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Thomas

I spend so much time driving on business trips or suffering in boring exercise. For over 40 years I dreamed of something like Audible.

Member Since 2005

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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (409)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Didn't he learn to soften his "R"s ?"
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    I exercise every day with Audible. I drive every day with Audible. I have listened to everything Frank Muller. Frank's death pained me so. He set a very high standard. I loved Dickens done by Muller, and King's Dark Tower was so good, even after Frank had to stop reading. I've now done 228 unabridged books on Audible done by many great narrators. Yes, I also read, but mostly when I go to bed at night. I consume a great deal of literature. This is the only book I've had to turn off. Too bad. We learned in choir to soften our "R"s. Linton wasn't there. Narrators do so much more than read. To the blind person who wrote another review. I hope you can get my message that I should have listened to you.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2305)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "A Modern Day Dickens with Dickens as a Character"
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    Through the years I've spent a great deal of time with Aussies. Australians truly like Americans. I like that, and I like Aussies too. But I also like Brits, and have always been surprised at how much Australians hate them. They hate the British almost as much as the Irish hate the British. If a bar is equally populated between Australians and Englishmen there will be a fist fight. The Australians will always begin the row, and usually finish it. There is a pub in London, where Yanks, Canucks, Kiwis and Aussies show their passports to enter. Brits are not allowed.

    Many times I've heard Aussies describe themselves as"POME", pronounced POM-EE, It stands for "Prisoner of Mother England". I've been told about how Australia originated from English prisoners being exiled to prisons in Australia. But I had little detail. Courtenay's "The Potato Factory", based on a true story, eloquently tells us a story about the life of the prisoners, and of the life in early Australia.

    The Potato Factory is truly a great story; well written with great characters. It is very descriptive, without belaboring the process. You can clearly visualize the characters and their surroundings.

    The story begins in London. As it progressed, I couldn't help thinking of Charles Dickens. Then I was surprised to find Dickens, and Dickens' character, "The Artful Dodger" actually part of the book. What a treat.

    For anyone who enjoys stories about 19th Century England and now Australia, don't pass this one up. I'll soon be starting "Tommo and Hawk".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (377)

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

    Ed says: "Burke is an outstanding novelist"
    "Recording skips"
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    I have recently added James Lee Burke to my list of recorded books. The stories are good, and I enjoy the performance, but these recording will skip several minutes with no way of retrieving the missing parts. I've listened to hundreds of Audible books. This is the first time it has happened. It happened in Morning for Flamingos and now in A Stained White Radiance. This is very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1738)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "A Cajun Harry Bosch"
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    Some novels I read, some I Audible. After a cousin recommended James Lee Burke, I decided to try the first of Burke's Dave Robicheaux series in Audible. It was very well done and very colorful. I've found that in adding Cajun culture to most anything American makes it a little better.

    Note: I'm not Cajun.

    Unfortunately the next book in the series is only available in abridged format. I believe that it was Pat Conroy who said "Abridged books are an abomination onto God."

    So the next one I'll read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4558)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2226)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Interesting Story...But"
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    My review is for the entire work. I will not be continuing to the fourth book. I found Paolini's work entertaining, though not in a thoughtful way. Perhaps it is because Christopher is a very young author, I didn't find the characters very deep. The writing is good, a decade of life experience will be helpful. Spend some time with Patrick Rothfus.

    I was willing to finish the series, but increasing the price to 2 Audible credits sealed my decision. There are too many great works out there to overspend on a new author.

    I use Audible books for exercising. It is entertainment to mask my pain. There are thousands of large great works for 1 Credit. Try Uncle Tom's Cabin or Atlas Shrugged.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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