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C. Glupker

Michigan | Member Since 2004

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 335 titles in library
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  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis. Strobel challenges them with questions like. How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Strobel's tough questions make this read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be?

    Jeff says: "Interesting Approach to the New Testament"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    This book changed my life. Written perfectly and easy to follow. I knew it was a long book but I found myself listening to it almost three times in a row.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Amazed That This Received Such High Reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Passage?

    I bought this based on the reviews. Normally the reviews are spot on. I'm pretty easy to please as a reader, but this book was awful. Insanely slow, I mean very very slow. I gave it the college try and made it to about an hour left and just couldn't take it anymore. NOTHING was happening. Reminded me of the movie The Village. Just as boring.


    What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some action. Any action.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Brick did good.


    Any additional comments?

    Wanted to stab myself in the ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (377)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Wells is finally moving out of the desert"
    "Loved It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Night Ranger?

    Fast paced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. The narrator put a nice comical twist on some of their conversations.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's one of the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3722)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (3014)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Extremely predictable, thus no surprise at the end. The Stephen King review seems odd since this book had no suspense to it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4740)
    Performance
    (3960)
    Story
    (3982)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Author Has An Animal Torture Fetish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Listened to Sharp Objects last week and Dark Places this week. Both books discuss the killing of animals. This book is much better than Sharp Objects and I enjoyed it overall, I just don't think I'll continue with this author. Listening to animals being murdered in detail is not my idea of entertainment.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (584)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Boring and Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay. Story was very boring in some areas so it took me a long time to finish this book.


    What could Brad Meltzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story line was a little blah although the listening some of the history was interesting.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott always does a good job.


    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7122)
    Performance
    (6325)
    Story
    (6388)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "So Freaking Slooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I know King goes into character details. I'm use to that. What I'm not sue to is 30 hours of character details when NOTHING happens. 95% of this book is nothing but dribble on and on about the characters.


    Has The Stand turned you off from other books in this genre?

    King is one of a kind. Not sure of others that would even come close. Some times that's a good thing, sometimes that's a bad (like in this case).


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He wasn't bad at all.


    What character would you cut from The Stand?

    Which of the 50 characters that he goes into excruciating detail? I couldn't even tell you. Couldn't keep them all straight.


    Any additional comments?

    I know people love this book, but I don't get it. I should have just rented the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18705)
    Performance
    (16652)
    Story
    (16614)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although I thought Jake was a gigantic wussie sometimes, the book was fantastic. I'm usually hesitant about buying King books because he goes into so much detail (30 hours) but this book flew by.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    Oswald and George Meet in building


    Any additional comments?

    Really spurs your imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "Hard Time Getting Into It"
    Overall

    Normally like these types of stories, but just thought it was okay. Some parts were predictable, but some were interesting. The Oliver character was a gigantic wussy so he really annoyed me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5641)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3133)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "OMG"
    Overall

    This was awesome. Seriously. Get this book, you will not be sorry. Very face paced. Time just flew by.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (654)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Okay I Guess"
    Overall

    Seemed to take forever to get to the end then nothing happens. I found this book interesting from a historical perspective but other than that boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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