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Debra

Banff, Alberta, Canada

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  • Chronicles: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Dylan
    • Narrated By Sean Penn
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

    Gerry A. Brown says: "Positively 4th Street"
    "Fascinating Book, Lousy Abridgement"
    Overall

    This is a really fine autobiography, with plenty of fascinating insights into what has made Dylan tick. It's great as a companion to the new Martin Scorsese documentary picture No Direction Home, providing more detail, background and color on much of the same material. For my taste, Sean Penn's reading is good, certainly very listenable (even if he doesn't know how to pronounce Don Juan). Unfortunately, the abridgement seems to be terrible, leaving out huge chunks and ruining any sense of continuity. I don't mind the jumping back and forth, but completely excising a whole decade and suddenly Bob has a wife and 5 kids - it doesn't work. Still worth 4 stars for what remains.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Beijing Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Adrian d'Hage
    • Narrated By Jim Daly
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    The countdown has begun... The message on the Al-Jazeera television network is chilling. Dr Muhammad Bashir, the mastermind behind some of al-Qaeda's most deadly bombings against the West and a close confidant of Osama Bin Laden, has warned of a single horrific biological attack on civilization. There is no cure for what al-Qaeda threatens to unleash, and there are no vaccines.

    April says: "Not one of my favorites"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall

    The reader makes every scene with dialogue sound like a really bad Monty Python sketch: unbelievably coarse cartoon accents and characterization. Actually, the story isn't a whole lot better, with shallow characters and a nonsense plot. Overall, hard to listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Omega Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Adrian d'Hage
    • Narrated By Jim Daly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    The Pope's health is failing and the Cardinal Secretary of State, the ruthless Lorenzo Petroni, has the Keys to St. Peter within his grasp. Three things threaten to destroy him: Cardinal Giovanni Donelli has started an investigation into the Vatican Bank; journalist Tom Schweiker is looking into Petroni's past; and, even more dangerously, the brilliant Dr. Allegra Bassetti, one of the world's foremost authorities on archaeological DNA, is piecing together fragments of the Omega Scroll in war-torn Jerusalem.

    Amazon Customer says: "OK but..."
    "Unbelievably Bad Narration"
    Overall

    Very hard to listen to this reader, he gives every single character (American, Italian, Israeli, Palestinian, Irish...) a buffoonish accent, and all the "bad guys" sound extremely drunk. The book is pretty good, but not great, it certainly can't withstand the terrible reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "Really Bad"
    Overall

    This is a really bad book. The first third or so sets up an interesting premise and interesting characters, then the whole thing spirals wildly out of control. Ridiculous plot, the characters fall apart, and every cliche of thriller literature taken to extremes. I felt embarrassed for Scott Brick (who for the first time I'm aware of fails to deliver a plausible voice characterization - the Australian female heroine).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2878)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1060)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Dull, Dull, Dull"
    Overall

    I must be missing something here, to judge from the other reviews! But this book is unpublished for a reason: it's deadly dull. Endless tedious details in a story that moves along like molasses, and seems to have nothing much to say. Out of more than 200 Audible books downloaded, this is only the second title I couldn't stand to listen all the way through (gave up after 3 extremely boring hours). Maybe it gets really interesting later on... but I doubt it. Nicely read, though.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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