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dave

SAN JOSE, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (5045)
    Performance
    (2310)
    Story
    (2340)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Benjamin Button-Esque"
    Overall

    Dare it say it: Niffenegger just might not yet be a great writer. I appreciated the concept and the depths to which it was explored. I found some of the ideas within this book very romantic, as well. However, like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the result of something that could've been a masterpiece was instead surface-y and underwhelming.

    Like others, I thought the character development was a bit stale. Instead of painting a true portrait, the author instead threw in mild personal eccentricities with no real meaning nor justification. And the storyline as a whole seemed to lose its luster once the time travel concept was fully established.

    Afterward, I watched the movie. Verses the book, I enjoyed the movie more. It really seemed to cut the clutter. It simply deletes the more dispensable scenes within the book.

    I urge Neffenegger to keep writing, but maybe under the mentorship of another. (Personally, I'd recommend Ken Follett; his talent of character creation could really help Neffenegger. But that's of course simply my personal bias.)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23223)
    Performance
    (17556)
    Story
    (17607)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Beyond the Story You Think You Know"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In a word: Wow!

    Already knowing the basics of this story, my fear was that this would leave little to gain from the book. Boy, was I mistaken! Despite my surface-level knowledge of the main occurrences, the author's portrayal of real-life characters and events offered something so much more important.

    I was taken through the entire gamut of emotions. Putty in the author's hands, I couldn't stop listening and was left disappointed that this somehow true story had to finally end.

    If you're like me, you'll be left wondering two things:

    1) "How did the author so gracefully fit such an amazing life into a single book?"

    and

    2) "How the heck are they going to pull this off with a single movie? This could be 5 movies!"

    This has immediately become one of my favorite non-fiction books of all time. I promise you'll feel the same way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4742)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2403)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "Tear-jerking at Times"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has left me feeling a bit mixed up. It took a couple of hours for me to feel drawn in. However, what suddenly blossomed was a painfully phenomenal recreation of a character I thought I knew. In her early years, Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) is the embodiment of youth's most insecure times. However, so well-adjusted to exclusion, she remains ignorant to any conscious sense of insecurity. That much more did I want to reach out to her in her rejection when reaching out to others.

    However, despite the formative years, I felt the book eventually became very hollow and very rushed. Maguire's other-world descriptions began to become a bit too abstract. Even masterbatory. For those looking for a great beginning-to-end masterpiece, maybe look abroad. However, if it's a compelling, psychological character study you seek, you've found it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Quick Steps to Making Perfect Google AdSense

    • ABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Audri, Jim Lanford
    • Narrated By David Lawrence
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Audri and Jim Lanford reveal to you, in 10 Quick Steps, the quickest way to make money with your website and Google AdSense. They show you how to easily and properly apply for AdSense, what to do if you get rejected, how to implement the code on your site, how to find high-paying keywords and more.

    Amazon Customer says: "For the Newbie, maybe"
    "Great for a Beginner"
    Overall

    This book spoke very much to me as a virtual know-nothing on all things AdSense. It's get-to-the-point approach ensured that I walked away with a ground level knowledge...without feeling overwhelmed. It leaves plenty of room to learn more, but serves as a terrific usher. I'd even suggest it to more advanced listeners, as even one or two nuggets of something to can really make all the difference.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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