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Paul

I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!

Las Vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Diary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Diary takes the form of a "coma diary" kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. It is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America's favorite, most inventive nihilist.

    Todd says: "What a trip!"
    "Wow. Just...wow."
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    This is my second Chuck Palahniuk book, and I was not disappointed. This is the story of a woman who grew up in a trailer park in Georgia and ended up on an island in New England. She was destined to be an artist, but that dream is long gone by the time we meet her. Now she is a (practically) single mother struggling to make it on an island full of old blood with no money. What used to be her husband lies comatose and she must now find a way to keep her daughter and mother-in-law alive. Meanwhile the other islanders, as broke as she is, keep looking to her to pick up her paints again. This is a supernatural book...I don't know that I'd call it a thriller per se, but it does have its moments. This one is definitely worth the time.

    Martha Plimpton (I remember her from The Goonies, though you may know her from Raising Hope) does a fantastic job as our heroine; she captures her frustration, rage, exhaustion, and even hope beautifully. She was an excellent choice for narrator of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1317)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Absolutely compelling book"
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    First, a disclaimer: I am not a Christian. I used to be, but I became disillusioned with it and turned away. That being said, this is an absolutely AMAZING book. Reza Aslan's attempt to strip away 2,000 years of myth and legend to find who the real, historical Jesus was, is absolutely fascinating. He takes the reader back in time to show us the historical context of the Jewish mindset of the time; he paints the world of Palestine with its proper revolutionary fervor; he strips away the contradiction and mythology and is able to bring us a narrative of what probably really happened before, during, and after Jesus's brief but enduring life. He also paints Saul of Tarsus, as well as his true role in the early church, in his proper light.

    I am aware of the controversy surrounding this book as well as the arguments against its author. Put away your ignorance and fear and read this book. There is no hostility; there is no anti-semitism; there is no racism nor hatred in this book. Mr. Aslan is a religious scholar hunting the truth about Jesus of Nazareth - who he was, what he preached, what he believed. He isn't looking for the myth; for that anyone can simply pick up a bible and read it. He is looking for the man. I happen to agree with his closing statement - Jesus the Man is every bit as compelling as Jesus the Christ; he is absolutely someone worth believing in. Read this book. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11901)
    Performance
    (10813)
    Story
    (10837)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A must read!"
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    Peter Clines tells an amazing story here. Nate Tucker needs a place to go, and he hears about the Kavach building from a nominal co-worker. The rent is cheap, utilities are included, and it's even a little closer to work. So opens 14. Soon Nate learns there are some mysteries surrounding his new home, some of them with even darker ramifications than any of his neighbors dared imagine.

    This is not a horror novel by any means. It is definitely a supernatural thriller, and without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. I think of it as Lost meets Stephen King, they get drunk at a bar and have a love child. The story is well-written, the pacing is excellent, and the characters are very interesting.

    Ray Porter does a superb job, and pulls off several convincing accents to boot. The production quality is very good as well. GET THIS BOOK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2012)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1196)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Fascinating subject matter"
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson makes it cool to be a space geek. He is the epitome of the rock star scientist, and he plays that role very well. His book (though dated now) covers a range of fascinating subjects that will appeal to the space geek in all of us. He makes very complex subjects (relatively) easy to understand. This book is actually a collection of essays, all of them enjoyable.

