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  • Who I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pete Townshend
    • Narrated By Pete Townshend

    From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

    Cow Poke McGhee says: "Phenomenal"
    "A good history of Pete & The Who"
    Where does Who I Am rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who I Am?

    When the original drummer had to be asked to step down.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene involving Keith Moon

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was surprised at the honesty. Pete showed himself as completely wacked out at times and then he was a compassionate human being at other times.

    Any additional comments?

    Who fan my whole life and found this book a real treat. Any fan of the rock and roll 60's/70's will get a kick out of this book. Pete not so much reads the book but he tells his story like he's sitting and talking just to the listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Salinger Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joanna Rakoff
    • Narrated By Joanna Rakoff

    At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back.

    KSH says: "I wanted to like this more than I did"
    "Complete boredom!"
    Would you try another book from Joanna Rakoff and/or Joanna Rakoff?

    No way.

    Has My Salinger Year turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. The author/narrator too.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Over dramatization of a year full of non events.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


    Any additional comments?

    Glad it's over. I hung in waiting for the story to develop but ...

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Not a fan of sci-fi, but ..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print edition.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept moving in different directions. Kind of felt that all along things would be ok but the path was very twisted.

    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Venkut Kapur (sp)

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really . The final few chapters though I could not stop listening.

    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this book on a recommendation from Brian Brushwood via the Twit network. Thank you Brian. Awsome book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "An OK listen"
    What did you like best about In the Woods? What did you like least?

    The overall setting and story.
    I didn't like how the killer of a child gets painted in a sympathetic light.

    If you’ve listened to books by Tana French before, how does this one compare?

    First time.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator's words faded at the end of each sentence. Starts at a normal volume and ends in a whisper.

    Did In the Woods inspire you to do anything?

    Try another Tana French book. The reviews are good for this series I figure it must be me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Listen to this story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany the most enjoyable?

    Joe Barrett has made this story his own to tell and he tells it with passion. Very believable. John Irving detailed each character in such detail that when the character came up later in the story I had a sharp mental picture. This made the story very easy to follow.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pastor Merrill, I think, because he represents a true human emotion. All was well because he thought it to be so until confronted with the truth. He is a bit of an ostrich. Head in the sand.

    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    "Why it's Johnny Wheelwright!"
    His emotion in the final sentence, "Oh God, please give him back. I shall keep asking you."

    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this book. You'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Worth listening to"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    The effects of tinkering with the past to effect the future.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    The third part of this story seemed to go on forever and I felt it took away from the story as a whole. The ending was a bit of a surprise and I enjoyed that. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was interesting to have fiction that is based on true history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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