, but I honestly have to say that this one was a disappointment. I felt like the ending (last 45 minutes) was from a different story, and I really was left not believing things would ever turn out this way.

    This does not squash my belief that Patterson is a phenomenal author - everybody has their 'jump the shark' moment of fame. Hopefully he 'bounces back' (sorry for all of the clich?s) after this one, and hits us with another winner in his next release.

    Note about multiple narrators - it was hard to get used to, and I do believe that it added to the ending not being believable - They should have stuck to 1 good narrator. I may have enjoyed it a bit more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Action Packed"

    I usually try to avoid the "bandwagon" books, but with the movie coming out and having received more than a couple of personal recommendations, I jumped on board and purchased this book.

    I am so glad I did! The storyline starts moving within the first 5 minutes, and never stops. This book held my interest for every minute, and the narrator did a wonderful job. I now understand the hype, and encourage my fellow readers to listen to this book. Now I can look forward to seeing the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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