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S. Smith

Memphis, TN | Member Since 2010

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  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

    Ninotchka says: "If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    Would you listen to Rod again? Why?

    I very much enjoyed this book. I'm not a big follower of all the glitz and glamour of Rod's life - sure I remember stories being told and it always seemed he had another beautiful blonde on his arm, but I never wasted too much time on that tabloid stuff. I'm also not a huge fan of his music. I like it all right and I saw him in concert once (it was a very good show), but he's not in my top 10 artists.
    After listening to this, I have two reactions. Rod is a lot more 'human' than people would have thought. And, I think I need to go back and reacquaint myself with his older music - his first solo stuff as well as the work with The Faces.
    There's a lot more depth and more soul to him than I would have thought from the headlines. He's got that dry British humor (or is it Scottish?). He's somewhat self-deprecating and a bit humble. He also seems to realize that he's lucky to have had the career and life and doesn't take much for granted now.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I actually picked this book in part because Simon Vance was the narrator. I had just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest and I really enjoy listening to him narrate. So, I searched Audible for other books he's read and decided on this one. Mr. Vance does a great job and, again, I find myself enjoying his narration.


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

    Rod's dry humor and self-deprecation made me laugh a number of times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third "celebrity" autobiography I've listened to - Tiny Fey and Rob Lowe being the other two. I've really enjoyed all three. Rod's and Rob's were interesting because both of them have spent a fair amount of time in the tabloid headlines and I always find it interesting to hear their sides - to get the actual story behind those headlines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3829)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3416)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Liked the book a lot, love this version."
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    What made the experience of listening to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) the most enjoyable?

    I originally read the book about 5 years ago a d enjoyed it. This production was awesome. Additional text and the full cast of voices made it most enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the overall storyline. I'm a big fan of Gaiman's writing. I like the characters and all of the "back stories" on the migration of different cultures to America.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6014)
    Performance
    (5446)
    Story
    (5447)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Really, about 3 1/2 stars"
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    In a previous review I mentioned that I felt that each subsequent book got a little bit worse (or perhaps I should say not quite as good as the preceding book). I still stick to that. And after having read the 4th one, it continues true to form.
    The story is enjoyable, but not much to it. Luke Daniels does a fine job of narrating and Kevin Hearne brings a lot of life and humor to the characters.
    As the other books in the series, if you're looking for an entertaining book with a good, but not too deep story, check this one out. If you're looking for a great literary work ,you might want to look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, David Hewson, A. J. Hartley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (981)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "The Bard in a New Light"
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    I'm all for giving old, great stories new life and that's what Macbeth: A Novel does. Back when I was a high school student, I always liked the stories of Shakespeare, I just couldn't get past the language. While beautifully written, it was sometimes hard to decipher due to the differences in language 300 years later.
    Macbeth: A Novel is a great retelling of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well read by Alan Cumming, I blew through this in no time. It was an audio "page turner".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1218)

    Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

    Benjamin says: "Good book, bad audio"
    "Three stars is probably too many"
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    I swear, I'm a glutton for punishment. I can't seem to stop listening to these books even though I often throw my hands up and yell about how I don't care about 99% of the people in this series.
    If there's one thing I know for certain, it's Robert Jordan needed a good editor. He needed someone (other than his wife) to throw a manuscript back at him and tell him to cut out 25-30% of every book.
    The story is a strong one and I do feel the need to see what happens to Rand, Matt and Perrin as well as some of the women. I do want to get to the climax of the story so I'll probably continue on and hope that when Sanderson takes over, there's more worth listening to.
    Oh, and if you were wondering if all of the audio problems are fixed...they're not. Listening to some of this drags on already without having to listen to some of it a second time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22322)
    Performance
    (8999)
    Story
    (9073)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good "whodunit" well read"
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    Apparently, this book is one of those that people either love or hate. I fall into the former group. I'm not sure if some of the reason I like it is because I listened to it on Audible and really like the narrator or if the story was the entire reason. But, whatever it was, I enjoyed at and will continue on to the next two books.
    I thought the story was great, if not a bit grisly and I really liked the main character, Mikael Blomkvist. Despite some of his human foibles, he came across as a pretty good guy and likable. I'm not as sold on Lizabeth. She had a crappy childhood and was preyed upon by people of authority, but I didn't always feel the sympathy for her that perhaps I should. I didn't dislike her, but didn't really like her, either.
    As a good "whodunit" should, it kept me guessing, well, who done it? Larsson keeps you on your toes trying to figure out the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3561)
    Performance
    (3032)
    Story
    (3027)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Good page turner"
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    I enjoyed the story and loved the twist at the end. In a typical "whodunit" fashion, I was waiting for the shoe to drop - who did the murder, why is Andy testifying before a grand jury, etc. I won't give anything away, but I didn't see it coming. So, that bumps up the rating a bit.
    Overall, I'd recommend it. Definitely a good page turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Daggers: Book Eight of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (2559)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1706)

    The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

    Paul says: "the best of the best"
    "Pure Drudgery"
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    The further I get along in the WoT series, the less enamored I become with it and Path of Daggers was pure hell. I can't count how many times I uttered the phrase "Who cares about these people?" or some derivation. This was 20+ hours of nothing happening. No real plot development, no substantial action (in fact, the few bits of action were just as boring as the rest of the book) and nothing to really further the story - at least nothing that couldn't have been tacked to the end of book 7 or the beginning of book 8 in about one tenth of the pages.
    The only good thing I can say about this book is that it's one of, if not the, shortest books in the series. While I've read people say this book or that book needed a good editor, I'm starting to say that about this series.
    Ms. Reading and Mr. Kramer do a good job, as usual. They just didn't have much to work with.
    I have purchased the next in the series, but it's more out of a sense of seeing something to its conclusion, not any joy. Like men on the Bataan Death March, I keep putting one foot in front of the other hoping to make it to the end. And, really, that's no way to spend what should be an enjoyable time. I hope that my review for the ninth book is more upbeat.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3759)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2286)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Ineffable plan"
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    I had read Good Omens in print form a few years ago and really enjoyed it. There's that certain British dry humor that makes me laugh - and listening to the audio version probably garnered me some stares from other people.
    Martin Jarvis does a wonderful job narrating the book and really added to the enjoyment of it.
    Messers Gaiman and Pratchett do a great job teaming up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6784)
    Performance
    (6068)
    Story
    (6079)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Not as good as Book 1"
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    If I were to rate the first three books in this series (book 4 to be released after this review is written), I would start with 5 stars for the first and drop a half star for each subsequent one. I don't think the story in this one was as strong as the first.
    I do, however, like Luke Daniels as a narrator. I think he does a good job of bringing the story/characters to life. I will most likely give the 4th book a go if Mr. Daniels is the narrator.
    It's a good story, though. Overall, I'd recommend it, just not with as much 'gusto' as the first one. Still, I take it for what it is - entertaining without too much depth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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