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Lloyd

Ithaca, NY, United States

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  • The Real Animal House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Miller
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chris Miller published in National Lampoon about his experiences at a Dartmouth fraternity, is among the most beloved and successful comedies of all time. In fact, its portrayal of college party life is still imitated on campuses across the country: toga party, anyone? Now Chris Miller can finally answer the fans who all want to know one thing: was it really like that? The answer: yes, but much, much more out of control!

    William says: "Reality Stranger than Fiction"
    "Fraternity trash"
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    I really wanted to like this book. I recently reconnected with a bunch of my old frat brothers from 30 yrs ago and hoped this book would reconnect me with good, old memories. Unfortunately, it totally strains the bounds of credulity. I'm a physician who has worked in more ERs than I care to remember, and it is very difficult for the human body to function after consuming as much alcohol as the author claims he and his brothers did in single evenings of partying. At least one of them would have wound up in a hospital with acute alcohol poisoning. No beer goes undrunk, no woman goes unscrewed in this book. A waste of a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Hills: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    LAPD veteran "Hollywood Nate" Weiss could take or leave the opulence, but he wouldn't say no to onscreen fame. He may get his shot when he catches the appreciative eye of B-list director Rudy Ressler, and his troublemaking fiance, Leona Brueger, the older-but-still-foxy widow of a processed-meat tycoon. Nate tries to elude her crafty seductions, but consents to keep an eye on their estate in the Hollywood Hills while they're away.

    Mary says: "Interesting, Funny & Engaging"
    "Another good turn from the Hollywood Hills PD crew"
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    Look, if you want Pulitzer level fiction, this isn't it. What you get from Wambaugh's tales of this Hollywood PD unit is solid, fun storytelling and a memorable cast of characters that have been together long enough now (4 books' worth) to become nicely familiar. The core group, led by the surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, Snuffy Salcedo, and Hollywood Nate Weiss are the (audio)literary equivalent of comfort food, satisfying and warm. I hope to see another turn from both this crew and the reader, who did a terrific job in giving each character a unique voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (330)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "The best nonfiction book I've ever come across"
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    Story

    Forget the movie - it can't hold a candle to this incredible book. The story is even the more amazing in that it's not fiction, but it reads that way. The narrator did a tremendous job in pacing and building suspense when necessary. If you don't find yourself tearing up at the last line of the book, you've got nothing where your heart should be. The premier listening experience for a long drive, or a series of long drives. Everything an audiobook should be!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4517)
    Performance
    (2534)
    Story
    (2513)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Haller's OK, the narrator's horrible"
    Overall

    I count myself as a huge Connelly fan, having read and listened to all of his books, some of them several times. Mickey Haller is starting to wear on me. He's lost a lot of the pathos he had in the beginning. He's up, he's down, he's with his ex-wife, he's not. Enough already. That being said, the story was bland and just never seemed to get out of neutral. It could have been a passable listen, except for Peter Giles. Bottom line, the guy is awful. He has three voices: basic (for most male characters), growl (for all other male characters), and soft (for all women). Len Cariou's understated gravitas in the later Bosch books could carry the one-note gig off, but Peter Giles is no Len Cariou. When the next Bosch book is out in November, I'm praying Peter Giles is otherwise occupied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (396)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "5 stars for Myron, Win and the narrator"
    Overall

    This was one of Coben's best Bolitar novels. I don't like any of his other books but for some reason, the Myron series totally hooks me. Having grown up not too far from where most of the action takes place, the characters are very real to me, from Big Cindy to the Ache brothers. What I love the best, though, is the relationship between Myron and Win, and it's always a thrill to see what Win is going to do next. In this book, he blew it away - I don't see how he'll top it in the future, but that's why I look forward to every new book in the series.

    If I could, I would give this narrator ten stars. His renditions of each of the characters brought them vividly to life. Maybe the best narration of any Audible book I've bought in four years. All in all, one of the best Audible purchases I've ever made.

    2 of 4 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
    (2933)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1737)

    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"
    "Book 3, Narrator 5"
    Overall

    My first JLB book, not sure if I'm up for a 2nd. He writes well, but the story gets lost in his florid definitions. Everything's a simile, from the sweat on someone's brow to the sun setting over Lake Ponchartrain. Will Patton, though, is amazing. He does an incredible range of voices for each character, and I could see Dave Robicheaux or Captain Guidry standing in front of me, just from listening to him give them life. It's worth a credit for his performance alone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3642)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1803)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Bosch 5, Haller 3, Narrator 2"
    Overall

    The title of this review pretty much sums it up. I love Harry Bosch and he never disappoints. The new angle on Harry as a full time father of a teenaged girl is just one more great insight into the life of the genre's most fascinating character, and I can't wait for more of this. (I hope it takes Maddie a long time to grow up and out of Harry's life.) Haller's part was OK, but seemed to be more full of courtroom/legal cliches then most of Connelly's books; I think MC does police procedural better than legal thriller. He just knows it better. The only problem I had with the book was the narrator. After the all-around excellence of Dick Hill's voicings and the gruff brilliance that Len Cariou brought to Bosch, Peter GIles just didn't have it. I hope this isn't a new trend in the Bosch series. Bring back Hill or Cariou and let Giles handle John Grisham. If you love Bosch, you will like this book, but if you're new to the series, this isn't the one to start with; and if you're new to Connelly, start with The Poet, then read 3 or 4 Bosch books to understand his character (The Last Coyote, The Concrete Blond, Trunk Music and Angels Flight) and then go to The Narrows. By then, you'll be hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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