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Dean

FAIRFAX, VA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • New England White: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In the New England university town of Elm Harbor, a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. At the center is Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school - African Americans living in "the heart of whiteness".

    Joanna says: "perfect marraige of writing and narration"
    "Uninspiring"
    Overall

    This book went on forever full of incredibly boring passages and ponderous sections that brought very little to the actual mystery. I found it very unrealistic and was very glad when it finally was over and I could listen to something interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1284)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Boring and totally without suspense"
    Overall

    I have read several Nelson DeMille books and found them enjoyable and usually with a good plot line. This one had none; it went on and on describing things that really had nothing to do with the story as thought the author was trying to stretch it out. Bottom line is that the there is a bad guy around and eventually the good guys win. I thought it would never end. Boring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (916)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "A Must Read (Listen!)"
    Overall

    An incredible story written by David Cullen who was a reporter on scene at the time of the tragedy helped by the passage of ten years. The narration is excellent and it provide enormous insights into the story of Columbine and its aftermath. Highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (232)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    A book that should be read or listened to by everyone. As usual Friedman does a comprehensive and thorough examination of the world's energy and global warming crisis and has profound recommendations to provide us. His book is a bit long and he tends to be very repetitive. The narration was not good, a very slow and ponderous speaker. I kept saying to my IPOD, "SPEED IT UP"!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Viktor Frankl is known to millions of listeners as a psychotherapist who has transcended his field in his search for answers to the ultimate questions of life, death, and suffering. Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning explores the sometimes unconscious basic human desire for inspiration or revelation and illustrates how life can offer profound meaning at every turn.

    Mirek says: "Unconscious Religiousness and the Ultimate Meaning"
    "Not what I expected..."
    Overall

    This is a heavy bit of reading (listening) to deal with; it's very heavy on philosophy and religon. If you are looking for a "self-help" book, this is NOT it. I got through about an hour then called it quits.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (142)

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "Absolutely awful...."
    Overall

    This book is an absolute bore. I did listen to the entire story because I hoped it might get better, but it really did not. No real suspense, very unbelievable events and the narration....yikes! It was laughable hearing a female narrator trying to speak like a male.....and it was totally phony. My first time with a Dean Koontz novel and probably my last...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project.

    Greg says: "Very Poorly Abridged"
    "A Page Turner"
    Overall

    Well, not quite; can't turn an audio tape, but this is a fascinating and true story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the men who undertook it. McCullough is a magnificent writer. An amazing story and amazing men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (710)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

    Eileen says: "Much better than the movie..."
    "Hard to stop listening"
    Overall

    A very engrossing story---typical of Stephen King, but very, very long and at times a bit tedious. I was disappointed in the narration....too much of a monologue. But it did keep me spell bound...can't wait to see the movie with Jack Nicholson.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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