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Stephen

FRANKLIN, TN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Gerald's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed.

    Suzn F says: "Until the Climax"
    "Bondage"
    Overall

    Being relatively familiar with this authors work, it seemed a safe bet that this book would be at least a moderately interesting companion on a long car ride and daily commutes. I found the book to be exasperatingly sluggish, repetitious and an unrewarding waste of 15 hours. Replace the useless similes and repeated phrasing, apparently intended for emphasis, with a restraint and brevity and it would be somewhat tolerable. Duma Key is much more interesting in subject matter with more engaging characters and events.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (558)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Melinda says: "Heavy Load"
    "Humping it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tim O'Brien and/or Bryan Cranston?

    I would likely not buy another book by Tim O'Brien. Mr. Cranston is a very effective narrator and was the bright spot in an otherwise dreary listen.


    What was most disappointing about Tim O'Brien’s story?

    Before I express my thoughts, I should point out that I enjoy war stories, Mr. O'Brien is surely a gifted writer his service to this country is very admirable. Unfortunately, I feel it is important to report this to be one of the most disappointing books I've listened to - and I have dozens and dozens in my library.

    The story telling method employed by the author is disjointed and frustrating. A theme is introduced, drawn out and then paused only to be reintroduced and again drawn out much later in the book. It feels as though the chapters are a collection stories published separately previously and then causally strung together to create a novel.

    The actual list of the "things they carried" occurs near the beginning and is very, very long (or as the author would say "very long list, countless, beyond measure, so many items, so much to carry, burdensome....) which I suppose is the point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The authors final notes read by the author.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was simply disappointing.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2459)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1125)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Helpful content; likely better to read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Allen and/or David Allen?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Allen again?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is tough content to convey / present audibly and the narrator author does a reasonable job. There are stretches where so much information is being presented that one should be seated at a desk and taking notes. The PDF attachments help.

    In general, this is an area that audible books could stand to improve. Why not include as part of the audio file supporting images and text that could be linked in the 'now playing' window in the Audible player? Devices could easily manage a few more megs of information.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Getting Things Done?

    Anyone who considers themselves to be unorganized or frequently overwhelmed by tasks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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