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Derek

Neshanic Station, NJ, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Ex-confederate army captain John Carter finds himself unwittingly transported to Mars, while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians, whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. John must fight for survival on this hostile planet...This is the first in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

    Ken says: "Excellence"
    "A princess of a story"
    Overall

    I read this series when I was twelve and very much enjoyed experiencing this story again. It is a fine production and the narrator fits the part perfectly. Escapism to a simple, romantic throwback story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Leaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O'Brien, is a disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it, a powerful tale of hard luck and hard drinking and a relationship of tenderness and destruction. An avowed alcoholic, Ben drinks away his family, friends, and, finally, his job. With deliberate resolve, he burns the remnants of his life and heads for Las Vegas to end it all in the last great binge of his hopeless life.

    Derek says: "REAL"
    "REAL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well-written. Captures the essence of the aloneness and separation of the two main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (902)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "THIN"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was well written and the performance was competent. There was just not enough substance to the story to justify a whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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