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stephen

muncie, IN, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Castle in the Forest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Harris Yulin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    In his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Norman Mailer offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: he has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, takes the young Adolf from birth through his adolescence. En route, reavealing portraits are offered of Hitler's father and mother, sisters, and brothers.

    Peter Mangiaracina says: "Compelling"
    "Skip This Silliness"
    Overall

    One of the Devil’s agents narrates this rambling and irrelevant look at the formative years of Hitler. The most insightful and interesting story element deals with beekeeping. Maybe that says it all. It is just plain goofy.

    I kept hoping this iconic author would redeem himself along the way. But, as the story plodded along, it became apparent that this work was the rambling of an artist whose time has past him by. The only reason this manuscript got published was the name Mailer was typed on the first page.

    I would say the ending was a disappointment; however, it was a welcome relief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "Superfoodsrx Is a Better Choice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I will sum it up:

    Don't eat processed food and sugar.
    You can't lose weight by eating right and exercising?
    The only hope of losing weight is through government regulations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (599)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "More Boring Nazi Villians"
    Overall

    Not a good story. It isn't clever and compelling. Personally, I am tired of the Nazi war crime story lines.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10459)
    Performance
    (5355)
    Story
    (5394)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Most Important Novel Of The Year!"
    Overall

    This is truly an amazing novel. If books have the power to change the world, I hope this gets read by millions. You don't think of Stephen King as being that type of author. But, this book is that good.

    I would love to see it made into a mini-series.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3023)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1628)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Save Our Credits, Watch Fox News Instead"
    Overall

    This is a great novel if you hate civil liberties, think the Constitution is outdated, and have disdain for the Geneva Convention. I feel like this a 10 hour advertisement for expanding the way on terror, rendition and torture. Besides the above mentioned, the story wasn’t any good. I felt like I was waterboarded by Vince Flynn.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (408)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Not Conroy's Best"
    Overall

    I love Pat Conroy, but this wasn't very good. He recycles the same themes: race in the south, class tensions, and of course mother issues.

    I found the dialog awkward and at times unbelievable. The constant bickering of characters was annoying. The wisecracking of the protagonist falls short of being cute or funny.

    The characters lacked depth. I had a difficult time liking the good guys and conversely disliking the villains.




    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Touch and Go: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Studs Terkel
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    At nearly 95, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that, embodying the spirit of the man himself, is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun.

    Hal says: "Jewels and Junk"
    "Incoherent"
    Overall

    About what you would expect from someone nearly 100 years old. It is rambling, disjointed and insufferable. Go the a nursing home and chat with a centenarian for 10 hours to get a feel for if you want this book or not.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5987)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2609)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Compelling and Repelling"
    Overall

    I was absorbed and repulsed at the same time. This was a true Apocalyptic tale. My advise is to lock the liquor cabinet and the gun cabinet. After this audio book, you may not be in the right state of mind. I have been sleeping with the lights on ever since I finished it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

    Art says: "I really wanted to give it four stars!"
    "Contrived and Predictable"
    Overall

    The story didn’t measure up. The plot was contrived and predictable. It was like an eight hour episode of MacGyver. I had relatively low expectations that went unmet. Pick a different one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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