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Sanford Rosenberg

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  • Talk Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T.C. Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.

    glamazon says: "Too Much Talk"
    "Professional narrator needed"
    Overall

    "Talk Talk" is a fascinating tale woven around a most unlikely topic, identity theft. This in itself was quite informative--and helpful to all of us--but the secondary theme of deafness in a hearing world was my first real understanding of deafness from the perspective of the hearing-impaired themselves. The story is a bit of a detective novel, but I found myself complaining out loud that the two main victims did way too much amateur sleuthing than was believable, and payed the price for not enlisting police help even when they "had the goods". The author should leave the narration to someone who understands that a story must be "told", not "spewed out" like water from a fire hydrant. Even more annoying is his tendency to mispronounce the words he has himself written. As far as the writing itself, my geatest complaint was the author's irritating habit of prefacing statements by every character, over and over, with "What was that word they use?", or "What is it they called that?" , or "What was it they meant by that?", etc.
    The book is interesting as a character study of the narcissitic nature of this criminal's personality, but not a "page-turner", and the ending, which just seems to "happen" rather suddenly, is wholly disappointing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1388)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Feels like Lee Child just mailed this one in. . ."
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    As fans of the Reacher books know, Lee Child's style is to frequently take a minor point or situation and milk it over and over from every irrelevant angle possible, leaving the main story for long stretches at a time, with the seeming intent of making the book longer and cementing his "unique style" (e.g. taking a distance in miles and repeating it in kilometers and feet and inches and millimeters, etc., with no obvious forwarding of the plot. Or time. Or even roadway signs, repeated exit after exit, or how you enter a password on a computer, and so on.)
    This was okay in earlier books with enough action and excitement to make you forgive and forget, but in this one (as in some other recents), my wife and I found ourselves begging him out loud to "get on with it". The end has a decent enough twist, but it doesn't compensate adequately for the struggle to get there.
    Finally, Dick Hill as the narrator. I know he is "much beloved" by many Audible fans but I find that his universally whiny-sounding female characters (I now believe that's how he thinks he has to sound to make them seem "female") are grating to the extreme. And some characters voices are so contrived and exaggerated ("Little Joey" Green, for example) that we simply couldn't understand what he was saying! I sadly may have to take a break from Reacher, and Dick Hill, for awhile. . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1969)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Not at all the 'Clancy' I knew and loved. . ."
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    Great disappointment, really. Perhaps I should just put "The Hunt for Red October" and "Red Star Rising" and the rest of the early Clancy's out of mind, but I was hoping that "the last novel he wrote (co-wrote, apparently) before he died" would be worth more. Jack Jr. is just not as good a character as his dad, and this book is so fascinated with the not-so-intriguing detals of "international finance" (page after boring page) that it made my eyes glaze over (ears, actually). A little action, but neither makes it as an action-genre or an international spy-genre vehicle. I plodded through, but the kiss of death was that I could frequently find my attention lapsing and realizing I had not heard the last five minutes. Not the kind of excitement in an audible book I crave or expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1424)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "LIFE, but of a self-absorbed narcissist"
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    What would have made Life better?

    Perhaps if Keith Richards didn't demonstrate his total lack of regard for anyone but himself,and he could have accepted that the same rules and mores apply to him as well as to everyone else, this could have been a better book. Unfortunately, that would make it someone else's life, not his. (He seems to actually believe that the police shouldn't arrest him for drugs because "Don't they understand I'm a Rocker? That I have a different life than theirs? Couldn't they just live their lives and let me live mine?" He is a totally unsympathetic, and even pathetic, individual. He was not fit to be a parent at all, and if his children survived him they should have a story of their own to tell. And his story is BORING. Except for one or two tidbits about the genesis of the Stones, he rambles on endlessly name-dropping early "legends" of his, and how somehow they influenced him, and speaks endlessly about forming certain chords and sounds on the guitar that are meaningless to anyone but a top-notch guitar player. I am not, and I was bored silly.


