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David

Normal, IL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1799)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (565)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Excellent Book!"
    Overall

    Wonderful book to listen to - with excellent characters.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ken Jennings
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere.

    Lynn says: "A Romp through Maps"
    "Mapheads Unite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like maps, geocaching, National Geographic GeoBee, history, etc then you will enjoy this book. It covers a variety of topics in depth while pacing itself well. The author includes personal stories, love of topic, and experiences researching for the book.

    Narrator did well and I enjoyed the book.

    I ask that Audible start including pdf's of the pictures included within printed version of books. This would have increased the enjoyment of this book given the topic. I think this is a good book for audible with pictures of the maps really adding to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert L Stevenson
    • Narrated By David Buck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

    Gregory says: "Outstanding Book and Narrator"
    "Must read classic"
    Overall

    As a classic, there is no doubt one should consider reading this book. I love finding out where terms and/or characters originate from and this book includes several. Ever been to Long John Silver's? Just happens to be the antagonist who played the role of the ship's cook.

    The question is whether or not this is the version to download. I agree with other reviews - the narrator did a fantastic job - so go ahead and purchase with confidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4318)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1816)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "To truly understand"
    Overall

    Must read for anyone wishing to really understand a major caused the financial crash. Interesting background on the players within along with a disappointing reality surrounding the rating agencies involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Six weeks after an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

    Dave says: "A tale fit for the literary gourmand"
    "Agree with "Good Book, Awful Ending""
    Overall

    See this review - I thought the same thing... enjoyed the book and got pulled in but the last hour was weak and disappointing. Smart people all of a sudden get dumb and in way that did not fit the characters.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (107)

    Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order---whoever could master uranium could master the world. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse.

    C. Schmidt says: "GREAT book, awful narration"
    "Fascinating Element"
    Overall

    For a "biography" about an element - this was a very good book. Its pace was consistent and covered numerous aspect of its history. Given uranium's impact on society, more people should understand its history and what it really is...

    Patrick Lawlor did a great job of reading/performing.

    I was surprised it did not cover more about the its first use in WWII but this has probably been covered by other authors many times over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23160)
    Performance
    (9795)
    Story
    (9866)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wonderful Intrigue"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book - multiple plots and character development occurring at the same time without any confusion that some times comes with this. Murder mystery that was fun to try and figure out as you read.

    Very timely plot given today's financial intrigue. Loved that it was set in Sweden for something different. The book is not for the squeamish given portions are fairly graphic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3056)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1434)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Most Excellent"
    Overall

    A must for all Mitch Rapp fans! One of those books you don't want to stop listening to. If you have not read to any Flynn books - go a few back and start there - knowing you'll have several great listens to come.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12715)
    Performance
    (5087)
    Story
    (5126)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Good and the bad"
    Overall

    While in the end I enjoyed this book, two-thirds the way thru I was so frustrated with it that I wished I could done with it. I continued on and did enjoy most of the end.

    I have two main issues with the book, first that all of the good and enjoyable characters keep being killed off. Long the way bad things keep happening to them. I am not looking for utopia but after awhile it was like "come on." This reminds me a lot of George R. R. Martin books.

    The second item was lapses in logic. [note plot details to follow] As an example, the author introduces the market concept wherein Aliena pays the priory today for wool to be delivered next year. This is ok until the town is sacked and Aliena loses "everything" and becomes dirt poor. Except what about the hundred pounds of wool to be delivered in the fall? I found this frustrating.




    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Henry W. Thomas
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    To many, Walter Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time. He was a star second to none from the dawn of the game's modern era through the "Golden Age of Sports" of the Roaring Twenties. The playing career of "The Big Train", as the sportswriters called him, spanned the era of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, and Al Simmons. Johnson knew every President from William Howard Taft to Franklin Roosevelt, and was friends with the likes of Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks.

    David says: "Greatest Pitcher of All Time?"
    "Greatest Pitcher of All Time?"
    Overall

    All baseball fans owe it to themselves to read about one of the truly great pitchers. The book also gives an appreciation for the man and the times he pitched during.

    I found the book entertaining and loved gaining a better understanding of baseball during the teens through thirties... they were very different times. It was also interesting to read about baseball in the nation's capital at the time.

    In the end, this was a well done, well read book about one of the greatest baseball players in history... to appreciate baseball one needs to understand it history and this books ensures that and more.

    The answer to the question in the title is... yes!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2362)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1382)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "iWoz you to read this book!"
    Overall

    If you love Apple, engineering, technology, history, or a wonderful story - you will love this book. It offers great insight into how the Apple I and II came about - including all the inventions, designs, and experiences that lead up to these moments.

    I enjoyed the book immensely and is a must for anyone who owned an Apple II and/or grew up during the early days of personal computers. It really brought back some memories.

    Woz should be looked at as one of the top inventor / engineers of the 20th century. He truly was brilliant when it came to implementing elegant designs. Hats off to a man who appears to have lived his life his way!

    This is a very entertaining book and found it well paced. Actually had a couple of parts that had me laughing or at least grinning. The couple of slow pieces are understandable given it is a true story.

    If you ever remember having problems with OS7/8 ? the book contains the answer? not surprising who?s product caused the issue (even when it was not running).

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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