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David

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  • Freaky Deaky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.

    Richard Delman says: "Wowee! What a ride!"
    "Master by a Master"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Freaky Deaky to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Elmore Leonard was born to write for the audio genre. All of his novels are amazingly entertaining and because they are all conversation-filled, audio playback, especially when read by the erstwhile Frank Muller (maybe the best that ever was) or Groege Guidall (alive and the best there is). I've read/listened to almost all of E. Leonard's works and long for more.


    What other book might you compare Freaky Deaky to and why?

    Any Elmore Leonard...Any!


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

    Always makes me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish your service were cheaper; I go through these books very quickly. I listen in the car, the gym and when I'm home alone, cooking.

    Glad that I finally got to Audible.com.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

    Paul Krasner says: "Really good science fiction"
    "Surprise! I loved it."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hard to recommend because of technobiojargonlanguage,particularly in the first 1/2 of the book. But, if you hang in, the last 1/3 is really compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darwin's Radio?

    When the 3 year old interfaces with other children.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    When he did the argument between the several government types toward the end of the book. He is so masterful, you were never confused about who was saying what to whom.
    Since Frank died, George is alone at the top of the mountain.


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

    Both...I did. I cried several times and laughed out loud a few times. I got angry. This one really got to me. Thank you Mr. Bear.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep'em coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4231)
    Performance
    (3953)
    Story
    (3965)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Mercedes crashes!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

    Aways, depending upon the Reader.


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

    Hard question for me. I loved the Dark Tower series; hoping it would go on forever. Mercedes could have been written by a much lesser mind than Mr. King....duh


    What three words best describe Will Patton’s performance?

    Excellent, as always


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

    No, I needed the rest


    Any additional comments?

    That 's it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8737)
    Performance
    (8019)
    Story
    (8024)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hard to answer that one. I'm still listening but really just trying to get through this never ending tome. The problem is that Ms. Tartt has so many obscure literary "inserts" in this book that are our of context with the characters. Yes, we can see how erudite she is and that's always fun, but I am finding most of this book rambling and distracting.


    What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

    The quality of the writing really bothered me. Self serving ramblings throughout the book were distracting and confused this reader who lost the thread. Also, the boys' character development episodes and drug use, etc. did not ring true at all. I know she gets great reviews and is considered a sort of genius, but she might want to read something from Pat Conroy to get a lesson in novel writing. Also, I went out of my way to watch a couple of interviews where she shoed up in a man's outfit, complete with tie, etc. She looked ridiculous and that compromised her credibility as an author.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    It was a good read...the Russian accent kinda came and went. The difference between male and female characters wasn't real good. Also, the Park Avenue "lockjaw" sound for the New York family was really stunted. Guidall would have been better.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think it could make an interesting movie, with a lot of editing.


    Any additional comments?

    Well...I didn't return it. That says something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schmidt Delivered

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louis Begley
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Best-selling author Louis Begley created a beguiling icon of middle age in About Schmidt. Recently widowed, pushed into retirement by his law firm, at odds with his family, Albert Schmidt captivated readers with his cautious courage. Now he is facing ever mounting challenges of life, love, and age. Schmidt is happy living with his affectionate young girlfriend, Carrie. His grumpy daughter, on the other hand, seems to want only money from him.

    David says: "Keep Schmidt Alive"
    "Keep Schmidt Alive"
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    Would you listen to Schmidt Delivered again? Why?

    I may. I really like the book and got a lot of it in the gym and the car, so I had distractions. I love the Schmidt series. I missed this one somehow and it was out of sync with the rest of the Schmidt books.


    What other book might you compare Schmidt Delivered to and why?

    Well, it was a continuation done beautifully of About Schmidt, which I loved and would read again and recommend to any man my age, or within ten years. (I'm 76)...I loved Schmidt Steps Back, as well and I could picture Jack Nicholson as Schmidt throughout all the book(s) and that really helps the character, although I thought the movie was boring and dragged; it needed the Schmidt narrative.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Carrie...but to tell you the truth about George Guidall, he brings women to life like no other reader, even Frank Muller (god bless) didn't compare and, of course, Schmidt.