    What could Keith Richards and James Fox have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have left out the interminable name-dropping and descriptions of how you actually play the guitar and concentrated on the history of the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards may be a great guitarist, but without the Stones he is nothing but a stoned-out jerk.


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

    I hated this book, actually, and can only appreciate that it taught me that their is nothing to idolize about Keith Richards.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1090)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Not at all what you'd expect from Mr. Moore!"
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    What disappointed you about Sacre Bleu?

    Having read many Christopher Moore books, and enjoyed them and laughed throughout, I could not finish the last half of this. I waited way too long for something funny, or even engaging, to occur. Sure, there are hints of the occult and mysterious characters that live throughout the ages, but definitely nothing funny or adequately exciting to keep my interest. And there are so many characters they are hard to keep track of.


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

    Perhaps, in the second half. I couldn't bring myself to listen any longer. . .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (262)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "A little too talky, at times, but a great story"
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    Any additional comments?

    An epic sci-fi story, and I enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend it to fans of the genre, especially in the Peter Hamilton style. My only criticisms are that the author allowed himself a few too many opportunities to veer off on a tangent for several minutes in areas that ultimately had little or no import on the story as a whole, and the story could have benefitted from a little judicious editing. Also, the spider babies were made to be a little too "cutesy" in my view. That may have been largely in the "baby voices" used by the narrator, which eventually were a little annoying, but a little too much unnecessary spider children attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (895)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Dewey Andreas, my new favorite superhero!"
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    What other book might you compare Coup d'Etat to and why?

    Power Down, Coes' first book--riveting, exciting, almost non-stop action.


    Any additional comments?

    Dewey Andreas is a character in the mold of Jack Reacher from Lee Childs, Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn, and John Wells from Alex Berenson--morally superior guys fighting for justice and always in the thick of a problem, but with special skills: CIA assasins, ex-Seals, and Military Police investigators. They can be hard to keep apart, as fans of this genre know, but they can be counted on to beat any number of bad guys eventually, save the girl/country/world, and even make mistakes once in awhile to keep them (almost) human. Dewey is the best of the bunch, in my view, and both of the Dewey Andreas books are superbly exciting with just enough believable current events to make them very hard to put down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (426)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "All the narrative beauty of Cold Mountain. . ."
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    If you could sum up Nightwoods in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, interesting characters


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is the perfect voice for the southern, rural story.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Frazier, James Lee Burke, and Pat Conroy are so similar in narrative style--beautiful descriptive writing that allows you to completely visualize the surroundings,but never boringly so. Gorgeous writing, really, as in this book. And plenty of unusual characters and small-town, backwoods eccentricities. Kept getting better, and a more satisfying culmination than the Cold Mountain shocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (900)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "Definitely no "Fire and Ice""
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    Any additional comments?

    I expected a great deal more from George R.R. Martin, having thoroughly enjoyed the intricacies and inventiveness of his great Fire and Ice saga, but this story was thin, formulaic, and uninteresting. Yes, it was free, but it was 40-some minutes in which I kept hoping the ending was something vastly more interesting than it turned out to be. George, please get back to novels 6 and 7 of the saga!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3500)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2909)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Lee should stick to action!"
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    Any additional comments?

    My boys and I love the Jack Reacher series, and have read or listened to 16. Never before, though, has Lee Child decided he could write a sex scene, and should have stuck to the genre he knows, like Reacher battling an entire army with only a pool cuestick.

    There are several terrible attempts at writing about Reacher's sex with the sheriff, and the first is by far the worst, and painfully bad. What must have been about 8 pages in the book (and what seemed like ten minutes on the audio) about undressing, looking, discovering,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1071)

    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "Painfully unfunny."
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    Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

    My wife and I generally loved Ellen DeGeneres's stand-up and looked forward to this to listen to together on a car trip together. After about an hour and a half (a very fair trial, I think), we just looked at each other and agreed


    Has Seriously...I'm Kidding turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ellen DeGeneres?

    She should have been the perfect choice, and was. Just needed better content.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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