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Darian

Oak Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 13 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 271 titles in library
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  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4678)
    Performance
    (2721)
    Story
    (2743)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Great premise, but..."
    Overall

    Interesting premise but gets very repetitive. In addition, the author preaches his thinly veiled political message...not to metion his infatuation with anything to do with the military. I would be interested to hear if his "facts" are even accurate. Don't believe everything you read...

    1 of 8 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
    (9311)
    Performance
    (4287)
    Story
    (4313)

    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.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Fun and suspenseful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like most Stephen King novels, it is a fun ride with interesting characters. This one kept me listening, but, like many of his books, deteriorates at the end. I do wonder why the narrator gave the antagonist a southern accent...he lives in Maine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (711)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Hendie says: "I Understand!"
    "A bit contrived..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not bad...not great. Too mawkish for my taste, but I did listen to the whole book and enjoyed it. Wouldn't go out of your way to listen, but if you need a book to listen to I wouldn't steer you away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1077)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Paul says: "A Masterwork - across two parts."
    "Don't waste your time..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Blackout? What did you like least?

    The narrator was the best part, followed by it being an interesting premise. However, it went on and on wtih nothing happening. Plus it was extraordinarily repeptitive.


    What could Connie Willis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get to the point. This story did not need to be 18 hours long...let alone carried over to another book; whcih, I may add, I will not be downloading!


    Was Blackout worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was awful. Long, boring, and never comes to any climax. Interminable is the best description I have.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

    D says: "must hear to fully appreciate."
    "Where is this going?"
    Overall

    I spent three hours listening and now I give up. Shouldn't a novel have a plot? This is, without question, the worst book I have ever downloaded. Don't waste your time or money.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (442)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "Boring and shallow"
    Overall

    Had potential to be interesting, but betweent the shallow characters with incomprehensible motivations and the the rediculous story line, it became barely tolerable. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Written by a 12 year old?"
    Overall

    This author's use of descriptive language and adjectives would have been impressive if it was a homework assignment in an English class for seventh graders...don't waste your time or money!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (281)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Interesting premise. Average book."
    Overall

    Idea is interesting...as it usually is with this author. However, the book is thin and the characters are one-dimentional at best. In addition, the narrator is weak. He makes most of the characters sound whiney. I'd recommend another choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (417)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Are you kidding me?"
    Overall

    This book might appeal to conspiracy theorists and technopobes, but I don't know who else will like it. This book is nothing more than the paranoid rantings of a misanthrope. It is incredibly disjointed and poorly developed. Try reading Orwell's 1984; you can see how a real author handles this topic. Don't waste your time on this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "Boy, does this guy have demons or what?"
    Overall

    Interesting blend of genres (autobiography, horror, satire, suspense) works well in my opinion. This was a lot of fun and kept me on the edge of my seat. Very well read, which always helps. Yes, the protaganist/author is very unlikable; but, so what? It makes me glad I'm not him! I appreciate books/movies that push the limits and this surely qualifies. Listen and enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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