    Then there's the narration. Dion Graham does a fine job for the most part, but someone REALLY needs to teach him how to read Roman Numerals. He also makes a few deliberate mispronunciations that ground my mental gears when I'd hear them. Other than that the production quality is fine. If you're curious, or just want to satisfy your inner geek, buy this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (2089)
    Story
    (2096)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Ugh. Just ugh."
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    This is - without a doubt- one of the worst stories I've ever heard. Granted - I'm not a huge fan of detective/murder mystery stories, and this one was free, but that's no excuse. It reads like you're listening to someone play a CSI video game. The performance itself and the quality was average, but the source material was...well...just bad. Unless you're a fan of the series (though I don't see how) don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1135)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "I laughed, I cried, it moved me Bob"
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    Year Zero. The year in which the aliens discovered our music was - simply - the best in the universe. Several decades later, they discover our laws prohibiting piracy and the fines associated with it and discover they owe us all the money. In the entire universe. That has, is, and ever will be made. Some people want their money back - and are ready to destroy us to make that happen. And it's up to Nick Carter (the junior copyright attorney whose job is on the line, not the Backstreet Boy) to save it. 
    This is the premise for what is - quite simply - the funniest book I've read all year. Fans of Doug Adams should enjoy this book's fantastic use of dry and - sometimes dark - humor. In it, we follow Nick on his frenetic journey to try and save our primitive society from being encouraged to "self-destruct". He makes frequent use of asides (referred to as footnotes within the novel) to give us just a wee bit more information as well as humor. We learn of the Townsend Line (put in place to protect us from trillions of Who fans), alien reality TV (a Vulgar Art), Wrinkling (borrowed from Madeleine L'Engle, I'm sure), Metallicum, the heaviest metal in the universe (Go James and Lars!), and The Kotter Moment (when the theme song of Welcome Back, Kotter caused the spontaneous endorphin filled brain explosions of countless sentient beings across the infinite reaches of space). This is a rather short novel, but well worth every moment and every penny (as are, apparently, even the worst of our musical offerings *coughJustinBiebercough*). The production quality is excellent, and John Hodgman does an excellent job as the calm, clueless, and unexpectedly brilliant and creative Nick Carter (again, the junior copyright attorney, NOT the Backstreet Boy) as well as many other folks we meet along the way. 
    So come along, and learn how the Iraq war and Glenn Beck saved us from our own self-destruction. While you're at it, you can also learn what a rabid hyena with rectal acid burns sounds like. Buy this book. You won't regret it. 

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Suck

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Denis Leary
    • Narrated By Dr. Denis Leary
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. "Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains.

    C. Byrnes says: "Laughed Out Loud Bunches"
    "This book doesn't suck"
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    Dr. Leary at his angry and sarcastic best examining exactly why we, as Americans, suck. The only complaint I had was this book is abridged. Still, it is wickedly funny and very well read by the author.

    If you're a fan of Denis Leary, you will enjoy this book. If you're bent on hating the man, don't waste your money. He is uncensored and pissed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1836)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Mind-bendingly well written"
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    Daniel O'Malley's debut novel is - simply put - spectacular. This is the story of a girl who wakes up - literally - and has a life thrust upon her in which she must find who is attempting to kill her. She happens to also have extraordinary mental powers and works for an obscure branch of the British government known as the Chequy.

    The novel is tightly written, incredibly funny, and well worth the time to listen.

    Susan Duerden does a fantastic job narrating this story. She brings the characters to life and pulls off a number of accents surprisingly well. The production is excellent as well. Get this book - you'll be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (675)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Excellent rendition of this book!"
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    Thomas Harris's eponymous classic in audiobook form. If you've never read this book before, this is an excellent way to experience it for the first time. If you've experienced it before, this is an excellent way to revisit Clarice Starling's first encounter with Dr. Lecter. Frank Muller does an outstanding job with this book, particularly as Dr. Lecter. His performance is finely crafted, full of nuance and barely hidden menace. Get this book - it is, without a doubt, a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27977)
    Performance
    (21745)
    Story
    (21956)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Not so grand finale"
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    Hunger Games and Catching Fire were both excellent books. I expected the trend to continue with Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games trilogy. I was disappointed. This book picks up shortly after Catching Fire ends, with Katniss in the hospital. It was disappointing to see exactly how much of the book she spent in hospital. The book starts slowly, picks up steam in the second act, and ends basically on a whimper. Peeta is a non-actor for a large part of the book. I understand that she was trying to show the psychological damage Katniss suffered up to this point, but she mainly succeeds in painting Katniss as a stubborn and sullen girl who wants nothing more than to sulk about in District 13.
    Still, it is the conclusion to the trilogy and if one wants to journey with these characters to the end of their journey, one must read this book. It is still a good book despite its shortcomings, and Carolyn McCormick delivers her usual strong performance despite the weakness of the material. I recommend getting this book, but if you can use a credit or a discount for it, do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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