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

    It made me laugh, cry and curse (at the daughter), before she died. The flirting with anti-Semitism annoyed me, as a Jew. The in-laws were annoying, but then, what psychiatry's aren't annoying?


    Any additional comments?

    I totally identified with Schmidt and have gone down many of the same roads as he. So Lou, keep them coming! And use George Guidall for anything that you write in the future...please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5248)
    Performance
    (3244)
    Story
    (3271)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "No Dry Eyes Here"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No...too depressing


    What could William R. Forstchen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to anything else from him; that said, the read was very good...not George Guidell good, but good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This was probably the most tear jerking, depressing book I have read/listened to in many years. I'm glad it's over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schmidt Steps Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Louis Begley
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When we last saw Albert Schmidt Esq. (“Schmidtie” to all near and dear), he had been expelled from paradise: his love Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress 40 years his junior, had taken up with a blond giant nearer her age and possibly the father of her baby - assuming it isn’t Schmidt. Meanwhile, his only confirmed child, Charlotte, had proposed a truce in their perennially strained relations, which Schmidt accepted, despite its obliging him to resume dealings with her repulsive husband and her mother-in-law-cum-psychiatrist, whose life’s work has been turning Charlotte decisively against Schmidt.

    Irina says: "Loved it!"
    "Guidall is Schmidt!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Schmidt Steps Back the most enjoyable?

    I loved the first Schmidt book (About Schmidt) and would strongly suggest that this one get listened to first. Both are very compelling and, as an old man with a somewhat jaded past, I identified with Schmidt in many ways. George Guidall is the most masterful reader and interpreter of these audiobooks in the business today. When I choose a book, I will always buy it if George is the reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Schmidt, of course. I am him in many ways; there were some life lessons for me in this book.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many...this was among the best. The Dark Tower books were stupendous and all of the Vince Flynn books that he has read and truly amazing and involving. I love this guy!


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

    No way to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    Keepem' coming, Begley.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (437)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Painful for me, because I'm the same age as "Al""
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    Where does The Corrections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the middle 50%. I went on forever with drawn out sub plots. I identified with the main character and that made it painful. I'll try another Franzen book and see f I can get through it without getting frustrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That George Guidall was the reader.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    You know, that's a hard one for me to answer. EVERYTHING that George Guidall reads comes to life. It's quite amazing. The way that he can truly separate one character from another; the way that he does wormen just makes him the very best in this art form..I have reached a point in my audio book listening experience that has me looking for books that he has read, no matter that I have no idea about the author or plot. I felt the same way about Muller and sorry that he has passed and there will be no more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Al's infirmity got to me. I'm his age.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talbot Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    For 40 years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole - code-named Talbot - inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while in a Long Island suburb a civic demonstration against the Russian mission masks a desperate duel of nerves and wits. Engineered by Talbot, a shadow world of suspicion and deceit is spilling onto the streets....

    Evelyn J. Sickler says: "Not My Favorite"
    "Whew! This was a very interesting trip."
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    Where does The Talbot Odyssey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard question...I've read/listened to many many books. For Nelson DeMille, on a scale of 100, which would be "The Lion's Game", I would give it 85.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talbot Odyssey?

    Don't remember right now


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Hummm; I have a problem with Scott Brick; it's that he's not George Guidall.


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

    Are you kidding?


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the earlier DeMille books, the NY settings the irritating detective. This one is somewhere in the melange. And, I am old and tend to live more in the "right here, right now" world of the memory impaired.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Clement Mansell knows how easy it is to get away with murder. The seriously crazed killer is already back on the Detroit streets - thanks to some nifty courtroom moves by his crafty looker of a lawyer - and he's feeling invincible enough to execute a crooked Motown judge on a whim. Homicide Detective Raymond Cruz thinks the "Oklahoma Wildman" crossed the line long before this latest outrage, and he's determined to see that the hayseed psycho does not slip through the legal system's loopholes a second time.

    Richard Delman says: "Is there a perfect audiobook? Find out!"
    "Elmore and Frank: none better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anything be Elmore Leonard is recommended in this genre. Anything!


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Stick in another book.


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

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    We need lower prices for these short books...how abou9t $1.00?

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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