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Joseph

Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read

YORK, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 19 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Rocket Boys: The Coalwood Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Homer Hickam, Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The New York Times best-selling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir - a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space... and who made those dreams come true. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a marvelously entertaining chronicle of triumph.

    Joseph says: "A memoir that reads like a novel"
    "A memoir that reads like a novel"
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    This is a coming of age story in a small West Virginia coal mining town. Not only does the author captivate you with his childhood story, he makes you applaud his and his friends accomplishments with amateur rocketry. His passion and imagination takes him to the stars. A great story showing that with a lot of passion and support, one can do anything in life. Except for his singing, the narrator did a good job. I think he would have been better off reading the lyrics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (329)

    Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

    Lynn says: "Insightful and touching"
    "Blahh"
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    That's it, no more audio books narrated by the author. I know that we speak her name, and may she rest in peace, but in my opinion, Maya Angelou's reading of her own work was horrible. It was as if she forgot her reading glasses and was struggling to read the words. I found it very annoying.
    I did not enjoy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Marina Keegan
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation.

    Mark says: "good mix of stories and essays"
    "Young Talent Old Soul"
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    Every once in a while a talent comes along which is prematurely taken from us. Marina Keegan is one such talent. Only 22 years old, she had an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the young and the wisdom of the old. While listening to her stories, I was transported back in time to a point in my life where I was full of hope and optimism while reflecting on the experience and wisdom that has come with living life's adventures. Her story about her Toyota in "Stability in Motion" made me laugh as it brought back memories about my first vehicle - a 1970 Volkswagen Camper.
    Emily Zeller does an outstanding job of narration. It is as if Marina herself is reading the stories to me in my car. Couple great narration with great writing and you get one hell of an audio book!
    Marina has truly left her mark on this world through her writing. One sad aspect of Marina's untimely death is that we must live in this world without being able to read another word crafted by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (490)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "Here's a twist on an old saying"
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    The movie was better than the book. Kudos to Peter Benchley for bringing us this wonderful story. However, for the first time in my life I'd have to say that the movie was better than the book. Nothing more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (150)

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

    Anne says: "Refreshing!"
    "A nice surprise unfolded before me"
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    I've had this book in my wish list for quite some time and I finally made the decision to buy it. I was more than surprised when I started listening and low and behold one of my favorite authors, Augusten Burroughs, had written the forward. Augusten authored "Running with Scissors" a highly recommended memoir. I was even more surprised to find out that this book was written by his brother. Unlike his brother, John Robison lacked the talent to craft his story into a mesmerizing account of his childhood, but John's story was raw, entertaining, educational, and down right fun! I enjoyed it immensely. I would highly recommend listeniong to this book and the accounts of John Robison as he grows from a boy with Aspergers into a man that is nothing more than a genious. I would also recommend that you read "Running with Scissors" first. Only then could you truly understand the household that these boys grew up in and a perspective of childhood that few of us had to endure...luckily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (438)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "Not "Unbroken" but not bad"
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    I listened to this book after listening to "Unbroken". Much of what I 've learned about how and why the Japanese treated their prisoners of war was attributed to the book Unbroken. This book lacked the raw power that Unbroken did, but it managed to tell the horrible story of the Battan Death March. I would recommend the book Unbroken first, then this listen next. You will get the whole story of WWII POW's in Japan.

    0 of 1 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
    (11598)
    Performance
    (7570)
    Story
    (7604)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "This Needs to Be Made Into A Major Motion Picture"
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    A captivating story that had me checking the history books to make sure the end of the war was coming soon so this poor man (Louis Zamperini ) would be saved. This book should certainly be made into a motion picture. Personally, I believe it would be better than "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers". It is amazing to me how someones will to survive can endure such hardships. I am not sure I would be able to survive this tale. Best of all, it is a true story!
    I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII and the human spirit.

    I just checked Google: EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling new book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
    I CANT WAIT!!!!
    You should listen to this book BEFORE the movie comes out!

    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
    (4294)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (2002)

    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.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "IT WAS LIKE HAVING RED ANTS IN MY EYES!"
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    I thought all of the hype regarding the hit Broadway musical meant that this book was going to be enjoyable, but it was far from it. My family has planned a trip to NYC to see the play in November so I thought that listening to the book before hand would give me a different perspective on the musical. I have heard that the musical is outstanding and have read reviews that the book that don't come close to even being enjoyable, but it wasn't until I experienced it first hand did I realize how brutal this book could be! The story unfolds very slowly and up until the end is uneventful. I couldn't wait for this story to end, and even though I knew the ending, it was still a disappointment.
    I just hope that the $600.00 I spent on tickets to the Broadway show is not a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (1017)
    Story
    (1017)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Gut Wrenching"
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    This audio book narrated by the author, Jaycee Dugard, takes you into a nightmarish world that had me thinking, "This can't be real!" However, it was real, and hearing the story in Jaycee's own voice gave the book much more depth. What I liked most about the writing is that in the early chapters the writing was of a child. As the story unfolds the writing grows with the author. There is much to learn from her experience and the one thing I have learned is that if ever placed in a position where I had to remain hopeful of a loved one returning home one day, I would never give up that hope.
    The story had me sick to my stomach at times, cheering for her when she was reunited with her family, and even had a tear or two for her while listening to her story of her struggle to survive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15046)
    Performance
    (12394)
    Story
    (13030)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Give Becca Battoe a Break!"
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    I was almost persuaded from what I've read of the reviews of Becca Battoe's narration to not download this audio book. Although I would say that she is not the most gifted narrator with the male voicings, she did an excellent job with all of the female voices including the main character. Her voice was spot on to a 22 year old femail graduating college.
    The story, on the other hand is pure fantasy. A 29 year old man, perfectly good looking, thick head of hair, smart as a whip, perfect body definition, well endowed, multi billionare, owns and pilots his own helicopter and private jet, knows how to please a woman, is CEO of an international firm, etc...
    I don't understand how the reviews for this book dwelled on how badly Becca narrated and not how poorly it was written.
    The book was just alright in my opinion.
    I would, however, listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26968)
    Performance
    (13597)
    Story
    (13645)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Outstanding Audio Book"
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    This is (to date) the best audio book experience I've ever had. The narration is outstanding!
    The story is great, but the narrators really make the book come alive in your mind.
    Did I mention that the narration is excellent?
    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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