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Stephen

Bulverde, tx, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1178)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Audible Ruined the Read"
    Overall

    Nice book, but the experience was ruined since I had already listened to "Fishing for Stars". Shame on Audible for releasing this one after the sequel.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Erik Davies, Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes - as do the holy men of his tribe - that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

    Michael says: "Perfect example of audio over print"
    "Timeline gimmick annoying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    When I listened to this author's Hyperion trilogy, I got the 2nd and 3rd books out of sequence (It's sometimes hard to figure out which book comes next in Audible's offerings), which was annoying but my fault.

    This story is like that. The timeline is mangled. This gimmick that the author uses is distracting at best, and adds nothing to the story. At least with Hyperion, the story was about timeline perturbation. On the positive side, you could listen to the chapters at random and as long as you listened to all, the experience would be the same as going from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 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
    (6962)
    Performance
    (3326)
    Story
    (3330)

    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..."
    "Just another dumb vampire story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less of the author's political views.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The male reader has an odd cadence and inflection that is quite annoying.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Potentially good plot line. But Mr. King has done this already (several times) in a much better fashion.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4774)
    Performance
    (4019)
    Story
    (4030)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Follott has been reading Nora Roberts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For a historical fiction work and not a bodice buster romance novel, the characters seemed overly enmeshed in various sexual exploits. Follett, too, seemed to delight in his own virtually pornographic and voyeuristic descriptions of these exploits. I would have been happier with less detail in the bedrooms and more in the story.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (766)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "ignatius reilly meets Yossarian"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Amusing creation of a wartime Navy staffed by idiots. Mr Keith reminds me of Toole's Ignatious Reilly and Hellers Yossarian. (comparative literature pun intended). But Wouk had them first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarum: The Novel of England

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (328)

    In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

    Gordon says: "Most enjoyable"
    "Production Issues"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rutherford performs at his usual high standard. I'm always entertained and informed by his work. Unfortunately, the narrator/production crew fell short. Although the narrator has a soothing but authoritative voice (to me), there are numerous odd pauses that could have been edited, as well as deficiencies in the audio file (skips, gaps). Perhaps minor quibbles, but annoying nonetheless.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (376)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "nauseating"
    Overall

    A Gen X vision of reality. Wildly grasping at any leftist cause, this account is more of a tantrum against her rearing than any sort of serious analysis. The unabashed display of nihilism is broken only by worship of her politically and emotionally kindred spirits and her desire to be more like them. Apart from the content, the narration is dreadful. The stilted delivery could be considered as merely curiously stylized at best, but I found the somewhat dysphasic delivery distracting.

    This will probably play well to the NPR crowd. In fact, if you are a TAL listener, you have probably heard most of this drivel before (I have), so you may not want to waste your money for it again, even if you like it.


    6 of 48 people found this review helpful

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