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James

Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
    "Not The Movie!"
    Overall

    Before buying this, you should know that although it WAS the basis for the film of the same name, it is not a novelization of the film. Keel's MMP details the actual events that transpired during a thirteen month period in Point Pleasant WV and the Ohio Valley in the late 60's. It's an incredible read and nicely done in audio book form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (736)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    James says: "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    Overall

    Though not my usual favored genre of books, I have, nevertheless, read everything Preston and Child have written collectively and separately. I have liked some better than others, but I will not be reading any more from this series. At least twice per chapter the reader is asked to accept ridiculously clich├ęd and/or unlikely scenarios necessary to advance the storyline. I don't think I have ever rolled my eyes as much as I did while listening to this this clunker. Sadly, there is little sense of suspense simply because, after only a few chapters, the reader can already guess well in advance which hokey trick is about to be employed.

    Perhaps the only thing worse than the writing in this story is the narration. For a brief moment, I honestly thought it was an electronically-generated narration. (Slightly smoother than Kindle's "text to speech" - but not by much.) Add to this the inclusion of annoying - and equally banal - musical "interludes" between key chapters, and the whole thing makes for a hot mess. The entire presentation plays to the lowest common denominator. (Thank goodness for the "Oriental Music" after a key chapter with an elderly Chinese woman and how would we *ever* have known how scary a neighborhood was without stereotypical hip-hop music?)

    Count me out for future installments in this series and the same for anything narrated by John Glover.

    38 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9203)
    Performance
    (3418)
    Story
    (3498)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Landon is supposed to be brilliant, right?"
    Overall

    How does someone as "brilliant" as Robert Langdon continually get snared by the simplest of dime store novel slights of hand? How many times must Langdon receive a phone call from a stranger asking him to go somewhere, to do something or to bring something with him that is invaluable and/or top secret only to be shocked - again and again - when the caller turns out to be the bad guy or someone under duress because of the bad guy?

    And why does the Langdon character continue to insist through thousands of pages - across three novels - that no thinking man could ever believe the things going on around him when it is clear to everyone else that everybody else - not the least of which is the majority of Brown's own readers - are clearly believers or willing to accept that SOMEONE believes and is acting on that belief?

    I had low expectations going in and Brown managed to fail to live up to even that limited target. I downloaded it because it was free when I reactivated my Audible account. Even so, I somehow feel cheated. The literary equivalent of eating cotton candy - lots of volume and fluff, but you feel so very empty afterwards.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Flight Down

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marcus Sedgwick
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Boy has survived the terrors of life with the magician Valerian, dark magic, and deadly chases, but he is still on the run. Now, as the City lies frozen, he is captured and incarcerated in the Emperor Frederick's palace. Boy is transported to a world of splendor, and wealth beyond his wildest imagining. But beneath its golden veneer, this world is full of madness and cruelty, closely guarded secrets, and terrifying revelations.

    James says: "Not Just For Young Adults"
    "Not Just For Young Adults"
    Overall

    Although the target audience for this book is the "Young Adult" market, I have enjoyed both books in this series. The narration is well done and the story paces nicely. Anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter series will likely enjoy these as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Swan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

    David says: "A great sequel!"
    "Not A Strong Book"
    Overall

    The narration was well done. However, the book itself is lacking in many ways. I struggled to get through the end, finding many sections rambling and overly verbose. The author wastes and unusually large amount of space and time reminding us that the lead character is a brooding, flawed git. We get it - now, move on with the story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Wisdom

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Jacob Needleman
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The oldest human quest serves as the central focus for this wonderful exploration into how truth is revealed. Learning to listen to the inner voice, living in relationship, suffering and liberation, finding providential help along the way and much more are covered by Needleman as he speaks to the depth and breadth of the spiritual search. He emphasizes the power of the oral tradition and the need to be open and receptive to truth when it appears.

    James says: "An Insightful Discussion"
    "An Insightful Discussion"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this one-hour discussion a great deal. The host and Jacob "Jerry" Needleman carry on a great discussion. Needleman provides interesting observations and summary from many schools of thought while demonstrating the love and excitement he still carries for the search. Well worth the small price paid for the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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