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Brennan

Evergreen Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Onion Field

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (95)

    Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

    Avalon says: "Haunting"
    "Torturous"
    Overall

    I am so very disappointed. While this book may be well written, the audio version is the most awful audio book I have heard so far. I suppose this is an example of someone reading a book on some sort of depressant. He could not read slower if he tried. There are strangely long pauses between sentences and even mid-sentence. And then all of a sudden, he will go right from a current character description right into the next paragraph about "the gardener" -- which obviously is a completely separate thought -- with barely a breath. I am not sure if these are editing mistakes or this narrator is truly that bad.
    It has taken almost an hour to introduce the first character and it appears this will be done for all 4 important characters. This book is about 18 hours and probably could be about 13.
    I do not even know if I want to finish this book, as it is literally putting me to sleep. I started listening on 2x speed, which actually sounds more like normal speed, with a few spots that go a little faster than would be normal. Even with what would seem like some of the more fast-paced scenes, the narrator barely gets above his regular monotonous drone. It's as if his mother told him right before he recorded "now remember to speak slowly and annunciate."
    I have purchased hard copies of some of Wambaugh's other novels and I hope he is a better author than this audio book makes him appear.
    Glad I only paid a few bucks for this audio book. No wonder it was only a few bucks...

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6221)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1592)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "I must be the only one...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    ... who did not love this book. I actually liked it most of the way through, even though the author's reading was a bit stale and monotone. I got over that-- I am assuming he was trying to make his words clear in spite of his accent. His narration grew on me after a while. I enjoyed the history of a childhood so different from this country. It was good. I was on board. Then came the end. Killed it for me! It was a little too clean, a little too "wrapped up", a little too pandering with the oh-what-a-perfect-tale!--oh-how-he-learned-his-lesson!-type story . But, majority rules... so I concede! (But I don't understand it!) :)


    Has The Kite Runner turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Could you see The Kite Runner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, unfortunately.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Denny Sayers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    First published in 1719, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is commonly considered as the first novel in English. Based on the real-life experience of Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years on a Pacific island, it is the account of the 28-year stay of an English sailor on a nearly uninhabited island near America.

    Rachael says: "Perfect for a 4th grader following along!"
    "Seriously Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you can get past the fact that it sounds like he is reading inside a tin can, this narrator is absolutely impossible to listen to for more than a few minutes without zoning out. He pauses at the most inoportune times, right in. ......... the middle of a sentence. I don't even know what to say about this. I laughed out loud when I first heard it. Was this done in someone's basement? Was the guy holding his nose? I got through precisely 24 minutes before I gave up. And that was listening on 1-1/2 times speed. Awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (547)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "Bad"
    Overall

    Scott Brick must be one of the worst narrators ever. This is the second book of his I have listened to and I have disliked both. His style is very over-the-top. He is too dramatic and his sentences too often reach an unneeded crescendo. Half the time he cannot keep his voices and accents straight and in one instance a French accent slowly turns into a badly done Irish accent. When he isn't whipping himself into a frenzy or botching the voices, he sounds just plain haughty.
    The book itself is just ok. Period references are good if they are done correctly. This book just squeaks by in that department. It starts to get a little annoying with the references (yes, we know 85 miles an hour was fast in 1906), but then backs off before it gets TOO bad. The ending cannot be described as anything but cheesy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (256)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    I have always wanted to read this book, just to say I did. I thought I was in for a long haul, but the first half has flown by! The narrator is excellent. There are very many characters and it seems he has a distinctive voice for each! Don't get me wrong, there are boring parts and it IS confusing in the beginning to remember all the characters, but pay close attention at first and you will recall them as time goes on. I even took a break halfway through for another book. I actually was happy to return to this one! Very well narrated, I think it makes all the difference. (the Peace parts are more interesting than the War parts, mostly)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (391)

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    Jackie says: "Fascinating Ride!"
    "Yawn..."
    Overall

    I see that everyone seems to like this narrator. I think he is terrible. I will admit, I love when each character has his/her own voice. When the book first starts, the narrator does not "do voices" and it is somewhat difficult to follow who is saying what with his slightly irritating inflections, usually at the ends of sentences. When a Russian character enters the scene, all of a sudden this character has a flawless Russian accent (and I mean PERFECT!). And then the narrator starts giving distinctive voices to the rest of the characters. However, these voices are sketchy and inconsistant throughout the rest of the story (except the Russian). The main character has an American southern accent. I think.
    At times, he uses the same "voice" for several Chinese characters. This voice is the slow, deliberate voice of an elderly Chinese man - seems believable. But when this character has a long monologue, the narrator speeds up the reading and the effect is lost.
    This is my first exposure to Steve Berry, which is unfortunate because I think I might enjoy his books. There is a lot of history, but I am not sure it is only for buffs. I am not a history buff, but I did find it interesting -- although I also did a lot of rewinding...
    Its an ok audio book as far as that goes, but definitely don't pay full price for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (962)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Awful, awful, worse than awful."
    Overall

    I am not sure if it is the completely unnecessary use of foul language or the ridiculous voice the narrator uses to portray the father, but this audiobook couldn't be worse. I am no prude, I have used my fair share of curse words - daily - but it becomes less funny the more you use it. And really?! Who's dad sounds like that? I mean, maybe someone when they are 70, but not 30-45, which is the likely age group for most of these comments. I can't even bring myself to listen to that second half. Waste of money. The first word of this book describes it perfectly.

    0 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26023)
    Performance
    (12677)
    Story
    (12719)

    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!"
    "AWESOME!"
    Overall

    I bought this for the reviews and could not imagine how good it actually turned out to be. I find most audio books to be a little boring most times and am not a big reader of "women's books" but this --- THIS never caught me daydreaming! The story is engrossing, exciting, intruiging and the narrators are beyond words. I am not finished and actually don't want it to end! I have "read" a good number of audio books, as I have a long drive to work and this is by far, the BEST.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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